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Today’s Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — MANSOOR HEKMAT

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June 4 — MANSOOR HEKMAT
Iranian Marxist humanist, council communist.

JUNE 4, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Berga, Spain: Fiesta. “Turks” on hobby-horses stage dance-battle, joined by bizarre devils exploding fireworks, who are then disposed of by Archangel Michael and huge, giraffe-necked mules, eagles, dancing giants and dwarves.
*Queens: Festival of the Sticky Penis.

ALSO ON JUNE 4 IN HISTORY…
570 — Islamic prophet and mystic visionary Mohammed born, Mecca, Arabia.
1798 — Lover and writer Giacomo Casanova dies, Bohemia.
1919 — U.S. women finally get the vote.
1937 — First grocery carts introduced for consumer America.
1989 — Tien-an-men Square massacre occurs, Beijing, China.

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 — ALLEN GINSBERG

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June 3-- ALLEN GINSBERG
Great Beat poet, pot liberator, counter-cultural icon.

JUNE 3, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Japan: Broken Dolls Memorial. Girls attend Buddhist funeral ceremonies, bury old dolls.
* Impersonate Authority Day.

ALSO ON JUNE 3 IN HISTORY…
1906 — Jazz dancer, actress, stripper Josephine Baker born, St. Louis, Missouri.
1924 — Dystopian allegorist Franz Kafka dies, Kierling, Austria.
1926 — American Beat poet, activist Allen Ginsberg born, Newark, New Jersey.
1968 — Andy Warhol “air conditioned” by Valerie Solanas, author of SCUM Manifesto, New York City.

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 — IDA METT

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June 2 — IDA METT
Anarchist chronicler of the Kronstadt Rebellion.
Read The Kronstadt Commune

June 2, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Mons, Belgium: Festival of the Golden Chariot.
*Festival of Utter Confusion.

ALSO ON JUNE 2 IN HISTORY…
1740 — Writer, sex deviate Marquis de Sade born, Paris, France.
1899 — Butch Cassidy’s gang robs Union Pacific train in Wyoming.
1924 — Natives in heartland of North America are granted “citizenship”
by the state that largely exterminated them.
1987 — Celebrated Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia dies.

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 — WILLIAM SLOANE COFFIN

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June 1– WILLIAM SLOANE COFFIN
American anti-war activist, radical peace worker, cleric.

June 1, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*England: Sheepherding Festivals. Dancing, singing, feasting, spinning and weaving contests.
*Devonshire: Ram Roasting Fair.
*Festival of Non-Linearity.

ALSO ON JUNE 1 IN HISTORY…
1801 — Mormon honcho Brigham Young born.
1880 — First public phone booth installed, New Haven, Connecticut.
1909 — N.A.A.C.P. founded by W. E. B. DuBois and others.
1924 — Anti-war activist William Sloane Coffin born, New York City.
1968 — Socialist, triple-sense-deprived Helen Keller dies, Westport, Connecticut.

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 – 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 — RANDOLPH BOURNE

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May 30– RANDOLPH BOURNE
Birth-injured Greenwich Village literary radical.
Read Randolph Bourne’s essay The State (1918)

MAY 30, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*My Bucket’s Got a Hole In It Day.

ALSO ON MAY 30 IN HISTORY…
1431 — French military leader Joan of Arc burned at stake, Rouen, France.
1593 — British dramatist Christopher Marlowe killed in tavern brawl.
1778 — French philosopher, satirist Voltaire dies, Paris, France.
1783 — Pennsylvania Evening Post begins, first daily newspaper in U.S.
1814 — Anarchist theorist Mikhail Bakunin born, Prjamuchino, Russia.
1886 — Literary radical Randolph Bourne born, Bloomfield, New Jersey.
1903 — Black American poet Countee Cullen born, in either Louisville or Baltimore.

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—GAMEL WOOLSEY

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May 28 — GAMEL WOOLSEY
American belles-lettriste, chronicler of Spanish Civil War in Death’s Other Kingdom: A Spanish Village in 1936 (pub’d 1939, see extract below)

ALSO ON MAY 28 IN HISTORY…
1830 — Removal Act signed by U.S. Congress, moving all Native Americans to west of the Mississippi River.
1888 — Native American athletic great Jim Thorpe born, Shawnee, Oklahoma.
1897 — Spanish Civil War chronicler Gamel Woolsey born, Aiken, South Carolina.
1953 — Edmund Hillary and guide Norkay plant flags on Mt. Everest.
1955 — Two-hour work-day advocated in the United States by Albert Whitehouse of the U.S. Steel Workers Union.

