October 14, 1656 -Â Massachusetts Colony–founded by inhabitants who, according to American mythology, sought “religious freedom”–enacts a law to arrest, whip and banish any Quaker (i.e. members of the Society of Friends, “an accursed and pernicious sect of heretics lately risen up in the world”) who dared to enter the colony. The law also provided for fines against anyone aiding in the transport of Quakers or possessing their literature.
October 14, 1906 – Philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt is born in Hanover, Germany. Raised in a family of secular, assimilated Jews, Arendt (who claimed “no religious affiliation”) fled Europe for the United States during World War II. She is best known for her books The Origins of Totalitarianism, The Human Condition and Eichmann in Jerusalem (in which she reported onÂ the 1961 war crimes trial of Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann and coined the term “the banality of evil”). She died in 1975, aged 69, in New York City.
October 14, 1979 – The first National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights is attended by an estimated 75,000 to 125,000 people.
Got info?Â Suggest a dateÂ in freethought history!