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15August-293
Rome's Oldest Known Temple to Venus is Dedicated

Rome's Oldest Known Temple to Venus is Dedicated

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15August423
Death of Roman Emperor Honorius

Death of Roman Emperor Honorius

15August636

Armies of Eastern Roman Empire fight Muslim Forces at Battle of Yarmouk Pits

15August718
Second Siege of Constantinople Fails

Second Siege of Constantinople Fails

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15August778
Charlemagne's Commander Roland Killed by Basques at Battle of Roncevaux Pass

Charlemagne's Commander Roland Killed by Basques at Battle of Roncevaux Pass

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15August927

Saracen Raiders Destroy Taranto, Italy

15August1118
Death of Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos

Death of Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos

15August1209
Carcassonne Surrenders to Crusaders Lead by Arnaud Amaury, Abbot of Cîteaux

Carcassonne Surrenders to Crusaders Lead by Arnaud Amaury, Abbot of Cîteaux

15August1261
Michael VIII Palaiologos Crowned Byzantine Emperor

Michael VIII Palaiologos Crowned Byzantine Emperor

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15August1309
Knights Hospitaller Capture City of Rhodes, Rename Themselves Knights of Rhodes

Knights Hospitaller Capture City of Rhodes, Rename Themselves Knights of Rhodes

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15August1461
City of Trebizond Captured by Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II

City of Trebizond Captured by Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II

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15August1464
Death of Pope Pius II of Fever

Death of Pope Pius II of Fever

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15August1483
Pope Sixtus IV Celebrates Official Opening of Sistine Chapel

Pope Sixtus IV Celebrates Official Opening of Sistine Chapel

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15August1534
Ignatius of Loyola Founds the Jesuits

Ignatius of Loyola Founds the Jesuits

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15August1832
Pope Gregory XVI Complains About Growth of Freedom of Conscience

Pope Gregory XVI Complains About Growth of Freedom of Conscience

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15August1888
Birth of T.E. Lawrence, Better Known as Lawrence of Arabia

Birth of T.E. Lawrence, Better Known as Lawrence of Arabia

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15August1904

Austrian Workers Create the German Workers Party

15August1917
Birth of Future San Salvadorian Archbishop Oscar Romero

Birth of Future San Salvadorian Archbishop Oscar Romero

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15August1924
Birth of Phyllis Schlafly, Founder of Eagle Forum Opponent of Feminism, ERA

Birth of Phyllis Schlafly, Founder of Eagle Forum Opponent of Feminism, ERA

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15August1925
John Scopes' Sister Lela Scopes Gets Teaching Position in NY

John Scopes' Sister Lela Scopes Gets Teaching Position in NY

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15August1925
Prof. James Cattell Trying to Raise $5,000 to Further John Scopes' Education

Prof. James Cattell Trying to Raise $5,000 to Further John Scopes' Education

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15August1933
Birth of Social Psychologist Stanley Milgram, Known for Testing Human Obedience to Authority

Birth of Social Psychologist Stanley Milgram, Known for Testing Human Obedience to Authority

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15August1935
Julius Streicher Criticizes Catholic Concept of Mixed Marriages

Julius Streicher Criticizes Catholic Concept of Mixed Marriages

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15August1939
Advance Mobilization Orders for Polish Invasion are Given to German Railways

Advance Mobilization Orders for Polish Invasion are Given to German Railways

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15August1940
Theodor Dannecker of Reich Security Says Jewish Problem Not Solvable With Emigration

Theodor Dannecker of Reich Security Says Jewish Problem Not Solvable With Emigration

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15August1941
Himmler Tells Einstzgruppe B Commander Nebe to Develop Methods for Killing Jews

Himmler Tells Einstzgruppe B Commander Nebe to Develop Methods for Killing Jews

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15August1944
Rita Antoinette Rizzo Enters Cloistered Franciscan Monastery in Ohio

Rita Antoinette Rizzo Enters Cloistered Franciscan Monastery in Ohio

15August1947
Jinna Sworn in as Pakistan's Governor-General and Nehru as India's Prime Minister

Jinna Sworn in as Pakistan's Governor-General and Nehru as India's Prime Minister

15August1956
Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Comments on Church Refusing to Integrate

Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Comments on Church Refusing to Integrate

15August1969
Thirty-Year Clash Known as The Troubles Start With British Troops Going to Northern Ireland

Thirty-Year Clash Known as The Troubles Start With British Troops Going to Northern Ireland

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15August1978
Church of Scientology Leaders Charged in Federal Court

Church of Scientology Leaders Charged in Federal Court

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15August1998
Real Irish Republican Army Detonates Car Bomb in Omagh, Northern Ireland

Real Irish Republican Army Detonates Car Bomb in Omagh, Northern Ireland

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Birth of Leni Riefenstahl - Actress, Dancer, and Film Director
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