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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, July 23

75
(or 78) Martyrdom of Apollinaris, bishop of Ravenna, said to have been a disciple of St. Peter.
685
John V is consecrated as Pope. An easterner, he is consecrated without the usual direct approval of the Byzantine Emperor.
1184
Fontevrault Abbey, France, receives a papal bull of privileges, permitting its women a good deal of autonomy without supervision by men.
1373
Death in Rome of Bridget of Sweden, a Scandinavian mystic and founder of the Briggitine Order. She had written several books of revelations.
1584
Death in London of John Day, the foremost English printer of the Elizabethan era. He had introduced Roman type to replace Gothic fonts. Because he had printed devotional books for the Reformation, and continued to print Protestant books after the accession of Mary Tudor, he was imprisoned and then exiled. When Protestants regained power under Elizabeth, he returned and printed John Foxe's Actes and Monuments (Book of Martyrs).
1846
Birth of William R. Featherstone, Canadian Methodist hymnwriter. He penned thewords to 'My Jesus, I Love Thee' before age 16.
1860
Birth of William W. McConnell, missions pioneer. In 1891, he became the firstmissionary sent out by the Central American Mission, after its founding in 1890.
1918
Death of Joseph H. Gilmore, 84, American Baptist clergyman. He is remembered todayprimarily for the hymn, 'He Leadeth Me,' which he wrote at the age of 28.
1957
Nigerian church planter Joseph Adeyemo Taiwo is honored with the title of chieftan. Through his zealous efforts, he enlarged the Baptist presence in Nigeria.
1993
Death of Demos Shakarian in Costa Mesa, California. Of Armenian origin, he had founded the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International.

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