Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, February 14

270
(traditional date) Valentine, a priest in Rome during the reign of Emperor Claudius II, is beheaded along the Flaminian Way.
1009
Martyrdom of Bruno of Querfert (also known as Boniface) and his associates by Lithuanians.
1532
Calvin acquires the degree of Licentiate (Bachelor) of Laws at Orleans.
1556
Protestant reformer Archbishop Thomas Cranmer of Canterbury is degraded from his office with humiliating ceremonies following the rise of the Roman Catholic Mary I to power. Cranmer had incurred the enmity of Mary years earlier when he granted King Henry VIII his divorce from Mary's mother Catherine.
1568
Turks in Larissa, Greece, martyr the Orthodox monk Damian after days of torture, complaining that his teaching causes sales to drop on Sunday.
1805
Harvard confirms Henry Ware as Hollis Professor of Divinity. Because he is a Unitarian, denying the full divinity of Christ, Congregationalist teachers, loyal to the doctrine of the Trinity, will begin withdrawing from the school.
1914
Birth of Ira F. Stanphill, Assemblies of God clergyman and song evangelist. He is best known today for the hymn, "Room at the Cross," which he penned in 1946.
1942
Chen Sulan is shipwrecked and captured by Japan's secret police while fleeing Japanese invaders. A Methodist, he had fought against his government's monopolistic sale of opium and established an anti-opium clinic that rehabilitated close to seven thousand addicts. After World War II, he set up a trust that helped the Scripture Union and Methodist groups. He also was a founder of the Chinese YMCA.
1953
Andrew Kagura of Kenya is martyred for his outspokeness against the Mau Maus.
1985
The U.S. Rabbinical Assembly of Conservative Judaism announced their decision to begin accepting women as rabbis.

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