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It Happened Today: Ludmila Martyred (921)

Family feuds in Bohemia left Ludmila and her Christian grandson dead.

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Devotional (2016 church year): Keep your eyes on Christ (1803)

No man having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the...

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A racially motivated bombing kills four African-American girls at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Ironically, the sermon that day was to be “The Love That Forgives,” based on Matthew 5:43-44.

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Clifton, Daniel, ed. Chronicle of the Twentieth Century; The Ultimate Record of Our Times. Dorling Kindersley Publi


Patriarch Mar Abdedmassiah consecrates Mar Ivanios at St. Mary’s Church, in Niranam, India. Ivanios takes the name Mar Baselios Paulose I and is the first Catholicose of the Malankara Church. After years of conflict with the Patriarch of Antioch, the Orthodox Church of India thus becomes autocephalous (an independent church).

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The Pacific Garden Mission opens its world-famous rescue work in Chicago. Authority for the date: Henry, Carl F. The Pacific Garden Mission. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1942.

Death in Virginia of James Chisholm. Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, Virginia, he had stayed to care for victims of yellow fever when most doctors fled. After gruelling efforts in behalf of the sick, he succumbed to the disease himself.

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Antoinette Brown is ordained as minister of the Congregational Church of South Butler, apparently the first woman ordained in a mainline Protestant denomination in the United States. She had trained for many years at Oberlin, but the college had refused her a degree. Eventually she will adopt Unitarian beliefs.

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Death of Arthur Henry Hallam, for whom Alfred Lord Tennyson will compose one of the most famous elegies in English literature, “In Memoriam A. H. H.”

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Standard encyclopedias.


Father Camillo Constanzo is burned alive at Hirado, Japan, in a heroic martyrdom witnessed by thousands.

Authority for the date:

Turnbull, Stephen. The Kakure Kirishitan of Japan. Japan Library, 1998.