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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, December 6

1492
Christopher Columbus names a port on the Island of Haiti "Saint Nicholas" in honor of the saint's day.
1538
Death of Anna Zwingli, widow of reformer Ulrich Zwingli. She passes away softly, worshiping and commending Bullinger and other friends to God.
1675
Death at Great Munden, Herts, England, of John Lightfoot, a bible scholar and clergyman in the Church of England. He had been a member of the Westminster Assembly, often preached before Parliament, and had made major contributions to the Polyglot Bible published in his day.
1678
Father Louis Hennepin, visiting the Niagara Falls, draws the first known sketch of the awe-inspiring landmark.
1679
Catholic priest Oliver Plunkett is arrested in County Dublin, accused of being in league with the French government and of plotting to aid a French invasion of Ireland. He has been hiding there under the name Mr. Meleady. He will be executed, the last of the Catholic martyrs in Britain.
1787
Cokesbury College, the first Methodist college in America, opened its doors in Abingdon, MD. The campus consisted of a three-story building 108 feet long and 40 feet wide.
1812
Tsar Alexander I signs a decree allowing a Bible Society in St. Petersberg, Russia.
1878
Death of evangelist John Vassar at Poughkeepsie, New York.
1930
Missionary linguist Frank Laubach wrote in a letter: 'Sometimes one feels that there is a discord between the cross and beauty. But...a man has not found his highest beauty until his brow is tinged with care for some cause he loves more than himself. The beauty of sacrifice is the final word in beauty.'
1955
English apologist C.S. Lewis wrote in a letter: 'It is a dreadful truth that the state of having to depend solely on God is what we all dread most... It is good of Him to force us; but dear me, how hard to feel that it is good at the time.'

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