DECEMBER 20 — MAUD GONNE
Firebrand Irish hermeticist, feminist, revolutionist.
DECEMBER 20, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
UNDERDOG DAY. FAREWELL TO AUTUMN. CHAOS DAY. Eat wontons.
Hindu world: PONGOL OF THE COWS. Sacred animals are sprinkled with
water, saffron, flowers & leaves of sacred plants; their horns are
painted, garlands hung about their necks. With drums & cymbals they
are driven through town with much festivity.
ALSO ON DECEMBER 20 IN HISTORY…
1838 — Edwin Abott, author of Flatland, born.
1865 — Irish feminist, revolutionist Maud Gonne born, Aldershot, Hampshire, England.
1968 — American social activist writer John Steinbeck dies, New York City.
1989 — US troops invade Panama and oust Manuel Noriega, but don’t catch him.
1991 — C.I.A. classifies a task-force report on greater openness as “secret.”