February 6 in freethought history…

February 6, 1843 – Charles Southwell is released from a British prison after serving a year for blasphemy. He was convicted based on an article criticizing the Bible, published in his periodical Oracle of Reason.

February 6, 1886 – The first issue of the Blue-Grass Blade, a freethought newspaper edited by Charles Chilton Moore, appeared in Lexington, Kentucky. The Blade attracted subscriptions from around the United States. After Moore’s death in 1906, the paper was published sporadically, finally ending in August 1910.

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