Today in Christian History
(probable year) Death of Bishop Eligius, at seventy years of age. He is already widely regarded as a saint by the time of his death.
Edmund Campion, English Jesuit, is hanged in England at 42, falsely accused of treason against Queen Elizabeth's government.
Edmund Spenser's poem The Fairie Queen is “entered,” a prepublication step necessary in England's days of government censorship. The author holds Christian beliefs.
Birth of Albert Barnes, American Presbyterian clergyman and Bible commentator. An active supporter of revivalism, Christian education and social reform, Barnes is best remembered today for his "Notes on the Old Testament" and "Notes on the New Testament."
Death of Justin Heinrich Knecht at Biberach, Germany. He had been one of the great church organists of his time.
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for Bob Jones College (University), in Panama City, FL. This Protestant Fundamentalist college later relocated its campus to Greenville, SC.
Father Charles de Foucauld is martyred at his mission in the Sahara.
American missionary martyr Jim Elliot wrote in his journal: 'Unwillingness to accept God's "way of escape" from temptation frightens me what a rebel yet resides within.'
Death of Elmon Makwale Sekgobela, a pioneer worker in the opening of the Nazarene mission among the Tswana people in the Western Transvaal of South Africa, where he had experienced serious opposition.
Cuban Communists declare that henceforth citizens will be allowed to celebrate Christmas as an official holiday.
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