840 Agobard of Lyons
is commemorated (b. ca. 779).
Gustav Vasa (1496-1560) became King of Sweden, marking
the end of the
Kalmar Union with Denmark. During his reign Lutheranism
was introduced into the country.
Xavier (1506–1552) arrived in
India, the first step of his whirlwind evangelization of the
Netherland (now New York) granted the Church of England
the right to worship, an unusual act of toleration for the
Johann F. Hertzog, hymnist, was born in Dresden (d. 21
Christina, Queen of Sweden (1626–1689),
abdicated her throne, joined the Roman Catholic church and
spent the rest of her life engaged in religious thought
(though she twice attempted to resume her crown).
Johann Ernst Goetwater (Gutwasser) arrived in New
Amsterdam (New York) as the first Lutheran pastor.
Lascelles Jenner, hymn translator, was born (d. 18
1835 Titus Coan
(1801–1872), missionary, arrived
Sir John Stainer, composer of sacred music, organist and
hymnist, was born in London (d. 31 March 1901).
1843 J. I. Wilhelm Thomas,
New Guinea missionary, was born in Eilbach, Germany (d.
30 December 1900).
1844 The YMCA organized in
London under the leadership of English merchant George
Conrad Emil Lindberg, professor and dean at Augustana
Seminary (Rock Island, Illinois), was born in Joenkoeping,
Sweden (d. 2 August 1930).
Franz Adolph Marbach, lay leader of the Saxon
immigration to Missouri, died (b. ca. 1798).
Henry J. Buckoll (b. 9 September 1803), the translator
of the English version of the hymn "Come, My Soul, Thou Must
Be Waking," died.
Augustana Lutheran Church Women voted to organize in
George Matheson (1842–1906), a
blind Scottish clergyman, penned the words to the haunting
hymn "O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go."
J. Ockenga, American evangelical leader, was born.
Ockenga is credited with having helped shape the
intellectual credibility of modern evangelicalism in
America. In addition to serving at Boston's Park Street
Church for thirty-three years, he was the first president of
the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) and
co-founder and first president of Fuller Theological
Seminary in Pasadena, California (d. 8 February 1985).
Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning, a
graduate college for biblical and rabbinical studies, was
chartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1929 Concordia Press, Vaniyambadi, India,
1932 German Christians who refused to
accept Nazi theories published their "Guiding Principles."
Knut Olafson Lundeberg, president of the Church of
Lutheran Brethren in America, died (b. 23 January 1859).
Franklin Clark Fry, Lutheran Church in America
president, died (b. 30 August 1900).
Fantoft stave church near Bergen, Norway, dating from
the 12th century, was destroyed by arson. A reconstruction
of the church was completed in 1997.
2001 Arthur H. Ziegler, president of the
LCMS Ohio District from 1972 to 1985, died in Cleveland,
Ohio. Ziegler graduated from Concordia College (Fort Wayne,
Indiana) in 1931 and from Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis)
four years later. He served pastorates at Kent, Ohio;
Huntington, Indiana; and Cleveland, Ohio. Ziegler also was a
member of the LCMS Board of Parish Education (1959–1969)
and was on the board of directors of the Lutheran Deaconess
Association from 1964 to 1970, part of that time as its