[Daily article] April 24: Wilfrid Published On

Wilfrid (c. 633 – c. 709) was an English bishop. The abbot of a
monastery at Ripon, he advocated the Roman method for calculating the
date of Easter at the Synod of Whitby in 664 and was appointed Bishop of
Northumbria as a result. After Wilfrid quarrelled with Ecgfrith, the
Northumbrian king, Theodore of Tarsus (the Archbishop of Canterbury)
implemented some reforms in the diocese despite Wilfrid's opposition.
Pope Agatho ruled in Wilfrid's favour, but Ecgfrith imprisoned Wilfrid
before exiling him. Aldfrith, Ecgfirth's successor, allowed Wilfrid to
return, but later expelled him. Wilfrid again appealed to Rome, and
eventually regained possession of his Northumbrian monasteries. After
Wilfrid's death, he was venerated as a saint. His followers commissioned
a Life of Wilfrid (page from an 11th-century copy pictured), and the
medieval historian Bede also wrote extensively about him. Wilfrid lived
ostentatiously and claimed to be the first Englishman to introduce the
Rule of Saint Benedict into English monasteries. Some modern historians
see him as a champion of Roman customs against those of the British and
Irish churches, others as an advocate for monasticism.

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Today's selected anniversaries:

1479 BC:

Thutmose III became the sixth Pharaoh of the Eighteenth
Dynasty of Egypt, although during the first 22 years of the reign he was
co-regent with his aunt, Hatshepsut.


Schmalkaldic War: Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, led Imperial
troops to a decisive victory in the Battle of Mühlberg over the
Lutheran Schmalkaldic League of Protestant princes.


The Franck–Hertz experiment, a pillar in the development of
quantum mechanics, was presented to the German Physical Society.


The first portion of the Imperial Wireless Chain, a strategic
international wireless telegraphy communications network created to link
the countries of the British Empire, opened.


The Hubble Space Telescope was launched aboard the Space
Shuttle Discovery in mission STS-31.

Wiktionary's word of the day:

To abscond or run away, especially to avoid paying money or debts.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  I cannot approve of monarchs who want to rule over the conscience
of the people, and take away their freedom of choice and religion.
--William the Silent

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