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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, April 7

1498
A trial by fire is arranged between Fra Domenico, one of Girolamo Savonarola's followers, and another monk. When Savonarola will not allow Fra Domenico to undertake the ordeal, he loses his influence in Florence.
1845
Death in Calcutta from cholera of Mahendra Lal Basak, a promising minister and educator who had given up caste, family, and friends to follow Christ.
1872
Death of Abigail Bradley Hyde in Andover, Massachusetts. She had written a number of hymns including "Dear Savior, if These Lambs Should Stray."
1884
Birth of C. H. Dodd, English clergyman and Bible scholar. Dodd became the most influential British New Testament scholar of the mid-20th century, and penned over a dozen books, including "The Parables of the Kingdom" (1934).
1898
Giuseppi Verdi's Te Deum is first performed, in a concert by the Paris Opera, with two other religious compositions from his Quattro pezzi sacri. Allegedly he will ask to be buried with this piece under his head.
1924
Death in California of John Norton Loughborough, a leader in the early Seventh-day Adventist movement, and its first historian.
1933
"German Christians" apply the Nazis' Aryan clause to the church, effectively barring Jews (and individuals of Jewish descent) from holding church offices.
1938
Japanese soldiers shoot Herman Liu in front of his home where he is waiting for a bus with his son. Liu, educated in the West, had become the first Chinese president of the Baptist University of Shanghai. After Japanese occupation, he had resisted them and helped war refugees. Urged by friends to flee he had replied, "I will not desert."
1947
Repose (death) of Savvas the New, patron saint of the Greek island Kalymnos. An ascetic, he had been priest and spiritual father of the nuns of the Convent of All Saints but was also known for painting icons.
1953
Swedish statesman Dag Hammarskjld, 47, was elected Secretary General of the United Nations. Hammarskjld endeared himself to Christians, after his death in 1961, through the 1964 publication of his spiritual journal, "Markings."

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