June 20– EDUARDO MONDLANE
Mozambiquean liberationist, anti-colonialist martyr.
JUNE 20, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Hamburg, Germany: Cherry Festival. One day during the siege of 1432, the city gates opened and out came children dressed in white. Hussite hearts melted, the siege was raised, and the children were sent back laden with ripe cherries.
*Midsummer’s Eve: Everyone into the woods at night; stay up all night, sing, dance, make love, worship the sun god in fire symbols, greet the rising sun. Fairies speak in human tongues on this night; the flower of happiness blooms. Gather flowers and boughs. Large wheels bound with straw are set burning and rolled down hills, etc.
*New Identity Day.
ALSO ON JUNE 20 IN HISTORY…
1887 — Dadaist master Kurt Schwitters born, Hannover, Germany.
1920 — African liberationist, martyr Eduardo Mondlane born, Gaza, Mozambique.
1923 — Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa dies, Parral, Mexico.
1928 — Jazz great Eric Dolphy born, Los Angeles, California.
1933 — German feminist, radical Clara Zetkin dies, Archangelskoje, USSR.
1963 — Cold War prompts “hot line” between Washington and Moscow.
Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective