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Today in Christian History
North African bishops vote unanimously that Christians who lapsed under persecution must be rebaptized upon reentering the church. The vote leads to a war of words between the North Africans and Rome, where Bishop Stephen (pope) disagrees. In behalf of the North Africans, Cyprian yields, an action that the Roman church says demonstrates its supremacy over the early church.
Death of Marin Mersenne, a French priest known as a facilitator of science. He had corresponded with everyone who was anyone in science in Europe, offering shrewd suggestions and comments on their work. For example, he had suggested using a pendulum to mark time, which led Huygens to develop the first pendulum clock. Mersenne had also contributed to the theory of prime numbers and acoustics.
Beheading of Angelis, a young goldsmith in Constantinople who had shown little seriousness toward his faith. However, when confronted with the choice to convert to Islam or lose his life, he had boldly confessed Christ.
The Massachusetts Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge is instituted in Boston, the first tract society established in North America.
When missionaries Marcus Whitman, H. H. Spalding, and their wives reach Walla Walla, Washington, Eliza Spaulding and Narcissa Whitman are the first white women to have crossed the North American continent.
Death of Isabella Thoburn from Asiatic cholera. She had been a notable missionary-educator.
Death in Manila of Gregorio Aglipay, the main founder and first bishop of the Philippine Independent Church (Iglesia Filipina Independiente).
At a massive rally in Times Square, Billy Graham concludes his sixteen-week New York City evangelistic crusade in New York City, attended by nearly two million people.
The HQ of Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry moved to its present location in Bellmawr, NJ. Founded in 1938 by Victor Buksbazen, F.I.G.M. works through evangelism and Bible distribution.
A mob of nearly 1,000 Islamists attacks Christians gathered in a home to pray in Dimshaw, Egypt. The mob claims that the Christians don't have a license, and a rumor spreads that they are on the verge of building a new church. Only twenty-five attackers are arrested and the court will release twenty-one of them.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"