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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, September 18

Birth of Marcus Ulpius Trajan, Emperor of Rome from AD 98-117. He was the third Roman emperor to rule, after Nero (54-68) and Domitian (81-96), who persecuted the Early Church. During Trajan's reign, the apostolic father Ignatius of Antioch was martyred, in AD 117.
Death of John Colet, English scholar, Catholic reformer, and friend of Erasmus.
Anne Hutchinson arrives from England to Boston, Massachusetts, where she will rouse controversy and eventually be banished.
Connecticut observes its first annual thanksgiving day as a colony, following heated debate whether or not setting aside a specific day will prompt people to neglect thanking God on other days.
Pope Pius IX's army, attempting to defend the papal states from takeover by secular Italian forces, suffers defeat at Castelfidardo. The pope loses lands the papacy has mismanaged for centuries.
Death of Jerry McAuley, founder of New York's Water Street Mission, a pioneer among American rescue missions.
Booker T. Washington delivers his "Atlanta Compromise" address.
A complete Bible translation of the Old and New Testaments was published by American Bible scholar and historian James Moffatt, 54. Moffatt's intention was to make available to the lay reader, in simple language, a current scholarly understanding of the biblical text.
The Church of Constantinople accepts the formerly uniate (i.e. Catholic associated) parishes of North America as a new Orthodox diocese and consecrates Orestes Chornock to be their bishop. He will be active on many fronts, convening the diocese's first convention, supporting the formation of its youth organizaiton, and leading in the formation of an Orthodox seminary.
For the first time in Chile's history, its annual Te Deum prayer service that commemorates national independence, is led not by the Roman Catholic Church but by the Methodist Pentecostal Church.

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