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Today in History

November 12

607 Pope Boniface III died.

1520 Martin Luthers books were burned at Cologne.

1555 The English Parliament re-established Catholicism.

1560 Caspar Aquila, co-worker of Luther, superintendent at Saalfeld and dean of the collegiate institute at Schmalkalden, died at Saalfeld (b. 7 August 1488, Augsburg).

1562 Pietro Vermigli (Peter Martyr) (b. 8 September 1499), Italian reformer, died.

1615 Richard Baxter, English Puritan clergyman and hymnist, was born at Rowton, Shropshire, England (d. 8 December 1691).

1701 The Carolina Assembly passed the Vestry Act of 1701, making the Church of England the official religion of the Carolina colony. Active opposition by Quakers and other religious Nonconformists who lived there ultimately convinced the proprietors of the colony to revoke the act in 1703.

1779 Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg (1750–1801), son of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, was elected to a full term in the Continental Congress.

1801 Wilhelm Sihler, LCMS co-founder and college president, was born in Bernstadt, near Breslau, Silesia (d. 27 October 1885).

1808 Ray Palmer, American Congregational clergyman and hymnist, was born in Little Compton, Rhode Island (d. 29 March 1887).

1818 Henri Frederick Hemy, English Catholic church organist, was born at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England (d. 10 June 1888, Hartlepool, Cleveland, England).

1852 William Arthur Dunkerly, English Congregational writer and hymnist, was born in Manchester, England (d. 23 January 1941, High Salvington, Worthing, Sussex, England).

1862 Christian Gottlob Barth (b. 1799), founder of the Missionary Society of Wurttemberg and editor of the Calwer Missionsblatt,
died in Calw.

1866 Frederick A. Challinor, English composer, was born in Longton, Staffordshire, England (d. 10 June 1952, Paignton, Devon, England).

1869 Presbyterian churches reunited following the Civil War.

1877 Henry Andrew Koenig was born in Hanover, Germany (d. 11 August 1959, Seward, Nebraska). He graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary (Springfield, Illinois) in 1906 and served as a pastor in Williamsburg (19061913) and Webster City, Iowa (19131923). He was a professor at Concordia Teachers' College (Seward, Nebraska) from 1923 to 1948, when he retired but continued on modified service until 1958. He gave the school the Henry A. Koenig Art Collection and hundreds of library books. He served as archivist of the Southern Nebraska District and helped organize its Walther League. In 1953 he was awarded an honorary Litt.D. degree.

1886 Paul Frederick Bente was born in Gasline, Ontario, Canada (d. 4 September 1957, Bowling Green, Ohio). The son of Dr. Frederick Bente, he graduated from Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis) in 1911. He was a professor at Clifton Lutheran College (Clifton, Texas) from 1911 to 1914 and pastor at Emmanuel (Baltimore, Maryland) from 1914 to 1920. He earned an M.A. degree from Columbia University in 1925 and served as a professor at Concordia College (Fort Wayne) from 1921 to 1957. He was assistant secretary for synodical conventions from 1920 through 1956 and contributed to The Abiding Word, Service Prayer Book, Missouri Synod sermonic literature and The Lutheran Witness.

1932 Edmond L. Budry (b. 30 August 1854), hymnist, died.

1950 La Santa Cruz Lutheran Church, Monterrey, Mexico, was dedicated.