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History Calendar: January 28, 2006
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Henry IV submitted to Pope Gregory VII, briefly ending the conflict over lay investiture.

Pope Alexander VI gave his son Cesare Borgia as hostage to Charles VIII of France.

Henry VIII of England died. In 1534 Henry had broken from the Roman Catholic Church and divorced his wife, Catherine of Aragon. This was the beginning the English Reformation.

The Edict of Orleans suspended persecution of French Huguenots.

Pope Clement IX was born.

Pope Paul V died.

Louis Brandeis was nominated to be a Supreme Court Justice.

Tennessee's lower house passed 71-5 the Butler Act, a law which would prohibit the teaching of evolution in public schools. This law would later be challenged in the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial.

The Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, better known by its original name the "Inquisition," published an 18-page document ruling out any possibility that women could become ordained as priests in Roman Catholicism because women lacked a "natural resemblance which must exist between Christ and his ministers."

Canada's Supreme court invalidated a national anti-abortion law.

The Ninth Panchen Lama died in Beijing, China.

The "New York Times" revealed that FBI director Robert Mueller had ordered all field offices to document the number of mosques in their area. Mueller informed congressional staff in a secret meeting that this information would be used to combat terrorism by gauging how many terrorist investigations each office should be expected to have under their jurisdiction. Thus, the more mosques which exist in a region, the more terrorist investigations the local field office should be pursuing.

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