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.
AUGUST 15 — KARL KORSCH
Brilliant Marxist-anarchist philosopher, communist.
August 15, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Loule, Portugal: ASSUMPTION DAY. The ascension of Virgin Mary bodily into Heaven. Votive lights, skyrockets, brass band plays while running uphill to the shrine. Hundreds of guitars, bagpipes, drums, and a definite “pagan” flavor.
Florida, New York: OUR LADY OF FLOWERS Festival, with Polish celebrants parading in floats, and picking of an Onion Queen. A blessing of herbs and spices.
CHAUVIN DAY, the patron saint of all Chauvinists.
DORMITION OF THE OTOKOS.
ALSO ON AUGUST 15 IN HISTORY…
1785 — Opium-eater, writer Thomas DeQuincey born.
1886 — Marxist-anarchist philosopher Karl Korsch born, Tostedt, Germany.
1888 — T. E. Lawrence “of Arabia” born, Tremadog, Caernarfonshire, Wales.
1917 — Salvadorean religious leader Oscar Romero born, Ciudad Barrios.
1918 — “The Sinking of the Lusitania,” first feature-length cartoon, released.
1935 — American humorist Will Rogers killed in plane crash, Alaska.
1967 — Surrealist painter René Magritte dies, Brussels, Belgium.
1969 — Temporary Autonomous Zone “Woodstock” Festival opens, upstate New York
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.