Tuesday, March 13, 2007

On March 13, ...

... 1906, 86-year-old Susan B. Anthony, whose wide-ranging political activism included leadership in the International Woman Suffrage Alliance, died at her Rochester, N.Y., home.
... 1925, the Tennessee Legislature made it a crime "to teach any theory that denies the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals." The trial of schoolteacher John Scopes soon followed; 2 years later the state supreme court overturned Scopes' conviction on a technicality. Defending him was famed trial lawyer Clarence Darrow, who would die on March 13, 1938, the 13th anniversary of this law's enactment.

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