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January 15 in Christian History

Jan 15, 2009 12:03 PM EST

1697 - The citizens of Massachusetts spent a day of fasting and repentance for their roles in the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. Judge Samuel Sewall, who had presided over many of those 20 capital judgments, published a written confession acknowledging his own "blame and shame."


1844 - The University of Notre Dame was chartered under Roman Catholic auspices in Indiana.


1852 - Mt. Sinai Hospital was incorporated by Sampson Simson and eight associates in NY City. It was the first Jewish hospital in the U.S.


1873 - Lutheran founder of the Missouri Synod, C.F.W. Walther warned in a letter: 'Inactivity is the beginning of all vice.'


1970 - Israeli archaeologists reported uncovering the first evidence supporting the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. by military forces of the ancient Roman Empire.


© 1987-2009, William D. Blake. Used by permission of the author, from

Almanac of the Christian Church