Category: Today in Religion

  • Today in Religion – Jules Janssen

    Today in Religion – Jules Janssen

    Jules Janssen flew in a hot air balloon in order to study a solar eclipse in 1870. Jules Janssen did not let a childhood accident keep him from learning. Though lame, he started working in banking at the age of sixteen and studied mathematics. Eventually, he graduated from the University of Paris with a doctorate. […]

  • Today in Religion – March to the Sea

    Today in Religion – March to the Sea

    General Sherman conquers Savannah, Georgia in 1864 during the famous march to the sea. General William Sherman attended the United States Military Academy. After graduation, he served in the army but did not see much combat. Eventually, he resigned and worked in banking and law before being the superintendent of the military academy he had […]

  • Today in Religion – Corporation Act of 1661

    Today in Religion – Corporation Act of 1661

    Corporation Act enforced in England in 1661. By 1661, King Charles II gained his throne after years of civil war. This war had beheaded King Charles I while Cromwell and Parliament took over. After the death of Cromwell, Parliament restored Charles II to the throne. After this restoration to the throne, he created the Corporation […]

  • Today in Religion – Charles Dickens

    Today in Religion – Charles Dickens

    Charles Dickens published “A Christmas Carol” in 1843 The year Charles Dicken turned twelve he worked in a factory after his father entered debtors prison. He turned his experience as a child into several topics for his books. Later he became a reporter and then writer of short stories. His stories made him a popular […]

  • Today in Religion – William Bond

    Today in Religion – William Bond

    William Cranch Bond started as a watchmaker but became interested in Astronomy after watching a solar eclipse in 1806. To help with his studies, William Bond built one of the finest home observatories. His dedication to the study gave him the appointment of the first astronomical observer at Harvard. About a decade later he became […]

  • Today in Religion – Pope Paul III

    Today in Religion – Pope Paul III

    Pope Paul III excommunicated King Henry VIII of England in 1538. Born in 1468, Pope Paul III was named Alessandro Farnese. Born into a rich and influential family assured his path into Catholic Church leadership. As his patron, Pope Alexander VI made Alessandro the church treasurer and then cardinal deacon. Many suspected this rapid rise […]

  • Today in Religion – Oliver Cromwell

    Today in Religion – Oliver Cromwell

    In 1653, Parliamentarian General Oliver Cromwell was appointed as Lord Protector of England, Scotland, and Ireland. Born in 1599, Oliver Cromwell lived the quiet life of a small landowner gentleman for 40 years. Growing up he attended Huntingdon Grammar School, Sidney Sussex College, and Cambridge. He left Cambridge without graduating to take care of his […]

  • Today in Religion – Walter Mittelholzer

    Today in Religion – Walter Mittelholzer

    In 1929, Swiss pilot Walter Mittelholzer became the first to fly over Mt. Kilimanjaro. Born in 1894, Walter Mittelholzer grew up to become a photographer and pilot. After World War I, he co-founded an airline that eventually evolved into Swissair. He also decided to turn his plane’s bathroom into a darkroom. This allowed him to […]

  • Today in Religion – Makarios III

    Today in Religion – Makarios III

    Archbishop Makarios III proclaimed president of Cyprus in 1959. In 1913, a poor shepherd named his newborn Mikhail Khristodolou Mouskos. Mouskos studied in Cyprus, then the University of Athens, and finished in the School of Theology at the Boston University. Soon after he was ordained a Bishop then Archbishop, referred to as Makarios III. After […]

  • Today in Religion – Saint Celestine V

    Today in Religion – Saint Celestine V

    In 1294, Saint Celestine V abdicated the papacy after only five months. Born in 1215, named Pietro del Murrone, Saint Celestine V decided to become a hermit in his quest for salvation. Many people heard of him and started a following. They called themselves Celestines, eventually joining the Benedictine Order. In the summer of 1294, […]