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July 27, 2013
This Week in Freethought History (July 21-27)

Read about the penalty for teaching science in science class, Gregor Mendel and genetics, “Harry Potter” actor Daniel Radcliffe, Latin American liberator Simón Bolívar, groundbreaking physician Guy de Chauliac, George Bernard Shaw, Italian poet Giosuè Carducci and more …

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July 20, 2013
This Week in Freethought History (July 14-20)

Read about Ingmar Bergman, the sadistic First Crusade, Muhammad’s Hegira, Phyllis Diller, Richard Branson, Christianizing the Indians, the first movie kiss and more …

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July 18, 2013
July 18: Richard Branson (1950)

It was on this date, July 18, 1950, that British entrepreneur Richard Branson was born. Branson is the founder of the Virgin Group, which notably includes Virgin Records, Virgin Airlines, and 400 other companies. As of 2012, according to Forbes, Branson is the 4th richest citizen of the United Kingdom, with an estimated net worth […]

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July 14, 2013
July 14: Ingmar Bergman (1918)

It was on this date, July 14, 1918, that Swedish film and theater director Ingmar Bergman was born Ernst Ingmar Bergman in Uppsala. Although the son of a Lutheran pastor, and reared in a devout Lutheran family, Bergman said he lost his faith at age eight but did not come to terms with his nonbelief […]

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July 13, 2013
This Week in Freethought History (July 7-13)

Read about Robert A. Heinlein, Kevin Bacon, The Báb and myth accretion, John Calvin, the Christian “fatwa” of excommunication, prayer in school, the Third Secret of Fátima revealed and more …

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July 8, 2013
July 8: Kevin Bacon (1958)

It was on this date, July 8, 1958, that American film and stage actor Kevin Bacon was born. Born Kevin Norwood Bacon and reared in in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at 17 he left for New York City to become an actor. After some struggle, he landed a noteworthy role in Diner (1982), then two years later […]

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July 6, 2013
This Week in Freethought History (June 30-July 6)

Read about compelling Genesis as history, actor Charles Laughton, the failure of Nostradamus, humorist Dave Barry, Italian liberator Giuseppe Garibaldi, the government-favored religion of the Salvation Army, burning Jan Hus for his opinions and more …

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July 5, 2013
July 5: Samuel Bailey (1791)

It was on this date, July 5, 1791, that the English philosopher and philanthropist Samuel Bailey was born. He was educated first by his maternal grandfather and then at the Moravian school of Fulneck. He visited America to establish commercial connections, but became distracted by literary pursuits. Back in England he acquired a fortune as […]

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July 3, 2013
July 3: Dave Barry (1947)

It was on this date, July 3, 1947, that Pulitzer Prize-winning American author and columnist Dave Barry—author of numerous books of humor and parody, as well as comedic novels—was born David McAlister Barry in Armonk, New York. The son of a minister and an alumnus of a Quaker-affiliated college, Barry avoided military service in the […]

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