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G. K. Chesterton

It Happened Today: Mr. Chesterton Made His Confession (1922)

 He was immense, notoriously absent-minded, and a defender of Roman Catholicism.

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My King, or Daily Thoughts for the King's Children

Devotional (2016 church year): Share the good news with both high and low (1867)

Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of...

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Wu Weizun, a staunch Christian who has suffered severely for his faith, is summoned by the police and his house is searched. Because he refuses to say anything during his interrogation, acting on three principles he has established for himself based on God's word (non-resistance, not disputing, and not begging) he is sent to a detention center. He will be treated with great harshness and his wife compelled to divorce him. However, he  determines to follow Christ at any cost and will do so with consistency for decades.

Authority for the date:

Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity.


Death in Overton, Flintshire, England of hymnwriter Mary Fawler Maude, best known for “Thine Forever! God of Love.”

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James Varick becomes the first bishop of African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.

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Johann Gossner, a German evangelical, preaches his first Russian sermon. Many Russians will be converted through his influence. Authority for the date: Brandenburg, Hans. The Meek and the Mighty: The Emergence of the Evangelical Movement in Russia. New York: Oxford Univ

The body of Johann Sebastian Bach, musical director and singing master of the St. Thomas School at Leipzig is laid to rest in an unmarked grave at the churchyard of St. John’s. He had died two days earlier.

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Brower, Harriette. The World’s Great Men of Music.


Lutheran missionary Christian Friedrich Schwartz arrives in Tranquebar, India. He will become one of the most successful missionaries of his century to India.

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Death of English Quaker William Penn who had founded the American colony of Pennsylvania with an emphasis on religious freedom.

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Encyclopedia Americana, 1956.


Execution of David Hackston of Rathillet in Edinburgh. Involved in the murder of Archbishop James Sharp of St. Andrews, he is executed in a particularly grisly fashion, first having his hands cut off, then being hanged until near death, then having his still-beating heart cut from his body.

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Standard encyclopedias.


John Knox is captured by the French. He had become the chaplain of the killers of Cardinal Beaton of St. Andrews. When the French capture their castle, he is sentenced to the galleys. Eventually he will escape the galleys to become a leader of the Scottish Reformation.

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Hughes, Philip. Popular History of the Reformation. Garden City, NY: Hanover House, 1957.


Robert Barnes is burned at Smithfield for heresy without a public hearing for his Reformation views.

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The Hussite priest Jan Ĺ˝elivský and his followers, some armed with pikes, swords, and clubs, march to the church of the Virgin Mary of the Snows in Prague from which they have been barred by Catholic authorities. Breaking in, they hold Communion service with both bread and wine. The group proceeds to the town hall where several newly appointed Catholic councilmen are gathered, and demands the release of imprisoned reformers. When the councilmen refuse, the protesters hurl thirteen of them out a window. Those who survive the fall are dispatched by the mob.

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Christian History 68 (2000).


Conrad of Marburg, a cruel inquisitor, is murdered on a wooded road in Germany.

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Standard encyclopedias.


Emperor Theodosius issues a decree from Heraclea, containing the names of bishops who are to be regarded as orthodox in their respective districts.

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Wace, Henry. A Dictionary of Christian Biography and Literature to the End of the Sixth Century A.D.