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23 February 155

Polycarp of Smyrna is Burned at the Stake

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23 February 303
Roman Emperor Diocletian Has Christian Church and Scriptures Destroyed

Roman Emperor Diocletian Has Christian Church and Scriptures Destroyed

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23 February 1417
Birth of Pope Paul II, Nephew of Pope Eugenius IV

Birth of Pope Paul II, Nephew of Pope Eugenius IV

23 February 1447
Death of Eugene IV, Nephew of Pope Gregory XII

Death of Eugene IV, Nephew of Pope Gregory XII

23 February 1455
First Book Printed With Movable Type Released by Johannes Gutenberg

First Book Printed With Movable Type Released by Johannes Gutenberg

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23 February 1883

Birth of Existentialist Philosopher Karl Jaspers

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23 February 1898
French Author Emile Zola Imprisoned by French Government

French Author Emile Zola Imprisoned by French Government

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23 February 1898
Court Finds Emile Zola Guilty of Libel for Exposing Dreyfus Affair

Court Finds Emile Zola Guilty of Libel for Exposing Dreyfus Affair

23 February 1923
Meyer v. Nebraska: Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Personal Liberty

Meyer v. Nebraska: Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Personal Liberty

23 February 1927
Werner Heisenberg First Writes About His Uncertainty Principle

Werner Heisenberg First Writes About His Uncertainty Principle

23 February 1930
Horst Wessel Dies From Wounds Received From German Communist, Becomes Nazi Martyr

Horst Wessel Dies From Wounds Received From German Communist, Becomes Nazi Martyr

23 February 1933
German Vice Chancellor Franz von Papen Urges Catholics to Vote National Socialist Ticket

German Vice Chancellor Franz von Papen Urges Catholics to Vote National Socialist Ticket

23 February 1934
Former Communist Party Deputy Christian Heuck Murdered in Prison by SS

Former Communist Party Deputy Christian Heuck Murdered in Prison by SS

23 February 1937
Heinrich Himmler Orders Police to Re-arrest Habitual Criminals

Heinrich Himmler Orders Police to Re-arrest Habitual Criminals

23 February 1947
Five American Companies Win Pipeline Contract in Saudi Arabia

Five American Companies Win Pipeline Contract in Saudi Arabia

23 February 1963
Abington v. Schempp: Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Bible Reading and Prayer in School

Abington v. Schempp: Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Bible Reading and Prayer in School

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23 February 1970

First Time Women Can Serve as Eucharistic Minister in Catholic Services

23 February 1982

U.S. v. Lee: Amish Can't Avoid Social Security Taxes on Religious Grounds

23 February 1996

Iraqi Defectors Hussein and Saddam Kamil Return to Iraq and Are Executed

23 February 1997

Birth of Cloned Sheep Dolly Announced

23 February 1997

Palestinian Opens Fire On Tourists at Empire State Building

23 February 2003

Death of American Sociologist Thomas K. Merton

23 February 2004
U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige Calls NEA a 'Terrorist Organization'

U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige Calls NEA a 'Terrorist Organization'

 
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