In 1628, the first Dutch minister arrived on Manhattan Island.
James Chalmers, Scottish missionary to the South Pacific, died on Goaribari Island in 1901. The natives among whom he worked named him "Tamate," the "well known." He and a fellow missionary were killed by cannibals.
In 1945, the Nazis executed Dietrich Bonhoeffer at Flossenburg, Germany. The camp doctor recalled, "Through the half-open door...I saw [him], before taking off his prison garb, kneeling on the floor praying fervently to his God. I was most deeply moved by the way this lovable man prayed, so devout and so certain that God heard his prayer. At the place of execution, he again said a short prayer and then climbed the steps to the gallows, brave and composed. His death ensued after a few seconds. In the almost fifty hears that I worked as a doctor, I have hardly ever seen a man die so entirely submissive to the will of God."
In 1829, William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, was born at Nottingham, England.
David Zeisberger, Moravian minister and missionary, was born in the Czech Republic in 1721. At 16 he joined his family in colony of Georgia. He spent the greater part of 62 years as a missionary among the American Indians.
Moishe Rosen, founder of Jews for Jesus, was born in 1932 and raised in Denver, CO. He and his wife became Christians in 1953, attended Northeastern Bible College, was ordained in 1957, and founded the mission group dedicated to evangelizing Jews in 1969.
Jack Chick--of Christian comic book fame--was born in Los Angeles in 1924. Chick’s comic are generally evangelistic and critical of other churches, cults, and controversial issues such as abortion, witchcraft, paganism, etc. His tracts and comics have been translated into more than 100 languages and have reputedly sold 750,000,000 copies.