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Constantin Tischendorf

It Happened Today: Constantin Tischendorf and the Sinaiticus Controversy (1815)

He feverishly copied the first pages of the Epistle of Barnabas for which no good Greek original had yet been found. 

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Title page of Daily Light

Devotional (2016 church year): Things which shall be hereafter (1875)

It is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into...

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Death of Roberta Martin, an innovative gospel singer and organizer of the Roberta Martin Singers. Many singers got their start through her. Her signature song had been “Only a Look.” Fifty thousand will turn out for her funeral. In 1998, the United States Postal Service will issue a commemorative stamp in her honor.

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Death in Dohnavur, India, of Amy Carmichael who had rescued children from temple prostitution and written many inspirational Christian books.

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Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.


Peter Dyneka gives his heart to Christ and experiences such a total transformation that his landlord accuses him of being drunk. He will help found the Russian Gospel Association.

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Rohrer, Norman B. and Peter Deyneka, jr. Peter Dynamite. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1975.


Death in Penkridge, Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) of missionary Louisa M. R. Snead, author of the hymn “’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.”

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Death in Wellington, South Africa, of Andrew Murray, pastor, revival leader, inspirational author, and founder of a seminary.

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Standard encyclopedias.


Consecration of the first Armenian church in the United States, at Worcester, Massachusetts.

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“The First Armenian Church in United States.”


Death of Richard Harvey Cain, a bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, formerly an abolitionist and congressman. He had helped found Paul Quinn College and served as its president until 1884.

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Alone, and on foot, to save his poor congregation the expense of his travel, Theodor Fliedner enters Kaiserswerth where he will labor for his entire life and found the Lutheran deaconess ministry for which he is famous. A month after his arrival the city’s main source of employment will fail and the government will offer Fliedner a better appointment, but he will refuse to leave his people as if he were merely a hireling. Instead he will make a laborious journey across Germany to raise money for an endowment to support the Kaiserwerth church.

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Bancroft, Jane M. Deaconesses in Europe.


The church at Housatonic dismisses pastor and theologian Samuel Hopkins, resenting his opposition to the Halfway Covenant and his terrible sermon delivery.

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Chamberlain, Elizabeth. “The Life of Samuel Hopkins.” Papers from Hillsdale College.


Greenland’s first Lutheran baptism takes place.

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James Mitchell is hanged in Edinburgh, denied permission to see his wife and newborn son or to read his final confession of faith. Years earlier he had attempted to assassinate Archbishop James Sharp, a cruel persecutor of Covenanters. Captured, Mitchell was promised in writing full liberty if he confessed, but the promise was revoked and he was tortured with great cruelty. In 1679 a mob will murder Archbishop Sharp in retaliation.

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The Reformed Presbyterian (Feb 1, 1870) 64.


After a public debate the day before between Anabaptists and Zwingli, the Zurich council mandates that all infants must be baptized within eight days. Persecution of Anabaptists soon follows.

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Pope Pius II issues his bulla Execrabilis, condemning as detestable any appeals against the pope to councils.

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Death of St. Margaret of Hungary, princess and Dominican nun.

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Standard encyclopedias.