May 12, 1937 – Comedian George Carlin is born in New York City. He was well-knownÂ for his frank and transgressive stand-up comedy that touched in nearly every subject, including politics and religion. In a classic rant on religion, Carlin said,”When it comes to bullshit, big-time, major league bullshit, you have to stand in awe of the all-time champion of false promises and exaggerated claims: religion. No contest…Â Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told.” On Saturday Night Live, he also joked about people who displayÂ Jesus figurines in their cars, saying, “Don’t worry, the universe is in balance, because Jesus has a statue of a middle-class American hypocrite on his dashboard.”
May 12, 2000 – Dr. Massimo Pigliucci (then an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, debates Young Earth Creationist Kent Hovind at Roswell High School in Roswell, Georgia. This debate isn’t particularly historic, but unbeknownst to one another, John C. Snider and Allison Byrd were both in attendance, andÂ would not discover this fact until years later. Snider and Byrd would meet in 2002, begin dating in 2003, and marry in 2006. The freethought world has not been the same since.
May 12, 2015 – Bangladeshi secular blogger Ananta Bijoy Das is hacked to death by four masked men in Sylhet, Bangladesh. He was one of five secularists murdered in Bangladesh that year.