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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, February 3

865
(traditional date) Death in Germany of Anskar, an early English or Irish missionary who had tried repeatedly to evangelize Scandinavia.
1469
Death in Mainz, Germany, of Johannes Gutenberg, a developer of movable type, which will become a powerful factor in the spread of the Protestant Reformation.
1518
Pope Leo X imposed silence on the Augustinian monks.
1738
John Wesley arrives in London, having fled the colony of Georgia, where his ministry had been a serious failure.
1767
The British House of Lords rules against the Corporation of London which, to raise money, had established heavy fines for anyone refusing to stand for office if nominated, and then nominated many dissenters, knowing that they could not take the oath required under the Test Act.
1788
Richard Johnson, first Christian cleric appointed to Australia, preaches his first sermon in that country.
1832
Death in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England, of George Crabbe, a Church of England vicar and notable poet.
1943
The Allied troopship S.S. Dorchester is torpedoed by a German sub near Greenland and goes down with a loss of 600 lives. The event is notable for the selflessness of four chaplains, Rev. Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed), Rev. George Lansing Fox (Methodist), Father John Washington (a Catholic priest) and Alexander David Goode (a Jewish rabbi), who gave up their lifejackets to save other men.
1985
Desmond Tutu of South Africa becomes Johannesburg's first black Anglican bishop.
1998
Execution in Texas of Karla Faye Tucker, a murderess, who converted to Christianity on death row and died praising Jesus. Movies and documentaries will be made about her life.

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© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"