Today in Christian History
Pope Honorius III (pope from 1216) crowned Holy Roman Emperor Frederick in St. Peter's, on the promise that Frederick would uphold the rights of the Church, and promote a crusade.
The Ark and the Dove, small ships, sail from the Isle of Man. Outfitted by Cecil Calvert, Second Lord Baltimore, their purpose is to settle Maryland, giving English Roman Catholics a refuge from persecution.
Austin College was chartered in Texas at Huntsville under Presbyterian sponsorship. In 1876 the school campus was moved to Sherman, TX.
Death of Horatio Spafford's four daughters in a shipping accident when the French ship Ville du Havre sinks. In response, he will pen the hymn "It Is Well with My Soul."
Nurse Dorothy Davis is appointed as a Nazarene missionary to Swaziland. Because of her role in training Swazi nurses, she will become known as "the Mother of Swazi Nurses." She will be honored with the Member of the British Empire award.
Death of Paul William Fleming in a plane crash. He had been a co-founder of New Tribes Mission.
Death of C. S. Lewis, beloved apologist, scholar and author.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"