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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, April 29

1529
Reformers outlaw the mass in Basel, Switzerland.
1607
The first Anglican (Episcopal) church in the American colonies was established at Cape Henry, Virginia.
1743
Death in Paris of Charles-Irénée Castel, abbé de Saint-Pierre, who had written many works calling for political, legal, and economic reforms, and who had proposed an international peace-keeping organization.
1749
Death of John Philip Boehm, founder of the German Reformed Church in the United States.
1764
John Newton is ordained a deacon in the Church of England. He had been a slaver at the time of his conversion to Christ.
1834
Birth of Joseph H. Gilmore, American Baptist clergyman and Hebrew instructor. He is better remembered today, however, as author of the hymn: "He Leadeth Me, O Blessed Thought."
1866
Imad-ud-din converts from Islam to Christianity in India and becomes a famed preacher, author, and translator.
1882
Death of John Nelson Darby, a biblical scholar and founder of the Plymouth Brethren.
1945
U.S. troops liberated the oldest of the Nazi concentration camps -- Dachau -- in Bavaria, West Germany. It is estimated that nearly 32,000 prisoners (mostly Jews) perished at Dachau during its 12-year existence as a Nazi detention camp.
1952
Death of Samuel M. Zwemer, 85, American Dutch Reformed missionary. Serving in Egypt between 1890-1905, Zwemer helped found the Arabian Mission in 1888 and authored over 50 volumes during his life -- many in Arabic.

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