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Justin Martyr

It Happened Today: Justin Martyr, First Notable Christian Philosopher

Plato did not satisfy his soul.

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Teresa of Avila

Devotional (2016 church year): Prayer Is the Channel to God (1864)

Prayer is the only channel through which God’s great graces and favors may...

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Death from lymphoma of Joseph C. Wong, Chinese-born pastor in Minnesota, founder of the North Central Chinese Winter Conference, and general secretary of the Chinese Christian Mission. He once wrote “The Gospel is not designed to be expressed by the culture in which it blossoms, but its purpose is to transform the very culture in which it blooms.”

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Unidentified press clipping.


Mitsuo Fuchida, who had radioed “Tora, Tora, Tora” from Pearl Harbor, becomes a Christian.

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Fuchida, Mitsuo. From Pearl Harbor to Calvary—My Testimony.


Death of Henry Beard Delany, first African-American bishop of North Carolina and the second African-American bishop in the Episcopal Church within the United States (a suffragan, or assistant, bishop). His daughters, the “Delany Sisters,” will author the popular book Having Our Say.

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J.C. Penney opens his first Golden Rule Store (in Kemmerer, Wyoming), committing himself to the highest ethical standards. He seeks to run his business on biblical principles: giving each customer only quality merchandise at a fair price, taking no more than a fair profit, and transacting business for cash only.

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Death of Joseph Swain who wrote the hymn “O Thou in Whose Presence My Soul takes Delight” and other hymns. Authority for the date: Burrage, Henry S. Baptist Hymnwriters and Their Hymns. Portland, Maine: Brown, Thurston & Co., 1888.

At Tsar Theodore’s order, Avvakum, one of Russia’s Old Believers, and his fellow prisoners are locked in a log cabin which is burned over them.

Authority for the date:

Encyclopedia Britannica.


Ferdinand Magellan instructs and baptizes Humabon in the Philippines, and will baptize eight hundred more Filipinos in the week that follows.

Authority for the date:

Anderson, Gerald H. Studies in Philippine Church History. Cornell University Press, 1970.