Saint Matthias, Apostle
303 The last official Roman edict for
the persecution of Christians was published by Roman Emperor
Galerius Valerius Maximianus (ca. 250–311).
∆thelberht of Kent, the first
Christian English king and instigator of the first written
code of British law, died (b. ca. 560).
1208 Francis of Assisi (1182–1226)
experienced a vision in the church of Portunicula, Italy,
that convinced him to begin a mission of preaching
repentance, singing, caring for lepers and aiding the
1500 Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor during the
days of the Reformation, was born at Ghent in Flanders (d.
21 September 1558).
1509 Pope Julius II (1443–1513)
issued a papal bull condemning the practice of dueling.
Clement VII (1478–1534) crowned
as Holy Roman Emperor at Bologna following their
1582 A commission working under Pope Gregory XIII (1502–1585)
at the papal Villa Mondragone completed its reform of the
Johannes Clauberg, German theologian and philosopher,
was born (d. 31 January 1665).
1693 Johann Jakob Rambach, Lutheran theologian
and hymnist, was born in Halle (d. 19 April 1735).
1734 Johann Mentzer, hymnist, died at Chemnitz,
near Bernstadt, Saxony (b. 27 July 1658 at Jahmen [or Jahma],
near Rothenburg, Silesia). [German
1816 William H. Havergal (1793–1870),
composer, took holy orders in the Anglican church.
1839 In Saint Louis, according to
official minutes, the entire Saxon immigrant company through
its representatives, headed by Pastors Loeber, Keyl, O. H.
Walther, C. F. W. Walther and E. M. Buerger, declared and
published a request that “his
Reverence” (Martin Stephan)
institute an episcopal form of church government and that he
accept the office of the first apostolic Lutheran bishop.
Junius Benjamin Remensnyder, president of the General
Synod, was born near Staunton, Virginia (d. 2 January 1927).
1862 Bernhard S. Ingemann, hymnist, died in
Denmark (b. 28 May 1789, Thor Kildstrup, Falster Island,
1874 John Bachmann, president of the General
Synod, died at Charleston, South Carolina (b. 4 February
1885 Anson Gleason, missionary to the Choctaw,
Mohegan and Senaca Indians, died (b. 2 May 1797, Manchester,
1886 Samuel Wolcott (b. 2 July 1813), American
Congregational clergyman and missionary, died.
1930 Famed American clergyman and Bible
Henry (Harry) A. Ironside (1876–1951),
was called to become pastor at the Moody Memorial Bible
Church in Chicago. Ironside accepted the call and served at
Moody from 1930 to 1948. Better known for his evangelistic,
radio and writing ministries, this was Ironside's only
1964 Walter Wayne Oetting, professor at
Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis), died (b. 25 April 1929,
1966 Henry Frederick Wind, executive secretary
of the LCMS Department of Social Welfare, died (b. 2 January
1891, Millard, Nebraska).
2000 Radio station KFUO,
owned and operated by the Missouri Synod, won a “Gold Angel”
award at the 23rd annual “International Angel Awards”
ceremony held in Hollywood, California. The award is the
highest honor bestowed by Excellence in Media, a
Hollywood-based organization devoted to promoting morality
in film, television, video, radio and print.