The Islamic city council of Demre, Turkey (formerly the Christian city, Myra), votes to replace the town’s traditional bronze statue of St. Nicholas of Myra with an effigy of a fat man with a red fur suit.Authority for the date:
Christian History 86 (2005).
Execution of Karla Faye Tucker, a murderess, who converted to Christianity on death row and died praising Jesus. Movies and documentaries will be made about her life.Authority for the date:
Desmond Tutu of South Africa becomes Johannesburg’s first black Anglican bishop.Authority for the date:
New York Times.
The Allied troopship S.S. Dorchester is torpedoed by a German sub near Greenland and goes down with a loss of 600 lives. The event is notable for the selflessness of four chaplains, Rev. Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed), Rev. George Lansing Fox (Methodist), Father John Washington (a Catholic priest) and Alexander David Goode (a Jewish rabbi), who gave up their lifejackets to save other men.Authority for the date:
Death of George Crabbe, a Church of England vicar and notable poet.Authority for the date:
Hatfield, Edwin. The Poets of the Church. New York: Anson D. F. Randolph & Co., 1884.
Richard Johnson, first Christian cleric appointed to Australia, preaches his first sermon in that country.Authority for the date:
Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.
The British House of Lords rules against the Corporation of London which, to raise money, had established heavy fines for anyone refusing to stand for office if nominated, and then nominated many dissenters, knowing that they could not take the oath required under the Test Act.Authority for the date:
Dale, R.W. History of English Congregationalism.
John Wesley arrives in London, having fled the colony of Georgia, where his ministry had been a serious failure.Authority for the date:
Bangs, Nathan. A History of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Death of Johannes Gutenberg, a developer of movable type, which will become a powerful factor in the spread of the Protestant Reformation.Authority for the date:
Mongols surround the city of Vladimir, whose citizens, including Orthodox Christians, vow to resist to the last man to defend God’s churches. The city will fall on the fourteenth of that same month.Authority for the date:
Curtin, Jeremiah. The Mongols in Russia.
(traditional date) Death of Anskar, an early English or Irish missionary who had tried repeatedly to evangelize Scandinavia.Authority for the date: