Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, March 13

452
Roman Emperor Marcian issues an edict against the Eutychians, whose teachings are seen to undermine Christ's humanity and his ability to stand in our place.
536
Pope Agapetus issues a synodical letter in which he announces he has deposed Anthimus, the monophysite patriarch of Constantinople. Emperor Justinian I appoints Menas patriarch of Constantinople in his place. Menas will be actively engaged in the issues of his day as an opponent of monophysitism and of Origen's teachings, but will be largely subservient to the Roman popes.
846
Eighteen years after the death in exile of Patriarch Nicephorus, who had defended the use of icons, Empress Theodora has his body brought back to Constantinople with great pomp.
1569
At the Battle of Jarnac, Marshal Gaspard de Tavannes defeats the Huguenots, whose leader, the prince de Cond
1604
Death in Rome of Cardinal d'Ossat who had served as a diplomat in behalf of France. He was instrumental in reconciling King Henry IV, formerly a Huguenot, to the pope, and his well-crafted diplomatic letters will serve as models to aspiring civil servants.
1785
At the Burg-theatre, Vienna, Mozart's cantata Davidde Penitente receives its first performance. This is called a "half-mass" because its ten movements include a Kyrie and Gloria. The work had been commissioned by the committee of the Society for the Relief of the Widows and Orphans of Musicians.
1868
Birth of Charles E. Cowman, American missionary pioneer. In 1901 he sailed to Japan with his wife Lettie (who later authored "Streams in the Desert"), where in 1910 they founded the Oriental Missionary Society.
1895
Death in England of Robert William Dale who worked vigorously to improve health, housing, sanitation and living conditions in Birmingham, England. The clergyman had been an advocate of free public education, social improvement, the extension of the voting franchise, the recognition of trades unions, and understanding the links between poverty and crime.
1925
The State of Tennessee passes House Bill No. 185, the "Butler Bill" prohibiting any teaching that contradicts the Genesis creation account. It will be signed by the governor on March 25th and will lead to the Scopes Monkey Trial the following July.
2002
Death of Yusuf Jatau, a popular radio preacher in the Hausa language and for fifty years a mission leader of the Nigerian Baptist Convention. He had extended Baptist work in the northern regions of the country, many times escaping death at the hands of enemies only through the grace of God.

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