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May 12 in freethought history…

May 12, 1937 – Comedian George Carlin is born in New York City. He was well-known 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 … Continue reading

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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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April 28 in freethought history…

April 28, 1927 – Civil rights activist William Lewis Moore is born in Binghamton, New York. Moore was murdered in 1963 near Attalla, Alabama, while on a solo protest march, in which he intended to walk from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi, … 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 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 21 in freethought history…

April 21, 1910 - American writer, lecturer and raconteur Samuel Clemens (a.k.a Mark Twain) dies in Redding, Connecticut, aged 74. Widely considered one of the greatest American novelists, his works include Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Twain was outspoken on a … Continue reading

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April 9 in freethought history…

April 9, 1347 – English friar William of Ockham dies in what is now Munich, Germany. He is best known by his namesake Ockham’s Razor (also Occam’s Razor), the “law of parsimony” that suggests that the hypothesis with the fewest … Continue reading

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April 4 in freethought history…

April 4, 1964 – Comedian David Cross is born in Atlanta, Georgia. He is well-known for his stand-up comedy and as co-creator (with Bob Odenkirk) of the groundbreaking sketch comedy series Mr. Show. Although raised Jewish, Cross identifies himself as … Continue reading

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March 29 in freethought history…

March 29, 1824 - Philosopher and physiologist Ludwig Büchner is born in Darmstadt, Germany. 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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March 24 in freethought history…

March 24, 1846 - Abolitionist, suffragist, social activist and freethinker Matilda Joslyn Gage is born in Cicero, New York. As a young woman, she participated in the Underground Railroad, helping slaves escape to freedom. She was a leader in the women’s … Continue reading

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