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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, November 26

1539
In England, the monastery at the Fountains Abbey was surrendered to the crown. It was the richest of the Cistercian houses, prior to the time of the Dissolution of all monasteries in England, under the reign of Henry VIII.
1731
Birth in Hertfordshire, England, of William Cowper, who becomes a notable pre-Romantic poet, known in Christian circles for the hymns "God Moves in Mysterious Ways," and "There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood," and a collection titled Olney Hymns ( with John Newton) .
1775
The American Navy began using chaplains within its regular service.
1789
President George Washington proclaimed this date (a Thursday) to be the first national Thanksgiving Day holiday. (National Thanksgiving days were periodically proclaimed by presidents, until in 1863 Abraham Lincoln inaugurated the practice of annually setting the fourth Thursday in November aside for Thanksgiving Day.)
1899
Individuals with Church of Christ leanings open a little stone chapel at Wampoony, South Australia.
1901
Death of American scholar Joseph Henry Thayer, who produced a famous Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, for many years the standard in its field.
1926
Louise Rathke, RN, first Missouri Synod deaconess, sails for India as a missionary.
1938
Death from pneumonia in Collegeville, Minnesota, of Virgil George Michel, a Benedictine monk. Viewing liturgical practice as the expression of the mystical body of Christ, he had worked intensely to spread ideas of liturgical reform, worship, and social action.
1958
In a rejoinder to critic W.N. Pittenger, published in The Christian Century, C.S. Lewis acknowledges that most of what he writes is evangelistic.
2001
Islamic authorities in Turkey order pastor Ahmet Guvener to halt construction on a church that is almost complete, alleging he has illegally changed the architectural plans. He will soon be placed on trial.

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