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Historical Anniversaries

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November

November 12, 1815  
Human Rights
Elizabeth Cady Stanton's Birthday
Suffragist (b. 1815)

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one of the towering figures of the US Suffrage movement and freethought advocate, was born on Nov. 12, 1815.

 
 
 
November 21, 1694  
Philosophy
Voltaire's Birthday
Philosopher (b. 1694)

Francois-Marie Arouet, aka Voltaire, was born on Nov. 21, 1694. Voltaire's "Candide" posed a sharp criticism of the prevailing idea that the universe is the best that God could make.

 
 
 
November 24, 1632  
Philosophy
Baruch Spinoza's Birthday
Philosopher (b. 1632)

Baruch Spinoza was born on November 24, 1632. His redefining "god" to mean the natural world enabled freethinkers of his time to evade persecution as heretics.

 
 
 

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