Monthly Archives: July 2015

July 31 in freethought history…

July 31, 1921 – Peter Benenson, founder of Amnesty International, is born in London. July 31, 1951 – Publisher and atheist activist E. Haldeman-Julius is found dead in his swimming pool in Girard, Kansas, one day after his 62nd birthday. Haldeman-Julius was best known … Continue reading

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July 30 in freethought history…

July 30, 1889 – Publisher and atheist activist E. Haldeman-Julius is born Emanuel Julius in Philadelphia. Haldeman-Julius is best known as publisher of the Little Blue Books, which introduced millions of readers to works of philosophy, history, science and more for … Continue reading

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July 29 in freethought history…

July 29, 2006 – Journalist and rationalist Joseph Edamaruku dies in Delhi, India, aged 72. Known simply as “Edamaruku,” he was president of the Indian Rationalist Association and author of numerous books, including critical studies of the Quran, the Bhagavad Gita and … Continue reading

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July 28 in freethought history…

July 28, 1794 – French revolutionary Maximilien Robespierre is executed by guillotine in Paris. With him died the Cult of the Supreme Being, the short-lived Deistic state religion created to replace the revolutionary Cult of Reason, which was itself intended to … Continue reading

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July 27 in freethought history…

July 27, 1656 – The Portugese Jewish elders of Amsterdam “excommunicate and expel” Baruch Spinoza from their community for “abominable heresies” (which include equating purposeless Nature with God, denying that Jews are the chosen people, and denying the divine origins of … Continue reading

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July 26 in freethought history…

July 26, 1975 – Atheist activist and author Goparaju Ramachandra Rao (“Gora”) dies in Vijayawada, India. Along with his wife Saraswathi Gora, he founded India’s Atheist Centre, which still operates today. Gora wrote numerous books on atheist topics and was … Continue reading

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July 25 in freethought history…

July 25, 1968 – Pope Paul VI issues Humanae vitae (Of Human Life: On the Regulation of Birth), an encyclical that reaffirms the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching on birth control. The encyclical repeated the Church’s stance on the sanctity of … Continue reading

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July 24 in freethought history…

July 24, 2007 – Psychologist Albert Ellis dies in New York City, aged 93. Recognized by his peers as one of the most influential psychotherapists ever, Ellis was best known for his development of “Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy,” for his promotion … Continue reading

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July 23 in freethought history…

July 23, 1838 – Samuel Porter Putnam is born in Chichester, New Hampshire. After graduating from Dartmouth and serving the Union in the American Civil War, Putnam attended seminary, became a Congregationalist minister, then a Unitarian minister before finally renouncing … Continue reading

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July 22 in freethought history…

July 22, 1947 – Actor, comedian and writer Albert Brooks is born as “Albert Lawrence Einstein” in Los Angeles. He changed his stage name early in his career, quipping that “the real Albert Einstein changed his name to sound more … Continue reading

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