More than two hundred and fifty prominent Armenians—civic and political leaders, teachers, writers, and members of the clergy—are rounded up and imprisoned. Many will be tortured and killed, the beginning of the Turkish effort to eliminate all Armenian Christians. The day will be remembered by Armenians and others as Armenian Genocide Day.Authority for the date:
Episcopal Church. Holy Women, Holy Men.
- Death of Asahel Grant, pioneer missionary to Persia. Authority for the date: Gilman, Daniel Coit, et. al., editors. The New International Encyclopedia, Vol. 8. New York: Dodd, Mead and Co., 1903.
- Jean de Brebeuf sails for New France, where he will be one of the longest lasting Jesuit priests before his martyrdom in his early fifties. Authority for the date: O'Brien, John A. The American Martyrs. New York: Aplleton, Century, Crofts, 1953.
Pope Sixtus V is elected. He administers stern justice, clearing the countryside of brigands that have flourished under his predecessors. He also founds the Vatican library and various colleges.Authority for the date:
Encyclopedia Americana, 1956.
Election and consecration of Pope Nicholas I. He will demonstrate integrity, iron will, faith, and masterful defenses of marriage and the papacy, becoming one of the strongest medieval popes. He will support missions, exercise authority over remote churches and communicate Christian doctrine to Bulgaria. King Lothair II of Lotharingia (a portion of Charlemagne’s former empire) will advance against Nicholas with an army and pin him in St. Peters for two days without food after the pope demands he return to his lawful wife.Authority for the date: