JULY 2, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Besse-en-Chandesse, France: The Black Virgin is carried into the mountains, where she once went on her own.
Siena, Italy: Madonna di Provenzano Festival. Horse race, followed by revelry and music, in honor of armless madonna.
ALSO ON JULY 2 IN HISTORY…
1717 — First American book auction held, Boston, Massachusetts.
1776 — New Jersey, in oversight, gives right to vote to some women.
1778 — Jean-Jacques Rousseau, French philosopher and social theorist, dies.
1789 — Marquis de Sade shouts from Bastille that prisoners are being slaughtered.
1881 — U.S. President Garfield shot by overlooked politician Charles Guiteau.
1903 — U.S. leases Guantanamo military base from Cuba, “in perpetuity.”
1925 — Martyr Patrice Lumumba born, Katako Kombe, Belgian Congo.
1939 — First World Science Fiction Convention opens, New York City.
1950 — Protesting ban on Communists, NYC Teachers Union resigns from NEA.
1993 — 35 die in anti-Salman Rushdie riots, Sivas, Turkey.
1995 — Radical journalist George Seldes dies, Hartland Four Corners, Vermont.
Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective