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1 December 2005
South Africa Court Rules Civil Marriage is not Limited to Just Opposite-Sex Couples

South Africa Court Rules Civil Marriage is not Limited to Just Opposite-Sex Couples

2 December 537
Pope Silverius Starves to Death During Exile

Pope Silverius Starves to Death During Exile

2 December 1170
Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket Returns to England After Six Year Exile in France

Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket Returns to England After Six Year Exile in France

2 December 1552
Death of Jesuit Founder Saint Francis Xavier in China

Death of Jesuit Founder Saint Francis Xavier in China

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2 December 1814
Death of French Writer and Philosopher Marquis de Sade

Death of French Writer and Philosopher Marquis de Sade

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2 December 1823
President Monroe Delivers Monroe Doctrine Message to the U.S. Congress

President Monroe Delivers Monroe Doctrine Message to the U.S. Congress

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2 December 1859
Militant Abolitionist John Brown is Executed by Hanging for Harper's Ferry Attack

Militant Abolitionist John Brown is Executed by Hanging for Harper's Ferry Attack

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2 December 1897
Official Vatican Paper Runs Story on Dreyfus Affair, Says Treason is Expected From Jews

Official Vatican Paper Runs Story on Dreyfus Affair, Says Treason is Expected From Jews

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2 December 1914
Adolf Hitler Receives Iron Cross, Second Class Medal

Adolf Hitler Receives Iron Cross, Second Class Medal

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2 December 1932
Kurt von Schleicher Appointed German Chancellor by President Paul von Hindenburg

Kurt von Schleicher Appointed German Chancellor by President Paul von Hindenburg

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2 December 1935
Bavarian Gestapo Bans Meetings of Neo-Pagan Movement Founded by General Ludendorff

Bavarian Gestapo Bans Meetings of Neo-Pagan Movement Founded by General Ludendorff

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2 December 1935
All Confessing Church Organs Censored by Church Affairs Minister Hanns Kerrl

All Confessing Church Organs Censored by Church Affairs Minister Hanns Kerrl

2 December 1939
Nazi Plans to Relocate Jews in Eastern Poland Announced by Government

Nazi Plans to Relocate Jews in Eastern Poland Announced by Government

2 December 1940
Vatican Condemns Euthanasia

Vatican Condemns Euthanasia

2 December 1942
Enrico Fermi and Team Begin First Nuclear Chain Reaction in Chicago

Enrico Fermi and Team Begin First Nuclear Chain Reaction in Chicago

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2 December 1947

Fighting Between Jews and Arabs Spreads Across Jerusalem and Muslim Clerics Call for Jihad

2 December 1954
U.S. Senate Censures Joseph McCarthy for not Cooperating With Senate Subcommittee

U.S. Senate Censures Joseph McCarthy for not Cooperating With Senate Subcommittee

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2 December 1964
Pope Paul VI Goes to India for 38th Eucharistic Conference

Pope Paul VI Goes to India for 38th Eucharistic Conference

2 December 1988
Benazir Bhutto Sworn in as 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan

Benazir Bhutto Sworn in as 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan

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2 December 1988
Muslims Publicly Burn Salman Rushdie's Novel 'The Satanic Verses'

Muslims Publicly Burn Salman Rushdie's Novel 'The Satanic Verses'

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2 December 1993

Clever v. Cherry Hill: Court Rules Schools can Use Religious Symbols in Secular Education

2 December 2011

Islamist Sermons Inspire Muslims to Riot in Kurdish City in Northern Iraq

3 December 311
Death of Roman Emperor Diocletian

Death of Roman Emperor Diocletian

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3 December 383
Roman Emperors Forbid Heretical Groups from Gathering

Roman Emperors Forbid Heretical Groups from Gathering

3 December 741
Zacharias is Elected Pope

Zacharias is Elected Pope

3 December 915

Pope John X Crowns Berengar I as Emperor of the Romans

3 December 1154
Death of Pope Anastasius IV

Death of Pope Anastasius IV

3 December 1447
Birth of Ottoman Sultan Beyazid II

Birth of Ottoman Sultan Beyazid II

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3 December 1740
Pope Benedict XIV Issues First Papal Encyclical on Duties of Bishops

Pope Benedict XIV Issues First Papal Encyclical on Duties of Bishops

3 December 1815
Death of John Carroll, First U.S. Roman Catholic Bishop

Death of John Carroll, First U.S. Roman Catholic Bishop

3 December 1868

German State of Saxony Grants Jews Full Civil Rights

3 December 1875
Birth of Bernard Lichtenberg Who May be Only Catholic Cleric to Practice 'Love Thy Neighbor'

Birth of Bernard Lichtenberg Who May be Only Catholic Cleric to Practice 'Love Thy Neighbor'

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3 December 1895
Birth of Sigmund Freud's Youngest Daughter Anna is Born

Birth of Sigmund Freud's Youngest Daughter Anna is Born

3 December 1935
Five Ministers Ordained in Confessional Church, Defying Ban by Church Affairs Minister Kerrl

Five Ministers Ordained in Confessional Church, Defying Ban by Church Affairs Minister Kerrl

3 December 1935
Interior Minster Wilhelm Frick Explains New Orders for Flying Flags at Churches

Interior Minster Wilhelm Frick Explains New Orders for Flying Flags at Churches

3 December 1935
General Ludendorff Gets Permission From War Minister to Sell His Periodical to Military

General Ludendorff Gets Permission From War Minister to Sell His Periodical to Military

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3 December 1936

Tax Exempt Status of all Jewish Charities is Revoked by Nazi Government

3 December 1938
Goebbels Orders 'Aryanization' of All Jewish Shops and Businesses

Goebbels Orders 'Aryanization' of All Jewish Shops and Businesses

3 December 1964
Students Protesting Restrictions on Free Speech and Political Protests at Berkeley are Arrested

Students Protesting Restrictions on Free Speech and Political Protests at Berkeley are Arrested

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3 December 1970
Atheist Parents Will Appeal Order They Surrender Adopted Daughter Over their Atheism

Atheist Parents Will Appeal Order They Surrender Adopted Daughter Over their Atheism

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3 December 1971

Indo-Pakistani War Begins With Preemptive Pakistani Strike Against India

3 December 1984

Union Carbide Pesticide Plant in Bhopal, India, Begins Leaking Chemicals

4 December 346
Anyone Participating in Magic is Cursed by Emperor Constantius II

Anyone Participating in Magic is Cursed by Emperor Constantius II

4 December 771
Death of Carloman I, King of the Franks and Charlemagne's Older Brother

Death of Carloman I, King of the Franks and Charlemagne's Older Brother

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4 December 1093
Anselm Becomes the Archbishop of Canterbury

Anselm Becomes the Archbishop of Canterbury

4 December 1110
City of Sidon Sacked by Crusaders of the First Crusade

City of Sidon Sacked by Crusaders of the First Crusade

4 December 1123
Death of Omar Khayyam, Persian Poet and Philosopher

Death of Omar Khayyam, Persian Poet and Philosopher

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4 December 1154
Election of Adrian IV as Pope Who was Only Pope to Come From British Isles

Election of Adrian IV as Pope Who was Only Pope to Come From British Isles

4 December 1334
Death of Pope John XXII

Death of Pope John XXII

4 December 1563
Final Session of Council of Trent is Convened

Final Session of Council of Trent is Convened

 
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