Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, November 16

1093
Death of St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland, whose faith brought Christianity to many in the nation.
1200
Death of Saint Hugh of Avalon. This noble-minded bishop of Lincoln had been beloved by the people because of his kindness to them and his fearless rebuke of wicked authorities. His tomb will become a pilgrim shrine.
1585
Repose (Death) of Sergius of Malopinega, a Russian Orthodox monk who had labored to convert the people of the Chud region and was loved because of his kindness, courage, humility, and mercifulness, especially to the poor.
1621
The Papal Chancery first adopted January 1st as the beginning of the calendar year. Previously, March was the first month, which explains why our modern names for the 9th-12th months begin instead with prefixes meaning "7" (sept-), "8" (octÂ) "9" (nov-) and "10" (dec-).
1845
Hymnwriter Frederick Faber announces he is migrating to the church of Rome.
1885
Despite the martyrdom of his mentor, Joseph Mukasa, the day before, Denis Ssebuggwawo comes secretly to Catholic missionaries in Uganda and requests baptism, which is administered on the spot. Six months later king Mwanga will have him executed because of his faith.
1894
Death of James McCosh, eleventh president of Princeton. Born in Scotland, he had helped establish the Scottish Free Church and become a philosopher and theologian of note in the Presbyterian tradition.
1918
In NY City, the United Lutheran Church was organized by a merger of three general Lutheran bodies in the U.S. and Canada. (In 1962, the ULC became one of the branches of Lutheranism which formed the Lutheran Church in America.)
1952
"Our Goodly Heritage" debuted over CBS television. This Sunday morning Bible study program, hosted by William Rush Baer of New York University, aired a little over five years.
2002
A religion law goes into effect in Belarus forbidding unregistered religious activity. It requires censorship of religious literature, forbids foreign church leadership and puts tight restrictions on what organizations can be registered.

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