Christian History Institute

Sharing our story of faith across the ages

Today in

Prev Wednesday, February 1, 2017 Next

Christian History

Columbia's Crew

It Happened Today: Faith Aboard Space Shuttle Columbia (2003)

Pastor Steve O’ Donohoe described Rick Husband as “probably the godliest man I’ve ever met.”

Read More
shofar trumpet

Devotional (2016 church year): The Jubilee Is a Type of the Gospel

Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of Jubilee to sound, on the tenth day of...

Read More

German Lutheran clergyman Dietrich Bonhoeffer gives a radio speech warning about the consequences of putting blind trust in any man (i.e. Hitler). His address is abruptly cut off at the warning.

Authority for the date:

Colson, Charles. Kingdoms in Conflict. Morrow


Death in London, England, of hymnwiter, author, and evangelistic worker Ada Ruth Habershon best known for her hymn “Will the Circle be Unbroken?” She had been associated with C.H. Spurgeon and D.L. Moody.

Authority for the date:



Patriarch Tikhon of the Russian Orthodox Church excommunicates “the enemies of Christ”—the atheistic rulers of Russia. He will be imprisoned for his defense of the church he leads.

Authority for the date:

Ware, Timothy. The Orthodox Church.


Bishop Walter Lambuth of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church, and his friend Dr. Gilbert, risking sleeping sickness from tsetse fly bites, arrive safely at the village of Chief Wembo-Niama (in what was then called the Belgian Congo), where they will select land on which to situate a mission station.

Authority for the date:

Phillips, C. H. The History of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church in America.


Death in Cambridge of George Gabriel Stokes. A brilliant and innovative mathematician, he was also known for his faith and delivered the Gifford Lectures in 1891, taking as his theme natural theology.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.


Mother Javouhey sails to Senegal as a missionary. Through her strong character, deep love of people, and powerful faith, she will accomplish much good in Africa and in South America.

Authority for the date:

Daniel-Rops, Henri. Heroes of God.


Authorities in the New Netherlands (New York) decree that all “conventicles and meetings” held in the province, “whether public or private,” are “absolutely and expressly forbidden”; and that “only the Reformed Divine service, as this is observed and enforced according to the Synod of Dortrecht,” should be held.

Authority for the date:


Erasmus dedicates his New Testament to Pope Leo X. His work is politically risky, so he assures the pontiff, “We do not intend to tear up the old and commonly accepted edition [the Vulgate] but amend it where it is corrupt and make it clear where it is obscure.”

Authority for the date:

Faulkner, John Alfred. Erasmus the Scholar. Cincinnati: Jennings and Graham, 1907.


[commemorative date] Death of Brigit, one of the most beloved Irish saints, legendary as a miracle worker, and founder of a double monastery at Kildare.

Authority for the date:

Episcopal Church. Holy Women, Holy Men.