March 25 in freethought history…

percybyssheshelleyMarch 25, 1811 – Oxford expells student Percy Bysshe Shelley for authoring and distributing a pamphlet titled “The Necessity of Atheism.” Shelley went on to become one of the most influential poets of the Romantic movement. He died in Italy in 1822, aged 29.

March 25, 1934 – American feminist, journalist and activist Gloria Steinem is born in Toledo, Ohio. She has received numerous awards; the American Humanist Association named her Humanist of the Year in 2012.

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