Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, June 3

1098
Armies of the First Crusade (1096-99) captured the city of Antioch (in modern Syria).
1162
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1594
Death at Fulham of John Aylmer, bishop of London. At one time tutor to Lady Jane Grey, he had later assisted John Foxe in translating his Actes and Monuments into Latin. As bishop of London he had been “excessively cruel” to Puritans and Catholics.
1726
Birth of Philip William Otterbein, German Reformed pastor who in 1800 helped found the Church of the United Brethren in Christ (an early branch of the modern United Methodist Church).
1732
Death of Dr. Edmund Calamy, a nonconformist divine, best-known for compiling lists of ministers who dissented from the Church of England and who were consequently ejected from their pulpits. He had written biographies of some.
1851
Death of Azariah Smith, missionary to Armenia and Turkey. He had been well-known for his successful treatment of cholera, and for scientific papers he wrote on Turkey.
1853
Central College was chartered in Pella, Iowa under Baptist auspices. (In 1916 the university passed to Dutch Reformed leadership.)
1886
Thirty-two young men, pages of the court of King Mwanga of Buganda who had converted to Catholicism, are burned to death at Namugongo for their refusal to renounce Christianity.
1930
Missionary linguist Frank C. Laubach wrote in a letter: 'As we grow older all our paths diverge, and in all the world I suppose I could find nobodym who could wholly understand me excepting God.'
1972
In Cincinnati, Ohio, Sally J. Priesand, 25, became the first woman in Reform Judaism to be ordained as a rabbi.

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