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January 8 in freethought history…

January 8, 1823 - Alfred Russel Wallace (co-discoverer, with Charles Darwin, of evolution by natural selection) is born in Wales. His essay “On the Tendency of Varieties to Depart Indefinitely From the Original Type” was the catalyst Darwin needed to finally … Continue reading

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November 7 in freethought history…

November 7, 1876 – Culbert Olson (who, as 29th governor of California, battled entanglement of the Roman Catholic Church in the state’s school system) is born in Fillmore, Utah. Raised by a Mormon family, he nonetheless decided he was an atheist … Continue reading

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July 1 in freethought history…

July 1, 1776 – Jean-Francois de la Barre is tortured and beheaded by French authorities in Abbeville, France for (among other things) failing to show proper respect to a Roman Catholic procession. His body was burned on a pyre along with … Continue reading

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June 18 in freethought history…

June 18, 1858 – Charles Darwin receives Alfred Russel Wallace’s essay “On the Tendency of Varieties to Depart Indefinitely from the Original Type,” which concurred with Darwin’s unpublished views on the theory of evolution by natural selection. Darwin had been sitting on … Continue reading

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