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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, February 17

1791
Methodist evangelist John Wesley becomes ill after preaching at Lambeth and will die on March 2nd.
1815
In deciding the legal case "Terrett v. Taylor," the U.S. Supreme Court declared unconstitutional an act of the Virginia Legislature which denied property rights to Protestant Episcopal churches in the state. The Court ruled that religious corporations, like other corporations, have rights to their property.
1821
Levi Parsons arrives in Jerusalem, the first Protestant missionary to found a permanent mission in that city.
1828
Representative John Quincy Adams comments in his diary on the overly-crowded conditions of the church that meets inside the Capitol building in Washington.
1898
Death of Frances Willard, a Methodist crusader for prohibition and women's rights.
1912
Death of John Nelson "Praying" Hyde, who had served as a missionary in India. His last words were, "Shout the victory of Jesus Christ!" He had recently undergone surgery for a malignant tumor of the brain.
1926
Arrest of Dr. Kao, a Chinese Christian who had moved into the pagan city of Gan-djou to act as a Christian witness. Authorities are angry at him for exposing criminal activities in the city government. He will suffer in jail for many months.
1969
Russian-born, Milwaukee-raised Golda Meir (nee Mabovitch [Myerson]), 70, was sworn in as Israel's first female prime minister. (She would hold the office for five embattled years.)
1977
Death of Orestes (Chornock) of Agathonikeia, who had helped draw thirty-seven Catholic uniate parishes in North America back to Orthodoxy after years of conflict with Rome, which wanted to Latinize the churches and end priestly marriages. Orestes became the first ruling bishop of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese.
2008
Two members of the Home Guard, bribed by a man who is furious that his wife converted to Christianity, assassinate Pastor Samson Neil Edirisinghe in Ampara, Sri Lanka, critically injuring Edirisinghe's wife and wounding their two-year-old son.

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