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30 June 1910
Ring v. Board of Ed: Court Strikes down Religious Exercises Like Bible Reading in Public Schools

Ring v. Board of Ed: Court Strikes down Religious Exercises Like Bible Reading in Public Schools

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23 March 1915
Louisiana Court Rules Bible Readings and Prayers in Public Schools is Unconstitutional

Louisiana Court Rules Bible Readings and Prayers in Public Schools is Unconstitutional

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13 May 1925
Law Requiring Daily Bible Readings in All Public Schools Passed in Florida

Law Requiring Daily Bible Readings in All Public Schools Passed in Florida

2 May 1926
Joseph Lewis Wants to Stop Religious Instruction in Public Schools

Joseph Lewis Wants to Stop Religious Instruction in Public Schools

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16 April 1930
Wilhelm Frick Introduces Prayers for Public Schools in Thuringia

Wilhelm Frick Introduces Prayers for Public Schools in Thuringia

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26 May 1930
Joseph Lewis Files Lawsuit to Stop Bible Readings & Hymns in Public Schools

Joseph Lewis Files Lawsuit to Stop Bible Readings & Hymns in Public Schools

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14 November 1931
Seattle Citizens Ask Supreme Court to Review Law Forbidding Bible Teaching in Public Schools

Seattle Citizens Ask Supreme Court to Review Law Forbidding Bible Teaching in Public Schools

26 January 1946
McCollum v. Board of Education: Illinois Court Rules that Schools Can Teach Religion

McCollum v. Board of Education: Illinois Court Rules that Schools Can Teach Religion

22 January 1947
McCollum v. Board of Education: Illinois Supreme Court Rules that Schools Can Teach Religion

McCollum v. Board of Education: Illinois Supreme Court Rules that Schools Can Teach Religion

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9 March 1948
McCollum v. Board of Ed.: Supreme Court Rules Against Religious Education in Public Schools

McCollum v. Board of Ed.: Supreme Court Rules Against Religious Education in Public Schools

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30 September 1955
Dr. Franklin Fry Says Public Schools can't be Neutral in Religious Matters

Dr. Franklin Fry Says Public Schools can't be Neutral in Religious Matters

26 November 1956
Ellery Schempp Protests Against Required Bible Reading in His Public School Homeroom

Ellery Schempp Protests Against Required Bible Reading in His Public School Homeroom

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1 September 1959
Florida Newspaper Defends Religious Practices in Public Schools

Florida Newspaper Defends Religious Practices in Public Schools

18 July 1960
Chamberlin v. Dade: Can Schools Impose Mandatory Religious Instruction?

Chamberlin v. Dade: Can Schools Impose Mandatory Religious Instruction?

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22 July 1960
Public School Superintendant: Religious Instruction Should Stay in Schools

Public School Superintendant: Religious Instruction Should Stay in Schools

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12 August 1960
Madalyn Murray Finds Son's New School Has Prayers and Bible Reading Every Day

Madalyn Murray Finds Son's New School Has Prayers and Bible Reading Every Day

12 October 1960
Madalyn Murray (O'Hair) Tells School Her Son Won't Attend if Prayer and Bible Reading Remain Mandatory

Madalyn Murray (O'Hair) Tells School Her Son Won't Attend if Prayer and Bible Reading Remain Mandatory

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26 October 1960
Madalyn Murray (O'Hair) is Interviewed by a Newspaper About Her Fight Against School Prayer and Bible Reading

Madalyn Murray (O'Hair) is Interviewed by a Newspaper About Her Fight Against School Prayer and Bible Reading

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27 October 1960

Interview with Madalyn Murray (O'Hair) About her Fight Against School Prayer and Bible Reading is Published

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28 October 1960
William Murray Returns to School; Mother Madalyn Murray (O'Hair) Kept Him Out to Avoid Daily Prayers

William Murray Returns to School; Mother Madalyn Murray (O'Hair) Kept Him Out to Avoid Daily Prayers

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31 October 1960
William Murray Refuses to Pray at School, Launching Madalyn Murray O'Hair's Famous Legal Case

William Murray Refuses to Pray at School, Launching Madalyn Murray O'Hair's Famous Legal Case

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2 November 1960
Chamberlin v. Dade: Testimony Ends in Trial Over Prayer & Bible Reading in Schools

Chamberlin v. Dade: Testimony Ends in Trial Over Prayer & Bible Reading in Schools

8 December 1960
Madalyn Murray files Suit Against Baltimore Public Schools for Sponsoring Religious Exercises

Madalyn Murray files Suit Against Baltimore Public Schools for Sponsoring Religious Exercises

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2 March 1961
Court Hears Lawsuit From Madalyn Murray O'Hair, Will Reject

Court Hears Lawsuit From Madalyn Murray O'Hair, Will Reject

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27 April 1961
Judge Dismisses Madalyn Murray (O'Hair) Lawsuit Against Bible Reading in Public Schools

Judge Dismisses Madalyn Murray (O'Hair) Lawsuit Against Bible Reading in Public Schools

