Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, July 28

450
Death of Theodosius II, killed by a fall from his horse while hunting, an event which brings about the accession of his sister Pulcheria, who has long been an advocate of orthodox Christianity.
1675
Death of Bulstrode Whitelocke, an influential Christian lawyer during the Commonwealth of Oliver Cromwell. Among Whitelocke's last words: "There has been one true religion in the world; and that is the work of the Spirit of God in the hearts and souls of men."
1750
Johann Sebastian Bach, one of the greatest composers of all time, succumbs to apoplexy and fever.
1875
Clergy from many Protestant denominations gather at Kidderminster, England, for the unveiling and dedication of a statue in commemoration of influential Puritan preacher and writer Richard Baxter (1615-1691).
1880
Francis Pfanner lands at Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where he will do a notable missionary work.
1941
Forty-five Serbs are tortured by Germans in an Orthodox church in Serbia.
1942
Death of W.M. Flinders Petrie, 89, English archaeologist. He was regarded bycolleague William Foxwell Albright as 'the greatest genius among biblical archaeologists.'
1960
American Trappist Thomas Merton wrote in a letter: 'I can depend less and lesson my own power and sense of direction... It is so strange to advance backwards and getwhere you are going in a totally unexpected way.'
1974
Chinese troops massacre Christians of the A-Hmao ethnic group who are worshiping secretly in a cave at Xinglongchang. Their leaders had defied the Chinese by saying if forbidden to worship openly they would worship secretly and if attacked on Sunday they would multiply their meetings to every day of the week.
1991
Death of Wang Ming Dao, an influential Chinese evangelist who spent many years in a Communist prison for his faith.

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