July 26 in Christian History

Jul 26, 2011 07:14 AM EDT

1603 - James VI of Scotland was crowned King James I of England. He then 'authorized'an English translation of the Scriptures, first published in 1611 and known since as the'King James Version' of the Bible.

1741 - English revivalist George Whitefield wrote in a letter: 'Venture daily upon Christ, go out in His strength, and He will enable you to do wonders.'

1869 - In England, the Disestablishment Bill was passed, officially dissolving the Churchof Ireland. (Organized opposition to this legislation coined one of longest words in theEnglish language: antidisestablishmentarianism.)

1926 - The sanctuary of Our Lady of Victory, in Lackawanna, NY, became the first RomanCatholic church in the U.S. to be consecrated a basilica.

1935 - The Open Bible Standard Churches was formed when two smaller revival movementswith similar objectives merged. OBSCI is headquartered today in Des Moines.

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