American missionary Martin Burnham and Filipino nurse Ediborah Yap are killed when the Philippine military launches a raid to rescue them from Islamic radicals who have held them captive in the jungle for more than a year. Burnham’s wife Gracie is freed but suffers a gunshot wound.Authority for the date:
Death in Guadalcanal of Ini Kopuria, founder of an evangelistic outreach known as the Melanesian Brotherhood.Authority for the date:
Fox, Charles E. “Ini Kopuria.” Southern Cross Log, [New Zealand Edition], (June 1, 1946) 21–24.
- Death of Franz Xaver Gruber, Austrian church organist and composer of “Silent Night” (STILLE NACHT). Gruber had written almost one hundred music compositions during his lifetime but “Silent Night” is his most famous tune. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.
A little more than two weeks after their marriage, Samuel and Marie Gobat leave Germany bound for Ethiopia as missionaries. They will suffer great privations, terrible sufferings, and death of a child while crossing Egypt.Authority for the date:
Pitman, E. R. Lady Missionaries in Many Lands. London: Pickering and Inglis, 1929.
- Ordination of Archibald Alexander who will become a famous educator and first principal of Princeton Seminary. Authority for the date: Larsen, Timothy T., David W. Bebbington, and Mark Noll. Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals. IVP Academic, 2003.
The Concord sets sail, carrying the first German settlers (Quakers and Mennonites fleeing persecution) toward their new home in Pennsylvania.Authority for the date:
Murder at Lentz of the warrior-prince Gottschalk by heathen who rejected his attempts to Christianize them.Authority for the date:
Schaff, Philip. History of Christianity.
Death of Berno of Reichenau who had done much to restore prosperity to the Lake Constance area (now in Switzerland). A scholar, he enriched the library, rebuilt the church, and wrote many treatises on music.Authority for the date:
The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge.
During the iconoclast controversies, Byzantine Emperor Constantine V has John, the Abbot of Monagria, tied up in a sack and thrown into the sea because he refuses to trample an icon.Authority for the date:
“Iconoclasm.” New Catholic Encyclopedia.