April 24 in freethought history…

April 24, 1800 - President John Adams approves funding for the Library of Congress, now the largest collection of books ever accumulated.

April 24, 1923 – Sigmund Freud’s The Ego and the Id (Das Ich und das Es) is published in Vienna.

urigellerApril 24, 1987 – Infamous spoon-bender Uri Geller meets secretly with Rhode Island Senator Claiborne Pell and other US officials, claiming that the Soviet Union had developed “mind-control techniques with strategic implications,” and urging the American government to invest in similar research. Geller then tried to demonstrate psychic powers by guessing shapes attendees had draw on pieces of paper, but failed. He later blamed his lack of performance on fatigue and distraction at being away from his family.

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