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12April1261
Pope Alexander IV Absolves Henry III of All Oaths Taken in Provisions of Oxford

Pope Alexander IV Absolves Henry III of All Oaths Taken in Provisions of Oxford

21March1542
King Henry VIII Issues Law Against Witchcraft

King Henry VIII Issues Law Against Witchcraft

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19March1563
Queen Elizabeth I Issues Law Against Witchcraft

Queen Elizabeth I Issues Law Against Witchcraft

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16September1581
English Parliament Passes Law Ordering Death for Anyone Converting to Catholicism

English Parliament Passes Law Ordering Death for Anyone Converting to Catholicism

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19September1692
81-Year-Old Giles Corey Pressed to Death at Salem Witch Trials - 'More Weight'!

81-Year-Old Giles Corey Pressed to Death at Salem Witch Trials - 'More Weight'!

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22September1692
Pious Christian Martha Corey Executed for Witchcraft at Salem Witch Trials

Pious Christian Martha Corey Executed for Witchcraft at Salem Witch Trials

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31July1703
Robinson Crusoe's Author Daniel Defoe Put in Pillory for Seditious Libel

Robinson Crusoe's Author Daniel Defoe Put in Pillory for Seditious Libel

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30November1774
Political Essayist Thomas Paine Arrives in Philadelphia

Political Essayist Thomas Paine Arrives in Philadelphia

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26August1789
Declaration of Rights of Man and Citizen Approved by National Constituent Assembly of France

Declaration of Rights of Man and Citizen Approved by National Constituent Assembly of France

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25September1789
12 Amendments to Constitution Adopted by First U.S. Congress

12 Amendments to Constitution Adopted by First U.S. Congress

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29April1814
Pope Pius VIII Complains that French Constitution Protects Religious Liberty

Pope Pius VIII Complains that French Constitution Protects Religious Liberty

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16August1842
George Holyoake to Serve Six Months in Prison for Blasphemy

George Holyoake to Serve Six Months in Prison for Blasphemy

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13November1856
Birth of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

Birth of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

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8December1864
Pope Pius IX Complains About Ideas Like Freedom of Press and Religion

Pope Pius IX Complains About Ideas Like Freedom of Press and Religion

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22February1872
Prohibition Party Holds First National Convention

Prohibition Party Holds First National Convention

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28December1878
Pope Leo XIII Denounces Idea that Citizens Should be Equal or Have Full Political Freedom

Pope Leo XIII Denounces Idea that Citizens Should be Equal or Have Full Political Freedom

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26October1902
Death of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Women's Suffragist and Social Activist

Death of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Women's Suffragist and Social Activist

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8April1903
Nebraska Passes Law Against Desecration of U.S. Flag

Nebraska Passes Law Against Desecration of U.S. Flag

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25April1906
Birth of Future Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan

Birth of Future Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan

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30November1909
Weems v. U.S.: Is 15 Yrs. in Jail and Shackled Doing Hard Labor Cruel and Unusual Punishment?

Weems v. U.S.: Is 15 Yrs. in Jail and Shackled Doing Hard Labor Cruel and Unusual Punishment?

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10July1917
Emma Goldman & Alex Berkman Jailed for Fighting the Draft

Emma Goldman & Alex Berkman Jailed for Fighting the Draft

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20December1917
Lenin Creates the Checka to Investigate Counter-Revolutionary Activity in Russia

Lenin Creates the Checka to Investigate Counter-Revolutionary Activity in Russia

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16May1918
Sedition Act of 1918 Passed by U.S. Congress

Sedition Act of 1918 Passed by U.S. Congress

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15December1918
First Freikorps Units Officially Organized in Germany

First Freikorps Units Officially Organized in Germany

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13April1919
 Eugene Debs Starts Prison Term for Speaking Against Draft

Eugene Debs Starts Prison Term for Speaking Against Draft

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27September1919
Emma Goldman Released From Prison After Inducing People to Dodge Draft

Emma Goldman Released From Prison After Inducing People to Dodge Draft

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21December1919
U.S. Government Begins Crackdown of Radicals by Deporting Them to Soviet Russia

