What’s happened on April 4 in radical culture history, from Autonomedia’s Calendar of Jubilee Saints

All info here excerpted from The 2013 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective

APRIL 4 JUBILEE SAINT — DOROTHEA DIX
Advocate of humane treatment for so-called “mentally ill.”

APRIL 4 festivals:
* Ancient Rome: FESTIVAL OF THE MAGNA MATER OF PHRYGIA, a reliquary embodied in a small meteorite. An ecstatic procession with the magna mater in a chariot drawn by lions, castrated priests leaping and dancing and gashing themselves to a din of flutes, cymbals and drums.

ON THIS DATE
1802 — Mental health reformer, activist Dorothea Dix born, Hampden, Maine.
1900 — Prince of Wales, in Belgium, escapes anarchist assassination attempt.
1914 — French writer Marguerite Duras born, near Saigon, French Indochina.
1915 — Blues guitarist Muddy Waters born, Issaquena County, Mississippi.

What’s happened on April 3 in radical culture history, from Autonomedia’s Calendar of Jubilee Saints

All info here excerpted from The 2013 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective

APRIL 3 JUBILEE SAINT — TERENCE MCKENNA
Sacred substance psychonaut, shamanarchist.

APRIL 3 holidays and festivals:
* Ancient Egyptian FESTIVAL OF MIN.
* ETERNAL RICTUS DAY.
* Iran: SIZDAH-BEDAR: It is unlucky to stay indoors.

ON THIS DATE
1783 — Writer Washington Irving born, New York City.
1860 — Pony Express service begins.
1882 — Quintessential Western outlaw Jesse James shot by Robert Ford.
1924 — American actor, social dropout Marlon Brando born, Lincoln, Nebraska.
1950 — Radical educator, historian Carter G. Woodson born, Washington, DC.
1950 — Radical composer Kurt Weill dies, New York City.
1972 — Showboat politico Adam Clayton Powell dies, Harlem, New York City.
2000 — Entheogen psychonaut & futurist shaman Terence McKenna dies, Hawaii.

What’s happened on April 2 in radical history, from Autonomedia’s Calendar of Jubilee Saints

All info here excerpted from The 2013 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective

APRIL 2 JUBILEE SAINT— SERGE GAINSBOURG
Sleazy, dissolute dirty mouth of French pop music.

APRIL 2 holiday:
* INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY.

ON THIS DATE
1513 — Fountain of Youth seeker Ponce de Leon lands on Florida territory.
1725 — Loverboy, spy, memoirist Giacomo Casanova born, Venice, Italy.
1840 — French writer, activist, experimental novelist Emile Zola born, Paris.
1891 — Artist Max Ernst born, Bruhl, North Rhine Westphalia, Germany.
1928 — French singer, composer Serge Gainsbourg born, Paris, France.
1969 — Twenty-one U.S. Black Panthers charged with conspiring to kill cops.
1991 — Modern dance great Martha Graham dies, New York City.

What’s happened on April 1 in radical history, from Autonomedia’s Calendar of Jubilee Saints

All info here excerpted from The 2013 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective

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APRIL 1 JUBILEE SAINT — PIERRE BOURDIEU
Radical French anthropologist, theorist of popular culture

APRIL 1 holidays and festivals
* APRIL FOOL’S DAY: Originated with calendar change in 1752. A day of pranks and fool’s errands.
* FESTIVAL OF POSITIVE THREATS.

ON THIS DATE
1649 — Diggers occupy St. George Hill, taking land to plant in common.
1775 — Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin born, Ballay, France
1872 — Bolshevik feminist Alexandra Kollontai born, St. Petersburg, Russia
1920 — Five members of N.Y. state legislature expelled as Socialists
1924 — Adolf Hitler, imprisoned following beer-hall putsch, starts dictation of Mein Kampf to Rudolf Hess
1930 — Cultural theorist, philosopher Pierre Bourdieu born, Denguin, France
1939 — U.S. recognizes Franco’s government in Spain
1976 — Surrealist painter Max Ernst dies, Seillans, Var, France

What’s happened on March 31 in radical history, from Autonomedia’s Calendar of Jubilee Saints…

All info here excerpted from The 2013 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective

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MARCH 31 JUBILEE SAINT: JULES DASSIN
Blacklisted, exiled American film noir director.

MARCH 31 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS:
* Ancient Babylonia: SACRED DRAMA DAY, in which the King, in the role of Marduk, re-enacts the conquest of Tiamat, the watery chaos.
* Islamic: MAWLID AN NABI, Muhammad’s birthday.
* BUNSEN BURNER DAY.

ON THIS DATE:
1492 — Ferdinand and Isabella expel all Jews from Spain.
1809 — Russian fantasist writer Nikoloi Gogol born, Sorochinetz, Ukraine.
1855 — Charlotte Bronte dies, age 38 and pregnant, Haworth, Yorkshire.
1926 — British novelist, essayist John Fowles born, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. Authored The Magus (1966).
1959 — Tibet’s Dalai Lama, fleeing Chinese repression, seeks asylum in India.
1968 — U. S. Prez Lyndon Johnson announces that he will not seek re-election.
2008 — Blacklisted American film noir director Jules Dassin dies in Athens, aged 96.