Baptist in History

Historical Events

  • 1535-02-10 12 nude anabaptists run through Amsterdam streets
  • 1535-06-24 Anabaptists Protestants conquered & disbanded
  • 1664-05-28 1st Baptist Church organizes (Boston)
  • 1788-01-20 Pioneer African Baptist church organizes in Savannah, Ga
  • 1792-10-02 Baptist Missionary Society forms in London

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1829-05-15 Joseph Smith ordained by John the Baptist according to Joseph Smith

Religious Leader Joseph Smith Jr
Religious Leader
Joseph Smith Jr
  • 1869-09-10 Baptist minister supposedly invents rickshaw in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1881-01-26 Union of Baptists Communities forms in Foxholl
  • 1915-05-17 National Baptist Convention chartered
  • 1962-08-15 Shady Grove Baptist Church burned in Leesburg, Georgia

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1973-05-10 Bruce Lee collapses in Golden Harvest studios in Hong Kong and is rushed to Hong Kong Baptist Hospital where doctors diagnose him with cerebral edema

Karate Star/Actor Bruce Lee
Karate Star/Actor
Bruce Lee
  • 1982-12-05 Seattle Univ Baptist Ch declares sanctuary for Cen Am refugees
  • 1984-06-14 Southern Baptist convention decide on no women clergy members
  • 2002-05-22 American civil rights movement: a jury in Birmingham, Alabama, convicts former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry of the 1963 murders of four girls in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church.

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2006-03-19 On the weekend of his 84th birthday, Fred Shuttlesworth gives his final sermon in front of 300 people at the Greater New Light Baptist Church

Civil Rights Activist Fred Shuttlesworth
Civil Rights Activist
Fred Shuttlesworth

Famous Birthdays

  • 1566-12-20 Edward Wightman, English Baptist preacher (d. 1612)
  • 1579-11-22 Jan Baptist Stalpart van der Wiele, Dutch lawyer/pastor/lyricist
  • 1622-11-08 Galenus Abrahamsz de Haen, Dutch baptist pastor (Lambs' War)
  • 1708-08-10 John Stinstra, baptist vicar
  • 1804-06-08 Jan Baptist van Son, Dutch politician (RC)
  • 1805-12-10 John E Feisser, theologist/founder 1st Dutch baptist church
  • 1909-12-19 W.A. Criswell, American (Baptist) preacher (d. 2002)

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1918-11-07 Billy Graham, American Baptist evangelist (Crusades), born in Charlotte, North Carolina

Evangelist Billy Graham
Evangelist
Billy Graham
  • 1920-02-12 William Roscoe Estep, Baptist historian and professor (d. 2000)
  • 1921-11-19 Peter Ruckman, American Baptist minister
  • 1926-09-25 Jack Hyles, Baptist pastor (d. 2001)
  • 1976-09-09 Juan A. Baptista, Venezuelan actor
  • 1981-10-01 Júlio Baptista, Brazilian footballer
  • 1981-12-15 Creighton Lovelace, American Baptist minister

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1930-09-04 Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (21) weds Vivien Burey at First African Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

First Black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
First Black Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall

HeartWedding of Interest

1948-03-28 Musician Nat King Cole (29) weds jazz singer Maria Hawkins (25) at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole

HeartWedding of Interest

1953-12-08 Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker (58) weds second wife Olive Palmer (51) at Park Road Baptist Church in Toronto, Canada

13th Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker
13th Prime Minister of Canada
John Diefenbaker

HeartWedding of Interest

1958-06-22 NBA forward Elgin Baylor (23) weds Ruby Saunder at Mt Olive Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor

HeartWedding of Interest

1960-12-22 NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton (20) weds Anna Elaine Merrell at First Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia

Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton

HeartWedding of Interest

1980-10-31 Baptist minister Al Sharpton (26) weds back up singer Kathy Jordan

Minister and Civil Rights Activist Al Sharpton
Minister and Civil Rights Activist
Al Sharpton

HeartWedding of Interest

1991-12-16 NBA center David Robinson (26) weds Valerie Hoggatt at a Baptist church ceremony in San Antonio, Texas

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson

HeartWedding of Interest

1996-09-21 Elder son of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and magazine publisher John F. Kennedy Jr. (35) weds Caroline Bisset (30) at the wood-frame Brack Chapel of the First African Baptist Church in Cumberland Island, Georgia

Publisher and Lawyer John F. Kennedy Jr.
Publisher and Lawyer
John F. Kennedy Jr.
  • 1999-06-12 Former Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller (22) weds lawyer and ophthalmologist Chris Phillips (26) at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City
  • 2000-10-14 Asylum recording artist Bryan White (26) weds actress Erika Page at Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas
  • 2005-01-08 Rapper and actor Nas (32) weds R&B singer Kelis (25) at Morningside Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia

HeartWedding of Interest

2005-07-15 Heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis (39) weds former Miss Jamaica runner-up Violet Chang at William Knibb Memorial Baptist Church in Falmouth, Jamaica

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis
  • 2006-04-21 Professional drag racer Andrew Hines (22) weds Tanya Phillips at the First Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida
  • 2006-06-03 Pop band Hanson member Zac Hanson (20) weds Kate Tucker (22) at the Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2014-11-01 Counting star Jessa Duggar weds Ben Seewald at the First Baptist Church in Bentonville, Ark

Famous Deaths

  • 0029-08-29 John the Baptist, beheaded
  • 1531-03-20 Sicke Freerks/Frericx, [Cutter], Dutch anabaptist, beheaded
  • 1531-12-06 John Volkertsz Trimaker, Dutch anabaptist leader, beheaded
  • 1538-08-20 Aefgen Listinck, Dutch anabaptist, burned at stake
  • 1549-05-27 Lijsbeth Dirksdr, Fries antabaptist, drowns
  • 1549-06-07 Eelke Fouckens, Frisian anabaptist, beheaded
  • 1559-03-14 Jacques d'Auchy, Walloon baptist merchant, executed
  • 1612-04-11 Edward Wightman, English Baptist preacher (b. 1566)
  • 1644-12-30 Jan Baptist van Helmont, Flemish chemist (b. 1577)
  • 1706-04-19 Galenus Abrahamsz de Haen, Dutch baptist leader, dies
  • 1790-01-08 John Stinstra, Dutch baptist vicar, dies at 81
  • 1834-06-09 William Carey, one of the founders of the Baptist Missionary Society (b. 1761)
  • 1850-04-12 Adoniram Judson, American Baptist missionary (b. 1788)
  • 1865-06-02 John E Feisser, founder (1st Dutch baptist church), dies at 59
  • 1875-11-06 John Baptist van Son, Dutch Catholic politician, dies at 71
  • 1931-01-11 James Milton Carroll, American Baptist pastor, leader, historian, and author (b. 1852)
  • 1999-12-24 João Baptista de Oliveira Figueiredo, President of Brazil (b. 1918)
  • 2000-07-14 William Roscoe Estep, American Baptist historian (b. 1920)
  • 2001-06-02 Frank Stagg, Baptist Theologian (b. 1911)
  • 2002-01-10 W.A. Criswell, American (Baptist) preacher (b. 1909)
  • 2005-11-15 Dr. Adrian Rogers, American Southern Baptist Minister and leader (b. 1931)