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Ground-breaking ceremony for the Adventist College of West Africa in Nigeria, that will train thousands of Africans and later become Babcock University.

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Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


Romanian authorities sentence Voicu Rusin to twenty-five years of forced labor for refusing to abandon his Pentecostal faith.

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International Union of Gospel Missions (IUGM) is founded, uniting in cooperation many groups which are operating rescue missions.

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Upon her release from prison, a woman walks several miles to Kaiserswerth to ask pastor Theodore Fliedner for help and is given a small outbuilding as a temporary shelter, inaugurating what will become the Kaiserswerth institutions.

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Bancroft, Jane M. Deaconesses in Europe. New York: Hunt & Eaton, 1890.


Santa Ynez Mission is founded in California. Working here, Father Arroyo will prepare a grammar of the language of the Indians of the San Juan region.

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Consecration of Thomas John Claggett at Trinity Church, New York City, by Bishops Samuel Seabury, William White, Samuel Provoost, and James Madison. He is the first Episcopal bishop consecrated in America, the others having obtained consecration in England or Scotland.

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Standard encyclopedias.


The first synod of the Presbyterian Church in America meets in Philadelphia.

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Slosser, Gaius Jackson, ed. They Seek a Country. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1955.

Death of John Campanius, Lutheran missionary to Indians. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

(old calendar) English authorities hang a Jesuit priest, Ralph Corbie (or Corbington), in London for adhering to his faith.

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Standard encyclopedias.


Death in Rome of Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, celebrated Jesuit defender of Roman Catholic teaching against Protestant theologies. He had also delivered the admonition to Galileo to no longer teach the heliocentric theory.

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Catholic Encyclopedia.


After extracting as many concessions as possible, Pope Clement VIII grants absolution to Henry IV of France, formerly a Protestant, so that he will be able to rule France.

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"Clement VIII." Britannica.


Death of Swiss reformer Heinrich Bullinger. He had succeeded Zwingli at Zurich and because of the hospitality he extended to English exiles, had gained influence with the English Puritans.

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Standard encyclopedias.


Don Gaspar Centellas of Valencia, a gentleman of birth and culture, is burned to death, having refused to recognize the Roman Church and pope as the Church of God.

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Lea, Henry Charles. History of the Inquisition of Spain.


Valentine Crautwald receives in a vision the Schwenckfelder view of the Eucharist: “spiritual grain” eaten by faith grows in a believer, transforming him or her toward the full image of God, the person of Christ.

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Christian History 21 (1989).


Assassination of the fierce inquisitor Peter Arbues at Saragossa, Spain. He is struck from behind while at prayer in the cathedral. Later the church will declare him a saint.

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Dedication of the Cathedral in Ely, England. King Henry III and Prince Edward are present.

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Sweeting, W.D. Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ely.