Today in Church History - Jan 18

On this day in Church History ...

President David O. McKay d. Salt Lake City, age 96. (1)
-- Jan 18, 1970

In Manchester England Wilford Woodruff performs an exorcism: "We found the sister possessed of the Devel & a burning fever on the brain. She was rageing & trying to tare herself although in the hands of three or four men." Woodruff anoints her head with oil and then administers the oil to her internally. William Clayton writes, "after washing her forehead with rum she appeared better and we left her." (2)
-- 170 years ago - Jan 18, 1840

David O. McKay's death at age 96 years 4 months and 10 days, oldest age to which any LDS president has lived, but not oldest general authority. His is longest service as general authority, sixty-three years and nine months. Heber J. Grant and Joseph Fielding Smith have next longest tenures of sixty-two years and a few months as general authorities. (2)
-- 40 years ago - Jan 18, 1970

[Oliver Cowdery] Joseph Smith, Jr. and Emma Hale were married at S. Bainbridge, Chenango, NY. Sideny Rigdon's whereabouts between mid-Dec. and Jan. 27 were unaccounted for. (3)
-- Jan 18, 1827

1 - Ludlow, Daniel H. editor, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Macmillan Publishing, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
2 - On This Day in Mormon History,
3 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Oliver Cowdery Chronology,

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