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Jan. 20 in Christian History

Jan 20, 2010 08:23 AM EST

1669 - Birth of Susannah Annesley, "Mother of Methodism." Born the 25th child in her family, she married Samuel Wesley in 1689 and bore him 19 children, the last two being John (1703) and Charles (1707) Wesley.


1758 - English founder of Methodism John Wesley wrote in a letter: 'I cannot think of you, without thinking of God. Others often lead me to Him, as it were, going round about. You bring me straight into His presence.'


1879 - Birth of Albert S. Reitz, American Baptist evangelist and clergyman. He published over 100 hymns during his lifetime. Of these, the one best remembered today is "Teach Me to Pray, Lord."


1918 - In Russia, following the Bolshevik Revolution, all church property was confiscated and all religious instruction in the schools was abolished.


1942 - At the notorious Wannsee Conference in Berlin, German Nazi officials decided on their "final solution," which called for a mass extermination of all the Jews in Europe.

© 1987-2010, William D. Blake. Used by permission of the author, from

Almanac of the Christian Church