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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, 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.
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.
1907
Pius X issued the encyclical "Pascendi dominici gregis," in which he condemned the "modernist" movement within the various branches of Christendom. The document also established councils to combat these "modern errors."
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.
1940
The National Christian Council of Japan organized its churches into a single body, with complete autonomy from Western church control. The single Protestant structure thus formed was named the United Church of Christ in Japan.
1955
Muslims in Instanbul riot against Christians and Greeks, gutting or sacking sixty of the city's eighty Christian churches.
1958
Anna-Greta Stjarne, thirty-two year-old missionary, is shot and killed by bandits as she rides in a car in Ethiopia. Her funeral will be held four days later.

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