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Today in History

November 25

1493 Blessed Osanna of Cattaro (also Hosanna, known in Croatian as Ozana Kotorska), a Catholic Montenegrin Dominican tertiary, visionary, anchoress and convert from Greek Orthodoxy, was born (d. 27 April 1565).

1520 Philipp Melanchthon (14971560), at the urging of Martin Luther and other Reformers, married Katharina Krapp, the daughter of the mayor of Wittenberg.

1550 Hans Staden (ca. 15251579), Lutheran, arrived at Bay of Paraguay in Brazil.

1554 Martin Chemnitz (15221586) was ordained by Johannes Bugenhagen at Wittenberg.

1697 Gerhard Tersteegen, German hymnist, was born at Meurs, Rhenish Prussia (d. 3 April 1769).

1742 Henry Melchior Muhlenberg (17111787) arrived in Philadelphia via Charleston, South Carolina.

1742 In New York colonial churchman David Brainerd (17181747) was examined and approved as a missionary to the New England Indians by representatives of the Scottish Society for the Propagating of Christian Knowledge (SPCK).

1748 Isaac Watts, hymnist, died (b. 17 July 1674).

1787 Franz Gruber, German teacher, church organist and composer, was born in Hochburg, Upper Austria (d. 7 June 1863).

1820 English poet and Oxford Movement leader John Keble (17921866) penned the words to the hymn Sun of My Soul.

1838 The first Lutheran divine service took place in Australia.

1838 Stephan A. Repass, president of the Lutheran theological seminary at Salem, Virginia, from 1873 to 1884, was born in Wytheville, Virginia (d. 2 June 1906).

1846 Carry A. (Amelia) Nation, American temperance leader, was born in Garard County, Kentucky (d. 9 June 1911).

1851 The first YMCA in North America was organized in Boston, Massachusetts.

1854 John Kitto (b. 1804), English writer, died.

1873 Clarence Valentine Sheatsley, American Lutheran Church mission executive, was born in Paris, Ohio (d. 19 January 1943).

1877 William H. Bathurst, Anglican clergyman and hymnist, died at Lydney Park, England (b. 28 August 1796).

1881 Angelo Roncalli was born in Sotto il Monte, Italy (d. 3 June 1963). In 1958 he become Pope John XXIII.

1883 George Linn Kieffer, National Lutheran Council statistician and reference librarian, was born near Millersburg, Pennsylvania (d. 25 April 1937).

1899 Robert Lowry (b. 12 March 1826), American Baptist clergyman and hymnist, died.

1900 Willibald Beyschlag (b. 5 September 1823, Frankfurt am Main, Germany), German evangelical theologian, died in Halle (Saale). [German Wikipedia article]

1906 Immanuel Lutheran Hospital, Mankato, Minnesota, was dedicated.

1934 George Miligan (b. 1860), Scottish Bible scholar, died. He taught at Glasgow University from 1910 to 1932. In 1926 he was elected the first chairman of the Scottish Sunday School Union. Miligan published many books and articles on biblical languages. His most important contribution to New Testament scholarship is The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament (19141929), which he co-edited with J. H. Moulton.

1956 Ludwig H. Köhler (b. 1880), German reformed Semitics scholar, died.

1997 Donald Deffner, professor at Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis), Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (Berkeley, California) and Concordia Theological Seminary (Fort Wayne, Indiana), died in Moraga, California.