Scientologists on n May 9 celebrated Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health published on May, 1950. The book, which was written by popular writer L. Ron Hubbard, was an instant success with some 50,000 copies sold immediately and quickly becoming a hit on the New York Times bestseller list and staying there for 26 consecutive weeks.
Walter Winchell, National Columnist called Dianetics “… a new science which works with the variability of physical science in the field of the human mind. From all indications, it will prove to be as revolutionary for humanity as the first caveman’s discovery and utilization of fire.”
Scientology was founded in a954. The counseling procedures described in the book are in use today in Scientology churches, missions, and groups around the world. Dianetics has gone through a number of editions over the years and it was described as “perhaps the best -selling non-Christian book of all time in the West” in 2015 by Publishers Weekly.
Hubbard was named among the 11 most influential religious figures in American history by Smithsonian Magazine, citing Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health and the subsequent founding of the Scientology religion.