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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, September 4

422
Death of Pope St. Boniface I, who was awarded the papacy by Imperial decree. Boniface had supported Augustine of Hippo against Pelagianism.
1645
The first Lutheran church building erected in America was dedicated at Easton (near Bethlehem), Pennsylvania.
1646
Johann Companius dedicates the first Lutheran church in America in the Swedish colonial settlement Christina, near present-day Wilmington, Delaware on Tinicum Island.
1666
The Great Fire of London destroys old St. Paul's Cathedral.
1802
Birth of Marcus Whitman, American Presbyterian and pioneer medical missionary. In 1836 his family became the first whites to reach the Pacific coast by wagon train. Whitman and his wife Narcissa were murdered by the Cayuse Indians in present-day Washington state in 1847.
1813
"The Religious Remembrancer" (later renamed "The Christian Observer") was first published in Philadelphia. It was the first weekly religious newspaper in the U.S., and in the world.
1817
The Dutch announce plans to reorganize the Protestant churches in the Dutch Indies (Indonesia).
1844
Death of Oliver Holden, composer and American Puritan clergyman, in Boston, Massachusetts. He had written CORONATION, the tune to which we sing the hymn "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name."
1911
Sergius Petrovich Ilmensky, an Orthodox priest, becomes editor of The Saratov Theological Herald. His increasing prominence will cause him to be made bishop of Solikamsk six years later (taking the name Theophanes) but the Communists will drown him on Christmas Eve 1918 while he is administering the diocese of Perm by their command.
1977
Trans World Radio begins broadcasting from its newest station, a 100,000-watt shortwave transmitter in Guam.

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