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Today in History

July 2

862 Saint Swithin died.

1489 Thomas Cranmer, first Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury and a crucial figure in the English reformation, was born in Aslockton, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 21 March 1556).

1613 Johann Major (15641654) preached at Jena about a natural disaster that took place on 29 May 1613. The sermon was later printed with the hymn “Alas, My God, My Sins Are Great” attached to it.

1636 French Jesuit Isaac Jogues (16071646) arrived in Quebec. He and fellow Jesuit missionary Jean de LaLande were martyred at the Mohawk village of Ossernenon (presently Auriesville, New York) on 18 October 1646. Jogues, LaLande and six other martyrs were canonized in 1930 and are known as “the North American Martyrs.”

1644 Abraham a Sancta Clara, monastic name by which German preacher Ulrich Megerle is usually known, was born at Kreenheinstetten, Baden (d. 1 December 1709).

1700 Gloria Dei Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was dedicated.

1746 Hartnack Otto Konrad Zink, composer, was born in Husum (d. 15 February 1832).

1778 Jean-Jacques Rousseau (b. 28 June 1712), French philosopher, died.

1813 Samuel Wolcott, American Congregational missionary and clergyman, was born (d. 24 February 1886).

1833 “Tender Shepherd, Thou Hast Stilled” was written for the funeral on 5 July of Johann Wilhelm Meinhold’s (17971851) 15-month-old son.

1865 The Salvation Army was founded.

1868 Wilhelm Friedrich Henkel, Wisconsin Synod professor, was born at Brandenburg, Germany (d. 5 July 1929).

1894 Herman Amberg Preus, Norwegian Lutheran leader in America and president of the Synodical Conference, died (b. 16 June 1825).

1916 Arthur H. Messiter, composer, died (b. 12 April 1834).

1918 Washington Gladden (b. 11 February 1836), American Congregational clergyman, died.

1941 The Missouri Synod began missionary work in Monterrey, Mexico.

1973 Walter E. Buszin, professor of music, died (b. 4 December 1899).

1997 Patrick Ferry, a history professor at Concordia University Wisconsin (Mequon) since 1991, was elected as the university's eighth president.