Category Archives: humanism

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 29 in freethought history…

April 29, 2006 - Economist John Kenneth Galbraith dies in Cambridge, Massachusetts, aged 97. Born in Canada, Galbraith spent his adult life in the United States, where his influence extended to the social and political: he was a speechwriter and advisor to … Continue reading

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April 26 in freethought history…

April 26, 1995 – American socialist and civil libertarian Corliss Lamont idies in Ossining, New York, aged 93. He was director of the American Civil Liberties Union for 30 years, and like many leftists of the early 20th century, first praised … 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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April 11 in freethought history…

April 11, 1926 - Botanical pioneer Luther Burbank, who developed over 800 new strains of fruits, flowers, vegetables and other plants, dies in Santa Rosa, California, aged 77. Burbank was widely revered for his creations during his lifetime. His only negative … Continue reading

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April 10 in freethought history…

April 10, 1905 - Founder of situational ethics and euthanasia activist Joseph Fletcher is born in Newark, New Jersey. He founded the Euthanasia Society of America, signed Humanist Manifesto II, and was named Humanist of the Year in 1974 by the … Continue reading

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April 6 in freethought history…

April 6, 1697 – The first documented use of the term “freethinker” is found in a letter from Irish scientist and political writer William Molyneux to English philosopher John Locke. Molyneux refers to fellow Irishman John Toland as “a candid … Continue reading

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April 5 in freethought history…

April 5, 1967 - Geneticist Hermann J. Mueller dies in Indianapolis, Indiana, aged 76. He is best known for his work in identifying the genetic effects of radiation exposure, and in educating the public on the associated dangers of nuclear war.  … Continue reading

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April 2 in freethought history…

April 2, 1917 – Businessman and philanthropist Lloyd Morain, who served two terms (1951-1955, 1969-1972) as President of the American Humanist Association, is born in Pomona, California. With his wife Mary Morain, he was active in humanist and birth control causes. … Continue reading

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April 1 in freethought history…

April 1, 1908 – American psychologist Abraham Maslow is born in the Bronx, New York. Much of his work focused on positive psychology, and he is the source of the now popular saying, “If all you have is a hammer, … Continue reading

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