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Pope John Paul II begins a visit to Cuba, emphasizing the need for fundamental human freedoms.

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Elders of the Little Flock and twenty-eight other Christian leaders in Shanghai are arrested. They have carried on the work begun by Watchman Nee, who is in prison.

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Lyall, Leslie T. Three of China’s Mighty Men. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1980.


Soviets execute the Orthodox priest Peter Alexeyevich Bulgakov for “agitation against Soviet power.” He had long resisted their efforts to get him to abandon his faith and three months before his death had refused to hand over church keys to them.

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


Presbyterian minister Samuel McCrea Cavert, a notable ecumenist, becomes the General Secretary of the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America. A chief player in forming the World Council of Churches, he will die in 1976. “The temptation of Protestantism has always been to magnify freedom at the expense of unity. The temptation of Roman Catholicism, on the other hand, has been to magnify unity at the expense of freedom.”

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The American Lutheran Publicity Bureau is organized in New York City to inform the general public about The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

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Death of Fanny Coppin, an ex-slave who became an educator to her people, principal of the Institute for Colored Youth, an inspiration to the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and a missionary to South Africa.

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At the Academy of Music in Kansas City, Charles Parham preaches his first sermon dedicated soley to the experience of the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues.

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Cauchi, Tony. “Charles Fox Parham.”


Robert Aitken petitions the U.S. Congress to officially sanction his publication of the first English-language Bible printed in America.

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Newly-ordained missionary Christian Friedrich Schwartz embarks from London for Tranquebar, the seat of the Danish Mission in India. Four months after arriving, he will preach his first sermon in Tamil and afterwards will conduct a successful work.

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Creegan, Charles C. Pioneer Missionaries of the Church. New York: American Tract Society, 1903.


A Bedford, England, congregation calls John Bunyan as its pastor. He is in prison at the time for preaching.

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Christian History 11 (1986).


The English parliament passes “An Act for Uniformity of Service and Administration of the Sacraments throughout the Realm” which establishes the first Book of Common Prayer in Edward’s reign.

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Benton, J.H. The Book of Common Prayer, Its Origin and Growth. Boston, 1910.


Anabaptists come into being in Zurich when Conrad Grebel baptizes George Blaurock.

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Bender, Harold S. Conrad Grebel. Scottsdale, PA: 1971.


Hans Denck, a schoolmaster who argues that Lutheran reform is empty unless accompanied by the inward light of the Spirit, is banished from the city of Nuremberg.

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Jones, Rufus M. Spiritual Reformers in the 16th & 17th Centuries. London: MacMillan and Co., 1914.


Matthew Paris is clothed as a novice. He will be remembered as a monk who chronicled English history.

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Knowles, David. Saints and Scholars. Cambridge University Press, 1966.


Death of Pope Paschal II. During his troubled pontificate, he had been faced with four anti-popes and suffered captivity at the hands of Holy Roman Emperor, Henry V, who extorted concessions from him.

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


Pope Adrian III rules in favor of Rothad who had deposed a priest for unchastity and called a church council. Bishop Hincmar had argued that Rothad, as a suffragan (assistant) bishop, did not have authority to do either.

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Schaff, Philip. History of the Christian Church.