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1 April -220
Start of Roman Holiday of Veneralia in Honor of Venus Vericordia

Start of Roman Holiday of Veneralia in Honor of Venus Vericordia

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25 March 31

First Easter Celebrated on This Date

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19 July 64
Great Fire of Rome Begins, Will Be Blamed on Emperor Nero

Great Fire of Rome Begins, Will Be Blamed on Emperor Nero

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3 July 324
Roman Civil War: Constantine & Licinius Fight at Battle of Andrianople

Roman Civil War: Constantine & Licinius Fight at Battle of Andrianople

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25 December 337

Earliest Possible Year Christmas Celebrated on December 25th

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25 December 354

First Year Christmas Definitely Celebrated on December 25th

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27 March 380
Roman Law Suspends Criminal Trials in Days Leading Up to Easter

Roman Law Suspends Criminal Trials in Days Leading Up to Easter

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22 March 384
Roman Emperors Grant Pardons to Prisoners on Easter

Roman Emperors Grant Pardons to Prisoners on Easter

22 April 386
Roman Law Releases Prisoners on Easter

Roman Law Releases Prisoners on Easter

27 April 408
Roman Law: Isaurian Bandits to be Tried and Tortured, Even During Easter and Lent

Roman Law: Isaurian Bandits to be Tried and Tortured, Even During Easter and Lent

6 January 548

Final Year Jerusalem Churches Observe Birth of Jesus on This Date

9 September 1553
Future Pope Paul IV Has Copies of Talmud Burned Publicly in Rome

Future Pope Paul IV Has Copies of Talmud Burned Publicly in Rome

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25 December 1651

Puritan Massachusetts General Court Levies Fine for Anyone Observing Christmas

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25 December 1789

Congress Session During First Christmas Under America's New Constitution

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23 December 1823
N.Y. Newspaper Runs the Poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas'

N.Y. Newspaper Runs the Poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas'

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27 May 1910
Russia Passes Law Requiring Businesses to Close on Sundays

Russia Passes Law Requiring Businesses to Close on Sundays

27 February 1933
Catholic Feast Days Become Official State Holidays in Prussia

Catholic Feast Days Become Official State Holidays in Prussia

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14 July 1933
Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring Enacted in Nazi Germany

Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring Enacted in Nazi Germany

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12 April 1936
German Christian: Easter is Divine Miracle of Resurrection Within Our Volk

German Christian: Easter is Divine Miracle of Resurrection Within Our Volk

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22 December 1936
Clarence Darrow Criticizes How Christmas is Taking Over American Culture

Clarence Darrow Criticizes How Christmas is Taking Over American Culture

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1 December 1938

Reich Economics Ministry Orders Jewish Stores Closed During Christmas Season

24 December 1942
Pope Pius XII Gives Annual Christmas Message Making Vague Reference to Mass Murders

Pope Pius XII Gives Annual Christmas Message Making Vague Reference to Mass Murders

23 December 1949
Pope Pius XII Gives Christmas Message Calling Protestants to Return to the One True Church

Pope Pius XII Gives Christmas Message Calling Protestants to Return to the One True Church

18 December 1950
Arthur Cromwell of N.Y. Complains About Role of Religion in Holiday Pageants in Public Schools

Arthur Cromwell of N.Y. Complains About Role of Religion in Holiday Pageants in Public Schools

23 December 1950
Pope Pius XII's Christmas Missive States Tomb Found Under St. Peter's Basilica is St. Peter's Tomb

Pope Pius XII's Christmas Missive States Tomb Found Under St. Peter's Basilica is St. Peter's Tomb

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23 December 1958
Pope John XXIII's Christmas Message Calls Christians to Unite Against Atheism and Materialism

Pope John XXIII's Christmas Message Calls Christians to Unite Against Atheism and Materialism

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22 December 1965

Protestant Rev. John Papandrew Wants Six-Story Christmas Cross Removed From Courthouse

