was elected pope, a position he would hold for only a few
weeks (d. 3 January 236).
Gelasius I, the third pope of African origin, died.
missionary scholarly Irish monk, died in Bobbio, Italy (b.
English churchman, historian, controversialist and Bishop of
Ossory, was born (d. November 1563).
Augustus, Elector of Saxony
(1526–1586), called for
one evangelical “corpus
1638 A general assembly at Glasgow (through 20
December) abolished the episcopal form of church government,
adopted the presbyterian form in its place, settled liturgy
and canons and gave final constitutional form to the
Church of Scotland.
Purcell, English organist and composer of church music,
died (b. 10 September 1659).
F. D. E. (Friedrich) Schleiermacher, German
theologian/philosopher, was born in Breslau, Germany (d. 12
Gottlieb C. A. von Harless, German Lutheran theologian,
was born at Nürnberg, Germany (d. 5 September 1879).
John Henry Yates, American clergyman and Gospel song
writer, was born in Batavia, New York (d. 5 September 1900,
Batavia, New York).
1852 The Union Institute was chartered by the
Methodists in Randolph County, North Carolina, as a normal
college. The school was renamed Trinity College in 1859. Its
campus was moved to Durham, North Carolina, in 1892. On
receipt of a $40 million endowment from tobacco magnate
James B. Duke in 1924, Trinity changed its name to
1873 A papal encyclical of
movement, which rejected the papal infallibility decree of
the First Vatican Council.
1877 Henry Grueber was born in Frankenmuth,
Michigan (d. 13 February 1959, Milwaukee). He graduated from
Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis) in 1901 and served as
pastor at Mount Pleasant (1901–1905)
and Saginaw, Michigan (1905–1919),
and Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1919–1948).
He was president of the South Wisconsin District of the
Missouri Synod from 1921 to 1932 and vice-president of the
synod from 1932 to 1947. He also served as the first
chairman of the synod’s
Board for Higher Education from 1932 to 1951.
American journalist and author, was born in Jersey City, New
Jersey (d. 26 July 1987). Bishop gave new life to great
historical moments through his books, including the
chronicle The Day Christ Died
Andreas Schrödel, president of Minnesota District of
the Wisconsin Synod, died (b. 29 January 1851, Neustadt,
Carl Friedrich Wilhelm Hagen, member of the Missouri
Synod Board of Directors, died (b. 30 September 1859,
Sterley, Lauenburg, Germany).
1948 The religious program Lamp unto My Feet
first aired over CBS television. The Sunday morning
broadcast featured programs on cultural as well as religious
themes. It was produced for CBS News by Pamela Ilott and
became one of TV’s
longest-running network shows, airing through January 1979.
Albert John Charles Moeller, president of Saint Paul's
College (Concordia, Missouri), died (b. 6 May 1891, Barnes,
Werner Elert, German Lutheran historian and
systematician, died (b. 19 August 1885).
1962 Ciro Mejia was ordained as the first Lutheran
Church—Missouri Synod Central American pastor.
1964 The third session of the
Second Vatican Council
1984 David Ernesto Fernandez was murdered in El
Salvador. Fernandez served as pastor of ten congregations in
eastern El Salvador that were part of the Salvadoran
Lutheran Synod, a church in partnership with the Missouri