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8 August 1931
German Chancellor Heinrich Brüning Meets Vatican Secretary of State Eugenio Pacelli

German Chancellor Heinrich Brüning Meets Vatican Secretary of State Eugenio Pacelli

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8 August 1935
German Communists Suggest Alliance with Catholics to Fight Nazis

German Communists Suggest Alliance with Catholics to Fight Nazis

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8 August 1938
Official Jesuit Publication Says Catholics Should Treat Jews Nicely, But Not Trust Them

Official Jesuit Publication Says Catholics Should Treat Jews Nicely, But Not Trust Them

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8 August 1938
Mauthausen Concentration Camp Opens in Austria

Mauthausen Concentration Camp Opens in Austria

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8 August 1939
Hitler Orders Expendable Prisoners Be Sent to Concentration Camps Under SS Supervision

Hitler Orders Expendable Prisoners Be Sent to Concentration Camps Under SS Supervision

8 August 1939
Interior Minister Frick Orders Germans to Register for Possible War Effort

Interior Minister Frick Orders Germans to Register for Possible War Effort

8 August 1940
Gunter d'Alquen: Jewish Question Will be Solved by Eliminating All Jews

Gunter d'Alquen: Jewish Question Will be Solved by Eliminating All Jews

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8 August 1976
President Ford's Speech to Eucharist Congress Disparages Secularism

President Ford's Speech to Eucharist Congress Disparages Secularism

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8 August 1977
Don Oakley Questions Tax Exemption Benefits for Religions and Churches

Don Oakley Questions Tax Exemption Benefits for Religions and Churches

8 August 1986
Court Says Scientology Teachings Not Protected by Trade Secrets Law

Court Says Scientology Teachings Not Protected by Trade Secrets Law

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8 August 1997

Court Rules in Favor of Nativity Scene on Public Property During Christmas Season

8 August 2005

Death of Robert Baker, Skeptical Investigator of Paranormal Phenomena

9 August 378
Gothic Rebels Defeat Emperor Valens and Large Roman Army at Battle of Adrianople

Gothic Rebels Defeat Emperor Valens and Large Roman Army at Battle of Adrianople

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9 August 387
Roman Emperors Rescind Arians' Permission to Gather and Built Churches

Roman Emperors Rescind Arians' Permission to Gather and Built Churches

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9 August 1048
Death of Pope Damasus II, Less Than a Month After He Was Installed

Death of Pope Damasus II, Less Than a Month After He Was Installed

9 August 1185
Fall of Byzantine City of Thessalonica

Fall of Byzantine City of Thessalonica

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9 August 1471
Election of Sixtus IV as Pope Will Make Major Infrastructure Improvements in Rome

Election of Sixtus IV as Pope Will Make Major Infrastructure Improvements in Rome

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9 August 1896
Birth of Psychologist Jean Piaget

Birth of Psychologist Jean Piaget

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9 August 1919
Death of Ernst Haeckel Whose Work on Evolution Inspired Racist Theories of Nazis

Death of Ernst Haeckel Whose Work on Evolution Inspired Racist Theories of Nazis

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9 August 1934
Reichbishop Müller Makes Himself Head of German Evangelical Protestant Church

Reichbishop Müller Makes Himself Head of German Evangelical Protestant Church

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9 August 1942
Death in Auschwitz of Edith Stein, a Jewish Convert to Catholicism

Death in Auschwitz of Edith Stein, a Jewish Convert to Catholicism

9 August 1945
World's Second Nuclear Bomb Dropped on Nagasaki, Japan

World's Second Nuclear Bomb Dropped on Nagasaki, Japan

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9 August 1957
Death of Carl Clauberg While Waiting for War Crimes Trial

Death of Carl Clauberg While Waiting for War Crimes Trial

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9 August 1982
Judge William Hand: Alabama Can't Enforce New Voluntary Prayer Law

Judge William Hand: Alabama Can't Enforce New Voluntary Prayer Law

9 August 1988
Catholic Leaders Urge American Catholics Not to See Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ

Catholic Leaders Urge American Catholics Not to See Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ

