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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, June 5

1409
The Council of Pisa declares that the rival popes Gregory XII and Benedict XIII are "notorious schismatics, promoters of schism, and notorious heretics, errant from the faith, and guilty of the notorious and enormous crimes of perjury and violated oaths."
1831
Rafaravavy Rasalama is one of the Christians who takes part in the first observance of the Lord's Supper on Madagascar at the Ambatonakanga church. She will also become the island's first martyr under the persecutions initiated by Queen Ranavalona I.
1851
The first episode of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin is published in serial form in National Era magazine.
1865
Pastor Sabine Baring-Gould pens the hymn "Onward Christian Soldiers" as a marching song for some children he must keep together as they walk between two villages during a Whit-Monday festival (i.e., the day after Pentecost) in Yorkshire, England.
1900
Chinese revolutionists, known as Boxers, behead lay preacher Chen Dayong at Yanqing, and hack his wife and daughter to death.
1944
German Lutheran theologian and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in a letter from prison: 'Certainly one must try everything, but only to become more certain what God's way is.'
1960
John XXIII published his motu proprio, 'Superno Dei Nutu,' which created the necessary committees and organizational structure for the upcoming Vatican II Ecumenical Council (1962-65).
1961
English apologist C.S. Lewis wrote in a letter: 'Any fixing of the mind on old evils beyond what is absolutely necessary for repenting of our own sins and forgiving those of others is...usually bad for us.'
1965
Death in London, England, of Eleanor Farjeon. She authored the popular hymn "Morning Has Broken."
1967
The Arab-Israeli Six-Day War began, during which Israel took control of the Sinai Desert, the city of Jerusalem and the west bank of the Jordan River. A cease-fire arranged by the U.N. ended the conflict on June 10th.

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