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Byzantine Nobility Install Alexius Murtzuphlos to Throne
Eleanor of Aquitaine Dies in Convent
Armies of the Fourth Crusade Begin Assault on Constantinople
Soldiers of Fourth Crusade Capture and Sack Constantinople
Latin Empire of Byzantium Established After Capture of Constantinople by Fourth Crusade
Baldwin of Flanders Crowned First Latin Emperor of Constantinople
Death of Jewish Philosopher Moses Maimonides
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William Jennings Bryan: Children Shouldn't Learn Biology or Evolution
William Jennings Bryan, who will help prosecute John Scopes in Tennessee for violating the Butler Act prohibition against teaching...
Clarence Darrow Explains Why Tennessee's Butler Act Should be Struck Down
Clarence Darrow, who will be part of the defense team for John Scopes in Dayton, Tennessee, explains in an...
Bob Jones v. U.S.: Racially Discriminatory Religious Schools Don't Deserve Tax Exempt Status
Decided: Bob Jones University v. United States The U.S. Supreme Court upholds the IRS's policy of prohibiting tax exempt...
Pope Pius VIII Condemns Treating Catholicism Like Other Religions
Pope Pius VIII issues the encyclical Traditi humilitati in which he condemns the "foul contrivance of the sophists of...
Buddhists Believe Buddha's Spirit Freed Under Sacred Bodhi Tree
Buddhists believe that, on this date, the Buddha's spirit was freed when he attained enlightenment under a sacred Bodhi...
This Month in Atheist History
Birth of Persian Poet Omar Khayyam
Persian poet Omar Khayyam (full name: Ghiyath al-Din Abu'l-Fath 'Umar ibn Ibrahim Al-Nishapuri al-Khayyami) is born in Nishapur. ...
First Ethical Culture Society Meeting in New York City
The first Ethical Culture Society meets in New York City with around 100 members. Felix Adler, the founder...
Birth of George Carlin in New York City
George Carlin is born George Denis Patrick Carlin in Manhattan, New York City. Raised by his mother as...
Nazis Convert Freethinkers Hall to Office Space for Berlin Protestant Church Authorities
In Berlin, the Nazis convert Freethinkers Hall, the national headquarters of the German Freethinkers League, into office space for...
Death of Emma Goldman, Freeethinker & Anarchist
Anarchist and freethinker Emma Goldman dies. Goldman always believed that freethought and anarchism were connected because both involve challenging...
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