NOVEMBER 24 — TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
Decadent French society painter, illustrator, anarchist.
NOVEMBER 24 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
FESTIVAL OF SILENCE. THE WORLD IS A PAPER AIRPLANE DAY.
ALSO ON NOVEMBER 24 IN HISTORY…
1632 — Philosopher Baruch Spinoza born, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
1713 — Satirical novelist Laurence Sterne born, Clonmel, Ireland.
1859 — Evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species published.
1864 — Decadent French artist, anarchist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec born, Albi.
1953 — Joe McCarthy declares Truman Administration “crawling with communists.”
1963 — Jack Ruby shoots alleged JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald on live television.
2005 — “Loisaida” squatter, housing justice activist Carmen Rubio dies, New York City.
NOVEMBER 20 — LEO TOLSTOY
Christian anarchist, novelist of epic and historic scale.
NOVEMBER 20, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Mexico: REVOLUTION DAY. WRITING ON THE WALL DAY.
ALSO ON NOVEMBER 20 IN HISTORY…
1752 — British poet, forger, suicide Thomas Chatterton born, Bristol, England.
1816 — Term “scab” born at Albany Typographical Society.
1884 — American socialist leader Norman Thomas born, Marion, Ohio.
1910 — Russian anarchist, novelist Leo Tolstoy dies, Astapovo train station, Russia.
1945 — Nuremberg war crimes trial begins.
1969 — 78 Indians from 20 tribes seize Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.
1975 — Spanish fascist Francisco Franco dies. (And he’s still dead!)
1978 — Surrealist painter, cultural renegade Giorgio de Chirico dies, Rome, Italy.
OCTOBER 26 — NESTOR MAKHNO
Ukrainian anarchist general, fought both Reds and Whites.
OCTOBER 26, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Old Siam: TOP-SPINNING CEREMONY. Brahmins spin three large tops,
each made of nine metals, to divine the events of the coming year.
ALSO ON OCTOBER 26 IN HISTORY…
1764 — Painter, satirist William Hogarth dies, Leicester Fields, London, England.
1806 — “Lord” Timothy Dexter, classic American crackpot, dies.
1881 — Gunfight at the OK Corral, Tombstone, Arizona Territory.
1889 — Anarchist general Nestor Makhno born, Gulyaj-Polye, Ukraine.
1902 — U.S. women’s rights leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton dies, New York City.