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Teacher Christianah Oluwasesin of Nigeria is beaten to death by a mob on an accusation that she touched a student’s handbag which had a Koran in it, thus defiling the Koran.

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Voice of the Martyrs, special edition (2009).


The people of Augusta, Georgia, dedicate a monument on Green Street to the memory of Christian philanthropist Emily Harvey Thomas Tubman.

Authority for the date:,emily.htm.


Muslim militants burn down the fifth-century historical Coptic Church of Saint Mary the Virgin in Old Cairo.

Authority for the date:

Bistawros, Baheg T. The Coptic Church of Egypt Today: Under Threat of Annihilation.


Baptist minister Martin Luther King, Jr. leads more than three thousand civil rights demonstrators on a march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery. By the time they reach their destination four days later, the number of protesters will have swelled to twenty-five thousand.

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Pope Pius XI’s Mit brennender sorge against some Nazi policies is read in all Catholic churches in Germany.

Authority for the date:

Eerdman’s Handbook to the History of Christianity.


Death of Davis Griffiths, a missionary to Madagascar, who had translated the Bible into the Malagasy language.

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Gungaram Mundel contracts cholera. He had been the first convert at Khari Baptist Church, Calcutta, and his profession of faith had eased the way for other Indians of the area to follow Christ.

Authority for the date:

Carey, W.H. Oriental Christian Biography. n.d.


Death of the archbishop of Armagh, James Ussher. His Annales Veteris et Novi Testamenti proposed a biblical chronology that placed the creation of the world in 4004 BC, and his dates will be incorporated into the notes of many Bible versions.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.


Archbishop Thomas Cranmer is burned alive on orders of Mary Tudor, officially because of his “heresies” (he had been a leader in the English Reformation), but actually because of his role in providing King Henry VIII with a divorce from Mary’s mother Catherine many years earlier.

Authority for the date:

Christian History 48 (1995).


Conrad Grebel, Felix Manz, and George Blaurock escape from prison down a rope. Pacifist Anabaptists, they believed Christians should not hold power, but had been condemned to life imprisonment on concocted charges of fomenting revolution.

Authority for the date:

Bender, Harold S. Conrad Grebel. Scottsdale, PA: 1971.


Formation of the Cistercians, a strict monastic order, emphasizing physical labor, silence, and austerities.

Authority for the date:

Gildas, Marie. “Cistercians.” Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Appleton, 1908.


(traditional date) Death at Monte Cassino of Benedict, an Italian monastic founder, author of the famous Benedictine rule.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.


In a letter to the North African bishops, Pope Zosimus declares that none dare dispute the judgment of the see of Rome, but in the same letter responds to their pleas by reversing his own earlier position and declaring Pelagius a heretic.

Authority for the date:

Schaff, Philip. History of the Christian Church.