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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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French Military Officer Alfred Dreyfus is Wrongly Convicted of Treason
Alfred Dreyfus, a French military officer, is wrongly convicted of treason for passing artillery secrets to the Germans. A...
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Loses Attempt to Remove Nativity Scene From Texas Capitol Rotunda
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair loses her attempt to get a Nativity scene removed from the Texas Capitol Rotunda. U.S. District Court...
South Carolina Secession Convention Delegate Says Slavery is the Cause of Secession
The Charleston, South Carolina, Courier reprints a speech by Lawrence Keitt, formerly a Congressman from South Carolina and now...
Birth of Future Roman Emperor Diocletian
Diocletian (Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus Augustus), a future Roman emperor, is born in Salona (modern Solin, Croatia) to a...
Hitler Orders Development of V-2 Rocket, But is Not Impressed With it so Far
Adolf Hitler orders the development of the V-2 rocket as a weapon. He is not, however, very impressed with...
This Month in Atheist History
Clarence Darrow Criticizes How Christmas is Taking Over American Culture
Clarence Darrow criticizes how Christmas is taking over American culture, especially with its materialism and the pressures of consumer...
Birth of Paul Kurtz, Responsible for Secularizing Humanism in U.S.
Humanist leader Paul Kurtz is born in Newark, New Jersey. Kurtz will be the person primarily responsible for secularizing...
Birth of American Philosopher and Humanist Sidney Hook
American philosopher and humanist Sidney Hook is born in Brooklyn, New York, to Austrian-Jewish immigrants. Sidney Hook's work will...
Ten Hollywood Figures Indicted by Federal Grand Jury for Contempt of Congress
Ten Hollywood figures who refused to tell the House Committee on Un-American Activities whether or not they were communists...
Ella Nomland Wins Right to Become U.S. Citizen Even Though She's an Atheist
Ella Kube Nomland wins the right to become a U.S. citizen even though she is an atheist because, according...