Today in Christian History
Death of eastern emperor Michael II, "the Stammerer." He was an iconoclast but had tried to moderate the rivalry between factions who were for and against icons, even freeing some religious leaders who had been imprisoned for devotion to icons. Weakened by insurrection, he had lost parts of his empire to Muslim attacks.
Jacques Cartier reaches a place in Canada which he names Montreal.
The Baptist Missionary Society was founded in London, England. This first modern mission society was started by William Carey, then 21, who later became England's first great Protestant missionary to India.
Birth of Allen W. Chatfield, an Anglican vicar in Herefordshire (a west England county bordering on Wales). His best remembered writings include the English translation of the hymn, "Lord Jesus, Think on Me."
Arthur Tappan and his anti-slavery associates are forced to slip away from a chapel on Chatham Street to escape a pro-slavery mob that has been egged on by the press.
The radio program Lutheran Hour premieres on CBS.
Repose of Hiero-schemamonk Theodosius of Karoulia at Mount Athos. He had been a strict and prayerful ascetic.
A two-day convention opened at which the Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania-South Jersey was formed. It was comprised of 9,000 charter members from 52 Southern Baptist churches.
Death of Deborah Adeyemi Ladeji, a Nigerian Baptist. She had converted from her family's idol worship despite persecution and death threats, becoming an influential witness to those who knew her.
Grace Ministries International was incorporated in Grand Rapids, MI. Originating as Bethesda Mission in 1951, GMI engages in church planting in nearly a dozen overseas countries.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"