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History Calendar: December 28, 2006
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0418
Boniface I elected pope.

1065
Westminster Abbey was consecrated.

1384
Religious reformer John Wycliffe died.

1446
Antipope Clement VIII died.

1829
Jean-Baptiste Lamarck died. Lamarck advocated a theory of evolution which included the idea that traits could be acquired and then passed along to offspring.

1878
Pope Leo XIII, in his encyclical Quod Apostolici, rejected the idea that citizens in a state should be equal and have full political freedom, writing that "If it happens that a ruler exceeds willfully in the exercise of his power, Catholic doctrine does not permit any insurrection against him, in order to avoid greater evils. And if the excesses of the ruler reach the point that no hope of salvation is left, Christian patience teaches us that in such a case a remedy should be sought only in insisting prayers to God."

2006
Childermas, the feast of the Holy Innocents, commemorates the date when King Herod is believed to have ordered the massacre of children in Bethlehem in order to kill Jesus.



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