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August 10 in freethought history…

August 10, 1846 – The United States Congress passes a law establishing the Smithsonian Institution for the purpose of “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” The funds for the Smithsonian were derived from the estate of Englishman James Smithson (1765-1829). Well-educated … Continue reading

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June 27 in freethought history…

June 27, 1829 – Englishman James Smithson dies in Genoa, Italy, aged 63. Born Jacques-Louis Macie in 1765 in Paris, he was the illegitimate son of Hugh Smithson (a.k.a. Sir Hugh Percy, 1st Duke of Northumberland). Well-educated and well-traveled, Smithson was an … Continue reading

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