February 24: Today in Christian History

February 24: Today in Christian History

February 24, 1582

Pope Gregory XIII issues his famous bull Inter gravissimas which decrees our present Gregorian calendar.

February 24, 1860

Viscount Dungannon moves a resolution condemning prayer meetings in the theatres of Southern England where revival services are booming.

February 24, 1873

A longstanding edict against Christianity is revoked in Japan.

February 24, 1886

Death at Longmeadow, Massachusetts, of Samuel Wolcott, a Congregational clergyman and author of numerous hymns, among them “Christ for the World We Sing.”

February 24, 1915

Death at Sebring, Florida, of Amanda Smith, an African-American evangelist known for her powerful singing. Her autobiography will be frequently referenced in women’s studies.

February 24, 1930

Internationally-known evangelist and Bible expositor, Harry A. Ironside, is issued a unanimous call (which he will accept) to pastor the Moody Memorial Bible Church in Chicago.

February 24, 1946

Death in Topeka, Kansas, of pastor Charles Monroe Sheldon, author of the popular Christian novel In His Steps, from which we get the phrase “What Would Jesus Do?”

February 24, 1949

After trying unsuccessfully for many years to stifle Christianity, the government of Bulgaria passes a law acknowledging that the Bulgarian Orthodox Church is the traditional church of Bulgaria and inseparably united with its history.


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