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4 August 70
Roman Soldiers Under Titus Destroy Second Temple in Siege of Jerusalem

Roman Soldiers Under Titus Destroy Second Temple in Siege of Jerusalem

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4 August 367
Emperor Valentinian I Names Oldest Son Gratian as Co-Augustus

Emperor Valentinian I Names Oldest Son Gratian as Co-Augustus

4 August 425
Roman Emperors Decree Confiscation as Punishment for Crimes Against Catholicism

Roman Emperors Decree Confiscation as Punishment for Crimes Against Catholicism

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4 August 1187
Saladin Takes Surrender of Gibelet

Saladin Takes Surrender of Gibelet

4 August 1278
Pope Nicholas III Forces Jews to Attend Conversion Sermons

Pope Nicholas III Forces Jews to Attend Conversion Sermons

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4 August 1521
Death of Pope Urban VII, Shortest-Lived Pope in History

Death of Pope Urban VII, Shortest-Lived Pope in History

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4 August 1571
Governor Marco Bragadin of Famagusta Surrenders to Ottoman Turks

Governor Marco Bragadin of Famagusta Surrenders to Ottoman Turks

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4 August 1735
Freedom of Press Established in Defamation Trial of John Peter Zenger

Freedom of Press Established in Defamation Trial of John Peter Zenger

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4 August 1789
Northwest Ordinance Approved by New U.S. Senate Under U.S. Constitution

Northwest Ordinance Approved by New U.S. Senate Under U.S. Constitution

4 August 1792
Birth of Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley

Birth of Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley

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4 August 1832
Phrenologist Johann Spurzheim Arrives in U.S. for Lecture Tour

Phrenologist Johann Spurzheim Arrives in U.S. for Lecture Tour

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4 August 1834
Birth of Logician and Philosopher John Venn

Birth of Logician and Philosopher John Venn

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4 August 1879
Pope Leo XIII Condemns Modern Philosophy

Pope Leo XIII Condemns Modern Philosophy

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4 August 1899
Shirt Manufacturer Charged Using American Flag in Ads

Shirt Manufacturer Charged Using American Flag in Ads

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4 August 1918
Iron Cross First Class Awarded to Corporal Adolf Hitler

Iron Cross First Class Awarded to Corporal Adolf Hitler

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4 August 1925
Clarence Darrow Tells ACLU There's no Bill for His Services in Scopes Monkey Trial

Clarence Darrow Tells ACLU There's no Bill for His Services in Scopes Monkey Trial

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4 August 1925
John Scopes' Lead Defense Counsel Asks Court to Stop State Enforcing Anti-Evolution Law

John Scopes' Lead Defense Counsel Asks Court to Stop State Enforcing Anti-Evolution Law

4 August 1935
Vatican Newspaper Criticizes Hermann Goering's Decree on Political Catholicism

Vatican Newspaper Criticizes Hermann Goering's Decree on Political Catholicism

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4 August 1935
Segregation of Jews in Ghettos Advocated by Official Journal of Nazi Lawyers

Segregation of Jews in Ghettos Advocated by Official Journal of Nazi Lawyers

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4 August 1935
Prussian Chief of Police Says New Laws Against Jews are Coming

Prussian Chief of Police Says New Laws Against Jews are Coming

4 August 1940
Charles Lindbergh: If Germany Wins War U.S. Must Make Peace With Nazis

Charles Lindbergh: If Germany Wins War U.S. Must Make Peace With Nazis

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4 August 1942
Nazi Deportation of Belgian Jews to Auschwitz Begins

Nazi Deportation of Belgian Jews to Auschwitz Begins

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4 August 1944
Anne Frank and Family Arrested in Amsterdam by Gestapo

Anne Frank and Family Arrested in Amsterdam by Gestapo

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4 August 1961
Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network Begins its Radio Broadcasting

Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network Begins its Radio Broadcasting

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4 August 1977
Death of Marxist Philosopher Ernst Bloch

Death of Marxist Philosopher Ernst Bloch

4 August 2010
Perry v. Brown: California's Prop 8 Struck Down as Unconstitutional

Perry v. Brown: California's Prop 8 Struck Down as Unconstitutional

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Marriage of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile
Eunice Hill and Her Husband Make First Modern Claim of Alien Abduction
Basic Elements of Quantum Theory Announced by Max Planck at Berlin Physical Society

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Death of John T. Scopes, Famous Defendant in Scopes Monkey Trial
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Opens New American Atheist Center in Austin, Texas
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Maryland Judge Shirley Jones Dismisses Indictment Against Madalyn Murray-O'Hair

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