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Today in History

January 13

367 Hilary of Poitiers, church father, died (b. ca. 300).

1501 The world's first hymnbook printed in the vernacular of the people, containing eighty-nine hymns in the Czech language, was published by Severin in Prague for the Hussites of Bohemia.

1527 The Reformation was introduced in Sweden.

1532 Ludwig Helmbold, German theologian and hymnist, was born in Mühlhausen, Thuringia (d. 8 April 1598, Mühlhausen).

1635 Philipp Jakob Spener, Lutheran pastor and Father of Pietism, was born in Alsace (Rappolstein) (d. 5 February 1705).

1662 Christian Keimann, hymnist, died at Zittau (b. 27 February 1607, Pankratz, Bohemia).

1685 John Caspar Stoever Sr., early American Lutheran schoolmaster, was born in Frankenberg, Hesse, Germany (d. 1738).

1691 George Fox, founder of Society of Friends (Quakers), died (b. July 1624).

1731 John Darwall, composer, was baptized at Haughton, Staffordshire, England (d. 18 December 1789).

1775 Johann Georg Walch (b. 17 June 1693), Lutheran theologian and editor of the Works of Martin Luther, died.

1811 Emanuel Greenwald, early Lutheran pastor in Ohio and Pennsylvania, director of the Lutheran theological seminary at Philadelphia and president of the Ministerium of Pennsylvania, was born in Frederick, Maryland (d. 21 December 1885, Lancaster, Pennsylvania).

1836 Alexander Whyte, New Testament professor at New College, Edinburgh, was born in Forfarshire, Scotland (d. 6 January 1921).

1838 Ernst Christian Achelis, professor of practical theology at the University of Marburg, was born at Bremen (d. 10 April 1912). [German Wikipedia article]

1855 John Scudder, Dutch Reformed missionary to Ceylon and India, died in Wynberg, South Africa (b. 3 September 1793).

1871 Samuel Preiswerk, hymnist, died in Basel, Switzerland (b. 19 September 1799, Rümlingen, Basel Canton, Switzerland). He studied at Basel, Tübingen and Erlangen and became preacher at the orphanage in Basel in 1824. In 1829 he became tutor in Hebrew at the Basel Mission House, in 1830 pastor at Muttenz, in 1834 professor of Old Testament exegesis at the Evangelical Seminary in Geneva, in 1843 pastor of Saint Leonard’s Church in Basel and in 1859 the highest dignitary at the cathedral. [The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal, comp. W. G. Polack (Saint Louis: CPH, 1942): 562–63]

1890 Frank Paul Malinsky was born in Iola, Illinois (d. 28 April 1984, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada). He graduated from Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis) in 1912 and served as a pastor at Stratford, Ayton, Howick Township, Huron County, Mount Forest, Sebringville, Elmira and Floradale, Ontario. He was president of the Ontario District of the Missouri Synod from 1921 to 1948 and also served as editor of the Ontario District Bulletin beginning in 1922.

1897 Niels Pedersen Grennet, organizer of the Evangelical Lutheran Free Church of Denmark, died.

1909 Josiah K. Alwood, American United Brethren in Christ clergyman and hymnist, died (b. 15 July 1828).

1915 Mary Slessor (b. 2 December 1848), Scottish missionary to West Africa, died.

1919 Juho Kustaa Nikander, president of the Suomi Synod, died (b. 1855, Lammi, Finland).

1921 J. A. Detzer, president of the English District, died at Detroit, Michigan (b. 3 October 1858, Defiance, Ohio). He was educated at Concordia College (Fort Wayne, Indiana) and Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis). He was ordained and installed as pastor at Evanston, Illinois, in 1881. In 1890 he accepted a call to a small English mission in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He also served congregations in Detroit and Cleveland.

1923 Bethesda Hospital, Ambur, India, was dedicated.

1935 Eleanor H. Hull (b. 15 January 1860), hymnist and founder of the Irish Text Society, died.

1942 Henry Jauck became the first LCMS missionary and pastor in Uruguay. He was born 21 March 1897 at Entre Rios, Argentina. He graduated from Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis) in 1922 and served as pastor in Buenos Aires, Argentina, before going to Montevideo, Uruguay. He died there on 6 December 1956.

1966 Johan Arnd Aasgaard, Norwegian American Lutheran church leader, died (b. 5 April 1876).

1974 W. Harry Krieger died at Jackson, Michigan (b. 2 May 1914, Marion, Illinois). He served the LCMS as a member of the Board of Missions in North, South and Central America, a member of the Commission on Literature, president of the Michigan District, chairman of the Board of Control of Concordia College (Ann Arbor, Michigan) and fourth vice-president of the synod.