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2010-11-12
November 12: Elizabeth Cady Stanton

In an article entitled "What has Christianity Done for Women?" Stanton replied decidedly: Nothing.

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2010-11-11
November 11: Kurt Vonnegut Jr + Joseph McCabe

Kurt Vonnegut Jr (1922) It was on this date, November 11, 1922, that science fiction and satire writer Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. Vonnegut enrolled at Cornell University as a biochemistry major, but left for the Air Force during World War Two. He was captured in May 1944 during the Battle of the […]

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2010-11-10
November 10: Richard Burton + Friedrich Schiller

Richard Burton (1925) It was on this date, November 10, 1925, that Welsh actor Richard Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins Jr. in Pontrydyfen, the twelfth of thirteen children, born to a hard-drinking miner. He took his stage and screen name from a schoolmaster who helped him enter Oxford, Philip Burton, and studied acting there. […]

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2010-11-09
November 9: Carl Sagan + Ivan Turgenev

The method of science is tried and true. It is not perfect, it's just the best we have. (Carl Sagan)

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2010-11-08
November 8: Church-State Separation + Edmund Halley

Émile Combes and Church-State Separation (1904) It was on this date, November 8, 1904, that leftist French statesman Émile Combes introduced a bill for the separation of Church and State into the legislature of France. Born Justin Louis Émile Combes in Roquecourbe in the Tarn départment, Combes at first studied for the priesthood. After becoming […]

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2010-11-07
November 7: Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky (1879) It was on this date, November 7, 1879, that Russian revolutionist Leon Trotsky (Лев Троцкий) was born Lev Davidovich Bronstein (Лев Давидович Бронштейн) in Yanovka, Ukraine, the son of an illiterate but prosperous Jewish farmer. His parents sent young Lev to study in Odessa. He excelled there, read the writings of Karl […]

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2010-11-07
November 7: Camus + Curie

Albert Camus (1913) It was on this date, November 7, 1913, that French existentialist philosopher Albert Camus was born in Mondovi, Algeria. Camus studied philosophy with the idea of teaching it, but also discovered theater and journalism, working at those endeavors full time by 1938. In World War Two (1941) he joined the French Resistance […]

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2010-11-06
November 6: Mike Nichols

What happens beyond death? Nichols says, "'ve just always assumed that everything just sort-of stops. You know, I'm not one of the people who imagines heaven and hell and so forth."

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2010-11-06
November 6: Cesare Lombroso

Lombroso was an outspoken Atheist and materialist, and became an honorary associate of the British Rationalist Press Association.

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2010-11-05
November 4: Eden Phillpotts

"Though he remains an agnostic," McCabe write of his personal relationship with Phillpotts, "in recent years he has become milder and more conservative."

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