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5 October 869
Pope Adrian II Convenes Fourth Council of Constantinople, the 8th Ecumenical Council

Pope Adrian II Convenes Fourth Council of Constantinople, the 8th Ecumenical Council

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5 October 1214
Death of King Alfonso VIII of Castile

Death of King Alfonso VIII of Castile

5 October 1450
Louis IX of Bavaria Expels Jews

Louis IX of Bavaria Expels Jews

5 October 1703
Birth of Jonathan Edwards, American Theologian and Philosopher

Birth of Jonathan Edwards, American Theologian and Philosopher

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5 October 1713
Birth of Denis Diderot, French Empiricist and Supporter of Scientific Method

Birth of Denis Diderot, French Empiricist and Supporter of Scientific Method

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5 October 1857
Brigham Young's Nauvoo Legion Attacks U.S. Army Wagon Train

Brigham Young's Nauvoo Legion Attacks U.S. Army Wagon Train

5 October 1921
The Sturmabteilung or SA is Created in Nazi Party

The Sturmabteilung or SA is Created in Nazi Party

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5 October 1933

German Justice Ministers Agree to Eliminate Liberalizing Reforms of Justice System

5 October 1935
Hanns Kerrl Takes Over as Reich Minister for Church Affairs

Hanns Kerrl Takes Over as Reich Minister for Church Affairs

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5 October 1935
Nazi Government Orders All Churches to Fly Swastika Flag Alone on National Holidays

Nazi Government Orders All Churches to Fly Swastika Flag Alone on National Holidays

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5 October 1937
Adolf Hitler Says Christianity More True Than Other Religions

Adolf Hitler Says Christianity More True Than Other Religions

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5 October 1938
Interior Minister Frick Invalidates All Jewish Passports; New Passports Will Require Special Stamps

Interior Minister Frick Invalidates All Jewish Passports; New Passports Will Require Special Stamps

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5 October 1941
Death of First Jewish Supreme Court Justice, Louis D. Brandeis

Death of First Jewish Supreme Court Justice, Louis D. Brandeis

5 October 1947
Catholic Parents Vote to End Opposition to Racial Desegregation in Parochial Schools

Catholic Parents Vote to End Opposition to Racial Desegregation in Parochial Schools

5 October 1953
Earl Warren Sworn in as 14th Chief Justice of U.S. Supreme Court

Earl Warren Sworn in as 14th Chief Justice of U.S. Supreme Court

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5 October 1965
L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology are Investigated by Australian State of Victoria

L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology are Investigated by Australian State of Victoria

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5 October 1972
Pope Paul VI Opens Interfaith Meeting at Vatican to Discuss Atheism and Secularism

Pope Paul VI Opens Interfaith Meeting at Vatican to Discuss Atheism and Secularism

5 October 1979
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair's Lawyer Challenges Court Decision Upholding Permit for Pope John Paul II

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair's Lawyer Challenges Court Decision Upholding Permit for Pope John Paul II

5 October 1981
Federal Appeals Court Upholds Convictions of 9 Members of Scientology Church

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Convictions of 9 Members of Scientology Church

5 October 1988
Salman Rushdie's Book Satanic Verses is Banned by India's Home Affairs Minister

Salman Rushdie's Book Satanic Verses is Banned by India's Home Affairs Minister

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5 October 1989
Jim Bakker Convicted of Fraud over Donations for Heritage USA Theme Park

Jim Bakker Convicted of Fraud over Donations for Heritage USA Theme Park

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5 October 1989
U.S. Senate Passes Law Banning Desecration of U.S. Flag

U.S. Senate Passes Law Banning Desecration of U.S. Flag

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5 October 1990
Democratic Candidate in Florida Apologizes for Being Dismissive of Creationism

Democratic Candidate in Florida Apologizes for Being Dismissive of Creationism

5 October 1993
Pope John Paul II Says Catholic Church Has Authority to Pronounce Definitive Moral Truths for Everyone

Pope John Paul II Says Catholic Church Has Authority to Pronounce Definitive Moral Truths for Everyone

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5 October 1994
53 Members of The Order of the Solar Temple Found Dead in Two Swiss Villages

53 Members of The Order of the Solar Temple Found Dead in Two Swiss Villages

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5 October 2005
Catholic Bishops Issue Guide Saying Not All Biblical Passages Should be Read Literally

Catholic Bishops Issue Guide Saying Not All Biblical Passages Should be Read Literally

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