1525 Martin Luther introduced the German liturgy
at the city church of Wittenberg. It was the first
completely German mass, instituted after insistent calls for
an order of service in German.
Andreas Hammerschmidt (b. 1611 or 1612, Brüx [Most],
Bohemia), composer, died at Zittau.
Joseph Grigg, hymnist, died at Walthamstow, Essex,
England (b. ca. 1720, probably London, England).
Abraham Kuyper, Dutch Calvinist theologian and
statesman, was born near Rotterdam, Holland (d. 8 November
Philipp Friedrich Adolph Theodor Spaeth, president of
the General Council, was born in Esslingen, Wuerttemberg,
Germany (d. 25 June 1910).
1846 The practical seminary at Fort Wayne,
Indiana, which developed into the current
Concordia Theological Seminary in that city, opened.
Kristian Anker, American Danish Lutheran leader, was
born in Odense, Denmark (d. 16 November 1928).
E. O. Sellers, American Baptist music evangelist and
educator, was born in Hastings, Michigan (d. 19 October
1952, Eola, Louisiana).
Frederic L. Godet
(b. 1812), Swiss Reformed theologian, died.
A. B. (Albert) Simpson (b. 15 December 1843), founder of
the Christian and Missionary Alliance, died.
1930 The organizational meeting for the
American Lutheran Conference began.
Knut Gjerset, Norwegian American Lutheran professor,
died (b. 15 September 1865).
Anna Belle Russell (b. 21 April 1862), active American
Methodist lay person and hymnist, died.
1967 The Lutheran Church of All Nations, Hong
Kong, was dedicated.
LCMS missionaries Dennis Hilgendorf and John Stelling were
evacuated from Beirut, Lebanon.
1977 The Lutheran Church—Hong
Kong Synod voted unanimously to apply for membership in the
Lutheran World Federation.