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William Wilberforce

It Happened Today: Dying Wilberforce Gets Good News (1833)

“Thank God, that I should have lived to witness a day...”

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Devotional (2016 church year): Do you show you love Christ? (1847)

Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he...

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Death of Peter Dyneka, evangelist to eastern Europeans. Born in Russia, he was converted in a Billy Sunday service after coming to the US. For his energetic spread of the gospel he had become known as Peter Dynamite.

Authority for the date:

Rohrer, Norman B. and Deyneka, Peter, Jr. Peter Dynamite. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1975.


Death of William Reed Huntington, a parish priest in the Episcopal Church. He had been a strong advocate of Christian reunification, authoring The Church Idea (1870) in which he set forth principles later adopted by Anglicans worldwide for discussing union with other churches.

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Death in Shelburne, Massachusetts, of Fidelia Fiske, missionary to the Nestorians of Persia. Her work in the countryside and among mountain tribes had won respect and contributed to the slow improvement of the lot of Persian women.

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Phoebe Palmer, an American Methodist, receives sanctifying grace and will go on to challenge many others to holy living, including African-American evangelist Amanda Smith.

Authority for the date:

Oden, Thomas C., ed. Phoebe Palmer: selected writings. New York: Paulist Press, 1988.


Hieromonk Gedeon begins a short preaching tour among the Kadiak of Alaska which leads many to become Orthodox Christians.

Authority for the date:

Pierce, Richard A., ed. and Bearne, Colin, trans. The Russian Orthodox Religious Mission in America 1794-1837.

Japanese Christians John Mat Suzuki and Paul Tsukamoto are decapitated for their faith. Authority for the date: Turnbull, Stephen. The Kakure Kirishitan of Japan. Japan Library, 1998.
The northern provinces of the Netherlands declare their independence of Spain at the Act of Abjuration signed at the Hague. The step came because Spain had oppressed these small states with religious persecution. Authority for the date: Stevenson, William. Story of the Reformation. Richmond: John Knox Press, 1959.