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21 February 1109
Death of Medieval Scholastic Philosopher Saint Anselm of Canterbury

Death of Medieval Scholastic Philosopher Saint Anselm of Canterbury

21 February 1173
Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket Canonized by Pope Alexander III

Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket Canonized by Pope Alexander III

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21 February 1431
Joan of Arc on Trial for Heresy

Joan of Arc on Trial for Heresy

21 February 1513
Death of Pope Julius II

Death of Pope Julius II

21 February 1677
Death of Philosopher and Rationalist Baruch Spinoza

Death of Philosopher and Rationalist Baruch Spinoza

21 February 1730
Death of Pope Benedict XIII

Death of Pope Benedict XIII

21 February 1801
Birth of John Henry Newman, Leader of the Oxford Movement

Birth of John Henry Newman, Leader of the Oxford Movement

21 February 1848
'The Communist Manifesto' Published by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

'The Communist Manifesto' Published by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

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21 February 1852
Pope Pius IX Insists Grand Duke of Tuscany Revoke Jews' Right to Live Outside Ghettos

Pope Pius IX Insists Grand Duke of Tuscany Revoke Jews' Right to Live Outside Ghettos

21 February 1919

Socialist Prime Minister of Bavaria Kurt Eisner Assassinated

21 February 1921

Birth of American Philosopher John Rawls

21 February 1939
Jews Ordered to Surrender All Precious Stones and Metals in Two Weeks

Jews Ordered to Surrender All Precious Stones and Metals in Two Weeks

21 February 1953
Biochemist James Watson Builds First Model of DNA Molecule

Biochemist James Watson Builds First Model of DNA Molecule

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21 February 1958
Syria and Egypt's Citizens Approve of Uniting Into U.A.R.

Syria and Egypt's Citizens Approve of Uniting Into U.A.R.

21 February 1965
Malcolm X Assassinated in Harlem

Malcolm X Assassinated in Harlem

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21 February 1973

Israeli Air Force Shoots Down Civilian Libyan Airliner

21 February 1988
Jimmy Swaggart Delivers His Infamous 'I Have Sinned' Speech on TV

Jimmy Swaggart Delivers His Infamous 'I Have Sinned' Speech on TV

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21 February 1989
Texas Monthly v. Bullock: Court Rules Religious Publications Cannot Be Tax Exempt

Texas Monthly v. Bullock: Court Rules Religious Publications Cannot Be Tax Exempt

21 February 1993

Jones v. Clear Creek: Court Rules School Seniors Can Vote for Prayers at Graduation

21 February 2001

Good News Club v. Milford: Court Rules Against Religious Meeting in Schools

21 February 2002
Pat Robertson Sermonizes on Evils of Islam

Pat Robertson Sermonizes on Evils of Islam

21 February 2006
Islamic Countries Finally Criticize Death Threats Over Muhammad Cartoons

Islamic Countries Finally Criticize Death Threats Over Muhammad Cartoons

 
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