Anglican in History

Historical Events

  • 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".

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

1984-10-16 Desmond Tutu, South African Anglican Archbishop, wins Nobel Peace Prize

Anglican Archbishop and Activist Desmond Tutu
Anglican Archbishop and Activist
Desmond Tutu
  • 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, British writer and Anglican clergyman (The Anatomy of Melancholy), born in Lindley, Leicestershire, England (d. 1640)
  • 1666-07-10 John Ernest Grabe, German-born Anglican theologian, born in Königsberg (d. 1711)
  • 1667-12-09 William Whiston, English Anglican priest and mathematician, born in Norton, Leicestershire, England (d. 1752)
  • 1721-07-14 John Douglas, Scottish Anglican bishop and man of letters (d. 1807)
  • 1792-04-25 John Keble, Anglican priest and founder (Oxford Movement), born in Fairford, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1886)
  • 1807-09-09 Richard Chenevix Trench, Irish Anglican clergyman and philologist, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1886)
  • 1821-04-03 T. Pelham Dale, Anglican clergyman prosecuted for Ritualist practices in the 1870s, born in Greenwich (d. 1892)
  • 1825-06-21 William Stubbs, English historian and Anglican bishop of Oxford, born in High Street, Knaresborough, England (d. 1901)
  • 1839-06-17 Fr. Arthur Tooth SSC, Anglican Clergyman prosecuted for ritualist activities, born in Cranbrook, Kent (d. 1931)
  • 1861-01-06 George Exton Lloyd, Anglican bishop and theologian, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1940)
  • 1895-07-22 James Arthur Calata, African National Congress (ANC) leader and Anglican clergyman, born in Debe Nek, King Williamstown, South Africa (d. 1983)
  • 1905-06-29 Alphaeus Hamilton Zulu, Anglican bishop of Zululand and Swaziland, born in South Africa (d. 1988)
  • 1908-06-11 Clifford Leofric Purdy Bishop, Anglican pastor and bishop, born in Cley next the Sea, Suffolk, England (d. 1994)
  • 1909-02-04 Kenneth W Howell, English Anglican bishop (Chile/Bolivia/Peru)
  • 1913-05-27 Arthur Mervyn Stockwood, Anglican bishop (Southwark England), born in Bridgend, Glamorgan, Wales (d. 1995)
  • 1913-09-21 Ulrich Ernst Simon, German-Jewish Anglican theologian, born in Berlin (d. 1997)
  • 1915-04-13 Rederic Coote, British Anglican Bishop (Colchester) (d. 2000)
  • 1921-05-08 Graham Leonard, Bishop of London, most senior Anglican to convert to Catholicism since the reformation (d. 2010)
  • 1925-04-17 John Yates, Anglican bishop (Lambeth England), born in Burslem, Staffordshire

Person of interestDesmond Tutu

1931-10-07 Desmond Tutu, Anglican Archbishop of South Africa and 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner, born in Klerksdorp, Western Transvaal, South Africa

Anglican Archbishop and Activist Desmond Tutu
Anglican Archbishop and Activist
Desmond Tutu
  • 1935-09-17 Timothy Bavin, British Anglican bishop (Bishop of Portsmouth 1985-95)
  • 1936-10-02 Roger Sainsbury, Anglican Bishop of Barking
  • 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


LoveWedding 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

  • 1640-01-25 Robert Burton, British writer and Anglican clergyman (The Anatomy of Melancholy), dies at 62
  • 1711-11-03 John Ernest Grabe, German-born Anglican theologian, dies at 45
  • 1752-08-22 William Whiston, English Anglican priest and mathematician, dies at 84
  • 1807-05-18 John Douglas, Scottish Anglican bishop & man of letters, dies at 86
  • 1886-03-29 John Keble, Anglican priest and founder (Oxford Movement), dies at 73
  • 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 & Anglican bishop of Oxford, 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, dies ta 91
  • 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, dies at 87
  • 1994-09-01 Clifford Leofric Purdy Bishop, Anglican pastor and bishop, dies at 88
  • 1995-01-13 Arthur Mervyn Stockwood, Anglican bishop (Southwark England), dies at 81
  • 1997-07-31 Ulrich Ernst Simon, German-Jewish Anglican theologian, dies at 63
  • 2000-07-06 Rederic Coote, British Anglican Bishop (Colchester), dies at 85