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Today in Christian History
The Persian armies of Cyrus the Great captured Babylon. (Babylon, under Nebuchadnezzar, was the former military scourge which had taken Judah into exile in 586 BC (see 2 Kings 25).
A vial of "Christ's blood," stamped with official seals, is imported into England to shouts of acclaim from the king and crowds.
Philip IV the Fair arrests all Templars of France without warning and has them tortured. He hopes to force them to incriminate themselves so that he can confiscate their wealth.
Death of Theodore Beza, a French-born theologian, who had been widely recognized as Calvin's successor.
In Virginia, slavery was banned for Negroes who arrived in the American colonies as Christians. (The law was repealed in 1682.)
Murder of the Coptic king Iyasu I of Ethiopia. He had been a successful warrior, a conciliator of religious differences, and a great builder of churches.
B'nai B'rith ("Sons of the Covenant") was established in New York City by a group of German Jews. It is both the oldest and the largest of the Jewish fraternal organizations.
English hymnwriter Frances Havergal writes the words to the hymn "Who Is on the Lord's Side?"
The Church of the Nazarene organizes in Texas.
The Virgin Mary last appeared to three shepherd children near Fatima, Portugal. Six visions had occurred between May and October, each on the 13th of the month. (This last vision was attended by over 50,000 pilgrims.)
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"