Above info extracted 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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Extract from Death’s Other Kingdom by Gamel Woolsey:

“After the bombing began the atmosphere had grown steadily worse. It is inevitable where open towns are bombed. Hate is the other side of fear. And it was horrible to see and feel this wave of hate-fear rising around us like a menacing sea. The talk of the villagers came to be more and more about Fascistas, and the Fascista was a purely mythical creature of unimaginable wickedness (twin brother I should think to the ‘Red’ of some of our daily papers) always mentioned in a special tone of horror. There was of course a great deal of talk about atrocities the Fascistas were committing; but also (a most curious feature of the war mentality) a good deal about atrocities they were supposed to be committing themselves, many of them quite imaginary. For instance I was told a melodramatic story about a hunt for a Fascista which had taken place near us, and how they had fired the cane brake to burn him out. ‘That men should hunt each other like beasts!’ they added in enjoyment of horror. But the whole story was quite fantastic. The hunt had never happened. The cane breaks were always catching fire in dry weather from the sparks from the train which ran through them at that point, and the sight of the blackened field had suggested that whole story to the atrocity making instinct.

“I was struck by what I can only call a look of dreamy blood-lust upon their faces when they told such stories. I realised then, what I realised even more clearly later at Gibralter, listening to the English talk of atrocities, what atrocity stories really are: they are the pornography of violence.”

Today’s Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — IBN KHALDUN

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May 27 — Ibn Khaldun
Great Arabic historian, chronicler.

MAY 27, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Feast of Zerowork

ALSO ON MAY 27 IN HISTORY…
1332 — Arab historian Ibn Khaldun born, Tunis, Tunisia.
1525 — Anabaptist communist Thomas Münzer executed.
1871 — Paris Commune crushed, with 25,000 massacred.
1878 — Modern dancer Isadora Duncan born, San Francisco, California.
1907 — Ecology pioneer Rachel Carson born, Springdale, Pennsylvania.
1949 — Robert Ripley dies, believe it or not.
1997 — Russian Pres Boris Yeltsin signs historic treaty with NATO.

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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Today’s Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — JACOB RIIS

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May 26 — JACOB RIIS
Compassionate photographer, champion of the poor.
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Riis’ Sleeping Children

MAY 26, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Feast of VooDoo Economics.

ALSO ON MAY 26 IN HISTORY…
1799 — Black Russian poet Alexander S. Pushkin born.
1895 — Socially-aware photographer Dorothea Lange born, Hoboken, New Jersey.
1914 — Social realist photographer Jacob Riis dies, Barre, Massachusetts.
1976 — Nazi sympathizer and philosopher Martin Heidegger dies.
1977 — George Willig climbs World Trade Center, New York 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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May 26th, 2009 at 1:15 am

Today’s Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — LIUBOV POPOVA

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May 25– Liubov Popova
Politically engaged Russian avant-gardist, Suprematist, Constructivist.popova_birsk_landscape
Popova’s Birsk Landscape

MAY 25, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*African Liberation Day.
*National Tapdance Day.
*Coventry, England: Lady Godiva’s Day. Her famous ride re-enacted.

ALSO ON MAY 25 IN HISTORY…
1803 — American thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson born, Boston, Massachusetts.
1895 — Gay playwright Oscar Wilde convicted of “acts of gross indecency,” England.
1908 — American poet Theodore Roethke born, Saginaw, Michigan.
1924 — Politically committed Russian avant-gardist Liubov Popova dies, Moscow.
1954 — War photographer Robert Capa dies, Thai-Binh, Vietnam.
1961 — Prez John Kennedy commits U.S. to put man on moon by 1970.
1963 — Organization of African Unity begins, housed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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 — ZO D’AXA

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May 24 — ZO D’AXA
French individualist anarchist, military deserter, writer, traveler.

MAY 24, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Provence, France: World’s Gypsies gather for 2-day religous festival.
*Canada: Victoria Day.

ALSO ON MAY 24 IN HISTORY…
1864 — Fin de siecle French individualist anarchist Zo d’Axa born, Paris, France.
1883 — Brooklyn Bridge opens, New York City.
1921 — Sacco and Vanzetti trial begins, Braintree, Massachusetts.
1959 — First nuclear fall-out shelter built.
1974 — Big band composer Duke Ellington dies, New York City.

