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History Calendar: January 15, 2006
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Sisinnius was elected pope.

Henry VIII declared himself head of the English Church.

The Council of Trent opened its third meeting.

Death of Murad III, sultan of the Ottoman Empire and eldest son of Selim II. Murad didn't care much for political matters, preferring instead to spend time with his harem. He had fathered 103 children. One, Mehmed III, succeeds Murad and has his sixteen brothers strangled to death in order to avoid any fights over who would rule.

Citizens of Massachusetts spent the day fasting and repenting for their role in the 1692 Salem Witch Trials.

Josef Breuer, Sigmund Freud's first collaborator, was born. Breuer helped develop the methods of free association and emotional catharsis.

Gamal Abdal Nasser was born in Alexandria, Egypt.

Cardinal John O'Connor was born.

The Supreme Court ruled that a "clear and present danger" of incitement to riot is not protected speech and, hence, is a justified reason for arresting someone.

Israeli prime minister Golda Meir meets with Pope Paul VI in the Vatican.

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was sworn into office, pledging that "God's law will be publicly acknowledged in our court."

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