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Today in History

April 8

1093 The new Winchester Cathedral was dedicated by Walkelin.

1149 Pope Eugene III (d. 8 July 1153), who was unable to reside in Rome during his entire pontificate, took refuge in the castle of Ptolemy II of Tusculum (d. 1153).

1530 The Diet of Augsburg, called by Emperor Charles V (15001558), met to deal with religious matters in Germany that had been divided by the Protest at Spires in 1529.

1546 At its Fourth Session, the Council of Trent adopted Jerome's Latin Vulgate as the official biblical text of the Roman Catholic Church.

1586 Martin Chemnitz, Reformation theologian, died (b. 9 November 1522).

1598 Ludwig Helmbold, theologian and hymnist, died (b. 13 January 1532, Mühlhausen, Thuringia).

1725 John Wise, Congregationalist clergyman and political leader in Massachusetts during the American colonial period, died (b. August 1652).

1784 Gordon Hall, missionary to India, was born near Tolland, Massachusetts (d. 20 March 1826).

1839 The Saxon immigrants to Missouri under the leadership of Martin Stephan (17771846) purchased 4,472 acres of land in Perry County, Missouri, for their settlement.

1847 Frederick Brotherton Meyer, English Baptist clergyman and devotional writer, was born in London (d. 28 March 1929).

1860 The Easter hymn Hes Risen, Hes Risen by C. F. W. Walther (18111887) was completed while Walther was sailing home from a trip to Germany for health reasons.

1868 Blind Scottish hymn writer George Matheson (18421906) was ordained pastor of the Clydeside parish of Innellan in Argyllshire, Scotland.

1877 William Augustus Muhlenberg, hymnist, died (b. 16 September 1796, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).

1882 Arthur Brohm, president of the California and Nevada District of the Missouri Synod, was born in Addison, Illinois (d. 17 July 1968, San Francisco, California).

1886 Charles H. Marsh, American church musician and educator, was born in Magnolia, Iowa (d. 12 April 1956, La Jolla, California).

1901 James Chalmers, missionary in the South Pacific, died together with Oliver Tomkins at the hands of cannibals on the Goaribari Islands (b. 4 August 1841, Scotland).

1912 The American Theological Society was organized at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Its membership includes theologians and philosophers who meet annually to discuss theological problems. Among the fifteen charter members were A. M. Dulles, R. C. Knox, D. C. Mackintosh and E. W. Lyman.

1935 Alfred Rahlfs (b. 29 May 1865), German Lutheran Septuagint (Greek Old Testament) scholar, died.

1957 American Roman Catholic Bishop Fulton J. Sheens (18951979) religious TV program Life Is Worth Living was broadcast for the last time.

1957 Pedro Cardinal Segura y Sáenz, archbishop of Toledo, Spain, from 1927 to 1931 and of Seville from 1937 until his death, died (b. 4 December 1880). In July 1931 he was sent into exile in France by the Republican government, whom he had publicly denounced while extolling the monarchy.

2001 M. Sathiyanathan, president of the Lanka Lutheran Church, died unexpectedly at his home in Nuwara, Eliya, Sri Lanka. Just two weeks before his death Sathiyanathan had completed negotiations to begin work with Lutheran Hour Ministries to establish programming in that country.