1302 Italian poet and politician Dante
Alighieri (1265–1321), author
of the Divine Comedy, was sentenced to be burned to
death for political reasons. He avoided the fate by living
in exile, but he never saw his wife again.
Geiler von Kaysersberg, celebrated German pulpit orator
and reformer, died (b. 16 March 1445).
Charles V (1500–1558), the
Holy Roman Emperor, declared that the writings of Martin
Luther were to be burned.
Balthasar Hubmaier (b. ca. 1480), German religious
leader and chief writer for the Anabaptist movement, was
landed and settled in Georgia.
1748 John Newton
(1725–1807), the captain of a
slave ship, was converted to Christianity during a huge
storm at sea. He eventually became an Anglican clergyman,
the author of the famous hymn
and a zealous abolitionist.
Christian Streit, Lutheran Revolutionary War chaplain,
died (b. 7 June 1749 near New Germantown, New Jersey, of
John Bacchus Dykes, Anglican clergyman and composer of
nearly eight hundred hymns, was born in Hull, England (d. 22
Max John Frederick Albrecht, president of Concordia
College (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), was born at Gross-Polzen,
Pomerania (d. 21 October 1943).
1877 The first Protestant Church in
Japan was founded during the
1880 The first English Salvation
Army mission to the U.S. landed at New York City headed
by Commissioner George S. Railton and seven women.
George F. Mueller (b. 1805), English philanthropist and
1900 An eighteen-year-old Chinnian
became the first person baptized through the Missouri Synod
mission effort in Ambur, India.
James R. Murray (b. 7 March 1841), American music editor
and hymn writer, died.
Tubman, known as the “Moses of
her people” for her work rescuing
slaves and guiding them north on what was dubbed the
Underground Railroad, died (b. ca. 1822).
Folliott S. Pierpoint (b. 7 October 1835), English
classics instructor and hymn writer, died.
2000 Ernest G. Schwiebert, author of
Luther and His Times, died (b. 1895).