Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, December 14

1417
Sir John Oldcastle, a Lollard leader, is suspended from a gallows in London and roasted to death for his Wycliffian religious views.
1591
Death in Ubeda, Spain, of John of the Cross, a Carmelite mystic and poet, best-known for The Spiritual Canticle and The Dark Night.
1655
Oliver Cromwell determines that Jews will be allowed back into England centuries after their expulsion.
1710
Death of Henry Aldrich, dean of Christ Church, Oxford. A church of England clergyman, his talent shone in many directions, including architecture (he designed All Saints Church, Oxford), music (he set English words to the music of famed Italian composers and wrote many church anthems), and philosophy (his introduction to logic went through many editions).
1906
Death in Battle Creek, Michigan, at age thirty-four, of Elizabeth Evelyn Wright, an African-American educator and founder of South Carolina's Denmark Industrial School (later renamed Voorhees Industrial School and now Voorhees College). She had suffered great opposition for her efforts to educate African-Americans, and will be honored in the Episcopal Church calendar.
1924
Lutheran theologian and author Walter Maier starts the radio station KFUO, “The Gospel Voice,” at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri.
1943
Death in Battle Creek, Michigan, of John Harvey Kellogg, who had been a doctor at a sanitarium in Battle Creek and a prominent figure among the early Seventh-day Adventists. His theories and experiments led him to develop prepackaged health foods and cereals, which were well received, and led to the formation of the breakfast-cereal industry.
1981
The modern nation of Israel formally annexed the Golan Heights, which had been captured from Syria during the 1967 War.
1993
Twelve Croatian and Bosnian Christians in Algeria are murdered by Muslims in the Tamezguida region.
2002
David Olawale Olaniyi retires from the full-time pastoral ministry. He had been a notable Baptist evangelist, pastor, educator, and church planter in Nigeria.

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