OCTOBER 2, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Spain: FEAST OF GUARDIAN ANGELS. Bonfire on steps of church, sword
dancing and mock duel with constant interruptions from “Devil Fool”
and “Boy Angel.” Devil’s tail explodes at finale. The girls’ skirts are
pinned up to reveal panties.
ALSO ON OCTOBER 2 IN HISTORY…
1800 — Slave rebellion leader Nat Turner born, Southampton County, Virginia.
1803 — American brewer & patriot Samuel Adams dies, Boston, Massachusetts.
1869 — Indian independence fighter, pacifist theorist Mohandas K. Gandhi born.
1871 — Mormon leader Brigham Young arrested for polygamy.
1890 — Film and television comedic great Groucho Marx born, New York City.
1937 — Police raid Denver hotel, arrest Sam Caldwell for possession of two joints.
1968 — Massacre at Tlateloco; 500 rebel youths killed by Mexican troops.
2005 — Black American playwright August Wilson dies, Seattle, Washington.
AUGUST 29, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Vevey, France: SWISS WINEGROWERS’ FÊTE, a revival of the Roman
Festival of Ceres, Goddess of the Earth, complete with Ceres, Pales,
Bacchus, Old Silenus, satyrs and fauns — and Swiss yodelers.
ALSO ON AUGUST 29 IN HISTORY…
1533 — Atahualpa, last Incan emperor, put to death by conquistador Pizarro.
1758 — First U.S. Indian reservation established; will serve as model for Hitler.
1809 — Breakfast autocrat Oliver Wendell Holmes born, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
1844 — British gay poet, socialist Edward Carpenter born, Brighton, England.
1877 — Mormon “propheteer” Brigham Young born.
1920 — Jazz great Charlie “Bird” Parker hatched, Kansas City, Missouri.
1970 — Huey Newton offers Black Panther troops to the North Vietnamese.
1992 — Radical analyst and schizo-theorist Félix Guattari dies, Paris, France.
July 24 — SIMON BOLÍVAR
Great liberator of northern Latin America from colonial rule.
JULY 24, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
* Mormon PIONEER DAY.
* France: FESTIVALS OF ST. ELOI. Gunfire and horse races; among the Basques, mules and old automobiles are blessed.
* FEAST OF THE TRICKSTER OF LIBERTY.
* RAIN ON ALL PARADES DAY.
ALSO ON JULY 24 IN HISTORY…
1783 — Latin liberator Simón Bolívar born in Caracas, Venezuela.
1847 — Brigham Young leads Mormons to Great Salt Lake.
1893 — Ammon Hennacy, radical workers organizer, pacifist, born, Negley, Ohio.
1897 — Aviator Amelia Earhart born, Atchison, Kansas.