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 — Utah Phillips

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May 23-- Utah Phillips
American folk singer, labor organizer, protest poet.

MAY 23, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*5/23: Discordian Chaos Holiday.
*Rye, Sussex, England: New Mayor throws red-hot pennies to the children from his balcony.

ALSO ON MAY 23 IN HISTORY…
1810 — Transcendentalist writer Margaret Fuller born, Cambridgeport, MA.
1832 — Jamaican national hero Samuel Sharpe hung.
1838 — Four thousand die in forced removal of Cherokee “Trail of Tears.”
1930 — San Francisco gay activist politician Harvey Milk born, Woodmere, NY.
1939 — American outlaws Bonnie and Clyde killed by Texas Rangers.
2008 — American folk singer, activist Utah Phillips dies, Nevada City, California

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 — Sun Ra

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May 22-- SUN RA
Ark-Angel, musician from Saturn, via Birmingham.

ALSO ON MAY 22 IN HISTORY…
1805 — Esoteric poet, proto-surrealist Gérard de Nerval born in Paris, France.
1845 — American Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt born.
1885 — French novelist Victor Hugo dies, Paris, France.
1887 — Surrealist, pugilist Arthur Cravan born, Lausanne, Switzerland.
1895 — Indian religious leader Jiddu Krishnamurti born.
1914 — Ark-Angel, composer Herman “Sunny” Blount born, Birmingham, Alabama.
1925 — Indeterminate painter, sculptor Jean Tinguely born.
1948 — Jamaican-American writer Claude McKay dies, Chicago, Illinois.

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 — IOAN CULIANU

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May 21– IOAN CULIANU
Martyred Romanian historian of religion, philosopher, magic.

MAY 21, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Feast of the Triple Scoop.

ALSO ON MAY 21 IN HISTORY…
1471 — German artist Albrecht Dürer born, Nuremberg, Germany.
1690 — John Eliot, “Apostle to the Indians,” dies.
1844 — “Douanier” Henri Rousseau born, Lavalle, Mayenne, France.
1886— Universologist Stephen Pearl Andrews dies, New York City.
1904 — Jazz musician “Fats” Waller born, New York, New York.
1926 — Black Mountain, Beat poet Robert Creeley born, Arlington, Mass.
1935 — Hull House founder, social activist Jane Addams dies, Chicago, Illinois.
1956 — First aerial test of H-Bomb makes Bikini Atoll unlivable.
1991 — Romanian religious historian Ioan Culianu assassinated, Chicago, Illinois

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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Today’s Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — ISRAEL KAMAKAWIWO’OLE

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May 20-- ISRAEL KAMAKAWIWO’OLE
“Bruddah Iz,” the Bob Marley of Hawaiian activism.

MAY 20, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Old England: Beating of the Bounds, ceremonial perambulation of Parish boundaries.
*Wicken, England: Love Feast under the Gospel Elm.
*Florence, Italy: Festival of the Chirping Crickets.

ALSO ON MAY 20 IN HISTORY…
1844 — Wisconsin’s Fourierist Phalanx commune established.
1873 — Levi Strauss awarded U.S. patent for his blue jeans.
1907 — British acting great Laurence Olivier born, Dorking, Surrey.
1927 — Charles Lindbergh flies solo across Atlantic Ocean.
1932 — Amelia Earhart flies solo across Atlantic Ocean.
1959 — Hawaiian protest singer Israel Kamakawiwo’ole born.

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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Today’s Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — ISRAEL KAMAKAWIWO’OLE

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May 20-- ISRAEL KAMAKAWIWO’OLE
“Bruddah Iz,” the Bob Marley of Hawaiian activism.

MAY 20, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Old England: Beating of the Bounds, ceremonial perambulation of Parish boundaries.
*Wicken, England: Love Feast under the Gospel Elm.
*Florence, Italy: Festival of the Chirping Crickets.

ALSO ON MAY 20 IN HISTORY…
1844 — Wisconsin’s Fourierist Phalanx commune established.
1873 — Levi Strauss awarded U.S. patent for his blue jeans.
1907 — British acting great Laurence Olivier born, Dorking, Surrey.
1927 — Charles Lindbergh flies solo across Atlantic Ocean.
1932 — Amelia Earhart flies solo across Atlantic Ocean.
1959 — Hawaiian protest singer Israel Kamakawiwo’ole born.

