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5August1099
First Crusade's Papal Legate Arnulf of Chocques Claims Discovery of the True Cross

First Crusade's Papal Legate Arnulf of Chocques Claims Discovery of the True Cross

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5August1656

Eight Quakers Arrive in Boston and are Imprisoned by Puritan Authorities

5August1692
Six Found Guilty of Witchcraft at Salem Witch Trials, Sentenced to Hang

Six Found Guilty of Witchcraft at Salem Witch Trials, Sentenced to Hang

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5August1769
Pope Clement XIV Declares Jews No Longer Under Jurisdiction of Inquisition

Pope Clement XIV Declares Jews No Longer Under Jurisdiction of Inquisition

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5August1861

First American Income Tax Created to Help Pay for Civil War

5August1895
Death of Friedrich Engels, Known for Socialist and Communist Political Philosophy

Death of Friedrich Engels, Known for Socialist and Communist Political Philosophy

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5August1914
Hitler Volunteers to Serve in First Bavarian Infantry Regiment During WW I

Hitler Volunteers to Serve in First Bavarian Infantry Regiment During WW I

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5August1918
Kurt Tucholsky Writes that Germany's Far-Right is Mobilizing for Violence

Kurt Tucholsky Writes that Germany's Far-Right is Mobilizing for Violence

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5August1925
Tennessee's Governor Peay Says State Will Fight John Scopes Appeal

Tennessee's Governor Peay Says State Will Fight John Scopes Appeal

5August1925
Unitarian Rev. Potter Says Scopes Monkey Trail was Done for Publicity

Unitarian Rev. Potter Says Scopes Monkey Trail was Done for Publicity

5August1933
Nazis Ban Folk Poem "Lorelei" by Heinrich Heine Because he was Jewish

Nazis Ban Folk Poem "Lorelei" by Heinrich Heine Because he was Jewish

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5August1935
Nazi Leaders Attack Political Catholicism in Germany

Nazi Leaders Attack Political Catholicism in Germany

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5August1935
Bishop Preysing Criticizes Nazi Attacks on Catholicism

Bishop Preysing Criticizes Nazi Attacks on Catholicism

5August1936
Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Authorization to Teach at University of Berlin Revoked

Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Authorization to Teach at University of Berlin Revoked

5August1937
Propaganda Ministry Forbids Religious Press Referring to Nazi Heroes

Propaganda Ministry Forbids Religious Press Referring to Nazi Heroes

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5August1956
Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Keeps Catholics Schools Segregated for Now

Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Keeps Catholics Schools Segregated for Now

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5August1968
Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard Wants Meeting with British Religious Leaders

Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard Wants Meeting with British Religious Leaders

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5August1973

Black September Terrorists Attack Passengers in Athens Airport

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5August1988
Universal Studios: Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ Will be Released Early

Universal Studios: Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ Will be Released Early

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5August2003
Federal Judge Orders Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore to Remove Ten Commandments

Federal Judge Orders Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore to Remove Ten Commandments

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5August2010
Mexico's Supreme Court: Gay Marriage Law is Constitutional

Mexico's Supreme Court: Gay Marriage Law is Constitutional

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Today's Major Events

Pope Pius VIII Complains that French Constitution Protects Religious Liberty
U.S. Army Liberates Dachau Concentration Camp
Film 'All Quiet on the Western Front' Opens in America
Tariq ibn Ziyad Crosses from Africa to Europe, Begins Muslim Invasion of Europe
Photos of Abuse and Humiliation of Iraqi Prisoners at Abu Ghraib Prison Released

This Month in Atheist History

Birth of George Jacob Holyoake, Leader of English Freethought Movement
Judge Dismisses Madalyn Murray (O'Hair) Lawsuit Against Bible Reading in Public Schools
Birth of Clarence Darrow, One of America's Most Famous Lawyers
Torcaso v. Watkins: Supreme Court Rules Against Religious Tests for Public Office
Death of William of Ockham, Philosopher and English Franciscan Theologian