Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — SAYYED DARWEESH

“The People’s Artist.” Egyptian composer, activist

*Lantern Festival: the dead revisit homes
*St. Vitus Day: Traditional day of revels for welcoming Spring in old Europe.
*Festival of Neon Decadence.

1215 — British King John & contentious noblemen sign Magna Carta, at Runnymede.
1381 — Radical poll tax protestor Wat Tyler executed, Smithfields, London, England.
1560 — Will Sommers, “Poor Man’s Friend,” court jester to Henry VIII, buried.
1752 — American inventor, revolutionist Ben Franklin flies a kite in a thunderstorm.
1860 — World’s first nursing school established, London, England.
1934 — Hitler and Mussolini meet for the first time, in Venice, Italy.
1954 — Joe McCarthy declares physicist Robert Oppenheimer a security risk.
1966 — End of three days of Dutch Provo rioting, Amsterdam, Holland.

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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About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in Tucson, Arizona with Stephanie Smith.

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