30 April 1966
Anton Szandor LaVey Establishes Church of Satan in San Francisco

Anton Szandor LaVey Establishes Church of Satan in San Francisco

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20 December 1967
Garry DeYoung Harassed by Christian Neighbors After Challenging Religious Songs at School

Garry DeYoung Harassed by Christian Neighbors After Challenging Religious Songs at School

21 December 1967
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Protests Lighted Cross on Austin, Texas Federal Building

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Protests Lighted Cross on Austin, Texas Federal Building

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22 December 1977
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Loses Attempt to Remove Nativity Scene From Texas Capitol Rotunda

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Loses Attempt to Remove Nativity Scene From Texas Capitol Rotunda

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22 April 1980
Florey v. Sioux Falls: Atheist Florey Loses Suit Against School Holiday Programs

Florey v. Sioux Falls: Atheist Florey Loses Suit Against School Holiday Programs

9 November 1980
Florey v. Sioux Falls: U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Atheist's Lawsuit Over Religious Holiday Pageants

Florey v. Sioux Falls: U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Atheist's Lawsuit Over Religious Holiday Pageants

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13 December 1982
Freedom From Religion Foundation Loses Fight to Stop Adoption of the 'Year of the Bible'

Freedom From Religion Foundation Loses Fight to Stop Adoption of the 'Year of the Bible'

21 June 1984
Church of Scientology and Mary Sue Hubbard Lose Lawsuit Over Missing Documents

Church of Scientology and Mary Sue Hubbard Lose Lawsuit Over Missing Documents

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5 December 1985
U.S. Judge Orders Illinois Fire Station to Stop Lighting Large Cross on Station

U.S. Judge Orders Illinois Fire Station to Stop Lighting Large Cross on Station

3 October 1989
Jim Bakker Ends His Testimony at His Trial for Fraud and Conspiracy

Jim Bakker Ends His Testimony at His Trial for Fraud and Conspiracy

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2 December 1993

Clever v. Cherry Hill: Court Rules Schools can Use Religious Symbols in Secular Education

23 May 1994
Jamarat Bridge Stampede in Mecca Kills at Least 270 Muslim Pilgrims

Jamarat Bridge Stampede in Mecca Kills at Least 270 Muslim Pilgrims

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5 April 1995
Metzl v. Leininger: Good Friday as School Holiday is Unconstitutional

Metzl v. Leininger: Good Friday as School Holiday is Unconstitutional

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15 April 1997
Fire Erupts in Overcrowded Tent City of Pilgrims on Hajj Outside Mecca

Fire Erupts in Overcrowded Tent City of Pilgrims on Hajj Outside Mecca

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18 December 1997
Bauchman v. West High School: Requiring Students Sing Christian Songs in School is Constitutional

Bauchman v. West High School: Requiring Students Sing Christian Songs in School is Constitutional

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19 December 1997
Alabama Freethought Association Challenges Nativity Scene at Alabama Capitol Steps

Alabama Freethought Association Challenges Nativity Scene at Alabama Capitol Steps

9 April 1998
118 Pilgrims Trampled to Death During Hajj

118 Pilgrims Trampled to Death During Hajj

16 February 1999

ACLU v. Schundler: Court Rules on Constitutionality of Holiday Displays

19 April 1999
Granzeier v. Middleton: Appeals Court Rules Government Offices Can Close Good Friday and Easter

Granzeier v. Middleton: Appeals Court Rules Government Offices Can Close Good Friday and Easter

7 December 1999
Ganulin v. U.S.: Court Rules U.S. Government Can Recognize Christmas as Official Paid Holiday

Ganulin v. U.S.: Court Rules U.S. Government Can Recognize Christmas as Official Paid Holiday

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9 April 2004
Ruben Enaje is Crucified for 18th Time in Philippines on this Good Friday

Ruben Enaje is Crucified for 18th Time in Philippines on this Good Friday

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1 January 2006

Feast of the Circumcision

1 January 2006

Feast of Fools Celebration

 
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