Lutheran in History

Historical Events

  • 0939-10-02 Battle at Andernach: King Otto & Hermann of Zwaben beat Eberhard of France & Giselbert of Lutherans
  • 1101-12-25 Henry I of Limburg becomes Duke of Lower Lorraine
  • 1106-05-13 Henry I of Limburg loses the duchy of Lower Lorraine to Godfrey of Louvain
  • 1521-04-07 Inquisitor-general Adrian Boeyens bans Lutheran books
  • 1525-05-17 Battle at Zabern: duke of Lutherans beats rebels
  • 1526-06-01 Parliament of Spiers: Lutheran monarchy freed of their belief
  • 1529-04-19 2nd Parliament of Spiers bans Lutheranism
  • 1534-05-12 German Duchy of Wurttemberg becomes Lutheran under Ulrich, Duke of Württemberg

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1548-06-30 Augsburg Interim issued by Charles V becomes law - orders Lutherans to return to Catholic practices with some concessions

Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V
  • 1552-08-02 Treaty of Passau: Emperor Charles V accepts Lutheran religion
  • 1557-09-11 Catholic & Lutheran theology debated in Worms
  • 1568-10-21 2nd Altenburger sermon: Philippisten/Gnesiolutheranen
  • 1580-06-25 Book of Concord, standards of Lutheran Church, 1st published
  • 1593-03-01 The Uppsala Synod is summoned to confirm the exact forms of the Lutheran Church of Sweden.
  • 1638-03-29 1st permanent white settlement in Delaware (Swedish Lutherans)
  • 1673-08-30 Leopold I, Spain, Netherlands & Lutherans form anti-French covenant
  • 1703-11-24 1st Lutheran pastor ordained in America, Justus Falckner at Philadelphia
  • 1732-02-02 King Frederik Willem I moves Lutherans towards East-Prussia
  • 1748-08-15 United Lutheran Church the American colonies organized
  • 1748-08-26 The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1934-04-06 418 Lutheran ministers arrested in Germany


1937-11-01 Stalinists execute by shooting Pastor Paul Hamberg and seven members of Azerbaijan's Lutheran community (including three women).

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • 1952-01-31 Dutch Lutheran Church reunites after 1½ centuries
  • 1977-06-24 Josiah Mutabuzi Isaya Kibira is the first African to be elected president of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF)

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1983-12-11 1st visit to Lutheran church by a pope (John Paul II in Rome)

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1999-10-31 Roman Catholic Church and Lutheran Church leaders sign the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, ending a centuries-old doctrinal dispute over the nature of faith and salvation.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1494-02-20 Johan Friis, chancellor (Denmark, helped formed Lutheranism)
  • 1496-10-20 Claude de Lutherans, duke of Guise
  • 1501-04-19 Erasmus Sarcerius, German Lutheran theologian and reformer (d. 1559)
  • 1515-03-12 Caspar Othmayr, German composer and Lutheran pastor, born in Amberg (d. 1553)
  • 1582-10-17 Johann Gerhard, German Lutheran leader (d. 1637)
  • 1682-07-10 Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg, German Lutheran missionary to India (d. 1719)
  • 1686-01-31 Hans Egede, Norwegian Lutheran missionary (d. 1758)
  • 1711-09-06 Henry Muhlenberg, German-born founder of the U.S. Lutheran Church, born in Einbeck, Germany (d. 1787)
  • 1714-01-01 Kristijonas Donelaitis, Lutheran pastor, Lithuanian poet (The Seas)
  • 1885-08-19 Werner Elert, German Lutheran theologian (d. 1954)
  • 1886-10-22 Erik Bergman, Lutheran pastor (d. 1970)
  • 1898-01-13 Kai Munk, Danish playwright and Lutheran pastor, martyr (d. 1944)
  • 1900-08-30 Franklin C Fry, US minister (Lutheran World Relief)

Famous Weddings

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1954-11-19 Actress Vera-Ellen (33) weds millionaire Victor Rothschild at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Los Angeles

Actress Vera-Ellen

HeartWedding of Interest

1993-06-27 Actress Julia Roberts (25) weds country singer Lyle Lovett (36) at St. James Lutheran Church in Marion, Indiana

Actress Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts

Famous Deaths

  • 0900-08-13 Zwentibold, king of Lutherans (895-900), dies in battle at 29
  • 0965-10-11 Bruno I, archbishop of Cologne/duke of Lutheran, dies at about 40
  • 1023-09-26 Godfried I, duke of Neth-Lutherans, dies
  • 1065-08-28 Frederik van Luxembourg, duke of Neth-Lutherans (1046-65)
  • 1069-12-24 Godfried II, with the Beard, duke of Neder-Lutherans, dies
  • 1139-07-16 Walram II, duke of Limburg/Neth-Lutherans, dies
  • 1541-12-24 Andreas R Bodenstein von Carlstadt, radical Lutheran, dies at about 61
  • 1559-11-28 Erasmus Sarcerius, German Lutheran theologian and reformer, dies at about 58
  • 1573-10-27 Laurentius Petri, first Lutheran Archbishop of Sweden (b. 1499)
  • 1586-04-08 Martin Chemnitz, German Lutheran reformer and theologian, dies at 63
  • 1637-08-10 Johann Gerhard, German Lutheran leader (b. 1582)
  • 1690-03-18 Charles, duke of Lutherans, dies
  • 1758-11-05 Hans Egede, Norwegian Lutheran missionary (b. 1686)
  • 1766-02-23 Stanislaw Leszcynski, duke of Lutherans/king of Poland, dies
  • 1787-10-07 Henry Muhlenberg, German-born founder of the U.S. Lutheran Church, dies at 76
  • 1887-05-07 C. F. W. Walther, American Lutheran theologian (b. 1811)
  • 1932-07-07 Henry Eyster Jacobs, American Lutheran theologian, dies at 87
  • 1954-11-21 Werner Elert, German Lutheran theologian, dies at 69
  • 1970-04-26 Erik Bergman, Lutheran pastor (b. 1886)
  • 2008-04-15 Krister Stendahl, Swedish Lutheran theologian and bishop (b. 1921)