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Today in Christian History
Death of Eutychius, patriarch of Constantinople, who had maintained that after the resurrection the body will be more subtle than air and no longer palpable, a position that the future Pope Gregory the Great vehemently opposed.
Indian Princess Pocahontas, a convert to Christianity, marries English colonist John Rolfe.
Death at Upminster of William Derham, a Church of England clergyman and scientist, who had measured the speed of sound with more accuracy than had been achieved before.
Pioneer Methodist bishop Francis Asbury wrote in his journal: 'I am often drawn out in thankfulness to God, who hath saved a mother of mine and, I trust, a father also, who are already in glory, where I hope to meet them both."
The first complete performance of Beethoven's oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives takes place in Vienna.
Death in Gloucester of Robert Raikes, an English philanthropist generally regarded as the founder of the modern Sunday school movement.
Death in Bombay of Indian intellectual, evangelist, and philanthropist Pandita Ramabai.
Death in Calcutta, India, of Charles Freer Andrews, an Anglican priest and missionary to India, where he had assisted the poor and pursued social justice. He had been a close friend of Mahatma Gandhi.
In Washington, D.C., President Dwight Eisenhower inaugurated the Presidential Prayer Breakfast. (Its name was later changed to the Annual National Prayer Breakfast.)
East German authorities dynamite ruins of the Ulrich church in Magdeburg, despite Christian protests. Religious leaders' plans to rebuild the historic sanctuary are ignored. It dates back to 1023 but has been damaged in the war.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"