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Antony of Egypt

It Happened Today: Death of Famed Hermit, Antony of Egypt (356)

At once he sold his possessions, making provision for his sister, and distributed the rest of the money to the poor.

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Title page of the Daily Hymn Book

Devotional (2016 church year): A hymn a day pushes anxiety away (1838)

This is the gate of heaven . Genesis 28:17 NIV.

Behold the entrance gate of...

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The Supreme Court of India (Hindu) rules that the successful work of a Christian evangelist is a threat to the “freedom of conscience” guaranteed to all citizens of India.

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Christian History 87 (2005).


Death of Clara Clerget, French-born nun (Sister Anne-Marie of the Visitation), who had spent over fifty years as a missionary in Madagascar, most of it working with leprosy patients. Her radiant personality had attracted much attention and so she will be treated with high honors at her funeral.

Authority for the date:

Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish Lutheran diplomat, is last seen alive by his friends after Soviets take him into custody. His resourcefulness had saved thousands of Hungarian Jews during Nazi occupation. He will be remembered with other Righteous Gentiles in the Episcopal Church calendar on July 19.

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Death of Charles Gore, founder of the Community of the Resurrection, an Anglican monastery. He had been an author, a bishop, and an advocate for social justice.

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Edict of St. Germain is issued, allowing Huguenots to preach in France.

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Zurich City Council holds a public debate on infant baptism, which reformer Ulrich Zwingli has mandated as a covenantal act, but which Anabaptists such as Conrad Grebel and Felix Manz oppose, saying that baptism symbolizes a believer’s commitment to Christ and therefore must be entered into by adults with understanding.

Authority for the date:

Durant, Will and Ariel. The Reformation. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1957.


Pope Gregory XI enters Rome from Avignon, hoping to put down an Italian revolt against him. He will send  Robert of Geneva (later antipope Clement VII) with a company of ferocious Breton adventurers to crush the rebellion with atrocities, but it will continue. In about a year, Gregory will die, leaving the situation worse than it was.

Authority for the date:

Johnson, Rossiter, ed. The Great Events by Famous Historians.