1899 – The Unitarian abolitionist Samuel May died in Leicester, Massachusetts, at age 89, where he was a minister. He was forced to resign because of his strong support for abolition. He became a leader in the anti-slavery movement as secretary of the Massachusetts Anti-slavery … read more.
1996 – Angus deMille Cameron, a distinguished Unitarian minister from Canada who was active in denominational affairs, died on the Kingston Peninsula in New Brunswick at the age of 83.
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1569 – Coelius Secundus Curio, a Catholic heretic influenced by Martin Luther, died at age 66. Born to a distinguished family, he was imprisoned several times by the Inquisition for his anti-Trinitarian ideas. Each time he escaped. In 1547 he settled in Switzerland and became … read more.
1559 – The Synod of Pinczow, Poland, debated the nature of Christ, showing the Socinian influence. The dispute was settled with both sides claiming victory.
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1850 – Charlotte Garrigue Masaryk was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her family belonged to First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn. While studying piano in Germany, friends there told her about Thomas Masaryk, whom she married in 1878. The couple moved to Prague, Czechoslovakia, where … read more.
1904 – Ednah Dow Littlehale Cheney, a Unitarian and civil rights activist, died at age 80. She was an activist for women’s rights, abolition, and the education of free slaves. She was a friend of Harriet Tubman, who furthered her interest in educating former slaves. … read more.
2003 The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issues its decision in the case of Goodridge vs. the Department of Public Health of Massachusetts. The court held that under the Constitution of Massachusetts, it is illegal to deny to people of the same gender the same marriage … read more.
1599 – John Saieninius, the ruler of Krakow, Poland, converted from Calvinism to Socinianism during debates at Rakow and became a patron of Socinian churches and an important benefactor of the movement. He established a Unitarian congregation and … read more.
1611 – John Tyscovicius of Poland was executed because he would not take an oath on the Trinity but only to God. His tongue was plucked out for the crime of blasphemy, after which he was beheaded, his hands and feet cut off, and his … read more.
1814 – Frances Anna Maria Russell was born. She became a Unitarian at age 70. Her grandson was the famous philosopher Lord Bertrand Russell and her husband was Lord John Russell. She was a friend to many Unitarian literary figures, including Charles Dickens, … read more.