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Hannibal Goodwin

It Happened Today: Birth of Hannibal Goodwin, Christian Inventor (1822)

Goodwin saw little profit from his valuable process.

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Morning Thoughts for Every Day of the Year

Devotional (2016 church year): Only God’s Bread Satisfies (1907)

The bread of God is he who comes down from heaven, and gives life unto the...

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The Scriptures Visualized Institute moves two days before its old lease expires. Almost miraculously, its new building had been completed in time, despite steel shortages. It was one of the earliest gospel film companies to make a lasting impact in the field.

Authority for the date:

Hess, Brian. A Brief History of Christian Films: 1918-2002.


Nlemvo (Mantantu Dundulu) converts to Christianity, the first Protestant convert in the Congo. He will collaborate in translating the New Testament, Proverbs, and Psalms into the Kikongo language, with other Christian literature.

Authority for the date:

Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


Death of Ignatius Bryanchaninov, who had been a bishop and theologian of the Russian Orthodox Church and the writer of many books on prayer and spiritual life, intended primarly for monks.

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Missionary James Calvert experiences joy when a Fijiian chief on Viwa Island orders that the death drums, formerly used to announce human sacrifice, would now call everyone to the worship of God.

Authority for the date:

Creegan, Charles C. Pioneer Missionaries of the Church. American Tract Society, 1903.


Death at Mount Sheffield, of James Montgomery, author of the Christmas carol “Angels from the Realms of Glory.”

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Marguerite Bourgeoys establishes the first uncloistered Catholic misisonary community in the new world at Ville Marie, Canada. Authority for the date: Deen, Edith. Great Women of the Christian Faith. New York: Harper, 1959.
Pope Urban sails from Avignon to Italy to restore the papacy to Rome. Authority for the date: Durant, Will and Ariel. The Renaissance.

Roman Emperor Honorius issues an imperial edict banishing Pelagians from Rome as a great threat to peace. They seemed to teach that people have a say in their own salvation apart from grace.

Authority for the date:

Herzog, Johann Jakob. “Pelagius” in A Religious encyclopaedia... Vol. 3. New York: Christian Literature