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27October1659

William Robinson and Marmaduke Stevenson are First Quakers Executed America

17February1815
Terrett v. Taylor: Supreme Court Rules on Rights of Religious Corporations

Terrett v. Taylor: Supreme Court Rules on Rights of Religious Corporations

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19March1860
Birth of William Jennings Bryan, Politician and Fundamentalist Religious Leader

Birth of William Jennings Bryan, Politician and Fundamentalist Religious Leader

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15April1872
Watson v. Jones: Secular Courts Can't Necessarily Overrule Church Tribunals

Watson v. Jones: Secular Courts Can't Necessarily Overrule Church Tribunals

6January1879

Supreme Court Upholds Conviction of Mormon George Reynolds

23March1885
Murphy v. Ramsey: Edmunds Anti-Polygamy Act Challenged, Will Be Upheld

Murphy v. Ramsey: Edmunds Anti-Polygamy Act Challenged, Will Be Upheld

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30June1910
Ring v. Board of Ed: Court Strikes down Religious Exercises Like Bible Reading in Public Schools

Ring v. Board of Ed: Court Strikes down Religious Exercises Like Bible Reading in Public Schools

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4May1911
John Scopes Commits to Fighting Ban on Teaching Evolution

John Scopes Commits to Fighting Ban on Teaching Evolution

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6November1912
Birth of Vashti Cromwell (McCollum)

Birth of Vashti Cromwell (McCollum)

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23March1915
Louisiana Court Rules Bible Readings and Prayers in Public Schools is Unconstitutional

Louisiana Court Rules Bible Readings and Prayers in Public Schools is Unconstitutional

4July1923
Chicago Tribune Prints Clarence Darrow's 55 Questions on the Bible to William Jennings Bryan

Chicago Tribune Prints Clarence Darrow's 55 Questions on the Bible to William Jennings Bryan

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31July1924

Georgia House Reviews Bill to Cut State Funding to Any School Teaching Evolution

13March1925
Tennessee Passes Butler Act to Ban Teaching Evolution in School, Leads to Scopes Monkey Trial

Tennessee Passes Butler Act to Ban Teaching Evolution in School, Leads to Scopes Monkey Trial

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21March1925
Law Prohibiting Teaching Evolution in Public Schools Signed by Tennessee Gov. Austin Peay

Law Prohibiting Teaching Evolution in Public Schools Signed by Tennessee Gov. Austin Peay

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4May1925
George Rappleyea and Others Plan to Challenge Tennessee's Butler Act

George Rappleyea and Others Plan to Challenge Tennessee's Butler Act

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7May1925
Scopes Served With Arrest Warrant for Teaching Evolution in Public School

Scopes Served With Arrest Warrant for Teaching Evolution in Public School

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10May1925
John Scopes Has Preliminary Hearing on Butler Act Violation

John Scopes Has Preliminary Hearing on Butler Act Violation

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14May1925
Former Law Professor John Randolph Neal Will Defend John Scopes

Former Law Professor John Randolph Neal Will Defend John Scopes

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18May1925
Clarence Darrow Criticizes William Jennings Bryan For Being Anti-Science

Clarence Darrow Criticizes William Jennings Bryan For Being Anti-Science

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18May1925
William Jennings Bryan: Evolution, Science, and Modernism be Stopped

William Jennings Bryan: Evolution, Science, and Modernism be Stopped

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24May1925
William Jennings Bryan: Children Shouldn't Learn Biology or Evolution

William Jennings Bryan: Children Shouldn't Learn Biology or Evolution

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24May1925
Clarence Darrow Explains Why Tennessee's Butler Act Should be Struck Down

Clarence Darrow Explains Why Tennessee's Butler Act Should be Struck Down

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25May1925
Judge Raulston Hurries to Get Scopes Monkey Trial Started

Judge Raulston Hurries to Get Scopes Monkey Trial Started

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6June1925
John Randolph Neal and John Scopes go to NYC to Get Help From ACLU

John Randolph Neal and John Scopes go to NYC to Get Help From ACLU

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8June1925
John Scopes and George Rappleyea in NYC to Find Scientists to Testify

John Scopes and George Rappleyea in NYC to Find Scientists to Testify

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13June1925
John Godsey, Defense Lawyer for John Scopes, Submits Motion to get Indictment Quashed

John Godsey, Defense Lawyer for John Scopes, Submits Motion to get Indictment Quashed

