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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, February 28

1546
George Wishart, a Scottish reformer, is arrested by Roman Catholic authorities, and will be burned to death as a heretic the next day by order of Cardinal David Beaton.
1751
Death of Kyranna of Thessalonica, a beautiful Christian woman, after seven days of torture, having refused to convert to Islam and marry an Islamic suitor.
1759
Pope Clement XIII granted permission for the Bible to be translated into the languages of the Roman Catholic states.
1763
Date on which God's judgment would end the world, according to George Bell. Bell had been a Methodist until Wesley expelled him because of his (Bell's) extravagant claims.
1784
English churchman John Wesley, 80, formally chartered the movement within Anglicanism which afterward came to be known as Wesleyan Methodism.
1873
The Society of Mary, founded in 1816, was officially recognized by Pope Pius IX. This religious order seeks to combine the work of education with foreign missions.
1944
Nazi soldiers arrest Corrie Ten Boom and her family in Harlaam for harboring Jews. Her father and a sister will die in concentration camps, but Corrie will be released because of a clerical error and become an international speaker for Christianity, author of The Hiding Place, and subject of a movie by the same name.
1947
U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall prayed: 'Let not the past ever be so dear to us as to set a limit to the future. Give us the courage to change our minds when that is needed.'
1994
Joel Gamonal gives his life to Christ in Peru two weeks after hearing a sermon on Proverbs 6, "These six things the Lord hates." The sermon had left him miserable. He will become a church planter with Heart Cry mission.
2007
Members of the violent Hindu group Bajrang Dal attack The Gospel for Asia Bible School in Kutabaga, India, hospitalizing five Christians.

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