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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, September 6

1320
The remains of Saint Michael, Prince of Tver (Russia), martyred by a Khan, are placed in a church he had built in honor of the Transfiguration.
1529
Anabaptist leader and evangelist George Blaurock is burned to death for "heresy" in Hapsburg, Germany. He had established congregations in the Austrian Tyrol till caught.
1620
The Mayflower sails from Plymouth, England, with Pilgrims aboard.
1657
The Catholic Church places Blaise Pascal's Provincial Letters on the Index of Prohibited Books. The Letters defended Jansenism, a Catholic reform movement, against Jesuit opponents.
1748
Death at Bath, England, of Bishop Edmund Gibson, who had produced a definitive and scholarly work on English ecclesiastical law, Corpus Juris Ecclesiastici Anglicani.
1812
Colonial American missionary Adoniram Judson, 24, en route to the mission field, converted from Congregationalism to become a Baptist. He later translated the Bible into Burmese and authored a Burmese dictionary (1849).
1837
Death in Combaconum, India, of Pastor Visoowasanaden, whose integrity, meekness, and knowledge of Scripture won many of his countrymen to follow Christ.
1860
Three preachers collapse from fatigue, unable to cope with the overwhelming number of inquirers in a Glasgow revival.
1938
The movie "Boys Town" was first released by MGM studios. Starring Spencer Tracy, the award-winning film depicted the founding of the famous vocational institution in Nebraska in 1917 by parish priest Father Edward J. Flanagan, 31.
1955
Muslims in Instanbul riot against Christians and Greeks, gutting or sacking sixty of the city's eighty Christian churches.

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