Sergius III came out of retirement to take over the
papacy from the deposed
Ulric (890–973), bishop of
Augsburg from 923, was formally canonized by Pope John XV,
the first recorded canonization by a pope.
Pope Benedict XII
(ca. 1280–1342) issued the bull
Benedictus Deus, which decided the dispute regarding the
Katharina von Bora, wife of Martin Luther, was born near
Leipzig (d. 20 December 1552).
(1484–1531) defended his 67 theses
before an audience of more than six hundred people gathered
at the first Zurich Disputation.
1535 The French royal family, church officials and
many other dignitaries joined in an immense torch-lit
procession from the Louvre to Notre Dame in an attempt to
purge Paris from the defilement caused by
overzealous Protestants and their placards.
Elias Ammerbach, German organist and arranger of organ
music of the Renaissance, who published the earliest printed
book of organ music in Germany, died (b. ca. 1530).
Emanuel Swedenborg, Swedish mystic and scientist, was
born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 29 March 1772).
Paul Rabaut, French Huguenot pastor, was born (d. 25
Thomas Shepherd (b. 1665), nonconformist English
clergyman and hymnist, died.
Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
wrote to Charles Clay about "the loathesome combination of
Church and State."
Nils Olsen Brandt, professor at Luther College (Decorah,
Iowa), an editor and an organizer of the Norwegian Synod,
was born in Norway (d. 1921).
Rufus H. McDaniel, American Christian Church clergyman
and hymnist, was born in Brown County, Ohio (d. 13 February
1940, Dayton, Ohio).
1851 Andreas Schroedel, president of the Minnesota
District of the Wisconsin Synod, was born in Neustadt,
Bavaria, Germany (d. 21 November 1909). He came to America
in 1853 and was educated at Northwestern College (Watertown,
Wisconsin) and Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis). He served
as pastor at Naugart and Ridgeville (serving also Norwalk
and Tomah), Wisconsin. He became a professor at Northwestern
College in 1889, then returned to the parish as a pastor in
Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1893. He was president of the
Minnesota District from 1906 to 1909.
Ernst Carl Ludwig Schulze, president of the Atlantic
District of the Missouri Synod, was born in Huellhorst,
Rheinberg, Westphalia (d. 9/10 October 1918).
Ernst Moritz Arndt, historian, hymnist and poet, died
(b. 26 December 1769).
1866 The English church worker
(1834–1911) penned the words to
the Gospel song
“Tell Me the Old, Old Story.”
Frederick Oakeley (b. 5 September 1802), one of the
Tractarian authors during the Oxford Movement in England,
Martin Hans Franzmann, hymnist and theologian, was born
in Lake City, Minnesota (d. 28 March 1976, Cambridge,
The University of Chicago Press published the first edition
of its English translation of Walter Bauer’s
Testament Greek lexicon (A Greek-English Lexicon of
the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature).
1979 Federico Lange, president of Concordia
Seminary in Argentina from 1946 to 1965, died in Buenos
Aires. Lange had joined the clergy of the Argentine District
of the Missouri Synod in 1929. He served as a professor of
the Old Testament at the seminary and authored an
introduction to the Old Testament in Spanish. Lange edited a
theological magazine for Spanish-speaking pastors in Latin
America and in the U. S. called Revista Teologica. He
was president of an inter-Lutheran committee that prepared
and published seven volumes of Luther’s
works in Spanish, using the facilities of Argentine
publication houses. Lange was an active participant in the
Argentine Bible Society and had helped promote Scripture
sales at national book fairs. A musician also, he wrote or
translated hymns in Spanish and directed the Lutheran Chorus
of Buenos Aires. Lange was a 1929 graduate of the
Evangelical (Lutheran) Seminary of Zehlendorf near Berlin.