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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Today’s Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — MALCOLM X

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May 19 — MALCOLM X
Petty criminal, prisoner, convert to Islam, one-time spokesman for Elijah Muhammad. Embracing a more enlightened orthodox Islam, he was assassinated by either the FBI or Black Muslims. Revolutionary genius and martyr.

MAY 19, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Britanny: Pardon of the Poor. Pilgrimage of poor to shrine of St. Yves.

ALSO ON MAY 19 IN HISTORY…
1864 — American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne dies.
1890 — Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh born, Kim Lien, Vietnam.
1895 — Cuban revolutionary José Marti dies, Dos Rios, Cuba.
1928 — First annual Frog-Jumping Contest, Calaveras County, California
1925 — Malcolm X born, as Malcolm Little, Omaha, Nebraska.
1935 — T. E. Lawrence (“of Arabia”) killed in motorcycle accident.
1954 — Modernist composer Charles Ives dies, West Riding, Connecticut.

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 — WALTER SISULU

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May 18– WALTER SISULU
South African anti-apartheid activist, liberationist.

MAY 18, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Pow! to the Moon Day.
*Get Started Day.

ALSO ON MAY 18 IN HISTORY…
1048 — Poet Omar Khayyam born, Nishapur, Persia.
1781 — José Gabriel Túpac Amaru drawn and quartered, Cuzco, Peru.
1897 — Populist filmmaker Frank Capra born, Palermo, Sicily, Italy.
1912 — South African apartheid fighter Walter Sisulu born, Engcobo, Transkei.
1928 — Big Bill Haywood dies in lonely exile, Moscow, USSR.
1951 — American hobo, Industrial Army of the Poor organizer Jacob Coxey dies.
1955 — Black educator Mary McLead Bethune dies, Daytona Beach, Florida.

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

Written by editor@arthurmag.com

May 18th, 2009 at 1:15 am

Today’s Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — Josep Renau

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May 17 — JOSEP RENAU
Spanish communist, agit-prop graphic artist.

MAY 17, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Norway: Independence Day: Singing, dancing in the streets, fireworks.

ALSO ON MAY 17 IN HISTORY…
1620 — First merry-go-round introduced, Turkey.
1866 — Less-is-more composer Erik Satie born, Paris, France.
1887 — Social rebel, utopianist Lysander Spooner dies, Boston, Massachusetts.
1907 — Spanish agit-prop graphic artist, communist Josep Renau born, Valencia.
1910 — Halley’s Comet makes nearest approach to Earth, terrifying millions.
1954 — Supreme Court outlaws segregation in U.S. public schools.
1968 — Napalm turned on draft files, Catonsville, Maryland.
1980 — Mt. St. Helens volcano erupts, Washington state.

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 Saint — DJANGO REINHARDT

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May 16-- DJANGO REINHARDT
Belgian-born Gypsy jazz musician, bon vivant.

MAY 16, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Rogation Day.
* St. Brendan’s Day: Commemorating his sixth-century voyage from Ireland to… The Garden of Eden? America?

ALSO ON MAY 16 IN HISTORY…
1918 — U.S. Congress passes Sedition Act against radicals.
1927 — U.S. Supreme Court rules booksellers must file income tax returns.
1933 — Swiss-German anarchist, gay writer John Henry Mackay dies.
1953 — Gypsy jazz musician Django Reinhardt dies, Fountainebleau, France.

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 — CHEIKHA RIMITTI

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May 15 — CHEIKHA RIMITTI
Algerian matriarch of raï music.

MAY 15, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Spain, Philippines, Colombia, etc.: Celebrations of San Isidro, the saint who got the angels to do all of his plowing for him.

ALSO ON MAY 15 IN HISTORY…
1265 — Italian poet Dante Alighieri born, Florence, Italy.
1823 — Swedenbourgian Thomas Lake Harris born, Fenny, Stratford, England.
1885 — Louis Riel surrenders, ending Métis Rebellion in Canada.
1886 — Recluse poet Emily Dickinson dies, Amherst, Massachusetts.
1929 — Russian Suprematist painter Kasimir Malevich dies, Leningrad, USSR.
2006 — Algerian “Mother of Raï” music, Cheikha Rimitti, dies, Paris, France.

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

Written by editor@arthurmag.com

May 14th, 2009 at 1:15 am

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

Today’s Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — APOLINARIO MABINI

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May 13– APOLINARIO MABINI
Philippine independentista, revolutionist, social activist.

