were officially sanctioned and reintroduced in Eastern
churches after a controversy that occasionally turned
1513 Leo X (1475–1521)
was elected pope. His eight-year tenure, marked by gross
excesses and immorality, would largely be remembered for his
1520 excommunication of Martin Luther.
1547 The Council
of Trent (1545–1563)
reconvened in Bologna, Italy, to avoid the plague.
Matthias Flacius (Illyricus), Gnesio-Lutheran church
historian, died (b. 3 March 1520).
Wolfgang Christoph Dessler, hymnist, died in Nürnberg
(b. 11 February 1660).
1812 Fire engulfed missionary
William Carey’s (1761–1834)
print shop in Serampore, India, destroying his massive
polyglot dictionary, two grammar books, sets of type for
fourteen eastern languages and whole versions of the Bible.
Wittenberg College (now University) was chartered in
Springfield, Ohio, under Lutheran auspices.
H. Frances Davidson, pioneer
missionary in the Brethren in Christ Church, was born (d.
Daniel Dulany Addison, American Episcopal clergyman and
writer, was born at Wheeling, West Virginia (d. 1936).
Asa Thurston, missionary to the Sandwich Islands, died
(b. 12 October 1787, Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
Louis John Sieck, president of Concordia Seminary (Saint
Louis), was born in Erie, Pennsylvania (d. 14 October 1952).
Drummond (b. 17 August 1851), Scottish biologist and
religious writer, died.
Hermann Duemling, educator and writer, died (b. 5
October 1845, Schönebeck, Germany).
Mary Ann Thomson (b. 5 December 1834), English-born
American hymn writer, died.
1965 Boston minister James J.
Reeb died after being beaten during a civil rights
demonstration in Selma, Alabama.
1978 Herman A. Harms died. He was born
in 1888 in Zahrenholz, Hanover, Germany. From 1902 to 1908
he attended the college and seminary of the Hermannsburger
Freikirche in Uelzen. He then came to America and graduated
from Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis) in 1909. He served as
the vice-president (1924–1927) and
president (1927–1935) of the Iowa
District and as president of the Iowa District East (1936–1938).
He then was elected fourth vice-president of the LCMS (1938–1941),
first vice-president (1941–1956)
and second vice-president (1956–1959).
He was the first full-time vice-president of the synod.