Gutenberg (ca. 1398–1468) began printing the Bible with his movable type
Spengler, reformer and hymnist, was born at Nürnberg (d. 1534).
Rexford Hitchcock, missionary to the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), was born in Great Barrington,
Massachusetts (d. 29 August 1855).
Waddell Alexander, American Presbyterian clergyman, English teacher and hymn writer was born (d. 31 July
1859, Sweetsprings, Virginia).
1815 Presbyterian medical missionary James Curtis Hepburn was born in Milton,
Pennsylvania (d. 11 June 1911).
1856 Leander Sylvester
Keyser, a leading theologian of the General Synod, was born in Tuscarawas County, Ohio (d. 18
1864 Gustav Albert Andreen, Augustana
Synod professor and historian, was born in Porter, Indiana (d. 1 October 1940).
1864 Frederick William (Wilhelm Friedrich) Koepchen was born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 8
September 1936, New York, New York). He attended Concordia College (Fort Wayne, Indiana) from 1878 to 1885
and graduated from Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis) in 1888. From 1890 to 1900 he served as pastor at Saint
John Lutheran Church (Meriden, Connecticut) and from 1900 to 1936 at Saint Luke Lutheran Church (New York
City). He was also a member of the Board of Control of Concordia Collegiate Institute (Bronxville, New York)
and of the Church Extension Board of the Atlantic District for many years.
1921 G. Jesudason was ordained as the first indigenous Missouri Synod pastor in India at
1925 Austin Peay, the governor of Tennessee, signed into law the Butler Act, making it “unlawful for any teacher
[in the state educational system] to teach any theory that denied the story of the divine creation of man as
taught in the Bible.” By July John Scopes was on trial for violating the legislation and the
“trial of the century” had begun.
1943 William C. Kohn, president
and professor at Concordia Teachers College (River Forest, Illinois), died (b. 2 June 1865 in Germany).
2013 Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected as the 266th Bishop of
Rome and chose the name Francis for his