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Today in History

February 6

675 Saint Amand, apostle to Flanders (Belgium), is commemorated (b. 584, Lower Poitou, France). He was the founder of Belgian monasticism.

ca. 891 Photius I, saint, patriarch of Constantinople from 858 to 867 and from 877 to 886, died after a series of excommunications and restorations (b. ca. 820).

1556 Martin Bucers (14911551) bones were burned.

1564 John Calvin (b. 10 July 1509) preached his last sermon. Unable to walk, he was carried to the church in a chair. Three months later he died (27 May 1564).

1612 Antoine Arnauld, French theologian, was born in Paris (d. 6 August 1694).

1651 “Through Jesus’ Blood and Merit” was written by Simon Dach (16051659) on the death of Count Achatius of Dohna.

1812 Adoniram Judson (17881850), along with four other men and their wives, was ordained a missionary by the Congregational Church in Salem, Massachusetts. Judson and his wife, Ann, had married the day before.

1814 Karl Graul, Lutheran scholar and director of the Dresden-Leipzig Missionary Society, was born in Woerlitz (d. 10 November 1864).

1820 Eighty-six free black colonists sailed from New York to Sierra Leone, Africa.

1834 Ludwig Ingwer Nommensen, Lutheran missionary to the Batak people of Sumatra, was born on the island of Nordstrand in northwestern Germany (d. 23 May 1918).

1910 Harriett E. P. Buell (b. 2 November 1834), American Methodist devotional writer, died.

1922 Italian cardinal Achille Ratti (b. 31 May 1857) was elected the 258th Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church following the death of Pope Benedict XV on 22 January 1922. Ratti served the church as Pope Pius XI until his death on 10 February 1939.

1945 Martin Lochner, pastor, educator, organist and professor at Immanuel Lutheran College (Greensboro, North Carolina) and Concordia Teachers College (River Forest, Illinois), died (b. 7 February 1883, Springfield, Illinois).

1950 Niels Christian Carlsen, president of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church, died (b. 1 June 1884 in Denmark).

1966 Michigan Lutheran College (Detroit) was dedicated.

1966 Classes began at Martin Lutheran Seminary, Lae, New Guinea.