1248 Construction of the Cologne
1464 Pope Pius II,
who attempted to begin a crusade against the Turks, went to
the rendezvous city of Ancona, Italy, fell ill and died on
this day before the rest of his allies arrived (b. 18
François de La Noue, French
Huguenot captain, died (b. 1531, Nantes).
Bartholomäus Ziegenbalg (1682–1719)
dedicated the first Lutheran church in India.
Croft, composer, died at Bath, England (bapt. 30
Samuel Sebastian Wesley, composer, was born in London,
England (d. 19 April 1876).
Wilson, composer, died at Duntocher, Scotland (b. 1766).
Flower Adams, English devotional writer and hymnist,
died in England (b. 22 February 1805).
1880 The Cologne
Cathedral was completed, 623 years to the day after it
1893 Arthur E. Diesing was born in
Detroit, Michigan (d. 28 January 1970, Orlando, Florida). He
graduated from the Missouri Synod’s Addison, Illinois,
teachers seminary in 1912 and later earned a Ph.D. at the
University of Chicago. He served as a teacher in
Carlinville, Quincy and Elgin, Illinois, and as a professor
at his alma mater (which had relocated to River Forest,
Illinois, as Concordia Teachers College—now
Concordia University Chicago) from 1923 to 1957.
1900 Carl Leonard Folke, founder of the
LCMS radio station in Beirut, Lebanon, was born.
1914 Ewald Justus Otto, pastor, was born
(d. 17 July 1987). He graduated from Concordia Seminary
(Saint Louis) in 1939. In 1940 he founded Our Redeemer
Lutheran Church (Quincy, Illinois), where he served as
pastor until his retirement in 1982. He served as chairman
of the Saint Louis seminary’s Board of Control (Regents)
from 1973 to 1986.
1919 The Lutheran
Deaconess Association was organized at Fort Wayne,
Richard C. H. Lenski, Ohio Synod theologian, author of
homiletic expositions and Luther exegete, died (b. 14
September 1864, Greifenberg, Prussia).
1971 John Bajus, Slovak Synod pastor and
hymn translator, died in Norridge, Illinois (b. 5 April
1901, Raritan, New Jersey). He graduated from Concordia
Seminary (Saint Louis) in 1925 and served parishes in
Granite City, West Frankfort, Staunton and Chicago
(Norridge), Illinois. He was first vice-president of the
Slovak Evangelical Lutheran Church from 1949 to 1959 and a
member of its board of directors. He was also the synod’s
archivist from 1949 to 1969, a member of the synod’s
committee for merger with the Missouri Synod, editor of the
Courier, director of the Slovak Lutheran Hour and a
member of the Synodical Conference Hymnology Committee.
1975 Adolph Brux died. In 1923 he went to
India as a missionary to Muslims. Soon after his arrival,
however, he became involved in a controversy because he
joined in prayer with non-Lutheran Christian missionaries
and was recalled to the United States. In 1935 the Missouri
Synod Board of Appeals ruled that he should be allowed to
return to India, but the synod’s foreign mission board
refused to send him. Brux resigned from the ministry and
from the synod. In 1967 the synod resolved in convention to
apologize to Brux.