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New Amsterdam in 1664

It Happened Today: Michaelius Sailed to America (1628)

Michaelius was the first Dutch Reformed “Domine” (minister) to serve in the New Netherlands.

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Devotional (2016 church year): We need Christ’s power to repent (1850)

God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance...

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Unknown gunmen assassinate Elijah Yisa, an Anglican pastor, discipleship mentor, and evangelist among Nigeria’s Muslims.

Authority for the date:

Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


Frederick Donald Coggan in his enthronement sermon as Archbishop of Canterbury calls for more people to put themselves forward for ordination.

Authority for the date:

Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.


Thomas De Witt Talmage celebrates his seventeenth year as pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle. A noted orator, he is one of the leading pastors of his day and a crusader against vice in New York City. 

Authority for the date:

Talmage, T. De Witt and Mrs. T. De Witt Talmage. T. De Witt Talmage as I Knew Him.


Fanny J. Crosby, who will become a notable hymnwriter, is one of seventeen students from the New York Institute of the Blind who give a concert for the United States Congress, and she recites a thirteen stanza original composition calling for the creation of institutes for the education of the blind in every state. This draws “calls for an encore” and earns the congratulations of John Quincy Adams.

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The London Provisional Committee issues a circular to the secretaries of the county associations of Independent churches in England and Wales, explaining the objects of a proposed union and inviting the associations to send deputies to a meeting to be held in London in May for considering the scheme.

Authority for the date:

Dale, R.W. History of English Congregationalism.


Harvard appoints theologian Edward Wigglesworth to fill the newly created Thomas Hollis chair at Harvard College, the first divinity professor in America. By casting doubt on Calvinism, Wigglesworth will become a force for the development of Unitarianism in New England. Yale will be founded to counter his liberalism.

Authority for the date:

Morison, Samuel Eliot. Three Centuries of Harvard, 1636-1926. Cambridge, MS: Belknap Press, 1964.


The Dutch rout a Spanish force at the Battle of Turnhout, confirming their resolution to never again submit to Spanish rule. 

Authority for the date:

Leben 2 #1 (2006).


Belgium issues a mandate against the Mennonites whom it harrasses because of their Anabaptist beliefs.

Authority for the date:

Dyck, Cornelius J. An Introduction to Mennonite History. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1993.


Tatars bind John of Kazan and mortally wound him with swords when he refuses to convert to Islam.

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