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The St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre occurred on August 24, 1572 (St. Bartholomew's Day) when Catholics in France slaughtered large numbers of French Protestants (Huguenots). Thousands of men, women and children died in Paris on the orders of Charles IX who was urged on by his mother, Catherine de Medici.

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