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It Happened Today: Giovanni da Plano Carpini Heads East (1245)

Giovanni da Plano Carpini undertook one of the most extraordinary travel adventures of all time.

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Christ's presentation in the Temple

Devotional (2016 church year): Celebration of the Presentation (2000)

Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:
your word has been fulfilled.

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College teacher Eliza George has a vision of Africans passing before the judgment seat of Christ, weeping and moaning, “But no one ever told us You died for us.” Two years later she will leave her teaching position and establish a mission in Liberia.

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Macedonian rebels release Ellen Stone, an American missionary to Turkey from the Congregational Church. They had held her and an associate for five months demanding a large ransom. Friends and the American public raised the money.

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Death of temperance leader Annie Wittenmeyer. She had been active in home missions, founded orphanages, edited Christian periodicals, written hymns, and authored several books. Among her significant roles was as the first president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union which grew to 1,000 chapters under her leadership.

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Standard encyclopedias.


Death of hymnwriter Adelaide Anne Procter in London, England. Charles Dickens had published many of her verses and she had been a favorite of Queen Victoria.

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Standard encyclopedias.


York Minster burns all day, set on fire by Jonathan Martin, a Methodist who had escaped from a lunatic asylum and hidden in the Cathedral when it was closed the night before. York Minster has caught fire at least four times.

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An Account of the Alarming and Destructive Fire in York Minster, on February 2, 1829.


Death of Henry Alline, an American Free Will Baptist evangelist who had fostered growth of the “New Light” movement Canadian and New England churches.

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Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online.


Young George Whitefield departs for Georgia, intending to become a permanent missionary to the American colony.

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Christian History 38 (1993).


Beheading of Jordan of Trebizond by Muslims after he had mocked their prophet and refused to convert to Islam when brought to trial.

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