August 15 in freethought history…

stieglarssonAugust 15, 1954 – Swedish journalist and social activist Stieg Larsson is born. During his lifetime he was known in his home country as a crusader against extreme rightwing movements in Scandanavia and as co-founder/editor-in-chief of the anti-racist magazine Expo. He died unexpectedly of a heart attack in 2005, aged 50. He was a self-declared atheist who requested no religious ceremonies at his funeral. After death, of course, he achieved world-wide fame with the publication of his “Millenium” crime novels, published in English as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest. His novels have sold 80 million copies thus far, and have been adapted into films in both Swedish and English.

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