Francis Xavier, Spanish founder of the
Society of Jesus, was born (d. 3 December 1552).
Katharina von Bora (1499–1552)
and six other nuns arrived in Wittenberg after escaping from
Xavier and three companions departed Lisbon, Portugal,
for Goa (India), the first of a long line of Roman Catholic
missionaries to travel to India and the East Indies.
Friedrich Myconius, friend and co-worker of Martin
Luther and reformer of Thuringia, died (b. 26 December 1491,
Lichtenfels, Upper Franconia, Bavaria).
Hartmann Schenck, hymnist, was born in Ruhla, near
Eisenach (d. 2 May 1681).
Ludämilia Elisabeth, countess
of Schwarzburg and hymnist, was born in a castle near
Rudolstadt (d. 12 March 1672).
Pope Clement XII was born (d. 6 February 1740).
Johann Ernst Gründler,
missionary to India, was born in Weissensee, Thuringia,
Germany (d. 19 March 1720).
Jean-Baptiste de la Salle, French priest, educational
reformer and founder of an international educational
movement, died (b. 29 April 1651).
Wordsworth, English romantic poet, was born (d. 23 April
Shirley, hymnist, died in Dublin, Ireland (b. 1725).
Louis (Ludwig Friedrich Johann) Lochner was born in
Nuernberg, Bavaria (d. 9 November 1909).
Kirsopp Lake, British biblical scholar, was born (d.
1878 J. F. Doescher opened a Lutheran
Sunday school for African Americans in New Orleans.
Johann Hinrich Wichern, founder of Inner Missions, died
(b. 21 April 1808, Hamburg, Germany).
1884 C. H. Dodd,
English Congregational clergyman and New Testament scholar,
was born (d. 21 September 1973).
1914 Friedrich W. Lange, the first
Lutheran missionary to Kansas, died.
Hope Moulton (b. 11 October 1863), English Methodist
clergyman and biblical Greek scholar, died.
1953 Swedish diplomat and Christian
Dag Hammarskjöld (1905–1961)
was elected secretary general of the United Nations.
Hammarskjold endeared himself to Christian readers through
the posthumous publication of his life journal