Botticelli, Florentine painter, died (b. 1 March 1445).
1637 The Puritan lawyer John
Winthrop (1587/8–1649) was
elected to be the first governor of Massachusetts Bay
Louis Jolliet (1645–1700) and
Jacques Marquette (1637–1675)
began exploring the Mississippi River.
Charles Henkel, who translated the Augsburg Confession
into English, was born (or 18 May; d. 2 February 1841).
Albright, the first bishop of what became known as the
Evangelical Association, died (b. 1759, near Pottstown,
Napoleon I of France (1769–1821)
ordered the annexation of the
Papal States to the
August Jäschke, Moravian
missionary to Tibet, was born in Herrnhut, Saxony (d. 24
Julius Köstlin, Luther
biographer, was born (d. 12 May 1902). [German
George Unangst Wenner, president of the Lutheran Synod
of New York and New Jersey, was born near Bethlehem,
Pennsylvania (d. 1 November 1934).
Wellhausen, German biblical scholar, was born in Hameln,
Westphalia (d. 17 January 1918).
Methodist Episcopal Church, South separated from the
Methodist Episcopal Church in Louisville, Kentucky.
Charles C. Luther, New England Baptist evangelist and
hymn writer, was born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 4
November 1924, Farmingdale, Long Island, New York).
1849 A fire threatened to burn
St. Louis, Missouri, to the ground.
Richard Th. Kretzschmar, Western District president, was
born in Mittweida, Saxony (d. 5 March 1940).
English Revised Version of the New Testament (R.V. or
E.R.V.) was put on sale in England.
Carl McIntire, American evangelist
and political communicator, was born (d. 19 March 2002). McIntyre was called
American Protestantism's "self-styled number one
anti-Communist" and was characterized as a firebrand radio
evangelist who preached a combination of biblical
fundamentalism and hawkish patriotism.
Gottlob Frederick Krotel, president of the General
Council, died (b. 4 February 1826).
1907 Herbert William Knopp Sr. was born in
Graytown, Ohio (d. 1963). From 1948 to 1955 he was the
coordinator of university relations for Valparaiso
University, during which time he was also the campaign
director of the Valparaiso Memorial Building Fund. He was
the president of the Tennessee District of the Lutheran
Laymen's League from 1945 to 1947. He also served as a
member of the Missouri Synod's Committee on Doctrinal Unity
and Committee on Television and Public Relations. He was the
author of The Christian Day School of the Missouri
Lutherans and the editor of the
Tennessee Lutheran Layman from 1944 to 1947.
Croswell Doane, Protestant Episcopal hymnal compiler,
died (b. 2 March 1832, Boston, Massachusetts).
1928 The first flight of the
Australian Aerial Medical Service took place with K. St.
Vincent Welch as the flying doctor. This ministry was
conceived and promoted by John Flynn, a Presbyterian
Conservative Baptist Association of America was formally
established at Atlantic City, New Jersey.
1948 Representatives of the Lutheran
Synodical Conference and the American Lutheran Church met to
draw up a
common confession of faith.
Henry Nau, president of Immanuel Lutheran College
(Greensboro, North Carolina) and pioneer Synodical
Conference missionary in Nigeria, died (b. 21 September
1881, Beltershausen, Marburg, Germany).
1959 The first Missouri Synod baptisms and
confirmations took place in Korea.
August Conrad Stellhorn, the first secretary of schools
for the Missouri Synod, died (b. 2 June 1887, Red Bud,
1964 The Vatican II Ecumenical Council
Secretariat for Non-Christian Religions.
1972 A Hutu bishop, Father Michael Kayoya
of Burundi was executed. He was one of thousands executed in
the genocidal murder. About one half of all Catholic
catechists in Burundi were killed.
2000 A federal judge in Kentucky ruled
display of the Ten Commandments should be removed from a
2007 After being separated from the Russian Church
of the Moscow Patriarchate for 80 years (since 1927 when
Metropolitan Sergiy [1867–1944]
pledged from his prison cell the church’s qualified loyalty
to the Bolshevik state), the Russian Orthodox Church Outside
of Russia officially signed the Act of Canonical Communion
with the Moscow Patriarchate and became a semi-autonomous
part of the
Russian Orthodox Church.