(ca. 970–999; reigned 996–999)
Otto III (980–1002) as
Albrecht Dürer, Reformation
painter, artist, engraver and woodcut designer, was born in
Nuremberg, Germany (d. 6 April 1528).
Michael Sattler (b. ca. 1490), a former monk of Saint
Peter in Freiburg, who had become a convert and spokesman
for the Anabaptists, was burned at the stake in Rottenburg,
1536 The General Assembly of Geneva
officially adopted the Reformation, separated from the Roman
Catholic diocese and accepted the evangelical faith of the
Swiss reformers. John Calvin arrived two months later. At
the occasion of the official adoption, William Farel
preached and mass was suspended.
1559 The first Lutherans were burned at
the stake for heresy in Spain.
Pope, poet and hymnist, was born in London (d. 30 May
John Eliot, Puritan missionary to Native Americans, died
in Roxbury, Massachusetts (b. 5 August 1604).
Johann Gottfried Olearius, hymnist, died in Arnstadt (b.
Wesley (1707–1788), co-founder
of Methodism with his brother John, converted to
Christianity while sick with pleurisy.
John Henkel, early American Lutheran pastor, was born
(d. 30 December 1803).
1780 English Quaker and social reformer Elizabeth
Fry was born in Norwich, England (d. 12 October 1845).
Robert Murray M'Cheyne, Scottish clergyman, was born at
Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 25 March 1843).
Taylor, pioneer English missionary to China and the
founder of the China Inland Mission, was born in Barnsley,
Yorkshire (d. 3 June 1905).
1841 Joseph Parry,
Welsh religious composer, was born at Merthyr Tydfile, Wales
(d. 17 February 1903, Penarth, Wales).
1864 Joseph de Veuster (better known as Father
Damien, 1840–1889) was
ordained priest in Honolulu. In 1873 at his own request he
was sent to a settlement of lepers on the island of Molokai,
where he later contracted the disease and died.
William Nelthorpe Hall, Methodist missionary to China,
died (b. 19 April 1829, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England).
1881 Clara Barton
(1821–1912), New England
humanitarian, founded the American Red Cross.
1882 The first issue of The Lutheran
Witness, edited by Pastor
C. A. Frank (1846–1922),
appeared. It was presented to the English Synod of Missouri
in 1888 and approved as its official publication. In 1911
when the English Synod merged with the German Missouri
Synod, it became the official English publication of the
1935 Jane Addams,
settlement worker, founder of Hull House and author, died
(b. 6 September 1860).
Henry Frederick Offermann, New Testament professor at
the Lutheran Theological Seminary (Philadelphia), died (b.
11 July 1866, Hanover, Germany).
1972 Wielding a hammer, Laszlo Toth
damaged one of the world's most celebrated sculptures,
in the Vatican at Rome.