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17September14
Augustus Caesar Deified by Roman State After His Death

Augustus Caesar Deified by Roman State After His Death

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17September530
Election of Pope Boniface II, First German Ever Elected to Papacy

Election of Pope Boniface II, First German Ever Elected to Papacy

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17September653
Pope Martin I Arrives in Constantinople as a Prisoner

Pope Martin I Arrives in Constantinople as a Prisoner

17September1171
Formation of Abbasid Caliphate in Egypt Announced by Saladin

Formation of Abbasid Caliphate in Egypt Announced by Saladin

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17September1179
Death of Hildegard of Bingen, German Nun Who Founded Benedictine Convent

Death of Hildegard of Bingen, German Nun Who Founded Benedictine Convent

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17September1183
Saladin & Muslim Army Leave Damascus for the Crusader States

Saladin & Muslim Army Leave Damascus for the Crusader States

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17September1394
King Charles VI Suddenly Expels Jews From France

King Charles VI Suddenly Expels Jews From France

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17September1536
Pope Paul III Absolves François Rabelais of Charges of Apostasy

Pope Paul III Absolves François Rabelais of Charges of Apostasy

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17September1550
Birth of Pope Paul V

Birth of Pope Paul V

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17September1595
Pope Clement VIII Recognizes Henri IV as King of France, Absolving Him of His Sins

Pope Clement VIII Recognizes Henri IV as King of France, Absolving Him of His Sins

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17September1621
Death of Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, Opponent of Copernicanism in Vatican

Death of Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, Opponent of Copernicanism in Vatican

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17September1775
Nine Women of Kalish, Poland, Burned to Death as Witches

Nine Women of Kalish, Poland, Burned to Death as Witches

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17September1787
U.S. Constitution is Signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

U.S. Constitution is Signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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17September1858
Death of Dred Scott - Plaintiff in Landmark Supreme Court Case

Death of Dred Scott - Plaintiff in Landmark Supreme Court Case

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17September1900
Adolf Hitler Attends Realschule, But Displays Little Interest in Learning

Adolf Hitler Attends Realschule, But Displays Little Interest in Learning

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17September1907
Birth of Warren Burger, Future Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Birth of Warren Burger, Future Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

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17September1935
Gestapo Supresses Independent Confessional Synod Created by Bishop Otto Zanker

Gestapo Supresses Independent Confessional Synod Created by Bishop Otto Zanker

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17September1936
N.Y. Times Reports on Worsening State for Germany's Jews

N.Y. Times Reports on Worsening State for Germany's Jews

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17September1939
German Bishops Promote Patriotism & Support for Invasion of Poland

German Bishops Promote Patriotism & Support for Invasion of Poland

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17September1939
Soviet Red Army Invades Poland

Soviet Red Army Invades Poland

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17September1940
Hermann Göring Decrees Property of All Polish Jews be Seized by State

Hermann Göring Decrees Property of All Polish Jews be Seized by State

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17September1948
Jewish Terrorists Assassinate UN Mediator Count Folke Bernadotte

Jewish Terrorists Assassinate UN Mediator Count Folke Bernadotte

17September1964
Canada's Justice Minister Says Being Atheist Shouldn't Be Barrier to Citizenship

Canada's Justice Minister Says Being Atheist Shouldn't Be Barrier to Citizenship

17September1976

Conservatives in Episcopal Church Condemn Ordination of Women

17September1978
Peace Treaty Reached at Camp David Between Menachem Begin & Anwar Sadat

Peace Treaty Reached at Camp David Between Menachem Begin & Anwar Sadat

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17September1986
Antonin Scalia Confirmed as Associate Justice to U.S. Supreme Court

Antonin Scalia Confirmed as Associate Justice to U.S. Supreme Court

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17September1986
Pat Robertson States he's Seeking Republican Presidential Nomination for 1988

Pat Robertson States he's Seeking Republican Presidential Nomination for 1988

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17September1986
William Rehnquist Confirmed as Chief Justice to U.S. Supreme Court

William Rehnquist Confirmed as Chief Justice to U.S. Supreme Court

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17September1994
Death of Karl Popper, Philosopher of Science

Death of Karl Popper, Philosopher of Science

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17September2005
Fear of Muslim Reprisals Stops Writer Finding Artist for Book About Muhammad

Fear of Muslim Reprisals Stops Writer Finding Artist for Book About Muhammad

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