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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, April 25

1449
The ineffectual Council of Basel ends.
1479
Death of Sylvester of Obnorsk, a Russian Orthodox hermit who had lived off roots and bark. Eventually he had established a monastery.
1564
John Calvin, reformer of Geneva, dictates his last will and testament to notary Peter Chenalat.
1735
Death at Epworth, England, of Samuel Wesley, curate, author, and father of Methodist revival leaders John and Charles Wesley.
1800
Death at East Dereham, Norfolk, England, of English poet William Cowper. Despite lifelong depression, he had produced enduring hymns, including, "Oh For a Closer Walk with God" and "There is a Fountain Filled with Blood." Dementia had led him to believe he was damned.
1858
Consecration of Jean-Pierre Augustin Marcellin Verot as the first Roman Catholic bishop of Florida. He will become known as "the rebel bishop" for his support of the South during the American Civil War.
1889
Death at Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, of Anzentia Igene Perry Chapman. A member of the Free Methodist Church, she wrote a number of hymns, including, "Thou Shalt Rest at Eve," and "We'll Never Say Goodbye."
1912
Death in Ghana, of Christian Abraham Ackah, at the age of about twenty-eight. He had been a major player in establishing Seventh Day Adventist work in Ghana, opening schools and churches.
1929
The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America was organized in Detroit, partly in response to the insurgence of Communism in Eastern Europe. Previously, its parishes were under jurisdiction of the Patriarchate in Bucharest, Hungary.
1982
Captured in 1967, the Sinai Peninsula was returned by Israel to Egypt, as part of the 1979 Camp David Accord.

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