272 (ca.) Constantine
the Great, the first Roman emperor to be converted to
the Christian faith (ca. 312), was born (d. 22 March 337).
380 Roman emperor Theodosius
(347–395) made Christianity the
official law of the land.
Corvinus (Rabe), Reformation preacher, was born at
Warburg (d. 5 April 1553, Hanover). [German
the Constant (1468–1532)
signed a treaty with Philip
of Hesse (1504–1567) leading
to the First
Diet of Speyer.
1531 The Schmalkaldic
League was formed by evangelical princes for defense
against attacks threatened by the emperor, the diet and the
leagues of Dessau and Regensburg.
Keimann, hymnist, was born at Pankratz, Bohemia (d. 13
W. Meinhold, hymnist, was born at Netzelkon on the
island of Usedom off the coast of Pomerania (d. 30 November
Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet and hymnist, was
born at Portland, Maine (d. 24 March 1882).
Esaias Haentzschel, a professor at the Missouri Synod
teachers seminary in Addison, Illinois, was born in Meissen,
Saxony (d. 21 October 1890).
J. Kirkpatrick, American Methodist music composer, was
born in Duncannon, Pennsylvania (d. 20 September 1921,
Handmann, missionary to India, was born at Oschitz, near
Schleiz, Germany (d. 7 December 1912).
Yates Peek, American Methodist composer, was born in
Brooklyn, New York (d. 17 March 1911, Brooklyn).
1848 Immanuel Lutheran Church (Saint
Louis) was dedicated. From Der Lutheraner 14:4 (7
March 1848): “This past Sexagesima
Sunday and the day after [27–28
February of that year] the local German Evangelical Lutheran
Congregation of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession* had the
pleasure of being able to dedicate its newly constructed
second church in the northern part of the city. The church
has received the name Immanuel Church. Present and
participating on this occasion, besides the two pastors of
the congregation, Buenger and Walther, were pastors
Fuerbringer, Fick, Schieferdecker, Lochner and Mueller.
Praise be to the One to whom alone all honor is due!
*This was the original official name of the
Saint Louis congregation organized by the Saxons in 1839.
Often referred to as the “Gesamtgemeinde,”
the parish eventually comprised four district churches:
Trinity, Immanuel, Zion and Holy Cross (originally
Concordia). Each was served by a local pastor with C. F. W.
Walther as the senior pastor of the entire parish. The
districts became separate congregations after Walther’s
William Jewell College was chartered in Liberty,
Missouri, under Baptist sponsorship.
Dearmer, hymn translator, was born in London (d. 29 May
1936, London, England).
Sperry Chafer, American Presbyterian educator, was born
in Rock Creek, Ohio (d. 22 August 1952).
Peter Carl Meyer, professor in the Wisconsin Synod, was
born in Zittau, Winnebago County, Wisconsin (d. 10 November
1907 The Foreign Mission Ladies Aid
Society was organized in Saint Louis.
1924 Jeff G. Johnson Jr. was born in Los
Angeles, California (d. 16 June 1998, Los Angeles). He was
educated at California Concordia College (Oakland) and
Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis), becoming the first African
American graduate of the seminary in 1948. He did graduate
study at Saint Louis University, Washington University
(Saint Louis), the University of California at Los Angeles,
the University of Southern California (Ph.D. in sociology in
1961) and the University of Colorado. He served from 1948 to
1961 as a pastor in Detroit, Michigan; East Saint Louis,
Illinois; and Indianapolis, Indiana. From 1962 to 1984 he
was a professor in the Sociology Department at Valparaiso
University (Valparaiso, Indiana) and chair of the department
from 1974 to 1980. He served from 1986 to 1995 as a member
of the Missouri Synod's Commission on Black Ministry and was
a consultant to the synod's Commission on Theology and
Church Relations for its 1994 document “Racism
and the Church: Overcoming the Idolatry.”
He was the author of
Black Christians: The Untold Lutheran Story in the
Concordia Scholarship Today Series (CPH, 1991).
Alden Singmaster, president of the Lutheran Theological
Seminary at Gettysburg and of the General Synod, died (b. 31
August 1852, Macungie, near Allentown, Pennsylvania).
Harold Lowden (b. 12 October 1883), American Evangelical
and Reformed (now United Church of Christ) sacred music
1977 The Evangelical
Lutheran Church-Synod of France and Belgium celebrated
its 50th anniversary. Pastors from The Lutheran
Church-Missouri Synod helped establish this synod after
World War I. Rev. Martin Strassen was the first president of