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8 December 1948
House Committee on Un-American Activities is Called Un-American itself by Methodist Bishop

House Committee on Un-American Activities is Called Un-American itself by Methodist Bishop

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8 December 1955
Frank Hughes Argues in U.S. Court that Using Taxes to Pay Government Chaplains is Unconstitutional

Frank Hughes Argues in U.S. Court that Using Taxes to Pay Government Chaplains is Unconstitutional

8 December 1960
Madalyn Murray files Suit Against Baltimore Public Schools for Sponsoring Religious Exercises

Madalyn Murray files Suit Against Baltimore Public Schools for Sponsoring Religious Exercises

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8 December 1960
McGowan v. Maryland: Court Rules Sunday Closing Laws Don't Violate Establishment Clause

McGowan v. Maryland: Court Rules Sunday Closing Laws Don't Violate Establishment Clause

8 December 1960
Braunfeld v. Brown: Supreme Court Upholds Pennsylvania Blue Laws

Braunfeld v. Brown: Supreme Court Upholds Pennsylvania Blue Laws

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8 December 1971
Wisconsin v. Yoder: Required Education Law Violates Free Exercise Rights of Amish

Wisconsin v. Yoder: Required Education Law Violates Free Exercise Rights of Amish

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8 December 1972

Ireland Votes to Abolish Special Constitutional Position of Roman Catholic Church

8 December 1981
Widmar v. Vincent: College Facilities Must Be Open to Both Secular and Religious Students

Widmar v. Vincent: College Facilities Must Be Open to Both Secular and Religious Students

8 December 1987
Employment Division of Oregon v. Smith: Law Denying Benefits to People on Drugs is Constitutional

Employment Division of Oregon v. Smith: Law Denying Benefits to People on Drugs is Constitutional

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8 December 1991

Leaders of Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine Sign Belavezha Accords Dissolving Soviet Union

8 December 1993
Rev. Paul Hill Appears on ABC's 'Nightline' With Ted Koppel, Defends Killing Abortion Doctors

Rev. Paul Hill Appears on ABC's 'Nightline' With Ted Koppel, Defends Killing Abortion Doctors

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8 December 1995

Six-Year-Old Gyancain Norbu Anointed as Tibetan Buddhism's Panchen Lama

8 December 1999
Gary P. Karr Indicted for Kidnapping Madalyn Murray-O'Hair and Her Family

Gary P. Karr Indicted for Kidnapping Madalyn Murray-O'Hair and Her Family

9 December 1484
Pope Innocent VII Appoints Two Inquisitors for Northern Germany

Pope Innocent VII Appoints Two Inquisitors for Northern Germany

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9 December 1531

Catholic Tradition Holds That Virgin of Guadalupe First Appears to Juan Diego in Mexico City

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9 December 1565
Death of Pope Pius IV

Death of Pope Pius IV

9 December 1669
Death of Pope Clement IX

Death of Pope Clement IX

9 December 1868
Birth of Fritz Haber, Jewish Inventor of Zyklon A Poison Gas

Birth of Fritz Haber, Jewish Inventor of Zyklon A Poison Gas

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9 December 1888
Statistician and IBM Founder Herman Hollerith Puts Computing Device in U.S. War Department

Statistician and IBM Founder Herman Hollerith Puts Computing Device in U.S. War Department

9 December 1890
Papal-Controlled Jesuit Paper Complains About Jews Getting Equal Rights

Papal-Controlled Jesuit Paper Complains About Jews Getting Equal Rights

9 December 1905

France's Chamber of Deputies Passes Act for Separation of Church and State

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9 December 1930
German Federation of Cinema Owners Adopts Resolution to Boycott Politically Disturbing Films

German Federation of Cinema Owners Adopts Resolution to Boycott Politically Disturbing Films

9 December 1939
Adam Czerniakow of Warsaw Jewish Council Gives Nazis List of Jews Converted to Christianity

Adam Czerniakow of Warsaw Jewish Council Gives Nazis List of Jews Converted to Christianity

9 December 1946
First of Twelve War Crimes Trials Held in U.S. Military Court in Nuremberg, Germany

First of Twelve War Crimes Trials Held in U.S. Military Court in Nuremberg, Germany

