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31 July 1924

Georgia House Reviews Bill to Cut State Funding to Any School Teaching Evolution

15 August 1924
Birth of Phyllis Schlafly, Founder of Eagle Forum Opponent of Feminism, ERA

Birth of Phyllis Schlafly, Founder of Eagle Forum Opponent of Feminism, ERA

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1 July 1925
John Scopes' Lawyer Discusses the Bigotry & Intolerance Scopes has Endured

John Scopes' Lawyer Discusses the Bigotry & Intolerance Scopes has Endured

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1 July 1925
John Scopes' Younger Sister Lela Scopes is Denied Renewal of Her Teaching Contract

John Scopes' Younger Sister Lela Scopes is Denied Renewal of Her Teaching Contract

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2 July 1925
Judge Raulston Calls Scopes Trial Most Important Legal Case in History

Judge Raulston Calls Scopes Trial Most Important Legal Case in History

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5 July 1925
William Jennings Bryan Tells Reporters He's Sure Christianity Will Win Over Science

William Jennings Bryan Tells Reporters He's Sure Christianity Will Win Over Science

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6 July 1925
Ohio Bishop William Brown: Limited Intellect Makes William Jennings Bryan an Atheist

Ohio Bishop William Brown: Limited Intellect Makes William Jennings Bryan an Atheist

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6 July 1925
Federal Judge Rules Against Injunction to Stop Scopes Monkey Trial

Federal Judge Rules Against Injunction to Stop Scopes Monkey Trial

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6 July 1925
John Cantrill of Chattanooga Bar Association: Scopes Didn't Violate Anti-Evolution Law

John Cantrill of Chattanooga Bar Association: Scopes Didn't Violate Anti-Evolution Law

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7 July 1925
William Jennings Bryan: Scopes Trial is Contest Between Evolution & Christianity

William Jennings Bryan: Scopes Trial is Contest Between Evolution & Christianity

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8 July 1925
Bainbridge Colby Resigns as John Scopes' Defense Attorney

Bainbridge Colby Resigns as John Scopes' Defense Attorney

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8 July 1925
Henry Mencken Arrives in Dayton, Is Credited with Creating the Monkey Trial Name

Henry Mencken Arrives in Dayton, Is Credited with Creating the Monkey Trial Name

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8 July 1925
Scopes' Defense Lawyer Criticizes Bryan for Calling for Constitutional Amendment on Evolution

Scopes' Defense Lawyer Criticizes Bryan for Calling for Constitutional Amendment on Evolution

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9 July 1925
Clarence Darrow Arrives in Dayton to Assist the Defense of John Scopes Trial

Clarence Darrow Arrives in Dayton to Assist the Defense of John Scopes Trial

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9 July 1925
William Jennings Bryan Claims Confidence in Jury's Decision in Scopes Trial

William Jennings Bryan Claims Confidence in Jury's Decision in Scopes Trial

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9 July 1925
John Scopes' Father Arrives in Dayton for His Son's Trial

John Scopes' Father Arrives in Dayton for His Son's Trial

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9 July 1925
William Jennings Bryan Tells Reporters Scopes Harming America by Defending Evolution

William Jennings Bryan Tells Reporters Scopes Harming America by Defending Evolution

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10 July 1925
Jury Selection Begins in the Scopes Monkey Trial in Dayton, Tennessee

Jury Selection Begins in the Scopes Monkey Trial in Dayton, Tennessee

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10 July 1925
England's Daily Mail Runs Editorial Critical of Fundamentalist Christians in Scopes Monkey Trial

England's Daily Mail Runs Editorial Critical of Fundamentalist Christians in Scopes Monkey Trial

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10 July 1925
John Scopes Given Degree of Doctor of Universal Religion From Liberal Church of Denver

John Scopes Given Degree of Doctor of Universal Religion From Liberal Church of Denver

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12 July 1925
William Jennings Bryan Defends Opposition to Expert Testimony in Scopes Trial

William Jennings Bryan Defends Opposition to Expert Testimony in Scopes Trial

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12 July 1925
Methodist Congregation Protests Guest Pastor Preaching in Defense of Evolution

Methodist Congregation Protests Guest Pastor Preaching in Defense of Evolution

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13 July 1925
Day Two of Scopes Trial: Defense Submits Motion to Quash Indictment

Day Two of Scopes Trial: Defense Submits Motion to Quash Indictment

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13 July 1925
Spectators at Scopes Trial Leave When Clarence Darrow Speaks

Spectators at Scopes Trial Leave When Clarence Darrow Speaks

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14 July 1925
Day Three of Scopes Trial: Darrow Files Objection to the Practice of Daily Prayers

Day Three of Scopes Trial: Darrow Files Objection to the Practice of Daily Prayers

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14 July 1925
SC Sen. Coleman Blease: Teachers Should Profess Belief in Divinity of Jesus

