Constantine the Great, the Roman emperor who first
legalized Christianity throughout the empire, died (b. 27
1533 The first
friars arrived in Mexico.
conference at Regensburg (Ratisbon) between three
Catholic and three Protestant theologians attempting to
reunite the two churches ended in failure after a month of
1542 Pope Paul
III (1468–1549) called the
Council of Trent to deal with the Reformation and renewal in
1560 The scholar
John Feckenham (ca. 1515–1584)
was taken to the tower of London in England for refusing to
take the oath of supremacy. He would spend twenty-four years
1563 Malcontents of the ancient Syro-Malabar
church of India choose their own bishop, Mar Thomas I,
without approval from Rome.
Johann Andreas Quenstedt, Lutheran theologian, died (b.
13 August 1617, Quedlinburg, Germany). [German
Jacob Schütz, German lawyer,
hymnist and ardent pietist, died in Frankfurt (b. 7
Henriette von Hayn, composer, was born in Idstein,
Nassau (d. 27 August 1782).
1789 The first American
Presbyterian General Assembly convened in Philadelphia,
Ernst Gerhard Wilhelm Keyl, Saxon immigrant and
president of the Eastern District of the Missouri Synod, was
born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 4 August 1872).
1851 Edwyn Hoskyns, Anglican bishop and
social reformer, was born at Aston-Tirrold, Berkshire. As
Bishop of Southwell, England, from 1905 until his death in
1925, he devoted himself to improving labor conditions for
the working class.
William R. Newell, pastor and devotional writer, was
born in Savannah, Ohio (d. 1 April 1956).
Jonas King, missionary in Syria, Egypt and Greece, died
(b. 29 July 1792, Hawley, Massachusetts).
Frederick Herman Knubel, first president of the United
Lutheran Church in America, was born in New York City (d. 16
1870 Frederick Arthur Fischer was born in
Bad Lausick, Saxony (d. 1937). At the age of 20 he entered
the mission seminary at Barmen. After graduating he came to
America (1896) and served with the Evangelical Synod of
North America in Illinois and Saint Louis. He was received
into the Missouri Synod in 1911, and his first call was to
Saint John Lutheran Church (Alma, Kansas). In 1921 he joined
Concordia Publishing House and also preached at Zion
Lutheran Church (Saint Louis) from 1924 to 1936. From 1927
to 1936 he served as radio preacher over radio station KFUO.
Henry Bleby, Wesleyan Methodist missionary to the West
Indies, died (b. 16 March 1809).
1883 Billy Sunday
(1862–1935), who later became the
greatest American tent revivalist after a professional
baseball career, had his first at bat for Chicago. He struck
out and also struck out thirteen more consecutive times.
Martin Günther, editor, author
and educator, died (b. 4 December 1831, Dresden, Saxony).
1894 Berthold Hugo Ergang was born in
Lutzk, Russia. He graduated from the Lutheran seminary at
Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 1915 and was the first professor at
the preparatory school in Crespo, Argentine Republic.
Alexander Merensky, missionary to Transvaal, South
Africa, died in Berlin (b. 1837).
1919 The Bolsheviks murdered eight
Lutheran pastors in
Riga, Latvia, during the Russian Revolution.
Richard C. Neitzel, professor at Concordia Theological
Seminary (Springfield, Illinois) and chairman of the LCMS
Catechism Committee, died (b. 8 September 1875, Gnevin,
1966 Cristo Rey Lutheran Church, Guatemala
City, was dedicated.
1967 The General Assembly of the
Presbyterian Church in the United States (P.C.U.S.) adopted
Confession of 1967.