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It Happened Today: Reformation Showdown in Basel (1529)

A mob surrounded town hall, brought up cannon, and demanded the council to expel its most active Catholic members.

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Charles Brooks

Devotional (2016 church year): Love Your Enemies (1828)

If thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink; Be not...

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Death of Rousas John Rushdoony, a Presbyterian clergyman and theologian known as the “Father of Christian Reconstruction” who had advocated strict implementation of biblical moral law in America.

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World magazine.


Death in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, of Harold John Ockenga, neo-evangelical leader.

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Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.


Confirmation in the Anglican Church of Hamu Lujonza Kaddu Mukasa. After Muslims take control of Uganda, he will lead a strong military counter-attack and win political control of the nation for Christians. As a trustee of the national church, he will advocate a policy of self-governance, self-support, and self-propagation.

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Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


Death of hymnwriter Mary Stanley Dana Shindler. Her best-known hymn began with the words “Flee as a bird to your mountain, thou who art weary of sin.”

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Ordination of hymnwriter Joseph Swain to pastor a church in London. His most famous hymn was “O Thou in Whose Presence.”

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Hatfield, Edwin. The Poets of the Church. New York: Anson D. F. Randolph & Company, 1884.


Beheading of the Catholic prisoner Mary, Queen of Scots, on the orders of the Protestant queen, Elizabeth I of England. Mary was accused of plotting to assassinate Elizabeth.

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Standard encyclopedias.


Puritan parliamentarian Peter Wentworth is sent to the Tower of London for making a rousing defense of freedom of speech.

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Revolution breaks out in Basel, Switzerland when a Protestant mob surrounds the town hall, plants cannon, and forces the council to expel the twelve Catholic members, meanwhile destroying church pictures and statues. “We raged against the idols, and the mass died of sorrow,” wrote Reformer Oecolampadius.

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Smith, Preserved. The Age of the Reformation.


Defeat and captivity of King Louis IX of France, “St. Louis,” in a crusade.

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Athanasius goes into hiding after escaping five thousand soldiers who burst into his church.

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Hough, Lynn Harold. Athanasius, the Hero. Cincinnati: Graham and Jennings, 1906.