On This Day

Anglican in History

Historical Events

  • 1581-07-14 English Jesuit priest Edmund Campion arrested for sedition in Anglican England (later hung, drawn and quartered)
  • 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".

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

  • 1787-02-04 1st Anglican bishops of NY & Pennsylvania consecrated in London
  • 1845-10-09 Eminent and controversial Anglican priest John Henry Newman leaves Anglican Curch of England and 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 Prize

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

  • 1986-04-14 Desmond Tutu elected Anglican Archbishop of Capetown, South Africa
  • 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)
  • 1793-01-18 William Henry Havergal, British composer, hymn writer, and Anglican clergyman, born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England (d. 1870)
  • 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)
  • 1892-10-17 Herbert Howells, British organist, composer (chiefly of Anglican Church scared music), and teacher, born in Lydney, Gloucestershire England (d. 1983)
  • 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)
  • 1911-06-15 Wilbert Awdry, British Anglican cleric and children's writer (Thomas the Tank Engine), born in Ampfield, England (d. 1997)
  • 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)
  • 1924-10-20 Stanley Booth-Clibborn, British Anglican Bishop of Manchester, born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • 1925-04-17 John Yates, Anglican bishop (Lambeth England), born in Burslem, Staffordshire

Desmond Tutu

1931-10-07 Desmond Tutu, Anglican Archbishop of South Africa and 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner, born in Klerksdorp, Western Transvaal, South Africa (d. 2021)

  • 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
  • 1964-01-02 Christopher John Gray, English Anglican priest who was murdered in front of his own vicarage, born in Portsmouth, England (d. 1996) [1] [2]

Famous Weddings

Guy Gibson

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

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
  • 1722-04-13 Charles Leslie, Irish Anglican priest, dies at 71
  • 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
  • 1995-04-23 Robert Selby Taylor, Anglican bishop, dies at 86
  • 1996-03-06 Stanley Booth-Clibborn, British Anglican Bishop of Manchester, dies at 71
  • 1996-08-13 Christopher John Gray, English Anglican priest, murdered in front of his own vicarage in Liverpool at 32 [1] [2]
  • 1997-03-21 Wilbert Awdry, English Anglican cleric and children's writer (Thomas the Tank Engine), dies at 85
  • 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