Athanasius (ca. 293–373) was
elected patriarch bishop of Alexandria.
Lincoln Cathedral in England was consecrated.
hymnist, died (b. 28 November 1532, Frankfurt an der Oder).
1619 The Synod of
Dort, Netherlands, adjourned in the Dutch community of
Dordrecht. Its decisions formed the basis of the Reformed
Church in Holland.
1635 “Oh How Blest Are Ye Whose Toils Are
Ended” was written by
(1605–1659) for the funeral of Job
Lepner, Burgomaster of Koenigsberg, Altstadt.
1707 Church organist
Dieterich Buxtehude died (b. ca. 1637).
Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf, pietist hymnist,
religious and social reformer and bishop of the
Moravian Church, died in Herrnhut (b. 26 May 1700).
John Brown, abolitionist, was born in Torrington,
Connecticut (d. 2 December 1859).
Andrew Murray, missionary to South Africa, was born in
Graaff-Reiner, South Africa (d. 18 January 1917).
1844 William Edward Addis was born at
Edinburgh (d. 1917). He was educated at Glasgow University and Balliol
College, Oxford (B.A., 1866). Originally a member of the
Church of England, he became a convert to the Roman Catholic
Church in 1866 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1872 at
the London Oratory, serving as a parish priest of Sydenham
from 1878 to 1888. In the latter year he renounced the
Catholic faith and became a minister of the Australian
Church, Melbourne, Australia, a non-denominational
institution, where he remained until 1892 when he took a
similar position at High Pavement Chapel, Nottingham. In
1899 he was appointed Old Testament lecturer at Manchester
College, Oxford, and shortly afterward returned to the
Church of England. The college attempted to expel him and to
declare itself officially non-conformist, but the movement
proved illegal, and he continued holding the position. The
hostile attitude of the trustees of Manchester College
prevented him from resuming his work as a priest of the
Church of England. He is author of a number of volumes.
1852 The first plenary council of all
Roman Catholic bishops and archbishops in the U.S. and
territories was held at the Cathedral of Baltimore in
1900 Raymond Edman, Wheaton College
president, was born in Chicago Heights, Illinois. Graduating
from Boston University in 1923, he served as a missionary in
Ecuador until 1928 when illness forced him to return home.
Earning his Ph.D. from Clark University in 1935, he taught
political science at Wheaton College from 1936 to 1940.
Beginning in 1940 Edman served as president of Wheaton
College until he was appointed its first chancellor in 1965.
He traveled widely and wrote over twenty devotional books
before his death in 1967. In addition, he is remembered for
the over two hundred articles he wrote and for editing the
Merrill Dunlop, American sacred music chorister, was
born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 15 June 2002).
Kathryn Kuhlman, 20th Century American faith healer and
evangelist, was born in Concordia, Missouri (d. 20 February
George Brumder, Lutheran publisher and lay leader, died
in Milwaukee (b. 24 May 1839, Alsace, near Strasbourg).
Katherine Hankey (b. 12 January 1834), English social
reformer and hymn writer, died.
1914 President Woodrow Wilson officially
proclaimed the second Sunday in May to be
J. F. William Moenkemoeller, professor at Concordia
College (Saint Paul, Minnesota), died (b. 9 November 1867,
1938 T. P. Wei, the first Missouri Synod
national Chinese pastor, died.
Johann Edmund Seuel, treasurer of the Missouri Synod,
manager of Concordia Publishing House and a Lutheran
Laymen's League founder, died (b. 21 April 1865).
1960 Charles Rosenbury Erdman, American
Presbyterian homiletics and pastoral theology professor who
authored popular commentaries on books of the Bible, died
Ordained in 1891, Erdman served as a pastor in Pennsylvania
until 1905 before becoming professor of practical theology
at Princeton Seminary. He also served as president of the
Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions from 1928 to 1940.