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July 13

1105 Rashi (b. 22 February 1040), medieval Jewish Bible scholar, died.

1519 The second session of the Leipzig Debate between Johann Eck (14861543) and Martin Luther closed.

1520 A riot broke out among Wittenberg University students, which Luther blamed on inflammatory remarks by the university rector, Peter Burkhard. Luther was present at the meeting addressed by the rector but left when he saw “that Satan was presiding over the meeting.” Rivalry between the students and members of the local painters guild had led to violent clashes between the two groups already in February of 1520.

1521 Luther’s writings were burned at Antwerp.

1698 The first Lutheran orphanage was founded by August Hermann Francke in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.

1760 John Conrad Weiser Jr., Lutheran Indian agent, died (b. 2 November 1696).

1766 Maria Salome Muhlenberg, daughter of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, was born (d. 13 March 1827). She married Matthias Richards (17581830), a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania from 1807 to 1811. Their son John William Richards (18031854) was prominent in the Pennsylvania Ministerium.

1769 Thomas Kelly, Irish Episcopal clergyman and hymnist, was born in County Queen’s, Ireland (d. 14 May 1855).

1782 Samuel Howard, composer, died in London (b. 1710).

1796 Gustavus Seyffarth, Egyptologist and professor at Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis), was born in Uebigau, Saxony, Germany (d. 17 November 1885).

1813 Adoniram Judson (17881850), missionary and Bible translator, arrived in Burma.

1817 Carl August Wilhelm Röbbelen, professor at the Missouri Synod’s Fort Wayne practical seminary, was born in Föhrste, near Alfeld, Hannover, Germany (d. 20 September 1866).

1824 C. H. F. Frincke (Fricke), the first home missionary of the Missouri Synod, was born in Bundheim, Brunswick (d. 5 June 1905).

1845 Heinrich H. Succop, Chicago pastor, president of the Illinois District, and vice-president of the Missouri Synod, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (24 December 1919).

1847 Christian Johann Albrecht, president of the Minnesota Synod and active in the formation of the Joint Synod of Wisconsin and Other States in 1892, was born in Eschenau, Wuerttemberg (d. 10 July 1924).

1848 Theophilus Martin Konrad Mees, Ohio Synod professor, was born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 25 July 1923).

1854 Edmund Simon Lorenz, American sacred composer, was born (d. 10 July 1942).

1886 Father Edward Flanagan, Roman Catholic parish priest and organizer of Boys’ Town in Nebraska for homeless boys, was born in Roscommon, Ireland (d. 15 May 1948).

1890 Lawrence B. Meyer was born in Richton, Illinois (d. 29 June 1977). He was educated at Concordia College (Milwaukee) and graduated from Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis) in 1917. Meyer served in the China mission field from 1917 to 1926. He went on to serve as director of missionary education and publicity for the Missouri Synod from 1926 to 1950, as synodical planning counselor from 1950 to 1961, as a consultant to the synodical Board of Directors from 1961 to 1963 and from 1963 on as assistant to the director of the Faith Forward special offering. From 1940 to 1950 he also served as executive director of the Emergency Planning Council and acted as a representative of the Board of Directors at other synodical functions, such as the Coordinating Committee, the Board for Higher Education, the College of Presidents and the Board for European Affairs. Meyer was the editor of the Clergy Bulletin beginning in 1936. He authored various tracts and pamphlets, most of which were related to missions. He also attended the Bad Boll conferences from 1948 to 1950.

1912 Johannes Flierl (18581947), missionary to New Guinea for forty-four years, arrived at Fischhafen, New Guinea.

1965 Paul Edward Kretzmann, theologian and author, died (b. 24 August 1883).

1979 Martin E. Strieter, treasurer of the Missouri Synod, died in Moline, Illinois.