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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, May 20

325
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.
1277
Scholarly Pope John XXI is crushed to death at Viterbo, Italy, when his study ceiling collapses on him.
1506
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.
1521
A cannonball strikes Spanish soldier I
1527
Austrian authorities torture and kill the Anabaptist leader Michael Sattler as an archheretic.
1530
German reformer Martin Luther wrote in a letter: 'God's friendship is a bigger comfort than that of the whole world.'
1560
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.
1878
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."
1930
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.
1937
Jesse Overholtzer founds Child Evangelism Fellowship in Chicago.

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