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History Calendar: September 17, 2006
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The Roman Senate declares that Augustus Caesar was one of the gods and names Tiberius as Roman emperor.

Boniface II was elected pope.

Hildegard of Bingen, mystic and composer, died at the age of 81.

Saladin leaves Damascus with a large Muslim army and heads for the Crusader states. He meets the Crusader forces at the Pools of Goliath but the Christians retreat to Jerusalem. Guy of Lusignan's decision to withdraw here causes him to lose the confidence of other Christian leaders who now come to believe that he is indecisive at best, but more likely a coward.

Jews were expelled from France by order of King Charles VI.

Pope Paul III absolved François Rabelais of charges of apostasy, thus allowing him to resume practicing medicine in Montpellier.

Pope Paul V was born.

With the Edict of St. Germain, French Protestants (Huguenots) achieved a limit amount of official recognition and toleration.

Pope Clement VIII recognized Henri IV as king of France, thus ending the papacy's historic allegiance with Spain against France.

Saint Robert Bellarmine died in Rome. Bellarmine was the chief opponent of Copernicanism in the Vatican.

Massachusetts enacted severe laws against Quakers. At this time the concept of the separation of church and state had not really taken hold, thus the line between religious dissent and political dissent - even the line between blasphemy and treason - was practically nonexistent.

In Kalisk, Poland, nine women burnt to death because they were thought to be witches who were causing bad harvests.

Currently the oldest working Constitution in the world, the Constitution of the United States of America was signed by delegates at the Constitutional Convention.

A Jewish extremist assassinated Count Folke Bernadotte, the United Nations mediator for Palestine.

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat concluded peace talks which led to a peace treaty between the two nations - the first such treaty between Israel and an Arab state.

Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, announces his plans to seek the Republican presidential nomination for 1988. According to Robertson, God wants him to run - but Robertson would only follow God's wishes if he could get 3 million people to sign petitions supporting his candidacy within the next year.

Philosopher and scientist Karl Popper died.

According to the Danish newspaper Politiken, fear of violent reprisals from Muslims has prevented a writer finding an artist for his book about Muhammad because of fear of reprisals. Jyllands-Posten sees this as censorship and issues a call for drawings of Muhammad for publication in their own newspaper.

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