Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, March 4

1303
Death of Daniel, Grand Prince of Moscow, the youngest son of Alexander Nevsky. He had received as his inheritance a lowly domain centered on Moscow, which he ruled peacefully. Through wise alliances and a timely defeat of the Tatars, he had raised Moscow to preeminence. According to tradition, he founded two monasteries. He became a monk himself shortly before his death. Three and a half centuries later the Russian Orthodox Church will declare him a saint.
1804
The British and Foreign Bible Society (BFBS) was founded at a large interdenominational meeting in London. Its purpose was "to promote the circulation of the Holy Scriptures, without note or comment, both at home and in foreign lands."
1850
Future statesman James A. Garfield, at age 18, was "buried with Christ in baptism." Thirty-one years, to the day! after his conversion, Garfield took the oath of office as 20th President of the United States.
1866
Death in Bethany, West Virginia, of Alexander Campbell, co-founder of the Stone-Campbell movement that later will diverge into Disciples of Christ and various Churches of Christ.
1890
Death in Leipzig, Germany, of Franz Delitzsch, German Lutheran Old Testament scholar and theologian, a Christian Hebraist. His greatest contribution to biblical scholarship was an Old Testament commentary he published in collaboration with J. F. K. Keil.
1901
Death in Northfield, Massachusetts, of American evangelist Daniel W. Whittle, author of several popular hymns including “There Shall Be Showers of Blessing,” “Have You Any Room for Jesus?” “I Know Whom I Have Believed,” and “Moment by Moment.”
1942
Birth of Gloria Gaither, wife of songwriter Bill Gaither, and female vocalist in the Bill Gaither Trio. Gloria is also coÂauthor of the contemporary Christian songs, "Because He Lives," "Something Beautiful" and "The King is Coming."
1963
Gaspar Makil, a Filipino missionary to Vietnam, his young daughter Janie Makil and Elwood Jacobson, a missionary from the United States, are killed by the Vietcong while travelling to the Makil home.
1966
London's "Evening Standard" newspaper published an interview with Beatle John Lennon in which he remarked: 'Christianity will... vanish and shrink... We're more popular than Jesus Christ right now.' The quote touched off a storm of international protest, resulting in burnings and boycotts of the Beatles' records.
2011
A mob of thousands of Muslims burns down the Coptic church of Saint Mina and Saint George in Soul, Egypt, about nineteen miles from Cairo. Authorities at first refuse to send assistance, although they will later rebuild the church.

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