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2 October 1971
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Delivers a Kind of Sermon at Pulpit of Unitarian Universalist Church

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Delivers a Kind of Sermon at Pulpit of Unitarian Universalist Church

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17 June 1972
Five Arrested at Watergate Hotel for Burglary of Democratic Committee Headquarters

Five Arrested at Watergate Hotel for Burglary of Democratic Committee Headquarters

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26 September 1972
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Calls Billy Graham a Liar

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Calls Billy Graham a Liar

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5 October 1972
Pope Paul VI Opens Interfaith Meeting at Vatican to Discuss Atheism and Secularism

Pope Paul VI Opens Interfaith Meeting at Vatican to Discuss Atheism and Secularism

26 August 1973
Humanist Manifesto II is Published

Humanist Manifesto II is Published

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15 October 1975
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Opens New American Atheist Center in Austin, Texas

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Opens New American Atheist Center in Austin, Texas

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30 April 1976

Center for the Scientific Investigation of the Paranormal is Founded

12 August 1977
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair and Rev. Bob Harrington Debate

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair and Rev. Bob Harrington Debate

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22 December 1977
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Loses Attempt to Remove Nativity Scene From Texas Capitol Rotunda

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Loses Attempt to Remove Nativity Scene From Texas Capitol Rotunda

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3 November 1978
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Arrested at Austin City Council Meeting for Talking During Prayer

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Arrested at Austin City Council Meeting for Talking During Prayer

29 November 1978
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Joins Bill Baird in Call to Boycott Catholic Church Businesses

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Joins Bill Baird in Call to Boycott Catholic Church Businesses

18 September 1979
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Files Suit to Stop Pope John Paul II Saying Mass at Washington Mall

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Files Suit to Stop Pope John Paul II Saying Mass at Washington Mall

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3 October 1979
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair's Lawsuit to Prevent Pope John Paul II Saying Mass in Capitol is Dismissed

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair's Lawsuit to Prevent Pope John Paul II Saying Mass in Capitol is Dismissed

5 October 1979
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair's Lawyer Challenges Court Decision Upholding Permit for Pope John Paul II

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair's Lawyer Challenges Court Decision Upholding Permit for Pope John Paul II

23 October 1979
Atheist Madalyn Murray-O'Hair is Assaulted by Allen R. Hunter

Atheist Madalyn Murray-O'Hair is Assaulted by Allen R. Hunter

18 December 1979
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Doesn't Have to Swear Oath to God to Testify at Trial of Her Attacker

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Doesn't Have to Swear Oath to God to Testify at Trial of Her Attacker

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20 December 1979
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair's Attacker, Allen Hunter, Found Guilty of Assault

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair's Attacker, Allen Hunter, Found Guilty of Assault

12 January 1980

Paul Marsa Will Appeal Decision to Uphold Constitutionality of Prayer Before Government Meetings

23 January 1980
Slander Judgment Against Madalyn Murray-O'Hair is Reversed

Slander Judgment Against Madalyn Murray-O'Hair is Reversed

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24 January 1980
William Murray (Son of Madalyn Murray O'Hair) has Religious Vision

William Murray (Son of Madalyn Murray O'Hair) has Religious Vision

5 July 1980
Drama Critic & Lecturer Sydney J. Harris Says Being an Atheist is Shallow & Dumb

Drama Critic & Lecturer Sydney J. Harris Says Being an Atheist is Shallow & Dumb

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6 January 1981

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair's Request to Stop Courts from Invoking God is Denied

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25 July 1981
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair's Son William Apologizes for Ending Prayers in Public Schools

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair's Son William Apologizes for Ending Prayers in Public Schools

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30 June 1982
Equal Rights Amendment Fails After Only 35 States Ratify It

Equal Rights Amendment Fails After Only 35 States Ratify It

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15 November 1982
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Will Borrow Conservative Christian Tactics

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Will Borrow Conservative Christian Tactics

2 January 1983
Pope John Paul II Declares that Atheism is the Root of Every Present Evil

Pope John Paul II Declares that Atheism is the Root of Every Present Evil

9 May 1983
Pope John Paul II Admits Catholic Church Erred in Condemning Galileo

Pope John Paul II Admits Catholic Church Erred in Condemning Galileo

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5 July 1983
Ann Landers Says Children Shouldn't Make Their Own Religious Choices

Ann Landers Says Children Shouldn't Make Their Own Religious Choices

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29 August 1983

Frederick Conway is First Person Buried in America's First Cemetery for Atheists

16 July 1985

Boy Scout Troop Expels Paul Trout Because He's an Atheist

7 August 1985

Presbyterians Stage Fake Atheist Raid on Youth Camp

9 January 1986

Chris Tait Suspended from School in Manitoba for Not Standing During Recitation of Lord's Prayer

16 January 1986
Pope John Paul II Calls for More Evangelization to Fight Atheism in Europe

Pope John Paul II Calls for More Evangelization to Fight Atheism in Europe

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10 November 1986
Lexington, Kentucky, Cemetery Keeping Quiet That Charles C. Moore is Buried There

Lexington, Kentucky, Cemetery Keeping Quiet That Charles C. Moore is Buried There

0 December 1986

Lloyd Thoren Closes America's Only Atheist Museum After Years of Abuse and Threats

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12 August 1987
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Files Suit Against Religious Oath for Jurors

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Files Suit Against Religious Oath for Jurors

26 August 1987
Madalyn Murray O'Hair Files Lawsuit to Stop Postmark Honoring Pope's Visit

Madalyn Murray O'Hair Files Lawsuit to Stop Postmark Honoring Pope's Visit

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15 December 1987
Robin Murray-O'Hair Jailed on Civil Contempt Charges for Refusing to Take a Religious Oath in Court

Robin Murray-O'Hair Jailed on Civil Contempt Charges for Refusing to Take a Religious Oath in Court

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24 February 1988
U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Jerry Falwell's Suit Against Hustler Magazine

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Jerry Falwell's Suit Against Hustler Magazine

25 February 1988
Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart Defrocked, Banned from Preaching

Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart Defrocked, Banned from Preaching

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1 July 1988
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Gives Interview About Her Legal Fight 25 Years Ago

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Gives Interview About Her Legal Fight 25 Years Ago

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30 January 1989

Vice President Dan Quale Blames Hatred of God for Problems in Soviet Union

4 March 1989
Vatican Denounces Salman Rushdie's Book as Blasphemous

Vatican Denounces Salman Rushdie's Book as Blasphemous

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21 June 1989
Texas v. Johnson: Government Can't Ban Physical Desecration of American Flag

Texas v. Johnson: Government Can't Ban Physical Desecration of American Flag

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29 July 1989
Hungary's Communist Party: Members No Longer Need to be Atheists

Hungary's Communist Party: Members No Longer Need to be Atheists

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1 October 1990
Supreme Court Rejects Appeal by Atheists that Religious Oath for Jurors is Unconstitutional

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal by Atheists that Religious Oath for Jurors is Unconstitutional

28 August 1991
Judges Can't Force Atheist Jurors to Swear Religious Oath

Judges Can't Force Atheist Jurors to Swear Religious Oath

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4 September 1991
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev Respects Religious Beliefs, But is an Atheist

Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev Respects Religious Beliefs, But is an Atheist

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21 October 1991

Cub Scout Leader Suspended on Suspicion of Being an Atheist

2 February 1993
David Waters Becomes Office Manager of American Atheists Headquarters

David Waters Becomes Office Manager of American Atheists Headquarters

 
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