Orlande de Lassus, composer, died (b. ca. 1532).
English Civil War: In the
Battle of Naseby, the main army of
King Charles I was destroyed by the Parliamentarian New
Model Army under
Sir Thomas Fairfax and
Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin
(1852), was born in Litchfield, Connecticut (d. 1 July
William Chatterton Dix, hymnist, was born in Bristol,
England (d. 9 September 1898).
Eliza Agnew, Presbyterian missionary to Ceylon, died in
Manepay, Ceylon (b. 2 February 1807).
Charles Timothy Brooks, hymn translator, died (b. 30
Christian Social Union was founded in England.
Ralph E. Hudson (b. 12 July 1843), American Methodist
clergyman and music publisher, died.
Norwegian Synod of the American Evangelical Lutheran Church
was organized (through June 19) in Lima Creek Church, near
Lake Mills, Iowa.
1936 English author and journalist G. K.
(Gilbert Keith) Chesterton died (b. 29 May 1874).
1945 A School of Missions was initiated at
Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis).
Cardinal József Mindszenty (1892–1975)
ordered church bells tolled throughout Hungary in protest of
the nation's secularization law.
Archbishop Josef Beran (1888–1969)
of Czechoslovakia tried to preach his Corpus Christi sermon
in the Cathedral of Saint Vitus, but Communist agitators
broke it up with catcalls.
1956 President Eisenhower signed a
congressional resolution that added the words “under God” to
Pledge of Allegiance.
1966 The Vatican abolished the
Index of Prohibited Books, established in 1557 by
the Congregation of the Inquisition under Pope Paul IV.
Southern Baptist Convention
passed a resolution opposing the ordination of women for
ministry in the Baptist church. The resolution was made
nonbinding for local congregations and did not apply to
women who had already been ordained for ministry.
1985 A group with alleged links to
TWA Flight 847. LCMS pastor Benjamin C. ("Christian")
Zimmermann, a TWA pilot, was flight engineer on the flight.
Hostage in a Hostage World: Hope aboard Hijacked TWA 847
(Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1985) is his
account of that experience.