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Byzantine Nobility Install Alexius Murtzuphlos to Throne
Eleanor of Aquitaine Dies in Convent
Armies of the Fourth Crusade Begin Assault on Constantinople
Soldiers of Fourth Crusade Capture and Sack Constantinople
Latin Empire of Byzantium Established After Capture of Constantinople by Fourth Crusade
Baldwin of Flanders Crowned First Latin Emperor of Constantinople
Death of Jewish Philosopher Moses Maimonides
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Massachusetts Law Requires Church Doors be Locked & Guarded During Services
Massachusetts passes a law that requires church doors to be locked and guarded during services — evidently to keep...
L. Ron Hubbard's Military Records to be Released by Court
In Portland, Oregon, Circuit Judge Donald H. Londer rules that records of L. Ron Hubbard's World War II military...
Death of Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II
Death of Mehmed II, the Ottoman sultan who succeeded in capturing Constantinople. It only took him a month to...
Death of Cardinal John Joseph O'Connor, Most Influential Catholic Leader in U.S.
Cardinal John Joseph O'Connor dies in New York City. John O'Connor, cardinal-archbishop of New York, was one of...
Birth of Niccolo de Machiavelli
Italian political philosopher Niccolo dei Machiavelli is born. Machiavelli becomes best known for his book The Prince, written in...
This Month in Atheist History
Joseph Lewis Wants to Stop Religious Instruction in Public Schools
Joseph Lewis, President of the Freethinkers' Society of New York, issues an appeal for donations to help fight a...
Clarence Darrow Explains Why Tennessee's Butler Act Should be Struck Down
Clarence Darrow, who will be part of the defense team for John Scopes in Dayton, Tennessee, explains in an...
Nazis Convert Freethinkers Hall to Office Space for Berlin Protestant Church Authorities
In Berlin, the Nazis convert Freethinkers Hall, the national headquarters of the German Freethinkers League, into office space for...
Brown v. Board of Ed: Court Ends Separate But Equal Public Schools, State-Sponsored Segregation
Decided: Brown vs. Board of Education — The U.S. Supreme Court rules 9-0 to end the legality of "separate...
Birth of Thomas Henry Huxley, Defender of Charles Darwin
Thomas Henry Huxley is born in Middlesex, England. A natural scientist and author, Huxley will become widely known as...
May History Calendar
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