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History Calendar: June 09, 2006
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0597
St. Columba dies. Columba played a crucial role in the spread of Christianity through Scotland.

1171
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.

1549
The English Parliament formally approved a uniform code for religious services and the first Book of Common Prayer.

1732
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.

1947
The Muslim League Council accepted a proposal from Great Britain on dividing India into two states, one Hindu and one Muslim.

1950
Physicist Niels Bohr issued his "Open Letter to the United Nations", arguing against the use of atomic weapons.

1964
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.

1970
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.

1993
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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