Monthly Archives: July 2015

July 21 in freethought history…

July 21, 1899 – American politician, attorney and freethought lecturer Robert Green Ingersoll dies in Dobbs Ferry, New York, aged 65. Dubbed “the Great Agnostic,” Ingersoll was one of the most famous Americans of the 19th century. He lectured widely … Continue reading

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Podcast #229 – Blowback on Same-Sex Marriage

We look at the ongoing blowback–at the state and local levels–against Obergefell v Hodges, in which the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is constitutional. Specifically, we look at the refusal by two county clerks–Casey Davis in Casey County and … Continue reading

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July 20 in freethought history…

July 20, 1919 – Mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man (with Tenzing Norgay) to summit Mount Everest, is born in Auckland, New Zealand. In later life, when asked if he ever prayed for help, said, “Well, I have no … Continue reading

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July 19 in freethought history…

July 19, 1848 – The Seneca Falls Convention–the first women’s rights convention–begins in Seneca Falls, New York. Attendees included luminaries such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Amelia Bloomer (whose efforts at making women’s clothing less restrictive, more comfortable and … Continue reading

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July 18 in freethought history…

July 18, 1905 – Albert Einstein’s paper on Brownian motion (i.e. the random motion of particles suspended in a fluid) is published in the German scientific journal Annalen der Physik. This was the second of four landmark papers (which included … Continue reading

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July 17 in freethought history…

July 17, 1790 – Scottish philosopher and economist Adam Smith dies in Edinburgh, aged 67. Best known for his economic masterpiece The Wealth of Nations (published in 1776), Smith also wrote The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759), which (among other things) maintains … Continue reading

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July 16 in freethought history…

July 16, 1546 – English noblewoman Anne Askew (aged 25) is burned at the stake for heresy. A Protestant forced into marriage with a Catholic named Thomas Kyme, she had two children by him but refused to take his name. … Continue reading

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July 15 in freethought history…

July 15, 1904 – Russian physician and playwright Anton Chekhov dies of tuberculosis in Badenweiler, Germany, aged 44. He is largely attributed with originating the concept of “Chekhov’s Gun”; i.e. that every element in a dramatic work should be essential to the story. … Continue reading

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July 14 in freethought history…

July 14, 1868 – English traveler, writer, archaeologist and political officer Gertrude Bell is born in Washington, United Kingdom. Although she identified as an atheist from childhood, as an adult she became a confidante–through her extensive travels in the Middle East–of several … Continue reading

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July 13 in freethought history…

July 13, 1940 – Actor Patrick Stewart is born in Mirfield, United Kingdom. He has had a long and distinguished career, on stage, television and in motion pictures, but is best known for his roles as Star Trek’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard and X-Men’s … Continue reading

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