Thorlac Thorhallsson, Iceland's prominent bishop who
insisted on clerical discipline and celibacy, abolished lay
patronage and fought simony, died (b. 1133).
Dubourg, Protestant professor of civil law, died in
Paris, France (b. 1521 in Riom, France). She pleaded in
Parliament for persecuted Protestants and was imprisoned,
hanged and burned on this date.
St. Philip of Moscow
(b. 1507 in Moscow), primate of the Russian Orthodox Church,
was martyred by order of Ivan the Terrible (Ivan IV).
Martin Opitz, hymnist, was born in Bunglau, Silesia (d.
20 August 1639).
John Sigismund, elector of Brandenburg who was educated
as a Lutheran but became Reformed, died (b. 8 November 1572,
Barclay, Quaker theologian, was born at Gordonstown,
Scotland (d. 3 October 1690).
Cotton (b. 4 December 1585), Massachusetts Bay Colony
Jean Francois Champollion, French Egyptologist, was born
at Figeac, France (d. 4 March 1832).
Handley C. G. (Carr Glyn) Moule, Anglican theologian,
was born at Fordington, England.
1845 Ludwig Herman Ilse, composer, was born in
Hanover, Germany (d. 5 December 1931).He was educated at the
Missouri Synod teachers college at Addison, Illinois, and
served as teacher and organist at churches in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania; Chicago, Illinois; Brooklyn, New York; and
Bedford, Ohio. His publications include several choral and
organ books, and he was music editor of the Evangelical
Lutheran Hymn-Book (1912). [The
Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal, comp. W. G. Polack
(Saint Louis: CPH, 1942): 525]
Amos R. Wells, American Christian educator, was born (d.
6 March 1933).
Ernst Henry Engelbrecht, professor at Concordia Teachers
College (River Forest, Illinois), was born at Farmers
Retreat, Indiana (d. 28 February 1944).
1875 Henry Peter Louis Studtmann was born in
Chicago (d. 7 April 1964, Austin, Texas). He was a graduate
of Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis) in 1897 and served as
pastor in Beloit, Wisconsin (1897–1900);
Crowley, Louisiana (1900–1904);
and Riesel, Texas (1904–1926).
He was a member of the Texas District Board of Missions and
editor of Texas-Distriktsbote (1915–1920).
He served as secretary of the Southern District of the
Missouri Synod and secretary, vice-president (1918–1920)
and president (1920–1926)
of the Texas District. He became president of Concordia
College (Austin, Texas) in 1926, where he served until his
retirement in 1949.
Brunner, Swiss dialectical theologian, was born in
Winterthur, Switzerland (d. 6 April 1966, Zurich).
Coggan, Archbishop of Canterbury, was born (d. 17 May
William H. Doane (b. 3 February 1832), American Baptist
businessman and hymn writer, died.
August Otto Wilhelm Pieper, Wisconsin Synod theologian,
died (b. 27 September 1857).
1987 L. Lloyd Behnken died in Altamonte Springs,
Florida (b. 19 August 1921, Houston, Texas). A 1945 graduate
of Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis), Behnken served pastoral
ministries in Springfield and Steeleville, Illinois; Omaha,
Nebraska; and Hollywood, Florida. He was elected as the
first full-time president of the Florida-Georgia District in
1974 and was re-elected in 1978, 1982 and 1985. He was a son
of John W. Behnken, LCMS president from 1935 to 1962.
Clayton Melby, who was instrumental in the founding of
the Missouri Synod's Laborers for Christ (LFC) program, died
in Cortez, Colorado (b. 18 June 1923). He served on the
committee that founded the synodwide LFC in 1984 and was its
counselor from 1989 until 1992. Before his involvement with
the national LFC, Melby was active in the Colorado (now
Rocky Mountain) District LFC, which was the model for the
synodical program. He also served on the district Board of
Directors. Melby was a 1950 graduate of the architecture
school at the University of California, Berkeley. In the
mid-1950s, he founded Montezuma Mortgage and Investment Co.,
of which he was president and CEO at the time of his death.