Martin Chemnitz, Pastor and Confessor
Martin Chemnitz (1522–1586),
born on this date, is regarded after Martin Luther as the
most important theologian in the history of the Lutheran
Pope Martin IV (ca. 1220–1285)
Peter III of Aragon (1239–1285).
Johannes M. Meyfart, hymnist, was born at Jena (d.
January 1642). [German
Pope Innocent XII (1615–1700)
ordered the city of
Cervia, Italy, to be rebuilt.
American Congregational clergyman and president of Oberlin
College in Ohio, was born in Vernon, New York (d. 1889).
Elijah P. Lovejoy, American Presbyterian newspaper
editor and abolitionist, was born in Albion, Maine (d. 7
Friedrich Wilhelm Husmann, the first secretary of the
Missouri Synod, was born at Nordel, Hanover, Germany (d. 4
(1784–1885) became the
first Jew to be knighted in England.
1851 Kentucky marshals abducted abolitionist
Calvin Fairbank (1816–1898)
from Jeffersonville, Indiana, and took him to Kentucky to
stand trial for helping a slave escape.
William Crosswell, hymnist, died in Boston,
Massachusetts (b. 7 November 1804).
1865 Henry Ballantine (Ballentine), missionary to
India who helped translate Bible into Marathi, died.
Educated at the University of Ohio and at Princeton, Union
(Virginia) and Andover seminaries, he was sent by the
American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to
India in 1835 and was stationed at Ahmadnagar. Besides
assisting in the translation of the Bible into Marathi, he
also translated and wrote hymns in that language.
J. F. William Moenkemoeller, professor at Concordia
College (Saint Paul, Minnesota), was born in Westphalia,
Germany (d. 9 May 1933).
1889 William August Dobberfuhl was born in
Freistadt, Wisconsin (d. 9 February 1954, Saint Paul,
Minnesota). He graduated from Concordia Seminary (Saint
Louis) in 1913 and served as a pastor in Detroit, Michigan
(1913–1923), where he
was also chairman of the Detroit Pastoral Conference and
secretary of the Michigan District of the Missouri Synod. He
became a professor at Concordia College (Saint Paul) in
1923, where he taught Greek, Latin, Hebrew and German.
Melanchthon Gideon Groseclose Scherer, Lutheran
theologian, died (b. 16 March 1861).
1938 In Nazi Germany the worst campaign of terror
against the Jews by the Third Reich took place. The event
came to be known as the
(“Night of Glass”) because of the thousands of windows that
were broken by Nazi thugs.
1975 The Eastern Shore Lutheran Mission was
dedicated near the historic site of Williamsburg, Virginia.