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Today in History

October 24

1260 The Cathedral of Chartres was dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX of France (12151270).

1531 Bavaria joined the Schmalkaldic League, a defensive alliance of Lutheran nobility.

1617 Joshua Stegmann (1588–1632), hymnist, received a D.D. degree from Wittenberg.

1648 The end of the Thirty Years' War came with the Peace of Westphalia.

1669 William Prynne, a seventeenth-century author, polemicist and political figure and a prominent Puritan opponent of the church policy of the Archbishop of Canterbury William Laud (15731645), died (b. 1600).

1683 Germans settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania.

1826 Ann Hasseltine Judson, wife of Burma missionary Adoniram Judson, died (b. 22 December 1789).

1852 Friedrich Richter, president of Wartburg Seminary (Dubuque, Iowa) and the Iowa Synod, was born in Riesa, Saxony, Germany (d. 18 October 1934).

1875 Jacques Paul Migne (b. 25 October 1800), French priest who published inexpensive and widely distributed editions of theological works, encyclopedias and the texts of the Church Fathers, died.

1885 James R. Woodford, hymnist, died (b. 30 April 1820, Henley-on-Thames, England).

1917 The General Council approved plans to merge with the General Synod and the United Synod in the South to form the United Lutheran Church in America. The merger took place in 1918.

1932 Palmer Hartsough (b. 7 May 1844), American sacred music chorister, died.

1938 D. Dyriam was ordained as the first native Lutheran pastor in Ceylon (Sri Lanka).

1956 In Syracuse, New York, Margaret Ellen Towner became the first woman to be ordained in the Presbyterian Church.

1958 Martin F. Shaw (b. 9 March 1875), English sacred music organist, died.

1963 Theodore Hoyer, professor at Saint John’s College (Winfield, Kansas) and Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis), died (b. 22 August 1883, Spring Valley, Kansas).

1966 William Frederick Henry Beck, editor at Concordia Publishing House and author, died (b. 28 August 1904).