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Assassination of Rasputin 16th December 1916 While he was alive, Grigori Efimovich used to predict, “If I die, the Emperor will soon after lose his crown.” Although Grigori saw himself as a holy man used by God to prop up the throne of the Romanovs, others believed that his evil influence was ruining Russia. He had wrapped the royal family around his finger, but his rude behavior, plain talk, cursing, drunkenness, and seduction of high-ranking women earned him intense hatred. Various state officials toyed with the idea of killing him.…

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Today in History of Catholic church Thomas Tenison became Evangelical Archbishop - 15th December 1791

Thomas Tenison became Evangelical Archbishop – 15th December 1791 In 1787 a convention in Philadelphia drafted what is usually recognized as the most extraordinary political document of history. The Constitution of the United States created a federal system with checks and balances on power. The world had never seen anything like it. Despite its benefits, there was doubt it would be ratified by the individual states. Having recently escaped one tyranny, the people of the United States did not want to subject themselves to another. They feared the new constitution…

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Cromwell Welcomes Jews – 14th December 1655 The first large groups of Jews came to England from France in 1066 at the invitation of William the Conqueror. He felt that Jews, with their crafts and financial skills, would boost the English economy. Because it was considered wrong for Christians to engage in money lending, the role fell to the sons of Israel. In the years that followed, ruthless kings taxed Jews unmercifully, forcing them to raise the interest they charged on loans. This led to resentment on the part of…

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Resignation of Pope Celestine V -13th December 1294 1st Full Performance of Mahler’s “Resurrection” – 13th December 1895 Earthly Remains of Lord Radstock laid to rest -13th December 1913   Resignation of Pope Celestine V -13th December 1294 The cardinals were deadlocked. They had been deadlocked for 27 months, since 1292 when Pope Nicholas V died. There were only twelve cardinals and they were evenly divided between two factions of the Roman nobility. Neither side would give way. Each hoped for the perks that would accrue from having one of…

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Kaspar Schwenkfeld Took a Separate Path – 10th December 1561. Borrow’s Bible Adventures in Spain – 10th December 1842 Melchiades Bishop of Rome   Kaspar Schwenkfeld Took a Separate Path – 10th December 1561.  Two and a quarter centuries after Kaspar Schwenkfeld’s death, which took place on this day December 10, 1561, small groups of his followers in Pennsylvania continue to follow his teachings. Who was this man whose influence has crossed continents and centuries? Kaspar Schwenkfeld was born into the Silesian nobility in 1489, three years before Columbus’ famous…

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Pope Martinus V forms University of Leuven – 9th December 1425. Settler Hugh Bewitt banished from Mass colony when he declares himself to be free of original sin – 9th December 1640. Roman Catholics win Parliamentary election in Belgium – 9th December 1894. Byzantine General Belisarius enters Rome while the Ostrogothic garrison peacefully leaves the city, returning the old capital to its empire – 9th December 536. Frederick II (later also Holy Roman Emperor) crowned King of Germany in Mainz – 9th December 1212. King James II’s wife & son…

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**East and West churches Reconcile – December 7, 1965 **Rescue too Late for Deutschland’s Nuns December 7, 1875 **Rioters Demanded Ambrose as Pastor – December 7, 374   East and West churches Reconcile December 7, 1965 “We embraced each other once, then again and again. We were like brothers meeting after a long separation.” That is how Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople described hugging Pope Paul VI in Jerusalem in January, 1964. It was a historic moment. Nine hundred and ten years earlier, the leaders of the eastern and western churches…

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