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Today in History

October 19

1562 George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury, was born in Guildford, England (d. 5 August 1633).

1568 Johann Aurifaber, reformer and theologian, died at Breslau (b. 30 January 1517, Breslau). [German Wikipedia article]

1609 Jacobus Arminius (aka Jacob Arminius, James Arminius, and his Dutch name Jacob Harmenszoon), a Dutch theologian and professor in theology at the University of Leiden, died (b. 10 October 1560).

1649 Samuel Rodigast, hymnist, was born in Groehen, near Jena (d. 29 March 1708, Berlin, Germany).

1680 John Abernethy, Irish Presbyterian church leader, was born at Brigh, County Tyrone (d. 1 December 1740).

1720 John Woolman, itinerant American Quaker preacher, was born in Rancocas, New Jersey (d. 7 October 1772).

1744 English revivalist George Whitefield (1714–1770) arrived at York, Maine, at the start of his second visit from England to America.

1747 David Brainerd, missionary among American Indians, died at Northampton, Massachusetts (b. 20 April 1718).

1838 Claudia Frances Hernaman, hymn translator, was born at Addlestone, Surrey, England (d. 10 October 1898).

1893 Erland Carlsson, president of the Augustana Synod, died (b. 24 August 1822, Suletorp, Smaaland, Sweden).

1893 John Livingston Nevius, Presbyterian missionary to China, died (b. 4 March 1829, near Ovid, New York).

1902 William O. Cushing (b. 31 December 1823), American Christian clergyman and hymn writer, died.

1921 Bill Bright, founder and president of Campus Crusade for Christ, was born (d. 19 July 2003).

1952 E. O. Sellers (b. 29 October 1869), American Baptist music evangelist and educator, died.

1980 Julius Jenkins was installed as president of Alabama Lutheran Academy and College (now Concordia College, Selma, Alabama).

1993 F. Wilbur Gingrich, American Evangelical United Brethren (United Methodist) New Testament scholar and translator of the  Bauer-Danker Greek lexicon, died at Reading, Pennsylvania (b. 27 September 1901, Annville, Pennsylvania).