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William Seymour

It Happened Today: William Seymour, Azusa Street, and Pentecostalism (1906)

Crowds gathered, and revival broke out.

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Jesus praying in the garden

Devotional (2016 church year): Christ Did not Turn Back (1843)

Then I said, “Behold, I have come;  in the scroll of the book it is written of...

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The first “Voice of Tangier” program airs over a 2,500-watt transmitter. Programming is broadcast in Spanish and English. Within two years, the station will be broadcasting in more than twenty languages.

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Trans World Radio.


Soviet agents arrest more than sixty Orthodox clergy and laity in Tomsk for “counter-revolutionary agitation” and “grouping of church people.” They will execute fifty of these individuals.

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Moss, Vladimir. Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of the Urals, Siberia and Central Asia.


Death of Frances E. W. Harper, an African-American woman who had labored in the anti-slavery cause alongside workers such as Julia Ward Howe and Frederick Douglas. She had published a volume of poems when twenty-one years of age.

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Phillips, C.H. The History of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church in America.


Charles and Lettie Cowman arrive in Japan where they will become co-founders of the Oriental Mission Society.

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Missionary James Gilmour sails from Liverpool to work in China and Mongolia. Made chaplain of the ship on which he is sailing, he shares the gospel with every member of the crew during the night watches.

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Royer, Galen B. “James Gilmour.”


General Codrington bequeaths two plantations in Barbados for medical mission work to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, on condition that professors and scholars be maintained there to study and practice medicine, surgery, and divinity in order to “endear themselves to the people and have the better opportunities of doing good to men’s souls whilst they are taking care of their bodies.”

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The Westminster Assembly adjourns, having held one thousand one hundred and sixty three sessions over a period of five years, six months, and twenty-two days. They were known for their solemn fasts and long hours of prayer.

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Hetherington, William Maxwell. History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines.


Zuni Indians kill Father Francisco de Letrado and dance with his scalp on a pole. He had been among Spanish missionaries attempting to impose a Christian regime on the Pueblo Indians.

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Kessell, John L. Kiva, Cross & Crown.


Death in Cortona, Italy, of St. Margaret of Cortona, a Franciscan tertiary, who had established a hospital for the poor.

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Standard encyclopedias.


Hugh of St. Cher dons the habit of the Dominican order. He will become a notable Bible scholar and head a team that will create the first really useful Bible concordance.

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Sullivan, J. M. “The Preacher Hugh of Saint Cher: Scripture Study and the Salvation of Souls.” Dominican House o


(or the 23rd) Death of Peter Damian, in Faenza. A reforming monk of the Benedictine order, he will be remembered chiefly for De divina omnipotentia which questioned the limits of the omnipotence of God (e.g.: can God change the past?) and will be declared a doctor of the church in the nineteenth century.

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