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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, March 7

1080
Pope Gregory VII bans Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV and all his adherents, deprives him of his kingdoms of Germany and Italy, forbids the faithful to obey him, and bestows the crown of Germany on Rudolf.
1274
Death in the monastery of Fossanova of Thomas Aquinas, possibly the most famous Dominican theologian, author of the Summa Theologica and Summa contra Gentiles.
1638
Controversial colonial churchwoman Anne Hutchinson, 47, and nineteen other exiles from the Massachusetts Bay Colony settled in Rhode Island, at the site of modern Portsmouth.
1755
Death on the Isle of Man of Bishop Thomas Wilson, beloved for his purity of life, kindness to the poor, and tolerance toward sects such as the Quakers. He had rebuilt his diocese and established libraries that included works in the Manx language spoken there. His charitable efforts included improvement of farming, amelioration of harsh laws, and support of English missions.
1782
Ohio Territory militiamen began a two-day massacre of the Moravian Indian town of Gnadenhutten (modern New Philadelphia, Ohio). In all, 96 Christian Indians of the Delaware tribe were slaughtered, in retaliation for Indian raids made elsewhere in the Ohio Territory.
1799
Death in London of Thomas Olivers, an itinerant Methodist minister, editor, and hymnwriter. His best-known hymn was "The God of Abraham Praise."
1802
In Washington, D.C., the first Baptist church was organized with six charter members. Their first pastor Obadiah Brown was hired five years later, and Brown remained in that pulpit while involving himself in every important local Baptist program for the next 43 years!
1823
Death in Calcutta of William Ward, mission printer and co-worker of William Carey.
1835
Trembling and homesick, young Fanny Crosby arrives at a blind school in New York. There she will receive the training that will enable her become an outstanding hymnwriter after her conversion.
2007
Death of Zhao Maijia, who had suffered greatly in an effort to "bring the gospel back to Jerusalem" from China, working and preaching among Muslims on China's western border and establishing the first church in the southern Xinjiang region.

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