February 25 in freethought history…

February 25, 1924 – British feminist and secularist Kate Watts (born Eunice Kate Nowlan c. 1848) dies. Although she was the wife of Charles Watts (co-founder and president of Britain’s National Secular Society) and the mother of Charles Albert Watts (founder of New Humanist magazine and the Rationalist Press Association), she was active in the movement in her own right.

February 25, 1983 – Atheist blogger, activist and author Hemant Mehta is born in Chicago, Illinois. His 2007 book I Sold My Soul on eBay details his experience attending the church of choice of the highest bidder. He blogs at The Friendly Atheist.

February 25, 2005 – Peter Benenson (founder of Amnesty International) dies in Oxford, England, aged 83. In 1961, British lawyer Benenson, outraged by a news article about Portuguese students imprisoned for toasting freedom, organized a letter-writing campaign. The need to coordinate subsequent similar campaigns led to the conception of Amnesty International.

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