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Death of Pope Urban VII of Malaria

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Pope Urban VII dies of malaria in Rome just thirteen days after his election and before he could be consecrated. This makes Pope Urban VII the shortest-lived pope in the history of the Catholic Church.

The other bit of trivia that Pope Urban VII is known for is creating the world's first public smoking ban.

During his brief reign as pope, Urban VII threatened to excommunicate anyone who "took tobacco in the porchway of or inside a church, whether it be by chewing it, smoking it with a pipe or sniffing it in powdered form through the nose."

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