1058 Pope Stephen IX died (b. ca.
1139 In the bull Omne Datum Optimum Pope
Innocent II (d. 1143) granted the
Knights Templar papal approval and made them an
independent unit within the church. Created to protect
pilgrims from bandits in the Holy Land, the Templars rose in
influence and wealth and eventually earned the jealousy of
Johann Spangenburg, pastor and supporter of Martin Luther, was born (d.
1602 John Lightfoot, English churchman and
rabbinical scholar, was born (d. 6 December 1675).
settlers bought land along the Delaware River from
Native Americans, creating the first Lutheran settlement in America.
1708 Samuel Rodigast, hymnist, died
in Berlin (b. 19 October 1649).
Christian Heinrich Zeller, educator, was born in castle Hohen-Entringer, near Tuebingen,
Germany (d. 18 May 1860). [
German Wikipedia article]
Charles Wesley, English hymn writer, died. Charles (b. 18 December 1707)
was the brother of the English founder of Methodism, John Wesley.
Hans Nielsen Hauge, Norwegian lay preacher, died (b. 3 April
Winfield Scott Weeden, American sacred music chorister and hymn writer, was born in
Middleport, Ohio (d. 31 July 1908).
Johannes Spiecker, Rhenish Missions director, was born in Boppard, Germany (d.
1864 Ludwig Ernst Fuerbringer, president of Concordia
Seminary (Saint Louis), was born in Frankenmuth, Michigan (d. 6 May 1947, Saint Louis,
Keble, Anglican clergyman, leader of the Oxford Movement, hymnist and poet,
died at Bournemouth (b. 25 April 1792).
1882 The Roman Catholic lay fraternal society, the Knights of Columbus, was
chartered in New Haven, Connecticut.
1883 Theodore Gutknecht was born in Caledonia, Minnesota (d. 2 January
1960). He graduated from Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis) in 1907 and served
from 1907 to 1916 and from 1922 to 1929 as a missionary to India. From 1924 to
1928 he served as the first president of Concordia Seminary, Nagercoil,
1887 Ray Palmer, hymnist, died in
Newark, New Jersey (b. 12 November 1808).
1892 József Cardinal Mindszenty,
Hungarian Catholic cardinal and steadfast opponent of the Hungarian Communist
regime, was born (d. 6 May 1975).
1897 Karl H. Henrichs was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from
Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis) in 1920 and served as an assistant pastor at
Saint Paul Lutheran Church (Cleveland, Ohio) from 1920 to 1922. He became an
assistant professor at Concordia College (Fort Wayne, Indiana) in 1922 and was a full professor
there beginning in 1926.
1906 E. Power Biggs American concert
organist, was born (d. 10 March 1977).
1907 William H. Schweppe, first full-time missionary for the Lutheran
Synodical Conference in Nigeria, was born at Saint James, Minnesota. He was
educated at Northwestern College (Watertown, Wisconsin) and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary
(Mequon), where he graduated in 1932. His only stateside parish was at Osceola-Saint
Croix Falls, Minnesota, where he served for three years. He was called to take
over the work begun by Henry Nau among the Ibibios in Nigeria's Calabar area. Under his
leadership a strong indigenous church was built. He later worked among the Sala
people in Northern Rhodesia (now the Republic of Zambia), serving at the Lumano Mission on
the Sala Reserve until his death in a motor accident on 15 July 1968 at
1908 Emil A. Heino born in Ashtabula, Ohio. He graduated from Concordia
Theological Seminary (Springfield, Illinois) in 1934 and served as a pastor in
Ely and Sebeka, Minnesota, and Ashtabula, Ohio. He was vice-president and president of the
National Evangelical Lutheran Church. He retired in 1984.
1914 The first baptism by a Missouri Synod missionary in China took
1943 William Henry
Behrens, president of the Oregon and Washington District of the LCMS, died (b. 6 December
1951 A conference was held in Oslo, Norway beginning on this date and
continuing through 31 March between representatives of the Anglican Church, the
Church of Denmark, the Church of Iceland and the Church of Norway with a view toward
establishing closer relations. An earlier meeting had been held by the four
above-mentioned churches in 1947. Limited altar fellowship was established,
with the Church of Norway expressing a general position of open
1985 Peter R. Hunt died in Pensacola, Florida (b. 23 November 1901). He
graduated from Immanuel Lutheran Seminary (Greensboro, North Carolina) in 1936
and served as a pastor in Bashi, Vineland, Pine Hill, Arlington, Nyland,
Sardis, Oak Hill and Acherville, Alabama. He was also president of the Alabama Lutheran
Academy and College (Selma, Alabama). He retired in 1973.