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It Happened Today: Thirteen-Year-Old Hild Was Baptized (627)

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Arrest of 200 Makarere Church people in Uganda under Idi Amin’s cruel regime.

Authority for the date:

Wooding, Dan. Uganda Holocaust.


Twentieth anniversary of Watchman Nee’s imprisonment, five years more than his maximum sentence. Within weeks the evangelical pastor will be dead.

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Kinnear, Angus. Against the Tide.


Patriarch Tikhon raises Vladimir Nikolsky to the rank of archbishop of Perm where he takes the name Andronicus. The following year Andronicus will be shot and buried alive (one account will say drowned) by Soviets irate that he stands for the old regime against their atheism and resists their looting of Russian Orthodox churches.

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Death of Adoniram Judson, Baptist missionary pioneer to Burma. He had translated the Bible into Burmese. At his death, he is on a voyage undertaken in an attempt to regain his health and overcome depression which makes him doubt his salvation. He and his wife, Ann, had been household names in America. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

Baptism of Huang Guagcai, an orphan who will become the first Chinese deacon in the Protestant Episcopal Church in China and later will be ordained its first clergyman.

Authority for the date:

Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity.


Thomas Cadell publishes William Wilberforce’s A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Higher and Middle Classes in This Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity. The book becomes influential in changing the character of British society.

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Mangalwadi, Vishal. India: The Grand Experiment. Farnham, Surrey, England: Pippa Rann Books, 1997.


Death of Acacius the Younger of Mt. Athos. An extreme ascetic and prayer warrior, given to night-long vigils, he was regarded as a saint in the Orthodox Church.

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The first issue of the Tatler, England’s first magazine, goes on sale. It will demonstrate the power of the press to reform manners and morals. Joseph Addison, a Christian, will write many of its numbers.

Authority for the date:

Drake, Nathan. Essays, Biographical, Critical, and Historical


Protestant converts Thomas Loseby, Henry Ramsey, Thomas Thirtel, Margaret Hide, and Agnes Stanley are burned together in a single fire during the reign of Mary Tudor.

Authority for the date:

Foxe, John. Actes and Monuments.


Mass is said in Zurich for the last time as an act of the established church.

Authority for the date:

Smith, Preserved. The Age of the Reformation.


Reformation evangelist William Farel is forbidden to preach in Meaux, France. Subsequently, he will shift his endeavors to Switzerland.

Authority for the date:

Schaff, Philip. History of the Christian Church.


Pope Clement VI enumerates the many crimes of Holy Roman Emperor Louis IV and orders him to renounce the imperial dignity, which he ultimately does.

Authority for the date:

Schaff, Philip. History of the Christian Church.


A Frankish army attacks Constantinople from Venetian ships as part of the Fourth Crusade and will breach the walls the next day, after which the soldiers will rape and pillage for three days and desecrate the city’s great place of worship, the Hagia Sophia.

Authority for the date:

Christian History 82 (2004).


Death of Pope St. Julius. A staunch defender of Athanasius, he gave him asylum when he was forced into exile by the empire’s Arian faction.

Authority for the date:

Brusher, Joseph. Popes Through the Ages, Third Edition. Neff-Kane, 1980.