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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, June 20

404
Archbishop John Chrysostom leaves Constantinople under arrest, never to return.
1529
Clement VII and Holy Roman Emperor Charles V signed the Peace of Barcelona, which ended attacks on Rome by the Lutheran armies.
1530
The first Diet at Augsburg gathers. The Augsburg Confession will be presented on the 25th.
1542
Although not a bishop himself, Martin Luther consecrates Nicolaus von Amsdorf as bishop for Naumburg. Elector John Frederick had ousted the regularly elected Roman Catholic bishop, Julius von Pflug.
1599
The Synod of Diamper reunited a native church in India with Rome. Discovered in 1498 by Portuguese explorers, this isolated pocket of worshipers traced their Christian origins back to the missionary efforts of the Apostle Thomas.
1880
Death of Samuel R. Brown, missionary-educator to China and Bible translator in Japan.
1885
Five Moravian missionaries arrive at the location in Alaska where they will found Bethel mission. The Moravian leader, Rev. Henry Kilbuck will learn the Yup'ik language of the local Eskimos.
1907
Robert A. Torrey receives his DD from Wheaton. He will become a prominent evangelical leader and write the popular What the Bible Teaches.
1966
Death of Georges Lema
1999
All the Christian communions who share control of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre agree to install a new exit door in the church. A century and a half earlier, dozens of Christian pilgrims had been trampled to death when fire broke out in the church.

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