22June1925
ACLU Will Try to Raise $10,000 for Defense of John Scopes for Teaching Evolution

ACLU Will Try to Raise $10,000 for Defense of John Scopes for Teaching Evolution

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25June1925
Dudley Field Malone Declares Evolution and Christianity Can Co-Exist

Dudley Field Malone Declares Evolution and Christianity Can Co-Exist

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30June1925
George Rappleyea: Scopes Monkey Trial Not Done for Publicity

George Rappleyea: Scopes Monkey Trial Not Done for Publicity

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1July1925
John Scopes' Lawyer Discusses the Bigotry & Intolerance Scopes has Endured

John Scopes' Lawyer Discusses the Bigotry & Intolerance Scopes has Endured

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1July1925
John Scopes' Younger Sister Lela Scopes is Denied Renewal of Her Teaching Contract

John Scopes' Younger Sister Lela Scopes is Denied Renewal of Her Teaching Contract

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2July1925
Judge Raulston Calls Scopes Trial Most Important Legal Case in History

Judge Raulston Calls Scopes Trial Most Important Legal Case in History

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5July1925
William Jennings Bryan Tells Reporters He's Sure Christianity Will Win Over Science

William Jennings Bryan Tells Reporters He's Sure Christianity Will Win Over Science

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6July1925
Ohio Bishop William Brown: Limited Intellect Makes William Jennings Bryan an Atheist

Ohio Bishop William Brown: Limited Intellect Makes William Jennings Bryan an Atheist

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6July1925
Federal Judge Rules Against Injunction to Stop Scopes Monkey Trial

Federal Judge Rules Against Injunction to Stop Scopes Monkey Trial

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6July1925
John Cantrill of Chattanooga Bar Association: Scopes Didn't Violate Anti-Evolution Law

John Cantrill of Chattanooga Bar Association: Scopes Didn't Violate Anti-Evolution Law

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7July1925
William Jennings Bryan: Scopes Trial is Contest Between Evolution & Christianity

William Jennings Bryan: Scopes Trial is Contest Between Evolution & Christianity

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8July1925
Bainbridge Colby Resigns as John Scopes' Defense Attorney

Bainbridge Colby Resigns as John Scopes' Defense Attorney

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8July1925
Henry Mencken Arrives in Dayton, Is Credited with Creating the Monkey Trial Name

Henry Mencken Arrives in Dayton, Is Credited with Creating the Monkey Trial Name

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8July1925
Scopes' Defense Lawyer Criticizes Bryan for Calling for Constitutional Amendment on Evolution

Scopes' Defense Lawyer Criticizes Bryan for Calling for Constitutional Amendment on Evolution

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9July1925
Clarence Darrow Arrives in Dayton to Assist the Defense of John Scopes Trial

Clarence Darrow Arrives in Dayton to Assist the Defense of John Scopes Trial

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9July1925
William Jennings Bryan Claims Confidence in Jury's Decision in Scopes Trial

William Jennings Bryan Claims Confidence in Jury's Decision in Scopes Trial

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9July1925
John Scopes' Father Arrives in Dayton for His Son's Trial

John Scopes' Father Arrives in Dayton for His Son's Trial

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9July1925
William Jennings Bryan Tells Reporters Scopes Harming America by Defending Evolution

William Jennings Bryan Tells Reporters Scopes Harming America by Defending Evolution

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10July1925
Jury Selection Begins in the Scopes Monkey Trial in Dayton, Tennessee

Jury Selection Begins in the Scopes Monkey Trial in Dayton, Tennessee

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10July1925
England's Daily Mail Runs Editorial Critical of Fundamentalist Christians in Scopes Monkey Trial

England's Daily Mail Runs Editorial Critical of Fundamentalist Christians in Scopes Monkey Trial

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10July1925
John Scopes Given Degree of Doctor of Universal Religion From Liberal Church of Denver

John Scopes Given Degree of Doctor of Universal Religion From Liberal Church of Denver

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12July1925
William Jennings Bryan Defends Opposition to Expert Testimony in Scopes Trial

William Jennings Bryan Defends Opposition to Expert Testimony in Scopes Trial

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12July1925
Methodist Congregation Protests Guest Pastor Preaching in Defense of Evolution

Methodist Congregation Protests Guest Pastor Preaching in Defense of Evolution

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13July1925
Day Two of Scopes Trial: Defense Submits Motion to Quash Indictment

Day Two of Scopes Trial: Defense Submits Motion to Quash Indictment

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