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Georgi Vins Autobiography

It Happened Today: Baptists Form Their Own Organization in Russia (1965)

By their willingness to suffer and die, Russian Baptists forced concessions from the Soviet government.

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Counsels of the Wise King

Devotional (2016 church year): Truth saves, lies destroy (1880)

A truthful witness saves lives, but one who breathes out lies is deceitful —...

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Congolese rebels ransack a missionary hospital at Wasolo. They murder two of the Congolese nurses—Constant Kokembe and Boniface Bomba—and take missionary doctor Paul Carlson hostage.

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Bishop Makarios is elected the Orthodox Archbishop and Ethnarch of Cyprus. He will quickly move to the forefront of efforts to end British rule in Cyprus and eventually will be exiled by the British government. In 1959, he will negotiate a compromise agreement for an independent Cypriot republic and will be elected the first president of the Republic of Cyprus. However his situation will prove so difficult that the Greeks will attempt to assassinate him and Turkey will eventually invade the island (in 1974), seizing 40% of its territory.

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The Church of Constantinople accepts the formerly uniate (i.e. Catholic associated) parishes of North America as a new Orthodox diocese and consecrates Orestes Chornock to be their bishop. He will be active on many fronts, convening the diocese’s first convention, supporting the formation of its youth organizaiton, and leading in the formation of an Orthodox seminary.

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Death of Scottish clergyman George MacDonald who wrote novels to support himself. MacDonald’s writings will capture C. S. Lewis’s imagination, convincing him that true Christianity is not uninteresting.

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Standard encyclopedias.

Booker T. Washington delivers his “Atlanta Compromise” address. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.
Death of Jerry McAuley, founder of New York’s Water Street Mission, a pioneer among American rescue missions. Authority for the date: Offord, Robert M. Jerry McAuley: His Life and Work. New York: Ward and Drummond, 1885.

Connecticut observes its first annual thanksgiving day as a colony, following heated debate whether or not setting aside a specific day will prompt people to neglect thanking God on other days. 

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Kirkpatrick, Melanie. “Thanksgiving and America.” Imprimis (Nov 2016).


Anne Hutchinson arrives from England to Boston, Massachusetts, where she will rouse controversy and eventually be banished.

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“Anne Hutchinson Arrives in the New World.”


Death of John Colet, English scholar, Catholic reformer, and friend of Erasmus.

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Dictionary of National Biography.


Death of Theodulph, bishop of Orleans, in a monastery at Angers (Note: Catholic Encyclopedia gives December 18th as his date of death).

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Smith, William and Henry Wace, editors. A Dictionary of Christian Biography, Literature, Sects....