Today in Christian History
Assassination at Alexandria, Egypt, of George of Cappadocia, a despotic bishop who had forced Arian theology on Alexandrians. After killing him, the mob burns his body and casts the ashes into the Mediterranean Sea.
Hans Denck is ordered to leave Strasbourg because of his Anabaptist views.
The first General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in American convenes in Baltimore, Maryland, at Lovely Lane Chapel.
In St. Nicholas Church at Oberndorf, Austria, church organist Franz Gruber, 31, composed a melody on guitar for the poem, "Stille Nacht," written earlier by pastor Joseph Mohr, 26. This evening the world heard "Silent Night" sung for the very first time.
Dostoevsky's trek toward exile in the Omsk penal settlement begins. He has been condemned for participating in a rebel plot. On the way, a woman will thrust a Bible into his hands, which will turn him toward Christ. Although Christian considerations will be prominent in his future writings, his Christianity will not deliver him from compulsive behaviors such as gambling.
The Northside Tabernacle in Chicago was dedicated by evangelist Dwight L. Moody. It became the original structure of what is today the Moody Memorial Church.
Ralph Darby Williams and his wife Jewyl arrive in El Salvador, where they will teach nationals to manage their own churches and conduct their own mission work.
"Amahl and the Night Visitors," a Christmas musical, had its TV debut. Written by composer Gian Carlo Menotti, it was the first musical to be broadcast over television.
Falsely blaming Christians for the death of a popular Buddhist monk, Sri Lankan Buddhists attack and burn Christian churches, forcing 140 churches to close.
Muslims from the organization Boko Haram murder Pastor Bulus Marwa of the Victory Baptist Church in Alamuderi, Nigeria, along with other Christians on the site, and burn down the church.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"