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Hans Nielsen Hauge

It Happened Today: Death of Hans Hauge, Norwegian Evangelist (1824)

When he received assurance of salvation, he immediately asked the Lord what he should do.

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First Thoughts

Devotional (2016 church year): Enjoy the Happy Effects of Christ’s Incarnation (1874)

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart has imagined, what God has...

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Ezra Lawiri is fatally wounded by an artillery shell as the Sudanese battle around him. An Episcopal priest, educator, author, and translator, he had refused to take refuge in Kenya, saying death would overtake him wherever he was when his time came.

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Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


Death of Ambrosius of Georgia in Tbilisi. He had been the partriarch of all Georgia, a historian of his people and their church, and a staunch opponent of Soviet communism. The Soviets had imprisoned him and his death came shortly after his release.

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Death of hymn writer Ray Palmer. His most famous hymn is “My Faith Looks up to Thee.”

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Death of Dora Greenwell, Christian poet and hymn writer. Her two best-known hymns are “And Art Thou Come with us to Dwell?” and “I Am not Skilled to Understand.”

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Standard encyclopedias.


Death of Charles Wesley in London. An evangelist like his more famous brother, John, he also wrote many hymns of the highest quality.

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Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.


First Jesuits arrive in Brazil led by Father Manuel de Nobrega.

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Dussel, Enrique. A History of the Church in Latin America. Eerdmans, 1981.


English reformer John Hooper and his wife are welcomed to Zurich by Heinrich Bullinger, having temporarily left England because of persecution by King Henry VIII. Hooper will perish at the stake under Mary Tudor.

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Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.