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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 15 of March, repeating indefinitely
March 15, 1517: Needing money to rebuild St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Leo X announces a special sale of indulgences. A Dominican named Johann Tetzel led the way in promoting the sale in Germany and erroneously declared that indulgences would cover future sins (Leo’s forgave all past sins). The teaching angered monk Martin Luther, who soon posted his 95 Theses in response (see issue 34: Luther’s Early Years).