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August 16

August 16, 1773: Pope Clement XIV dissolves the Jesuit Order, fearing its growing power. Pius VIII restored the order 41 years later.

August 16, 1875: American evangelist Charles Grandison Finney, the leading revivalist of the nineteenth century, dies (See issue 20: Charles G. Finney).

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