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Today in History

August 30

1526 The first battle of Mohács ended with the Turks threatening Europe.

1563 Wolfgang Musculus, Reformed theologian and hymnist, died (b. 8 September 1497, Dieuze, Lorraine). [German Wikipedia article]

1637 American colonial religious leader Anne Hutchinson (15911643) was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, having been charged with traducing the ministers and the ministry.

1742 Ambrose Serle, hymnist, was born in Great Britain (d. 1 August 1812).

1820 George Frederick Root, American chorister and composer of sacred music, was born in Sheffield, Massachusetts (d. 6 August 1895).

1840 Edmund Bohm, director of Concordia College (Bronxville, New York), was born in Allstedt, Germany (d. 24 December 1895).

1842 The Rhenish Mission in South Africa opened.

1850 The Lutheran Indian mission chapel at Sheboyank, Michigan, was dedicated.

1852 Franklin Pierce Manhart, president of the General Council, was born in Catawissa, Pennsylvania (d. 13 September 1933).

1852 Hans Joergen S. Astrup, missionary to Africa, was born in Grue, Solor, Norway (d. 18 May 1939).

1854 Edmond Louis Budry, hymnist, was born (d. 12 November 1932).

1856 Wilberforce University was founded in western Ohio by the Methodist Episcopal Church. It was the second institution of higher learning in the U.S. to be established for African Americans.

1874 Ira Allen Sankey, son of D. L. Moody’s famous song evangelist Ira D. Sankey, was born (d. 30 December 1915).

1883 Friedrich Schmid(t), pioneer Michigan pastor, died (b. 6 September 1807, Dalddorf, Württemberg).

1889 Johann Georg Kunz, organist and composer, died (b. 8 March 1824).

1896 F. W. Schulze preached his first sermon in London, England, as a missionary from the Missouri Synod.

1900 Franklin Clark Fry, president of the Lutheran Church in America, was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (d. 6 June 1968).

1901 Martin Justus Naumann, Evangelical Free Church of Saxony pastor and professor at Concordia Theological Seminary (Springfield, Illinois), was born in Glenwood City, Wisconsin (d. 30 March 1972).

1901 John Diederich Lankenau, American Lutheran businessman and philanthropist, died (b. 18 March 1817, Bremen, Germany).

1985 Gerhardt Wilfred Hyatt died in Arlington, Virginia. He graduated from Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis) in 1944 and served as a pastor in Raleigh, North Carolina. Entering the military chaplaincy, he rose to become deputy chief of chaplains and then chief of chaplains of the U.S. Army. He also served the Missouri Synod on the staff of the LCMS Foundation, as president of Concordia College (Saint Paul, Minnesota), as assistant to the LCMS president, as an LCMS vice-president and as director of the synod’s Forward in Remembrance fundraising appeal.