January 5 in freethought history…

January 5, 1933 - Scottish rationalist/secularist John Mackinnon Robertson dies in London, aged 76. A prolific journalist and writer, he was a Member of Parliament in the UK from 1906-1918. For a time he was a prominent member of London’s South Place Ethical Society (now Conway Hall Ethical Society), thought to be the oldest surviving freethought organization in the world.

January 5, 2014 – India’s Atheist Centre celebrates its platinum jubilee. Founded in 1940 by husband-and-wife team Goparaju Ramachandra Rao (aka Gora) and Saraswathi Gora, the Atheist Centre continues to advocate for rationality, secularism and social change.

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