Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, October 30

335
Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria, meets Emperor Constantine outside Constantinople. Constantine flies into a rage when someone accuses Athanasius of holding up grain shipments from Egypt.
1536
Power is redistributed between the church and the state in Denmark and Lutheranism becomes the official religion of the nation.
1553
Death in Strasburg, Germany, of Jacob Sturm. He had been an ardent champion of Lutherans and had signed the protest presented to the Diet of Spires from which Protestants got their name.
1831
Baptist minister and escaped slave Nat Turner is captured and jailed in Jerusalem, Virginia.
1853
Consecration in St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York, of James Roosevelt Bayley to be the first Roman Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Newark. He later became Archbishop of Baltimore.
1879
A Council of Protestant missionaries in Tokyo undertakes translation of the Old Testament into Japanese.
1897
Well-known Congregationalist minister and publisher Lyman Abbott delivers an address in New York at the funeral of economist Henry George, who had proposed that the economic rent of land should be shared by society rather than being owned privately.
1902
Leo XIII publishes Vigilantiae, an apostolic letter founding a commission of eminent men, whose duty it will be be to defend Scripture.
1976
Dr. Joseph H. Evans was elected president of the United Church of Christ. It made him the first African-American leader of this predominantly white denomination.
1984
The body of Rev. Jerzy Popieluszko, abducted eleven days earlier by the Polish secret police, is found with marks of torture.

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