September 16 in freethought history…

greatsealSeptember 16, 1782 – The Great Seal of the United States is used for the first time. The Seal features an eagle clutching arrows in one foot and an olive branch in the other, holding a banner in its beak on which is written “E Pluribus Unum” (“From Many, One”). The basic design of the Seal remains unchanged to this day, and does not include the phrase “In God We Trust,” adopted as the national motto during the anti-Communist scare of the 1950s.

September 16, 1976 – The General Convention of the Episcopal Church votes to approve the ordination of women.

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