Tertullian, Latin ecclesiastical writer, was born,
probably at Carthage, the son of a pagan centurion (d. ca.
Pedro Álvares Cabral (ca. 1467–ca.
1520) took possession of Brazil for Portugal with religious
ceremonies on Easter Monday.
Pope Julius II (1443–1513)
placed the Italian state of Venice under
conference at Regensburg (Ratisbon) opened between
Lutherans and Catholics. Its purpose was to restore
religious unity in Germany.
Blessed Osanna of Cattaro (also Hosanna, known in
Croatian as Ozana Kotorska), a Catholic Montenegrin
Dominican tertiary, visionary, anchoress and convert from
Greek Orthodoxy, died (b. 25 November 1493).
Pope Leo XI died (b. 2 June 1535).
Robert Abercromby, a Jesuit missionary in Scotland in
the time of the persecutions, died (b. 1532).
Johann Adam Reincken, a distinguished North German
organist who was remarkable for his longevity, encompassing
style and his influence on young organists such as
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750),
was born (d. 24 November 1722).
1688 In an attempt to win popular support
II of England (1633–1701)
reissued his Declaration of Religious Indulgence, which
promised no more religious tests and freedom of conscience
Peter Böhler (b. 31 December
1712), Moravian minister and missionary, died.
1793 The first Synod of the
German Reformed Church met at Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
There were 178 congregations and 15,000 communicants
reported. The most important congregations were at
Philadelphia, Lancaster and Germantown, Pennsylvania, and
Anne Ross Cundell Cousin, hymnist, was born (d. 6
December 1906, Edinburgh, Scotland).
John Henry Harpster, missionary of the Lutheran General
Synod in India, was born in Center Hall, Pennsylvania (d. 1
George Washington Doane, American Episcopal clergyman
and hymnist, died (b. 27 May 1799).
George Washington Bethune, hymn translator and pastor in
the Reformed Church, died while preaching in Florence, Italy
(b. 18 March 1805).
Christoph Ludwig Eberhardt, Michigan Synod missionary
and president, died (b. 3 January 1831, Lauffen,
Richard Redhead, composer, died (b. 1 March 1820,
Theodore Brohm, director and professor at the Missouri
Synod's teachers seminary at Addison, Illinois, died (b. 10
1950 The Communist-controlled National
Catholic Church was created in Rumania at a congress under
Andreas Agotha, whom Rome promptly excommunicated.
1959 The last Canadian missionary left the
People's Republic of China.
1960 Police in
Poland, tried to remove a cross. Women protested. Men
joined to protect the women from police brutality. Riots
developed. The Communist Party headquarters was burned. This
was one of many religious protests that forced the
Communists to grant a measure of religious leeway to Poland.
Gomez, pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
in San Salvador, and Angel Ibarra, director of medical
services of Lutheran Social Services of El Salvador, were
arrested by the National Police. Gomez was released three
days later. He was president of the Lutheran Synod of El
Salvador, a Missouri Synod partner church with 3,266
members. The previous month he had just been elected
chairman of CONCAP, the council of Missouri Synod-related
churches in Central America and Panama.
1998 Won-Sang Ji, president emeritus of
the Lutheran Church in Korea, died.
2014 Popes John XXIII and John Paul II were canonized as saints in the Roman Catholic Church.