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23 August 390
Roman Emperors Decree Widows May Leave Estates to Church or Clergy

Roman Emperors Decree Widows May Leave Estates to Church or Clergy

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23 August 676
Birth of Charles Martel

Birth of Charles Martel

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23 August 1305
William Wallace is Gruesomely Executed by King Edward

William Wallace is Gruesomely Executed by King Edward

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23 August 1566
Hapsburg Regent Margaret of Parma Meets With Protestant Leaders

Hapsburg Regent Margaret of Parma Meets With Protestant Leaders

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23 August 1572
St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre Targets Hugeunots for Mass Murder

St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre Targets Hugeunots for Mass Murder

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23 August 1723
Death of Puritan Minister Increase Mather

Death of Puritan Minister Increase Mather

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23 August 1769
Birth of French Naturalist Georges Cuvier, Founder of Functional Anatomy

Birth of French Naturalist Georges Cuvier, Founder of Functional Anatomy

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23 August 1852
Birth of British Historian Arnold Toynbee

Birth of British Historian Arnold Toynbee

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23 August 1935
Germany's Catholic Bishops Praise Loyalty to State, Rejection of Subversive Attitudes

Germany's Catholic Bishops Praise Loyalty to State, Rejection of Subversive Attitudes

23 August 1936
German Evangelical Church Criticizes Government Tolerating or Engage in Anti-Christian Actions

German Evangelical Church Criticizes Government Tolerating or Engage in Anti-Christian Actions

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23 August 1938
Interior Ministry Issues List of Approved Jewish Names for Newborn Jews

Interior Ministry Issues List of Approved Jewish Names for Newborn Jews

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23 August 1939
Nazi Germany and Soviet Union Announce their Non-Aggression Pact

Nazi Germany and Soviet Union Announce their Non-Aggression Pact

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23 August 1948

World Council of Churches Formed in Amsterdam

23 August 1984
President Ronald Reagan Attacks Secularism in Public Schools

President Ronald Reagan Attacks Secularism in Public Schools

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23 August 1996
Fatwa Issued by Osama bin Laden Declares War on American Occupiers

Fatwa Issued by Osama bin Laden Declares War on American Occupiers

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23 August 2003
Chief Justice Roy Moore Suspended From Bench for Not Removing Ten Commandments

Chief Justice Roy Moore Suspended From Bench for Not Removing Ten Commandments

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23 August 2003
Former Catholic Priest John Geoghan Murdered in Jail for Child Sexual Abuse

Former Catholic Priest John Geoghan Murdered in Jail for Child Sexual Abuse

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23 August 2012
Paul Ryan: Rape is Just Another Form of Conception

Paul Ryan: Rape is Just Another Form of Conception

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23 August 2012
Mitt Romney: Big Business is Doing Fine with Offshore Tax Havens

Mitt Romney: Big Business is Doing Fine with Offshore Tax Havens

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