843 Empress Theodora reinstated icons once and
for all in the Eastern churches, effectively ending the
1377 John Wycliffe (ca. 1320–1384)
stood trial in London’s Saint Paul’s
Cathedral for his criticism of the church.
1473 Nicolaus Copernicus, Prussian Polish
astronomer and cleric, was born (d. 24 May 1543).
1546 Justus Jonas (1493–1555)
delivered the funeral oration for Martin Luther at Eisleben.
Myles Coverdale (b. ca. 1488), translator and publisher
of the first complete Bible to be printed in English (1535),
1592 Patrick Adamson, Scottish prelate, died at
Saint Andrews (b. 1537).
1776 The first baptism of an Eskimo by a
Lutheran pastor took place in Labrador.
1812 New England Congregational
missionary Adoniram Judson (1788–1850)
and his wife Ann set sail from Salem, Massachusetts, to
Calcutta, India, for the first time.
1818 Albert Bushnell, D.D., "Patriarch of West
African Missions," was born in Rome, New York (d. 1879).
1821 James Allen Brown, professor at Newberry
College, South Carolina, and president of the General Synod,
was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (d. 19 June
1827 Niels Pedersen Grunnet, who organized the
Evangelical Lutheran Free Church of Denmark, was born in
North Bjert, near Kolding, Denmark (d. 13 January 1897).
1849 Bernard Barton, England’s
and hymnist, died at Woodbridge, England (b. 31 January
New Jersey Synod
was organized at German Valley, New Jersey, by six pastors
and four laymen, who had received their dismissal in 1859
from the New York Ministerium.
1862 Olaf Elias Brandt was born in Monterey
(near Oconomowoc), Wisconsin (d. 20 February 1940).
Julius Richter was born in Germany. He served as a
pastor at Proettlein (1887–1896)
and at Schwanebeck (1896–1912). He
was a lecturer on missions at Berlin University beginning in
1913. He became president of the Brandenburg Missionary
Conference in 1908 and was a well-known and prolific writer
on missions (d. 28 March 1940).
1869 Elizabeth Clephane (b. 18 June 1830),
Scottish poetess, died.
1881 William Adam, Baptist and Unitarian
missionary to India, died in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire,
England (b. 1 November 1796).
1920 Jacob Fry, professor at the Lutheran
Theological Seminary Philadelphia, died (b. 9 February 1834,
1941 A. A. Grossmann, teacher, first executive
secretary of the Walther League and assistant manager of
Concordia Publishing House, died (b. 18 February 1890).
1948 Ralph Herman Long, executive director of
the National Lutheran Council, died (b. 3 December 1882,
1999 Viji George was chosen as president
Concordia College (Bronxville, New York). George had
been a professor of psychology at the school since 1979. A
native of Madras, India, he graduated from Concordia
Teachers College (River Forest, Illinois) and received a
doctorate from Northern Illinois University in 1979.