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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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Emancipation of Dred Scott
Dred Scott is emancipated by the Blow family, his original owners when he was born in Virginia. Scott has...
5,000 Year Old Khufu or Solar Ship Discovered Near Giza
Buried for 5,000 years in the desert sands near Giza, the Khufu "solar ship" is discovered by Kamal el-Malakh,...
William of Ockham Forced to Flee Avignon by Pope John XXII
William of Ockham and two other Franciscan leaders are forced to flee Avignon by Pope John XXII. Pope Clement...
Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Law Signed by President Clinton
President Bill Clinton signs the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act. This new law made the blocking...
Bishop Michael Rackl Links Being a Good Catholic With Being a Patriotic German
Bishop Michael Rackl of Eichstätt promotes German nationalism in a sermon when he links being a good Catholic with...
This Month in Atheist History
First Ethical Culture Society Meeting in New York City
The first Ethical Culture Society meets in New York City with around 100 members. Felix Adler, the founder...
Death of Emma Goldman, Freeethinker & Anarchist
Anarchist and freethinker Emma Goldman dies. Goldman always believed that freethought and anarchism were connected because both involve challenging...
Taliban Bans Women From Driving in Afghanistan, Even Foreign Women
In Afghanistan, the Taliban bans all women from driving — even including foreign women who are in Afghanistan as...
Birth of Persian Poet Omar Khayyam
Persian poet Omar Khayyam (full name: Ghiyath al-Din Abu'l-Fath 'Umar ibn Ibrahim Al-Nishapuri al-Khayyami) is born in Nishapur. ...
Nietzsche's Sister Elisabeth Marries Professional Antisemite Bernhard Förster
Friedrich Nietzsche's sister, Elisabeth, marries Bernhard Förster, a professional antisemite. In his writings, Förster describes Jews as a...
May History Calendar
Other events that occurred in May