November 16: Today in Christian History

November 16: Today in Christian History

November 16, 1093

Death of St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland, whose faith brought Christianity to many in the nation.

November 16, 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.

November 16, 1585

Repose (Death) of Sergius of Malopinega, a Russian Orthodox monk who had labored to convert the people of the Chud region and was loved because of his kindness, courage, humility, and mercifulness, especially to the poor.

November 16, 1621

The Papal Chancery adopts January as the beginning of the calendar year, instead of March.

November 16, 1827

Western Theological Seminary, a Presbyterian school, formally opens to students in Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

November 16, 1845

Hymnwriter Frederick Faber announces he is migrating to the church of Rome.

November 16, 1855

Scottish missionary-explorer David Livingstone first sees and names Victoria Falls (in modern Zimbabwe) during his first missionary journey though Africa

November 16, 1885

Despite the martyrdom of his mentor, Joseph Mukasa, the day before, Denis Ssebuggwawo comes secretly to Catholic missionaries in Uganda and requests baptism, which is administered on the spot. Six months later king Mwanga will have him executed because of his faith.

November 16, 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.

November 16, 1895

Samuel F. Smith, Patriotic hymnwriter, Died Suddenly 

November 16, 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).

November 16, 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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