This week in Christian history: Anti-Catholic riots in England, ‘father of church history’ dies

A 19th century depiction of the Gordon Riots, a massive and violent anti-Catholic demonstration that took place in London, England in June 1780. | Wikimedia Commons

Throughout the extensive history of the Church, there have been numerous events of lasting significance.

Each week brings anniversaries of impressive milestones, unforgettable tragedies, amazing triumphs, memorable births and notable deaths.

Some of the events drawn from over 2,000 years of history might be familiar, while others might be previously unknown to most people.

The following pages highlight anniversaries of memorable events that occurred this week in Christian history. They include the Gordon Riots, Martin Rinkart becoming a deacon and the death of a prominent early church figure.

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