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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, June 23

964
Emperor Otto I forces the Romans to give up Benedict, a deacon whom they had elected pope to replace the wicked John XII.
1415
Bohemian reformer and martyr Jan Hus wrote in a letter: 'It is difficult to...esteem it all joy in various temptations. It is easy to talk about...but difficult to fulfill it.'
1444
Death of Mark of Ephesus after an excruciating two-week battle with intestinal illness. He was famous for standing alone for the Eastern church at the Council of Florence when other eastern leaders conceded to Rome.
1565
Knights of Malta lose their fort at St. Elmo to an attack by Ottoman Turks but will eventually drive the Turks from Malta.
1738
Birth of Samuel Medley, English Baptist clergyman and author of the hymn, 'O Could I Speak the Matchless Worth.'
1839
Clarissa Whitman, the beautiful two-year old daughter of missionaries Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, drowns while fetching water in two cups.
1893
Samuel H. Walker, a Methodist Episcopal layman, leads in the formation of the Anti-Saloon League of the District of Columbia. It will pioneer a national movement, subsequently overshadowed by the Woman's Christian Temperance Union.
1941
Walter J. Ciszek is arrested in Russia where he has been preaching the gospel in spite of Communist laws against doing so. His book He Leadeth Me will recount his experiences and sufferings.
1964
Death of Johan Herman Bavinck a Dutch missionary. He had labored in Indonesia and later taught at Kampen Theological College and at the Free University of Amsterdam.
1967
Paul VI issued the encyclical 'Sacerdotalis Caelibatus,' reaffirming the Catholic Church's requirement of celibacy with the priesthood.

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