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Today in Christian History
Death at Fontanella of Ansegis, a monk whom Charlemagne had placed in charge of some of his building operations and who had also compiled a notable collection of Frankish laws.
The Westminster Larger Catechism was adopted by the General Assembly of the Churchof Scotland at Edinburgh. This and the Shorter Catechism have both been in regular use amongPresbyterians, Baptists and Congregationalists ever since.
Colonial clergyman Jonathan Edwards, 23, married Sarah Pierpont, 16. Theirmarriage prospered for over 30 years, before his premature death in 1758. Sarah herself diedonly six months later, at 48.
James Harvey Garrison is mustered out of Company G of the 8th Missouri Cavalry and, after attending Abingdon College, will become a publisher, pastor, missionary, and editor with the Disciples of Christ for five decades.
Birth of Jesse Overholtzer, who in 1937 incorporated Child Evangelism Fellowshipin Chicago. Today the CEF mission agency works in over 60 countries worldwide.
Death of Pope Leo XIII. A poet, scholar, and peacemaker, he had defended the divine nature of Christ in all its phases, from Virgin Birth through Resurrection and Ascension. He had also issued encyclicals against socialism and in behalf of Thomism, the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas. His relations with Catholics in the United States had been close.
The Christian Endeavor Society of Missouri began a campaign to ban all motionpictures that depicted kissing between non-relatives.
Pope John XXIII sent invitations to all 'separated Christian churches andcommunities,' asking each to send delegate-observers to the upcoming Vatican II EcumenicalCouncil in Rome.
Buzz Aldrin, a Presbyterian elder, takes communion on the moon during the Apollo 11 landing.
A Russian law goes into effect denying Protestants the right to share their faith in person or on the internet and banning church services in homes. In the first month of its enforcement, seven evangelical Christians will be charged with violations.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"