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25 August 383
Assassination of Roman Emperor Gratian by a Rebel General

Assassination of Roman Emperor Gratian by a Rebel General

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25 August 415
Emperors Declare Public Heretical or Pagan Rites Will Get the Death Penalty

Emperors Declare Public Heretical or Pagan Rites Will Get the Death Penalty

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25 August 450
Aelia Pulcheria Rules Eastern Roman Empire After Death of her Brother Theodosius II

Aelia Pulcheria Rules Eastern Roman Empire After Death of her Brother Theodosius II

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25 August 1191
Richard I the Lionheart Marches Crusader Army Down Coast of Palestine

Richard I the Lionheart Marches Crusader Army Down Coast of Palestine

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25 August 1218
Fifth Crusade Lays Siege to Damietta at Mouth of Nile River

Fifth Crusade Lays Siege to Damietta at Mouth of Nile River

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25 August 1270
Death of King Louis IX of France During Eighth Crusade

Death of King Louis IX of France During Eighth Crusade

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25 August 1609
Galileo Galilei Shows an Early Telescope he has Improved Upon

Galileo Galilei Shows an Early Telescope he has Improved Upon

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25 August 1744
Birth of German Philosopher Johann von Herder

Birth of German Philosopher Johann von Herder

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25 August 1776
Death of Philosopher and Skeptic David Hume

Death of Philosopher and Skeptic David Hume

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25 August 1900
Death of Friedrich Nietzsche

Death of Friedrich Nietzsche

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25 August 1919
Birth of George Corley Wallace, Future Governor of Alabama Defender of Segregation

Birth of George Corley Wallace, Future Governor of Alabama Defender of Segregation

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25 August 1934
Nazi Inquisition Launched Against Dissenting Protestant Clergy

Nazi Inquisition Launched Against Dissenting Protestant Clergy

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25 August 1940
Britain's RAF Makes First Bombing Raid on Berlin

Britain's RAF Makes First Bombing Raid on Berlin

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25 August 1944
Battle of Paris Ends With Surrender of Occupying German Forces to Allies

Battle of Paris Ends With Surrender of Occupying German Forces to Allies

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25 August 1953

American Bar Association Asks Legal Profession to Purge Communists From Ranks

25 August 1954
Abraham Maslow's Book on Motivation and Personality is Published

Abraham Maslow's Book on Motivation and Personality is Published

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25 August 1956
Death of Alfred C. Kinsey, Known for Books and Studies on Sexual Behavior

Death of Alfred C. Kinsey, Known for Books and Studies on Sexual Behavior

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25 August 1967
Death of George Lincoln Rockwell, Founder of American Nazi Party

Death of George Lincoln Rockwell, Founder of American Nazi Party

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25 August 1978
Albino Luciani Elected Pope John Paul I

Albino Luciani Elected Pope John Paul I

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25 August 1988
British Censors Reject Christian Demands That Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ be Edited

British Censors Reject Christian Demands That Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ be Edited

25 August 2003
Roy Moore Supporters File Suit to Block Removal of Ten Commandments Monument

Roy Moore Supporters File Suit to Block Removal of Ten Commandments Monument

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