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Today in History

April 28

1192 Conrad of Montferrat (Conrad I), King of Jerusalem, was assassinated in Tyre two days after his title to the throne was confirmed by election.

1530 Nikolaus Manuel, poet of the Swiss Reformation, died (b. ca. 1484, Bern, Switzerland). [German Wikipedia article]

1552 The second session of the Council of Trent ended.

1553 Sullaqa, superior of the monastery of Rabban Hormizd, was chosen by the Nestorians to reunite them with the Catholic church and made his profession in Rome.

1611 The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, the Catholic University of the Philippines, the oldest existing university in Asia and the largest Catholic university in the world, was established.

1832 At the end of a two-day conference in New York, the American Baptist Home Mission Society was organized.

1839 Vernon J. Charlesworth, English clergyman and headmaster of Charles Spurgeon's Stockwell Orphanage, was born (d. 5 January 1915, London, England).

1841 The Roman Catholic missionary Pierre Chanel died a martyr on Tonga, where he had gone despite strong Protestant resistance (b. 1802).

1872 English devotional writer Frances Ridley Havergal (18361879) penned the words to her still-popular hymn "Lord, Speak to Me that I May Speak."

1874 Susan Strachan, missions pioneer, was born. Working together with her husband, Harry Strachan, she founded the Latin America Mission, Inc., in 1921 at Stony Brook, New York.

1899 A Brazil mission effort was begun by Missouri Synod convention resolution.

1907 Arthur Leonard Miller was born in Saginaw, Michigan (d. 6 November 1994, Colorado Springs, Colorado). He received his bachelor's degree from Concordia Teachers College (River Forest, Illinois) and his master's degree and doctorate from the University of Chicago. From 1946 to 1972 he served as the executive secretary for the Missouri Synod's Board of Parish Education.

1910 Henry Harris Jessup, missionary of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to Tripoli and Beirut, died in Beirut, Syria (b. 19 April 1832).

1911 Thousands of Genevans demonstrated for five hours against a religiously inspired ban on gambling. A shocked Karl Barth (18861968) was appalled at their mindless slogans and came out in support of the ban.

1964 The Lutheran Churches of the Reformation was organized at Emmaus Lutheran Church (Chicago) by congregations that withdrew from the LCMS.