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John Scopes Convicted of Teaching Evolution

This week in History – John Scopes Convicted of Teaching Evolution


Teaching Darwinism would apparently cause hell in the high schools of America. John Scopes was charged with having violated a newly enacted law that criminalized the teaching of human evolution in the state’s public schools. The ensuing Scopes Monkey Trial, as it was commonly known, drew national publicity to Dayton, Tennessee, where the trial was held. (Source: Associates Press)

West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney Kelly V. Landers recalls events of significance that occurred this week in history:

On July 18, 1969 Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy drove his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island.  His passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, died in the accident.

On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 Mission successfully landed, and Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.

On July 21, 1925, Tennessee high school teacher John Scopes was convicted of teaching evolution and fined $100.00.

On July 22, 1934, bank robber John Dillinger was shot and killed by federal agents at the Biograph Theater in Chicago.


Quote:  The center of the universe has got to be awfully crowded. -Anonymous


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