(b. ca. 1118), Archbishop of Canterbury, was martyred.
William E. Gladstone, British statesman, was born in
Liverpool, England (d. 19 May 1898, Hawarden, Flintshire,
and secretary of the General Synod, editor and
co-editor of several periodicals, author and poet, was born
in Charlestown, Chester County, Pennsylvania (d. 15 July
Thomas Cotterill, hymnist, died at Sheffield (b. 4
December 1779, Cannock, Staffordshire, England).
Francis Pott, hymn translator, was born in England (d.
26 October 1909, Speldhurst, Kent, England).
Henry Jacob Schuh, president of Capital University
(Columbus, Ohio) and president of the Western District of
the Ohio Synod, was born in Bauernhoff of Maisbach, Germany
(d. 7 September 1934).
The first YMCA
in the U.S. was organized in Boston, Massachusetts.
was organized in Sullivan County, Tennessee. It included
congregations in Tennessee and western Virginia.
Benjamin Kurtz, influential General Synod writer and
editor, died (b. 28 February 1795 at Harrisburg,
Robert Campbell, hymn translator, died at Edinburgh,
Scotland (b. 19 December 1814).
Allen, a Society for Propagating the Gospel missionary
to North China, navy chaplain and writer on mission methods,
was born, in or near Bristol, England (d. 1947).
Philip P. Bliss, religious composer, died in a tragic
railroad accident near Ashtabula, Ohio (b. 9 July 1838).
Christina G. Rossetti, religious poet, died at Saint
Giles, London, England (b. 5 December 1830, Saint Pancras,
Lutheran General Conference
was held in Philadelphia.
1957 Saint Mark Lutheran Chapel, Cha Kwo Ling,
Hong Kong, was dedicated.
Theodore Ferdinand Karl Laetsch, professor at Concordia
Seminary (Saint Louis), died (b. 11 February 1877 at
Rice (b. 11 December 1895), American Baptist evangelist
and editor, died.
1983 Eugene R. Bertermann, veteran churchman and
religious broadcasting pioneer, died in Akron, Ohio (b. 2
September 1914). At the time of his death, he was a member
of the Missouri Synod Board for Mission Services. He had
held membership on that board and its predecessor boards at
various intervals since the mid-1950s. Bertermann also
served as stewardship counselor for the Lutheran Bible
Translators-Messengers of Christ, Inc. He was executive
director of the International Lutheran Laymen’s
League from 1967 to 1971, and his early close involvement
with The Lutheran Hour radio broadcast led to a keen
interest in spreading the Gospel over the airwaves. He began
working with The Lutheran Hour in 1935 and became a
close associate and personal advisor of its speaker, Walter
A. Maier, until Maier’s
death in 1950. He was also instrumental in establishing
Lutheran Hour broadcasting in Japan and Hong Kong and
traveled worldwide on behalf of the program and in
connection with his service on the mission boards of the
synod. From 1959 to 1967 Bertermann served as executive
secretary of Lutheran Television and as executive director
of the Lutheran Church—Missouri
Synod Foundation. In 1971 Bertermann became executive
director of the Far East Broadcasting Co. Under his
administration Far East Broadcasting constructed two
powerful medium-wave facilities in Korea and the
Philippines, significantly increasing the possibilities of
beaming the Gospel into the Orient. From 1957 to 1975 he was
president of the National Religious Broadcasters and was
secretary of its board at the time of his death. He served
on numerous other boards, including Lutheran Braille
Workers, Inc. and Pacific States University, Los Angeles. He
had recently been elected president of Religion in Media. A
graduate of Concordia College (Milwaukee, 1933) and
Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis, 1937), he received both
master's and doctor of philosophy degrees from Washington
University (Saint Louis).