U.S. Government Begins Crackdown of Radicals by Deporting Them to Soviet Russia

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1September1923
Oklahoma Governor Walton Imposes Martial Law Against KKK Violence

Oklahoma Governor Walton Imposes Martial Law Against KKK Violence

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26September1923
State of Emergency Declared by Bavarian Prime Minister Eugen von Knilling

State of Emergency Declared by Bavarian Prime Minister Eugen von Knilling

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27September1923
Friedrich Ebert Declares State of Emergency in Weimar Republic

Friedrich Ebert Declares State of Emergency in Weimar Republic

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27September1923
Gustav Ritter von Kahr Bans Planned Mass Meeting of Extremist Groups in Bavaria

Gustav Ritter von Kahr Bans Planned Mass Meeting of Extremist Groups in Bavaria

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29September1923
Defense Minister Otto Gessler Issues Order to Suppress the Nazi Party Newspaper

Defense Minister Otto Gessler Issues Order to Suppress the Nazi Party Newspaper

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16March1925
Pierce v. Society of Sisters: Court Will Rule Parents Have Right to Choose Child's School

Pierce v. Society of Sisters: Court Will Rule Parents Have Right to Choose Child's School

22June1925
ACLU Will Try to Raise $10,000 for Defense of John Scopes for Teaching Evolution

ACLU Will Try to Raise $10,000 for Defense of John Scopes for Teaching Evolution

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28February1928
Olmstead v. U.S.: Supreme Court Rules Wire Tapping Legal No Matter Reason or Motivation

Olmstead v. U.S.: Supreme Court Rules Wire Tapping Legal No Matter Reason or Motivation

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8December1930
Nazi Youths Riot in Berlin Over Release of Movie 'All's Quiet on the Western Front'

Nazi Youths Riot in Berlin Over Release of Movie 'All's Quiet on the Western Front'

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17March1932
Police Raid Nazi Party Headquarters to Stop a Possible Civil War

Police Raid Nazi Party Headquarters to Stop a Possible Civil War

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2February1933
Communist Party Demonstrations Banned by Hermann Goering

Communist Party Demonstrations Banned by Hermann Goering

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22February1933
Hitler Makes SS and SA Official Auxiliary Police

Hitler Makes SS and SA Official Auxiliary Police

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24February1933
Communist Party Headquarters Raided by Nazi Police

Communist Party Headquarters Raided by Nazi Police

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28February1933
Reichstag Fire Decree Approved by Hitler's Cabinet

Reichstag Fire Decree Approved by Hitler's Cabinet

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1March1933
Decrees Issued Against Communist Party in Aftermath of Reichstag Fire

Decrees Issued Against Communist Party in Aftermath of Reichstag Fire

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2March1933
Adolf Hitler Promises Civil Liberties Will be Restored When Communist Threat Over

Adolf Hitler Promises Civil Liberties Will be Restored When Communist Threat Over

22March1933
Germany Opens First Concentration Camp, Dachau, Outside Munich

Germany Opens First Concentration Camp, Dachau, Outside Munich

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23March1933
Carl Severing, Leader of Social Democratic Party, Arrested for Misuse of Funds

Carl Severing, Leader of Social Democratic Party, Arrested for Misuse of Funds

7April1933
Prohibition Ends in U.S., 21st Amendment Ratified

Prohibition Ends in U.S., 21st Amendment Ratified

23April1933
In Germany Nudist Groups Begin to Align Themselves to Nazi Politics

In Germany Nudist Groups Begin to Align Themselves to Nazi Politics

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19May1933
Social Democrats Vote Unanimously for Hitler's Foreign Policy

Social Democrats Vote Unanimously for Hitler's Foreign Policy

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22May1933
Gestapo Takes 500 Tons of Marxist and Liberal Publications From Libraries

Gestapo Takes 500 Tons of Marxist and Liberal Publications From Libraries

23May1933
Hitler: Judges are Independent and Irremovable (This Won't Last Long)

Hitler: Judges are Independent and Irremovable (This Won't Last Long)

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