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21 July -356
Temple of Artemis at Ephesus is Burned Down by Herostratus in Quest for Fame

Temple of Artemis at Ephesus is Burned Down by Herostratus in Quest for Fame

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21 July 230
Pontian Elected 18th Pope, But Will Abdicate Five Years Later

Pontian Elected 18th Pope, But Will Abdicate Five Years Later

21 July 285
Emperor Diocletian Appoints Maximian as Caesar & Co-Ruler

Emperor Diocletian Appoints Maximian as Caesar & Co-Ruler

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21 July 381
Roman Emperors Order Certain Prisoners be Released on Easter

Roman Emperors Order Certain Prisoners be Released on Easter

21 July 1209
Béziers, France Becomes One of First Targets of Albigensian Crusade

Béziers, France Becomes One of First Targets of Albigensian Crusade

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21 July 1228
Emperor Frederick II Arrives in Cyprus for Sixth Crusade, but Fever Outbreak Drives Him Out

Emperor Frederick II Arrives in Cyprus for Sixth Crusade, but Fever Outbreak Drives Him Out

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21 July 1414
Birth of Future Pope Sixtus IV, Will Have Sistine Chapel Created

Birth of Future Pope Sixtus IV, Will Have Sistine Chapel Created

21 July 1425
Death of Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Palaeologus

Death of Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Palaeologus

21 July 1542
Apostolic Constitution Issued by Pope Paul III, Reestablishing the Inquisition

Apostolic Constitution Issued by Pope Paul III, Reestablishing the Inquisition

21 July 1773
Pope Clement XIV Dissolves the Jesuits

Pope Clement XIV Dissolves the Jesuits

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21 July 1789
Northwest Ordinance Approved by U.S. House of Representatives

Northwest Ordinance Approved by U.S. House of Representatives

21 July 1899
Death of Freethinker Robert Green Ingersoll, Advocate of Secularism & Religious Skepticism

Death of Freethinker Robert Green Ingersoll, Advocate of Secularism & Religious Skepticism

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21 July 1925
Final Day of Scopes Trial: John Scopes Found Guilty & Fined $100

Final Day of Scopes Trial: John Scopes Found Guilty & Fined $100

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21 July 1925
Georgia Rep. William Upshaw Introduces Anti-Evolution Bill in U.S. Congress

Georgia Rep. William Upshaw Introduces Anti-Evolution Bill in U.S. Congress

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21 July 1925
Tennessee Farmer John Butler, Author of Anti-Evolution Law, Says Scopes Fine is too Small

Tennessee Farmer John Butler, Author of Anti-Evolution Law, Says Scopes Fine is too Small

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21 July 1932
Two Catholic Journalists Label the Nazi Movement a Plague

Two Catholic Journalists Label the Nazi Movement a Plague

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21 July 1938
Jews Ordered to Get Special Identity Cards Labeling Them As Jews

Jews Ordered to Get Special Identity Cards Labeling Them As Jews

21 July 1938
Pope Pius XI: Catholicism is Opposed to Racism & Nationalism

Pope Pius XI: Catholicism is Opposed to Racism & Nationalism

21 July 1938
Himmler Admonishes Heydrich about Attacking Werner Heisenberg

Himmler Admonishes Heydrich about Attacking Werner Heisenberg

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21 July 1941
Ante Pavelic, Croatia's Catholic Ustashi Leader, Copies Nazi Racial Policies

Ante Pavelic, Croatia's Catholic Ustashi Leader, Copies Nazi Racial Policies

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21 July 1941
General Keitel Orders Destruction of all Copies of Orders on Dealing With Russian Civilians

General Keitel Orders Destruction of all Copies of Orders on Dealing With Russian Civilians

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21 July 1941
Himmler Orders Building of New Concentration Camp Right in Heart of Lublin, Poland

Himmler Orders Building of New Concentration Camp Right in Heart of Lublin, Poland

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21 July 1949
Eleanor Roosevelt Accused of Encouraging Anti-Catholic Prejudice

Eleanor Roosevelt Accused of Encouraging Anti-Catholic Prejudice

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21 July 1953
Methodist Bishop Oxnam Appears Before House Committee on Un-American Activities

Methodist Bishop Oxnam Appears Before House Committee on Un-American Activities

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21 July 1981
Louisiana Governor Signs Bill Allowing Teaching of Creationism in Public Schools

Louisiana Governor Signs Bill Allowing Teaching of Creationism in Public Schools

21 July 1985
Harry Shelton, High School Student During Scopes Monkey Trial, Gives Interview

Harry Shelton, High School Student During Scopes Monkey Trial, Gives Interview

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21 July 1988
Movie Studio Rejects Bill Bright's Offer to Buy 'Last Temptation of Christ' for Destruction

Movie Studio Rejects Bill Bright's Offer to Buy 'Last Temptation of Christ' for Destruction

21 July 1999
Bridenbaugh v. O'Bannon: Government Employee Can Get Religious Holiday for Vacation Day

Bridenbaugh v. O'Bannon: Government Employee Can Get Religious Holiday for Vacation Day

 
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