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Today in History

July 24

1580 Frederick II of Norway and Denmark (1534–1588) barred the Formula of Concord from his realm.

1617 Caspar Füger, hymnist, died at Dresden (b. ca. 1561).

1725 John Newton, Anglican clergyman and hymn writer, was born in London, England (d. 21 December 1807, London).

1819 Josiah G. Holland, American writer and hymnist, was born in Belchertown, Massachusetts (d. 12 October 1881, New York).

1825 Franz Julius Biltz, president of the Western District of the Missouri Synod and a founder of Saint Paul’s College (Concordia, Missouri), was born in Mittel-Frohna, Saxony (d. 19 November 1908).

1828 Albert Friedrich Hoppe, editor of the Saint Louis edition of Luther’s Works, was born in Rostock, Mecklenburg, Germany (d. 31 May 1911, Saint Louis).

1859 Friedrich Wilhelm Barthel, first treasurer of the Missouri Synod, died (b. 2 April 1791).

1870 John Pelikán, Slovak pastor, Slovak Evangelical Lutheran Church president and writer, was born.

1887 Karl Friedrich Kremmer, missionary to India, died (b. 8 September 1817, Schmalkalden, Germany).

1890 The German Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Nebraska was organized by the some German-speaking pastors of the General Synod's Nebraska Synod.

1896 Elias Bond, missionary to Hawaii, died.

1904 Robert Manthey Zorn was born in South Euclid, Ohio (d. 11 September 1984). He graduated from Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis) in 1928 and served in India as a missionary, professor, dean and president of Concordia Seminary, Nagercoil, and as general secretary of the India Mission.

1921 C. I. (Cyrus Ingersoll) Scofield, editor of the Scofield Reference Bible and defender of dispensational premillennialism, died in Douglaston, New York (b. 19 August 1843).

1999 Andrew A. Melendez Sr. died in suburban Chicago, Illinois (b. 29  December 1902). He was a broadcasting pioneer, Hispanic Lutheran pastor, editor and writer. From 1941 to 1972 he was speaker on the Spanish Lutheran Hour. In 1977 Concordia College (Seward, Nebraska) awarded him a doctor of letters degree.