Four events of note
August 9, 1788 American Baptist missionary Adoniram Judson, who during his missions work in Burma translated the Bible into Burmese and wrote the first Burmese-English dictionary, is born in Malden, Massachusetts .
August 9, 1883 Robert Moffat, pioneer missionary to southern Africa and inspiration (and father-in-law) to David Livingstone, dies.
August 8, 1471 Thomas a Kempis, Dutch mystic and devotional author of The Imitation of Christ, dies at age 91. In his classic, Thomas wrote, “We must imitate Christ’s life and his ways if we are to be truly enlightened and set free from the darkness of our own hearts. Let it be the most important thing we do, then, to reflect on the life of Jesus Christ.
August 8, 1492 Albrecht Durer’s art is published for the first time when one of his woodcuts serves as the title page for St. Jerome’s letters. In a few years, he became one of the most famous painters and engravers in Germany.