Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, November 16

1093
Death of St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland, whose faith brought Christianity to many in the nation.
1200
Death of Saint Hugh of Avalon. This noble-minded bishop of Lincoln had been beloved by the people because of his kindness to them and his fearless rebuke of wicked authorities. His tomb will become a pilgrim shrine.
1621
The Papal Chancery first adopted January 1st as the beginning of the calendar year. Previously, March was the first month, which explains why our modern names for the 9th-12th months begin instead with prefixes meaning "7" (sept-), "8" (octÂ) "9" (nov-) and "10" (dec-).
1827
Western Theological Seminary, a Presbyterian school, formally opens to students in Allegheny, Pennsylvania.
1845
Hymnwriter Frederick Faber announces he is migrating to the church of Rome.
1894
Death of James McCosh, eleventh president of Princeton. Born in Scotland, he had helped establish the Scottish Free Church and become a philosopher and theologian of note in the Presbyterian tradition.
1918
In NY City, the United Lutheran Church was organized by a merger of three general Lutheran bodies in the U.S. and Canada. (In 1962, the ULC became one of the branches of Lutheranism which formed the Lutheran Church in America.)
1946
The United Brethren in Christ and the Evangelical Church unite to form The Evangelical United Brethren Church at Johnstown. The groups originated from the labors of United Brethren in Christ evangelists Philip W. Otterbein and Martin Boehm and also from the evangelism of Jacob Albright (Evangelical Church).
1952
"Our Goodly Heritage" debuted over CBS television. This Sunday morning Bible study program, hosted by William Rush Baer of New York University, aired a little over five years.
2002
A religion law goes into effect in Belarus forbidding unregistered religious activity. It requires censorship of religious literature, forbids foreign church leadership and puts tight restrictions on what organizations can be registered.

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