MAY 13, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Ancient Anatolian festival, Purulliyas commemorates legend of conquest of dragon Illuyankas by Weather God controlling rainfall over the dragon of drought and flood. European folk customs link Rogation Day, Ascension & St. George’s Day.

ALSO ON MAY 13 IN HISTORY…
1794 — Whiskey Rebellion begins in western Pennsylvania.
1842 — Popular British opera creator Sir Arthur Sullivan born.
1893 — Crackpot, flagpole-sitting champion Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly born.
1903 — Philippine revolutionist Apolinario Mabini dies, Guam.
1958 — Dick Nixon’s motorcade greeted with rocks & bottles, Caracas, Venezuela.

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 — JAMELÃO

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May 12 — JAMELÃO
Great Brazilian samba crooner, official carnival puxador.

MAY 12, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*England: Garland Day, Olde May Day (do it again).

ALSO ON MAY 12 IN HISTORY…
1812 — Nonsense rhymer Edward Lear born, London, England.
1907 — Decadent Symbolist writer Joris-Karl Huysmans dies.
1913 — Brazilian samba singer, great carnivalist Jamelão born, Rio de Janeiro.
1916 — Execution of James Connolly, I.W.W. organizer & Irish freedom fighter.
1921 — German conceptual artist Joseph Beuys born, Cleves, N. Rhine-Westphalia.
1922 — Large meteor strikes Earth near Blackstone, Virginia

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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May 12th, 2009 at 1:15 am

Today’s Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — EQBAL AHMAD

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May 11– EQBAL AHMAD
Indefatigable combatant of capitalist empire.

MAY 11, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
* Guatemala: Five Day Rain Ceremony.

ALSO ON MAY 11 IN HISTORY…
1894 — French Orientalist painter Jean-Leon Gérôme born.
1895 — Composer William Grant Still born.
1904 — Spanish surrealist huckster, proto-fascist Salvador Dali born.
1914 — Radical theorist, labor organizer Daniel DeLeon dies, New York City.
1918 — Physicist Richard Feynman born, Far Rockaway, New York City.
1960 — Submarine “Triton” makes first submerged global circumnavigation.
1981 — Jamaican cultural and political hero Bob Marley dies, Miami, Florida.
1999 — Marxist political theorist Eqbal Ahmad dies, Islamabad, Pakistan.

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

Written by editor@arthurmag.com

May 11th, 2009 at 1:15 am

Today’s Autonomedia Jubilee Saint – Marcel Mauss

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May 10– MARCEL MAUSS
Great cultural theorist of the society of the gift.

MAY 10, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Mother’s Day
* Madrid: Feast of St. Isidore the Ploughman: Music, feasting, dancing in the streets.
*Memphis, Tennessee: Cotton Carnival.

ALSO ON MAY 10 IN HISTORY…
105 — Tsai Lun invents paper, China.
1857 — Beginning of mutiny against British rule in India.
1869 — Completion of first transcontinental railway in U.S.
1872 — Victoria Woodhull nominated for U.S. presidency, with Frederick Douglass as running mate.
1872 — French ethnologist, philosopher Marcel Mauss born, Épinal, France.
1940 — The South registers its first full year without any reported lynching.

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

Great cultural theorist of the society of the gift.

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May 10th, 2009 at 1:13 am

Today’s Autonomedia Jubilee Saint – John Brown

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May 9– JOHN BROWN
Radical abolitionist. “His truth goes marchin’ on.”

MAY 9, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*France: Joan of Arc Processions.

ALSO ON MAY 9 IN HISTORY…
1800 — Slavery abolitionist John Brown born, Torrington, Connecticut.
1860 — “Peter Pan” creator Sir James Barrie born, Scotland.
1904 — Communications theorist Gregory Bateson born, Grantchester, Britain.
1961 — FCC chairman Newton Minow calls TV “vast wasteland.”
1974 — Impeachment hearings against Richard “Tricky Dick” Nixon begin.

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

FORGET WOODSTOCK, PART ONE: “ARE YOU READY, BLACK PEOPLE?”—NINA SIMONE’s all-time knockout performance at the Harlem Festival, 1969

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Following this short rant are five YouTube clips which appear to form the whole of NINA SIMONE’s blazing knockout masterpiece set at HARLEM FESTIVAL ‘69.

