Christian History

Historical Events

  • 0001-01-01 Origin of the Christian Era
  • 0180-07-17 6 inhabitants of Scillium in North Africa are executed for being Christians. Earliest record of Christianity in that part of the world.

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0303-02-23 Roman Emperor Diocletian begins his policy of persecuting Christians, razing the church at Nicomedia

Roman Emperor Diocletian
Roman Emperor
  • 0303-02-24 1st official Roman edict for persecution of Christians issued by Emperor Diocletian
  • 0311-04-30 Roman Emperor Galerius issues Edict of Toleration, ending persercution of Christians in the Roman Empire
  • 0451-05-26 The Battle of Avarayr between Armenian rebels and the Sassanid Empire takes place. The Armenians are defeated militarily but are guaranteed freedom to openly practice Christianity.
  • 0743-03-01 Slave export by Christians to heathen areas prohibited
  • 0920-07-26 Rout of an alliance of Christian troops from Navarre and Léon against the Muslims at Pamplona.
  • 0966-04-14 Christianisation of Poland
  • 1129-02-18 Jerusalem re-taken by Christians in peace treaty between Holy Roman Emperor Frederik II and Egyptian ruler Al-Kamil
  • 1248-11-23 Conquest of Seville by Christian troops under King Ferdinand III of Castile after the city capitulates
  • 1480-08-12 Battle of Otranto - Ottoman troops behead 800 Christians for refusing to convert to Islam
  • 1535-07-22 Christians captured in Tunis in uprising against Adm Barbarossa
  • 1593-06-22 Battle of Sisak: Allied Christian troops defeat the Turks.
  • 1597-02-05 A group of early Japanese Christians are killed by the new government of Japan for being seen as a threat to Japanese society.
  • 1793-10-05 French Revolution: Christianity is disestablished in France.
  • 1794-02-26 Christiansborg Castle, Copenhagen burns down.
  • 1817-03-25 Tsar Alexander I recommends formation of Society of Israeli Christians
  • 1886-06-03 24 Christians burn to death in Namgongo, Uganda
  • 1894-08-16 Indian chiefs from the Sioux & Onondaga tribes met to urge their people to renounce Christianity & return to their old Indian faith
  • 1900-01-27 Foreign diplomats in Peking, China, write formal notes of protest demanding that the Chinese Government stop the Boxes and other groups leading attacks on Westerners and Christians.
  • 1900-05-17 In China, three villages within 100 miles of Peking are burned by Boxers and 60 Chinese Christians killed.
  • 1900-06-22 In China, practically the whole foreign community in Peking, including many Chinese Christians, retreat to British compounds
  • 1921-06-19 Turks & Christians of Palestine sign a friendship treaty against Jews
  • 1945-04-08 Nazi occupiers executed, Nazi general Christiansen flees Netherlands
  • 1948-08-12 Court of justice sentences General Friedrich Christiansen, commander of the German Wehrmacht in the Netherlands, to 12 years imprisonment
  • 1951-10-14 Det Lion Jack Christiansen returns 2 punts for touchdowns vs LA Rams
  • 1951-12-19 Nazi General Christiansen leaves Netherlands
  • 1981-06-17 Battle between Muslims & Christians in Cairo, 14 killed
  • 1988-10-13 Shroud of Turin, revered by many Christians as Christ's burial cloth, is shown by carbon-dating tests to be a fake from the Middle Ages
  • 1999-01-03 Israel detains, and later expels, 14 members of Concerned Christians.
  • 2004-05-02 Yelwa massacre of more than 630 nomad Muslims by Christians in Nigeria.
  • 2010-01-07 Muslim gunmen in Egypt kill nine people after opening fire on a crowd of Coptic Christians

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2016-02-18 Pope Francis questions US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump's Christianity over his call to build a wall on the Mexican border

Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Famous Birthdays

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0272-02-27 Constantine I, Naissus, Roman emperor (306-337) (adopted Christianity)

Roman Emperor Constantine the Great
Roman Emperor
Constantine the Great
  • 0354-11-13 [Christian] Aurelius Augustine, bp of Hippo in Roman Africa
  • 1700-02-23 Wilhelmus Schortinghuis, Dutch theologist (Profound Christianity)
  • 1701-06-22 Nikolaj Eigtved, Danish architect (Christiansborg Castle)

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1775-01-27 Friedrich von Schelling, Germany, philosopher (Views on Christianity)

  • 1824-12-17 Thomas Starr King, NY, Unitarian clergyman (Christianity & Humanity)
  • 1847-10-01 Annie Besant, [Wood], England, philosopher (Esoteric christianity)
  • 1871-04-01 F Melius Christiansen, composer
  • 1877-08-11 Adolph M. Christianson, justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court (d. 1954)
  • 1879-03-15 Gerrit J Heering, Dutch theologist (Fall of Christianity)
  • 1879-12-12 Friedrich Christiansen, nazi commander Wehrmacht Netherland
  • 1886-01-24 Henry King, Christiansburg Virginia, American film director (d. 1982)
  • 1891-04-07 Ole Kirk Christiansen, Danish inventor (d. 1958)
  • 1914-09-08 Dimitrios I, patriarch (primus interparis orthodox Christians)
  • 1920-07-08 Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, Danish industrialist (Lego Group) (d. 1995)
  • 1923-08-03 Shenouda III of Alexandria, Pope of the Coptic Christianity, (d. 2012)
  • 1928-12-20 Jack Christiansen, Kansas, NFL hall of famer defensive back (Lions)
  • 1932-05-28 Henning Christiansen, composer
  • 1955-07-21 Henry Preistman, rocker (Christians-Harvest the World)
  • 1956-07-08 Russell Christian, rocker (Christians-Harvest the World)
  • 1969-09-21 Jason Christiansen, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Omaha, Nebraska

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1976-04-25 Tim Duncan, American NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs), born in Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands

NBA Power Forward Tim Duncan
NBA Power Forward
Tim Duncan

Famous Deaths

  • 0068-04-25 Saint Mark, the first Pope of Alexandria and the founder of Christianity in Africa
  • 0180-07-17 Christenen Cittinus/Donatus/Natzalus/Secunda/Speratus/Vestia sentenced to death as Christians in Carthage
  • 0290-10-01 [Christian] Bacchus, roman soldier/martyred saint, killed
  • 0290-10-07 [Christian] Sergius, roman soldier/martyred saint, decapitated
  • 0660-12-01 Eligius [Eloy], French patron saint of horses, goldsmiths and metalworkers who as bishop of Tournay-Noyon spent 20 years converting the pagan population of Flanders to Christianity, dies at around 72
  • 0907-05-02 Boris I, King of Bulgaria (852-889), saw Bulgaria converted to Christianity
  • 1864-03-04 Thomas Starr King, Unitarian clergyman (Christianity & Humanity), dies
  • 1933-09-20 Annie Besant, English theosophy (Esoteric Christianity), dies
  • 1954-02-11 Adolph M. Christianson, justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court (b. 1877)
  • 1955-06-01 F Melius Christiansen, composer, dies at 84
  • 1958-03-11 Ole Kirk Christiansen, Danish inventor of Legos (b. 1891)
  • 1972-12-02 Friedrich Christian Christiansen, German Luftwaffe general, dies
  • 1991-10-02 Dimitrios I, patriarch/primus interparis orthodox Christians, dies
  • 1991-10-02 Jan H Christianse, political chairman (CDA), dies
  • 1995-07-13 Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, Danish toy manufacturer (Lego Group) (b. 1920)