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17 October 377
Roman Emperors Forbid Teaching or Promoting Doctrine of Second Baptism

Roman Emperors Forbid Teaching or Promoting Doctrine of Second Baptism

17 October 532
Death of Pope Boniface II, First German Ever Elected to Papacy

Death of Pope Boniface II, First German Ever Elected to Papacy

17 October 1244

Large Army of Crusaders Destroyed by Egyptians at Battle of La Forbie

17 October 1404
Election of Pope Innocent VII

Election of Pope Innocent VII

17 October 1483
Pope Sixtus IV Issues Papal Bull Launching the Spanish Inquisition

Pope Sixtus IV Issues Papal Bull Launching the Spanish Inquisition

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17 October 1892
Birth of Theodor Eicke, Future Administrator of Germany's Concentration Camps

Birth of Theodor Eicke, Future Administrator of Germany's Concentration Camps

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17 October 1912
Birth of Future Pope John Paul I

Birth of Future Pope John Paul I

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17 October 1926
Atheist Charles Smith Jailed in Little Rock, Arkansas, for Misusing Name of God

Atheist Charles Smith Jailed in Little Rock, Arkansas, for Misusing Name of God

17 October 1929
N.Y. Herald Tribune Runs Op-Ed Criticizing North Carolina Judge Banning Testimony of an Atheist

N.Y. Herald Tribune Runs Op-Ed Criticizing North Carolina Judge Banning Testimony of an Atheist

17 October 1930
Nazi Party Leader Gregor Strasser Includes Jewish Elimination as Part of Nazi Agenda

Nazi Party Leader Gregor Strasser Includes Jewish Elimination as Part of Nazi Agenda

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17 October 1931
Al Capone Convicted of Five Counts of Income Tax Evasion and Failure to File Tax Returns

Al Capone Convicted of Five Counts of Income Tax Evasion and Failure to File Tax Returns

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17 October 1933
Albert Einstein Flees Nazi Germany and Comes to U.S. to Take Appointment at Princeton

Albert Einstein Flees Nazi Germany and Comes to U.S. to Take Appointment at Princeton

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17 October 1934
August Jäger Demands Those Calling for His Resignation be Expelled From Bavarian Churches

August Jäger Demands Those Calling for His Resignation be Expelled From Bavarian Churches

17 October 1938
Italian Government Tells U.S. That Expelling Foreign Jews From Italy Applies to American Jews

Italian Government Tells U.S. That Expelling Foreign Jews From Italy Applies to American Jews

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17 October 1939
Hitler Says German-Occupied Poland to be Used as Source of Polish Slave Labor

Hitler Says German-Occupied Poland to be Used as Source of Polish Slave Labor

17 October 1978
U.S. Customs Allowed to Hold and Look at Documents From England's Scientology Church

U.S. Customs Allowed to Hold and Look at Documents From England's Scientology Church

17 October 1979
Nobel Peace Prize is Awarded to Mother Teresa

Nobel Peace Prize is Awarded to Mother Teresa

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17 October 1980
Lawyers Question L. Ron Hubbard's Daughter on His Whereabouts

Lawyers Question L. Ron Hubbard's Daughter on His Whereabouts

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17 October 1983
Louisiana Supreme Court Rules State Has Authority to Order Schools to Teach Creationism

Louisiana Supreme Court Rules State Has Authority to Order Schools to Teach Creationism

17 October 2005
During Ramadan, Egyptian Newspaper Runs Six Muhammad Cartoons With No Riots Occurring

During Ramadan, Egyptian Newspaper Runs Six Muhammad Cartoons With No Riots Occurring

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William Murray Refuses to Pray at School, Launching Madalyn Murray O'Hair's Famous Legal Case
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