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It Happened Today: Death of Eli Smith, Missionary to Arabs (1857)

In defiance of the direct orders of his boss, he left for the Middle East.

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Devotional (2016 church year): God will guide (1850)

The LORD will guide you always . Isaiah 58:11 NIV.

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Soviets execute Natalya Ivanovna Sundukova by firing squad because she had “propagandized” her Orthodox faith among other prisoners and refused to work for the atheistic communists in the prison camp.

Authority for the date:

Moss, Vladimir. Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of the Urals, Siberia and Central Asia.


Pastors in the Hamburg, Germany area issue the Altona Confession, offering Scriptural guidelines for Christian conduct in light of the growing Nazi influence on the State Church.

Authority for the date:

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Works, Vol 12. Berlin 1932-1933. “Appendix 1: Chronology of 1932-1933.” Fortress<


At the Springfield Baptist Church Augusta, GA, Reverend Kelly Lowe organizes the first African-American Sunday school.

Authority for the date:

Jackson, Ed and Charles Pou. This Day in Georgia History.


Death of Timothy Dwight, president of Yale, a powerful advocate of sound doctrine. As hymnwriter, he had penned “I love thy kingdom Lord.”

Authority for the date:

Wells, Amos R. A Treasury of Hymn Stories. Baker, 1992.


Death of Pope John VI. A Greek by birth, he will be remembered for his intervention in a squabble between Saint Wilfred of York and the see of Canterbury.

Authority for the date:

Brusher, Joseph. Popes Through the Ages, Third Edition. Neff-Kane, 1980.