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9 August 2002
Government Appeals Newdow v. U.S. Congress Which Struck Down Under God in Pledge

Government Appeals Newdow v. U.S. Congress Which Struck Down Under God in Pledge

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9 August 2005
Death of Julian Klass, Skeptical Investigator of Paranormal

Death of Julian Klass, Skeptical Investigator of Paranormal

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10 August 654
Election of Eugene I as Pope

Election of Eugene I as Pope

10 August 1099
Peasant Crusade's Leader Peter the Hermit Leads Supplicatory Processions in Jerusalem

Peasant Crusade's Leader Peter the Hermit Leads Supplicatory Processions in Jerusalem

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10 August 1794
Birth of Jewish Historian Leopold Zunz

Birth of Jewish Historian Leopold Zunz

10 August 1824
Jews Forbidden Entering and Settling in Russia

Jews Forbidden Entering and Settling in Russia

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10 August 1932
Potempa Resident Konrad Pietrzuch is Murdered by SA Stormtroopers

Potempa Resident Konrad Pietrzuch is Murdered by SA Stormtroopers

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10 August 1934
German Protestant Clergy Protest Loyalty Oath to Hitler

German Protestant Clergy Protest Loyalty Oath to Hitler

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10 August 1938
Julius Streicher Organizes Demolition of Synagogue in Nuremberg

Julius Streicher Organizes Demolition of Synagogue in Nuremberg

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10 August 1988
Bowen v. Kendrick: Federal Funds Can Be Used for Religious Counseling

Bowen v. Kendrick: Federal Funds Can Be Used for Religious Counseling

10 August 1990
Last Public Appearance by B.F. Skinner

Last Public Appearance by B.F. Skinner

10 August 1993
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Becomes Second Female Associate Justice on U.S. Supreme Court

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Becomes Second Female Associate Justice on U.S. Supreme Court

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10 August 1995
German Court: Crucifixes and Crosses Must be Removed From Schools

German Court: Crucifixes and Crosses Must be Removed From Schools

10 August 1995
Norma McCorvey Publicly Reveals Herself as Roe in Roe v. Wade

Norma McCorvey Publicly Reveals Herself as Roe in Roe v. Wade

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10 August 2004
Texas Judge Orders Removal of Bible Portion of Courthouse Monument

Texas Judge Orders Removal of Bible Portion of Courthouse Monument

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10 August 2010
Mexico's Supreme Court: All Mexican States Have to Recognize Gay Marriages

Mexico's Supreme Court: All Mexican States Have to Recognize Gay Marriages

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11 August -3114
Date of Creation According to the Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar

Date of Creation According to the Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar

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11 August 490
Theodoric the Great Scores Massive Victory Over Odoacer at Battle of Adda

Theodoric the Great Scores Massive Victory Over Odoacer at Battle of Adda

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11 August 1086
Birth of Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor

Birth of Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor

11 August 1456
Hungarian National Hero John Hunyadi Dies of Plague

Hungarian National Hero John Hunyadi Dies of Plague

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11 August 1492
Election of Rodrigo Borgia as Pope Alexander VI

Election of Rodrigo Borgia as Pope Alexander VI

11 August 1519
Death of Johann Tetzel, German Dominican Preacher Who Overused Sales of Indulgences

Death of Johann Tetzel, German Dominican Preacher Who Overused Sales of Indulgences

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11 August 1833
Birth of Freethinker Robert Ingersoll, Proponent of Secularism and Religious Skepticism

Birth of Freethinker Robert Ingersoll, Proponent of Secularism and Religious Skepticism

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11 August 1872
Birth of Future Supreme Court Chief Justice Harlan Fiske Stone

Birth of Future Supreme Court Chief Justice Harlan Fiske Stone

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11 August 1905
Birth of Kurt Gerstein, Responsible for Introducing Zyklon B for Extermination of Jews

Birth of Kurt Gerstein, Responsible for Introducing Zyklon B for Extermination of Jews

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