Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, March 9

395
(traditional date) Death of Gregory of Nyssa, one of the three great Trinitarian Cappadocian fathers.
1498
The signory of Florence [nine-member council] holds a public meeting to decide what action should be taken with Girolamo Savonarola, whom Pope Alexander VI had censured. Eight days later the signory will command Savonarola to cease preaching.
1509
Martin Luther receives his Bachelor of Bible degree from the University of Erfurt.
1661
Death in Vincennes of Cardinal Jules Mazarin. He had been noted for diplomacy and high taxation while he served as First Minister of France. His delegates helped negotiate the Peace of Westphalia in 1648.
1833
Melville Cox, coming from the United States, reaches Liberia where he hopes to do mission work but will die within four months. His courageous and intrepid attitude, and his heroic death will give an impetus to the Methodist missionary spirit.
1901
Death at Cannes, France, of Methodist missionary and author William Arthur. A notable missionary to India he also wrote several successful books on his work and on the faith and was an internationally-known leader in his denomination.
1913
Death in Stuttgart, Germany, of Eberhard Nestle, Bible scholar, who compared early texts of the Bible and prepared a thoughtful reconstruction of the probable original text.
1931
The World Radio Missionary Fellowship (WRMF) was incorporated in Lima, Ohio, by co-founders Clarence W. Jones and Reuben Larson. Today, this interdenominational mission agency broadcasts the Gospel in 15 languages to South America and throughout Europe.
1954
Pentecostal evangelist Tommy Hicks arrives in Argentina and requests a large stadium. Local ministers, who have had little success winning souls, try to dissuade him, saying it is impossible to obtain a large stadium and more impossible to fill it. Hicks insists and is able to obtain consent from Argentina's president Juan PerĂ³n after healing him of a skin condition. After weeks of healing services in April and May, a larger stadium will be needed to handle the huge crowds.
1965
Three white Unitarian ministers, including the Rev. James J. Reeb, were attacked with clubs on the streets of Selma, Alabama, while participating in a civil rights demonstration. Reeb later died in a Birmingham, Alabama hospital.

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