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Death of Pope Paschal II in Rome
Gelasius II Elected Pope
Death of King of Jerusalem Baldwin I, Founder of Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem
Baldwin II Crowned King of Jerusalem, Will Expand Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem
Death of Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos
Birth of Manuel I Komnenos, Fourth Son of Byzantine Emperor John II Komnenos
Muslim City of Saragossa in Spain Falls to Crusaders
Birth of Thomas Becket, Future Lord Chancellor of England and Archbishop of Canterbury
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Pat Robertson Announces He's Seeking Republican Nomination for President
Pat Robertson announces that he will seek the Republican nomination for president. He makes his announcement in Brooklyn, where...
Charles Darwin Returns to England From Voyage on HMS Beagle
Charles Darwin returns to England after a five-year voyage on the HMS Beagle. He was supposed to be aboard...
Thurgood Marshall Sworn in as Associate Justice on U.S. Supreme Court
Thurgood Marshall is sworn in to the U.S. Supreme Court on the first day of the court's new term....
Muslim Forces Under Saladin Take Control of Jerusalem
Siege of Jerusalem: Muslim forces under the command of Saladin officially take control of Jerusalem when Balian of Ibelin,...
Brigham Young is Arrested and Charged With 'Lascivious Cohabitation'
Mormon leader Brigham Young is arrested and charged with "lascivious cohabitation." Arrested along with him are apostle George Q....
This Month in Atheist History
William Murray Refuses to Pray at School, Launching Madalyn Murray O'Hair's Famous Legal Case
William Murray, the oldest son of Madalyn Murray (later O'Hair) refuses to pray at school. For the past couple...
Maryland Judge Shirley Jones Dismisses Indictment Against Madalyn Murray-O'Hair
In Baltimore, Maryland, Criminal Court Judge Shirley Jones dismisses the nine-count indictment against Madalyn Murray-O'Hair because the grand jury...
Justice Dept. Begins Arrests of Foreign-Born Communists for Deportation
The Justice Department begins to arrest foreign-born communists for deportation under the Internal Security act. According to officials,n 86...
Death of John T. Scopes, Famous Defendant in Scopes Monkey Trial
John T. Scopes dies of cancer at the age of 70 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Famous as the defendant in...
Birth of German Philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche is born to Karl Ludwig Nietzsche and Franziska Nietzsche in Röcken, Prussia. His father, a Lutheran...