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Niels Hemmingsen

It Happened Today: Birth of Niels Hemmingsen, Danish Theologian (1513)

The best-known of Danish theologians wrote textbooks used throughout Europe.

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Devotional (2016 church year): God’s Way Is not Man’s Way (1875)

God’s way is different from man’s way, but it is always best! Take, for...

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At the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Brussels, Pope John Paul II beatifies Father Damien, the priest who had given his life in Hawaii for outcasts suffering leprosy.

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The Supreme Court of the United States rules against an Alabama law requiring a moment of silence (i.e.: prayer) in public schools.

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Clifton, Daniel, ed. Chronicle of the Twentieth Century. Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 1995.


The first radio broadcast of the Far East Broadcasting Company’s new Manila station goes on the air, with the staff singing “All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name.”

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Morgan, Robert J. On This Day. Nelson, 1997.


Carl McIntire is ordained and installed at the Chelsea Presbyterian Church in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He will become well-known as a radio broadcaster delivering fundamentalist and anti-Communist views.

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Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.


Death of “Righteous Vera, a girl who had begun early to seek the Lord and practice asceticism. Her twin sister Lyubov died four days later. The twelve-year-olds were visiting the Russian monastery at Optina.

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John Carmichael of Brandywine preaches a sermon saying war in self-defense is lawful. Sermons of this character helped form American opinion at the time of its Revolutionary War.

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Noll, Mark A. America’s God. Oxford, 2002.

Fundamental Orders of New Haven adopted. These had been proposed by Rev John Davenport and are an extraordinary example of the religiously-inspired formation of a governmental organization. Authority for the date: Macdonald, William. Select Charters and Other Documents Illustrative of American History, 1606-1775. New York: The Mac

An executioner in Toledo, Spain, tries to spare Doctor Sigismondo Arquer from burning alive for his Protestant beliefs by garroting him, but the onlooking crowd riots at this mercy. In the melee, Arquer is seriously injured and is already half dead when committed to the flames.

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Lea, Henry Charles. A History of the Inquisition of the Middle Ages. Macmillan, 1922.


Lothaire II of Saxony receives the imperial crown from Pope Innocent II whom he has just established on the papal throne by a show of armed force.

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Schaff, Philip. History of the Christian Church.


Quirinus, bishop of Siscia, after imprisonment, tortures, and mockery is drowned in a river where he preaches until he sinks.

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Foxe, John. Actes and Monuments.