Category Archives: rationalism

February 4 in freethought history…

February 4, 341 BCE – According to ancient sources, the Greek philosopher Epicurus is born on this date (10 Gamelion of the old Attic calendar). Although little of his written work survives, fragments of his proto-scientific treatise On Nature. Epicurus is … Continue reading

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January 15 in freethought history…

January 15, 2013 – Bangladeshi blogger and secular activist Asif Mohiuddin is stabbed by Al-Qaeda inspired assailants for his public criticism of the mistreatment of women and the death penalty for apostasy in Islam. He survived the attack, which was a … Continue reading

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January 5 in freethought history…

January 5, 1933 - Scottish rationalist/secularist John Mackinnon Robertson dies in London, aged 76. A prolific journalist and writer, he was a Member of Parliament in the UK from 1906-1918. For a time he was a prominent member of London’s South … Continue reading

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January 2 in freethought history…

January 2, 1920 – Science fiction legend Isaac Asimov is born in Petrovichi, Russia sometime between October 19, 1919 and January 2, 1920. Although the date of his birth is uncertain, he chose January 2 to celebrate. The incredibly prolific Asimov … Continue reading

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December 29 in freethought history…

December 29, 1859 – Rationalist and Ethical Culture leader Mangasar Magurditch (“M. M.”) Mangasarian is born in the Ottoman Empire, in what is now Turkey. He was educated in a Western-style Christian school in Constantinople and at Princeton University. Mangasarian was … Continue reading

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December 18 in freethought history…

December 18, 1997 – The Seinfeld TV show airs the episode “The Strike,” which introduces the world to Festivus, a cheaper, nonreligious, idiosyncratic alternative to mainstream celebrations like Christmas and Hanukkah. Festivus, which has become a pop cultural phenomenon, is actually … Continue reading

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December 14 in freethought history…

December 14, 1975 – British rationalist Hector Hawton dies, aged 74. He was editor of The Humanist for the Rationalist Press Association for many years, and wrote several nonfiction books, including Men without Gods, Philosophy for Pleasure, The Thinker’s Handbook and … Continue reading

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November 28 in freethought history…

November 28, 1938 – Indian academic and rationalist M. M. Kalburgi is born in Yaragal, British India. In 2014 he upset Hindu right-wingers by criticizing idol worship, going so far as to say “one can even urinate on idols.” In … Continue reading

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November 26 in freethought history…

November 26, 1933 - Indian politician and rationalist Govind Pansare is born in Kolhar village, Maharashtra, India. He was involved in left-wing politics, but also opposed the taboo against inter-caste marriages, Hindu superstitions regarding the conception of male children, and the … Continue reading

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November 22 in freethought history…

November 22, 1819 – Writer and translator George Eliot is born Mary Ann Evans in Nuneaton, England. Her novels (published under a male pen name to ensure her works were taken seriously) included The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner … Continue reading

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