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History Calendar: June 09, 2006
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St. Columba dies. Columba played a crucial role in the spread of Christianity through Scotland.

Jacob ben Meir Tam, a leading Talmudic authority of medieval Europe, died. Ben Meir is best known for his writings which are included in the Tosafot.

The English Parliament formally approved a uniform code for religious services and the first Book of Common Prayer.

James Oglethorpe received a royal charter that allowed him to create the American colony of Georgia; here, sectarian Protestant believers who suffered persecution in England hoped to find refuge.

The Muslim League Council accepted a proposal from Great Britain on dividing India into two states, one Hindu and one Muslim.

Physicist Niels Bohr issued his "Open Letter to the United Nations", arguing against the use of atomic weapons.

An article about Madalyn Murray O'Hair appeared in Life Magazine. This is one of the earliest national articles about O'Hair and it was entitled "The Most Hated Woman in America," thus leading to a wider popularization of that image of her.

During widespread battles between the Jordanian army and Palestinian guerrillas, there was a failed assassination attempt on King Hussein. On April 11th, Hussein would yield to some of the demands of the Palestinians, removing his uncle as commander-in-chief of the military.

Argued: Decided: Peloza v. Capistrano
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a teacher does not have a right to teach creationism in a biology class, that "evolutionism" is not a religion or world view, and that the government can restrict the speech of employees while they are on the job.

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