Pope Gregory II died.
Hugh of Saint-Victor, German philosopher and theologian
whose eloquence and writings earned him fame and influence
that far exceeded
St Bernard’s and that held its ground until the advent
Thomist philosophy, died (b. ca. 1096).
Henry VIII was recognized as supreme head of the
Church of England.
1547 Johann Roh (Johann Horn), composer and
editor of the Bohemian hymnal, died at Jungbunglau (b. ca.
1487, Taus [Domazlice], Bohemia).
Elector August of Saxony, a Lutheran who was caught up
in the Crypto-Calvinistic controversy, died (b. 31 July
Lutherans arrived on the Delaware River.
Descartes (b. 31 March 1596), French scientist and
Wolfgang Christoph Dessler, hymnist, was born (d. 11
1717 William Williams, evangelist and hymnist,
was born at Cefn-y-coed, Wales (d. 11 January 1791).
Jacob van Buskirk, probably the first American-born
Lutheran pastor, was born in Hackensack, New Jersey (d. 5
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) presented a
petition to Congress calling for the
abolition of slavery.
Basil Moreau, French priest who founded the
Congregation of Holy Cross from which three additional
congregations were founded, namely the
Marianites of Holy Cross, the
Sisters of the Holy Cross and the
Sisters of Holy Cross, was born (d. 20 January 1873).
1820 Thomas Haweis, composer and hymnist, died
at Bath, England (b. 1 January 1734, Truro, Cornwall).
Charles Augustus Hay, president of the General Synod,
was born in York, Pennsylvania (d. 26 June 1893).
1826 Alexander Maclaren, English Baptist
preacher and Bible expositor, was born in Glasgow, Scotland
George Dana Boardman Sr., Baptist missionary to India,
died (b. 8 February 1801).
Washington Gladden, a leading American
Congregational church pastor and early leader of the
Social Gospel movement, was born in Pottsgrove,
Pennsylvania (d. 2 July 1918).
1858 Fourteen-year-old French peasant
Bernadette Soubirous (Saint Bernadette, 1844–1878)
experienced her first vision of the Virgin Mary at the
grotto of Massabielle outside Lourdes.
1871 Hugh Thomson Kerr, Canadian-born American
Presbyterian clergyman, was born in Elora, Ontario (d. 27
Theodore Ferdinand Karl Laetsch, professor at Concordia
Seminary (Saint Louis), was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d.
29 December 1962).
1881 Concordia College (Conover, North
Carolina) was chartered.
James G. Small (b. 6 February 1817), pastor in the Free
Church of Scotland, died.
Meiji Constitution guaranteed religious liberty in
Henry Lewis Baugher Jr., Lutheran educator, died in
Philadelphia (b. 6 August 1840).
Pope Pius X (1835–1914)
published the encyclical
Vehementer Nos, which denounced the proposition that
the state should be separated from the church as "a thesis
absolutely false, a most pernicious error."
1917 Carl A. Heckmann was born in
Abilene, Texas (d. 29 June 1989, Austin, Texas). He
graduated from Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis) in 1940 and
served as a pastor in Navasota, Texas; as a chaplain in the
U.S. Army; and as a pastor in Navasota, Eden and Menard,
Texas. He served the Texas District on its Stewardship
Committee, as a stewardship counselor and as district
1923 Everette W. Meier was born in
Palmer, Kansas (d. 30 October 1993, Alliance, Nebraska). A
1950 graduate of Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis), he served
as a professor at Saint John’s
College (Winfield, Kansas) and from 1967 to 1986 as a pastor
in Freeman, Gregory, Dixon and Edgemont, South Dakota;
Chadron, Nebraska; and Alma Center, Wisconsin. He was
chairman of the Editorial Committee of the German
Theological Reader; archivist of the Kansas District (1951–1953);
a circuit counselor in the South Dakota District (1967) and
a zone counselor for the LWML (1979–1983).
He retired in 1986.
City was created as an independent sovereign state
within Rome, Italy. The Lateran Treaty was signed by
Mussolini and the Holy See to effect such sovereignty. At a
mere 109 acres, it became the smallest nation in the world.
Ernst Heinrich Klotsche, General Synod professor, died
(b. 7 August 1875, Elstra, near Kamenz, Saxony, Germany).
1978 Ralph C. Schultz was inaugurated as
the seventh president of Concordia Collegiate Institute
(Bronxville, New York). Schultz was a graduate of Concordia
Teachers College (River Forest, Illinois). He received music
degrees from Cosmopolitan School of Music and Cleveland
Institute of Music. Schultz earned his doctor of sacred
music degree from Union Theological Seminary. Schultz joined
the Bronxville faculty in 1961.
1979 A major building addition to
Concordia Historical Institute was dedicated. The addition
provided new display, research, storage and work areas,
including a stack area with five levels for the storage of
manuscript and archival materials.