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May 23 in freethought history…

May 23,  1707 – Biologist and zoologist Carl Linnaeus is born in RÃ¥shult, Sweden. Known as the father of modern taxonomy, he pioneered the system of organizing (and naming via binomial nomenclature) all living creatures. Linnaeus created some controversy by grouping human … 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 4 in freethought history…

May 4, 1825 - English biologist Thomas Huxley is born in Ealing, United Kingdom. Huxley’s work in comparative anatomy led to his conclusion (widely accepted by scientists today) that birds evolved from dinosaurs. Huxley was an energetic advocate for colleague Charles … Continue reading

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April 14 in freethought history…

April 14, 1950 - Geneticist Francis Collins is born in Staunton, Virginia. Collins is best known as former head of the Human Genome Project and as current Director of the National Institutes of Health. He has sparked controversy for his outspoken … 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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March 26 in freethought history…

March 26, 1944 – Biologist and atheist activist Richard Dawkins is born in Nairobi, British Kenya. He has written numerous books for general audiences, including The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, A Devil’s Chaplain, The God Delusion, The Greatest Show on … Continue reading

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March 9 in freethought history…

March 9, 1957 – Biologist, Pharyngula blogger and atheist activist Paul Zachary “PZ” Myers is born in Kent, Washington. Myers has been a lightning rod for controversy: he was criticized for desecrating a Eucharist; he was denied entry to a … Continue reading

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February 24 in freethought history…

February 24, 1871 – Charles Darwin’s The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex is published in the United Kingdom. In this follow-up to his popular and controversial On the Origin of Species (1859), Darwin tackles mankind’s place … Continue reading

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February 11 in freethought history…

February 11, 1380 - Italian scholar Poggio Bracciolini is born in Terranuova, Tuscany. He is best known for his discovery, in 1417 in a German monastery, of the only surviving manuscript of De rerum natura (“On the Nature of Things”), an … Continue reading

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January 16 in freethought history…

January 16, 1786 - The Act for Establishing Religious Freedom (a.k.a.the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom) is passed by the Virginia General Assembly. Drafted by Thomas Jefferson in 1777, the Act sought to disestablish the Church of England in Virginia, and guaranteed … Continue reading

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