June 30– MONGO BETI
Superb Cameroonian novelist, biting social critic.
JUNE 30, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Thann, France: Burning of the Three Fires. Celebrates three
“stars” that moved to a spot over the forest in the 12th century
and then stopped, marking the village’s founding.
*Festival of Endless Ass-Kissing.
ALSO ON JUNE 30 IN HISTORY…
1520 — Aztec sovereign Montezuma II killed by conquistadores, Tenochtitlan.
1620 — Tobacco-growing banned in Britain, granting Virginia colony monopoly.
1859 — Émile Blondin crosses Niagara Falls on tightrope as 5,000 watch.
1932 — Acerbic Cameroonian novelist Mongo Beti born, Mbalmayo, Cameroun.
1990 — Former East and West Germanies agree to unify their economies.
1997 — First Harry Potter novel published, Great Britain.
Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective