1312 The Council
of Vienne ended. The Knights Templars were suppressed by
Pope Clement V at this council.
Charles V’s (1500–1558) army,
including German, French and Spanish troops, sacked Rome.
Pope Clement VII barely escaped to a castle.
King Henry VIII (1491–1547)
ordered translated Bibles to be placed in every church.
Xavier (1506–1552), co-founder
of the Jesuits and missionary for them, landed at Goa,
1576 A meeting of theologians was called
at Torgau (through 7 June). It concluded with the Torgau
Book, a precursor of the Formula
1635 Job Lepner, mayor of Koenigsberg
Alstadt, unforgettable lover and promoter of music, died.
“Oh, How Blest Are You” was written by Simon Dach
(1605–1659) as a memorial to Lepner.
1638 Dutch theologian Cornelius
Jansen, who inspired a reform movement within the Roman
Catholic church, died (b. 28 October 1585).
1646 Presbyterians petition Massachusetts
for tolerance, but their leader,
Robert Child, was eventually banished.
1704 Non-Anglicans were excluded from
membership in South Carolina's assembly.
François de Laval, first bishop of New France, died (b.
30 April 1623).
Tennent (b. 1673), Irish-born colonial American
Joseph Brackett, American religious leader and composer
of the Shaker community, was born (d. 4 July 1882).
William Walker, composer, was born (d. 24 September
1875, Spartanburg, South Carolina).
Adolph Friedrich Theodor Biewend, early Missouri Synod
professor, was born in Rothehuette, Hannover (d. 10 April
John T. Grape, American Methodist layman and composer,
was born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2 November 1915,
Demetrius A. Gallitzin (b. 22 December 1770), “Apostle
of the Alleghenies,” died.
1847 The organizational meeting of the
Missouri Synod in Chicago ended (began 25 April).
Carl H. F. Frincke (1824–1905)
was commissioned as the first home missionary of the
1867 George Washington
Truett, American Southern Baptist preacher, was born in
Clay County, North Carolina (d. 7 July 1944).
Albert John Charles Moeller, president of Saint Paul’s
College (Concordia, Missouri), was born in Barnes, Kansas
(d. 21 November 1950).
1891 The Rocky Mountain Synod was
organized at Manitou, Colorado, by nine pastors and two
laymen. Its territory included Colorado, New Mexico and
Wyoming. It merged with the United Lutheran Church in 1918.
1893 The first meeting of the Board of
Foreign Missions of the Missouri Synod was held.
Ludwig Ernest Fuerbringer, theologian, professor, author
and president of Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis), died (b.
29 March 1864).
2001 During a trip to Syria, Pope
John Paul II (1920–2005)
became the first pope to enter a mosque.