Other performers at the Harlem Festival—six free weekend, outdoor concerts held at the Harlem end of Central Park in the summer of 1969—included Stevie Wonder, the Staples Singers, Sly and the Family Stone (click here to watch on YouTube), B.B. King, Mahalia Jackson, The Chambers Brothers, Dizzy Gillespie, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Max Roach…the list goes on and on. It’s a host of magnificent artists, many at the peak of their powers, playing to a predominately black audience at a super-charged, awful-yet-hopeful moment in American history.

Makes you wonder: Why do we all know about Woodstock, but not about Harlem, which took place the same year?

After all, all of the performances were filmed by a professional crew led by white director Hal Tulchin. But aside from four songs from Simone’s set, released in fall 2005 on a little-noticed dual-disk entitled The Soul of Nina Simone, which Arthur’s pseudonymous reviewers C & D went apeshit for way back in Arthur No. 20, none of this footage has ever been made commercially available in the United States.

This past week, I spoke by telephone with Hal Tulchin’s New York City attorney John Pelosi, who told me the Harlem Festival footage is currently optioned to somebody for at least another six months. He wouldn’t reveal who this somebody was. This is not the first time that Tulchin has optioned rights to this footage, and based on the previous would-be documentary filmmakers’ inability to bring the project to market (see article in Smithsonian [Feb 2007]), and Pelosi’s nonchalance, I’m guessing the current optionee isn’t going to get any further.

Which is awful. Shameful, actually. This footage has been kept from public view for long enough. Even in this recession, there are interested people around who have the money, competence, resources and profile to make this monumentally important footage commercially available, in the way that it deserves, for all to see. Why the 82-year-old Tulchin and his people won’t talk to them is beyond me. Whatever: this needs to end, now. White people in control of black treasures like this must behave much more responsibly than these two fools are. Gentlemen, please: do the right thing. Get it happening. Something as important as this shouldn’t be locked up from view for four decades.

Watch Simone’s remarkable, incendiary heart-soul-voice performance, especially the stunning “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” and the closing “Are You Ready, Black People?” and you’ll see why…

Today’s Autonomedia Jubilee Saint – Vera Zasulich

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May 8 — VERA ZASULICH
Russian anarchist. Direct-action assassin.

MAY 8, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*England: Furry Day, A day of mischief, revels, entering houses by windows, Morris dances & the Furry Dance. Bands of rogues prevent anyone from going to work or to school.

ALSO ON MAY 8 IN HISTORY…
1880 — French writer Gustave Flaubert dies.
1891 — Theosophical kingpin Madame Helena Blavatsky dies.
1903 — Drop-out painter Paul Gauguin dies.
1904 — Photographer Eadweard Muybridge dies, Kingston upon Thames, England.
1919 — Vera Zasulich, anarchist assassin, dies, Petrograd, USSR.
1937 — Reclusive American novelist Thomas Pynchon born, Glen Cove, New York.
1988 — Science fiction great Robert Heinlein dies.

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 – Camillo Berneri

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May 7– Camillo Berneri
Italian-born anarchist philosopher, killed by Spanish Stalinists.

MAY 7, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Feast of St. Nicola in Bari, Italy, celebrates the transfer of his relics to Bari. Religious rites followed by spectacular fireworks displays honor this patron of orphans, pirates, etc.

ALSO ON MAY 7 IN HISTORY…
1937 — Stalinist squad assassinates 500 anarchists, including Italian-born
philosopher Camillo Berneri, in Barcelona, Spain.
1941 — Golden Bough author Sir James George Frazer dies, Cambridge, England.
1968 — Parisian students and workers revolt in near-successful revolution.

Today’s Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — Henry David Thoreau!

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May 6 — Henry David Thoreau
Celebrant of uncomplicated natural life, the future primitive.

MAY 6, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Feast of the Fiery Flying Roll.

ALSO ON MAY 6 IN HISTORY…
1626 — Dutchman Peter Minuit purchases Manhattan Island from natives.
1812 — Black emancipationist Martin Robinson Delany born, Virginia.
1856 — Psychoanalysis founder Sigmund Freud born, Vienna, Austria.
1861 — Bengali writer, educator, Rabindranath Tagore born, Calcutta, India.
1862 — Back-to-the-land advocate Henry David Thoreau dies, Concord, Mass.
1915 — Filmmaker Orson Welles born, Kenosha, Wisconsin.
1919 — Wizard of Oz creator L. Frank Baum dies, Hollywood, California.
1935 — WPA established in FDR’s New Deal; State as make-work employer.
1937 — Zeppelin Hindenburg explodes over Lakehurst, New Jersey.
1970 — Yuchiro Miura of Japan skis down Mount Everest.
1992 — Film actress, recluse Marlene Dietrich dies, Paris, France.

