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Episcopal Canon Mary Simpson of New York speaks from the pulpit of Westminster Abbey in London, the first ordained woman to preach there.

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Death in New York of Samuel Zwemer, who had been a notable missionary to Muslims.

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Wilson, J. Christy, Jr. “The Apostle to Islam: The Legacy of Samuel Zwemer.”


Three hundred Pentecostals meet at the Grand Opera House in Hot Springs, Arkansas, for a ten-day conference. The conference will birth the Assemblies of God.

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“Brief History of the Assemblies of God.”


Death of William D. Longstaff, author of the hymn “Take Time to Be Holy”

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Forced into exile from his station in the Orange Free State by Boers, pioneer missionary François Coillard goes to Natal. Authority for the date: Mackintosh, Catharine Winkworth. Coillard of the Zambesi: the lives of François and Christina Coillard... Londo

Death of Radhanath Das, a well-educated Hindu convert to Christianity, who became an educator in Christian schools, a catechist in homes, a peacemaker among Christians and Hindus, a tract writer, and an evangelist. His death is the result of tending boys with smallpox.

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Oriental Christian Biography.


Death in Bologna of Francisco Saverio Clavigero, a Jesuit who had written a sentimental but inaccurate account of the American Indians wiped out by the conquistadors.

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Catholic Encyclopedia, 1908.

A sealed letter from Charles III of Spain is opened by authorities throughout Spain and the next morning every Jesuit in the realm is arrested, placed aboard ship, and expelled from the country. Authority for the date: Hughes, Philip. A Short history of the Catholic Church. Burns & Oates Ltd, 1974.

Wesley first preaches in open air to miners, a decisive step that frees him from dependence upon the favor of Church of England clergy for access to pulpits, but which requires him to swallow his pride.

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Lee, Umphrey. The Lord’s Horseman.


John Payne, a Catholic, is hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn, England, allegedly for treason to Queen Elizabeth. A sympathetic crowd ensures he is completely dead before they allow the drawing and quartering to proceed.

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Standard encyclopedias.


Edmund of Abingdon is consecrated Archbishop of Canterbury. His years will be spent wrestling with corrupt King Henry III, who refuses to allow him to fill church vacancies, pocketing the money from them instead.

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Standard encyclopedias.


Pope Innocent II opens the Second Lateran Council. It will deal with abuses in the church and condemn Peter of Bruys and Arnold of Brescia.

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Leclercq, Henri. “Second Lateran Council (1139).” Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Appleton, 1910.


Theodosia of Tyre, having commended Christians who are in chains for their faith in the market place, is seized and tortured. When she refuses to recant, she is thrown into the sea. 

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