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Gilbert Tennent

It Happened Today: Death of Evangelist Gilbert Tennent (1764)

His fiery faith placed him at the center of revival—and of a split in the Presbyterian Church.

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Thoughts of Christ for Every Day of the Year

Devotional (2016 church year): Christ pardoned us while we were deep in sin

Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways —Psalm 25:7...

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Death of Demos Shakarian in Costa Mesa, California. Of Armenian origin, he had founded the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International.

Authority for the date:

Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.


Nigerian church planter Joseph Adeyemo Taiwo is honored with the title of chieftan. Through his zealous efforts, he enlarged the Baptist presence in Nigeria.

Authority for the date:

Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


The Camisards, French Protestants of Languedoc, break into open revolt when they hear a rumor that a priest at Pont de Montvert intends to execute some of his Camisard prisoners, whom he has held and tortured. They burn his house, kill him, and liberate the prisoners. This begins a savage war that leads to their extermination.

Authority for the date:

“Fighting for Freedom of Conscience: The Camisard Rebellion and ... Religious Liberty in France.”


Death in London of John Day, the foremost English printer of the Elizabethan era. He had introduced Roman type to replace Gothic fonts. Because he had printed devotional books for the Reformation, and continued to print Protestant books after the accession of Mary Tudor, he was imprisoned and then exiled. When Protestants regained power under Elizabeth, he returned and printed John Foxe’s Actes and Monuments (Book of Martyrs).

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.


Death in Rome of Bridget of Sweden, a Scandinavian mystic and founder of the Briggitine Order. She had written several books of revelations. 

Authority for the date:

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


Fontevrault Abbey, France, receives a papal bull of privileges, permitting its women a good deal of autonomy without supervision by men.

Authority for the date:

Pope. Morris, Joan. The Lady was a Bishop.

John V is consecrated as Pope. An easterner, he is consecrated without the usual direct approval of the Byzantine Emperor. Authority for the date: Mann, Horace. “Pope John V.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1910.

(or 78) Martyrdom of Apollinaris, bishop of Ravenna, said to have been a disciple of St. Peter.

Authority for the date:

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