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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, October 9

1253
Death of Robert Grosseteste, a reform-minded English bishop who influenced John Wycliffe and formulated the scientific method.
1747
Death of David Brainerd at age twenty-nine of tuberculosis. He had been a missionary to Native Americans in New England. His journal, published by Jonathan Edwards, will inspire many readers to become missionaries.
1776
Spanish missionaries dedicated the first mission chapel on the northern California coast at Yerba Buena. (In 1847, the city which grew up around the mission changed its name to San Francisco.)
1860
Conversion of Robert Anderson, who will later head Scotland Yard.
1916
Irene Webster-Smith boards the Suwa Maru for Japan, where she will rescue Geisha children.
1920
Orthodox reader Basil Ivanovich Katorgin is sentenced to death by Communists of Omsk province for "counter-revolutionary activity." The sentence will be carried out on October 23 when he is shot.
1922
Death of Stephen Nelson Haskell, a Seventh-day Adventist pioneer, several times president of the California conference and co-founder of the Australian work and an organizer of the denomination's work in Europe.
1940
Death of Wilfred T. Grenfell, vibrant missionary to Newfoundland and Labrador.
1954
Death of Vida Scudder, a socialist and peace activist in the Episcopal Church, founder of the Episcopal Church Socialist League, cofounder of Denison House in Boston (to provide social services and education to the urban poor), and an advocate of intercessory prayer.
2011
The Egyptian army ruthlessly runs over or shoots Christians who are peacefully protesting the failure of the Muslim government to bring to justice Muslims who have burned Christian churches and attacked Christians. Twenty-seven protesters die. Two days later Muslims will also assault the Christian funeral processions.

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© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"