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18 May 1048
Birth of Persian Poet Omar Khayyam

Birth of Persian Poet Omar Khayyam

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9 April 1349
Death of William of Ockham, Philosopher and English Franciscan Theologian

Death of William of Ockham, Philosopher and English Franciscan Theologian

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4 March 1616
Vatican Bans Books Defending Truth of Copernicanism

Vatican Bans Books Defending Truth of Copernicanism

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27 July 1656
Baruch Spinoza is Expelled From His Synagogue for Heresy

Baruch Spinoza is Expelled From His Synagogue for Heresy

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21 June 1676
Birth of Anthony Collins, Philosopher, Deist, Freethinker

Birth of Anthony Collins, Philosopher, Deist, Freethinker

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21 February 1677
Death of Philosopher and Rationalist Baruch Spinoza

Death of Philosopher and Rationalist Baruch Spinoza

24 January 1679
Birth of German Philosopher Christian Wolff in Silesia

Birth of German Philosopher Christian Wolff in Silesia

8 June 1688
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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7 January 1697

Thomas Aitkenhead Executed for Blasphemy

6 April 1697
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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28 December 1706
Death of French Philosopher Pierre Bayle

Death of French Philosopher Pierre Bayle

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26 January 1715

Birth of Claude Adrien Helvetius in France

27 April 1737
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'

21 January 1738
Birth of Ethan Allen

Birth of Ethan Allen

15 February 1748
Birth of English Philosopher Jeremy Bentham

Birth of English Philosopher Jeremy Bentham

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6 April 1773
Birth of James Mill, Father of John Stuart Mill

Birth of James Mill, Father of John Stuart Mill

30 May 1778
Death of French Philosopher Voltaire

Death of French Philosopher Voltaire

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21 January 1789
Death of Baron d'Holbach

Death of Baron d'Holbach

12 February 1789
Death of Freethinker and American Patriot Ethan Allen

Death of Freethinker and American Patriot Ethan Allen

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29 January 1791
Thomas Paine Completes Rights of Man

Thomas Paine Completes Rights of Man

4 August 1792
Birth of Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley

Birth of Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley

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16 January 1794
Death of Edward Gibbon

Death of Edward Gibbon

12 November 1815
Birth of Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Birth of Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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13 April 1817
Birth of George Jacob Holyoake, Leader of English Freethought Movement

Birth of George Jacob Holyoake, Leader of English Freethought Movement

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8 July 1822
Death of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Poet & Idealist

Death of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Poet & Idealist

4 May 1824
Birth of Thomas Henry Huxley, Defender of Charles Darwin

Birth of Thomas Henry Huxley, Defender of Charles Darwin

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26 August 1824
Karl Marx is Baptized a Protestant

Karl Marx is Baptized a Protestant

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15 August 1832
Pope Gregory XVI Complains About Growth of Freedom of Conscience

Pope Gregory XVI Complains About Growth of Freedom of Conscience

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11 August 1833
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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26 September 1833
Birth of British Freethinker Charles Bradlaugh, Founder of the National Secular Society

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

28 September 1841
Birth of Georges Clemenceau, French Politician & Atheist

Birth of Georges Clemenceau, French Politician & Atheist

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24 June 1842
Birth of Ambrose Bierce, Social Critic and Satarist

Birth of Ambrose Bierce, Social Critic and Satarist

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16 August 1842
George Holyoake to Serve Six Months in Prison for Blasphemy

George Holyoake to Serve Six Months in Prison for Blasphemy

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15 October 1844
Birth of German Philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Birth of German Philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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4 May 1845
Birth of William K. Clifford, Mathematician & Philosopher

Birth of William K. Clifford, Mathematician & Philosopher

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1 October 1847
Birth of Annie Besant, Life-Long Political Reformer and Activist

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

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11 January 1850

Birth of George William Foote in England

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13 August 1851
Birth of Felix Adler, Founder of Society for Ethical Culture

Birth of Felix Adler, Founder of Society for Ethical Culture

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14 November 1856
Birth of Freethinker John Mackinnon Robertson

Birth of Freethinker John Mackinnon Robertson

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18 April 1857
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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0 October 1867
Friedrich Nietzsche Enlists in Artillery Regiment in Germany

Friedrich Nietzsche Enlists in Artillery Regiment in Germany

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11 November 1867
Birth of Freethinker Joseph Martin McCabe

Birth of Freethinker Joseph Martin McCabe

0 October 1868
Friedrich Nietzsche is Discharged From Germany Army

Friedrich Nietzsche is Discharged From Germany Army

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23 March 1869
Friedrich Nietzsche Receives Doctorate From University of Leipzig

Friedrich Nietzsche Receives Doctorate From University of Leipzig

0 May 1869
Friedrich Nietzsche Meets Richard Wagner for the First Time

Friedrich Nietzsche Meets Richard Wagner for the First Time

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27 June 1869
Birth of Emma Goldman, Will Promote Freethought and Anarchism

Birth of Emma Goldman, Will Promote Freethought and Anarchism

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0 January 1871
Friedrich Nietzsche Applies for Philosophy Chair

Friedrich Nietzsche Applies for Philosophy Chair

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0 November 1871
Friedrich Nietzsche Publishes 'The Birth of Tragedy From the Spirit of Music'

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

18 May 1872
Birth of British Philosopher Bertrand Russell

Birth of British Philosopher Bertrand Russell

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13 September 1872
Death of German Philosopher Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach

Death of German Philosopher Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach

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