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April 13, 1949  
Christopher Hitchens' Birthday
Outspoken Christopher Hitchens was one of the "new atheists" with books such as God Is Not Great and the Missionary Position.

Christopher Hitchens was an English American author, essayist, journalist, and philosopher whose books, essays, and journalistic career spanned more than four decades. He was a columnist and literary critic for The Atlantic, Free Inquiry, The Nation, Salon, Slate, Vanity Fair, World Affairs, and became a media fellow at the Hoover Institution in September 2008. He was a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits and in 2005 was voted the world's fifth top public intellectual in a Prospect/Foreign Policy poll.

April 13, 1743  
Jefferson's Birthday
US President and founder (b. 1743)

Thomas Jefferson was born April 13, 1743 in Shadwell, Virginia. He went on to be one of the Framers and an author of the US Constitution. He was a Deist.

April 13, 1919  
Madalyn O'Hair's Birthday
Founder of American Atheists (b.1919)

The founder of American Atheists was born on April 13th, 1919 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is famous for her church-state separation legal challenges and her outspoken demeanor.

April 18, 1857  
Clarence Darrow's Birthday
American Lawyer (b. 1857)

Clarence Darrow was the defender of church-state separation in the famous Scope's "Monkey" Trial.

April 26, 1711  
David Hume's Birthday
Philospher (b. 1711)

Atheist philosopher David Hume was born April 28, 1711 in Edinburgh, Scotland.


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The ACA Lecture Series continues Sunday, October 11th at 12:15pm in the Austin History Center, 9th and Guadalupe. The building opens at noon. Texas Freedom Network's Dan Quinn will give us an update on their activities. The lecture is free and open to the public.