John Harvard, English-born clergyman known in the United
States as a Massachusetts clergyman, despite having spent
less than eighteen months of his life in the
Massachusetts Bay Colony, after whom
Harvard University was named, was born (d. 14 September
Henry Dunster, English-American Puritan clergyman and
educator and president of Harvard College, was born (d. 27
William Derham, English minister, writer natural
philosopher and the first man known to measure the speed of
sound, was born (d. 5 April 1735).
The Lutheran Mission to East India was founded.
William Cowper, hymnist, was born at Berkhampstead,
Hertfordshire, England (d. 25 April 1800).
1789 A national
Thanksgiving Day was observed in the United States as
recommended by President
George Washington and approved by Congress.
Sarah Borthwick Findlater, hymn translator, was born in
Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 25 December 1907, Torquay,
Ellen G. White, an American Christian leader whose
prophetic ministry was instrumental in founding the
Sabbatarian Adventist movement that led to the rise of the
Seventh-day Adventist Church, was born (d. 16 July
University of Notre Dame was founded.
Katharine Drexel, Roman Catholic saint who founded the
Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored
People, was born (d. 3 March 1955).
Israel Abrahams, one of the most distinguished Jewish
scholars of his time, was born in London, England (d. 6
October 1925, Cambridge, England).
Edward Higgins, 3rd General of
The Salvation Army, was born (d. 14 December 1947).
Joseph Getchell Binney (b. 1807), Baptist pastor,
George Washington University and American Board
(Congregationalist) missionary to the Karens in Burma, died
on the S. S. Amarakoora near Ceylon while returning
from a furlough.
John Ludwig Krapf, missionary in Eastern Africa, died
(b. 11 January 1810, Derendingen, near Tübingen, Germany).
1883 Evangelist and abolitionist
Sojourner Truth (whose real name was Isabella Van
Wagener) died in Battle Creek, Michigan. Sojourner Truth was
born a slave in New York about 1797.
Joseph Henry Thayer, American New Testament Greek
lexicographer, died (b. 7 November 1828).
Seward Hiltner, an early leader in pastoral psychology,
was born in Tyrone, Pennsylvania (d. 19 November 1984).
August Rohrlack, secretary of the Missouri Synod, died
(b. 27 December 1835 at Neu-Ruppin, Brandenburg, Prussia,
Edward Kremser (b. 10 April 1838, Vienna, Austria),
Austrian chorister, died in Vienna.
Charles M. Schulz, American cartoonist, was born in
Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 12 February 2000).
1926 Louise Rathke, RN, first Missouri Synod
deaconess, sailed for India.
1982 William C. Eifert, full-time executive
secretary in the Alberta-British Columbia District from 1951
to 1969 and district president from 1930 to 1951, died. He
was also active in the Lutheran Laymen's League, including
ten years as branch manager for the Lutheran Hour. A
graduate of Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis), he served a
number of parishes in Alberta.