August 9, 1788: American Baptist missionary Adoniram Judson, who during his missions work in Burma translated the Bible into Burmese and wrote the first Burmese-English dictionary, is born in Malden, Massachusetts (see issue 36: William Carey).
August 9, 1883: Robert Moffat, pioneer missionary to southern Africa and inspiration (and father-in-law) to David Livingstone, dies (see issue 56: David Livingstone).
January 15, 345 (traditional date): Paul of Thebes, traditionally considered the first Christian hermit and an inspiration for Antony of Egypt and later Christian monasticism, dies (see issue 64: Antony and the Desert Fathers).
January 15, 1697: Massachusetts citizens observe a day of fasting and repentance for the Salem witch trials of 1692, in which 19 suspected witches were hanged and more than 150 imprisoned. The day was declared "That so all of God's people may offer up fervent supplications ...