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It Happened Today: Roger Williams Obtains Rhode Island Charter (1643)

From the start, Providence Plantations offered liberty of conscience to everyone.

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A Thought and a Prayer for Every Day in the Year

Devotional (2016 church year): We Need Spiritual Symbols (1885)

It may be we shall never realize here, how greatly we have been dependent...

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An encyclical letter issued by Pope Pius XI warns Germans against the cult of blood and myths. It is written in German instead of the usual Latin to ensure that it is widely understood.

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Eerdman’s Handbook to the History of Christianity.


Constantine Asklipiodovich Khlynov, serving as an Orthodox priest in Novorozhdestvenka, Bolsherechensky region, Siberia, is arrested by Communists. He will be accused of anti-Soviet and counter-revolutionary propaganda and agitation, and sentenced to death—a sentence that will be carried out in Omsk on June 8, 1930.

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


Death of John Mason Peck at Rock Spring, Kentucky, having worn himself out as a frontier circuit rider and Baptist educator.

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Peck, John Mason and Rufus Babcock. Forty years of pioneer life: memoir of John Mason Peck D.D. Philadelphia: Ameri

William Leddra of Barbadoes becomes the last Quaker executed for his faith in Boston. Authority for the date: Letter from Thomas Wilkie to George Lad, quoted at
Basel passes a law that all Taufer (Anabaptists, etc) not forsaking their errors be fined £5 and those giving them aid likewise. Authority for the date: Littell, Franklin H. The Origins of Sectarian Protestantism. New York: Macmillan, 1972.

Death of Matilda (Matilda of Ringelheim), Queen of Germany and mother of Emperor Otto I. Because she had been charitable and founded monasteries and churches, she will be regarded as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.

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