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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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After Hitler's Victory in Czechoslovakia, Pope Pius XII Sends Positive Message to Hitler
Pope Pius XII sends a message to Adolf Hitler after his conquest of Czechoslovakia, expressing his hope for a...
Colorado Governor John Love Signs First Liberalized Abortion Law
Governor John A. Love of Colorado signs the first liberalized abortion law (based upon a model created by the...
Germany's Catholic Churches Give Nazis Racial Background on All Catholic Germans
Catholic churches in Germany begin supplying the Nazis with detailed information on the racial background of all Germans with...
Supreme Court Rules Students Can be Forced to Salute American Flag
Argued: Minersville School District v. Gobitis — The U.S. Supreme Court rules in an 8-1 decision that a school...
Athens Surrenders to Sparta at End of Peloponnesian War
Peloponnesian War: Athens has been fighting Sparta for supremacy in both Greece and the wider Aegean since 431 BCE,...
This Month in Atheist History
Birth of Clarence Darrow, One of America's Most Famous Lawyers
Clarence Darrow is born. One of America's most famous lawyers, Clarence Darrow will make a name for himself by...
Death of William of Ockham, Philosopher and English Franciscan Theologian
Philosopher and theologian William of Ockham dies in Munich. William of Ockham was an English Franciscan theologian who...
Judge Dismisses Madalyn Murray (O'Hair) Lawsuit Against Bible Reading in Public Schools
Judge J. Gilbert Pendergast dismisses a lawsuit brought by Madalyn Murray (later O'Hair) to force the end of required...
Birth of George Jacob Holyoake, Leader of English Freethought Movement
George Jacob Holyoake is born in Birmingham, England. Holyoake will be a leader of the English freethought movement who...
Torcaso v. Watkins: Supreme Court Rules Against Religious Tests for Public Office
Argued: Torcaso v. Watkins — The U.S. Supreme Court will rule unanimously that Maryland's religious test for public office...
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