October 16 in freethought history…

October 16, 1857 – Freethinker and travel writer Lilian Leland is born. She is best known for her two-year, 60,000-mile globetrotting journey, recounted in her 1890 book Traveling Alone: A Woman’s Journey around the World.

October 16, 1870 – Political scientist and philosopher Arthur F. Bentley is born in Freeport Illinois. He was named Humanist of the Year i 1953 by the American Humanist Association. He died in 1957, aged 86.

October 16, 1916 – Margaret Sanger opens the first birth control clinic in the United States at 46 Amboy Street, Brooklyn, New York.

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