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Pierre Viret

It Happened Today: Pierre Viret Ordered to Leave Lyons (1565)

He was the most popular Protestant preacher in sixteenth century France.

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Daily Bible Readings for the Lord's Household

Devotional (2016 church year): God takes pleasure in his people (1850)

Every intelligent being has some object in which he takes pleasure, except...

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Evelyn LeTourneau buys the property which becomes Camp Bethel. Authority for the date: Kooiman, Helen. Silhouettes: Women Behind Great Men. Waco, TX: Word, 1972.

Soviets sentence Ivan Sergeyevich Antonov, an Orthodox priest, to three years’ exile. He will be released in 1929 but in 1937 will be re-arrested for “anti-Soviet agitation,” and subsequently will be shot.

Authority for the date:

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


Baptism of Ganga Narayan Sil, a learned convert from Hinduism, who will become a street preacher to Hindus and Muslims.

Authority for the date:

Carey, W.H. Oriental Christian Biography. Calcutta: J. Thomas, 1850.

Conversion of Joseph Tarkington, who will become a Methodist circuit rider and the grandfather of the novelist Booth Tarkington. Authority for the date: Kimbrough, David L. Reverend Joseph Tarkington, Methodist Circuit Rider. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 199
Death of Josquin Desprez, a Flemish composer transitional between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, who had written a large number of religious works. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.