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It Happened Today: Lady Jane Grey Beheaded (1554)

Jane Grey was a pawn in a power play that cost her her life while still a teen.

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Devotional (2016 church year): God Is Forever Seeking Souls (1893)

I do not know how any man can stand and plead with his brethren for the...

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Araromi Baptist Church holds a retirement service for Stephen Abioye Adeoye, who had renounced the kingship of his region in order to preach the gospel.

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Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


Death of Iosif Trifa, an Orthodox priest in Romania, who had founded the successful revival movement The Lord’s Army. The Orthodox Church will refuse him burial with priestly honors, a position it will later acknowledge as wrong.

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Katharine Drexel founds the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament to serve African American and Native American people who are oppressed by discrimination and dire poverty.

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Death of heretical German theologian and philosopher Friedrich Schleiermacher. He defined religion as “feeling and intuition of the universe” and “a sense of the Infinite in the finite.”

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Standard encyclopedias.


The Emperor’s Hymn (Austrian National Anthem) with music by Franz Joseph Haydn is first sung, on this, the birthday of Francis II, who has been Holy Roman Emperor for about five years. In future, the tune will often be used for the hymn “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken.”

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Vincent, Benjamin. Haydn’s Dictionary of Dates. Putnam, 1911.


An Orthodox synod meeting in the Church of Theotokos Paramythia in Constantinople endorses the decision of Ecumenical Patriarch Jeremias II to raise the Metropolitan of Moscow to Patriarchal rank. The Russian patriarch thus becomes the fifth ranking patriarch, after that of Jerusalem.

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Execution of Protestant claimant to the English throne Lady Jane Grey, whose family had used her as a pawn in efforts to overthrow Mary Tudor.

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Leben 2 (2005).


The first Auto da Fe (ie: Act of Faith, a public confession and implementation of sentences) is conducted by the Spanish Inquisition and takes place in Seville. Twelve men and women are burned alive, charged with relapsing into the practice of Judaism.

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During the night of this, the eve of St. Ermenilda’s day, the central tower of Ely Cathedral collapses.

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Sweeting, W. D. Bell’s Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ely.


Jordan of Saxony, who becomes an early leader of the Dominicans, is accepted into that order.

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“The Legend of Blessed Jordan of Saxony, Second Master General of the Order of Preachers.” Footnote.


Bruno is enthroned as pope, taking the name Leo IX. Among his first acts will be countering threats from antipope Benedict IX. He will endeavor to improve the papal finances which are in woeful condition and correct the abuses of simony and sexual misconduct that are rife among churchmen.

Authority for the date:

Mann, Horace. “Pope St. Leo IX.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton, 1910.