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17July1048
Damasus II Installed as Pope for a Reign of 24 Days

Damasus II Installed as Pope for a Reign of 24 Days

17July1203
Constantinople Falls to the Army of the Fourth Crusade

Constantinople Falls to the Army of the Fourth Crusade

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17July1212
Muslims Defeated at Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa, a Major Turning Point in Reconquista

Muslims Defeated at Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa, a Major Turning Point in Reconquista

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17July1221
Cardinal Pelagius & the Crusaders Set Out for Cairo & Eventual Defeat

Cardinal Pelagius & the Crusaders Set Out for Cairo & Eventual Defeat

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17July1245
Emperor Frederick II Found Guilty of Sacrilege at First Council of Lyons & is Deposed

Emperor Frederick II Found Guilty of Sacrilege at First Council of Lyons & is Deposed

17July1392
Portugal's King John I Orders Compliance with Papal Bull Protecting Jews

Portugal's King John I Orders Compliance with Papal Bull Protecting Jews

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17July1505
Martin Luther Enters Augustinian Monastic Order

Martin Luther Enters Augustinian Monastic Order

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17July1790
Death of Adam Smith, Pioneer in Economics & Political Economy

Death of Adam Smith, Pioneer in Economics & Political Economy

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17July1836
Death of William White, First Bishop of Diocese of Pennsylvania

Death of William White, First Bishop of Diocese of Pennsylvania

17July1902
Carl Gustav Jung Awarded MD Degree by University of Zürich

Carl Gustav Jung Awarded MD Degree by University of Zürich

17July1912
Death of Jules Henri Poincaré, Mathematician & Theoretical Scientist

Death of Jules Henri Poincaré, Mathematician & Theoretical Scientist

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17July1918
Hitler Awarded Iron Cross First Class by Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Freiherr von Godin

Hitler Awarded Iron Cross First Class by Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Freiherr von Godin

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17July1918
Tsar Nicholas II of Russia & Family Executed on Orders from Lenin

Tsar Nicholas II of Russia & Family Executed on Orders from Lenin

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17July1925
Day Six of Scopes Trial Judge Rules Against Expert Testimony, Darrow Found in Contempt

Day Six of Scopes Trial Judge Rules Against Expert Testimony, Darrow Found in Contempt

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17July1935
Decree Forbids Evangelical Church Collecting Funds for Any Reason Not Officially Approved

Decree Forbids Evangelical Church Collecting Funds for Any Reason Not Officially Approved

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17July1935
Catholic Church Puts Alfred Rosenberg's Book on Index of Forbidden Books

Catholic Church Puts Alfred Rosenberg's Book on Index of Forbidden Books

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17July1936
Spanish Civil War Begins With Attempted Coup Against Democratic Government

Spanish Civil War Begins With Attempted Coup Against Democratic Government

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17July1937
Alfred Rosenberg Argues for Uniting Nazi Government & Christian Churches

Alfred Rosenberg Argues for Uniting Nazi Government & Christian Churches

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17July1939
Germany's Catholic Bishops Get Orders About Reporting to Military Units as Chaplains

Germany's Catholic Bishops Get Orders About Reporting to Military Units as Chaplains

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17July1941
Alfred Rosenberg Named Reich Minister of Eastern Occupied Territories

Alfred Rosenberg Named Reich Minister of Eastern Occupied Territories

17July1941
Hans Frank Orders Halt to Building Jewish Ghettos - They Won't Need Them Much Longer

Hans Frank Orders Halt to Building Jewish Ghettos - They Won't Need Them Much Longer

17July1941
Reinhard Heydrich Renews Order to Shoot All Russian Prisoners of War

Reinhard Heydrich Renews Order to Shoot All Russian Prisoners of War

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17July1941
Orders Issued to Divide Soviet Prisoners of War into Different Categories

Orders Issued to Divide Soviet Prisoners of War into Different Categories

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17July1941
Hitler & Rosenberg Participate in Conference Where Fate of Jews is Discussed

Hitler & Rosenberg Participate in Conference Where Fate of Jews is Discussed

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17July1942
Himmler Visits Auschwitz & Orders it Expanded to More Quickly Kill the Jews

Himmler Visits Auschwitz & Orders it Expanded to More Quickly Kill the Jews

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17July1968
Arif Removed From Power in Iraq by Ba'athists

Arif Removed From Power in Iraq by Ba'athists

 
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Operation Barbarossa, Invasion of Soviet Union, is Launched by Nazi Germany
ACLU Will Try to Raise $10,000 for Defense of John Scopes for Teaching Evolution
Birth of Erich Marie Remarque, Author of All Quiet On The Western Front
Vatican Condemns U.S. States Outlawing Discrimination Due to Sexual Orientation
Second Armistice at Compiègne Signed Between Germany and Remains of French Government

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Death of John Dewey, Educator and Philosopher
Georgia's Supreme Court Upholds Prison Sentence for Having Communist Literature
Index of Prohibited Books Abolished by Pope Paul VI
Five Arrested at Watergate Hotel for Burglary of Democratic Committee Headquarters
Loving v. Virginia: Supreme Court Strikes Down Virginia Law Banning Interracial Marriages