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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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Baruch Spinoza is Expelled From His Synagogue for Heresy
Baruch Spinoza is expelled from his synagogue in Amsterdam because of his heretical beliefs. Such a writ of cherem...
Court in Bordeaux, France, Annuls Same-Sex Union
In France, a court in Bordeaux annuls a same-sex union between Stephane Chapin and Bertrand Charpentier. According to...
Kaiser Orders German Soldiers Fighting Boxer Rebellion Must Be be Ruthless
In response to the Boxer Rebellion in China, Kaiser Wilhelm II orders German soldiers in China to act ruthlessly...
Martin Luther Preaches First Sermon Against Selling of Indulgences
Martin Luther preaches his first sermon against the practice of selling indulgences. He will preach two more major...
O'Bannon v. Indiana Civil Liberties Union: Court Refuses to Hear Case on Ten Commandments
Decided: O'Bannon v. Indiana Civil Liberties Union — The Supreme Court refuses to hear a case about a large...
This Month in Atheist History
Death of Emanuel Haldeman-Julius, Freethinker & Publisher of the Little Blue Books
Emanuel Haldeman-Julius dies from drowning in a swimming pool. Some consider the death suspicious because J. Edgar Hoover has...
I.R.S. Investigates Atheist Employee Loren Wittner For Striking 'So Help Me God' from Oath
Loren H. Wittner, an atheist employed by the Internal Revenue Bureau, is being investigated for having struck "so help...
N.Y. Supreme Court Rules Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller is Flagrantly Obscene
The Supreme Court of New York rules 4-3 that Henry Miller's novelized autobiography Tropic of Cancer is obscene —...
Drama Critic & Lecturer Sydney J. Harris Says Being an Atheist is Shallow & Dumb
Sydney J. Harris, a widely respected drama critic and lecturer, says it's shallow and dumb to not believe in...
Hungary's Communist Party: Members No Longer Need to be Atheists
In Hungary, the Hungarian Communist Party announces that it will no longer require members to be atheists and will...
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