475 Byzantine Emperor
Basiliscus (d. 476/477) issued a circular letter (Enkyklikon)
to the bishops of his empire, supporting the
Monophysite christological position.
1438 Eastern church representatives
Council of Florence.
Mikael Agricola, Finnish reformer, died (b. ca. 1510).
Juri Tranovsky (George Trzanowski, Georgius Tranoscius,
Jerzy Tranowski), Polish-Slovak theologian, church poet and
hymnist, was born in Cieszyn, Silesia (d. 1637).
Johann Crüger, German Lutheran
church chorister, organist, composer and hymnist, was born
in Gross-Briesen, Prussia (d. 23 February 1662).
1626 English philosopher of science Sir
Francis Bacon died (b. 22 January 1561).
1761 William Law
(b. 1686), English devotional writer, died.
Jane Borthwick, hymn translator and writer, was born in
Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 7 September 1897).
African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church was founded
George Boardman Sr. (1801–1831),
missionary to India, arrived in Tavoy, Burma.
John S. B. Monsell, hymnist, died at Guildford, Ireland
(b. 2 March 1811, Saint Columb's, Londonderry, Ireland).
1906 In Los Angeles Holiness minister
William Seymour (1870–1922)
and several associates experienced what they called the
“baptism of the Spirit,”
marked by speaking in tongues. This launched the three-year
“Azusa Street Revival,”
considered the first major public event of Pentecostalism.
Heinrich August Allwardt, one of C. F. W. Walther’s
opponents in the Predestinarian Controversy, died (b. 2
1918 Elmer J. Moeller, pastor and
professor, born in Ainsworth, Nebraska (d. 30 April 1987,
Estes Park, Colorado). He graduated from Concordia Seminary
(Saint Louis) in 1943 and served as a pastor in Bismarck and
Baldwin, North Dakota, and Lamar and Castle Rock, Colorado.
He taught at both Concordia College (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
and Concordia Theological Seminary (Springfield, Illinois).
From 1948 to 1950 he was the chairman of the Press Committee
of the North Dakota District.
Wilhelm Hermann Kowert, Lutheran missionary to New
Zealand and an Illinois pastor, died (b. 7 July 1842,
Neukirchen, near Melle, Hannover).
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (b. 4 February 1906), German
Lutheran clergyman, theologian and author, was hanged by the
1947 The first LCMS communion service was
held in Havana, Cuba.