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2011-10-21
October 21: Religion and the Nobel Prizes

Alfred Nobel (1833) It was on this date, October 21, 1833, that Swedish chemist Alfred Bernhard Nobel was born in Stockholm. It is one of the ironies of his life that a man who made his fortune in the invention and manufacture of weapons of war – dynamite and other nitroglycerine derivatives – bequeathed among […]

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2011-02-08
February 8: John Ruskin

Ruskin never went to church, but he gave away most of his wealth in founding a charity called the Guild of St. George in the 1870s.

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