Wednesday, May 25, 2005

On this date in history . . .

On this day date (May 25) 80 years ago:
"John T. Scopes, young Dayton (Tenn.) high school teacher, tonight stands indicted for having taught the theory of evolution to students attending his science classes in violation of a law passed by the Tennessee Legislature and signed by the Governor on March 21, 1925."
This is not the date of the famous Scopes Monkey Trial that inspired the film Inherit the Wind; Scopes was merely indicted by a grand jury on this day in history. The trial did not begin until July 10.


Edited: Scopes was not endicted on the "day" 80 years ago; he was indicted on this "date" 80 years ago. How could I allow myself to commit such an egregious semantical mistake!?


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