July 18– Hunter S. Thompson
American gonzo journalist, druggie, counter-culture hero.
JULY 18, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*U.S.: Railroad Day. The grand trunk line completed, 1853.
ALSO ON JULY 18 IN HISTORY…
1610 — Master painter of street life, Caravaggio, dies, Port Ercole, Tuscany, Italy.
1870 — Infallibility declared for Catholic popes speaking ex cathedra.
1922 — Philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn born, Cincinnati, Ohio.
1937 — Iconoclastic bullshitter-slaying essayist Hunter S. Thompson born in Louisville, Kentucky.
1969 — Ted Kennedy offers Mary Jo Kopechne a lift home, Chappaquiddick, MA.
1998 — African-American activist historian John Henrik Clarke 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