1096 The Jews of Trier (Treves)
appealed to Bishop Egilbert to save them from rampaging
crusaders. He agreed, but only if they were baptized. Many
women preferred to die, kill their children and throw
themselves into the River Moselle.
1265 Poet and politician Dante
Alighieri, author of The Divine Comedy, was born
in Florence, Italy (d. 13/14 September 1321).
Johann Franck, hymnist, was born in Guben, Brandenburg
(d. 18 June 1677).
1637 Martin Opitz
(1597–1639), hymnist, was
installed as historiographer to King Wladislaw IV of Poland.
Franck, composer, died at Koburg (b. ca. 1579).
Quakers from England arrived on Manhattan Island and
were immediately imprisoned by the local government. Eight
days later they were released on the condition that they
leave the area and go to Rhode Island.
1661 James Guthrie, Scottish
pastor, was executed for saying that Christ, not King Charles
of England, was the head of the church.
1689 Spanish missionaries formally
established the mission of San Francisco de los Tejos in
1700 Gloria Dei Church,
Philadelphia, was dedicated.
1727 Diego Jose Abad y Sanchez, Jesuit
scholar, was born in La Lagunita, Mexico (d. 1779). He
entered religious life in 1727 (?), and after a successful
career as educator in rhetoric, philosophy, theology and law
(canon and civil), as a Jesuit he was expelled from the
Spanish Empire in 1767 and took to writing in Ferrara,
Italy. His noted work De deo deoque homine heroica
(1773) is a verse treatise on God intended for young
Mexicans. His scholarly dedication extended to studying
medicine and thereby prolonging his life when the doctors
1741 The Presbyterian Church in the North
American colonies split into New Sides (New School) vs. Old
School) over revival methods. The factions reunited
seventeen years later.
Francis Lyte, Scottish clergyman and hymnist, was born
in Edham, Ireland (d. 20 November 1847).
Simeon B. Marsh, American chorister, composer and
newspaper editor, was born at Sherburne, New York (d. 14
Reginald Heber (1783–1826),
hymnist, was consecrated as a missionary to India.
Jakob Aall Ottesen, who helped organize the Norwegian
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, was born in
Christiana (Oslo), Norway (d. 30 October 1904).
Jean-Frédéric Oberlin (b. 3 August 1740), German
Lutheran philanthropist, died. At age twenty-seven he began
a ministry among the poverty stricken in a desolate area
between Alsace and Lorraine, a work he would continue for
the next sixty years. His name is preserved in America
through the Ohio town and college which bear his name.
1826 “The Exile’s Departure,” a poem by
the American Quaker
John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892),
was published by
William Lloyd Garrison (1805–1879).
1843 Isabella Baumfree (ca. 1797–1883),
having received a vision of God telling her to “travel up
an’ down the land showin’ the people their sins an’ bein’ a
sign unto them,” left New York and changed her name to Sojourner
Truth. She became one of the most famous abolitionists
and women’s rights lecturers in American history.
James H. Fillmore, American music publisher, was born in
Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 8 February 1936).
1854 Emily Chubbuck Judson, the third wife
of Burma missionary Adoniram
Judson (1788–1850), died.
Niels Christian Carlsen, United Evangelical Lutheran
Church president and leader, was born in Denmark (d. 6
1893 The General Assembly of the
Presbyterian Church defrocked
Charles Augustus Briggs (1841–1913),
professor of biblical theology at Union Theological Seminary
in New York City, on conviction of teaching heresy.
John Alfred Morehead, president of the Lutheran seminary
in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (1898–1903;
now in Columbia, South Carolina) and of Roanoke
College (1903–1919), died (b. 4
Alfred F. Loisy (b. 28 February 1857), the French
founder of modernism in the Roman Catholic Church, died.
1952 The last LCMS missionary left China.
Lutheran Church—Canada, a
federation of LCMS districts, was chartered by the Canadian
1972 Watchman Nee
(b. 1903), Chinese devotional writer, died.
1977 The Sumatran Lutheran Hour broadcast
its first program.
1977 Beverly Messenger-Harris, one of the
first women to be ordained to the priesthood in the
Episcopal Church in the U.S.A., became that denomination's
first female rector at age twenty-eight when she took up her
duties at Gethsemane Episcopal Church in Oneida, New York.
Evangelical Free Baptist Church was incorporated by the
state of Illinois in Du Page County. The denomination
withdrew from the Southern Baptist Convention following a
1981 Alfred C. Seltz died at Fergus Falls,
Minnesota (b. 26 June 1904, Antrim Township, Minnesota). He
was a 1927 graduate of Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis) and
served parishes at Plummer, Ogema, Frazee, Gorman Township
and Alexandria, Minnesota. Seltz was a vice-president of the
Minnesota District of the Missouri Synod from 1951 to 1963
and became the first president of the Minnesota North
District when the Minnesota District divided in 1963,
holding that position until 1970.