Todays Not So Well-known
Holidays October 12th
National Chess Day
National Costume Swap Day
National Gumbo Day
National Motorcycle Ride Day
National Savings Day
Pulled Pork Day
World Arthritis Day
Annually on amber 12th,NalianalFreethoughIDay enenurages people to
he free thinkers and hase their opinions on facts, seienee, logic, and
The day promºtes lnglc and evidence-hased decision making.
Additionally, the observance offers an
opportunity for freeminkers (o have
a sense of community. n also providesa waym open a dialogue and share
HOW TO OBSERVE
Think rationally and use #Freethaughmayto past on social media.
NATIONAL FREETHOUGHT DAV HISTORY
several groups since atleas1 1997 have promoted Freethought Day.
Organizations such asthe Freethougm Society, American Humanist
Association, and Secular CuaIiIinn FarAmerica are just a few.
The organizer: selected me date of October mh due m a series nf
events dating haekm (he Salem witch Trials in 1692. Thmughnul the
trials, quesﬁanable evidence and accusers' claims of witnessing devils
and specter; caused the case to hahed. Eventually, the hysteria
surrnunding the case and a Ieuerwriuen byme Massachusetts Governnr
wiuiam Phips on October 12th declared “spectral evidence" inadmissible
in emm. Up untilthatpaint,atleas1 zo accused had already been
executed. The governar’s Ieuer saved hundreds of lives.
In some point, the male did resume and “spectral evidence" was
allowed but largely discounted and those convicted were swlfliy pardoned