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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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First Public Showing of Michelangelo's Art on Sistine Chapel Ceiling
Michelangelo's paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel are first shown to the general public. Michelangelo was originally...
Edmund Burke Publishes 'Reflections on the Revolution in France'
Edmund Burke publishes his famous book Reflections on the Revolution in France. A basic text for conservatives for generations...
Missouri Mormon War Ends When Joseph Smith Orders Mormon Troops to Surrender
Joseph Smith orders all Mormon troops at Far West and Diahman, Missouri, to surrender to state authorities. This officially...
Society of St Pius X is Founded by Bishop Marcel Lefebvre
Marcel Lefebvre founds the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), an extremist, traditionalist organization that Lefebvre will use to...
Nazi War Criminal Alois Brunner Gives Interview, Says He Has No Regrets
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that one of its reporters has tracked down Alois Brunner in Syria for an interview....
This Month in Atheist History
Madalyn Murray O'Hair Makes Her First T.V. Appearance on Phil Donahue's First Show
Madalyn Murray O'Hair makes her first appearance on the Phil Donahue show. This is also the first episode of...
Dutch Filmmaker Theo van Gogh Assassinated for His Criticisms of Islam and Muslim Immigration
Theo van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker who has become famous for his criticisms of Islam and Muslim immigration, is...
Birth of Carl Sagan
Carl Sagan is born in Brooklyn, New York, to Reform Jewish parents. He will receive his doctorate in astronomy...
President of an Atheist Group Convicted For Improper Use the Word God
Charles Lee Smith, New York president of the Association for the Advancement of Atheism, is convicted in the Municipal...
John and Cynthia Burke Ordered by Court to Give Up Adopted Daughter Because They're Atheists
John and Cynthia Burke of Illinois are ordered to surrender their adopted daughter to the Children's Aid and Adoption...