of Padua, the "hammer of the heretics" and one of the
first Franciscans, died at age thirty-six (b. 15 August
1195, Lisbon, Portugal).
1525 Martin Luther, 42, married former nun
Katherina von Bora, 26 (1499–1552).
This was a "crime" punishable with death according to the
canon law of those days and was seen as a scandal by many.
Their twenty-one-year marriage was blessed with six
children. Kate outlived her husband by only six years.
1529 The enlarged edition of
Luther's Small Catechism was published.
Johann Spangenberg, Lutheran reformer and hymnist, died
(b. 29 March 1484, Hardegsen, near Göttingen, Germany). [German
1757 By decree Pope
Benedict XIV (1675–1758) said
the nations could have the Bible in their own tongues.
1784 Isaac McCoy,
missionary to American Indians, was born near Uniontown,
Fayette County, Pennsylvania (d. 21 June 1846).
John Hunt, missionary to Fiji, was born in Hykeham Moor,
near London (d. 4 October 1848).
Edward Francis Rimbault, church organist, music scholar,
religious composer and publisher of Christmas carols, was
born in London (d. 26 September 1876, London).
David E. Campbell (b. 7 June 1825), missionary to India,
along with his wife and two children, were put to death by
Nana Sahib, a rebel chief.
Karl P. Harrington, American classics scholar, organist
and choir director, was born in Somersworth, New Hampshire
(d. 14 November 1953, Middletown, Connecticut).
Publishing House was established.
1891 Albert Henry Carl Schwermann was born
in Jefferson City, Missouri (d. 10 October 1983, Edmonton,
Alberta, Canada). He was a graduate of Concordia Seminary
(Saint Louis) in 1913 and served as a pastor at Mellowdale,
Wetaskiwin, Brightview and Peace Hill, Alberta. He was
president of Concordia College (Edmonton, Alberta) from 1921
to 1953 and continued on the faculty there until 1963. He
was the first president of the Lutheran Church—Canada.
1893 Anglican novelist and playwright
Dorothy Leigh Sayers is born in Oxford, England (d. 17
1900 Violence began sweeping through
Peking, China, beginning what was to be known as the Boxer
1909 Cyril C. Richardson, English church
historian, was born in London, England. Raised an
Episcopalian, Richardson is best known for his definitive
compilations of early Christian writings.
1918 The Swedish
Augustana Synod refused to enter the United Lutheran
Church in America while meeting in Minneapolis. This synod
was the largest of the synods involved in the pending
merger, which occurred in November of 1918.
1926 The new campus of
Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis) was dedicated in
Clayton, Missouri, at 801 DeMun Avenue.
seminary of the German Lutheran Free Church in
Germany, was dedicated.
Herman O. A. Keinath, professor at Concordia Teachers
College (River Forest, Illinois) died (b. 27 December 1894,
1965 Martin Buber
(b. 8 February 1878), Jewish religious philosopher, died.