November 19 in freethought history…

tedturnerNovember 19, 1938 – Media mogul Ted Turner is born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Beginning with his father’s Atlanta-based billboard business (which he inherited in 1963), Turner expanded his ventures to include CNN (the world’s first 24-hour cable news channel), Turner Network Television (TNT), Turner Classic Movies and Cartoon Network. Turner is also well-known for his brash, impetuous personality, and for promoting several public causes, including conservation, reduction of nuclear weapons and international understanding and cooperation. He was named Humanist of the Year in 1990 by the American Humanist Association. Although he has mellowed his remarks regarding religion in recent years (admitting, for example, that he occasionally prays), he still considers himself an agnostic.

November 19, 1961 – British lawyer Peter Benenson, outraged by a news article about Portuguese students imprisoned for toasting freedom, organizes a letter-writing campaign. The need to coordinate subsequent similar campaigns led to the conception of Amnesty International.

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