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 — Karl Marx

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May 5 — KARL MARX
German communist theorist, capitalist critic, philosopher.

MAY 5, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Cinco de Mayo.
* Japan: Feast of Banners, fish kites fly.

ALSO ON MAY 5 IN HISTORY…
1818 — Great Communist theorist, philosopher Karl Marx born, Trier, Germany.
1862 — Battle of Puebla, Mexico.
1867 — Nellie Bly, famous for around-the-world race, born, Cochran’s Mills, PA.
1920 — Italian-American anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti arrested, Braintree, Mass.
1925 — John Scopes arrested for teaching evolutionary theory, Tennessee.
1926 — American jazz great Miles Davis born, Alton, Illinois

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 — Umm Kulthum

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May 4 — UMM KULTHUM
Epic Egyptian singer, film actress, Arab cultural activist.

MAY 4, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Prophet Mohammed’s Trip to Heaven and Back.

ALSO ON MAY 4 IN HISTORY…
1494 — Arawaks of Jamaica discovered by European invaders.
1886 — Haymarket bomb explodes, anarchist blamed, Chicago, Illinois.
1916 — Urban activist, political critic Jane Jacobs born, Scranton, Pennsylvania.
1904 — Egyptian folk singer Umm Kulthum born, Tammay al-Zahayrah, Egypt.
1919 — Radical documentarian Emile de Antonio born, Scranton, Pennsylvania.
1961 — “Freedom Ride” bus trips begin throughout American South.
1970 — Kent State massacre leaves four student anti-war protesters dead.

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 — Hanon Reznikov

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May 3– Hanon Reznikov
Living Theatre playwright, actor, anarchist activist.

MAY 3, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*St. Helena, daughter of old King Cole and mother of Constantine, finds the True Cross in the year 326 in Mexico.
*Masons take off work, mount a cross on flowers and streamers of the wall, and set off firecrackers.
*Belgium: Procession of the Holy Blood, followed by fun.

ALSO ON MAY 3 IN HISTORY…
1919 — Radical songster Pete Seeger born, Patterson, New York.
1932 — Anomalous events man Charles Fort dies, The Bronx, New York City.
1936 — Hardest working man in show business James Brown born.
1963 — Martin Luther King, Jr. gives “I Have a Dream” speech, Washington, D.C.
2006 — Radical Dutch COBRA painter Karel Appel dies, Zurich, Switzerland.
2008 — Living Theatre playwright, anarchist Hanon Reznikov dies, New York City.

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 Jubillee Saint — GUSTAV LANDAUER

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May 2 — Gustav Landauer
Revolutionist, theorist, editor, martyr. Education Minister in the short-lived Bavarian Soviet Republic.

MAY 2, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Eve of the Finding of the True Cross, England.Branches of mountain ash and witchen tree gathered as a protection against evil.

ALSO ON MAY 2ND IN HISTORY…
1519 — Renaissance polymath Leonardo Da Vinci dies.
1881 — Canadian writer Mary Maclane born, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
1919 — Revolutionist Gustav Landauer killed by military, Munich, Germany.
1922 — Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray born, Calcutta, India.
1972 — Paranoid long-time FBI honcho J. Edgar Hoover dies, Washington, D.C.

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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May 2nd, 2009 at 1:15 am

Today’s Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — LEWIS HILL

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May 1 — Lewis Hill
American pacifist, founder of Pacifica radio network.

May 1, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Mayday
* Wiccan Beltane
*Traditional Fertility Fesitval
*World Labor Day
*Ancient Roman Floralia, Festival of the Goddess Floralia. Grand processions in England including “Jack-in-the-Green,” milkmaids, Morris dancers, Robin Hood and his Merry Men.

