Category Archives: atheism

May 11 in freethought history…

May 11, 1918 - Theoretical physicist Richard Feynman is born in New York City. He shared a Nobel Prize in 1966 for his work in the development of quantum electrodynamics. Although raised Jewish, he resisted such ethnic identifications, believing that it … Continue reading

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May 8 in freethought history…

May 8, 1988 – Robert A. Heinlein dies in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, aged 80. One of the most influential science fiction writers of the 20th century, his books explored philosophy, religion, sexuality and taboos. He is best known for his novels … Continue reading

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May 5 in freethought history…

May 5, 1921 - Lesbian activist Del Martin is born Dorothy Louise Taliaferro in San Francisco, California. With longtime partner Phyllis Lyon, she co-founded the Daughters of Bilitis (America’s first lesbian organization) in 1955, and in 1964, Martin and Lyon co-founded … Continue reading

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May 3 in freethought history…

May 3, 1880 – English atheist Charles Bradlaugh, recently elected as a Member of Parliament, requests to be allowed to affirm his oath, rather than take the religious Oath of Allegiance. A political scandal unfolded over the next six years, which … Continue reading

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May 2 in freethought history…

May 2, 1860 – Theodor Herzl, journalist and father of modern Zionism, is born in Budapest, Hungary. Raised by assimilated Jews, Herzl considered himself an atheist. Widespread persecution and anti-Semitism throughout Europe convinced Herzl that Jews should create a homeland, preferably … Continue reading

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May 1 in freethought history…

May 1, 1899 - Philosopher and physiologist Ludwig Büchner dies in Darmstadt, Germany, aged 75. He was a foremost German proponent of Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theories, and published a number of scientific books in which he vehemently advocated an extreme materialist view (which … Continue reading

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April 23 in freethought history…

April 23, 1963 – Civil rights activist William Lewis Moore is murdered near Attalla, Alabama, while on a solo protest march, in which he intended to walk from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi, to deliver a letter to Mississippi Governor … Continue reading

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April 22 in freethought history…

April 22, 1864 – The US Congress passes the Coinage Act of 1864, changing the composition of the one-cent coin and authorizing the production of a new two-cent coin featuring the phrase “In God We Trust”–the first time such wording … Continue reading

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April 20 in freethought history…

April 20, 1884 – The Roman Catholic Church issues Humanum Genus Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII on Freemasonry, condeming Freemasonry, public (secular) education, the equal rights of man, and democracy. April 20, 1986 – Madalyn Murray O’Hair steps down as president … Continue reading

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April 15 in freethought history…

April 15, 1889 – African-American civil rights activist Asa Philip Randolph is born in Crescent City, Florida. Randolph was a key figure in the fight to end discrimination in the defense industry and the US military, and he was head … Continue reading

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