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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, December 1

660
(probable year) Death of Bishop Eligius, at seventy years of age. He is already widely regarded as a saint by the time of his death.
1521
Death of Pope Leo X, under whose reign Luther and his followers separated from the Catholic church.
1755
Death of English composer Maurice Greene, who wrote many works for the church, including the anthems "Lord, Let Me Know My End," and "Oh Clap Your Hands." A student of Jeremiah Clark, he in turn taught William Boyce and held several prominent musical positions.
1764
The French government abolished the Jesuit order in that country. (The Society of Jesus was completely suppressed by Clement XIV in 1767, but was restored again by Pius VII in 1814.)
1817
Death of Justin Heinrich Knecht at Biberach, Germany. He had been one of the great church organists of his time.
1909
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for Bob Jones College (University), in Panama City, FL. This Protestant Fundamentalist college later relocated its campus to Greenville, SC.
1916
Father Charles de Foucauld is martyred at his mission in the Sahara.
1950
American missionary martyr Jim Elliot wrote in his journal: 'Unwillingness to accept God's "way of escape" from temptation frightens me what a rebel yet resides within.'
1996
Death of Elmon Makwale Sekgobela, a pioneer worker in the opening of the Nazarene mission among the Tswana people in the Western Transvaal of South Africa, where he had experienced serious opposition.
1999
Cuban Communists declare that henceforth citizens will be allowed to celebrate Christmas as an official holiday.

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