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5 August 1099
First Crusade's Papal Legate Arnulf of Chocques Claims Discovery of the True Cross

First Crusade's Papal Legate Arnulf of Chocques Claims Discovery of the True Cross

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5 August 1656

Eight Quakers Arrive in Boston and are Imprisoned by Puritan Authorities

5 August 1692
Six Found Guilty of Witchcraft at Salem Witch Trials, Sentenced to Hang

Six Found Guilty of Witchcraft at Salem Witch Trials, Sentenced to Hang

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5 August 1769
Pope Clement XIV Declares Jews No Longer Under Jurisdiction of Inquisition

Pope Clement XIV Declares Jews No Longer Under Jurisdiction of Inquisition

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5 August 1861

First American Income Tax Created to Help Pay for Civil War

5 August 1895
Death of Friedrich Engels, Known for Socialist and Communist Political Philosophy

Death of Friedrich Engels, Known for Socialist and Communist Political Philosophy

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5 August 1914
Hitler Volunteers to Serve in First Bavarian Infantry Regiment During WW I

Hitler Volunteers to Serve in First Bavarian Infantry Regiment During WW I

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5 August 1918
Kurt Tucholsky Writes that Germany's Far-Right is Mobilizing for Violence

Kurt Tucholsky Writes that Germany's Far-Right is Mobilizing for Violence

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5 August 1925
Tennessee's Governor Peay Says State Will Fight John Scopes Appeal

Tennessee's Governor Peay Says State Will Fight John Scopes Appeal

5 August 1925
Unitarian Rev. Potter Says Scopes Monkey Trail was Done for Publicity

Unitarian Rev. Potter Says Scopes Monkey Trail was Done for Publicity

5 August 1933
Nazis Ban Folk Poem "Lorelei" by Heinrich Heine Because he was Jewish

Nazis Ban Folk Poem "Lorelei" by Heinrich Heine Because he was Jewish

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5 August 1935
Nazi Leaders Attack Political Catholicism in Germany

Nazi Leaders Attack Political Catholicism in Germany

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5 August 1935
Bishop Preysing Criticizes Nazi Attacks on Catholicism

Bishop Preysing Criticizes Nazi Attacks on Catholicism

5 August 1936
Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Authorization to Teach at University of Berlin Revoked

Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Authorization to Teach at University of Berlin Revoked

5 August 1937
Propaganda Ministry Forbids Religious Press Referring to Nazi Heroes

Propaganda Ministry Forbids Religious Press Referring to Nazi Heroes

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5 August 1956
Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Keeps Catholics Schools Segregated for Now

Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Keeps Catholics Schools Segregated for Now

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5 August 1968
Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard Wants Meeting with British Religious Leaders

Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard Wants Meeting with British Religious Leaders

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5 August 1973

Black September Terrorists Attack Passengers in Athens Airport

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5 August 1988
Universal Studios: Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ Will be Released Early

Universal Studios: Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ Will be Released Early

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5 August 2003
Federal Judge Orders Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore to Remove Ten Commandments

Federal Judge Orders Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore to Remove Ten Commandments

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5 August 2010
Mexico's Supreme Court: Gay Marriage Law is Constitutional

Mexico's Supreme Court: Gay Marriage Law is Constitutional

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Stone v. Graham: Posting Ten Commandments in Public Schools is Ruled Unconstitutional
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Birth of Carl Sagan
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Dutch Filmmaker Theo van Gogh Assassinated for His Criticisms of Islam and Muslim Immigration
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