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11 January 630
Muhammad Conquers Mecca

Muhammad Conquers Mecca

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6 January 1088

Berengar of Tours Dies

27 January 1302
Catholic Church Exiles Dante Alighieri

Catholic Church Exiles Dante Alighieri

22 February 1455
Birth of German Scholar Johannes Reuchlin

Birth of German Scholar Johannes Reuchlin

4 March 1616
Vatican Bans Books Defending Truth of Copernicanism

Vatican Bans Books Defending Truth of Copernicanism

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8 January 1642
Death of Galileo Calilei in Tuscany

Death of Galileo Calilei in Tuscany

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23 January 1656
Blaise Pascal Publishes Attack on Jesuits

Blaise Pascal Publishes Attack on Jesuits

7 January 1697

Thomas Aitkenhead Executed for Blasphemy

31 July 1703
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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17 November 1734
John Peter Zenger Arrested for Criticizing Governor of New York

John Peter Zenger Arrested for Criticizing Governor of New York

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4 August 1735
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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30 November 1774
Political Essayist Thomas Paine Arrives in Philadelphia

Political Essayist Thomas Paine Arrives in Philadelphia

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19 February 1788
Edict of Censorship Issued in Prussia

Edict of Censorship Issued in Prussia

14 July 1798
Alien & Sedition Acts Become Law in U.S.

Alien & Sedition Acts Become Law in U.S.

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16 August 1842
George Holyoake to Serve Six Months in Prison for Blasphemy

George Holyoake to Serve Six Months in Prison for Blasphemy

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26 May 1864
Ban on Gay Books Written by Karl Heinrich Ulfichs is Rescinded

Ban on Gay Books Written by Karl Heinrich Ulfichs is Rescinded

8 December 1864
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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3 March 1873
Passage of the Comstock Act, First Federal Antiobscenity Law

Passage of the Comstock Act, First Federal Antiobscenity Law

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7 January 1880

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

13 January 1898
Emile Zola Publishes J'accuse

Emile Zola Publishes J'accuse

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7 February 1898
French Put Emile Zola on Trial for Libel for Exposing Dreyfus Affair

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

23 February 1898
French Author Emile Zola Imprisoned by French Government

French Author Emile Zola Imprisoned by French Government

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23 February 1898
Court Finds Emile Zola Guilty of Libel for Exposing Dreyfus Affair

Court Finds Emile Zola Guilty of Libel for Exposing Dreyfus Affair

19 July 1898
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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26 February 1899

Ex-Preacher Charles C. Moore Jailed on Blasphemy Charges

9 July 1899

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

19 July 1900

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

23 January 1907
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?

6 July 1910
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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20 July 1910

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

28 January 1916

Louis Brandeis Nominated as Supreme Court Justice

10 July 1917
Emma Goldman & Alex Berkman Jailed for Fighting the Draft

Emma Goldman & Alex Berkman Jailed for Fighting the Draft

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12 February 1918

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

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

Sedition Act of 1918 Passed by U.S. Congress

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9 November 1918
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

13 April 1919
 Eugene Debs Starts Prison Term for Speaking Against Draft

Eugene Debs Starts Prison Term for Speaking Against Draft

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27 September 1919
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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20 January 1920
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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26 March 1924
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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16 February 1925
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

9 March 1925
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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5 March 1927
Pressured Conservatives Lift Public Speaking Ban on Adolf Hitler

Pressured Conservatives Lift Public Speaking Ban on Adolf Hitler

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25 November 1927
Atheist Charged for Annoying Pastor With Ungodly Literature

Atheist Charged for Annoying Pastor With Ungodly Literature

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28 September 1928
Prussian Interior Minister Grzesinski Lifts Ban on Hitler Speaking in Prussia

Prussian Interior Minister Grzesinski Lifts Ban on Hitler Speaking in Prussia

15 November 1928
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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18 August 1929
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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11 April 1930
'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

1 December 1930
N.Y. Bishop Manning Stops Lecture by Judge Who Advocates Companionate Marriage

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

7 December 1930
Sermon by Episcopal Bishop Manning Interrupted Over Companionate Marriage Fight

Sermon by Episcopal Bishop Manning Interrupted Over Companionate Marriage Fight

8 December 1930
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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