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Philip II Leads Macedonians Against Athens and Thebes at Battle of Chaeronea

Philip II Leads Macedonians Against Athens and Thebes at Battle of Chaeronea

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2August257
Pope Stephen I Martyred by Emperor Valerian's Men

Pope Stephen I Martyred by Emperor Valerian's Men

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Death of Pope Severinus After Reign of Just a Two Months

Death of Pope Severinus After Reign of Just a Two Months

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Death of Pope John V

Death of Pope John V

2August1057
Election of Stephen IX, Pope Who Advocates Church Reform

Election of Stephen IX, Pope Who Advocates Church Reform

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Pope Urban IV Renews Policy of Inquisitors Absolving Each Other of Irregularities

Pope Urban IV Renews Policy of Inquisitors Absolving Each Other of Irregularities

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2August1776
Official Signing of U.S. Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Official Signing of U.S. Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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2August1876
Death of James Butler Hickok, Better Known as Wild Bill Hickok

Death of James Butler Hickok, Better Known as Wild Bill Hickok

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2August1897
Birth of Karl-Otto Koch, First Commandant of Buchenwald and Sachsenhausen

Birth of Karl-Otto Koch, First Commandant of Buchenwald and Sachsenhausen

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2August1907

Vatican: Catholic Marriages Only Valid When Performed by Catholic Priests

2August1923
Birth of Shimon Peres, Future Israeli Politician

Birth of Shimon Peres, Future Israeli Politician

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2August1933
WW I Hero Hutchinson Begins Publishing Fascist Paper in Britain

WW I Hero Hutchinson Begins Publishing Fascist Paper in Britain

2August1934
Death of Paul von Hindenburg, President of Weimar Republic in Germany

Death of Paul von Hindenburg, President of Weimar Republic in Germany

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2August1939
Einstein and Szilárd Urge Roosevelt to Develop Nuclear Weapons Before Nazis Do

Einstein and Szilárd Urge Roosevelt to Develop Nuclear Weapons Before Nazis Do

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2August1943
Treblinka Death Camp Prisoners Launch Rebellion Against Nazi Guards

Treblinka Death Camp Prisoners Launch Rebellion Against Nazi Guards

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2August1948
Birth of Conservative Columnist Dennis Prager

Birth of Conservative Columnist Dennis Prager

2August1968
Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard Denies Being Leader of Scientology

Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard Denies Being Leader of Scientology

2August1988
Franco Zeffirelli Pulls Movie From Film Festival to Protest Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ

Franco Zeffirelli Pulls Movie From Film Festival to Protest Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ

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2August1989
Hashemi Rafsanjani Sworn in for First Term as Iran's President

Hashemi Rafsanjani Sworn in for First Term as Iran's President

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2August1989
Margery Wakefield Defies Gag Order from Lawsuit Against Scientology Church

Margery Wakefield Defies Gag Order from Lawsuit Against Scientology Church

2August1990
Iraq-Kuwait War Starts With Iraq Invading Kuwait

Iraq-Kuwait War Starts With Iraq Invading Kuwait

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