Alfred the Great (b. ca. 849), king of the Saxons, died.
His greatest contributions lay in the area of Christian
education. Alfred understood the importance of maintaining
intellectual links with wider Christendom and assembled an
international band of scholars to translate into English the
fundamental writings of theology, philosophy, history and
Martin Luther initiated
pastoral visitations in the parishes of Electoral
Elector Friedrich III of Palatinate died at Heidelberg
(b. 14 February 1515, Simmern, Germany).
Philip Doddridge, English nonconformist clergyman and
hymnist, died in Lisbon, Portugal (b. 26 June 1702).
Thomas Smart, English sacred music organist and
composer, was born in London, England (d. 6 July 1879,
Elizabeth P. Prentiss, American schoolteacher and poet,
was born in Portland, Maine (d. 13 August 1878, Dorset,
Hartwick Synod was organized in Schoharie, New York.
Norelius, Swedish American Lutheran pioneer and author,
was born in Hassela, Helsingland, Sweden (d. 15 March 1916).
Gotthard Daniel Fritzsche, Australian Lutheran leader,
died (b. 20 July 1797, Saxony).
Theodore Lange, publisher of Die Abendschule
(Louis Lange Publishing Co.), was born in Saint Louis (d. 27
Millar Burrows, American archeologist, was born in
Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1980).
Herbert Oakeley, composer, died (b. 22 July 1830, Ealing,
Francis Pott, hymn translator, died (b. 29 December
1832, Southwark, Surrey, England).
Mahalia Jackson, African American Gospel singer, was
born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 27 January 1972).
1920 The American
Lutheran Publicity Bureau, organized by Synodical
Conference Lutherans, adopted its constitution
“to make known the
teachings, principles, practise, and history of the Lutheran
Church by spreading … literature,”
etc. Owing to the fact that the Lutheran Church was little
known by the American people and also much misunderstood,
and being therefore convinced that the Lutheran Church, its
doctrines and its work, ought to be given more publicity,
the American Lutheran Publicity Bureau was organized in New
York City in 1913 (1914).
The cornerstone was laid for the Clayton campus of
Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis). The event was
transmitted to Saint Louisans via the first broadcast of
Lutheran Radio. During that broadcast, as Francis Pieper
delivered an address in Latin, a biplane flew overhead.
Pieper stopped speaking, and he and the audience looked
skyward to take in the spectacle. The irony of that moment,
bathed in the language of antiquity and the buzz of modern
technology, is etched on a special capstone visible in the
east gable of Wartburg Hall.
Reuben A. Torrey (b. 28 January 1856), American
Congregational evangelist and educator, died.
William Temple (b. 15 October 1881), Archbishop of
1953 The religious drama
This Is the Life was last aired over ABC television
before going into syndication. This half-hour series,
produced by The Lutheran Church—Missouri
Synod, depicted one Christian family’s
attempts to deal with the moral problems of everyday life.
The program first aired in September 1952 over Dumont
television. After 1953 it ran in syndication.
Gordon W. Beckler was appointed as president of Saint John’s
College (Winfield, Kansas).