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4 December 1642
Death of Cardinal Richelieu, French Statesman and Religious Leader

Death of Cardinal Richelieu, French Statesman and Religious Leader

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4 December 1679
Death of English Philosopher Thomas Hobbes

Death of English Philosopher Thomas Hobbes

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4 December 1892
Birth of Future Fascist Dictator of Spain, Francisco Franco

Birth of Future Fascist Dictator of Spain, Francisco Franco

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4 December 1916
Adolf Bertram is Secretly Made a Cardinal

Adolf Bertram is Secretly Made a Cardinal

4 December 1930

Vatican Gives Official Approval to Rhythm Method for Birth Control

4 December 1933
Cardinal Michael von Faulhaber Criticizes Some Nazi Party Racial Teachings

Cardinal Michael von Faulhaber Criticizes Some Nazi Party Racial Teachings

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4 December 1935
Delegates of Confessional Synod Vote Against Compromises With Church Affairs Minister Kerrl

Delegates of Confessional Synod Vote Against Compromises With Church Affairs Minister Kerrl

4 December 1938
Hundreds Picket Philadelphia Radio Station for Ending Father Charles Coughlin's Show

Hundreds Picket Philadelphia Radio Station for Ending Father Charles Coughlin's Show

4 December 1938
Charles Coughlin Gives National Radio Address Attacking Jewish International Banking Houses

Charles Coughlin Gives National Radio Address Attacking Jewish International Banking Houses

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4 December 1940

Jews Banned From Serving in Military in Romania

4 December 1941

Law Decreeing Death Penalty for Jews and Poles Who Have Anti-German Mentality is Drafted

4 December 1963
Second Session of Second Vatican Council Ends, But Will Meet Again in Nine Months

Second Session of Second Vatican Council Ends, But Will Meet Again in Nine Months

4 December 1965
After Four Years of Work, Second Vatican Council Officially Ends

After Four Years of Work, Second Vatican Council Officially Ends

4 December 1967

Daniel Schacht Arrested Outside Military Recruiting Center for a Skit Protesting Vietnam War

4 December 1975
Death of Hannah Arendt, Political Philosopher

Death of Hannah Arendt, Political Philosopher

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4 December 1979
Saudi Security Retake Mecca's Grand Mosque From Islamic Terrorists

Saudi Security Retake Mecca's Grand Mosque From Islamic Terrorists

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4 December 1984
Grand Rapids v. Ball: Teaching Religious Classes Programs in Public Schools is Unconstitutional

Grand Rapids v. Ball: Teaching Religious Classes Programs in Public Schools is Unconstitutional

4 December 1984
Wallace v. Jaffree: One Minute Silent Meditation or Prayer in School Will be Ruled Unconstitutional

Wallace v. Jaffree: One Minute Silent Meditation or Prayer in School Will be Ruled Unconstitutional

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4 December 2002
Italian Reporter Orazio Petrosillo Blames Jews for Sex Abuse Scandal in America

Italian Reporter Orazio Petrosillo Blames Jews for Sex Abuse Scandal in America

5 December 663

Fourth Council of Toledo Held at Saint Leocadia Church in Toledo

5 December 771
Charlemagne Made Sole King of Franks

Charlemagne Made Sole King of Franks

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5 December 1349

Rioting Christians Massacre 500 Jews Accused of Spreading the Black Death

5 December 1443
Birth of Future Pope Julius II

Birth of Future Pope Julius II

5 December 1496
All Jews are Ordered Out of Portugal by King Manuel I

All Jews are Ordered Out of Portugal by King Manuel I

5 December 1590
Election of Gregory XIV as Pope

Election of Gregory XIV as Pope

5 December 1901
Birth of German Physicist Werner Heisenberg

Birth of German Physicist Werner Heisenberg

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5 December 1919

Allegheny Bar Association Wants Legal Action to Disbar an Atheist

5 December 1933

Nazi Government Issues Law Calling for Sterilization of Those Deemed Unfit to Have Children

5 December 1934
Aachen Gestapo Reports Clerical Support of National Socialism is Eroding

Aachen Gestapo Reports Clerical Support of National Socialism is Eroding

5 December 1935
Confessional Church Leaders Visited by Secret Political Police for Opposing State Supremacy Decree

Confessional Church Leaders Visited by Secret Political Police for Opposing State Supremacy Decree

5 December 1938
Alexander Kerensky Tells Audience that Russia's Bolshevik Revolution Was Fostered by Germany

Alexander Kerensky Tells Audience that Russia's Bolshevik Revolution Was Fostered by Germany

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5 December 1939

'Decree Against Violent Criminals' Authorizes Death Penalty in Cases Where Weapons are Used

5 December 1939
Goebbels Writes After Meeting Hitler About the Difficulty of Finding Cure for 'Jewish Problem'

Goebbels Writes After Meeting Hitler About the Difficulty of Finding Cure for 'Jewish Problem'

5 December 1947

44 People Killed in Aden Due to Violence Between Jews and Arabs

5 December 1977
McDaniel v. Paty: Court Rules Against Tennessee Law Banning Clergy From Holding Public Office

McDaniel v. Paty: Court Rules Against Tennessee Law Banning Clergy From Holding Public Office

5 December 1977

Egypt Breaks Off Diplomatic Relations With Five Middle Eastern Countries

5 December 1984
Aguilar v. Felton: N.Y.C. Can't Pay Salaries of Public Employees in Parochial Schools

Aguilar v. Felton: N.Y.C. Can't Pay Salaries of Public Employees in Parochial Schools

5 December 1985
U.S. Judge Orders Illinois Fire Station to Stop Lighting Large Cross on Station

U.S. Judge Orders Illinois Fire Station to Stop Lighting Large Cross on Station

5 December 1988
Federal Grand Jury Charges Jim Bakker With Mail Fraud and Conspiracy to Defraud Public

Federal Grand Jury Charges Jim Bakker With Mail Fraud and Conspiracy to Defraud Public

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5 December 1995
Lisa McPherson Becomes Very Ill in the Care of Scientologists

Lisa McPherson Becomes Very Ill in the Care of Scientologists

6 December 343
Death of Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra Who Had Reputation for Secret Gift-Giving

Death of Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra Who Had Reputation for Secret Gift-Giving

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6 December 963
Election of Leo VIII as Pope After Deposing His Predecessor Pope Benedict V

Election of Leo VIII as Pope After Deposing His Predecessor Pope Benedict V

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6 December 1185

Death of Alfonso I Henriques, the First King of Portugal

6 December 1188
Fortress of Safed Surrenders to Saladin

Fortress of Safed Surrenders to Saladin

6 December 1352
Death of Pope Clement VI

Death of Pope Clement VI

6 December 1527
Pope Clement VII Flees His Exile in Castel Sant'Angelo

Pope Clement VII Flees His Exile in Castel Sant'Angelo

6 December 1890

Birth of Dion Fortune, Future Occult Writer

6 December 1933
Madison Square Garden Holds German Day Event

Madison Square Garden Holds German Day Event

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6 December 1937
Pastoral Letter Accuses Church Affairs Minister Kerrl of Violating Concordat With Vatican

Pastoral Letter Accuses Church Affairs Minister Kerrl of Violating Concordat With Vatican

6 December 1938
Berlin Police President Count von Helldorf Bans Jews Using Certain Streets and Public Squares

Berlin Police President Count von Helldorf Bans Jews Using Certain Streets and Public Squares

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