ALSO ON MAY 1 IN HISTORY…
1776 — Order of the Illuminati founded in Germany by Adam Weishaupt.
1830 — Irish-American labor radical Mother Jones born, Cork, Ireland.
1847 — American emancipationist Henry Demarest Lloyd born.
1881 — Mystical Christian evolutionist Teilhard De Chardin born, Auvergne, France.
1890 — American utopianist Albert Brisbane dies, Richmond, Virginia.
1893 — World’s Columbian exposition opens in Chicago; Jane Addams’ purse snatched at opening ceremonies.
1916 — Chicago Herald becomes first newspaper to call the new music “Jazz.”
1919 — Pacifica radio founder Lewis Hill born, Kansas City, Missouri.
1933 — Christian anarchist Catholic Worker founded, New York City.
1965 — Vanguard musical performer Spike Jones dies.
1992 — Two days of rioting in the aftermath of the Rodney King police brutality trial leave 38 dead, 1500 injured and half a billion dollars in property damage,
in Los Angeles, California. Preparations made for military occupation.
April 30 — Félix Guattari Innovative anti-theorist of Capitalism and Schizophrenia.
APRIL 30, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS *Beltane Eve. *Walpurgisnacht. Witches, warlocks and demons hold revels in Harz Mountains. Whole towns rush into streets, making as much noise as possible. Church bells ring, bonfires are lit. In British Isles, a scapegoat is chosen by lots and burned; hobby horse parades are held, chasing evil away until Midsummer’s Night.
ALSO ON APRIL 30 IN HISTORY… 1771 — American utopianist leader Hosea Ballou born, Richmond, New Hampshire. 1803 — Louisiana Purchase negotiated with France at four cents per acre. 1844 — Thoreau accidentally burns 300 acres of forest near Concord, Mass. 1930 — Radical anti-psychiatrist, anti-capitalist Félix Guattari born, Paris, France. 1945 — Nazi Fuhrer Adolf Hitler most probably commits suicide, Berlin, Germany. 1975 — Saigon falls to Communist forces, ending long American war in Vietnam.