October 2 in freethought history…

October 2, 1832 – British anthropologist Edward Burnett Tylor is born in London. He was the first to propose prehistoric animism as the root of all religion. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society, became a professor at Oxford (despite never having earned a university degree), and was Knighted for his contributions to science. He died in 1917, aged 84.

October 2, 1836 – Charles Darwin returns to England after a five-year around-the-world journey aboard the HMS Beagle.

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