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6August258
Pope Sixtus II Martyred When Emperor Valerian Has Him Beheaded

Pope Sixtus II Martyred When Emperor Valerian Has Him Beheaded

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6August412
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

6August425
Roman Emperors Ban Jews and Pagans From Owning Christian Slaves

Roman Emperors Ban Jews and Pagans From Owning Christian Slaves

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6August425
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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6August523
Death of Pope Hormisdas

Death of Pope Hormisdas

6August768
Antipope Constantine II Dies After Horrific Treatment and Excommunication

Antipope Constantine II Dies After Horrific Treatment and Excommunication

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6August1187
Saladin's Army Captures City of Beirut

Saladin's Army Captures City of Beirut

6August1221
Death of Saint Dominic, Founder of Monastic Order of Dominicans

Death of Saint Dominic, Founder of Monastic Order of Dominicans

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6August1458
Death of Pope Callistus III, Part of Infamous Borgia Family

Death of Pope Callistus III, Part of Infamous Borgia Family

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6August1623
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

6August1727
First Catholic Charitable Institution in America Started in New Orleans

First Catholic Charitable Institution in America Started in New Orleans

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6August1774
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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6August1801

Religious Camp Meetings in Kentucky Begin - Western Great Revival

6August1806
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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6August1838
Mormons Beat Non-Mormons With Clubs During State Elections

Mormons Beat Non-Mormons With Clubs During State Elections

6August1861

Offenses Against Person Act Criminalizes Abortion in Britain

6August1938
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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6August1941
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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6August1945
World's First Nuclear Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima, Japan

World's First Nuclear Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima, Japan

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6August1969
German Philosopher Theodor Adorno Dies of a Heart Attack

German Philosopher Theodor Adorno Dies of a Heart Attack

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6August1969
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

6August1978
Death of Pope Paul VI of Massive Heart Attack

Death of Pope Paul VI of Massive Heart Attack

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6August1996
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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6August2000
Pope John Paul II: Catholic Christianity Superior to Other Religions

Pope John Paul II: Catholic Christianity Superior to Other Religions

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6August2003
Gene Robinson Becomes First Episcopal Bishop-Designate of New Hampshire

Gene Robinson Becomes First Episcopal Bishop-Designate of New Hampshire

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