Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, May 20

325
Council of Nicea opens to settle the issue between Arians and Catholics. This is the church's first ecumenical church council since the days of the apostles.
1277
Scholarly Pope John XXI is crushed to death at Viterbo, Italy, when his study ceiling collapses on him.
1521
A cannonball strikes Spanish soldier I
1527
Austrian authorities torture and kill the Anabaptist leader Michael Sattler as an archheretic.
1535
Pope Paul III makes a cardinal of John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester. Fisher has long opposed King Henry VIII and even invited Holy Roman Emperor Charles V to invade England. Henry declares that he will send Fisher's head to Rome to get his cardinal's hat - and soon will have him beheaded.
1560
The scholar John Feckenham is taken to the Tower of London in England for refusing to take the oath of supremacy. He will spend twenty-four years there.
1690
Death of John Eliot, missionary to the American Indians, in the parsonage at Roxbury. He had translated the entire Bible into the Algonquin Indian language and published the first Bible printed in America.
1930
Three days after sentencing him to death, Soviets shoot Mark Arsenyevich Dannik, warden of the Orthodox church in Ustyanka, Loktevsky Region. He is executed for anti-Soviet and counter-revolutionary propaganda and agitation - that is, for speaking against the wickedness of the Soviet regime.
1937
Jesse Overholtzer founds Child Evangelism Fellowship in Chicago.
1945
The Christian Airmen's Missionary Fellowship is officially born. Later it will change its name to Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF). Betty Greene, an American wartime pilot, had written an article in which she suggested using planes to help missionaries. Jim Truxton, a Navy pilot, saw it, contacted Betty and suggested organizing to implement her idea.

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