June 15 — SAYYED DARWEESH “The People’s Artist.” Egyptian composer, activist
JUNE 15, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Lantern Festival: the dead revisit homes
*St. Vitus Day: Traditional day of revels for welcoming Spring in old Europe.
*Festival of Neon Decadence.
ALSO ON JUNE 15 IN HISTORY…
1215 — British King John & contentious noblemen sign Magna Carta, at Runnymede.
1381 — Radical poll tax protestor Wat Tyler executed, Smithfields, London, England.
1560 — Will Sommers, “Poor Man’s Friend,” court jester to Henry VIII, buried.
1752 — American inventor, revolutionist Ben Franklin flies a kite in a thunderstorm.
1860 — World’s first nursing school established, London, England.
1934 — Hitler and Mussolini meet for the first time, in Venice, Italy.
1954 — Joe McCarthy declares physicist Robert Oppenheimer a security risk.
1966 — End of three days of Dutch Provo rioting, Amsterdam, Holland.
ALSO ON MAY 4 IN HISTORY…
1494 — Arawaks of Jamaica discovered by European invaders.
1886 — Haymarket bomb explodes, anarchist blamed, Chicago, Illinois.
1916 — Urban activist, political critic Jane Jacobs born, Scranton, Pennsylvania.
1904 — Egyptian folk singer Umm Kulthum born, Tammay al-Zahayrah, Egypt.
1919 — Radical documentarian Emile de Antonio born, Scranton, Pennsylvania.
1961 — “Freedom Ride” bus trips begin throughout American South.
1970 — Kent State massacre leaves four student anti-war protesters dead.