Pope Damasus I died.
1475 Giovani de Medici, who as
Pope Leo X
excommunicated Martin Luther, was born (d. 1 December 1521).
1518 Swiss Reformer
Huldrych Zwingli (1484–1531)
at the Old Minster Church in Zurich, a position he held for
the remaining thirteen years of his life.
Pietro Accolti, Italian Catholic cardinal who drafted
the papal bull against Martin Luther, died (b. 15 March
1582 Spanish General
Fernando Alvarez de Toledo (also known as the Duke of
Alva) died (b. 29 October 1507).
1640 The “Root
petition with 15,000 signatures was introduced by the
Puritans in the
Parliament in London. It demanded that the English
episcopacy be abolished.
German Roman Catholic priest and hymnist who wrote the words
to "Silent Night," was born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 4
William Schmidt, president of the Lutheran Seminary in
Canton, Ohio, was born in Dunsbach, Wuerttemberg, Germany
(d. 3 November 1839).
1838 C. Samuel Kleppisch was born in Baltimore,
Maryland (d. 19 September 1884, Indianapolis, Indiana). He
graduated from Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis) and served
as a pastor in Holstein, Missouri, and Waterloo, Belleville
and Troy, Illinois. He was also an instructor at Concordia
College (Fort Wayne, Indiana).
William Milligan, Scottish theologian known for his
commentary on the Revelation of Saint John, died (b. 15
1895 American fundamentalist and traveling
was born in Cook County, Texas (d. 29 December 1980).
Oliver R. Harms, seventh president of the Missouri
Synod, was born in Cole Camp, Missouri (d. 3 June 1980).
Lars Olsen Skrefsrud, missionary to India, died (b. 4
February 1840 near Lillehammer, Norway).
Quas Primas encyclical was promulgated by Pope Pius
XI, introducing the
Feast of Christ the King
Horace Newton Allen, Presbyterian medical missionary to
China and Korea and a diplomat, died (b. 23 April 1858).
Council of Church Women was formed.
Pope John Paul II
(1920–2005) visited a
Lutheran church in Rome, becoming the first pope to visit a
Protestant church in his own diocese.