Monthly Archives: June 2014

June 25: Ricky Gervais (1961)

It was on this date, June 25, 1961, that English comedian, writer and actor Ricky Gervais was born Ricky Dene Gervais in Whitley, Berkshire, England. He attended University College, London, to study biology but changed to philosophy and earned an

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June 19: Torcaso v. Watkins (1961): No Religious Test for Public Office

It was on this date, June 19, 1961, that the U.S. Supreme Court reminded the State of Maryland, and the rest of the nation, that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution applies equally to the states in its Torcaso

Posted in History, Law, Religion

June 19: Salman Rushdie (1947)

It was on this date, June 19, 1947, that novelist Salman Rushdie was born Ahmed Salman Rushdie in Bombay, India. Rushdie was born into a Muslim family of Kashmiri descent and the family name was chosen by Salman’s father as

Posted in Religion, Writer

June 14: Che Guevara (1928)

It was on this date, June 14, 1928, that Argentine-born Marxist revolutionist, physician and military leader Che Guevara was born Ernesto Guevara (Lynch) in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina. He grew up in a family which already had leftist leanings, but

Posted in Journalism/Media, Medicine, Philosopher, Poet, Politics, Social Reformer, Writer

June 14: Pledges and Loyalty Oaths

I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

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June 10: Treaty with Tripoli (1797): Is America a Christian Nation?

“The government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion”

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June 7: Muhammad

“It was not the religion of Islam that was disseminated by the sword, but political sovereignty.”

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John Mill