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Johann Oncken

It Happened Today: Bold Oncken, Begetter of European Baptists (1800)

Oncken and his helpers established many churches in Germany and surrounding countries.

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Frank C. Laubach

Devotional (2016 church year): Sharing soul experiences (1930)

I may say that it seems to me that we really seldom do anybody much good...

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Father L. Bridget and Sister Vridhi Ekka are sentenced to six months rigorous imprisonment for “forcibly converting” ninety-four Indians to Christianity in the Ambikapur district, although they neither lured nor coerced anyone to become a Christian.

Authority for the date:

Marshall, Paul and Lela Gilbert. Their Blood Cries Out. Thomas Nelson, 1997.


Mr. Boushra Khaliel, a Coptic Christian in Dairut, Egypt, drops charges against militant Muslims who had beaten him severely with pipes, leaving his right arm paralyzed. He had been warned that if he refused to drop the charges, his family would suffer the same brutality.

Authority for the date:

Bistawros, Baheg T. The Coptic Christians of Egypt Today Under Threat of Annihilation.


Death of George Jeffreys, founder of Elim Pentecostal Churches, at his home in Clapham.

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Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.


Death in the early hours of the morning of Presbyterian minister Peter Marshall of heart problems at age forty-six. He had been the vibrant and influential chaplain of the United States Senate. His widow, Catherine, will tell his story in A Man Called Peter.

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Death of African revival leader Blasio Kigozi at Kampala of tick fever. Inscribed on his tombstone will be the word zukuka (“awaken”).

Authority for the date:

Shaw, Mark. “A Hunger for Holiness.” Christian History 79 (2003).


The Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee), a Pentecostal denomination, convenes its first General Assembly.

Authority for the date:

Christian History 58 (1998).


Isabel Alison and Marion Harvie are hanged for their Covenanter beliefs. They sing Psalm 84 on the scaffold. Marion declares the government has no crime such as murder to charge against her but only religious views. The major in charge of the executions orders the hangman to “cast her over” to choke off any further testimony. 

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In the papal bull Bendictus Deus Pope Pius IV confirms decrees of the Council of Trent that include repudiation of Calvinist and Zwinglian teachings on the Eucharist; affirmation of penance and extreme unction as sacraments; a reaffirmation that tradition is a source of divine revelation; and a declaration that the Vulgate translation is the only authentic Latin version for public use. Trent  also abolished the practice of preaching papal indulgences.

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Cardinal Pole leads a cleansing at Cambridge University against the “heretical” preachers Martin Bucer and Paulus Phagius who have both been dead for several years. The sentence excommunicates and anathematizes them and orders their bones be dug out of holy ground and publicly burned. He also interdicts anyone in possession of “heretical” books.

Authority for the date:

Foxe, John. Actes and Monuments.