SC Sen. Coleman Blease: Teachers Should Profess Belief in Divinity of Jesus

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15 July 1925
Day Four of Scopes Trial: Jury Sworn In & the Defense Pleads Not Guilty

Day Four of Scopes Trial: Jury Sworn In & the Defense Pleads Not Guilty

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16 July 1925
Day Five of Scopes Trial: Prosecution & Defense Submit Arguments on Expert Testimony

Day Five of Scopes Trial: Prosecution & Defense Submit Arguments on Expert Testimony

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17 July 1925
Day Six of Scopes Trial Judge Rules Against Expert Testimony, Darrow Found in Contempt

Day Six of Scopes Trial Judge Rules Against Expert Testimony, Darrow Found in Contempt

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19 July 1925
N.Y. Times Reports on Dayton Residents' Beliefs & Attitudes

N.Y. Times Reports on Dayton Residents' Beliefs & Attitudes

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20 July 1925
Day Seven of Scopes Trial: Clarence Darrow Calls William Jennings Bryan as Witness for Defense

Day Seven of Scopes Trial: Clarence Darrow Calls William Jennings Bryan as Witness for Defense

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21 July 1925
Final Day of Scopes Trial: John Scopes Found Guilty & Fined $100

Final Day of Scopes Trial: John Scopes Found Guilty & Fined $100

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21 July 1925
Georgia Rep. William Upshaw Introduces Anti-Evolution Bill in U.S. Congress

Georgia Rep. William Upshaw Introduces Anti-Evolution Bill in U.S. Congress

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21 July 1925
Tennessee Farmer John Butler, Author of Anti-Evolution Law, Says Scopes Fine is too Small

Tennessee Farmer John Butler, Author of Anti-Evolution Law, Says Scopes Fine is too Small

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26 July 1925
Death of William Jennings Bryan, Just Five Days After the End of the Scopes Monkey Trial

Death of William Jennings Bryan, Just Five Days After the End of the Scopes Monkey Trial

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4 August 1925
Clarence Darrow Tells ACLU There's no Bill for His Services in Scopes Monkey Trial

Clarence Darrow Tells ACLU There's no Bill for His Services in Scopes Monkey Trial

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4 August 1925
John Scopes' Lead Defense Counsel Asks Court to Stop State Enforcing Anti-Evolution Law

John Scopes' Lead Defense Counsel Asks Court to Stop State Enforcing Anti-Evolution Law

5 August 1925
Tennessee's Governor Peay Says State Will Fight John Scopes Appeal

Tennessee's Governor Peay Says State Will Fight John Scopes Appeal

15 August 1925
John Scopes' Sister Lela Scopes Gets Teaching Position in NY

John Scopes' Sister Lela Scopes Gets Teaching Position in NY

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11 August 1933
Birth of Jerry Falwell, Founder of the Moral Majority

Birth of Jerry Falwell, Founder of the Moral Majority

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27 July 1936

School Superintendent Candidate Promises to Investigate Private Lives of Teachers if Elected

18 July 1960
Chamberlin v. Dade: Can Schools Impose Mandatory Religious Instruction?

Chamberlin v. Dade: Can Schools Impose Mandatory Religious Instruction?

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16 October 1968
Epperson v. Arkansas: Court Will Rule on 1928 Law Against Teaching Evolution

Epperson v. Arkansas: Court Will Rule on 1928 Law Against Teaching Evolution

21 October 1970
Death of John T. Scopes, Famous Defendant in Scopes Monkey Trial

Death of John T. Scopes, Famous Defendant in Scopes Monkey Trial

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8 November 1971
U.S. House of Representatives Votes For Constitutional Amendment to Permit 'Voluntary' Prayer in Public School

U.S. House of Representatives Votes For Constitutional Amendment to Permit 'Voluntary' Prayer in Public School

23 November 1979
Two Florida Legislators Submit New Bill Requiring Public Schools Teach Scientific Creationism

Two Florida Legislators Submit New Bill Requiring Public Schools Teach Scientific Creationism

1 July 1982
Alabama Governor Fob James Signs Law Letting Public School Teachers Lead Students in Prayer

Alabama Governor Fob James Signs Law Letting Public School Teachers Lead Students in Prayer

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13 July 1982
Alabama Board of Education Endorses Prayers in Public Schools

Alabama Board of Education Endorses Prayers in Public Schools

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9 August 1982
Judge William Hand: Alabama Can't Enforce New Voluntary Prayer Law

Judge William Hand: Alabama Can't Enforce New Voluntary Prayer Law

12 October 1982
Bob Jones University v. U.S.: IRS Policy Against Tax Exemptions for Schools with Racists Policies is Upheld

Bob Jones University v. U.S.: IRS Policy Against Tax Exemptions for Schools with Racists Policies is Upheld

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