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Today in History

August 18

1276 Pope Adrian V (Ottobuono Fieschi) died (b. ca. 1205).

1688 John Bunyan, author of The Pilgrim’s Progress (b. 28 November 1628), preached his last sermon in London. He died on 31 August.

1756 Erdmann Neumeister, hymnist and theologian, died in Hanover (b. 12 May 1671).

1771 John George Schmucker, who helped found the General Synod and the Gettysburg Lutheran seminary, was born in Michelstadt, Germany (d. 7 October 1854).

1841 Jonathan Friedrich Bahnmeier, professor, pastor and hymnist, died at Owen (b. 12 July 1774, Oberstenfeld, Württemberg).

1856 Charles H. Gabriel, American sacred music artist, was born in Wilton, Iowa (d. 15 September 1932, Los Angeles, California).

1856 Ahad (Achad) Ha-am, Jewish thinker and Zionist leader in Ukraine, was born (d. 1927).

1878 The first African American Lutheran church was dedicated in Little Rock, Arkansas.

1922 Marvin R. Vincent (b. 1834), American Presbyterian Bible scholar, died.

1929 The present building of the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary at Thiensville (Mequon), Wisconsin, was dedicated.

1930 Rasmus Andersen, Lutheran cleric, died (b. 23 July 1848).

1944 John Sung, Christian missionary in China and Southeast Asia, died (b. 27 September 1901, Hinghwa, China).

1976 A postage stamp honoring Clara Maass (1876–1901), Lutheran nurse who gave her life in the fight against yellow fever, was issued. Born at East Orange, New Jersey.