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Frederik Franson

It Happened Today: Fredrik Franson Heads for Rest Too Late (1908)

Once he gave his life to Christ, Franson wasted no time carrying the Gospel to the world.

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Beaten Oil

Devotional (2016 church year): Christ Has Friends and Enemies (1862)

Whoever is not with me is against me —Matthew 12:30 (NIV).

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Death in London, England, of Eleanor Farjeon. She authored the popular hymn “Morning Has Broken.”

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Chinese revolutionists, known as Boxers, behead lay preacher Chen Dayong at Yanqing, and hack his wife and daughter to death.

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Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity.


Pastor Sabine Baring-Gould pens the hymn “Onward Christian Soldiers” as a marching song for some children he must keep together as they walk between two villages during a Whit-Monday festival.

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The first episode of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin is published in serial form in National Era magazine.

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Dictionary of American Biography.


Rafaravavy Rasalama is one of the Christians who takes part in the first observance of the Lord’s Supper on Madagascar at the Ambatonakanga church. She will also become the island’s first martyr under the persecutions initiated by Queen Ranavalona I.

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Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


A Turkish tribunal condemns Mark of Smyrna to die by the sword after torturing him. He had previously betrayed his Christian faith but, ashamed of his behavior, renounced Islam and testified to the gospel although it meant sure death.

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Counts Egmont and Hoorn are beheaded at Brussels by Spanish overlords, rousing a furious resistance which will free the Netherlands from Spain and embed Calvinism as the principal form of Christianity.

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Stevenson, William. Story of the Reformation. Richmond: John Knox Press, 1959.


The Council of Pisa declares that the rival popes Gregory XII and Benedict XIII are “notorious schismatics, promoters of schism, and notorious heretics, errant from the faith, and guilty of the notorious and enormous crimes of perjury and violated oaths.”

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Schaff, Philip. History of the Christian Church.


Felix, Bishop of Tibiuca in North Africa, is hauled before the magistrate of his city and ordered to hand over Christian books in compliance with an imperial decree, but staunchly refuses.

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Chapman, John. The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1909.