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William Passavant

It Happened Today: William Passavant, Philanthropic Lutheran (1894)

William Passavant made social services a key component of American Lutheranism.

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Devotional (2016 church year): What Is the Bottomless Pit? (1886)

The bottomless pit mentioned several times in the Apocalypse is not (I...

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Death of Arthur Tappan Pierson, mission authority and revial leader. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.
Death of Hudson Taylor, English missionary to China and founder of the China Inland Mission. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.
Thirty-two young men, pages of the court of King Mwanga of Buganda who had converted to Catholicism, are burned to death at Namugongo for their refusal to renounce Christianity. Authority for the date: “The Martyrs of Uganda.”

Death of Azariah Smith, missionary to Armenia and Turkey. He had been well-known for his successful treatment of cholera, and for scientific papers he wrote on Turkey.

Authority for the date:

Bliss, Edwin Munsell, et al. The Encyclopedia of Missions


Thomas à Becket is consecrated Archbishop of Canterbury. In this capacity he will trouble his former friend King Henry II and be assassinated by four of Henry’s knights on 29 December 1170.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.