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April 18 in freethought history…

April 18, 1857 - Attorney and civil rights activist Clarence Darrow is born in Kinsman, Ohio. He is best known for leading the defense in famous 20th-century cases like Leopold and Loeb and the so-called Scopes Monkey Trial. Darrow was active … Continue reading

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March 14 in freethought history…

March 14, 1879 – Theoretical physicist Albert Einstein is born in Ulm, Germany. A patent clerk with an unremarkable academic past, Einstein went on to become one of the most influential scientists in history. In 1905 (Einstein’s “Annus Mirabilis”), he … 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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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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July 18 in freethought history…

July 18, 1905 – Albert Einstein’s paper on Brownian motion (i.e. the random motion of particles suspended in a fluid) is published in the German scientific journal Annalen der Physik. This was the second of four landmark papers (which included … Continue reading

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