On This Day

Religous History

Historical Events

  • 0392-11-08 Roman Emperor Theodosius declares Christian religion the state religion

Treaty of Interest

1552-08-02 Treaty of Passau: Emperor Charles V accepts Lutheran religion

  • 1555-09-25 Freedom of Religion in Augsburg
  • 1564-12-31 Willem van Orange demands freedom of conscience/religion

Historic Event

1567-09-29 War of Religion breaks out in France - Huguenots try to kidnap King Charles IX

Historic Event

1571-01-11 Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II grants Austrian adel freedom of religion

  • 1609-07-06 Majesteitsbrief: Emperor Rudolf II grants Bohemia freedom of religion
  • 1609-07-09 Emperor Rudolf II grants Bohemian protestants freedom of religion
  • 1609-07-20 Emperor Rudolf II grants Silezische protestants freedom of religion

Historic Event

1660-04-04 English King Charles II sends Declaration of Breda (freedom of religion)

Historic Event

1669-02-01 French King Louis XIV limits freedom of religion

  • 1681-11-09 Hungarian parliament promises protestants freedom of religion
  • 1689-05-24 English Parliament guarantees freedom of religion for Protestants
  • 1740-06-22 King Frederik II of Prussia ends torture and guarantees religion & freedom of the press
  • 1829-04-13 The Roman Catholic Relief Act passed by the British Parliament; it was the culmination of the process of Catholic Emancipation throughout the UK.
  • 1839-11-03 Palace of Gulhane Turkey, freedom of religion proclaimed

Famous Birthdays

John Wesley

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

  • 1823-02-28 Ernest Renan, French philosopher/historian/scholar of religion
  • 1852-02-16 Charles Taze Russell, American religious leader (founder of the Bible School Movement that led to Jehovah's Witnesses), born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania (d. 1916)
  • 1882-04-10 Simon F H J Berkelbach Van der Sprenkel, theologist (Fear & Religion)
  • 1890-03-18 Gerardus van der Leeuw, Dutch religion historian/minister of Education
  • 1921-05-19 Karel van het Reve, Dutch writer, translator, and Russian literature historian (Comrade's Religion), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1999)
  • 1946-02-07 Sammy Johns, rocker (Politics, Religion & Her), (d. 2013)
  • 1960-01-04 Michael Stipe, American rock vocalist and songwriter (R.E.M. - "Losing My Religion"; "Stand"; "Everybody Hurts"), born in Decatur, Georgia

Famous Deaths

  • 1750-11-20 Wilhelmus Schortinghuis, Dutch Christian theologist, dies at 50
  • 1955-08-27 Joachim Wach, philosopher/sociologist (Sociology of Religion), dies