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Gorcum martyrs

It Happened Today: Cruel Deaths for the Gorcum Martyrs (1572)

A drunken admiral abused and killed captured priests.

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Daily Remembrancer

Devotional (2016 church year): God’s purposes cannot be thwarted (1864)

My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please —Isaiah 46:10 (NIV).


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As many as seven people die in a stampede trying to get in to see Pope John Paul II in a soccer stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil.

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Death in Folkestone, Kent, England, of hymnwriter Emily May Grimes Crawford. Her best known hymns were “The Master Comes! He Calls for Thee” and “The Quiet Hour.”

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Death in Dalporree, India, of Sir Robert Grant, English hymnwriter and civil servant, who had written the well-known hymn “O Worship the King.”

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Michael Paknanas is beheaded at the site of the ancient temple of Olympian Zeus because of his refusal to deny Christianity and embrace Islam.

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Death of Boston preacher Jonathan Mayhew, who had been controversial because of his Arminian (free will) theology in a largely Calvinist culture. His teaching on the Godhead was precursory to Unitarianism. In his support for personal liberty, he opposed the unpopular Stamp Act imposed by Britain on the colonies, apparently coining the slogan “No taxation without representation.”

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George Frederick Handel begins writing the oratorio Judas Maccabaeus and will complete it in just thirty-two days.

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Upton, George P. The Standard Oratorios.


To put an end to difficulties that had arisen through his acceptance of the teachings of Osiander, Albert of Prussia publishes a Lutheran Corpus doctrinae Pruthenicum (Collection of Prussian Doctrine) with a preface that states “no one shall be  admitted to any office in Church or school who does not approve of and accept it.”

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


Death of Stephen Langton, a strong Archbishop of Canterbury. He had been a signatory of the Magna Carta. Prior to becoming archbishop, he had been one of the chief theologians at the University of Paris.

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