July 13– COMPAY SEGUNDO
Cuban “Compadre,” musician, songwriter, free spirit.
JULY 13, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Swaziland: Reed Dance Day.
*Border of France and Spain: Festival of the Three Cows. The result of an ancient Basque blood feud in which French shepherds killed Spanish shepherds and were condemned to pay a blood tax in perpetuity, an elaborate ritual in which three cows are given to the Spanish Basques, followed by revelry.
June 24– Albert Parsons
Radical American editor, printer, Haymarket martyr.
*Festival of Contagious Magic.
ALSO ON JUNE 24 IN HISTORY…
1647 — Margaret Brent urges women’s vote before Maryland Assembly.
1842 — Devil’s Dictionary author Ambrose Bierce born, Meigs County, Ohio.
1848 — Haymarket martyr Albert Parsons born, Montgomery, Alabama.
1869—“Mammy” Pleasant, abolitionist, named Voodoo Queen of San Francisco.
1947 — Kenneth Arnold sights flying saucers over Mt. Rainier, Washington State.