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There are 2 entries for this date: Adoption of the Bill of Rights and Oscar Niemeyer
Adoption of the Bill of Rights

Adoption of the Bill of Rights

On this date in 1791, the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution was ratified.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

—Article I (First Amendment), Bill of Rights

Compiled by Annie Laurie Gaylor

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Oscar Niemeyer

Oscar Niemeyer

On this date in 1907, Oscar Niemeyer was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was an artist and highly accomplished architect who designed the majority of the public buildings in Brasília, Brazil’s capital, in the 1950s. His works include Itamaraty Palace in Brasília (constructed in 1962), the Cathedral of Brasília (1970), and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Niterói, Brazil (1996). Niemeyer is often referred to as Brazil’s greatest architect for his innovative modernist architecture. In 1988, he was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize along with fellow architect Gordon Bunshaft, making Niemeyer the first and only South American to be awarded the Pritzker. In 2007, he published his memoir, The Curves of Time. Niemeyer was married to Annita Baldo from 1928 until her death in 2004, and they have a daughter, Ana Maria. Niemeyer married Vera Lúcia Cabreira in 2007. They lived in Rio De Janeiro, in a house that Niemeyer designed in 1951. d. Dec. 2012

Niemeyer was an atheist who disliked having a picture of the pope displayed in his childhood home, according to a Chicago Tribune article (Oct. 4, 2005). D. 2012.

“A church is something very beautiful. It is nice when people feel happy in it. But I am not a religious man. Look at us, and then at the infinity of space. We are rather small insignificant creatures, wouldn’t you say?”

—Oscar Niemeyer, quoted in Oscar Niemeyer: Legend of Modernism, edited by Paul Andreas and Ingeborg Flagge, 1999.

Compiled by Sabrina Gaylor; Photo by T photography,

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