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1April-220
Start of Roman Holiday of Veneralia in Honor of Venus Vericordia

Start of Roman Holiday of Veneralia in Honor of Venus Vericordia

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1April397
Roman Law Exiles Apollinarians From Constaninople

Roman Law Exiles Apollinarians From Constaninople

1April409
Emperors Theodosius II and Honorius Ban Amusements on Sundays

Emperors Theodosius II and Honorius Ban Amusements on Sundays

1April409
Emperors Theodosius II and Honorius Order All Caelicolists Return to Christian Beliefs

Emperors Theodosius II and Honorius Order All Caelicolists Return to Christian Beliefs

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1April527
Byzantine Emperor Justin I Names Nephew Justinian I as Co-Ruler and Successor

Byzantine Emperor Justin I Names Nephew Justinian I as Co-Ruler and Successor

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1April1081
Alexios I Komnenos Crowned Byzantine Emperor

Alexios I Komnenos Crowned Byzantine Emperor

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1April1204
Eleanor of Aquitaine Dies in Convent

Eleanor of Aquitaine Dies in Convent

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1April1205
Death of Amalric II, King of Jerusalem and Cyprus

Death of Amalric II, King of Jerusalem and Cyprus

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1April1605
Election of Leo XI, Lasts as Pope for Only 27 Days

Election of Leo XI, Lasts as Pope for Only 27 Days

1April1693
Death of Cotton Mather's Four-Day-Old Son, Witchcraft is Blamed

Death of Cotton Mather's Four-Day-Old Son, Witchcraft is Blamed

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1April1754
Birth of Joseph-Marie de Maistre - Blames French Revolution for Moral and Religious Decline

Birth of Joseph-Marie de Maistre - Blames French Revolution for Moral and Religious Decline

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1April1872
Birth of Conrad Gröber, Future Archbishop Who Encourages German Catholics to Work With Nazis

Birth of Conrad Gröber, Future Archbishop Who Encourages German Catholics to Work With Nazis

1April1890
Nathan Birnbaum Coins the Word 'Zionism'

Nathan Birnbaum Coins the Word 'Zionism'

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1April1897
Jesuit Newspaper Defends Anti-Semitism in Austria

Jesuit Newspaper Defends Anti-Semitism in Austria

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1April1908
Birth of Psychologist Abraham Harold Maslow

Birth of Psychologist Abraham Harold Maslow

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1April1922

Catholic Civilians Murdered by Police in Belfast, Northern Ireland

1April1924
Wilhelm Frick Dismissed From Munich Police for Role in Beer Hall Putsch

Wilhelm Frick Dismissed From Munich Police for Role in Beer Hall Putsch

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1April1933
Albert Einstein's Bank Account Seized by Nazi Officials

Albert Einstein's Bank Account Seized by Nazi Officials

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1April1933
Heinrich Himmler Appointed Chief of Bavarian Political Police

Heinrich Himmler Appointed Chief of Bavarian Political Police

1April1933
Hitler Orders One-Day Boycott of All Jewish Businesses in Germany

Hitler Orders One-Day Boycott of All Jewish Businesses in Germany

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1April1933
Catholic Teachers' Association of Reich Issues Thank You to Hitler

Catholic Teachers' Association of Reich Issues Thank You to Hitler

1April1935
Himmler Orders the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (Jehovah's Witnesses) Closed

Himmler Orders the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (Jehovah's Witnesses) Closed

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1April1935
Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, Future Pope Pius XII, Named Papal Chamberlain

Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, Future Pope Pius XII, Named Papal Chamberlain

1April1935
General Hugh Johnson Compares Father Charles Coughlin to Adolf Hitler

General Hugh Johnson Compares Father Charles Coughlin to Adolf Hitler

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1April1937

Two Polish Jews Sentenced to Prison for Injuring Anti-Semitic Attackers

1April1938
Gestapo Begins Sending Austrian Jews to Dachau

Gestapo Begins Sending Austrian Jews to Dachau

1April1938
Cardinal Innitzer Writes to Cardinal Bertram for Help on Austrian Incorporation Vote

Cardinal Innitzer Writes to Cardinal Bertram for Help on Austrian Incorporation Vote

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1April1939
Hitler Declares God Will Judge if Germany is Virtuous or Not

Hitler Declares God Will Judge if Germany is Virtuous or Not

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1April1939
Spanish Civil War Ends as Last Republican Forces Surrender

Spanish Civil War Ends as Last Republican Forces Surrender

1April1941
Coup Announced in Iraq

Coup Announced in Iraq

1April1942
Romania's Fascist Government Decrees Prison Terms for Non-Jews who Aid Jews

Romania's Fascist Government Decrees Prison Terms for Non-Jews who Aid Jews

1April1979
Iranians Vote in Referendum to put Ayatollah Khomeini in Charge

Iranians Vote in Referendum to put Ayatollah Khomeini in Charge

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1April2001
Netherlands Becomes First Country to Fully Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Netherlands Becomes First Country to Fully Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

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1April2004
Michael Hendricks and René Leboeuf are First Same-Sex Couple to Legally Marry in Quebec

Michael Hendricks and René Leboeuf are First Same-Sex Couple to Legally Marry in Quebec

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1April2004

Palestinians Fire on Israeli Soldiers

1April2004
George W. Bush Signs Unborn Victims of Violence Act into Law

George W. Bush Signs Unborn Victims of Violence Act into Law

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