(1496–1561) left the Roman
Catholic church over his doubts about transubstantiation and
converted to the Anabaptist movement, which he would soon
led. The Mennonite churches are named after him.
Franciscus Gomarus, Dutch theologian, a strict Calvinist
and opponent of the teaching of
Jacobus Arminius (and his followers), was born (d. 11
Denicke, hymnist, was born in Zittau, Saxony (d. 1 April
King Charles I, a devout Catholic who staunchly defended
the divine right of kings while oppressing the Puritans, was
executed by members of Oliver Cromwell’s
army (b. 19 November 1600).
Friedrich Layriz, hymnologist and composer, was born in
Nemmersdorf, Bavaria (d. 1859). [German
Samuel P. Tregelles, English Bible scholar, was born in
Falmouth, England (d. 24 April 1875).
Friedrich von Gerok, Christian lyric poet and eloquent
preacher, was born at Vaihingen, Württemberg (d. 14 January
Phineas R. Hunt, missionary printer to Madras, India
(1839), and Peking, China (1868), was born in Arlington,
Vermont (d. 29 May 1878).
Wilhelm Zoellner, president of the deaconess institution
at Kaiserswerth and superintendent-general of the church
province of Westphalia, was born in Minden, Westphalia (d.
16 July 1937). [German
1867 The American branch of the
Evangelical Alliance was organized at the Bible House in
New York City.
William E. Dodge
(1805–1883) was elected president.
Charlotte Barnard (b. 23 December 1830), English student
of music and hymnist, died.
1877 Responding to Henry Stanley’s
“some pious, practical missionary”
to follow up David Livingstone’s
missionary foray into Uganda, three members of
Alexander Mackay’s (1849–1890)
Church Missionary Society team arrived at King Mutesa’s
1891 William J. Schaefer, hymn translator, was
born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. He was educated at
Northwestern College (Watertown, Wisconsin) and Concordia
Theological Seminary (Springfield, Illinois), from which he
graduated in 1913. He served as pastor at Garrison,
Nebraska; Colome, South Dakota; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In
1935 he was appointed associate editor of the
Northwestern Lutheran, the official periodical of the
Wisconsin Synod, and became managing editor in 1939. He was
a member of the Intersynodical Committee on Hymnology and
Liturgics, which prepared The Lutheran Hymnal.
George Minor (b. 7 December 1845), American Baptist
sacred music publisher, died.
Alexander Heidel was born in Entre Rios, Argentina (d.
19 June 1955, Chicago). He attended Colegio Concordia in
Porto Alegre, Brazil, before graduating from Concordia
Seminary (Saint Louis) in 1929. He received a Ph.D. in 1936
from the University of Chicago and was the author of several
books including Babylonian Genesis. He taught at
Concordia College (Austin, Texas) from 1929 to 1931 and was
on the faculty of the University of Chicago from 1932 to
1955. He was a member of the Oriental Institute and did
research in Iraq on a Fulbright Scholarship.
Francis Schaeffer, American Presbyterian apologist for
Protestant fundamentalism, Evangelical missionary,
philosopher, author and lecturer, was born in Germantown,
Pennsylvania (d. 15 May 1984).
1930 Rodolfo Hasse opened Missouri Synod mission
work in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
1950 The first Lutheran high school in Nigeria