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5 May 1211
Simon de Montfort Captures Lavaur Cathar Heretics

Simon de Montfort Captures Lavaur Cathar Heretics

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5 May 1809

Jews Granted the Right of Citizenship by Swiss Canton of Aargau

5 May 1813
Birth of Philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in Denmark

Birth of Philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in Denmark

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5 May 1818
Birth of Karl Marx in Germany

Birth of Karl Marx in Germany

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5 May 1869
Birth of Michael von Faulhaber, Future Catholic Cardinal

Birth of Michael von Faulhaber, Future Catholic Cardinal

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5 May 1898
Birth of Cardinal Stepinac, Supporter of Fascist Croatian Government

Birth of Cardinal Stepinac, Supporter of Fascist Croatian Government

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5 May 1933
Bavaria's Bishops Call for Catholics to Support Nazi Government Agenda

Bavaria's Bishops Call for Catholics to Support Nazi Government Agenda

5 May 1933
Cologne Students Ban Books by Jewish Authors, Boycott Jewish Professors

Cologne Students Ban Books by Jewish Authors, Boycott Jewish Professors

5 May 1933

Nazi Priest Named Pastor of St. Peter and Paul Church in Potsdam

5 May 1934
Bishop Asks Hitler to Consider Contributions of the Catholic Church to Germany

Bishop Asks Hitler to Consider Contributions of the Catholic Church to Germany

5 May 1937

Jews No Longer Allowed to Receive University Degrees in Germany

5 May 1941
Harold Tittmann, U.S. Diplomatic Representative to Vatican, Meets Pope Pius XII

Harold Tittmann, U.S. Diplomatic Representative to Vatican, Meets Pope Pius XII

5 May 1944
Himmler: Germany Withstands Allied Bombings Because of Eliminating Jews

Himmler: Germany Withstands Allied Bombings Because of Eliminating Jews

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5 May 1959
Potter Stewart's Nomination to U.S. Supreme Court Confirmed by U.S. Senate

Potter Stewart's Nomination to U.S. Supreme Court Confirmed by U.S. Senate

5 May 1982
L. Ron Hubbard Was Obsessed with Controlling and Destroying People

L. Ron Hubbard Was Obsessed with Controlling and Destroying People

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5 May 1986
Lockhart v. McCree: Supreme Court Rules a 'Death Qualified' Jury Isn't Unconstitutional

Lockhart v. McCree: Supreme Court Rules a 'Death Qualified' Jury Isn't Unconstitutional

5 May 2004
Chicago Lab Uses Genetic Tests to Choose Embryos for Stem Cells Donation

Chicago Lab Uses Genetic Tests to Choose Embryos for Stem Cells Donation

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6 May 680
Death of Muawiyah I, First Caliph of Umayyad Dynasty

Death of Muawiyah I, First Caliph of Umayyad Dynasty

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6 May 1096
Crusaders Murder Jews in Speyer, Germany

Crusaders Murder Jews in Speyer, Germany

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6 May 1191
Richard I the Lionheart's Crusader Fleet Arrives in Lemesos

Richard I the Lionheart's Crusader Fleet Arrives in Lemesos

6 May 1312
Knights Templar Found Guilty of Heresy & Disbanded by Council of Vienne

Knights Templar Found Guilty of Heresy & Disbanded by Council of Vienne

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6 May 1501
Birth of Pope Marcellus II - Shortest Papal Reign in History of Catholic Church

Birth of Pope Marcellus II - Shortest Papal Reign in History of Catholic Church

6 May 1527
Rome Sacked & Looted by Troops of Emperor Charles V

Rome Sacked & Looted by Troops of Emperor Charles V

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6 May 1536
King Henry VIII Orders English Language Bibles Placed in Every Church

King Henry VIII Orders English Language Bibles Placed in Every Church

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6 May 1542
Jesuit Missionary Francis Xavier Arrives in Goa, India

