Monthly Archives: August 2015

August 22 in freethought history…

August 22, 1974 – British mathematician and science historian Jacob Bronowski dies in East Hampton, New York, aged 66. Born into a Jewish family in Poland in 1908, Bronowski came to England in 1920. He earned a PhD in Mathematics … Continue reading

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August 21 in freethought history…

August 21, 1909 – The last issue of freethought newspaper the Blue Grass Blade is published in Lexington, Kentucky. The Blade was founded in 1884 by former minister-turned-atheist Charles Chilton Moore, and was widely distributed throughout the United States. Editor James Edward Hughes … Continue reading

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August 20 in freethought history…

August 20, 1890 – Howard Phillips Lovecraft is born in Providence, Rhode Island. As “H. P.” Lovecraft, he published some of the most enduring and influential horror fiction in the English language. His stories include “The Call of Cthulhu,” “The … Continue reading

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August 19 in freethought history…

August 19, 1921 – Television screenwriter and producer Gene Roddenberry is born in El Paso, Texas. Roddenberry’s Star Trek (which aired from 1966 to 1969) presented a near-utopian 23rd century Earth: enlightened, progressive, free of racial hatred and almost devoid of religion. Star … Continue reading

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August 18 in freethought history…

August 18, 1790 – President George Washington responds to a congratulatory letter from the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island. In his brief correspondence, Washington wrote: “It is now no more that toleration is spoken of as if it were the indulgence of … Continue reading

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August 17 in freethought history…

August 17, 1945 – George Orwell’s novella Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, the allegorical tale of an animal uprising on a typical farm, is published in London. Along with Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, Animal Farm is widely considered one of the greatest English-language … Continue reading

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August 16 in freethought history…

August 16, 1842 – George Jacob Holyoake is the last person convicted of blasphemy in the United Kingdom, and sentenced to six months in a Gloucester jail. The trouble started some months earlier when, after Holyoake gave a public lecture (which had … Continue reading

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August 15 in freethought history…

August 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 … Continue reading

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August 14 in freethought history…

August 14, 2006 – Podcast Skepticality (created and hosted by Derek Colanduno and Robynn “Swoopy” McCarthy since April 1, 2005) is named the official podcast of the Skeptics Society‘s Skeptic magazine. Skepticality is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary and continues to be … Continue reading

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August 13 in freethought history…

August 13, 1997 – Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s animated comedy series South Park (based on their crude, low-budget Spirit of Christmas shorts featuring “Jesus vs. Frosty” and “Jesus vs. Santa”) premieres on the cable TV channel Comedy Central.  Having concluded its 18th season, South Park continues … Continue reading

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