November 1, 1942 – Pornographer and free speech activist Larry Flynt is born in Lakeville, Kentucky. The founder of Hustler magazine, Flynt has been at the center of a number of First AmendmentÂ controversies (famously dramatized in the 1996 film The People vs. Larry Flynt). He was shot and partially paralyzed outside a courthouse in Lawrenceville, Georgia by a white racist outraged over an interracial photo shoot that appeared in Hustler.
November 1, 1945 – Indian rationalist Narendra Dabholkar is born.Â Â He founded Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (the “Committee for Eradication of Superstition in Maharashtra”), which sought to educate the public about superstitions and belief in so-called holy men who bilked followersÂ hoping to be cured of illnesses. He also fought for the rights of untouchables, and in favor of a state law (the Anti-Superstition and Black Magic Ordinance”)Â to protect consumers from “fraudulent and exploitative practices.” Dabholkar was assassinated by unidentifiedÂ gunmenÂ in August 2013.
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