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4August367
Emperor Valentinian I Names Oldest Son Gratian as Co-Augustus

Emperor Valentinian I Names Oldest Son Gratian as Co-Augustus

4August425
Roman Emperors Decree Confiscation as Punishment for Crimes Against Catholicism

Roman Emperors Decree Confiscation as Punishment for Crimes Against Catholicism

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4August1187
Saladin Takes Surrender of Gibelet

Saladin Takes Surrender of Gibelet

4August1278
Pope Nicholas III Forces Jews to Attend Conversion Sermons

Pope Nicholas III Forces Jews to Attend Conversion Sermons

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4August1521
Death of Pope Urban VII, Shortest-Lived Pope in History

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

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4August1571
Governor Marco Bragadin of Famagusta Surrenders to Ottoman Turks

Governor Marco Bragadin of Famagusta Surrenders to Ottoman Turks

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4August1735
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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4August1789
Northwest Ordinance Approved by New U.S. Senate Under U.S. Constitution

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

4August1792
Birth of Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley

Birth of Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley

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4August1832
Phrenologist Johann Spurzheim Arrives in U.S. for Lecture Tour

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

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4August1834
Birth of Logician and Philosopher John Venn

Birth of Logician and Philosopher John Venn

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4August1879
Pope Leo XIII Condemns Modern Philosophy

Pope Leo XIII Condemns Modern Philosophy

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4August1899
Shirt Manufacturer Charged Using American Flag in Ads

Shirt Manufacturer Charged Using American Flag in Ads

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4August1918
Iron Cross First Class Awarded to Corporal Adolf Hitler

Iron Cross First Class Awarded to Corporal Adolf Hitler

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4August1925
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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4August1925
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

4August1935
Vatican Newspaper Criticizes Hermann Goering's Decree on Political Catholicism

Vatican Newspaper Criticizes Hermann Goering's Decree on Political Catholicism

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4August1935
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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4August1935
Prussian Chief of Police Says New Laws Against Jews are Coming

Prussian Chief of Police Says New Laws Against Jews are Coming

4August1940
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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4August1942
Nazi Deportation of Belgian Jews to Auschwitz Begins

Nazi Deportation of Belgian Jews to Auschwitz Begins

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4August1944
Anne Frank and Family Arrested in Amsterdam by Gestapo

Anne Frank and Family Arrested in Amsterdam by Gestapo

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4August1961
Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network Begins its Radio Broadcasting

Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network Begins its Radio Broadcasting

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4August1977
Death of Marxist Philosopher Ernst Bloch

Death of Marxist Philosopher Ernst Bloch

4August2010
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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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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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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