APRIL 12, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Guatemala: Cuchumatan Indians have ceremony to preserve corn from frost by using prayers to chase the frost into a crack in the mountain and sealing the crack with mortar.
ALSO ON APRIL 12 IN HISTORY…
1790 — Richard Steele publishes first issue of The Tatler
1961 — Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin is first man to orbit Earth.
1971 — Women’s peace march on Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
1975 — Black American dancer Josephine Baker dies, Paris, France.
1981 — First U.S. Space shuttle launched.
1988 — Harvard University patents gene-altered mouse.
1989 — Yippie activist Abbie Hoffman commits suicide, New Hope, Pennsylvania.
Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective