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15 April 73
Jewish Zealots Commit Mass Suicide at Siege of Masada

Jewish Zealots Commit Mass Suicide at Siege of Masada

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15 April 394
Roman Law: Heretics Not Permitted to Appoint or Confirm Bishops

Roman Law: Heretics Not Permitted to Appoint or Confirm Bishops

15 April 452
Emperor Valentinian III: Priests in Legal Dispute Can Have Bishop Act as Judge

Emperor Valentinian III: Priests in Legal Dispute Can Have Bishop Act as Judge

15 April 1055
Victor II Installed as Pope

Victor II Installed as Pope

15 April 1191
Pope Celestine III Crowns King Henry VI as Holy Roman Emperor

Pope Celestine III Crowns King Henry VI as Holy Roman Emperor

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15 April 1250
Pope Innocent IV Denies Jews in Cordova Permission to Build a Synagogue

Pope Innocent IV Denies Jews in Cordova Permission to Build a Synagogue

15 April 1402
Pope Boniface IX Grants Special Privileges to Jews in Rome

Pope Boniface IX Grants Special Privileges to Jews in Rome

15 April 1452
Birth of Leonardo da Vinci - Artist, Humanist, Scientist, Naturalist

Birth of Leonardo da Vinci - Artist, Humanist, Scientist, Naturalist

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15 April 1642
Birth of Suleiman II, Future Sultan of Ottoman Empire

Birth of Suleiman II, Future Sultan of Ottoman Empire

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15 April 1677

Lubeck, Germany Decrees No Jew Allowed to Stay in City Overnight

15 April 1707
Birth of Leonhard Euler, Greatest Mathematician in 18th Century

Birth of Leonhard Euler, Greatest Mathematician in 18th Century

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15 April 1766
Birth of Philosopher Friedrich Bouterwek, Critic of Immanuel Kant

Birth of Philosopher Friedrich Bouterwek, Critic of Immanuel Kant

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15 April 1841
Karl Marx Receives Doctorate at University of Jena

Karl Marx Receives Doctorate at University of Jena

15 April 1858
Birth of Sociologist Emile Durkheim, Founder of Modern Field of Sociology

Birth of Sociologist Emile Durkheim, Founder of Modern Field of Sociology

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15 April 1872
Watson v. Jones: Secular Courts Can't Necessarily Overrule Church Tribunals

Watson v. Jones: Secular Courts Can't Necessarily Overrule Church Tribunals

15 April 1912
Unsinkable RMS Titanic Finally Slips Beneath Waters of North Atlantic, Taking 1,517 Passengers

Unsinkable RMS Titanic Finally Slips Beneath Waters of North Atlantic, Taking 1,517 Passengers

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15 April 1919
Mussolini's Men Attack Milan Socialist Newspaper

Mussolini's Men Attack Milan Socialist Newspaper

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15 April 1931
Stromberg v. California: Supreme Court Reverses Conviction for Display of Red Flag

Stromberg v. California: Supreme Court Reverses Conviction for Display of Red Flag

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15 April 1933
Josef Goebblels Worries About Second Revolution on Capitalism

Josef Goebblels Worries About Second Revolution on Capitalism

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15 April 1938
Vienna Courts State Jews Need Permission From Police to Sell Land

Vienna Courts State Jews Need Permission From Police to Sell Land

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15 April 1940
Bishop Hans Meiser Issues Message of Praise for Hitler

Bishop Hans Meiser Issues Message of Praise for Hitler

15 April 1942
Gestapo in Berlin Orders Jews to Display Star of David on Front Doors

Gestapo in Berlin Orders Jews to Display Star of David on Front Doors

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15 April 1946
Ernst Kaltenbrunner Calls Rudolf Höss as Witness at War Crimes Trial

Ernst Kaltenbrunner Calls Rudolf Höss as Witness at War Crimes Trial

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15 April 1948
Arab Forces Defeated by Israeli Military in First Arab-Israeli War of 1948

Arab Forces Defeated by Israeli Military in First Arab-Israeli War of 1948

15 April 1970
Coordinated Attacks Made by Jordanians and Palestinians on U. S. Installations

Coordinated Attacks Made by Jordanians and Palestinians on U. S. Installations

15 April 1975
Karen Ann Quinlan Falls into Coma, Persistent Vegetative State

Karen Ann Quinlan Falls into Coma, Persistent Vegetative State

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15 April 1976
Death of White Supremacist Gerald Smith, Founder of Christian Nationalist Crusade

Death of White Supremacist Gerald Smith, Founder of Christian Nationalist Crusade

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15 April 1980
Death of Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialist Novelist and Philosopher

Death of Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialist Novelist and Philosopher

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15 April 1982
Muslim Extremists Executed for Assassination of President Anwar Sadat

Muslim Extremists Executed for Assassination of President Anwar Sadat

15 April 1986
Terrorist Targets in Libya Bombed by U.S. Fighter Planes

Terrorist Targets in Libya Bombed by U.S. Fighter Planes

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15 April 1996
Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz Excommunicates Catholics Belonging to Wrong Organizations

Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz Excommunicates Catholics Belonging to Wrong Organizations

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15 April 1997
Fire Erupts in Overcrowded Tent City of Pilgrims on Hajj Outside Mecca

Fire Erupts in Overcrowded Tent City of Pilgrims on Hajj Outside Mecca

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15 April 2002
Pope John Paul II Calls American Cardinals to Vatican for Meeting about Sex Abuse Scandal

Pope John Paul II Calls American Cardinals to Vatican for Meeting about Sex Abuse Scandal

15 April 2004
Osama bin Laden Offers Truce Deal to European Nations

Osama bin Laden Offers Truce Deal to European Nations

15 April 2004
Yasser Arafat Declares Palestinians Will Never Give Up the Fight

Yasser Arafat Declares Palestinians Will Never Give Up the Fight

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