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History Calendar: July 25, 2006
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0306
Constantius Chlorus dies, leaving his son Constantine as his successor. Constantine would go on to defeat his rival and co-emperor Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge. This allows Constantine to become the sole emperor of Rome and eventually leads to the establishment of Christianity as the official religion.

0325
The First Council of Nicea ended.

0326
In a public mark of his acceptance of Christianity as the official state religion, Constantine refused to carry out the traditional pagan sacrifices.

1109
Birth of Alfonso I Henriques of Portugal at Guimaraes. The first king of Portugal, Alfonso would create the nation of Portugal by liberating it from Muslim invaders and attempts at dominance from Castile in Spain.

1261
Michael VIII Palaeologus (1224 - 1282) finally drives the Latin rulers out of Constantinople and reestablishes Eastern Orthodox rule after 50 years. To solidify his own position he has John IV Lascaris, last of the Lascaris line and his co-emperor, blinded and thus rendered ineligible to become emperor.

1410
Battle of Tannenberg: Forces from Poland and Lithuania defeated the Teutonic Knights.

1593
France's King Henry IV converted from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism, an important step towards ending the French Wars of Religion.

1887
John Taylor, third leader of the Mormon church after Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, dies.

1902
American philosopher Eric Hoffer was born.

1968
Pope Paul VI published the encyclical 'Humanae Vitae,' emphasizing the Catholic position on family and condemning all artificial methods of birth control.

1978
On this date, the first "test tube" baby was born, launching a debate into the ethics of in vitro fertilization which has mostly been resolved in favor of it, but many people - including many religious leaders - continue to object.

1994
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Jordan's King Hussein signed an agreement at the White House, ending their 46-year-old formal state of war.

1994
The formal state of war between Israel and Jordan ends when King Hussein and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin sign the Washington Declaration at the White House.

1997
K.R. Narayanan became the first member of the "untouchable" Dalits caste to be sworn in as India's president.

2006
Feast Day of Saint James.



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