Monthly Archives: December 2019

Today in HisStory – December 31

80,000 Vandals, Alans, and Suebians crossed the Rhine at Mainz beginning an invasion of Gallia. (406 AD) Willem van Orange, leader of the Dutch Protestant revolt against Spain, demanded freedom of conscience/religion. (1564) British East India Company was chartered. (1600) … Continue reading

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Today in HisStory – December 30

John Wycliffe, Bible scholar and translator, died. (1384) Wearing masks at balls was forbidden in Boston. (1809) Abraham Mills’ commission declared Abner Doubleday invented baseball. (1853) A dinner party was held inside a life-size model of an Iguanodon, ornithopod dinosaur, … Continue reading

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Today in HisStory – December 29

Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was assassinated inside Canterbury Cathedral by four knights of English King Henry II. He was heard saying, “I am ready to die for my Lord, that in my blood the Church may obtain liberty and … Continue reading

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Today in HisStory – December 28

Westminster Abbey was dedicated. (1065) Educator, Bible translator, and church reformer John Wycliffe suffered a paralyzing stroke while saying Mass. He died three days later. (1384) Galileo observed the planet Neptune, but he didn’t know it was a planet. (1612) … Continue reading

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Today in HisStory – December 27

Spanish Crown issued the Laws of Burgos governing the conduct of settlers with regards to native Indians in the New World. (1512) Thomas Cartwright died. He was a Puritan author, educator, controversialist, and preacher who had frequently attacked practices of … Continue reading

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Today in HisStory – December 26

La Navidad, the first Spanish settlement in the New World, was founded by Columbus. (1492) William Shakespeare’s play King Lear was performed at the court of England’s King James I. (1606) Plymouth Colony was settled and construction was started by the … Continue reading

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Today in HisStory – December 25

Christ was born according to calendar-maker Dionysius Exiguous. (1 AD) The first possible celebration of Christmas took place. (337 AD) First definite date Christmas was celebrated on Dec 25th took place. (352 AD) Clovis, the first French Christian king, and … Continue reading

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Today in HisStory – December 24

Francis of Assisi arranged the first living manger depiction on Christmas Eve. (1223) Patriot, physician, and social reformer Benjamin Rush was born. (1745) Methodism was officially organized in the newly-independent United States of America. (1784) Kit Carson, famous pioneer of … Continue reading

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Today in HisStory – December 23

In the Byzantine-Arab Wars, Byzantine troops stormed city of Aleppo and recovered the tattered tunic of John the Baptist. (962 AD) Philip of Moscow, leader of the Russian Church, was martyred for speaking out against Ivan the Terrible’s mass executions. … Continue reading

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Today in HisStory – December 22

After three years imprisonment with torture, Julian “The Little” Hernandez was burned to death in Seville, Spain for distributing Spanish language Bibles and Protestant literature and rejecting fasts and mortifications as a means of salvation. (1560) Hugh McKail, a Covenanter … Continue reading

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