Septimius Severus, emperor of Rome from A.D. 193 to 211,
was born (d. 4 February 211). He persecuted the Christian
Church although he had once been friendly to the Christian
1079 Polish bishop of Krakow
was martyred (b. 26 July 1030).
Anton Corvinus, author of Gospel and Epistle sermons and
Lutheran theologian, was born at Warburg (d. 5 April 1553,
1506 The foundation stone of the new
Saint Peter's Basilica was laid under the patronage of
Pope Julius II.
Huguenots in France signed a manifesto declaring they
would take up arms in defense of Protestants.
Henry IV (1553–1610) of France
issued the Edict of Nantes, which recognized non-Catholic
religions in France, granted freedom of conscience to
Protestants and ended the persecution of the Huguenots.
Edward Wightman, English Baptist preacher and the last
person to be executed for heresy in England, was burned at
the stake at Lichfield (b. 20 December 1566).
Matthäus A. von Löwenstern,
hymn writer and musician, died at Breslau (b. 20 April 1594,
Johann Daniel Herrnschmidt, hymnist, was born in
Bopfingen, Wuerttemburg (d. 5 February 1723).
Richard Simon, French Biblical critic, died (b. 16 May
Zeisberger, Moravian missionary to Delaware Indians, was
born in Zauchtenthal, Moravia (d. 17 November 1808).
1775 The last execution for
witchcraft in Germany took place.
1816 The first African American bishop in
Richard Allen (1760–1831), was
ordained in Philadelphia by Francis Asbury to head the new
African Methodist Episcopal Church.
composer, died in Ausbach (b. 18 October 1737, Thann on the
Altmühl). He was interested
in music from his earliest youth and served as oboist in the
chapel of an infantry regiment in Ansbach from 1771 to 1781;
in the latter year he became organist of the cathedral
there, in which position he served for 37 years.
Marcus Dods, Scottish clergyman and biblical scholar,
was born in Northumberland, England (d. 26 April 1909).
1836 English philanthropist George
opened his famous orphanage on Wilson Street, Bristol, in
two rented houses.
James Orr, Scottish theologian, was born in Glasgow (d.
Emil Hoffmann, president of the Canada Synod of the
United Lutheran Church in America, died (b. 1 March 1862).
1984 A first-time meeting of
denominational leaders and representatives concerned with
providing care for the mentally retarded took place in
Nashville, Tennessee. H. James Richardson Jr., executive
director of Cedar Lake Lodge, LaGrange, Kentucky,
represented the Missouri Synod and its Board for Parish
Services at the meeting, which was also attended by
representatives of six other Christian church bodies.
1998 Edwin C. Weber died in Fraser,
Michigan (b. 13 September 1910). Following graduation from
Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis) in 1935, he served parishes
in Steeleville, Illinois, and Belknap and Fraser, Michigan.
He was president of the Michigan District and also was first
vice-president of the LCMS from 1973 to 1981.