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It Happened Today: Council of Robbers (449)

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Death in Medford, Massachusetts, of Catholic layworker and evangelist Martha Gallison Moore Avery.

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Hall, Timothy L. American Religious Leaders, American Biographies. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2002.


Communists convict the Orthodox priest Alexander Zaitsev of anti-Soviet agitation and handing over Soviet sympathizers to a resistance movement. He is sentenced to death and will be shot.

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


Death of Mary MacKillop, Australian nun, co-founder of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart. She will be named a saint by the Roman Catholic church—Australia’s first.

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Death in Portland, Maine, of Cyrus Hamlin, who had been a missionary to Turkey and founded Roberts College.

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Standard encyclopedias.


Gustaf Palmquist baptizes three converts in the Mississippi River at Rock Island. He will form the Swedish Baptist Church which became known as The Baptist General Conference.

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The First African Baptist Church of Boston is organized with twenty members.

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Death of Antonie Arnauld, a Jansenist leader who had promoted an Augustinian version of grace similar to Calvinism.

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