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Today in History

December 26

Saint Stephen, Martyr

1065 The first building of Westminster Abbey in England was dedicated.

1356 Emperor Charles IV (13161378) issued the famous Golden Bull, the constitution of the Holy Roman Empire until 1806.

1490 Friedrich Myconius, reformer in Thuringia, was born at Lichtenfels, Upper Franconia, North Bavaria (d. 1546).

1769 Ernst Moritz Arndt, professor at Greifswald and Bonn and rector at Bonn, also a hymnist, was born (d. 29 January 1860).

1822 Richard Francis Weymouth, English Baptist philologist, was born in Plymouth Dock, Devonshire, England (d. 1902).

1836 Hans G. Nageli (b. 26 May 1773), Swiss pioneer music educator and composer, died.

1838 Wake Forest College was chartered in Wake Forest, North Carolina. It was founded under Baptist auspices in 1834.

1900 J. A. F. W. Mueller, the first graduate of the Missouri Synod log cabin college in Perry County, Missouri, died in Chester, Illinois (b. 29 October 1825).

1910 Gustav Adolf Warneck, German writer on missions, died (b. 1834).

1968 Kenneth Scott Latourette (b. 6 August 1884), American Baptist church historian, died.

1971 Erhardt Albert Henry Riedel, missionary and professor in China and Taiwan, died (b. 12 June 1889 at Lincoln, Illinois).