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November 18: Jim Jones and the People’s Temple Suicide (1978)

It was on this date, November 18, 1978, that over 900 members of the People’s Temple religious cult, along with their leader Jim Jones, committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, South America.

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Originally published October 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.

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October 1: Annie Besant

Annie Besant (1847) It was on this date, October 1, 1847, that English Atheist-turned-Theosophist Annie Besant (originally Annie Wood), was born in London. Her widowed mother could find only enough work to support herself, so Annie was reared by a friend. At age 19, she was married off to the Rev. Frank Besant, whose narrow […]



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