Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, September 18

821
Death of Theodulph, bishop of Orleans, in a monastery at Angers (Note: Catholic Encyclopedia gives December 18th as his date of death).
1634
Anne Hutchinson arrives from England to Boston, Massachusetts, where she will rouse controversy and eventually be banished.
1639
Connecticut observes its first annual thanksgiving day as a colony, following heated debate whether or not setting aside a specific day will prompt people to neglect thanking God on other days.
1765
Birth of Oliver Holden, early Puritan pastor and statesman. His love for music is demonstrated in the hymn tune CORONATION ("All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name"), which he composed in 1792 at the age of 27.
1884
Death of Jerry McAuley, founder of New York's Water Street Mission, a pioneer among American rescue missions.
1895
Booker T. Washington delivers his "Atlanta Compromise" address.
1905
Death of Scottish clergyman George MacDonald who wrote novels to support himself. MacDonald's writings will capture C. S. Lewis's imagination, convincing him that true Christianity is not uninteresting.
1950
Bishop Makarios is elected the Orthodox Archbishop and Ethnarch of Cyprus. He will quickly move to the forefront of efforts to end British rule in Cyprus and eventually will be exiled by the British government. In 1959, he will negotiate a compromise agreement for an independent Cypriot republic and will be elected the first president of the Republic of Cyprus. However his situation will prove so difficult that the Greeks will attempt to assassinate him and Turkey will eventually invade the island (in 1974), seizing 40% of its territory.
1964
Congolese rebels ransack a missionary hospital at Wasolo. They murder two of the Congolese nurses - Constant Kokembe and Boniface Bomba - and take missionary doctor Paul Carlson hostage.
1975
For the first time in Chile's history, its annual Te Deum prayer service that commemorates national independence, is led not by the Roman Catholic Church but by the Methodist Pentecostal Church.

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