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Today’s Autonomedia Jubilee Saint – Walt Whitman

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May 31– Walt Whitman
Singer of the Body Electric. America’s finest poet.

MAY 31, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Ancient Rome: Ambarvalia, no work; plows and tools wreathed in flowers. Silent processions, incense, chanting of priests, animal sacrifices to Ceres, Bacchus and others. Urns of the dead decked in flowers, followed by wine and noisy feasting.

ALSO ON MAY 31 IN HISTORY…
1790 — First U.S. copyright law introduced.
1819 — American poet Walt Whitman born, Huntington, Long Island, New York.
1910 — Car carrying Emma Goldman and Ben Reitman struck by train, Spokane.
2005 — W. Mark Felt admits that he is Watergate source “Deep Throat.”

Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective

Today’s Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — ROQUE DALTON

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May 14-- ROQUE DALTON
Salvadorean poet, martyred by former comrades.

MAY 14, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Underground America Day.

ALSO ON MAY 14 IN HISTORY…
1771 — Industrialist utopianist Robert Owen born, Wales.
1935 — Salvadorean poet, martyr Roque Dalton born, San Salvador.
1940 — Anarchist Emma Goldman dies, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1967 — American communist writer Mike Gold dies, San Francisco, CA.
1973 — Skylab orbital space station launched.
1981 — Pope John Paul ll seriously wounded by gunman, Vatican City

Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective

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