Jesuit Missionary Francis Xavier Arrives in Goa, India

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6 May 1816

Founding of the American Bible Society

6 May 1852
Pope Pius IX Ends Jewish Emancipation in Tuscany

Pope Pius IX Ends Jewish Emancipation in Tuscany

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6 May 1883
Birth of Spanish Philosopher José Ortega y Gasset

Birth of Spanish Philosopher José Ortega y Gasset

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6 May 1895
Mormons Sign Constitution That Includes Ban on Polygamy

Mormons Sign Constitution That Includes Ban on Polygamy

6 May 1925

Presbyterian Church of England Opposes Bribes for Converting to Christianity

6 May 1933
Justice Minister Kerrl Protests Freeing Prisoners if Not Enough Evidence to Hold Them

Justice Minister Kerrl Protests Freeing Prisoners if Not Enough Evidence to Hold Them

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6 May 1933
Franz Gürtner Begins Drive to Ban Mixed Marriage Between Jews and Christians

Franz Gürtner Begins Drive to Ban Mixed Marriage Between Jews and Christians

6 May 1942
Skinner v. Oklahoma: Sterilizing Habitual Criminals is Unconstitutional

Skinner v. Oklahoma: Sterilizing Habitual Criminals is Unconstitutional

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6 May 1945
Abraham Maslow Starts Notebook on Well-Adjusted College Students

Abraham Maslow Starts Notebook on Well-Adjusted College Students

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6 May 1975
Death of Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty, Jailed by Hungary's Communist Government

Death of Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty, Jailed by Hungary's Communist Government

6 May 1978
Church of Scientology Keeps and Enemies List

Church of Scientology Keeps and Enemies List

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6 May 2004
U.S. Senate Approves John Negroponte to Head U.S. Embassy in Iraq

U.S. Senate Approves John Negroponte to Head U.S. Embassy in Iraq

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6 May 2004

UN Resolution Supports Palestinian Claim to Territory Seized by Israel in Six Day War

6 May 2004
U.S. Report: Israeli Housing Ministry Funneling Money to Illegal Settlements

U.S. Report: Israeli Housing Ministry Funneling Money to Illegal Settlements

6 May 2004
Hamas Co-Founder Mohammad Taha Released From Israeli Prison

Hamas Co-Founder Mohammad Taha Released From Israeli Prison

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6 May 2004
President Bush Tells Israel to Withdraw to 1967 Borders & Return Territories

President Bush Tells Israel to Withdraw to 1967 Borders & Return Territories

6 May 2005
Palestinians Accuse Patriarch Irenaios Skopelitis of Selling Land to Israelis

Palestinians Accuse Patriarch Irenaios Skopelitis of Selling Land to Israelis

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7 May 351
Jews of Judaea Revolt Against Constantius Gallus, Massacre Greeks & Christians

Jews of Judaea Revolt Against Constantius Gallus, Massacre Greeks & Christians

7 May 973
Death of Holy Roman Emperor Otto I

Death of Holy Roman Emperor Otto I

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7 May 1274
Second Council of Lyons Starts Under Pope Gregory X

Second Council of Lyons Starts Under Pope Gregory X

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7 May 1355
Count Henry of Trastamara Murders 1,200 Jews in Toledo

Count Henry of Trastamara Murders 1,200 Jews in Toledo

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7 May 1429
Joan of Arc Ends Siege of Orleans, Major Turning Point in Hundred Years War

Joan of Arc Ends Siege of Orleans, Major Turning Point in Hundred Years War

7 May 1574
Birth of Pope Innocent X

Birth of Pope Innocent X

7 May 1700
Quaker Leader William Penn Holds Abolitionist Meetings

Quaker Leader William Penn Holds Abolitionist Meetings

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7 May 1711
Birth of Scottish Philosopher David Hume, Defender of Skepticism and Empiricism

Birth of Scottish Philosopher David Hume, Defender of Skepticism and Empiricism

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