Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, August 22

565
Celtic missionary and abbot Columba confronts a monster at Loch Ness, becoming the first recorded observer of the creature. "At the voice of the saint, the monster was terrified," writes his biographer, "and fled more quickly than if it had been pulled back with ropes."
1433
Paul Craw (Pavel Kravar), Bohemian Hussite, is burned to death in Market Street before St. Andrews in Scotland, the first martyr so burned in that nation. A brass ball has been placed in his mouth so he cannot testify to the crowd.
1555
Jeanne D'Albret, Queen of Navarre, calls for a conference of her beleaguered Huguenot ministers.
1576
After a four month march over the Alps and across Europe, the Duke of Alva and his forces arrive in Brussels to put down Dutch and Belgian revolt against the repressive Spanish government.
1751
Isaac Backus is re-baptized, and will become a great Baptist leader of New England.
1822
Death of Indian convert and hymnwriter Krishna Pal.
1831
Birth of William H. Cummings, English musicologist. In 1855 he adapted a theme from Mendelssohn's "Festgesang," which afterward became the melody of the Christmas carol, "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing."
1861
Death of Richard Oastler. A champion of social reform, including factory laws in England, he had been fired from his job and imprisoned for debt. During his imprisonment he wrote the Fleet Papers, a weekly journal discussing factory conditions and poor laws. Eventually supporters had raised funds to pay his debt and he was freed.
1885
Death of William P. Mackay, Scottish Presbyterian clergyman and author of the hymn "We Praise Thee, O God, for the Son of Thy Love." After practicing medicine for a number of years, Mackay had abandoned his career and become ordained a pastor of the Prospect Street Presbyterian Church in Hull in 1868.
1948
The Amsterdam Assembly of the World Council of Churches convened (through Sept 4) to ratify the Constitution for this newly-formed experiment in organizational and global Christian unity.

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