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January 2

J. K. Wilhelm Löhe, Pastor

826 Adalhard, abbot of Corbie, died.

1629 Christian Scriver, devotional writer, was born at Rendsburg, Schleswig-Holstein (d. 5 April 1693, Quedlinburg).

1792 Edward Perronet, Swiss-born English clergyman, poet and hymnist, died in Canterbury (b. 1726, Sundridge, Kent, England).

1801 John Caspar Lavater, anti-rationalist Swiss theologian, died (b. 1741).

1810 Johann Friedrich BŁnger, part of the Saxon Immigration to America, president of the Western District of the Missouri Synod and founder of the Lutheran Hospital in Saint Louis, as well as the Lutheran orphans home and home for the aged, was born at Rosswein, Saxony (d. 23 January 1882).

1816 Benjamin Hobson, medical missionary to China, was born in Welford, England (d. 28 July 1839).

1828 Jeremiah E. Rankin, American Congregational clergyman and hymnist, was born in Thornton, New Hampshire (d. 28 November 1904, Cleveland, Ohio).

1832 Philip Adam Peter, hymnist, was born in Hesse-Nassau (d. 19 February 1919).

1833 William Forbes Adams, Protestant Episcopal bishop of Easton (Maryland), was born at Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Ireland.

1851 John T. McFarland, hymnist, was born (d. 22 December 1913).

1878 Edward Caswall (b. 15 July 1814, Yately, Hampshire, England), hymn translator, died in Edgbaston, England.

1883 Charles Porterfield Krauth, theologian and leader of Lutheranism in America, died (b. 17 March 1823, the son of Charles Philip Krauth, at Martinsburg, [West] Virginia).

1891 Henry Frederick Wind, executive secretary of the Missouri Synod's Department of Social Welfare (19531966), was born in Millard, Nebraska (d. 24 February 1966).

1893 Magnus Fredrik (Frederick) Haakanson (Hokanson), Augustana Synod pastor, died (b. 7 [11?] September 1811 at Ronneby, Blekinge, Sweden).

1909 Aimee Semple (1870-1944) and her husband, Robert, were ordained by Chicago evangelist William H. Durham.

1914 Rachel Saint, American missionary to Ecuador, was born in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania (d. 1994).

1921 Religious broadcasting began with an Episcopal service over KDKA, Pittsburgh.

1924 Sabine Baring-Gould, a prolific English author and hymnist, died at Lew Trenchard (b. 28 January 1834, Exeter).

1927 Junius Benjamin Remensnyder, president of the General Synod, died (b. 24 February 1841 near Staunton, Virginia).

1933 Andrew George Voigt, theologian and educator in the United Lutheran Synod of the South, died (b. 22 January 1859, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).

1940 Cesar A. Lazos arrived in Mexico City to open LCMS work there.

1945 Vedanayakam Samuel Azariah (b. 17 August 1874), the first Indian bishop of the Anglican Church in India, died.

1960 Theodore Gutknecht died at Truth or Consequences, New Mexico (b. 29 March 1883, Caledonia, Minnesota). He graduated from Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis) in 1907 and served from 1907 to 1916 and 1922 to 1929 as a missionary to India. From 1924 to 1928 he served as the first president of Concordia Seminary (Nagercoil, India). He later served parishes at Nashua-Campbell and Swanville, Minnesota; What Cheer and Oskaloosa, Iowa; and Sigel, Illinois. He retired in 1958.