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18May1048
Birth of Persian Poet Omar Khayyam

Birth of Persian Poet Omar Khayyam

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9April1349
Death of William of Ockham, Philosopher and English Franciscan Theologian

Death of William of Ockham, Philosopher and English Franciscan Theologian

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4March1616
Vatican Bans Books Defending Truth of Copernicanism

Vatican Bans Books Defending Truth of Copernicanism

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27July1656
Baruch Spinoza is Expelled From His Synagogue for Heresy

Baruch Spinoza is Expelled From His Synagogue for Heresy

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21June1676
Birth of Anthony Collins, Philosopher, Deist, Freethinker

Birth of Anthony Collins, Philosopher, Deist, Freethinker

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21February1677
Death of Philosopher and Rationalist Baruch Spinoza

Death of Philosopher and Rationalist Baruch Spinoza

24January1679
Birth of German Philosopher Christian Wolff in Silesia

Birth of German Philosopher Christian Wolff in Silesia

8June1688
Seven Bishops of the Church of England Imprisoned for not Reading Declaration of Indulgence

Seven Bishops of the Church of England Imprisoned for not Reading Declaration of Indulgence

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7January1697

Thomas Aitkenhead Executed for Blasphemy

6April1697
Word 'Freethinker' Thought to Used for the First Time in Letter to John Locke

Word 'Freethinker' Thought to Used for the First Time in Letter to John Locke

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28December1706
Death of French Philosopher Pierre Bayle

Death of French Philosopher Pierre Bayle

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26January1715

Birth of Claude Adrien Helvetius in France

27April1737
Birth of Historian Edward Gibbon, Author of 'History of Decline and Fall of Roman Empire'

Birth of Historian Edward Gibbon, Author of 'History of Decline and Fall of Roman Empire'

21January1738
Birth of Ethan Allen

Birth of Ethan Allen

15February1748
Birth of English Philosopher Jeremy Bentham

Birth of English Philosopher Jeremy Bentham

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6April1773
Birth of James Mill, Father of John Stuart Mill

Birth of James Mill, Father of John Stuart Mill

30May1778
Death of French Philosopher Voltaire

Death of French Philosopher Voltaire

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21January1789
Death of Baron d'Holbach

Death of Baron d'Holbach

12February1789
Death of Freethinker and American Patriot Ethan Allen

Death of Freethinker and American Patriot Ethan Allen

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29January1791
Thomas Paine Completes Rights of Man

Thomas Paine Completes Rights of Man

4August1792
Birth of Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley

Birth of Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley

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16January1794
Death of Edward Gibbon

Death of Edward Gibbon

12November1815
Birth of Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Birth of Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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13April1817
Birth of George Jacob Holyoake, Leader of English Freethought Movement

Birth of George Jacob Holyoake, Leader of English Freethought Movement

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8July1822
Death of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Poet & Idealist

Death of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Poet & Idealist

4May1824
Birth of Thomas Henry Huxley, Defender of Charles Darwin

Birth of Thomas Henry Huxley, Defender of Charles Darwin

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26August1824
Karl Marx is Baptized a Protestant

Karl Marx is Baptized a Protestant

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15August1832
Pope Gregory XVI Complains About Growth of Freedom of Conscience

Pope Gregory XVI Complains About Growth of Freedom of Conscience

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11August1833
Birth of Freethinker Robert Ingersoll, Proponent of Secularism and Religious Skepticism

Birth of Freethinker Robert Ingersoll, Proponent of Secularism and Religious Skepticism

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26September1833
Birth of British Freethinker Charles Bradlaugh, Founder of the National Secular Society

Birth of British Freethinker Charles Bradlaugh, Founder of the National Secular Society

28September1841
Birth of Georges Clemenceau, French Politician & Atheist

Birth of Georges Clemenceau, French Politician & Atheist

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24June1842
Birth of Ambrose Bierce, Social Critic and Satarist

Birth of Ambrose Bierce, Social Critic and Satarist

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16August1842
George Holyoake to Serve Six Months in Prison for Blasphemy

George Holyoake to Serve Six Months in Prison for Blasphemy

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15October1844
Birth of German Philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Birth of German Philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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4May1845
Birth of William K. Clifford, Mathematician & Philosopher

Birth of William K. Clifford, Mathematician & Philosopher

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1October1847
Birth of Annie Besant, Life-Long Political Reformer and Activist

Birth of Annie Besant, Life-Long Political Reformer and Activist

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11January1850

Birth of George William Foote in England

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13August1851
Birth of Felix Adler, Founder of Society for Ethical Culture

Birth of Felix Adler, Founder of Society for Ethical Culture

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14November1856
Birth of Freethinker John Mackinnon Robertson

Birth of Freethinker John Mackinnon Robertson

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18April1857
Birth of Clarence Darrow, One of America's Most Famous Lawyers

Birth of Clarence Darrow, One of America's Most Famous Lawyers

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0October1867
Friedrich Nietzsche Enlists in Artillery Regiment in Germany

Friedrich Nietzsche Enlists in Artillery Regiment in Germany

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11November1867
Birth of Freethinker Joseph Martin McCabe

Birth of Freethinker Joseph Martin McCabe

0October1868
Friedrich Nietzsche is Discharged From Germany Army

Friedrich Nietzsche is Discharged From Germany Army

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23March1869
Friedrich Nietzsche Receives Doctorate From University of Leipzig

Friedrich Nietzsche Receives Doctorate From University of Leipzig

0May1869
Friedrich Nietzsche Meets Richard Wagner for the First Time

Friedrich Nietzsche Meets Richard Wagner for the First Time

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27June1869
Birth of Emma Goldman, Will Promote Freethought and Anarchism

Birth of Emma Goldman, Will Promote Freethought and Anarchism

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0January1871
Friedrich Nietzsche Applies for Philosophy Chair

Friedrich Nietzsche Applies for Philosophy Chair

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0November1871
Friedrich Nietzsche Publishes 'The Birth of Tragedy From the Spirit of Music'

Friedrich Nietzsche Publishes 'The Birth of Tragedy From the Spirit of Music'

18May1872
Birth of British Philosopher Bertrand Russell

Birth of British Philosopher Bertrand Russell

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13September1872
Death of German Philosopher Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach

Death of German Philosopher Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach

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