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3 January 1997
William J. Murray Files Petition to Become Guardian of the Estate of Madalyn Murray-O'Hair

William J. Murray Files Petition to Become Guardian of the Estate of Madalyn Murray-O'Hair

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7 January 1997
Coughlin v. Griffin: Prison Inmates Cannot be Forced to Participate in Alcoholics Anonymous

Coughlin v. Griffin: Prison Inmates Cannot be Forced to Participate in Alcoholics Anonymous

14 January 1997
Aristoltle's Lyceum Possibly Discovered in Athens

Aristoltle's Lyceum Possibly Discovered in Athens

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23 January 1997

'Age of Aquarius' Begins

25 January 1997
Death of Astrologer Jeanne Dixon

Death of Astrologer Jeanne Dixon

27 January 1997

Court Rules on Prisoner Confessions to Priests

31 January 1997
William J. Murray Drops Petition to Become Guardian of the Estate of Madalyn Murray-O'Hair

William J. Murray Drops Petition to Become Guardian of the Estate of Madalyn Murray-O'Hair

12 February 1997
Iran Raises Price on Salman Rushdie's Head

Iran Raises Price on Salman Rushdie's Head

13 February 1997
Iranian Government Reaffirms Intention to Kill Salman Rushdie

Iranian Government Reaffirms Intention to Kill Salman Rushdie

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15 February 1997

Anglican Church Representatives Declare Sexual Promiscuity a Sin

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17 February 1997
Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed in Lisa McPherson Case Against Church of Scientology

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed in Lisa McPherson Case Against Church of Scientology

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19 February 1997
 Boerne v. Flores: Court Rules RFRA is Unconstitutional

Boerne v. Flores: Court Rules RFRA is Unconstitutional

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23 February 1997

Birth of Cloned Sheep Dolly Announced

23 February 1997

Palestinian Opens Fire On Tourists at Empire State Building

5 March 1997
Congress Supports Roy Moore's Refusal to Remove Ten Commandments Plaque

Congress Supports Roy Moore's Refusal to Remove Ten Commandments Plaque

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13 March 1997
Sister Nirmala Follows Mother Theresa as Head of Her Order

Sister Nirmala Follows Mother Theresa as Head of Her Order

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23 March 1997
Heaven's Gate Cult Begins Committing Mass Suicide

Heaven's Gate Cult Begins Committing Mass Suicide

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23 March 1997

Solar Temple Members Commit Mass Suicide in Quebec

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12 April 1997
Judge James Leon Holmes: Feminism Leads to Abortion, Homosexuality, Culture of Death

Judge James Leon Holmes: Feminism Leads to Abortion, Homosexuality, Culture of Death

15 April 1997
Fire Erupts in Overcrowded Tent City of Pilgrims on Hajj Outside Mecca

Fire Erupts in Overcrowded Tent City of Pilgrims on Hajj Outside Mecca

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3 May 1997
Pope John Paul II Beatifies Ceferino Jimenez Malla - Died Trying to Defend Catholic Priest

Pope John Paul II Beatifies Ceferino Jimenez Malla - Died Trying to Defend Catholic Priest

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10 May 1997
Pope John Paul II Makes First Middle Eastern Trip to Lebanon

Pope John Paul II Makes First Middle Eastern Trip to Lebanon

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11 May 1997

Thousands Demonstrate in Istanbul Against Restrictions on Muslim Schools

26 May 1997

Georgian Orthodox Church Leaves WCC & CEC

13 June 1997
Timothy McVeigh gets Death Sentence for Oklahoma City Bombing

Timothy McVeigh gets Death Sentence for Oklahoma City Bombing

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18 June 1997
Southern Baptist Convention Votes to Boycott Disney for being Anti-Christian

Southern Baptist Convention Votes to Boycott Disney for being Anti-Christian

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23 June 1997
Alabama Governor Fob James: Constitution's First Amendment Doesn't Apply to States

Alabama Governor Fob James: Constitution's First Amendment Doesn't Apply to States

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24 June 1997
Egyptian Court Overturns Ban on Ritual Female Circumcision

Egyptian Court Overturns Ban on Ritual Female Circumcision

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25 June 1997
Boerne v. Flores: Court Strikes Down Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Boerne v. Flores: Court Strikes Down Religious Freedom Restoration Act

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9 July 1997
Florida Judge Orders Release of Papers From Scientologists on Care of Lisa McPherson

Florida Judge Orders Release of Papers From Scientologists on Care of Lisa McPherson

11 July 1997
Scientists Successfully Transfer Fetal Tissue into Spine of Person With Syrsingomyelia

Scientists Successfully Transfer Fetal Tissue into Spine of Person With Syrsingomyelia

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19 July 1997
Episcopal Convention Rejects Proposal to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

Episcopal Convention Rejects Proposal to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

24 July 1997
Death of Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan

Death of Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan

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25 July 1997
K.R. Narayanan Becomes First Untouchable Dalit to be India's President

K.R. Narayanan Becomes First Untouchable Dalit to be India's President

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30 July 1997
Suicide Bombing in Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda Market

Suicide Bombing in Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda Market

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8 August 1997

Court Rules in Favor of Nativity Scene on Public Property During Christmas Season

29 August 1997
Muslim Terrorists Attack and Murder Innocent Civilians in Rais, Algeria

Muslim Terrorists Attack and Murder Innocent Civilians in Rais, Algeria

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31 August 1997
Diana, Princess of Wales, Killed With Dodi Fayed in Paris Car Crash

Diana, Princess of Wales, Killed With Dodi Fayed in Paris Car Crash

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2 September 1997
Death of Viktor Frankl, Austrian Neurologist & Psychiatrist

Death of Viktor Frankl, Austrian Neurologist & Psychiatrist

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5 September 1997
Death of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Death of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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9 September 1997
Sinn Fein Formally Renounces Use of Violence & Promises to Pursue Peace

Sinn Fein Formally Renounces Use of Violence & Promises to Pursue Peace

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27 September 1997
FFRF Files Suit Against Denver Monument to Pope John Paul II

FFRF Files Suit Against Denver Monument to Pope John Paul II

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30 September 1997
France's Catholic Church Issues Public Apology for Silence During Nazi Persecution of Jews

France's Catholic Church Issues Public Apology for Silence During Nazi Persecution of Jews

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3 October 1997
Pope John Paul II Blames Secularism and Hedonism for Modern Moral Problems

Pope John Paul II Blames Secularism and Hedonism for Modern Moral Problems

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27 October 1997
Protest Rally in Berlin Staged by Scientology Church Members Over Treatment by Government

Protest Rally in Berlin Staged by Scientology Church Members Over Treatment by Government

31 October 1997

Court Rules Boy Scouts Can't Block Twin Brothers Getting Badges Because They're Atheists

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12 November 1997
Ramzi Yousef and Others Found Guilty of 1993 Bombing of World Trade Center

Ramzi Yousef and Others Found Guilty of 1993 Bombing of World Trade Center

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17 November 1997
Muslim Terrorists Fire on Tourists in Luxor, Egypt

Muslim Terrorists Fire on Tourists in Luxor, Egypt

15 December 1997
Clearwater P.D. and Fl. Dept. of Law Recommends Criminal Charges Against Scientology Church

Clearwater P.D. and Fl. Dept. of Law Recommends Criminal Charges Against Scientology Church

18 December 1997
Bauchman v. West High School: Requiring Students Sing Christian Songs in School is Constitutional

Bauchman v. West High School: Requiring Students Sing Christian Songs in School is Constitutional

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