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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, February 7

1451
Death of Peter of Mladonovice, friend of Jan Hus and recorder of that martyr's mistreatment and death at the hands of the Council of Constance.
1497
Girolamo Savonarola and his followers burn works of art in Florence.
1528
The Swiss Canton of Bern officially embraces Protestantism, passing an edict abolishing Romish bishops.
1546
Eleven days before his death, German reformer Martin Luther wrote in a letter to his wife Kate: 'I have a better Caretaker than you and all the angels. He it is who lies in a manger ...but at the same time sits at the right hand of God, the almighty Father. Therefore be at rest.'
1649
The British Parliament ratifies the Westminster Confession which had been accepted by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland the previous August.
1832
Birth of Hannah Whitall Smith, American Quaker evangelist and devotional author. Her best-known writing was "The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life" (1875). It's still in print!
1869
Connecticut Congregational clergyman Samuel Wolcott, 56, upon returning home from a YMCA evangelistic service, penned the words to the missionary hymn, "Christ for the World We Sing."
1938
Lutheran pastor Martin Niemoller is put on trial by the Nazis because of his outspoken opposition to their policies and will be incarcerated for seven years, most of it in a concentration camp.
1943
David H. Youngdahl becomes the first chaplain endorsed by the Baptist General Conference to die in military service, going down on a transport en route to Europe during World War II.
1977
Rhodesian terrorists kill seven white Roman Catholic missionaries, including four nuns, at St. Paul's Mission, Musami. They ignore black Christians and staff.

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