362 Emperor Julian
the Apostate (331–363) ordered
that all professors and schoolmasters must obtain a license
before teaching, thus excluding Christians from educating
Adeodatus, Bishop of Rome from 672 to 676, died.
Nikolaus Selnecker (1532–1592)
was installed as superintendent at Leipzig.
Charles II (1630–1685) granted
the right to found a Lutheran congregation in England.
Georg Walch, who edited Luther's Works, was born at
Meiningen (d. 13 January 1775).
1700 A Massachusetts law was passed that
allowed three months for any Roman Catholic priest to leave
the colony. If he remained, he would be arrested as "an
enemy to the true Christian religion." If found guilty, he
could be imprisoned for life or executed.
1703 The founder of Methodism, John Wesley,
was born in Epworth, England (28 June 1703 [Gregorian
calendar]; d. 2 March 1791).
Addison, hymnist, died at Holland House, Kensington (b.
1 May 1672, Milston, Wiltshire, England).
1722 The village of Herrnhut was founded
on the land of
Count Ludwig von Zinzendorf (1700–1760)
by Moravian religious refugees, a move that would soon lead
to the reinstitution of the Moravian Church, the Protestant
ecumenical movement and the beginnings of lay missionary
1773 The Orthodox Church in Russia
Catherine’s (1729–1796) edict
of religious freedom.
Selina Hastings, Lady Huntingdon of Wales, died (b. 24
August 1707, Stanton Harold, near Ashby-dela-Zouch,
1812 Pioneer America Baptist missionary Adoniram
Judson (1788–1850) and his
wife, Ann Hasseltine Judson (1789–1826),
first arrived in Calcutta, India.
Charles Gounod, composer, was born in Paris, France (d.
18 October 1893).
Danish Missionary Society was organized.
1822 The first elders were elected in what
later became the
African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Zion Church in New
Matthias Henry Richards, Lutheran professor and editor,
was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 12 December
Conrad Herman Louis Schuette, president of the National
Lutheran Council and hymn writer, was born in Varrel,
Hannover, Germany (d. 11 August 1926).
1846 Iowa College was chartered in
Davenport, Iowa, under the joint sponsorship of the
Congregational and Presbyterian churches. In 1849 the school
moved to Grinnell, Iowa, and was renamed Grinnell
College in 1909.
Wilbur Chapman, U.S. Presbyterian pastor and evangelist,
was born in Richmond, Indiana (d. 25 December 1918, New York
1926 A Mission to the Blind was
established by the LCMS.
1963 Classroom prayer, including
recitation of the Lord's Prayer and Bible verses, and Bible
reading in the public schools were ruled unconstitutional by
the U.S. Supreme Court
in an 8-1 decision.