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6 August 258
Pope Sixtus II Martyred When Emperor Valerian Has Him Beheaded

Pope Sixtus II Martyred When Emperor Valerian Has Him Beheaded

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6 August 412
Roman Emperors Declare Jews Shouldn't be Persecuted for Their Religion but They're Warned

Roman Emperors Declare Jews Shouldn't be Persecuted for Their Religion but They're Warned

6 August 425
Roman Emperors Ban Jews and Pagans From Owning Christian Slaves

Roman Emperors Ban Jews and Pagans From Owning Christian Slaves

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6 August 425
Roman Emperors Give Bishops Authority Over Legal Action That Involves Clerics

Roman Emperors Give Bishops Authority Over Legal Action That Involves Clerics

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6 August 523
Death of Pope Hormisdas

Death of Pope Hormisdas

6 August 768
Antipope Constantine II Dies After Horrific Treatment and Excommunication

Antipope Constantine II Dies After Horrific Treatment and Excommunication

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6 August 1187
Saladin's Army Captures City of Beirut

Saladin's Army Captures City of Beirut

6 August 1221
Death of Saint Dominic, Founder of Monastic Order of Dominicans

Death of Saint Dominic, Founder of Monastic Order of Dominicans

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6 August 1458
Death of Pope Callistus III, Part of Infamous Borgia Family

Death of Pope Callistus III, Part of Infamous Borgia Family

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6 August 1623
Election of Urban VIII, Last Pope to Use Military Force to Expand Papal Territory

Election of Urban VIII, Last Pope to Use Military Force to Expand Papal Territory

6 August 1727
First Catholic Charitable Institution in America Started in New Orleans

First Catholic Charitable Institution in America Started in New Orleans

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6 August 1774
Ann Lee and Followers Arrive in America, Will be Known as Shakers

Ann Lee and Followers Arrive in America, Will be Known as Shakers

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6 August 1801

Religious Camp Meetings in Kentucky Begin - Western Great Revival

6 August 1806
Francis II Dissolves the Holy Roman Empire, Making him the Last Holy Roman Emperor

Francis II Dissolves the Holy Roman Empire, Making him the Last Holy Roman Emperor

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6 August 1838
Mormons Beat Non-Mormons With Clubs During State Elections

Mormons Beat Non-Mormons With Clubs During State Elections

6 August 1861

Offenses Against Person Act Criminalizes Abortion in Britain

6 August 1938
Jewish War Veterans Urge Henry Ford to Repudiate and Return Nazi Medal From Hitler

Jewish War Veterans Urge Henry Ford to Repudiate and Return Nazi Medal From Hitler

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6 August 1941
Catholic Missionary Work in German Conquered Areas is Banned by Hitler

Catholic Missionary Work in German Conquered Areas is Banned by Hitler

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6 August 1945
World's First Nuclear Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima, Japan

World's First Nuclear Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima, Japan

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6 August 1969
German Philosopher Theodor Adorno Dies of a Heart Attack

German Philosopher Theodor Adorno Dies of a Heart Attack

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6 August 1969
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Sues NASA to Stop Astronauts Practicing Religion in Space

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Sues NASA to Stop Astronauts Practicing Religion in Space

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6 August 1978
Death of Pope Paul VI of Massive Heart Attack

Death of Pope Paul VI of Massive Heart Attack

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6 August 1996
Egyptian Court Orders Professor Nasr Abu Zayd to Divorce His Wife

Egyptian Court Orders Professor Nasr Abu Zayd to Divorce His Wife

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6 August 2000
Pope John Paul II: Catholic Christianity Superior to Other Religions

Pope John Paul II: Catholic Christianity Superior to Other Religions

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6 August 2003
Gene Robinson Becomes First Episcopal Bishop-Designate of New Hampshire

Gene Robinson Becomes First Episcopal Bishop-Designate of New Hampshire

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