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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, December 6

1305
Death of Maximus, Metropolitan of all Rus, who had spoken in behalf of the Russian Orthodox Church to the Golden Horde, as well as taking sides and urging peace in Russia's internal power struggles.
1492
Christopher Columbus names a port on the Island of Haiti "Saint Nicholas" in honor of the saint's day.
1538
Death of Anna Zwingli, widow of reformer Ulrich Zwingli. She passes away softly, worshiping and commending Bullinger and other friends to God.
1678
Father Louis Hennepin, visiting the Niagara Falls, draws the first known sketch of the awe-inspiring landmark.
1679
Catholic priest Oliver Plunkett is arrested in County Dublin, accused of being in league with the French government and of plotting to aid a French invasion of Ireland. He has been hiding there under the name Mr. Meleady. He will be executed, the last of the Catholic martyrs in Britain.
1769
During the illness of a close friend, English poet William Cowper, 38, penned the lines to the hymn, "Oh, For a Closer Walk with God."
1829
Missionary William Carey learns that Sati (widow-burning) has been abolished in India. Although it is Sunday morning, he decides that translating the declaration into Bengali is more important than preaching, and he races to prepare the announcement before nightfall, fearing delay may cost lives.
1878
Death of evangelist John Vassar at Poughkeepsie, New York.
1925
Death of Baptist pastor Russell Conwell, founder of Temple College (Temple University) and author of a popular sermon titled "Acres of Diamonds" that argues Christians should seize honest opportunities to earn wealth for good uses.
1930
Missionary linguist Frank Laubach wrote in a letter: 'Sometimes one feels that there is a discord between the cross and beauty. But...a man has not found his highest beauty until his brow is tinged with care for some cause he loves more than himself. The beauty of sacrifice is the final word in beauty.'

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