Hermann Bonnus, reformer and hymnist, died (b. 1504). [German
1640 Johann Michael Altenburg, hymnist, died in
Erfurt (b. 27 May 1584).
1663 Cotton Mather, colonial American
theologian and Congregational minister, was born in Boston
(d. 13 February 1728).
1667 Bartholomäus Crasselius, hymnist, was born at Wernsdorf, near Glaucha,
Saxony (d. 10 November 1724). [German
Convention Parliament was convened to determine if
James II (1633–1701), the last
Roman Catholic king of England, had vacated the throne when
he fled to France in 1688.
Benjamin Schmolck, German Lutheran clergyman and
hymnist, died at Schweidnitz, Silesia (b. 21 February 1672,
Brauchitschdorf, near Liegnitz).
1739 Johann Anastasius Freylinghausen,
composer, died (b. 2 December 1670, Gandersheim, Brunswick).
1776 Richard Mant, hymnist, was born in
Southampton, England (d. 2 November 1848).
Franz Joseph Haydn's (1732–1809)
tune AUSTRIAN HYMN, originally composed for the national
anthem of Austria, was first performed for the Emperor
Francis II’s fifth birthday.
“Glorious Things of Thee Are
Spoken” is sung to this tune.
1818 Henry Downton, hymnist, was born at
Pulverbatch, Shropshire, England (d. 8 June 1885).
Johann Michael Gottlieb Schaller, professor of church
history at Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis), was born at
Kirchenlamitz, Bavaria (d. 19 November 1887).
Friedrich Schleiermacher (b. 21 November 1768), German
theologian and philosopher, died.
Martin C. Barthel, first manager of Concordia Publishing
House, was born (d. 26 February 1899).
1843 Joseph Hardy Neesima, missionary to Japan,
was born in Yedo (Tokyo), Japan (d. 23 January 1890).
Ludwig Christian Kavel, Lutheran immigrant leader to
Australia, died (b. 3 September 1798, Berlin).
1865 Presbyterian minister and militant
abolitionist Henry Highland Garnet (1815–1882)
became the first African-American to address the U. S. House
1877 Henry Williams Baker, hymn author,
translator and composer, died (b. 27 May 1821).
1878 Alexander Duff, first missionary of the
Church of Scotland to India (landed there in 1830), died at
Edinburgh, Scotland (b. 15 April 1806).
1915 Fanny Crosby (b. 24 March 1820), the famed
Gospel songwriter who lost her sight at the age of six
William Roscoe Estep, Baptist historian and professor
and an authority on the
Anabaptist movement, was born (d. 14 July 2000).
1952 The Roman Catholic religious
program Life Is Worth Living debuted on Dumont
television. Hosted by Bishop
Fulton J. Sheen
(1895–1979) and televised Tuesday
nights, it became the longest-running religious TV series of
its era, lasting until 8 February 1957.
Westfield House, Cambridge, England, was dedicated.
(b. 1900), American Jewish archeologist, died.