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.
April 14 — GORDON CHILDE
Australian Marxist archeologist and prehistorian.
APRIL 14, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Dreams of Reason Feast Day, dedicated to discarded scientific theory and science fiction futures.
*Pan American Day
ALSO ON APRIL 14 IN HISTORY…
1865 — U.S. President Abraham Lincoln shot by John Wilkes Booth.
1828 — Noah Webster copyrights his first Dictionary.
1874 — American communalist Josiah Warren dies, Boston, Massachusetts.
1892 — Radical anthropologist Gordon Childe born, North Sydnet, Australia.
1912 — The unsinkable mega-ship Titanic sinks, hitting an iceberg.
1956 — First videotape demonstrated, Chicago, Illionoise.
1964 — American ocology writer Rachel Carson dies, Silver Springs, Maryland
1966 — Swiss pharmaceutical firm Sandoz discontinues production of LSD.
1970 — Two students fatally shot in anti-war protest, Jackson State University, Mississippi.
1986 — French philosopher and feminist Simon de Beauvoir dies, Paris, France.