July 3 in freethought history…

herzlJuly 3, 1904 – Theodor Herzl, journalist and father of modern Zionism, dies in Austria-Hungary. Born in Budapest in 1860, raised by assimilated Jews, Herzl considered himself an atheist. Widespread persecution and anti-Semitism throughout Europe convinced Herzl that Jews should create a homeland, preferably in their historic homeland of Palestine. (The State of Israel would not be born for another 44 years after Herzl’s death.)

July 3, 1980 – British journalist Ariane Sherine, creator of the 2009 Atheist Bus Campaign and editor of The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas, is born in London.

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