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January 29 in freethought history…

January 29, 1860 - Russian physician and playwright Anton Chekhov is born in Taganrog, Russian Empire. He is largely attributed with originating the concept of “Chekhov’s Gun”; i.e. that every element in a dramatic work should be essential to the story. (“If … Continue reading

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January 20 in freethought history…

January 20, 1956 – Comedian and talk show host Bill Maher is born in New York City. Maher is best known for his 2008 documentary Religulous, and for hosting (since 2003) HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Before that, Maher hosted the … Continue reading

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January 4 in freethought history…

January 4, 1643 (December 25, 1642, per the antiquated Julian calendar) – Physicist and mathematician Isaac Newton is born in Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire, England. Widely considered one of the (if not the) greatest scientists of all time, Newton is celebrated both for … 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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December 3 in freethought history…

December 3, 1893 – Irish physicist and science popularizer John Tyndall dies in Haslemere, England, aged 73. He vigorously promoted the separation of science and religion, in direct contradiction to contemporary Roman Catholic teaching. In response to the observation that, in … Continue reading

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November 21 in freethought history…

November 21, 1694 – Voltaire is born François-Marie Arouet in Paris, France. An avowed Deist, he was a writer, philosopher and public wit well known for his criticisms of organized religion. He thought Christianity “assuredly the most ridiculous, the most absurd and … Continue reading

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November 9 in freethought history…

November 9, 1934 – Astrophysicist and science popularizer Carl Sagan is born in New York City. Aside from his peer-reviewed accomplishments as a scientist, he was a prominent speculator about the possibility of extraterrestrial life (he organized the creation of … Continue reading

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September 28 in freethought history…

September 28, 1949 – Albert Einstein writes to a man named Guy H. Raner, Jr. (with whom he briefly corresponded), “I have repeatedly said that in my opinion the idea of a personal god is a childlike one. You may call … Continue reading

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September 26 in freethought history…

September 26, 1833 – English atheist and activist Charles Bradlaugh is born in London. He founded the National Secular Society and became one of the first open atheists (if not the first open atheist) elected to the British Parliament. He … Continue reading

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September 15 in freethought history…

September 15, 1525 – Dutch Roman Catholic priest Jan de Bakker (aka Johannes Pistorius) is burned at the stake in The Hague by order of the Inquisition. He rejected the doctrine of transubstantiation, condemned indulgences as idolatry, and protested clerical celibacy by … Continue reading

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