JUNE 8, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*China: Dragon-Boat Races commemorate search for Ch’i Yuan (3rd century B.C.) who threw himself in river. No finish line, no judges. Arguments & fist fights always break out, but ends with merry feast.
*Name Your Poison Day.
ALSO ON JUNE 8 IN HISTORY…
632 — Islamic prophet Mohammed dies, Medina, Arabia.
1809 — American revolutionary great Tom Paine dies, New York City.
1876 — French feminist, novelist George Sand dies, Nohant, France.
1997 — Nigerian novelist Amos Tutuola dies, Ibadan.
2006 — Dr. John Money, sexual identity physician, dies, Towson, Maryland.
Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective