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27 January 1343

Pope Clement VI Issues Papal Bull on Indulgences

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9 April 1388
Battle of Näfels: Old Swiss Confederacy Has Decisive Victory Over Hapsburgs of Austria

Battle of Näfels: Old Swiss Confederacy Has Decisive Victory Over Hapsburgs of Austria

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30 May 1434
Battle of Lipany Ends Hussite Wars Between Catholics & John Hus Followers

Battle of Lipany Ends Hussite Wars Between Catholics & John Hus Followers

14 January 1463

Birth of Frederick III

3 February 1468
Death of Johannes Gutenberg, Creator of Movable-Type Printing Press

Death of Johannes Gutenberg, Creator of Movable-Type Printing Press

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7 February 1477
Birth of Sir Thomas Moore, Author of Utopia

Birth of Sir Thomas Moore, Author of Utopia

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10 November 1483
Birth of Martin Luther, Protestant Reformer

Birth of Martin Luther, Protestant Reformer

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1 January 1484
Ulrich Zwingli Born In Switzerland

Ulrich Zwingli Born In Switzerland

16 December 1485
Birth of Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's First Wife

Birth of Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's First Wife

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15 November 1486
Birth of Johann Eck, Catholic Theologian Who Opposes Martin Luther

Birth of Johann Eck, Catholic Theologian Who Opposes Martin Luther

2 July 1489
Birth of Thomas Cranmer - English Reformer and Martyr

Birth of Thomas Cranmer - English Reformer and Martyr

11 November 1491
Birth of Martin Bucer, Leading Figure in the Protestant Reformation

Birth of Martin Bucer, Leading Figure in the Protestant Reformation

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15 February 1497
Philipp Melanchthon Born Philipp Schwarzerd in Germany

Philipp Melanchthon Born Philipp Schwarzerd in Germany

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24 February 1500
Birth of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V

Birth of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V

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13 September 1501

First Hymnbook Printed in Vernacular Language in Prague

17 January 1504
Pope Pius V Born in Duchy of Savoy

Pope Pius V Born in Duchy of Savoy

17 July 1505
Martin Luther Enters Augustinian Monastic Order

Martin Luther Enters Augustinian Monastic Order

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29 September 1506
Ulrich Zwingli Celebrates First Mass as Priest

Ulrich Zwingli Celebrates First Mass as Priest

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2 May 1507
Martin Luther Celebrates His First Mass

Martin Luther Celebrates His First Mass

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10 July 1509
Birth of John Calvin, Early Leader of Protestant Reformation

Birth of John Calvin, Early Leader of Protestant Reformation

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18 October 1512
Doctorate of Theology Awarded to Martin Luther

Doctorate of Theology Awarded to Martin Luther

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21 October 1512
Martin Luther Joins University of Wittenberg Faculty

Martin Luther Joins University of Wittenberg Faculty

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27 July 1516
Martin Luther Preaches First Sermon Against Selling of Indulgences

Martin Luther Preaches First Sermon Against Selling of Indulgences

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31 October 1517
Martin Luther Posts His Ninety-Five Theses on the Door of a Wittenberg Church

Martin Luther Posts His Ninety-Five Theses on the Door of a Wittenberg Church

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3 February 1518
Pope Leo X Commands Augustinian Order to Discipline Martin Luther

Pope Leo X Commands Augustinian Order to Discipline Martin Luther

5 March 1518
Copy of Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses Sent to Sir Thomas More by Erasmus

Copy of Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses Sent to Sir Thomas More by Erasmus

8 August 1518
Martin Luther is Summoned to Rome by Pope Leo X

Martin Luther is Summoned to Rome by Pope Leo X

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12 October 1518
Papal Legate Cardinal Thomas Cajetan Interviews Martin Luther About His Views

Papal Legate Cardinal Thomas Cajetan Interviews Martin Luther About His Views

20 October 1518
With Threat of Arrest by Cardinal Thomas Cajetan, Martin Luther Flees to Augsburg

With Threat of Arrest by Cardinal Thomas Cajetan, Martin Luther Flees to Augsburg

11 December 1518
Pastor Ulrich Zwingli Elected 'People's Preacher' in Zürich, Switzerland

Pastor Ulrich Zwingli Elected 'People's Preacher' in Zürich, Switzerland

1 January 1519
Ulrich Zwingli Delivers First Sermon

Ulrich Zwingli Delivers First Sermon

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28 June 1519
Charles V Elected Holy Roman Emperor, Will Work to Suppress Protestantism

Charles V Elected Holy Roman Emperor, Will Work to Suppress Protestantism

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4 July 1519
Followers of Martin Luther Described as Lutherans for First Time

Followers of Martin Luther Described as Lutherans for First Time

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11 August 1519
Death of Johann Tetzel, German Dominican Preacher Who Overused Sales of Indulgences

Death of Johann Tetzel, German Dominican Preacher Who Overused Sales of Indulgences

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18 December 1519
Martin Luther Writes Letter Denouncing Catholic Doctrine

Martin Luther Writes Letter Denouncing Catholic Doctrine

11 June 1520
Martin Luther Publishes Book Attacking the Papacy

Martin Luther Publishes Book Attacking the Papacy

15 June 1520
Pope Leo X Condemns German Reformer Martin Luther as a Heretic

Pope Leo X Condemns German Reformer Martin Luther as a Heretic

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6 October 1520
Martin Luther's Published Essay Argues Against Sacramental System of Roman Catholic Church

Martin Luther's Published Essay Argues Against Sacramental System of Roman Catholic Church

10 December 1520
Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon Burn Books Advocating Papal Authority

Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon Burn Books Advocating Papal Authority

3 January 1521
Martin Luther Excommunicated

Martin Luther Excommunicated

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28 January 1521
Diet of Worms Convened to Deal with Martin Luther

Diet of Worms Convened to Deal with Martin Luther

10 March 1521
Martin Luther's Writings Ordered Burned by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V

Martin Luther's Writings Ordered Burned by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V

2 April 1521
Martin Luther Summoned to Worms by Catholic Officials

Martin Luther Summoned to Worms by Catholic Officials

16 April 1521
Martin Luther Enters Worms, Warned that Death Sentence is Already Decided

Martin Luther Enters Worms, Warned that Death Sentence is Already Decided

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17 April 1521
Martin Luther Appears Before Diet of Worms

Martin Luther Appears Before Diet of Worms

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18 April 1521
Martin Luther Refuses to Repudiate His Books at the Diet of Worms

Martin Luther Refuses to Repudiate His Books at the Diet of Worms

8 May 1521
Diet of Worms: Charles V Signs Secret Pact With Pope Leo X to Declare on France

Diet of Worms: Charles V Signs Secret Pact With Pope Leo X to Declare on France

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12 May 1521
Writings of Martin Luther Burned by King Henry VIII

Writings of Martin Luther Burned by King Henry VIII

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25 May 1521
Diet of Worms Ends, Emperor Charles V Declares Martin Luther a Criminal & Heretic

Diet of Worms Ends, Emperor Charles V Declares Martin Luther a Criminal & Heretic

11 October 1521
England's King Henry VIII Named 'Defender of the Faith' by Pope Leo X for his Attacks on Luther & Protestantism

England's King Henry VIII Named 'Defender of the Faith' by Pope Leo X for his Attacks on Luther & Protestantism

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