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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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Robert Ley Commits Suicide to Avoid Facing War Crimes Tribunal in Nuremberg
Robert Ley commits suicide at the age of 55. Ley is in Nuremberg waiting to be tried for war...
Battle of Crooked River, First Major Battle in Mormon War
Battle of Crooked River: As tensions between Mormons and non-Mormons increase, the first major battle of the "Mormon War"...
Margaret Sanger's Birth Control Clinic is Raided and Closed in New York City
Margaret Sanger's first birth control clinic is raided and closed. She was already arrested for advocating birth control in...
Italian Court Reverses Slander Conviction Against Bishop for Calling Atheist Couple 'Public Sinners'
In Florence, Italy, an Italian appeals court reverses a slander conviction against Bishop Pietro Fiordelli of Prato. The lower...
Most of German Crusade Destroyed at Second Battle of Dorylaeum by Seljuk Turks
Second Battle of Dorylaeum: German Crusaders under the command of Conrad III stop at Dorylaeum to rest because they...
This Month in Atheist History
Interview with Madalyn Murray (O'Hair) About her Fight Against School Prayer and Bible Reading is Published
Baltimore's Morning Sun prints a front-page story about Madalyn Murray (later O'Hair) and her fight to excuse her son...
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...
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...
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...
Madalyn Murray (O'Hair) Tells School Her Son Won't Attend if Prayer and Bible Reading Remain Mandatory
After sending an official written notice to Baltimore school officials that she would keep her son out of school...