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October 22, 2011
October 22: The End of the World

End of the World? The Great Disappointment (1844) It was on this date, October 22, 1844, that the world did not end. What may appear obvious at this late date, was believed by about 100,000 followers of Baptist preacher William Miller. Miller made meticulous calculations from the Bible – something Irish Archbishop James Ussher had […]

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November 18, 2010
November 18: Jim Jones and the People's Temple Suicide

The People's Temple mass suicide was not unique. As far back as Masada, otherwise good people have abandoned their good sense for a bad promise.

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Ronald Bruce Meyer

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November 5: JBS Haldane

J.B.S. Haldane (1892) It was on this date, November 5, 1892, that British biochemist and geneticist John Burdon Sanderson Haldane was born in Scotland. Educated at Eton and Oxford, J.B.S. Haldane was not only broadly knowledgeable in science, but he had a well developed social conscience. This led him to follow Marxism for a time […]



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