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It Happened Today: Theodosius Battled Arbogast at Frigidus (394)

Having the wind to his back saved the day for his army.

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Daily Readings

Devotional (2016 church year): Put God’s things first (1847)

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will...

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Death of Migsti Haile in Eritrea after undergoing severe torture for refusing to sign a letter recanting her Christian faith. She is thirty-three years old when martyred.

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HCJB Daily.


Egypt’s president Anwar Sadat places Coptic Pope Shenouda III under arrest in a desert monastery because he has protested the leniency shown to Muslims who had killed Christians and destroyed their churches and homes in three days of rioting.

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Library of Congress.


Death in Concord, New Hampshire, of hymnwriter Jennie Evelyn Hussey, author of “Lead Me to Calvary.”

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The Continental Congress assembles for the first time in Philadelphia. After electing its president, its first official action will be a vote to open Congress with prayers. Episcopal preacher Jacob Duché is selected to deliver the invocations, which he will commence the following day (see tomorrow’s It Happened This Day story).

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Obadiah Holmes is whipped in Boston for privately teaching Baptist views.

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“Rev. Obadiah Holmes.”


Death of Edmund Bonner, who persecuted Protestants during the reign of Mary Tudor. Imprisoned when Elizabeth came to the throne, he had spent the last ten years of his life in the Marshalsea prison in London.

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Valverde and twenty Dominicans arrive to take charge of the Diocese of Cuzco and Bishop Valverde lays the foundation of the cathedral in Cuzco, Peru.

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Dussel, Enrique. A History of the Church in Latin America. Eerdmans, 1981.


English Chancellor Thomas Cromwell imposes a new series of injunctions against the clergy in Henry VIII’s name.

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Cromwell, Thomas. Letter 273 in Roger Bigelow Merriman's Life and Letters of Thomas Cromwell.