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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, September 5

1538
English Chancellor Thomas Cromwell imposes a new series of injunctions against the clergy in Henry VIII's name.
1651
Obadiah Holmes is whipped in Boston for privately teaching Baptist views.
1692
At Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Colonial clergyman Increase Mather, 53, received the first Doctor of Sacred Theology (STD) degree to be awarded in America.
1774
The Continental Congress assembles for the first time in Philadelphia. After electing its president, its first official action will be a vote to open Congress with prayers. Episcopal preacher Jacob Duch
1810
The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions was formally organized by the Congregational churches of New England at Farmington, Connecticut.
1870
Three Roman Catholic universities were founded in the United States on this exact same date: St. John's in New York City, Loyola in Chicago, and Canisius in Buffalo, New York.
1888
American baseball player-turned-evangelist Billy Sunday, 26, married Helen Thompson, 20. In later years she became affectionately known as "Ma Sunday," and became his evangelistic campaign advisor. She survived Billy (d.1935) by 22 years.
1958
Death in Concord, New Hampshire, of hymnwriter Jennie Evelyn Hussey, author of "Lead Me to Calvary."
1981
Egypt's president Anwar Sadat places Coptic Pope Shenouda III under arrest in a desert monastery because he has protested the leniency shown to Muslims who had killed Christians and destroyed their churches and homes in three days of rioting.
2007
Death of Migsti Haile in Eritrea after undergoing severe torture for refusing to sign a letter recanting her Christian faith. She is thirty-three years old when martyred.

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