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9 December 1953

General Electric Announces All Communist Employees Will be Fired

9 December 1958
John Birch Society Founded in Indianapolis by Robert Welch

John Birch Society Founded in Indianapolis by Robert Welch

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9 December 1961
Adolf Eichmann Found Guilty in War Crimes Trial in Jerusalem

Adolf Eichmann Found Guilty in War Crimes Trial in Jerusalem

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9 December 1968
Presbyterian Church v. Hull: Courts Can't Get Involved in Internal Church Disputes

Presbyterian Church v. Hull: Courts Can't Get Involved in Internal Church Disputes

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9 December 1971
Lewis F. Powell Jr. Appointed to Supreme Court

Lewis F. Powell Jr. Appointed to Supreme Court

9 December 1979

Small Pox Virus is Eliminated

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9 December 1981
Larson v. Valente: Court Will Rule Law Imposing Burdens on Minority Religions is Unconstitutional

Larson v. Valente: Court Will Rule Law Imposing Burdens on Minority Religions is Unconstitutional

9 December 1994
U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders Forced to Resign Over Opinions About Sex Education

U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders Forced to Resign Over Opinions About Sex Education

9 December 1995

Christian Coalition Creates Catholic Alliance

9 December 1998
Granzeier v. Middleton: Court Rules on Government Offices Can Close on Good Friday and Easter

Granzeier v. Middleton: Court Rules on Government Offices Can Close on Good Friday and Easter

10 December 1198
Death of Averroes ibn-Rusjd, Muslim Philosopher and Judge

Death of Averroes ibn-Rusjd, Muslim Philosopher and Judge

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10 December 1508
League of Cambrai Created by Pope to Counter Power of Venice

League of Cambrai Created by Pope to Counter Power of Venice

10 December 1520
Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon Burn Books Advocating Papal Authority

Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon Burn Books Advocating Papal Authority

10 December 1855
Mormons in Utah Territory Try a Second Time to Create U.S. State

Mormons in Utah Territory Try a Second Time to Create U.S. State

10 December 1900
Carol Jung Starts First Professional Job in Mental Hospital in Zurich

Carol Jung Starts First Professional Job in Mental Hospital in Zurich

10 December 1929
Eugenio Pacelli (later Pope Pius XII) Leaves Berlin to Become Cardinal Secretary of State

Eugenio Pacelli (later Pope Pius XII) Leaves Berlin to Become Cardinal Secretary of State

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10 December 1933
Bishop Hermann Berning Tells Catholics Hitler Will Develop Third Reich Along Christian Lines

Bishop Hermann Berning Tells Catholics Hitler Will Develop Third Reich Along Christian Lines

10 December 1939
Several Hundred Thousand Jews are Confined in First Jewish Ghetto in Lodz, Poland

Several Hundred Thousand Jews are Confined in First Jewish Ghetto in Lodz, Poland

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10 December 1941

Germany's Catholic Bishops Praise German Soldiers in Their Fight Against Bolshevism

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10 December 1941
Himmler Orders Special Commission to Separate Fit From Unfit in Concentration Camps

Himmler Orders Special Commission to Separate Fit From Unfit in Concentration Camps

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10 December 1945
Primary Architect of Holocaust, Theodor Dannecker, Commits Suicide in U.S. Custody

Primary Architect of Holocaust, Theodor Dannecker, Commits Suicide in U.S. Custody

10 December 1947
Ten Hollywood Figures Indicted by Federal Grand Jury for Contempt of Congress

Ten Hollywood Figures Indicted by Federal Grand Jury for Contempt of Congress

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10 December 1963
Chamberlin v. Dade Board of Education: Court Hears Challenge to Bible Reading in Public School

Chamberlin v. Dade Board of Education: Court Hears Challenge to Bible Reading in Public School

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10 December 1968
Death of Swiss Theologian Karl Barth

Death of Swiss Theologian Karl Barth

10 December 1971
William H. Rehnquist Confirmed as Supreme Court Justice

William H. Rehnquist Confirmed as Supreme Court Justice

10 December 1973
Konrad Lorenz, Karl von Frisch, and Nikolaas Tinbergen Awarded Nobel Prize

Konrad Lorenz, Karl von Frisch, and Nikolaas Tinbergen Awarded Nobel Prize

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