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Today in Christian History
Death of Theodosius II, killed by a fall from his horse while hunting, an event which brings about the accession of his sister Pulcheria, who has long been an advocate of orthodox Christianity.
Protestant reformer Thomas Cromwell, for many years the chief advisor to King Henry VIII, is executed at Tower Hill after refusing to support Henry's divorce against Anne of Cleves. The charge is "betraying the crown."
Death of Bulstrode Whitelocke, an influential Christian lawyer during the Commonwealth of Oliver Cromwell. Among Whitelocke's last words: "There has been one true religion in the world; and that is the work of the Spirit of God in the hearts and souls of men."
Clergy from many Protestant denominations gather at Kidderminster, England, for the unveiling and dedication of a statue in commemoration of influential Puritan preacher and writer Richard Baxter (1615-1691).
Francis Pfanner lands at Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where he will do a notable missionary work.
Birth of J. Gresham Machen, an American Presbyterian theologian who taught atPrinceton and Westminster seminaries. Two of his writings still endure: 'New Testament Greekfor Beginners' (1923) and 'The Virgin Birth of Christ' (1932).
The first Divine Liturgy (worship service) of the Armenian Church in America wascelebrated in Worcester, MA. It was led by Rev. Hovsep Sarajian, himself the first Armenianclergyman to come to America.
Forty-five Serbs are tortured by Germans in an Orthodox church in Serbia.
Martyrdom of Ethiopian theologian Gudina Tumsa at the hands of rebel Derg soldiers.
Death of Wang Ming Dao, an influential Chinese evangelist who spent many years in a Communist prison for his faith.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"