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October 13

1307 All Knights Templar in France were simultaneously arrested by agents of Phillip the Fair of France (12681314), to be tortured later into “admitting” heresy.

1562 Claudin de Sermisy, composer, died (b. ca. 1490).

1605 Theodore Beza (b. 24 June 1519), French-born Swiss Reformer, died.

1759 John Henley, English clergyman, commonly known as “Orator Henley,” died (b. 3 August 1692).

1781 The Patent of Toleration for Austro-Hungarian Evangelicals was issued by Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II of Austria (1741-1790). It suppressed persecution and torture and gave an opportunity to all citizens to register themselves.

1825 Henry Stephen Cutler, American sacred music chorister and composer, was born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 5 December 1902, Boston, Massachusetts).

1834 In the Hour of Trial was written by James Montgomery (17711854).

1836 Theodor Fliedner (1800–1864), founder of an institution of deaconesses, opened the first Protestant deaconess house at Kaiserswerth.

1843 In New York City, Henry Jones and eleven others founded B'nai B'rith (the oldest Jewish service organization in the world).

1849 Alexander M. Mackay, missionary to Uganda, was born in Rhynie, Scotland (d. 4 February 1890).

1873 Louis Berkhof, Dutch Reformed theologian, was born in Holland (d. 1957).

1877 English devotional writer Frances Ridley Havergal (18361879) penned the words to the hymn Who Is on the Lord's Side?

1882 Joseph Paul Klausler, president of the North Dakota/Montana District of the LCMS, was born in Lyon County, Minnesota (d. 12 September 1941). He graduated from Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis) in 1905 and served as a pastor in Kulm and Hankinson, North Dakota. He became president of the district in 1924.

1922 The first classes were held at Alabama Lutheran Academy (later Concordia College, Selma, Alabama).

1934 Theodore Baker (b. 3 June 1851), German-born American musicologist and biographical scholar, died.