Today in Methodist History

Historical Events

  • 1736-02-05 Methodists John & Charles Wesley arrive in Savannah, Georgia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1738-05-24 John Wesley is converted, launching the Methodist movement; the day is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day.

Evangelist John Wesley
Evangelist
John Wesley
  • 1768-10-30 First Methodist church in North American colonies initiated (Wesley Chapel, NYC)
  • 1784-02-28 John Wesley charters Methodist Church
  • 1794-03-03 Richard Allen founded African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • 1794-06-10 Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia forms
  • 1796-03-28 Bethel African Methodist Church of Phila is 1st US-African church
  • 1796-08-23 African Methodist Episcopal Church incorporated
  • 1816-04-09 African Methodist Episcopal Church organizes (Phila)
  • 1821-03-14 African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church founded (NY)
  • 1821-06-21 African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AMEZ) Church organizes (NYC)
  • 1852-08-01 SF Methodists establish 1st black church, Zion Methodist
  • 1865-07-02 One-time Methodist Reform Church minister William Booth and his wife Catherine found the Salvation Army (Army of the Salvation) as the East London Christian Mission
  • 1888-11-14 USC Trojans (then Methodists) play their 1st football game
  • 1890-12-16 Negro Methodist Episcopal Church founded in Jackson, TN
  • 1915-09-22 Southern Methodist University (Dallas Texas) holds its 1st class
  • 1925-06-10 Inaugural service for the United Church of Canada, a union of Presbyterian, Methodist, and Congregationalist churches held in Toronto Arena.
  • 1926-07-20 A convention of the Methodist Church votes to allow women to become priests.
  • 1956-05-02 US Methodist church disallows racial separation
  • 1964-06-25 Prince A Taylor becomes 1st black methodist bishop (NJ)
  • 1966-11-11 Methodist Church & Evangelical United Brethren Church unite as United Methodist Church (USA)
  • 1968-04-23 United Methodist Church forms
  • 1968-09-28 Chuck Hixson (Southern Methodist) completes 37 of record 69 passes
  • 2015-06-03 Dr. Jesse Selber performs the world's first partial-skull and scalp transplant at Houston Methodist Hospital

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1703-06-28 John Wesley, English Christian theologian and co-founder of the Methodist movement, born in Epworth, England (d. 1791)

Evangelist John Wesley
Evangelist
John Wesley
  • 1707-12-18 Charles Wesley, co-founder (Methodist movement)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1714-12-16 George Whitefield, English-born Methodist leader and preacher, born in Gloucester, England (d. 1770)

Anglican Preacher George Whitefield
Anglican Preacher
George Whitefield
  • 1760-02-14 Richard Allen, Phila, 1st African American ordained by Methodist-Episcopal church
  • 1816-04-17 Thomas Hazlehurst, English Methodist chapel builder (d. 1876)
  • 1833-02-01 Henry McNeal Turner, Newberry South Carolina, Minister and politician, 1st African American Methodist Bishop (d. 1915)
  • 1908-08-25 Esther Waterhouse, doctor/methodist
  • 1909-11-29 Rupert Davies, methodist Scholar
  • 1911-12-06 Alfred James Broomhall, Methodist missionary
  • 1920-03-05 Leontine Tg Kelly, 1st African American female bishop (Methodist)
  • 1938-02-24 Kathleen Richardson, president (Methodist Conference)
  • 1945-06-23 K B Wilson, methodist Preacher/Principal (Westminster College Oxford)
  • 1958-07-02 Thomas Bickerton, American Methodist bishop

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1945-09-19 Actress Shirley Temple (17) weds actor John Agar (24) in an Episcopal ceremony at Wilshire Methodist Church

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple
  • 1957-12-28 "Rebel Without A Cause" actress Natalie Wood (19) weds actor Robert Wagner (27) at Scottsdale United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona

HeartWedding of Interest

1963-06-01 Actor Rod Taylor (33) weds model Mary Hilem (25) at Westwood Community Methodist Church in Hollywood

Actor Rod Taylor
Actor
Rod Taylor
  • 1975-06-07 Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard (21) weds Cheryl Alley (21) at Magnolia Park United Methodist Church in Burbank, California

HeartWedding of Interest

1977-11-05 43rd US President George W. Bush (31) weds Laura Welch (31) at The First United Methodist Church in Midland, Texas

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush

HeartWedding of Interest

1987-11-13 MLB baseball player Cal Ripken Jr (27) weds Kelly Geer at Towson United Methodist Church in Maryland

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr

HeartWedding of Interest

1989-09-23 Tennis Ace Zina Garrison (25) weds businessman Willard Jackson (25) at the Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston

Tennis Player Zina Garrison
Tennis Player
Zina Garrison
  • 1997-10-11 "Charlie's Angels" actress Jaclyn Smith (52) weds Chicago heart surgeon Bradley Allen (43) at United Westwood Methodist Church
  • 1998-08-29 "Baywatch" actress Traci Bingham (30) weds Robb Vallier at First United Methodist Church in Ames, Iowa
  • 2001-11-10 "Four Weddings and A Funeral" actress Andie MacDowell (43) weds businessman Rhett Hartzog (42) at Central United Methodist Church in Asheville, North Carolina
  • 2005-07-30 Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph (49) weds Pennsylvania Senator Vincent Hughes (48) at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles

HeartWedding of Interest

2007-02-24 Former world champion track and field athlete Marion Jones (31) weds Olympic bronze medalist Obadele Thompson (30) at the Union Hill African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilson's Mills, North Carolina

Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion Jones
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat
Marion Jones

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1770-09-30 George Whitefield, English-born Methodist leader and preacher, dies in Newburyport, Massachusetts, at age 55

Anglican Preacher George Whitefield
Anglican Preacher
George Whitefield
  • 1804-08-17 Barbara Hec, organized 1st methodist church in US, dies
  • 1876-07-14 Thomas Hazlehurst, English Methodist chapel builder (b. 1816)
  • 1902-11-17 Hugh Price Hughes, Methodist Social Reformer (b. 1847)
  • 1915-05-08 Henry McNeal Turner, 1 African American Methodist Bishop and 1st African American army chaplain, dies at 82
  • 1994-05-11 Alfred James Broomhall, methodist Missionary, dies at 82
  • 1994-07-04 Rupert Davies, methodist scholar, dies at 84
  • 1995-05-05 Esther Waterhouse, doctor/methodist, dies at 86
  • 1995-10-22 K B Wilson, methodist principal (Westminster College), dies at 50
  • 2008-12-02 Kathleen Baskin-Ball, American United Methodist Pastor