AUGUST 14 — RIRETTE MAITREJEAN
French individualist anarchist, Bonnot gang member.
August 14, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Sardinia: FESTIVAL AT SASSARI, which originated following a 16th-century plague. A great procession of people carrying enormous lighted candles, each with many long ribbons attached and held by others, with ballet-like movements to flute and drums, and ending at the MADONNA OF THE MIDDLE OF AUGUST.
Chicago: BUD BILLIKEN DAY, a Black children’s holiday.
Massachusetts: LIBERTY TREE DAY.
ALSO ON AUGUST 14 IN HISTORY…
1765 — Stamp Act riots begin in Boston.
1842 — Seminoles forced on the Long March to Oklahoma.
1887 — French Direct Action anarchist Rirette Maitrejean (Anna Estorges) born.
1930 — Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky commits suicide.
1935 — U.S. Social Security Act signed.
1956 — German dramatist Bertolt Brecht dies, Berlin.
1963 — Broken by McCarthyism, lefty playwright Clifford Odets dies, Los Angeles.
2002 — Maverick painter Larry Rivers dies, Southhampton, Long Island, New York.
2003 — Largest power blackout in history hits huge swatch of U.S. Northeast.