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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, June 4

308
Quirinus, bishop of Siscia, after imprisonment, tortures, and mockery is drowned in a river (in the region that will become Poland) where he preaches until he sinks.
1571
An executioner in Toledo, Spain, tries to spare Doctor Sigismondo Arquer from burning alive for his Protestant beliefs by garroting him, but the onlooking crowd riots at this mercy. In the melee, Arquer is seriously injured and is already half dead when committed to the flames.
1663
Death at St John's, Oxford, of Archbishop William Juxon. As a priest he had attended King Charles I of England at his execution, for which service, after the Restoration, Charles II appointed him Archbishop of Canterbury.
1775
John Carmichael of Brandywine, Pennsylvania, preaches a sermon saying war in self-defense is lawful. Sermons of this character helped form American opinion at the time of its Revolutionary War.
1820
Birth of Elvina M. Hall, American Methodist poet who authored the hymn, 'Jesus Paid It All' (a.k.a. 'I Hear the Savior Say').
1883
Death of "Righteous Vera," a girl who had begun early to seek the Lord and practice asceticism. Her twin sister Lyubov died four days later. The twelve-year-olds were visiting the Russian monastery at Optina.
1900
Birth of Nelson Glueck, American Jewish archaeologist. Director of the American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem between 1932 and 1947, he explored and dated over 1,000 ancient sites in Palestine and the Near East.
1931
Carl McIntire is ordained and installed at the Chelsea Presbyterian Church in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He will become well-known as a radio broadcaster delivering fundamentalist and anti-Communist views.
1948
The first radio broadcast of the Far East Broadcasting Company's new Manila station goes on the air, with the staff singing "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name."
1985
The Supreme Court of the United States rules against an Alabama law requiring a moment of silence (i.e.: prayer) in public schools.

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