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Death of Pope Paul V in Rome
Pope Gregory XV Becomes First Jesuit-Educated Pope
Protestant Union Dissolved by Demand of Emperor Ferdinand II
Sir Francis Bacon Thrown into Tower of London, Charged With Corruption
Death of Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, Opponent of Copernicanism in Vatican
Pope Gregory XV Issues Regulations for Papal Elections
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Dominican Friar Girolamo Savonarola Executed by Being Burned Alive
Girolamo Savonarola is executed by being burned alive in Florence, Italy. As a Dominican friar, Girolamo Savonarola was famous...
Taliban Orders Minorities to Wear Identifying tags in Afghanistan
The Taliban orders all religious minorities in Afghanistan to wear tags identifying them as non-Muslims. In addition, all Hindu...
Thomas Cranmer Voids Marriage of Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon
Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, rules at a special court convened at Dunstable Priory that the marriage of King...
Pope Paul III Starts Portuguese Inquisition
Pope Paul III institutes the Portuguese Inquisition of the King of Portugal, João III. The primary target of the...
Adolf Eichmann's Capture in Argentina Announced by David Ben-Gurion
Israeli Premier David Ben-Gurion announces the capture of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina. According to the Israeli government, Eichmann left...
This Month in Atheist History
Death of French Philosopher Voltaire
French philosopher Voltaire dies. Voltaire was one of the most famous of the French philosophers during the French Enlightenment...
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...
Pope John Paul II Admits Catholic Church Erred in Condemning Galileo
Pope John Paul II admits that the Catholic Church made an error in 1663 when it condemned Galileo....
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...
Clarence Darrow Criticizes William Jennings Bryan For Being Anti-Science
Clarence Darrow, who has volunteered to help defend John Scopes in his trial for violating the Butler Act prohibition...
May History Calendar
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