Anglican in History

Historical Events


MurderAssassination

1170-12-29 Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury is assassinated inside Canterbury Cathedral by followers of King Henry II; subsequently martryed

Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket
Archbishop of Canterbury
Thomas Becket
  • 1634-11-11 Following pressure from Anglican bishop John Atherton, the Irish House of Commons passes "An Act for the Punishment for the Vice of Buggery".

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1655-11-24 English Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell bans Anglicans

English Military and Political Leader Oliver Cromwell
English Military and Political Leader
Oliver Cromwell

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1695-01-13 Jonathan Swift ordained an Anglican priest in Ireland

Author, Poet and Satirist Jonathan Swift
Author, Poet and Satirist
Jonathan Swift
  • 1787-02-04 1st Anglican bishops of NY & Pennsylvania consecrated in London
  • 1845-10-09 The eminent and controversial Anglican, John Henry Newman, is received into the Roman Catholic Church.
  • 1877-01-22 Arthur Tooth, an Anglican clergyman is taken into custody after being prosecuted for using ritualist practices.
  • 1920-04-01 The (Anglican) Church in Wales disestablished
  • 1966-03-23 1st official meeting after 400 years of Catholic & Anglican Church
  • 1981-02-26 3 Anglican missionaries detained in Iran since Aug 1980 are released
  • 1983-02-10 Anglican synod vote 338-100 against unilateral UK nuclear disarmament
  • 1984-10-16 Desmond Tutu, South Afrian Anglican Archbishop, wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1986-04-14 Desmond Tutu elected Anglican Archbishop of Capetown
  • 1986-09-07 Desmond Tutu becomes Anglican archbishop of Capetown
  • 1987-01-20 Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite taken hostage in Beirut, Lebanon by Islamic militia group
  • 1990-06-29 World's first female diocesan Anglican bishop, Dr Penny Jamieson, appointed in New Zealand
  • 1992-11-11 The Church of England approves the ordination of female priests
  • 1996-06-23 Archbishop Tutu retires as Archbishop of Cape Town and head of the Anglican Church in South Africa
  • 1996-12-23 Four women ordained priests in Jamaica, 1st in 330-year Anglican history
  • 2003-02-27 Rowan Williams is enthroned as the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1577-02-08 Robert Burton, writer, Anglican clergyman (Anatomy of Melancholy)
  • 1666-07-10 John Ernest Grabe, German-born Anglican theologian (d. 1711)
  • 1721-07-14 John Douglas, Scottish Anglican bishop and man of letters (d. 1807)
  • 1792-04-25 John Keble, Anglican priest/founder (Oxford Movement)
  • 1807-09-05 Richard Chenevix Trench, Irish Anglican clergyman and philologist (d. 1886)
  • 1821-04-03 T. Pelham Dale, Anglican clergyman prosecuted for Ritualist practices in the 1870s (d. 1892)
  • 1825-06-21 William Stubbs, English historian and Anglican bishop of Oxford (d. 1901)
  • 1839-06-17 Fr. Arthur Tooth SSC, Anglican Clergyman prosecuted for ritualist activities (d. 1931)
  • 1861-01-06 George Exton Lloyd, Anglican bishop and theologian (d. 1940)
  • 1895-06-22 James Arthur Calata, Anglican clergyman and African National Congress (ANC) leader, Rabula, Keiskammahoek, Eastern Cape.
  • 1895-07-22 James Arthur Calata, African National Congress (ANC) leader and Anglican clergyman
  • 1905-06-29 Alphaeus Hamilton Zulu (Bishop Zulu), Nquthu Natal, Anglican bishop of Zululand and Swaziland
  • 1909-02-04 Kenneth W Howell, English Anglican bishop (Chile/Bolivia/Peru)
  • 1931-10-07 Desmond Tutu, Anglican Archbishop of South Africa (Nobel Peace Prize 1982)
  • 1939-05-31 Terry Waite, English Anglican Church envoy/Lebanese hostage, born in Bollington, Cheshire
  • 1940-03-03 Owen Spencer-Thomas, English broadcaster, journalist and Anglican clergyman

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1940-11-23 RAF pilot Guy Gibson (22) weds show dancer and actress Eve Moore in Penarth’s Anglican Church

RAF Pilot Guy Gibson
RAF Pilot
Guy Gibson

Famous Deaths

  • 1711-11-03 John Ernest Grabe, German-born Anglican theologian (b. 1666)
  • 1807-05-18 John Douglas, Scottish Anglican bishop and man of letters (b. 1721)
  • 1892-04-19 Fr. Thomas Dale SSC, Anglican clergyman prosecuted for Ritualist practices in the 1870s (b. 1821)
  • 1901-04-22 William Stubbs, English historian and Anglican bishop, dies at 74
  • 1915-01-14 Richard Meux Benson, founder of Anglican religious order (b. 1824)
  • 1931-03-05 Fr. Arthur Tooth SSC, Anglican Clergyman prosecuted and imprisoned for ritualist activities (b. 1839)
  • 1940-12-08 George Exton Lloyd, Anglican Bishop and theologian (b. 1861)
  • 1983-06-16 James Arthur Calata, African National Congress (ANC) leader and Anglican clergyman, at 87