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Today in Christian History
Council of Nicea opens to settle the issue between Arians and Catholics. This is the church's first ecumenical church council since the days of the apostles.
Scholarly Pope John XXI is crushed to death at Viterbo, Italy, when his study ceiling collapses on him.
Death of Christopher Columbus at Valladolid, Spain. The explorer had opened the Americas to colonization and considered it his mission to bring Christianity to the New World.
A cannonball strikes Spanish soldier I
Austrian authorities torture and kill the Anabaptist leader Michael Sattler as an archheretic.
German reformer Martin Luther wrote in a letter: 'God's friendship is a bigger comfort than that of the whole world.'
The scholar John Feckenham is taken to the Tower of London in England for refusing to take the oath of supremacy. He will spend twenty-four years there.
William R. Featherstone died at the age of 32. A Canadian Methodist who spent his life in Montreal, it was Featherstone who authored the hymn, "My Jesus, I Love Thee."
Three days after sentencing him to death, Soviets shoot Mark Arsenyevich Dannik, warden of the Orthodox church in Ustyanka, Loktevsky Region. He is executed for anti-Soviet and counter-revolutionary propaganda and agitation - that is, for speaking against the wickedness of the Soviet regime.
Jesse Overholtzer founds Child Evangelism Fellowship in Chicago.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"