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Jan Hus

It Happened Today: Jan Hus Excommunicated (1411)

Hus denounced the greed and immorality of the clergy and the superstitious practices of the church.

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Lucy Larcom

Devotional (2016 church year): How to Give (1887)

How greatly the value of a gift depends upon the manner of giving! “He who...

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Church of the Nazarene evangelist Matthew Sabwela holds a service in Malawi at which 2,400 people surrender their lives to Christ.

Authority for the date:

Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


Soviets execute the Orthodox priest Basil Alexeyevich Tukmachev by shooting him, and exile his family. He had led active and passive resistance against the communist regime.

Authority for the date:

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


The Presbytery of Annan deposes Edward Irving from the ministry due to the hold that tongues-speaking prophetesses have gained over him, and owing to his unorthodox theology of the human nature of Christ. He will go on to found “The Holy Apostolic Church” or “Irvingites.”

Authority for the date:

Overall, William Henry. The Dictionary of Chronology, or Historical and Statistical Register.


Mary Pryor disembarks safely from the Archibald in Philadelphia, having prayed fervently for the ship Fame and encouraged its crew and passengers with prayer and prophecies while it was foundering in the Atlantic. Her promise of rescue was literally fulfilled down to the name of the rescue ship.

Authority for the date:

Hack, Mary Pryor. Mary Pryor: A Life Story of a Hundred Years Ago. Philadelphia: H. Longstreth, 1888.


In a disappointing setback for William Wilberforce and his allies, the English Parliament votes 74 -70 against an anti-slavery bill, whose opposition has cleverly provided lukewarm supporters with free tickets to see the London premier of a comic opera.

Authority for the date:

Christian History 93 (2007).


Shortly after Baptist pastor John Gill leaves his study to attend other duties a violent hurricane causes neighboring chimney stacks to crash through the roof onto the spot where he usually works.

Authority for the date:

Murrell, Stanford E. The Life and Times of Dr. John Gill.


Collapse and death of Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, an Italian Jesuit missionary and explorer, working among the Pima in the area now known as Arizona and northern Mexico.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.


Charles II of England issues a Declaration of Indulgence to extend religious liberty to Protestant nonconformists and Roman Catholics in his realm. Parliament soon forces him to suspend it.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.


Elector Frederick III of the Palatinate notifies the Catholic father of Charlotte de Bourbon, Princess of Orange, that he has provided her asylum because she has followed the dictates of her conscience in embracing Reformation doctrines.

Authority for the date:

Leben 2 (2006).