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Today in History

June 11

Saint Barnabas, Apostle

1294 Roger Bacon, a Franciscan monk and one of the most original thinkers of the Middle Ages, died (b. ca. 1214).

1588 George Wither, English poet and hymnal compiler, was born (d. 2 May 1667).

1766 The cornerstone was laid for Old Zion Lutheran Church, Philadelphia.

1782 William Black (17601834), the first Canadian Methodist clergyman, preached his debut sermons.

1799 The man who would become the first African American Methodist bishop in the United States, Richard Allen (17601831), was ordained a deacon in the Methodist Episcopal church.

1850 The first unit of the Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis) building was dedicated on South Jefferson Avenue.

1853 Andreas Christian Landeck, professor at Concordia College (Saint Paul, Minnesota), was born in Bavaria (d. 21 February 1938). He was educated at Concordia College (Fort Wayne, Indiana) and Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis), completing his studies in 1875. He was a pastor for nineteen years at Hamburg, Minnesota, before receiving a call to the faculty at Saint Paul. He later served as pastor at Freeport and Pecatonica, Illinois.

1860 Charles Hurlburt, who served as general director of the Africa Inland Mission, Inc., for twenty-eight years (1897-1925), was born. Hurlburt pioneered the work of AIM in East Africa and the Congo (modern Zaire). AIM was founded in 1895 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by missionary Peter Cameron Scott.

1864 Richard Strauss, composer, was born (d. 8 September 1949).

1888 Maxwell J. Blacker, hymn translator, died (b. 22 May 1822). He was an Anglican priest.

1902 Henry G. Appenzeller, Korean missionary and professor, died in a sea accident (b. 11 February 1858).

1912 David C(harles) Cook III, American evangelical publisher, was born in Elgin, Illinois (d. April 1990). Cook's grandfather, also David C. Cook, was founder and first president of the David C. Cook Publishing Company, now known as Cook Communications Ministries.

1923 Mildred Cable (18781952) and the Chinese Trio leave HwoChow to set out for Central Asia, uncertain what and where the Lord is calling them. Years later they had preached the Gospel to hundreds of cities and villages in the Gobi desert.

1936 The Presbyterian Church of North America was founded in Philadelphia led by J. Gresham Machen (18811937) and others who believed that the United Presbyterian Church had become too liberal. A lawsuit by the parent body forced the group to change its name to the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in 1938.

1950 The first Missouri Synod Lutheran Hong Kong baptism service took place (36 baptized).

1961 The first organizational meeting of the Mississippi Valley Lutheran Deaf Conference was held.