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Alexander Cruden

It Happened Today: Birth of Astonishing Alexander Cruden (1700)

The compiler of a famous concordance was also compulsive and fanatical.

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sheet music

Devotional (2016 church year): We Remember the Visitation

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!
 Unnumbered blessings give my...

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2007

Dedication of the Billy Graham Library is attended by two former presidents of the United States: George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Bush delivers the keynote address.

Authority for the date:

www.billygraham.org.

1847

Thomas Chalmers, a highly-regarded leader in the Scottish Free Church, is found dead in bed this morning in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Authority for the date:

Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.

1843

Methodist elder Orange Scott presides over a convention assembled at Utica, New York, to establish a new church, known as the Wesleyan Methodist Connection, because the Methodist Episcopal Church was willing to compromise on such issues as slaveholding but these Methodists were not.

Authority for the date:

http://media.wesleyan.org/Orange%20Scott-en.pdf

1803

Presbyterians appoint Rev. Gideon Blackburn as their first missionary to the American Indians. A flambouyant preacher, he had once held a crowd of fifteen hundred listeners spellbound for two hours in a rainstorm while he preached. As a missionary and pastor, he will found churches and schools from Illinois to Alabama over a period of forty years, working along the western frontier of the United States. However, his reputation will suffer when it is learned he smuggled whiskey and speculated in land.

Authority for the date:

Slosser, Gaius Jackson, ed. They Seek a Country. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1955.

1752

Death in London of Sidney Griffifth from tuberculosis. She had been a strong supporter of the Calvinist Methodists, going so far as to leave her husband so that she could live with Methodists at Trevecca.

Authority for the date:

Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.

1680

Death of Joachim Neander, German hymnwriter and Pietist.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.

1638

Thomas Hooker preaches the opening sermon at First Church of Hartford, declaring that “the foundation of authority is laid in the free consent of the people.” He will have a hand in producing an early American “constitution,” the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut in 1639.

Authority for the date:

http://homepages.rpi.edu/~holmes/Hobbies/Genealogy2/ps28/ps28_470.htm

1578

Italian archaeologist Antonio Bosio recognizes the importance of the accidental discovery of a subterranean burial place as an entrance to the catacombs of Rome and investigates. He will go on to find and explore many more underground burial places.

Authority for the date:

Williams, Neville. Chronology of the Expanding World. David McKay Company Inc., 1969.

1567

Guido de Brès, author of the Belgic Confession, is hanged for his faith.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.