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
Ludwig Helmbold, German theologian and hymnist, was born in Mühlhausen, Thuringia (d.
8 April 1598, Mühlhausen).
Philipp Jakob Spener, Lutheran pastor and “Father” of Pietism, was born
in Alsace (Rappolstein) (d. 5 February 1705).
Christian Keimann, hymnist, died at Zittau (b. 27 February
1607, Pankratz, Bohemia).
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).
John Darwall, composer, was baptized at Haughton,
Staffordshire, England (d. 18 December 1789).
Johann Georg Walch (b. 17 June 1693), Lutheran theologian and
editor of the Works of Martin Luther, died.
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).
Alexander Whyte, New Testament professor at New College,
Edinburgh, was born in Forfarshire, Scotland (d. 6 January 1921).
Ernst Christian Achelis, professor of practical theology at
the University of Marburg, was born at Bremen (d. 10 April 1912). [German
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.