DECEMBER 22 — KENNETH REXROTH
American beat poet, literary essayist, anarchist.
DECEMBER 22, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Hindu world: PONGOL OF THE SUN.
ALSO ON DECEMBER 22 IN HISTORY…
1880 — British novelist George Eliot dies, London, England.
1894 — French court-martial finds Captain Alfred Dreyfus guilty of treason.
1905 — Beat writer and essayist Kenneth Rexroth born, South Bend, Indiana.
1927 — British anarchist painter Fermin Rocker born, London, England.
1985—Minutemen guitarist D. Boon dies, in a van accident near Tucson, AZ.
1989 — Irish playwright, novelist Samuel Beckett dies, Paris, France.
DECEMBER 19 — PHIL OCHS
Emblematic American protest folksinger of the Sixties.
DECEMBER 19, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Hindu FESTIVAL OF THE GODDESSS ANKRANT. The gods wake up after six
months of sleep. A day for exchanging gifts, feasting and visiting.
Guatemala: FIESTA OF SANTO TOMAS (Dec. 19-25). Celebrated by the
Chichicastenango Indians. Features the flying-pole ceremony: A pole
made from a tall pine is consecrated and erected in the village. Plat-
forms and ropes are attached, dancers climb to the very top and,
attached to ropes coiled around trees, they fly into the air in
ALSO ON DECEMBER 19 IN HISTORY…
1848 — British novelist Emily Bronte dies, Haworth, Yorkshire, England.
1875 — Black educator, historian Carter G. Woodson born, New Canton, Virginia.
1910 — Criminal, gay author Jean Genet born, Paris, France.
1940 — American protest folksinger Phil Ochs born, El Paso, Texas.
1946 — Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh launches war against French.
1968 — Socialist politico Norman Thomas dies, Huntington, Long Island, New York.
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.
DECEMBER 17 — MARTY GLABERMAN
American radical political theorist, proto-autonomist.
DECEMBER 17, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Ancient Roman SATURNALIA (December 17– 23): “Unrestrained and intemperate jollity.” Relaxation of social rules, no business transacted, courts closed, wars suspended, feuds forgotten,slaves take place of masters. LORD OF MISRULE selected.
NOVEMBER 4 — JUDI BARI
Homespun American humorist, speaker of truth to power.
NOVEMBER 4, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
England, Australia and New Zealand: MISCHIEF NIGHT.
ALSO ON NOVEMBER 4 IN HISTORY…
1870 — French proto-surrealist Comte de Lautreamont dies.
1879 — American humorist Will Rogers born, Oologah, Oklahoma.
1922 — Tut-ankh-amen’s tomb discovered, Egypt.
1949 — Earth First environmental activist Judi Bari born, Baltimore, Maryland.
1972 — U.S. Communist Party headquarters in New York City firebombed.
1979 — 65 American hostages taken in Iran.
1982 — Maverick Canadian classical musician Glenn Gould dies, Toronto, Ontario.