Thursday, August 29, 2013
Individual Rights Day
When: Always August 29th
Individual Rights Day is celebrated on August 29th, the birth date of John Locke, the philosopher who first prominently argued that a human being has a basic property right based upon his status as a soveriegn human being and that it is the government's role to protect that right and not to treat its citizens as slaves.
Celebrate Individual Rights Day by doing one or more of the following:
1. Read about John Locke and his political philosophy that respects man's sovereignty over his own body.
2. Read about Ayn Rand and her basis for recognizing that every man is born with "individual rights" that cannot be trampled upon by government or by others.
3. Contrast the concept of "individual rights" with those of "collective rights".
4. Run a seminar, hold a meeting, or sponsor a debate on the importance of "individual rights" as the basis for man's liberties and freedoms.
5. Join the Individual Rights Day Facebook Group at
Origin of Individual Rights Day:
Individual Rights Day was started by Dr. Tom Stevens, the founder of the Objectivist Party. It was created so people can contemplate the importance of this concept to man's right to life and to use reason to ensure his own survival.
John Locke quotations on "Individual Rights":
“Reason...teaches all Mankind, who would but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his Life, Health, Liberty, or Possessions.”
"Government can never have a Power to take to themselves the whole or any part of the Subjects Property, without their own consent."
This Day in History August 29th
The first American Indian Reservation is established, at Indian Mills, New Jersey. (1758)
American Revolutionary War: British and American forces battle indecisively at the Battle of Rhode Island. (1778)
Shays' Rebellion, an armed uprising of Massachusetts farmers, begins in response to high debt and tax burdens. (1786)
Michael Faraday discovers electromagnetic induction. (1831)
The United Kingdom legislates the abolition of slavery in its empire. (1833)
American Civil War: US Navy squadron captures forts at Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina. (1861)
The Mount Washington Cog Railway opens, making it the world's first rack railway. (1869)
Gottlieb Daimler patents the world's first internal combustion motorcycle, the Reitwagen (1885)
The Goodyear tire company is founded. (1898)
The Quebec Bridge collapses during construction, killing 75 workers. (1907)
The Japan–Korea Treaty of 1910, also known as the Japan–Korea Annexation Treaty, becomes effective, officially starting the period of Japanese rule in Korea. (1910)
Ishi, considered the last Native American to make contact with European Americans, emerges from the wilderness of northeastern California. (1911)
The first radio advertisement is broadcast on WEAF-AM in New York City. (1922)
German-occupied Denmark scuttles most of its navy; Germany dissolves the Danish government. (1943)
Slovak National Uprising takes place as 60,000 Slovak troops turn against the Nazis. (1944)
Soviet atomic bomb project: The Soviet Union tests its first atomic bomb, known as First Lightning or Joe 1, at Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan. (1949)
Korean War: British troops arrive in Korea to bolster the US presence there. (1950)
United States Air Force Academy opens in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (1958)
Walt Disney's Mary Poppins is released. (1964)
The Gemini V spacecraft returns to Earth, landing in the Atlantic ocean. (1965)
The Beatles perform their last concert before paying fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. (1966)
Chicano Moratorium against the Vietnam War, East Los Angeles, California. Police riot kills three people, including journalist Ruben Salazar. (1970)
Hurricane Katrina devastates much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, killing more than 1,836 and causing over $80 billion in damage. (2005)
2007 United States Air Force nuclear weapons incident: six US cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads are flown without proper authorization from Minot Air Force Base to Barksdale Air Force Base. (2007)