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Lilavati Singh and Isabella Thoburn

It Happened Today: Isabella Thoburn Taught India’s Women (1870)

No people ever rise higher, as a people, than the point to which they elevate their women.

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Daily Thoughts

Devotional (2016 church year): Prayer Revealed Christ (1893)

We all know how it is, all along, with the life in which we are living....

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Death in Hankow, China, of Eduard L. Arndt, pioneer Lutheran missionary.

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Mattiya Leonard Kamungu becomes the first Anglican priest of the Chewa people in the diocese of Nyasaland. He will be misunderstood by both Europeans and his own people as he tries to walk a line between European paternalism and African expectations. He dies in 1913, possibly poisoned, and will be considered a martyr.

Authority for the date:

Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


Nine hundred Syrian Sunday-school children assemble in Beirut to witness the unveiling of a column dedicated to female education which Christian missionary Sarah Huntington Smith had inaugurated on that site fifty-nine years earlier. The children represent Muslims, Druzes, Jews, Maronites, Catholics, Greeks, Armenians, and Protestants. Among the speakers is Alice Bisney, a daughter of Smith’s first student.

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The Church at Home and Abroad. (October 1894) 301.


Thomas Charles’s career as a Church of England clergyman ends when he is dismissed as curate of Llanymawddwy because of his support of Methodists. He will be influential in establishing Welsh schools and the British and Foreign Bible Society.

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Larsen, Timothy T., David W. Bebbington, and Mark Noll. Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals. IVP Academic, 2003


Sophronius is consecrated Bishop of Irkutsk and Nerchinsk. Years earlier, at being made a monk, he had received a vision saying, “When you become bishop, build a church dedicated to all saints”—which he did. He will be considered an Orthodox saint.

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Death of John Foxe at age 71. He had written Actes and Monuments of Matters Happenning to the Church, better known today as the Book of Martyrs. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.
Luther makes his bold declaration, “Here I stand!” at a second hearing before emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

Pope Julius II lays the foundation stone of the second building of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

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(probable date) Cyprian is baptized in Carthage on Easter eve. He will become a bishop and leading theologian, renowned for writing the treatise On the Unity of the Catholic Church.

Authority for the date:

New Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1967.