Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, October 29

1525
Luther introduces the first complete German mass at the City Church of Wittenberg.
1675
Death of Andreas Hammerschmidt, one of the most distinguished composers of church music in the seventeenth century.
1863
A conference opens in Geneva to found the organization that becomes the International Red Cross. It is spearheaded by Henri Dunant, a businessman influenced by Christian ideals.
1869
Birth of E. O. Sellers, American Baptist musician. At various times the song evangelist for R.A. Torrey, Gipsy Smith, A.C. Dixon and J. Wilbur Chapman, Sellers is remembered today for his two original hymns: "Thy Word Have I Hid in My Heart" and "Wonderful, Wonderful Jesus."
1870
Birth of Juji Nakada, Japanese Christian evangelist. In 1901 he influenced Charles and Lettie Cowman (authors of "Streams in the Desert") to come to Japan, where in 1910 they incorporated the Oriental Missions Society.
1885
Ugandans spear Anglican bishop James Hannington to death. He had been captured eight days earlier.
1889
New York City missions pioneer Albert B. Simpson, 46, incorporated the International Missionary Alliance. Combined in 1897 with a group formerly also organized by Simpson, it became the Christian and Missionary Alliance, one of the most missions-minded denominations in modern American Protestantism.
1907
The Red Cross awards Orthodox nun Matrona Petrovna Frolova a medal for her relief work during the Russo-Japanese war. She will head a nunnery in Kazan but the Soviets will confiscate the property. Eventually she will be imprisoned, beaten, and executed for her role in resisting Soviet atheism and allegedly hiding church valuables.
1954
Death of Anna Belle Russell in Corning, New York. She had been a Methodist hymnwriter, best known for the words to "Wonderful, Wonderful Jesus."
1972
Yustus Ruhindi is enthroned as the first Anglican Church bishop of Bunyoro-Kitara diocese in Uganda.

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