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Defenestration of Prague

It Happened Today: Violent Act Sparks the Thirty Years War (1618)

An angry act of retaliation sparked a vicious thirty year war.

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Thoughts of Christ

Devotional (2016 church year): Spirit and Body Need to Be Clean

Let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit —2...

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1941

The scarred and disfigured body of the Orthodox bishop Platon of Banja Luka is found in the village of Kumsale, Croatia. Along with thousands of others he was killed in ethnic cleansing by the Ustashe, a Croatian fascist organization.

Authority for the date:

http://orthodoxwiki.org/Platon_of_Banja_Luka

1918

Death of Ludwig Nommensen, Lutheran missionary to Sumatra, Indonesia, where he won many converts.

Authority for the date:

www.elca.org/dgm/country_packet/indonesia/hkbp.html

1903

Death of American Congregational missionary Henry Blodget. He had served forty years in China and helped translate the New Testament into colloquial Mandarin.

Authority for the date:

Schaff, Philip. New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge.

1891

Evangel, the first of several Baptist rail cars was dedicated in Cincinnati Ohio. Ten feet wide and sixty feet long, it will seat one hundred worshippers. Northern Pacific Railroad’s General Manager orders his people to take the car on any of the company’s trains at no charge. 

Authority for the date:

McKernan, Mary. “How the West Was Really Won.” Christian Reader (September - October, 1996).

1887

Death in Christiana, Norway, of Ludvig Mathias Lindeman. He had contributed greatly to the cause of good church music among the Scandinavians, so that it was said he had taught the Norwegian people to sing.

Authority for the date:

Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal.

1873

Death in St. Louis, Missouri, of Pierre-Jean De Smet, a frontier missionary in the United States and Canada.

Authority for the date:

Wikipedia.

1854

As Seventh-day Adventist evangelist James Waggoner prepares to board a train in Jackson, Michigan, with his wife Ellen, she feels a premonition of danger. A group of friends prays. Aboard the train, Ellen feels compelled to leave their car and move to the rear of the train. Soon afterward, the train derails, killing engineer and fireman instantly and injuring many passengers. The Waggoners’ car is unharmed, having inexplicably uncoupled from the wreck without breaking the chain or bolt that secured it to the other cars.

Authority for the date:

Lest We Forget: Adventist Pioneer Library, Vol. 4 No. 1 (1994).

1832

Inspired by recent revivals of religion, Amalie Sieveking, with twelve other women, founds a society that aims to help people help themselves by providing “material and spiritual assistance” to impoverished sick people and their families.

Authority for the date:

https://www.ohio.edu/chastain/rz/sieverkg.htm

1568
Battle at Heiligerlee. Dutch Protestant rebels beat the forces of Catholic Spain at Friesland. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.
1551

Saint Philip Neri is ordained. He will found the Oratian order and develop the musical form known as the oratorio.

Authority for the date:

New Catholic Encyclopedia.

1498

Italian reformer Girolamo Savonarola, who had preached aggressively against the corruption of northern Italy’s church and society, is hanged for heresy; then his body is burned.

Authority for the date:

Durant, Will and Ariel. The Reformation.

1430

Joan of Arc is taken captive by Burgundians during a sally from Compiegne, where she was besieged. For a large payment, the Burgundians will surrender her to the English who will execute her.

Authority for the date:

Michelet, Jules. Trial and Execution of Jeanne d’Arc, A.D. 1431.

1381

Metropolitan Cyprian of Moscow is received with rejoicing after long being denied the position because he is a Serbian. He will be declared a saint by the Russian church.

Authority for the date:

Obolensky, Dmitri. Six Byzantine Portraits. Clarendon, 1988.