Saint Boniface IV becomes Pope (ca. 550–615).
Saint Ludmila of Bohemia was murdered at the command of
her daughter-in-law at Tetin (b. ca. 860).
Archbishop of Canterbury, died (b. ca. 1420).
Thomas Wolsey (ca. 1475–1530)
Archbishop of York.
1526 The New Testament was first published in the
1590 Giambattista Catagna was elected as
Pope Urban VII (1521–1590). He
died thirteen days later.
1644 Giambattista Pamfili became
Pope Innocent X (1574–1655),
Pope Urban VIII
Larger and the
Shorter Catechisms used by
Presbyterian congregations were approved by the British
John Floyd, English Jesuit preacher, died (b. 1572).
1729 Fifty-nine families (126 people) of the
Church of the Brethren
(Conservative Dunkers; German Baptist Brethren Church,
Conservative) arrived in Philadelphia after crossing the
Charles Theodore Pachelbel, German composer, organist
and harpsichordist, son of
Johann Pachelbel, died (b. 24 November 1690).
Basel Missionary Society was organized.
HMS Beagle, with
Charles Darwin (1809–1882)
aboard, reached the
John Henry Christian Käppel,
director of Saint Paul's College (Concordia, Missouri) from
1888 to 1925, was born at Cleveland, Ohio (d. 3 February
Antoinette Brown (1825–1921)
became the first woman ordained in America. Her ordination
occurred in the Congregational church in South Butler, New
York. Miss Brown was an 1847 graduate of Oberlin College
before she went on to become its first female theology
Knut Gjerset, American Norwegian Lutheran professor, was
born in Romsdal, Norway (d. 30 October 1936).
founder of the Wisconsin Synod, died (b. 9 August 1804,
Adam Geibel, American sacred music publisher, was born
in Baden, Germany (d. 3 August 1933).
1891 Arnold C. Mueller was born in Punxsutawney,
Pennsylvania (d. 9 November 1980, Saint Louis, Missouri). He
graduated from Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis) in 1914 and
served congregations in Ontario, Pennsylvania and Indiana.
From 1929 to 1932 he served on the Mission Board of the
Central District of the Missouri Synod. From 1933 until 1966
he was the Sunday school editor for the synod in Saint
Luther Alexander Gotwald, American Lutheran theologian
and educator, died (b. 31 January 1833).
1905 Samuel G. Green (b. 1822), English Baptist
preacher, died. He began his career as a pastor in 1844 but
switched to teaching in 1851. He later worked with both the
London Religious Tract Society and the John Rylands Library.
His most important book is the Handbook to the Grammar of
the Greek Testament, written for beginning Greek
1920 In the encyclical “Spiritus
(1854–1922) restated the Catholic
position on Scripture as “composed by men inspired of the
Holy Ghost, has God Himself as its principal author, the
individual authors constituted as His live instruments;
their activity, however, ought not be described as automatic
Eva Burrows, thirteenth Salvation Army General, was
George H. Trabert, hymn translator, died in Minneapolis
(b. 16 October 1843, Learock, Pennsylvania).
Charles H. Gabriel
(b. 18 August 1856), American sacred music composer, died.
1935 In Germany, the
Nuremberg Laws were enacted by the
These regulations deprived Jews of German citizenship and
prohibited intermarriage with Jews. It was also on this date
that Nazi Germany adopted a new national flag featuring the
1952 The European Bible Institute, founded in 1949
by Robert P. Evans, adopted the new name
Greater Europe Mission.
Baptist World Mission
was founded in Chicago, Illinois.
1963 In a racially motivated attack, the
16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, was
bombed, killing four girls.
American Bible Society
published its first edition of Good News for Modern Man,
the New Testament of Today’s English Version of the Bible.
Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury (1945–1961),
died (b. 5 May 1887).
1983 Joseph G. Lavalais, second vice-president of
the Missouri Synod, died (b. 13 September 1913). Lavalais,
pastor of Saint Philip Lutheran Church (Philadelphia) since
1943, was the first African American to be elected to a
vice-presidency in the synod. He had been elected second
vice-president in 1981 and was elected third vice-president
in July 1983. He would have been installed on 25 September.
A 1937 graduate of Immanuel Lutheran Seminary (Greensboro,
North Carolina), he was ordained in 1938 and served a number
of parishes in Alabama. During the 1970s Lavalais chaired
the synod's Black Centennial Committee and served on the
Black Task Force. He was a member of the missionary board of
the former Synodical Conference from 1958 to 1965. In
recognition of his service, Concordia Theological Seminary,
then located at Springfield, Illinois, awarded him an
honorary doctor of divinity degree.
1993 Lorenz A. Buuck died at Fort Wayne, Indiana
(b. 16 July 1905, Van Wert County, Ohio). He graduated from
Concordia Theological Seminary (Springfield, Illinois) in
1930 and served as a missionary to China for many years. He
also served parishes in Arcadia and Noblesville, Indiana;
Garfield and Ormsby, Minnesota; and Mattoon, Wisconsin.
1999 E. George Becker died in Georgetown, Texas
(b. 1923). Becker graduated from Concordia Theological
Seminary (Springfield, Illinois) in 1950 and served parishes
in Arapahoe, Nebraska; Stillwater, Oklahoma (campus
ministry); Rockford, Illinois; College Station, Texas
(campus ministry). He also taught at Concordia College
(Austin, Texas) from 1967 to 1977 and was professor of
sociology and associate dean of arts and sciences at
Concordia Teachers College (Seward, Nebraska) from 1977 to
1987, when he retired. He was student coordinator (1954–1957)
and circuit counselor (1957–1958)
in the Oklahoma District and chairman of the missionary
conference in the Northern Illinois District (1958–1959).
He was a graduate of Saint John’s College (Winfield, Kansas)
and Concordia Teachers College (River Forest, Illinois) and
earned his master of divinity degree from the Springfield
seminary in 1950 and a doctorate from Texas A&M in 1968.
Following his retirement, he served pastorates in Taylor,
Rockdale and Walburg, Texas.