Bernard Gilpin, the English theologian whose ministry in
neglected sections of Northumberland and Yorkshire earned
him the title
“Apostle of the North,”
died (b. 1517).
Matthias HoŽ von HoŽnegg,
defender of Lutheranism, died (b. 24 February 1580, Vienna,
1681 England’s King
Penn (1644–1718) a patent for
territory in North America, much of which eventually became
the state of Pennsylvania.
1789 The First Congress of the United
States met in New York.
Frederick A. C. Muhlenberg (1750–1801),
son of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, was elected as the first
speaker of the House of Representatives.
Aaron Buzacott, London missionary to Tahiti, was born in
Moltoy, England (d. 20 September 1864).
William Morton Reynolds, president of Capital University
(Columbus, Ohio), was born in Little Falls Forge, Fayette
County, Pennsylvania (d. 5 September 1876).
Abdul Masih (servant of Christ) died. This was the name
adopted by Sheikh Saleh after his conversion by Henry Martyn
in 1809 (or 1811).
John Livingston Nevius, Presbyterian missionary to
China, was born near Ovid, New York (d. 19 October 1893).
William H. Parker, English Baptist hymn writer, was born
in New Basford, Nottingham (d. 2 December 1929, Basford,
Alexander Campbell (b. 12 September 1788), Scottish
1868 A colloquy for unity between the
Missouri Synod and the Ohio Synod opened.
McClintock (b. 27 October 1814), American Methodist
scholar and clergyman, died.
John E. Gould, sacred music composer and publisher, died
while visiting in Algiers, Algeria (b. 9 April 1821).
Delitzsch, German Lutheran Old Testament scholar and
theologian, died (b. 23 February 1813).
August Reinke (1841–1899)
delivered the first Missouri Synod sermon for the
hearing-impaired to sixteen persons in Chicago. This marked
the beginning of synodical deaf work.
Daniel W. Whittle (b. 22 November 1840), American
evangelist and hymnist, died.
Edward Traill Horn, professor and president of the
Pennsylvania Ministerium, died (b. 10 June 1850, Easton,
Henry Nau (1881–1956),
educator and missionary, left for Nigeria on behalf of the
Lutheran Synodical Conference.
1956 The religious TV program
American Religious Town Hall aired for the first
time over ABC television. Seen on Sunday afternoons and
moderated by Episcopal Bishop James A.
Pike (1913–1969), the program
consisted of a panel debating religious and moral topics of
the day. It ran through 9 June 1957.
1967 Carl S. Mundinger Sr. died at
Winfield, Kansas (b. 1 February 1894, Manawa, Wisconsin). He
graduated from Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis) in 1917 and
served congregations in Walker and Hopkins-Excelsior,
Minnesota. In 1936 he became president of Saint John’s
College (Winfield, Kansas) and served in that office until
1958, remaining thereafter on the faculty as a professor.
1970 The Frankfurt Declaration of
statements on mission was adopted by German theologians. It
holds that (1) Christian mission discovers its foundation,
goals, tasks and the content of its proclamation solely in
the commission of the resurrected Christ and His saving
acts; (2) the first and supreme goal of mission is
glorification of the name of the one God throughout the
world and proclamation of the lordship of Christ, His Son;
(3) Christ our Savior, true God and true man, is the basis,
content and authority of our mission; (4) mission is the
witness and presentation of eternal salvation performed in
the name of Christ by His church and fully authorized
messengers by preaching, the sacraments and service; (5) the
primary visible task of mission is to call out the
messianic, saved community from among all people; (6) the
offer of salvation is directed to all who are not yet bound
to Christ in faith; and (7) the Christian world mission is
the decisive, continuous saving activity of God among men
between the resurrection and the final coming of Christ.
1977 Herman Koppelmann, mission
executive of the LCMS, died in Saint Louis (b. 2 March
1909). Prior to his retirement in 1975, Koppelmann served
the synod in many mission offices. After serving Illinois
parishes for twelve years, he joined the mission department
in 1948 as assistant secretary for the Board for Foreign
Missions. He served the Board for Missions in various
capacities and was acting executive secretary of the board
from 1974 to 1975. After retirement Koppelmann served as
president of Stamps for Missions and was consultant to the
synodical Task Force on Constitution, Bylaws and Structure.