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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, November 22

1220
Pope Honorius III (pope from 1216) crowned Holy Roman Emperor Frederick in St. Peter's, on the promise that Frederick would uphold the rights of the Church, and promote a crusade.
1633
Irish Catholic Cecil Calvert, 27, sent two ships (the Ark and the Dove) from Ireland to establish a colony in America as a refuge for fellow Catholics. His work later earned Lord Calvert the nickname, "Colonizer of Maryland."
1849
Austin College was chartered in Texas at Huntsville under Presbyterian sponsorship. In 1876 the school campus was moved to Sherman, TX.
1873
American lawyer Horatio G. Spafford's four daughters drowned when their passenger ship, while crossing the Atlantic, collided with another and sank. The following month, as his own ship passed over the spot of the earlier tragedy, Spafford penned the words to the enduring hymn, "It is Well With My Soul."
1939
Nurse Dorothy Davis is appointed as a Nazarene missionary to Swaziland. Because of her role in training Swazi nurses, she will become known as "the Mother of Swazi Nurses." She will be honored with the Member of the British Empire award.
1950
Death of Paul William Fleming in a plane crash. He had been a co-founder of New Tribes Mission.
1963
Death of C.S. Lewis, 65, Anglican scholar, novelist and Christian apologist. Well-known for his children's classic, "The Chronicles of Narnia" (1950-56), Lewis also penned other Christian classics, including "The Screwtape Letters" (1943) and "The Great Divorce" (1946).
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