Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, July 2

862
Death of St. Swithun. Hardly mentioned in his own day, his name will be invoked in church reform a century after his death, giving rise to many legends, as that he asked to be buried where "passersby might tread on his grave and where the rain from the eaves might fall upon it."
1489
Birth of Thomas Cranmer, first Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury and primary author of the 'Book of Common Prayer' and 'Thirty-Nine Articles' of the Anglican Church.
1505
Terrified by a thunderstorm, Martin Luther vows to become a monk and soon afterward enters the order of Augustinian Hermits.
1515
William Tyndale is created an MA. He will place the Bible above philosophy and make an English translation of God's word that will become the basis of the Authorized version.
1522
Death of Antonio de Lebrija at Alcala, Spain. A student of languages, he had published a Latin-Spanish and Spanish-Latin lexicon, worked on the Complutensian polyglot, and labored to improve the text of the Vulgate as well as writing a history of Ferdinand and Isabella.
1752
The first Bible in America printed in English was published in Boston.
1834
Sarah Davis Comstock, her husband Grover, and other missionaries sail from Boston aboard the Cashmere for Burma. Sarah's death of dysentery nine years later will, because of her many acts of kindness, lead several Burmese to commit themselves to Christ.
1865
William Booth preaches the first of nine sermons in a ragged tent pitched on an unused Quaker graveyard. The name of his organization is the East London Christian Mission, precursor of the Salvation Army.
1918
Death of Washington Gladden, 82, a popular Congregational theologian of the Social Gospel. He also authored the hymn, 'O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee.'
1931
Execution by Communists in Tomsk province (Siberia) of Constantine Victorovich Korostelov and Nicholas Victorovich Korostelov, two brothers who are Orthodox priests.

Copyright Statement
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"