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20August399
Roman Emperors: Bishops Have Sole Authority Over Religious Legal Cases

Roman Emperors: Bishops Have Sole Authority Over Religious Legal Cases

20August399
Roman Emperors Decree Public Festivals or Celebrations Can't Have Pagan Content

Roman Emperors Decree Public Festivals or Celebrations Can't Have Pagan Content

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20August399
Roman Emperors Ban Destruction of Pagan Temples if They Don't Contain Illicit Objects

Roman Emperors Ban Destruction of Pagan Temples if They Don't Contain Illicit Objects

20August984
Death of Pope John XIV

Death of Pope John XIV

20August1153
Death of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Cistercian Monk

Death of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Cistercian Monk

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20August1191
Richard I the Lionheart has Muslim Hostages Executed Outside Acre

Richard I the Lionheart has Muslim Hostages Executed Outside Acre

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20August1205
Henry of Flanders Crowned Emperor of Latin Empire Known as Byzantine Empire

Henry of Flanders Crowned Emperor of Latin Empire Known as Byzantine Empire

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20August1308
Knights Templar Grand Master Jacques de Molay Pardoned by Pope Clement V

Knights Templar Grand Master Jacques de Molay Pardoned by Pope Clement V

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20August1643
Anne Hutchinson Expelled From Massachusetts Bay Colony

Anne Hutchinson Expelled From Massachusetts Bay Colony

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20August1692
Margaret Jacobs Recants Testimony Given at Salem Witch Trials

Margaret Jacobs Recants Testimony Given at Salem Witch Trials

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20August1823
Death of Pope Pius VII

Death of Pope Pius VII

20August1826
Pope Leo XII Forbids Jews Leaving Ghetto in Rome Without Written Permission

Pope Leo XII Forbids Jews Leaving Ghetto in Rome Without Written Permission

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20August1854
Death of German Idealist Philosopher Friedrich Schelling

Death of German Idealist Philosopher Friedrich Schelling

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20August1884
Birth of Rudolf Karl Bultmann, Theologian and Scholar of New Testament

Birth of Rudolf Karl Bultmann, Theologian and Scholar of New Testament

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20August1886
Birth of Protestant Theologian Paul Tillich

Birth of Protestant Theologian Paul Tillich

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20August1912
Death of Salvation Army Founder William Booth in England

Death of Salvation Army Founder William Booth in England

20August1914
Death of Pope Pius X of Heart Attack - Didn't Have a Cold as Media Claimed

Death of Pope Pius X of Heart Attack - Didn't Have a Cold as Media Claimed

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20August1921
Hostility Increases Towards Weimar Government and Constitution Due to Economic Downturn

Hostility Increases Towards Weimar Government and Constitution Due to Economic Downturn

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20August1935
German Bishops Beg Hitler to Revoke Ban on Confessions in Concentration Camps

German Bishops Beg Hitler to Revoke Ban on Confessions in Concentration Camps

20August1935
Germany's Catholic Bishops Denounce Idea that Catholics Rebel Against Government

Germany's Catholic Bishops Denounce Idea that Catholics Rebel Against Government

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20August1936
Germany's Catholic Bishops Approve Order to Fly Nazi Flag Alone on National Holidays

Germany's Catholic Bishops Approve Order to Fly Nazi Flag Alone on National Holidays

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20August1940
Undercover Soviet Agent Uses Axe to Assassinate Leon Trotsky

Undercover Soviet Agent Uses Axe to Assassinate Leon Trotsky

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20August1943
Wilhelm Frick Made Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia

Wilhelm Frick Made Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia

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20August1947
Doctors Trial Begins in Nuremberg for Nazis Accused of Murder, Human Experimentation

Doctors Trial Begins in Nuremberg for Nazis Accused of Murder, Human Experimentation

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20August1968
Czechoslovakia Invaded by Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact Nations

Czechoslovakia Invaded by Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact Nations

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20August1978

Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine Attacks El Al Israel Airlines Crew Bus in London

20August1988
Iran-Iraq War Ends After Eight Years

Iran-Iraq War Ends After Eight Years

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20August1999
Koenick v. Felton: Public Holiday at Easter not Religious Establishment

Koenick v. Felton: Public Holiday at Easter not Religious Establishment

20August2003
Deadline for Alabama's Chief Justice Roy Moore Comes and Goes

Deadline for Alabama's Chief Justice Roy Moore Comes and Goes

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20August2012
Dr. John C. Willke: Bodies of Raped Women Work to Prevent Pregnancy

Dr. John C. Willke: Bodies of Raped Women Work to Prevent Pregnancy

 
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