Monthly Archives: May 2019

Today in HisStory – May 31

Rameses II The Great became Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. He was the pharaoh Moses confronted. (1279 BC) Rome captured the first wall in the city of Jerusalem. (70 AD) Guido de Brès, author of the Belgic Confession, was hanged for … Continue reading

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Today in HisStory – May 30

Eusebius, known as the father of church history for his compiling of early church historic events, died. (339 AD) Jerome of Prague, after singing hymns on the way to his execution, was martyred by being burned at the stake. (1416) … Continue reading

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Today in HisStory – May 29

Constantinople, the capital of Eastern Christianity, fell to the Turks. Later it became the capital of the Ottoman Empire and was renamed Istanbul. (1453) John Penry, a Puritan preacher who criticized the Church of England, was executed. (1593) John Winthrop … Continue reading

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Today in HisStory – May 28

A solar eclipse was predicted by Greek philosopher Thales. It led to a truce between Lydians and Medes and was one of the cardinal dates from which other dates were calculated. (585 BC) Saint Bernard of Menthon died. He evangelized … Continue reading

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Today in HisStory – May 27

Theodore of Tarsus arrives in Canterbury to serve as Archbishop. He will visit the whole of England, establishing the Roman date for Easter and settling bishops in all the sees except London. (669 AD) Robert Guiscard, a Norman adventurer, entered … Continue reading

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Today in HisStory – May 26

The Battle of Avarayr was fought between Armenian Christians and the Sassanid Empire when Christianity was outlawed. The Armenians were defeated militarily, but because of high Syrian casualties, they were guaranteed freedom to openly practice Christianity. (451 AD) Augustine of … Continue reading

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Today in HIsStory – May 25

Holy Roman Emperor Charles V pronounced Martin Luther an outlaw and heretic for refusing to recant his teachings while at the Diet of Worms. (1521) The Ship Le Grand St Antoine reached Marseille, bringing Europe’s last major plague outbreak. The … Continue reading

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Today in HisStory – May 24

Polish cleric and astronomer Nicolas Copernicus died. (1543) Captain John Smith and the Jamestown colonists observed their first celebration of the Eucharist, thought to have been presided over by John Hunt, their Anglican priest. (1607) English Parliament guaranteed freedom of … Continue reading

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Today in HisStory – May 23

Joan of Arc was captured at Compiegne and sold to the English. (1430) Italian reformer Girolamo Savonarola, who had preached against the corruption of northern Italy’s church and society, was hanged for heresy. Then his body was burned. (1498) Second … Continue reading

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Today in HisStory – May 22

The Macedonian army of Alexander the Great defeated Darius III of Persia in the Battle of the Granicus. (334 BC) Constantine, first Roman emperor to consider himself a Christian, died. He had issued an edict officially tolerating Christianity and summoned … Continue reading

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