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Pierre Lombard

It Happened Today: Peter Lombard’s Famous Sentences (1164)

He wrote the most widely used textbook of the Middle Ages.

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Octavius Winslow

Devotional (2016 church year): Let nothing rob us of prayer (1858)

I call with all my heart; answer me, Lord, and I will obey your decrees.

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Death of Pastor Noble Alexander. He had been the longest held prisoner for Christ in the history of the Island of Cuba, yet his spirit always demonstrated his joyful freedom in Christ. Upon his release he had gone to the United States.

Authority for the date:

Anbalagan, Job.


Buzz Aldrin, a Presbyterian elder, takes communion on the moon during the Apollo 11 landing.

Authority for the date:

Aldrin, Buzz. Magnificent Desolation.


Death of Pope Leo XIII. A poet, scholar, and peacemaker, he had defended the divine nature of Christ in all its phases, from Virgin Birth through Resurrection and Ascension. He had also issued encyclicals against socialism and in behalf of Thomism, the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas. His relations with Catholics in the United States had been close.

Authority for the date:

Brusher, Joseph. Popes Through the Ages, Third Edition. Neff-Kane, 1980.


James Harvey Garrison is mustered out of Company G of the 8th Missouri Cavalry and, after attending Abingdon College, will become a publisher, pastor, missionary, and editor with the Disciples of Christ for five decades.

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Marriage of pastor/theologian Jonathan Edwards and Sarah Pierpont. They will create a godly, cheerful, and peacable home, much remarked upon by contemporaries, and ten of their eleven children will live to adulthood.

Authority for the date:

Petersen, Wm J. Martin Luther Had a Wife/Harriet Beecher Stowe Had a Husband.


Anne Hutchinson is baptized at Alford, England. She will become a controversial religious figure in New England.

Authority for the date:

Williams, Selma R. Divine Rebel: The Life of Anne Marbury Hutchinson. Henry Holt & Co, 1981.


Death at Fontanella of Ansegis, a monk whom Charlemagne had placed in charge of some of his building operations and who had also compiled a notable collection of Frankish laws.

Authority for the date:

The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge.