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2 May 373
Death of Alexandria's Archbishop Athanasius

Death of Alexandria's Archbishop Athanasius

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2 May 381
Theodosius I: Christians Who Convert to Paganism Can't Make Wills

Theodosius I: Christians Who Convert to Paganism Can't Make Wills

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2 May 1507
Martin Luther Celebrates His First Mass

Martin Luther Celebrates His First Mass

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2 May 1519
Death of Inventor & Painter Leonardo da Vinci

Death of Inventor & Painter Leonardo da Vinci

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2 May 1536
Queen Anne Boleyn Arrested for Adultery, Incest, Treason, Witchcraft

Queen Anne Boleyn Arrested for Adultery, Incest, Treason, Witchcraft

2 May 1559
John Knox Returns From Exile to Scotland

John Knox Returns From Exile to Scotland

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2 May 1611
First Publication of King James Bible in London

First Publication of King James Bible in London

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2 May 1777
Franz Mesmer Expelled From Practicing Medicine in Vienna

Franz Mesmer Expelled From Practicing Medicine in Vienna

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2 May 1808
Birth of Emma Wedgwood, Future Wife of Charles Darwin

Birth of Emma Wedgwood, Future Wife of Charles Darwin

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2 May 1856
Birth of Sigmund Freud, Father of Modern Psychoanalysis

Birth of Sigmund Freud, Father of Modern Psychoanalysis

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2 May 1860
Birth of Theodor Herzl, Journalist & Zionist

Birth of Theodor Herzl, Journalist & Zionist

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2 May 1879
Nietzsche Resigns From University of Basel Due to Poor Health

Nietzsche Resigns From University of Basel Due to Poor Health

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2 May 1885
Mormons Protest Federal Crackdown on Polygamy in Salt Lake City

Mormons Protest Federal Crackdown on Polygamy in Salt Lake City

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2 May 1896
Sigmund Freud Explains Theory of Hysteria

Sigmund Freud Explains Theory of Hysteria

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2 May 1910
Weems v. U.S.: Constitution Not Limited to Authors' Definitions & Concepts

Weems v. U.S.: Constitution Not Limited to Authors' Definitions & Concepts

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2 May 1926
Joseph Lewis Wants to Stop Religious Instruction in Public Schools

Joseph Lewis Wants to Stop Religious Instruction in Public Schools

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2 May 1927
Beck v. Bell: Supreme Court Upholds Virginia Statue Allowing Sterilization

Beck v. Bell: Supreme Court Upholds Virginia Statue Allowing Sterilization

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2 May 1931
Otto Rahn Comes to France to Look for the Holy Grail

Otto Rahn Comes to France to Look for the Holy Grail

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2 May 1933
Nazi Germany Bans All Independent & Socialist Trade Unions

Nazi Germany Bans All Independent & Socialist Trade Unions

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2 May 1933
Catholic Association Accepts Dual Membership in Nazi Party

Catholic Association Accepts Dual Membership in Nazi Party

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2 May 1936
Haile Selassie Flees Addis Ababa Before Italian Forces Invade

Haile Selassie Flees Addis Ababa Before Italian Forces Invade

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2 May 1937
Polish Citizens Unite to Fight Against the Jews and Communists

Polish Citizens Unite to Fight Against the Jews and Communists

2 May 1940
Pope Pius XII Blames Greed for Power for Conflicts in Europe

Pope Pius XII Blames Greed for Power for Conflicts in Europe

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2 May 1941
British Troops Invade Iraq to Install Pro-British Government

British Troops Invade Iraq to Install Pro-British Government

2 May 1944
First Two Transports of Hungarian Jews Arrive at Auschwitz

First Two Transports of Hungarian Jews Arrive at Auschwitz

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2 May 1945
Hitler's Finance Minister Johann von Krosigk Introduces the Term 'Iron Curtain'

Hitler's Finance Minister Johann von Krosigk Introduces the Term 'Iron Curtain'

2 May 1945
German General Weidling Surrenders Berlin to Soviet Army

German General Weidling Surrenders Berlin to Soviet Army

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2 May 1945
Wöbbelin Concentration Camp Liberated by U.S. 82nd Airborne Division

Wöbbelin Concentration Camp Liberated by U.S. 82nd Airborne Division

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2 May 1953
Faisal II Becomes Third and Last King of Iraq

Faisal II Becomes Third and Last King of Iraq

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2 May 1953
Hussein bin Talal Crowned King Hussein of Jordan

Hussein bin Talal Crowned King Hussein of Jordan

2 May 1957
Death of Senator Joseph McCarthy, Public Face for Anti-Communist Witch Hunts

Death of Senator Joseph McCarthy, Public Face for Anti-Communist Witch Hunts

2 May 1964
Rabbi Irwin Blank Testifies Against Constitutional Amendment for School Prayer

Rabbi Irwin Blank Testifies Against Constitutional Amendment for School Prayer

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2 May 1969
Death of Franz von Papen, Catholic Statesman & Vice-Chancellor Under Adolf Hitler

Death of Franz von Papen, Catholic Statesman & Vice-Chancellor Under Adolf Hitler

 
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