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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, June 24

64
Nero begins the first imperial persecution of Christians.
1519
Birth of Theodore Beza, French-born Swiss theological reformer. Beza became the acknowledged leader of the Swiss Calvinists, following John Calvin's death in 1564.
1680
Death at St Asaph on Midsummer Day of Bishop Isaac Barrow (uncle of the better-known Isaac Barrow whose name will be associated with Sir Isaac Newton). He was notable for his charities, which included establishing a home for impoverished widows, providing for the education of young ministers, and for endowing the fund that financed King William's College.
1694
The Wissahickon Hermits (Pietists) land in Philadelphia.
1797
Death of Henry Venn, the elder, an evangelical pastor and author of considerable influence in eighteenth-century England, father of John Venn (a leader in the Clapham Sect that did so much to ameliorate social conditions in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries), and grandfather of the notable mission leader Henry Venn, the younger.
1803
Birth of George J. Webb, American church organist. He compiled several collections of sacred music during his lifetime, and also composed the melody to the hymn, 'Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus.'
1817
Execution of Chinese convert and Catholic priest Joseph Yuan Zaide in China's Sichuan Province.
1860
Nikolai, future missionary from Russia to Japan, becomes a monk.
1885
Consecration in New York of Samuel David Ferguson, the first African-American Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church.
1941
The two-day Constitutional Assembly of the Nippon Kirisuto Kyodan opened, during which was formed the United Church of Christ in Japan.

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