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Mary Lyons

It Happened Today: Mary Lyon and Mount Holyoke (1797)

As she grew older she seized any opportunity that came her way to learn.

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Lucifer before the Lord, by Mihály Zichy

Devotional (2016 church year): Third Sunday of Lent (1846)

When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are...

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Death of Yustus Ruhindi, a bishop in the Anglican Church in Uganda. He had left a successful career as a public school teacher to devote himself to full-time church work. He had made significant improvements at Bishop Tucker Theological College before becoming a bishop whose emphasis was on teaching people to live godly lives and make the most of their resources, greatly increasing the prosperity of the regions where he taught.

Authority for the date:

Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


Joel Gamonal gives his life to Christ two weeks after hearing a sermon on Proverbs 6, “These six things the Lord hates." The sermon had left him miserable. He will become a church planter with Heart Cry mission.

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Nazi soldiers arrest Corrie Ten Boom and her family in Harlaam for harboring Jews. Her father and a sister will die in concentration camps, but Corrie will be released because of a clerical error and become an international speaker for Christianity, author of The Hiding Place, and subject of a movie by the same name. Authority for the date:

Date on which God’s judgment would end the world, according to George Bell. Bell had been a Methodist given to extravagant claims until Wesley expelled him.

Authority for the date:

Christian History 2 (1984).


Death of Kyranna of Thessalonica, a beautiful Christian woman, after seven days of torture, having refused to convert to Islam and marry an Islamic suitor.

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Scotland’s national covenant is signed at Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, giving rise to the Covenanter movement among Scottish Presbyterians, insisting that Christ, not the king of England, is head of the church. Eighteen thousand will be martyred for this belief.

Authority for the date:

Diary of Sir Archibald Johnston, Lord Wariston 1637-1639, edited by G. M. Paul. Scottish History Society, 1911.

George Wishart, a Scottish reformer, is arrested by Roman Catholic authorities, and will be burned to death as a heretic the next day by order of Cardinal David Beaton. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

Death of Pope St. Hilary who had aggressively upheld Roman supremacy.

Authority for the date:

Catholic Encyclopedia.