September 21, 1452: Girolamo Savonarola, a Dominican preacher and reformer famous for his religious zeal and extraordinary piety, is born.
September 21, 1522: First edition of Martin Luther's German translation of the New Testament is published (see issue 34: Luther's Early Years).
September 21, 1558: Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, dies. Charles called the Diet of Worms in 1521, which condemned Martin Luther (see issue 34: Luther's Early Years).
September 21, 1944: Founded on April 12, 1944 in Columbus, Ohio, The National Religious Broadcasters organization is officially ratified by constitutional convention at Chicago's Moody Memorial Church.
December 6, 345 (traditional date): Nicholas, bishop of Myra, one of the most popular saints in the Greek and Latin churches—and Santa Claus's namesake—dies.
December 6, 1273: Following a tremendous mystical experience while conducting Mass, Thomas Aquinas suspends work on his Summa Theologica. "I can do no more," he told his servant. "Such things have been revealed to me that all that I have written seems to me as so much straw. Now I await the end of my life (see issue 73: Thomas Aquinas). ...