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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, March 28

1538
A number of Geneva's Catholic citizens, under the lead of Fran
1568
Father Geronimo Ruiz Portillo, with six companions, arrives at Callao, Peru, the country's first Jesuit missionaries. They will propagate the Christian faith among Indian populations, open churches, build schools, and develop a missionary training center.
1606
Trial of Father Garnet, a leading English Jesuit, for collusion in the Gunpowder Plot to blow up parliament. Found guilty, he will be hanged in May.
1747
Colonial missionary to the American Indians David Brainerd wrote in his journal: 'Oh, how happy it is, to be drawn by desires of a state of perfect holiness.'
1866
A committee gathers to raise money to support William Lloyd Garrison who had dedicated his life and energy to the effort to abolish slavery. Rev. Samuel May, Jr., will do more than anyone else to raise the funds.
1886
Death of theologian Richard Chenevix Trench, archbishop of Dublin and student of Bible words, noted for his work New Testament Synonyms.
1896
Death of author, painter, linguist, and hymnwriter Elizabeth Rundle Charles in London, England. One of her better-known hymns was "Never Farther than Thy Cross."
1915
Birth of Kurt Aland, New Testament textual scholar. He co-edited the two most definitive modern critical editions of the Greek Scriptures: the United Bible Society's "Greek New Testament" and Eberhard Nestle's "Novum Testamentum Graece."
1929
Death in England of evangelist and devotional writer Frederick Brotherton Meyer, an English Baptist clergyman.
2011
The Simon Wiesenthal Center posthumously awards Hiram Bingham IV their medal of valor. Bingham, an Episcopalian, had been an American diplomat in France during the early years of the Nazi occupation and violated State Department protocol by arranging escapes for persecuted Jews. He will be remembered with other Righteous Gentiles in the Episcopal Church calendar on July 19.

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