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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, March 15

1711
Collapse and death of Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, an Italian Jesuit missionary and explorer, working among the Pima in the area now known as Arizona and northern Mexico.
1729
A Ceremony of Profession was held for Sister St. Stanislaus Hachard at the Ursuline convent in New Orleans, thereby making her the first Catholic woman to become a nun in America.
1752
Shortly after Baptist pastor John Gill leaves his study in Southwark, London, to attend other duties a violent hurricane causes neighboring chimney stacks to crash through the roof onto the spot where he usually works.
1796
In a disappointing setback for William Wilberforce and his allies, the English Parliament votes 74 -70 against an anti-slavery bill, whose opposition has cleverly provided lukewarm supporters with free tickets to see the London premier of a comic opera.
1798
Mary Pryor disembarks safely from the Archibald in Philadelphia, having prayed fervently for the ship Fame and encouraged its crew and passengers with prayer and prophecies while it was foundering in the Atlantic. Her promise of rescue was literally fulfilled down to the name of the rescue ship.
1833
The Presbytery of Annan (in Scotland) deposes Edward Irving from the ministry due to the hold that tongues-speaking prophetesses have gained over him, and owing to his unorthodox theology of the human nature of Christ. He will go on to found "The Holy Apostolic Church" or "Irvingites."
1839
Scottish clergyman Robert Murray McCheyne wrote in a letter: 'All my ideas of peace and joy are linked in with my Bible; and I would not give the hours of secret converse with it for all the other hours I spend in this world.'
1875
In New York City, at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Archbishop John McCloskey, 65, became the first American to be named a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church.
1930
Soviets execute the Orthodox priest Basil Alexeyevich Tukmachev by shooting him, and exile his family. He had led active and passive resistance against the Communist regime.
1950
American missionary and martyr Jim Elliot wrote in his journal: 'The believer is a displaced person. He loses the controlling features of both environment and heredity.'

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