1519 Martin Luther returned to Wittenberg
1525 Following the defeat of
King Francis I of France (1494–1547)
Charles V (1500–1558), Holy
Roman Emperor, in January 1526, the emperor urged Catholic
rulers to exterminate the Lutheran heresy.
Jacob Fabricius, hymnist, was born (d. 1654).
1624 George Fox,
founder of the Society of Friends, was born (d. 13 January
John Campanius (1601–1683),
Swedish-American Lutheran pastor, was ordained.
Winslow (1595–1655), governor
of the Plymouth Colony, helped organize the Society for
Propagating the Gospel in New England.
1692 In the Massachusetts Colony
of Salem, five women were convicted and hanged for
witchcraft: Sarah Good, Sarah Wildes, Elizabeth Howe,
Rebecca Nourse and Susannah Martin (in the preceding month,
Bridget Bishop became the first Salem resident executed for
1825 The American Unitarian Association
was founded by members of the liberal wing of the
Congregational churches in New England. The movement was
inspired by a sermon preached in 1819 by William Ellery
Channing in Boston. In 1961 the organization changed its
name to the
Unitarian Universalist Association after merging with
Engle, pioneer missionary, was born (d. 3 April 1900). In 1898 he led the
first party of five missionaries to Africa under the
sponsorship of the Brethren in Christ Missions.
Evans (b. 25 December 1766), Welsh Baptist preacher,
1848 More than three hundred men and women
assembled in the Wesleyan Chapel at Seneca Falls, New York,
first formal convention to discuss “the social, civil,
and religious condition and the rights of women.” The event
has been called the birthplace of the women’s rights
Kelly, hymn translator, died on a visit to Graemer,
Scotland (b. 5 October 1833).
1904 Construction began on the
Liverpool Cathedral in England. The work was completed
and the cathedral consecrated twenty years later, on this
same date in 1924.
Paul Rader (b. 26 August 1879), American evangelist,
2003 Bill Bright,
founder and president of Campus Crusade for Christ, died (b.
19 October 1921).