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Statue of Olaf of Norway

It Happened Today: Olaf Battled for Norway (1030)

How did a tyrannical king become remembered as the leading saint of Norway?

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Daily Strength for Daily Needs

Devotional (2016 church year): The time is short (1892)

But this I say, brethren, the time is short — 1 Corinthians 7:29 (KJV).

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Burial of Titus Machingo Chondol, a pastor in the Church of Christ in Nigeria, noted for his efforts to evangelize and educate his people. He had planted several churches, formed a youth fellowship and a pastors’ forum, and inspired several young men to enter the ministry.

Authority for the date:

Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


Fifteen hundred people crowd the sanctuary of the Episcopal Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia to witness the ordination of eleven women in defiance of Episcopalian policy. However, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church will approve the ordination of women two years later. 

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Death of missionary Robert A. Jaffrey, from dysentery, in a Japanese internment camp. He had led a major effort by the Christian and Missionary Alliance to evangelize China and Southeast Asia.

Authority for the date:

Tozer, A.W. Let My People Go.


Father Florentius Troitsky secretly buries in the parish cemetery the Orthodox priest Platon Gorgonievich Gornykh and two peasants whom the Soviets had executed by firing squad in the woods outside Pokrovskoye.

Authority for the date:

Moss, Vladimir. Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of the Urals, Siberia and Central Asia.


Phoebe Palmer rocks her beloved eleven-month-old daughter Eliza to sleep and puts her to bed. Soon afterward, a careless helper has an accident with an oil lamp, severely burning the baby, who dies. In grief, Palmer will be driven to seek God’s face as never before, becoming a leading voice of the American holiness movement.

Authority for the date:

Christian History 82 (2004).


Death of William Wilberforce, who had done much to end slavery in British possessions.

Authority for the date:

Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.


Death of James Manning, who had been president of Rhode Island College and was well-known for his firm stand against the oppression Baptists suffered in Massachussets and Connecticut.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.


Robert Barclay petitions that prisoners of conscience be allowed to go overseas rather than remain sequestered in prisons.

Authority for the date:

Trueblood, D. Elton. Robert Barclay. New York: Harper and Row, 1968.