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20 August 399
Roman Emperors: Bishops Have Sole Authority Over Religious Legal Cases

Roman Emperors: Bishops Have Sole Authority Over Religious Legal Cases

20 August 399
Roman Emperors Decree Public Festivals or Celebrations Can't Have Pagan Content

Roman Emperors Decree Public Festivals or Celebrations Can't Have Pagan Content

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20 August 399
Roman Emperors Ban Destruction of Pagan Temples if They Don't Contain Illicit Objects

Roman Emperors Ban Destruction of Pagan Temples if They Don't Contain Illicit Objects

20 August 984
Death of Pope John XIV

Death of Pope John XIV

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20 August 1153
Death of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Cistercian Monk

Death of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Cistercian Monk

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20 August 1191
Richard I the Lionheart has Muslim Hostages Executed Outside Acre

Richard I the Lionheart has Muslim Hostages Executed Outside Acre

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20 August 1205
Henry of Flanders Crowned Emperor of Latin Empire Known as Byzantine Empire

Henry of Flanders Crowned Emperor of Latin Empire Known as Byzantine Empire

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20 August 1308
Knights Templar Grand Master Jacques de Molay Pardoned by Pope Clement V

Knights Templar Grand Master Jacques de Molay Pardoned by Pope Clement V

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20 August 1643
Anne Hutchinson Expelled From Massachusetts Bay Colony

Anne Hutchinson Expelled From Massachusetts Bay Colony

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20 August 1692
Margaret Jacobs Recants Testimony Given at Salem Witch Trials

Margaret Jacobs Recants Testimony Given at Salem Witch Trials

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20 August 1823
Death of Pope Pius VII

Death of Pope Pius VII

20 August 1826
Pope Leo XII Forbids Jews Leaving Ghetto in Rome Without Written Permission

Pope Leo XII Forbids Jews Leaving Ghetto in Rome Without Written Permission

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20 August 1854
Death of German Idealist Philosopher Friedrich Schelling

Death of German Idealist Philosopher Friedrich Schelling

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20 August 1884
Birth of Rudolf Karl Bultmann, Theologian and Scholar of New Testament

Birth of Rudolf Karl Bultmann, Theologian and Scholar of New Testament

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20 August 1886
Birth of Protestant Theologian Paul Tillich

Birth of Protestant Theologian Paul Tillich

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20 August 1912
Death of Salvation Army Founder William Booth in England

Death of Salvation Army Founder William Booth in England

20 August 1914
Death of Pope Pius X of Heart Attack - Didn't Have a Cold as Media Claimed

Death of Pope Pius X of Heart Attack - Didn't Have a Cold as Media Claimed

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20 August 1921
Hostility Increases Towards Weimar Government and Constitution Due to Economic Downturn

Hostility Increases Towards Weimar Government and Constitution Due to Economic Downturn

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20 August 1935
German Bishops Beg Hitler to Revoke Ban on Confessions in Concentration Camps

German Bishops Beg Hitler to Revoke Ban on Confessions in Concentration Camps

20 August 1935
Germany's Catholic Bishops Denounce Idea that Catholics Rebel Against Government

Germany's Catholic Bishops Denounce Idea that Catholics Rebel Against Government

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20 August 1936
Germany's Catholic Bishops Approve Order to Fly Nazi Flag Alone on National Holidays

Germany's Catholic Bishops Approve Order to Fly Nazi Flag Alone on National Holidays

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20 August 1940
Undercover Soviet Agent Uses Axe to Assassinate Leon Trotsky

Undercover Soviet Agent Uses Axe to Assassinate Leon Trotsky

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20 August 1943
Wilhelm Frick Made Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia

Wilhelm Frick Made Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia

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20 August 1947
Doctors Trial Begins in Nuremberg for Nazis Accused of Murder, Human Experimentation

Doctors Trial Begins in Nuremberg for Nazis Accused of Murder, Human Experimentation

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20 August 1968
Czechoslovakia Invaded by Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact Nations

Czechoslovakia Invaded by Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact Nations

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20 August 1978

Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine Attacks El Al Israel Airlines Crew Bus in London

20 August 1988
Iran-Iraq War Ends After Eight Years

Iran-Iraq War Ends After Eight Years

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20 August 1999
Koenick v. Felton: Public Holiday at Easter not Religious Establishment

Koenick v. Felton: Public Holiday at Easter not Religious Establishment

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20 August 2003
Deadline for Alabama's Chief Justice Roy Moore Comes and Goes

Deadline for Alabama's Chief Justice Roy Moore Comes and Goes

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20 August 2012
Dr. John C. Willke: Bodies of Raped Women Work to Prevent Pregnancy

Dr. John C. Willke: Bodies of Raped Women Work to Prevent Pregnancy

 
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Stone v. Graham: Posting Ten Commandments in Public Schools is Ruled Unconstitutional
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Death of Edward Schempp, Activist and Father of Student Who Objected to School Bible Reading
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