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2011-10-22
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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2010-11-18
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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November 13: Robert Louis Stevenson + Augustine of Hippo

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850) It was on this date, November 13, 1850, that Scottish essayist, poet, and author of fiction and travel books, Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh. He once quarreled with his father over religion and, thereafter, rarely mentioned his hostility to it. From childhood, Stevenson suffered from tuberculosis. He spend much […]



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