330 Roman emperor Constantine (ca. 280–337),
the first Christian emperor, inaugurated
as his capital on the site of the Greek city of Byzantium and
dedicated it as a Christian city.
341 Eleven years after it dedication,
Constantinople was officially made the capital of the Roman
empire, a dramatic switch from Rome.
597 or 602 Comgall,
founder and first abbot of Bangor in present-day Northern
Ireland, died (b. ca. 510–520). He
was considered the founder of Irish monasticism, and by the
time of his death he had three thousand monks under him,
including the famous missionary Columbanus.
1530 Philipp Melanchthon (1497–1560)
completed the first revision of the
Augsburg Confession and submitted it to Martin Luther
for approval. Several other revisions would follow before it
was presented to the emperor on 25 June.
1610 Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci,
the first Catholic missionary to China, died (b. 6 October
1621 Johann Arndt,
German Lutheran devotional writer, died (b. 27 December
1682 The General Court of Massachusetts
repealed two two-year-old laws: (1) a ban on the celebration
of Christmas and (2) capital punishment of banished Quakers
who returned to the colony.
Andrew Sandel, early Swedish American Lutheran pastor,
died (b. 30 November 1671, Hallnas parish, Roslagen,
Anthony Philip Heinrich, Bohemian-American composer, was
born (d. 1861).
Johann Jakob Gönner, professor
at the Saxon immigrants’ college in Perry County, Missouri,
was born (d. 25 June 1864). The school was the forerunner of
Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis).
American Tract Society was organized in New York City as
an amalgamation of several smaller societies.
1873 The “May Laws” limiting church power
in Germany were passed.
1879 Samuel Gobat,
Lutheran missionary to Africa (Abyssinia and Malta) for the
C.M.S. and later bishop in Jerusalem, died in Jerusalem (b.
26 January 1799).
Zenas Sanford Loftis, missionary to Tibet, was born in
Gainsboro, Tennessee (d. 12 August 1909, Batang, China).
Keith-Falconer, a Britisher carrying the Gospel to Aden,
died of a fever (b. 5 July 1856, Edinburgh, Scotland).
1933 Jacob William Miller, pastor at Fort
Wayne, Indiana, and Missouri Synod vice-president, died (b.
16 September 1860, Cove, Maryland).
Henry P. Eckhardt, vice-president of the Missouri Synod,
died (b. 31 January 1866, Reisterstown, Maryland).
Olive Dorothy Gruen, missionary to China and Taiwan from
1920 to 1960, died (b. 20 June 1883, Saint Louis).