1501 The world's first hymnbook printed in the vernacular was published in Prague. It contained 89 hymns in the Czech language. (The name of the hymnal is no longer known, since the only surviving copy lacks the title page.)
1635 Birth of Philip Jacob Spener, founder of German pietism. The name for the Bible studies (called "collegia pietatis") held in his home came to be associated with his followers, who were afterward called Pietists.
1691 Death of George Fox, 67, English founder of the Society of Friends (Quakers). Fox left the Anglican church at 23 and founded the Quaker movement in 1660 at age 36.
1936 Baptist clergyman B.B. McKinney, 50, wrote the words and tune to the gospel song, "Wherever He Leads, I'll Go," a few days before the opening of a Sunday School convention in Alabama.
1974 A Gallup poll on religious worship showed that fewer Protestants and Roman Catholics were attending weekly services than ten years earlier, but that attendance at Jewish worship services had increased over the same period.
Christ-Sweden/Norway : Tyvendedagen/St Knute/20th day of Christmas
old Roman Catholic : Feast of the Baptism of Jesus
Roman Catholic : Feast of Blessed Yvette
Roman Catholic : Feast of St Leontius
Christian : Feast of Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers
Roman Catholic, Anglican : Memorial of St Hilary, bishop of Poitiers/doctor (opt)
Lutheran : Commemoration of George Fox, renewer of society