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Today In History: January 3

Slide 1 of 10: Martin Luther (1483-1546) burning the Papal Bull, 1521. Luther, a German religious reformer, was excommunicated by Pope Leo X, and publicly burned the excommunication document. (Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

1521: Martin Luther is excommunicated

Pope Leo X issues the papal bull Decet Romanum Pontificem, which excommunicates Martin Luther from the Catholic Church.

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