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It Happened Today: Origin of the Gueux (Beggars) (1566)

Mocked as beggars, they wore the name with pride.

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Devotional (2016 church year): Pray against Our Own Hypocrisy

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! —Matthew...

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East German authorities dynamite ruins of the Ulrich church in Magdeburg, despite Christian protests. Religious leaders’ plans to rebuild the historic sanctuary are ignored. It dates back to 1023 but has been damaged in the war.

Authority for the date:

Hutten, Kurt. Iron Curtain Christians. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1967.


Death in Calcutta, India, of Charles Freer Andrews, an Anglican priest and missionary to India, where he had assisted the poor and pursued social justice. He had been a close friend of Mahatma Gandhi.

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Death of Indian intellectual, evangelist, and philanthropist Pandita Ramabai.

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Standard encyclopedias.


Matthew Simpson rides away from the medical profession to become a Methodist itinerant preacher. At the time he still struggles even to speak with people. However he will become a notable educator and bishop.

Authority for the date:

Clark, Robert D. The Life of Matthew Simpson. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1956.


Death of Robert Raikes, an English philanthropist generally regarded as the founder of the modern Sunday school movement.

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Standard encyclopedias.


The first complete performance of Beethoven’s oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives takes place in Vienna.

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Upton, George P. The Standard Oratorios.


Indian Princess Pocahontas, a convert to Christianity, marries English colonist John Rolfe.

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Deen, Edith. Great Women of the Christian Faith. New York: Harper, 1959.


Alexander Nevsky of Novgorod defeats the Teutonic Knights on frozen lake Peipus.

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Standard encyclopedias.


Death of Eutychius, patriarch of Constantinople, who had maintained that after the resurrection the body will be more subtle than air and no longer palpable, a position that the future Pope Gregory the Great vehemently opposed.

Authority for the date:

Wace, Henry. Dictionary of Christian Biography and Literature.