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9 January 1962
Murray v. Curlett Argued: Bible Reading and Prayer in School

Murray v. Curlett Argued: Bible Reading and Prayer in School

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3 April 1962
Engel v. Vitale: Supreme Court Rules Against Public Schools Requiring Prayers

Engel v. Vitale: Supreme Court Rules Against Public Schools Requiring Prayers

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6 April 1962
Maryland Court Rules Against Madalyn Murray (O'Hair) Lawsuit to End Bible Reading in Public School

Maryland Court Rules Against Madalyn Murray (O'Hair) Lawsuit to End Bible Reading in Public School

15 May 1962
Madalyn Murray (O'Hair) Appeals to Supreme Court Over Bible Reading in Schools

Madalyn Murray (O'Hair) Appeals to Supreme Court Over Bible Reading in Schools

6 June 1962
Chamberlin v. Dade: Court Rules Bible Reading in Public Schools is Constitutional

Chamberlin v. Dade: Court Rules Bible Reading in Public Schools is Constitutional

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25 June 1962
Engel v. Vitale: Court Rules it Unconstitutional to Make Students Recite Prayers in Public School

Engel v. Vitale: Court Rules it Unconstitutional to Make Students Recite Prayers in Public School

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27 June 1962
Court Decision on Engel v. Vitale is Harshly Criticized by South Carolina's News and Courier

Court Decision on Engel v. Vitale is Harshly Criticized by South Carolina's News and Courier

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27 June 1962
Court Decision on Engel v. Vitale Condemned by Bishops John Wright and Austin Pardue

Court Decision on Engel v. Vitale Condemned by Bishops John Wright and Austin Pardue

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28 June 1962
Court Decision on Engel v. Vitale is Attacked by Cardinal Francis Spellman

Court Decision on Engel v. Vitale is Attacked by Cardinal Francis Spellman

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26 July 1962
Senate Judiciary Hearings on Overturning Supreme Court Ruling Banning Public School Prayer

Senate Judiciary Hearings on Overturning Supreme Court Ruling Banning Public School Prayer

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15 October 1962
Chamberlin v Dade: Appeal Filed With Court to Overturn Bible Reading in Florida Schools

Chamberlin v Dade: Appeal Filed With Court to Overturn Bible Reading in Florida Schools

21 May 1963
United Presbyterian Church Votes Against Bible Reading & Prayer in Public Schools

United Presbyterian Church Votes Against Bible Reading & Prayer in Public Schools

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8 June 1963
Church of Christ's Charles Haslam Criticizes Supreme Court Decision on Engel v. Vitale

Church of Christ's Charles Haslam Criticizes Supreme Court Decision on Engel v. Vitale

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17 June 1963
Abbington v. Schempp: Court Strikes Down Lord's Prayer in Public Schools

Abbington v. Schempp: Court Strikes Down Lord's Prayer in Public Schools

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10 December 1963
Chamberlin v. Dade Board of Education: Court Hears Challenge to Bible Reading in Public School

Chamberlin v. Dade Board of Education: Court Hears Challenge to Bible Reading in Public School

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1 May 1964
Rev. Chad Combs Testifies Against Constitutional Amendment for School Prayer

Rev. Chad Combs Testifies Against Constitutional Amendment for School Prayer

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2 May 1964
Rabbi Irwin Blank Testifies Against Constitutional Amendment for School Prayer

Rabbi Irwin Blank Testifies Against Constitutional Amendment for School Prayer

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13 May 1964
Dr. Carl McIntire Testifies in Favor Constitutional Amendment for School Prayer

Dr. Carl McIntire Testifies in Favor Constitutional Amendment for School Prayer

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13 May 1964
Rabbi Maurice Eisendrath Testifies Against Constitutional Amendment for School Prayer

Rabbi Maurice Eisendrath Testifies Against Constitutional Amendment for School Prayer

1 June 1964
Chamberlin v. Dade: Lower Court Decision Upholding School Prayer is Reversed

Chamberlin v. Dade: Lower Court Decision Upholding School Prayer is Reversed

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8 November 1971
U.S. House of Representatives Votes For Constitutional Amendment to Permit 'Voluntary' Prayer in Public School

U.S. House of Representatives Votes For Constitutional Amendment to Permit 'Voluntary' Prayer in Public School

6 November 1978
Anita Bryant Announces New Campaign to Get Prayer Back in Public Schools

Anita Bryant Announces New Campaign to Get Prayer Back in Public Schools

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25 July 1981
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair's Son William Apologizes for Ending Prayers in Public Schools

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair's Son William Apologizes for Ending Prayers in Public Schools

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23 June 1982
Alabama Senate Votes in Favor of Teacher-Led Prayers in Public Schools

Alabama Senate Votes in Favor of Teacher-Led Prayers in Public Schools

1 July 1982
Alabama Governor Fob James Signs Law Letting Public School Teachers Lead Students in Prayer

Alabama Governor Fob James Signs Law Letting Public School Teachers Lead Students in Prayer

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