OCTOBER 8 — JACQUES DERRIDA
French Deconstruction theorist, human-rights activist.
ALSO ON OCTOBER 8 IN HISTORY…
1820 — Haitian despot Henri Christophe, former slave, shoots himself.
1871 — Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicks over a lantern, igniting the great Chicago Fire.
1933 — “Sanctuary” movement founder James Corbett born, Casper, Wyoming.
1967 — Revolutionist Ernesto “Che” Guevara dies, Bolivian highlands.
1969 — Haymarket police statue bombed again, Chicago, Illinois.
2004 — Philosopher, deconstruction-theorist Jacques Derrida dies, Paris, France.
OCTOBER 7 — JOE HILL
Wobbly martyr of American Zerowork movement.
ALSO ON OCTOBER 7 IN HISTORY…
1826 — First railroad in U.S., 3 miles long, completed in Massachusetts.
1849 — American mystery writer Edgar Allan Poe dies, Baltimore, Maryland.
1879 — American labor organizer, martyr Joe Hill born, Gävle, Sweden.
1897 — Elijah Muhammed of Nation of Islam (Black Muslims) born, Sandersville, GA.
1927 — R. D. Laing, Scottish radical anti-psychiatrist, born, Glasgow, Scotland.
1929 — French lettrist and situationist theorist Gil Wolman born, Paris, France.
1934 — Imamu Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) born, Newark, New Jersey.
1943 — British lesbian novelist Radclyffe Hall dies, Rye, East Sussex.
1969 — Haymarket Statue (memorial to police slain in 1886) bombed, Chicago.
SEPTEMBER 28 —VICTOR JARA
Chilean song-writer, activist, martyr of Pinochet coup.
SEPTEMBER 28 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Jewish: YOM KIPPUR. Old China: CONFUCIUS DAY.
Egypt: FEAST OF KHEPERA, the Beetle God.
Huichol, Mexico: FESTIVAL OF WAWATSARI, God of Deer Peyote.
ALSO ON SEPTEMBER 28 IN HISTORY…
551 BC — Chinese sage Confucius born.
1573 — Painter of Italian street life Caravaggio born, Milan, Italy.
1820 — Marxist Comrade Friedrich Engels born, Barmen, Rhine, Prussia.
1864 — First Communist International formed, London, England.
1891 — American novelist Herman Melville dies, New York City.
1938 — Chilean folksinger Victor Jara born, Lonquen, Chile.
1966 — French surrealist André Breton dies, Paris, France.
1978 — Pope John Paul I dies suspiciously after only 34 days in office.
SEPTEMBER 26, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
India: THE FEAST OF LAMPS, a memorial to the dead in which every lamp is lighted, a harvest feast is eaten, cakes are placed at crossroads for evil spirits to eat. Jains polish their jewelry, attend worship and have books blessed.
Gabon: FEAST OF ZAME YE MEBEGE, God of Narcotics.
Above: “Little Nemo in Slumberland” by Winsor McCay. Click to enlarge.