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11January630
Muhammad Conquers Mecca

Muhammad Conquers Mecca

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6January1088

Berengar of Tours Dies

27January1302
Catholic Church Exiles Dante Alighieri

Catholic Church Exiles Dante Alighieri

22February1455
Birth of German Scholar Johannes Reuchlin

Birth of German Scholar Johannes Reuchlin

4March1616
Vatican Bans Books Defending Truth of Copernicanism

Vatican Bans Books Defending Truth of Copernicanism

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8January1642
Death of Galileo Calilei in Tuscany

Death of Galileo Calilei in Tuscany

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23January1656
Blaise Pascal Publishes Attack on Jesuits

Blaise Pascal Publishes Attack on Jesuits

7January1697

Thomas Aitkenhead Executed for Blasphemy

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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17November1734
John Peter Zenger Arrested for Criticizing Governor of New York

John Peter Zenger Arrested for Criticizing Governor of New York

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4August1735
Freedom of Press Established in Defamation Trial of John Peter Zenger

Freedom of Press Established in Defamation Trial of John Peter Zenger

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30November1774
Political Essayist Thomas Paine Arrives in Philadelphia

Political Essayist Thomas Paine Arrives in Philadelphia

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19February1788
Edict of Censorship Issued in Prussia

Edict of Censorship Issued in Prussia

14July1798
Alien & Sedition Acts Become Law in U.S.

Alien & Sedition Acts Become Law in U.S.

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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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26May1864
Ban on Gay Books Written by Karl Heinrich Ulfichs is Rescinded

Ban on Gay Books Written by Karl Heinrich Ulfichs is Rescinded

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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3March1873
Passage of the Comstock Act, First Federal Antiobscenity Law

Passage of the Comstock Act, First Federal Antiobscenity Law

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7January1880

U.S. Rep. Barber's Anti-Flag Desecration Bill Goes Nowhere

13January1898
Emile Zola Publishes J'accuse

Emile Zola Publishes J'accuse

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7February1898
French Put Emile Zola on Trial for Libel for Exposing Dreyfus Affair

French Put Emile Zola on Trial for Libel for Exposing Dreyfus Affair

23February1898
French Author Emile Zola Imprisoned by French Government

French Author Emile Zola Imprisoned by French Government

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23February1898
Court Finds Emile Zola Guilty of Libel for Exposing Dreyfus Affair

Court Finds Emile Zola Guilty of Libel for Exposing Dreyfus Affair

19July1898
Emile Zola Forced to Flee France After Conviction for Libel Against French Army

Emile Zola Forced to Flee France After Conviction for Libel Against French Army

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26February1899

Ex-Preacher Charles C. Moore Jailed on Blasphemy Charges

9July1899

Charles C. Moore Released from Jail After Serving Term for Blasphemy in Atheist Journals

19July1900

NYC Police Chief Says Any Flag With Words or Ads Will be Hauled Down

23January1907
Halter v. Nebraska Argued: Can U.S. Flag Be Used in Commercial Ads?

Halter v. Nebraska Argued: Can U.S. Flag Be Used in Commercial Ads?

6July1910
Christian Endeavor Society Campaigns Against Displaying Pictures of the 'Fight of the Century'

Christian Endeavor Society Campaigns Against Displaying Pictures of the 'Fight of the Century'

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20July1910

Christian Endeavor Society Starts Campaigns to Ban Movies with Kissing Between Non-Relatives

28January1916

Louis Brandeis Nominated as Supreme Court Justice

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

Emma Goldman & Alex Berkman Jailed for Fighting the Draft

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12February1918

Frederick Shumaker Convicted in Kansas for Vulgar Comments about U.S. Flag

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

Sedition Act of 1918 Passed by U.S. Congress

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9November1918
Kansas Supreme Court Hears Appeal on Use of Derisive Language About American Flag

Kansas Supreme Court Hears Appeal on Use of Derisive Language About American Flag

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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20January1920
Federal Court Upholds Conviction of Earnest V. Starr on Sedition for Uttering Contemptuous Language About the Flag

Federal Court Upholds Conviction of Earnest V. Starr on Sedition for Uttering Contemptuous Language About the Flag

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26March1924
Afraid of Acquittal for Failed Beer Hall Putsch, Police Consider Deporting Hitler

Afraid of Acquittal for Failed Beer Hall Putsch, Police Consider Deporting Hitler

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16February1925
Prime Minister of Bavaria Lifts Ban on Nazi Party and Newspaper Völkischer Beobachter

Prime Minister of Bavaria Lifts Ban on Nazi Party and Newspaper Völkischer Beobachter

9March1925
Bavarian Prime Minister Held Imposes Public Speaking Ban on Adolf Hitler

Bavarian Prime Minister Held Imposes Public Speaking Ban on Adolf Hitler

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5March1927
Pressured Conservatives Lift Public Speaking Ban on Adolf Hitler

Pressured Conservatives Lift Public Speaking Ban on Adolf Hitler

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25November1927
Atheist Charged for Annoying Pastor With Ungodly Literature

Atheist Charged for Annoying Pastor With Ungodly Literature

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28September1928
Prussian Interior Minister Grzesinski Lifts Ban on Hitler Speaking in Prussia

Prussian Interior Minister Grzesinski Lifts Ban on Hitler Speaking in Prussia

15November1928
President of an Atheist Group Convicted For Improper Use the Word God

President of an Atheist Group Convicted For Improper Use the Word God

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18August1929
All Quiet on Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque Banned by Austrian Military Libraries

All Quiet on Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque Banned by Austrian Military Libraries

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11April1930
'All Quiet On The Western Front' Banned by Nazi Minister of Education in Thuringia

'All Quiet On The Western Front' Banned by Nazi Minister of Education in Thuringia

1December1930
N.Y. Bishop Manning Stops Lecture by Judge Who Advocates Companionate Marriage

N.Y. Bishop Manning Stops Lecture by Judge Who Advocates Companionate Marriage

7December1930
Sermon by Episcopal Bishop Manning Interrupted Over Companionate Marriage Fight

Sermon by Episcopal Bishop Manning Interrupted Over Companionate Marriage Fight

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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