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It Happened Today: Eastern Europe’s Desperate Struggle with the Teutonic Knights (1410)

The Teutonic Knights engage Poland in one of the most important battles of the Middle Ages.

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William Mason

Devotional (2016 church year): Don’t be surprised by dark times (1803)

And behold, terror and great darkness fell upon him —Genesis 15:12 (NASB).


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Dorothy L. Sayers is baptized as an infant. She will write the well-known Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries, Christian plays, a radio series on the life of Christ called The Man Born to Be King, and works of apologetics. Authority for the date: Dale, Alzina Stone. Maker and Craftsman; the Story of Dorothy L. Sayers. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1978.

The first Hawaiian missionaries set sail for the Caroline Islands with a letter of greeting from King Kamehameha III to all the chiefs of the islands of the Pacific urging them to receive the missionaries kindly, renounce idols, and worship the true and living God. Revival had come to Hawaii and its people were eager to share the gospel.

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Death of Anne-Marie Javouhey, an extraordinary peasant girl who took the gospel to French territories in Africa and South America. Authority for the date: Delany, John. Saints for All Seasons. New York: Doubleday, 1979.

Death of Bonaventura. He was a minister general of the Franciscans and a notable preacher. His writings breathe a warmth of spiritual passion and avoidance of scholastic nit-picking.

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Encyclopedia Americana, 1956.


Death of Vladimir, Grand Prince of Rus, whose conversion to Christianity established the Russian Orthodox Church.

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Shipman, Andrew. “St. Vladimir the Great.” Catholic Encyclopedia. Appleton, 1912.


Repose (death) of Saint Michael, first metropolitan of Kiev.

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