ALSO ON MAY 1 IN HISTORY…
1776 — Order of the Illuminati founded in Germany by Adam Weishaupt.
1830 — Irish-American labor radical Mother Jones born, Cork, Ireland.
1847 — American emancipationist Henry Demarest Lloyd born.
1881 — Mystical Christian evolutionist Teilhard De Chardin born, Auvergne, France.
1890 — American utopianist Albert Brisbane dies, Richmond, Virginia.
1893 — World’s Columbian exposition opens in Chicago;
Jane Addams’ purse snatched at opening ceremonies.
1916 — Chicago Herald becomes first newspaper to call the new music “Jazz.”
1919 — Pacifica radio founder Lewis Hill born, Kansas City, Missouri.
1933 — Christian anarchist Catholic Worker founded, New York City.
1965 — Vanguard musical performer Spike Jones dies.
1992 — Two days of rioting in the aftermath of the Rodney King police brutality trial leave 38 dead, 1500 injured and half a billion dollars in property damage,
in Los Angeles, California. Preparations made for military occupation.

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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May 1st, 2009 at 1:15 am

Today’s Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — FELIX GUATTARI

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April 30 — Félix Guattari
Innovative anti-theorist of Capitalism and Schizophrenia.

APRIL 30, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Beltane Eve.
*Walpurgisnacht. Witches, warlocks and demons hold revels in Harz Mountains. Whole towns rush into streets, making as much noise as possible. Church bells ring, bonfires are lit. In British Isles, a scapegoat is chosen by lots and burned; hobby horse parades are held, chasing evil away until Midsummer’s Night.

ALSO ON APRIL 30 IN HISTORY…
1771 — American utopianist leader Hosea Ballou born, Richmond, New Hampshire.
1803 — Louisiana Purchase negotiated with France at four cents per acre.
1844 — Thoreau accidentally burns 300 acres of forest near Concord, Mass.
1930 — Radical anti-psychiatrist, anti-capitalist Félix Guattari born, Paris, France.
1945 — Nazi Fuhrer Adolf Hitler most probably commits suicide, Berlin, Germany.
1975 — Saigon falls to Communist forces, ending long American war in Vietnam.

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

Written by editor@arthurmag.com

April 30th, 2009 at 1:15 am

Today’s Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — ROBERTO BOLANO

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April 28 — Roberto Bolaño
Chilean novelist, nomad, cultural iconoclast.

APRIL 28, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Charles, Louisiana: Contraband Days Pirate Festival honors Lafitte.

ALSO ON APRIL 28 IN HISTORY…

1192 — Hashshashin assassinate Conrad of Montferrat, King of Jerusalem.
1789 — Mutiny breaks out aboard British ship H.M.S. Bounty.
1874 — Journalist Karl Krauss born, Jicin, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary.
1953 — Brilliant Chilean novelist Roberto Bolaño born, Santiago, Chile.
1960 — Dutch council communist & astronomer Anton Pannekoek dies, Wageningen.
1967 — World boxing great Muhammad Ali refuses U.S. army induction.
1977 — Baader-Meinhof Red Brigades terrorists get life sentences, Germany.

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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April 28th, 2009 at 1:15 am

Today’s Autonomedia Jubilee Saint – AUGUST WILSON

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April 27 — August Wilson
Noted Black American playwright, social critic.

APRIL 27, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Festival of Art Sabotage

ALSO ON APRIL 27 IN HISTORY…
1521 — Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Megellan killed Phillipines.
1759 — Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin born, London England.
1882 — Philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson dies, Concord, Massachusetts.
1945 — Premier Black American playwright August Wilson born, Pittsburgh, PA.
1963 — Cuban leader Fidel Castro visits Moscow, Soviet Union.

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

Written by editor@arthurmag.com

April 27th, 2009 at 1:15 am

Today’s Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — JULIUS AUGUSTUS WAYLAND

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April 26 — Julius Augustus Wayland
Agrarian socialist, pacifist, Appeal to Reason publisher.

APRIL 26, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Festival of Individual Sovereignty

ALSO ON APRIL 26 IN HISTORY…
1607 — English Jamestown colonists make landfall near Port Henry, Virginia
1854 — Appeal to Reason publisher J.A. Wayland born, Versailles, Indiana.
1889 — Language philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein born, Vienna, Austria.
1905 — French surrealist filmmaker Jean Vigo born, Paris, France.
1937 — Fascists condust first-ever aerial massacre of civilians, Guernica, Spain.
1968 — John Heartfield (Helmut Herzfeld) dies, East Berlin, Germany.
1986 — Chernobyl nuclear disaster occurs, Ukraine, USSR.

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

Written by editor@arthurmag.com

April 26th, 2009 at 1:15 am

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