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Today in Christian History
Death of Lanfranc, Archbishop of Canterbury, of a fever.
Death of Polish cleric and astronomer Nicolas Copernicus. Copernicus participated in a Roman Catholic religious community at the cathedral of Frauenburg.
Captain John Smith and the Jamestown colonists observe their first celebration of the Eucharist, thought to have been presided over by John Hunt, their Anglican priest.
John Wesley feels his "heart strangely warmed" when he hears a reading of the preface to Luther's commentary on Romans at a Moravian meeting in Aldersgate Street, London. The event turns him into a soul-winner.
Robert Robinson, sixteen years old, hears George Whitefield preach and writes in his Bible "renatus" (born again). He will become a Baptist pastor and the author of the hymn "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing."
Alexander Duff arrives in India. He will proceed to Calcutta where he will advance Christian education. He and his wife suffered two shipwrecks in sailing to Asia.
Madame Caroline Miolan-Carvalho gives Charles Gounod's Ave Maria its first public performance.
Birth of Earl B. Marlatt, American religious educator and hymnologist. In 1926 Marlatt penned the hymn, "`Are Ye Able?' Said the Master," to be sung in a consecration service at Boston University's School of Religion.
Maud Booth speaks in Sing Sing prison, seeking prison reform, and electrifies the prisoners: "I do not come here to prevent you from paying the just penalty of your crimes; take your medicine like men. When you have paid the penalty I will help you. I will nurse you back to health. I will get you work. Above all I will trust you. It depends on you whether I keep doing so or not."
Pioneer linguist Frank C. Laubach, while serving as a Congregational missionary, wrote in a letter: 'As one makes new discoveries about his friends by being with them, so one discovers the "individuality" of God if one entertains him continuously.'
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"