Alexander of Alexandria,
Patriarch of Alexandria, died.
Donnán of Eigg, Celtic Christian martyr, patron saint of
1492 King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella
of Spain gave
Christopher Columbus (1451–1506)
a commission to seek a westward ocean passage to Asia.
1521 Martin Luther spoke to the assembly
Diet of Worms, refusing to recant his teachings.
George, Duke of Saxony, defender of the Roman Catholic
position at the time of the Reformation, died (b. 27 August
Marguerite Bourgeoys, founder of the
Congregation of Notre Dame, was born (d. 12 January
Reorus Torkillus (1599–1643),
Swedish Lutheran pastor, arrived in America at New Sweden
(Fort Christie or Fort Christina). He was the first Lutheran
pastor to arrive in North America.
Kateri Tekakwitha, first Native American to receive
beatification, died (b. 1656).
Ziegler, hymnist, died in Germany (b. 15 September 1621,
Ambrose, Archbishop of Moscow from 1768 to 1771, was
David Hollatz, Pomeranian Lutheran dogmatician, died (b.
Thomas Hazlehurst, English Methodist chapel builder, was
born (d. 14 July 1876).
Eurotas Parmelee Hastings, missionary to Ceylon, was
born in Clinton, New York (d. 31 July 1890).
Ursula Julia Ledóchowska, Polish-Austrian Catholic nun
who founded the
Congregation of the Ursulines of the Agonizing Heart of
Jesus, was born (d. 29 May 1939).
Stephen Klingmann, president of the Michigan Synod, died
(b. 3 September 1833, Gau Angelloch, Baden).
West Virginia Synod was organized through efforts of the
Maryland Synod. It belonged to the General Synod and became
a part of the United Lutheran Church in 1918.
1920 Robert G. Bratcher, principal
translator of the American Bible Society's Today's
English Version, also known as the
Good News Bible, was born.
1920 August Schlechte of Chicago, founder
of Missouri Synod city mission or institutional work, died
1937 With Mussolini's troops occupying
Interior Mission missionaries who had started a small
church among the previously devil-worshiping Wallamo tribe
were forced to leave the country. The missionaries returned
in July 1943 to find that, despite severe persecution by
Italian soldiers, the Christian community had grown from 48
members to 18,000.
1941 The Zamzam, a freighter
flying the Egyptian flag, was shelled and sunk by the German
raider Tamesis (Atlantis). Though the
Zamzam carried 201 passengers, including 144
missionaries and their families bound for Africa, there were
no casualties. The survivors were picked up by the raider
and transferred to the Dresden, which landed them
at Sainte Jean de Luz in German-occupied France on 20 May.
1950 Pangarisikuppam Lutheran station was
opened in Pernambat, India.
1960 Lettie B.
(Mrs. Charles E.) Cowman (b. 1870), pioneer missionary
to Japan, died.
William Cardinal Conway, Roman Catholic archbishop of
Armagh, Northern Ireland, and primate of all Ireland, died
(b. 22 January 1913). He was head of the Catholic Church in
Ireland during the reforms of the
Second Vatican Council.
Cornelius Van Til, Reformed apologist, died at age 91
(b. 3 May 1895).