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.
DECEMBER 18, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS HIJRA, Islamic New Year. Oaxaca, Mexico: FIESTA OF THE VIRGIN OF THE LONELY. Apache dancers, amusement park rides, gambling, plenty of fireworks.
ALSO ON DECEMBER 18 IN HISTORY…
1830 — Trial of Swing Rioters, peasants & workers who fought for minimum wage.
1865 — Chattel slavery abolished in U.S. (Wage slavery continues to thrive.)
1879 — Artist Paul Klee born, Bern, Switzerland.
1917 — Black American actor, civil rights activist Ossie Davis born, Cogdell, Georgia.
1946 — South African black-rights activist Steve Biko born, King Williamstown.
1969 — Great Britain abolishes capital punishment.
OCTOBER 27, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
FEAST OF THE LORD OF MISRULE.
PUNKIE NIGHT: Children parade with gourd lanterns on last Thursday in October.
ALSO ON OCTOBER 27 IN HISTORY…
1904 — New York City subway opens.
1912 — Player piano composer Conlon Nancarrow born, Texarkana, Arkansas.
1914 — Welsh poet Dylan Thomas born, Swansea, Wales.
1932 — American poet Sylvia Plath born, Boston, Massachusetts.
2006 — New York Indymedia journalist Brad Will killed, Oaxaca, Mexico.
August 13, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
BLAME SOMEBODY ELSE DAY.
Antigua, Guatemala: FESTIVAL OF THE VOLCANO commemorates the 16th-century uprising of King Sinicam. The re-enactment takes place on an artificial volcano built for the occasion. Traditional native music, dancing and food.
LEFT HANDER’S DAY.
People’s Republic of Congo: Three-day NATIONAL FESTIVAL.
ALSO ON AUGUST 13 IN HISTORY…
1521 — Cortez succeeds in capturing Aztec island capital city Tenochtitlan.
1818 — American suffragist Lucy Stone born, West Brookfield, Massachusetts.
1871 — Anarchist critic, dandy Hippolyte Havel born, Thabor, Austria.
1923 — Chicano Wobbly artist Carlos Cortez born, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1931 — U.S. Customs closes border to keep citizens from gambling in Mexico.
1945 — Prophetic novelist, socialist H. G. Wells dies, London, England.