June 26– AIMÉE CÉSAIRE
Martiniquean Négritude poet, disillusioned communist.
JUNE 26, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Aragon, Spain: Feast of the Shepherds. Head shepherd is clown for the day; music, dancing, and clowning all afternoon, and in the evening people do whatever they please.
*Festival of Ranting & Vaporing.
June 24– Albert Parsons
Radical American editor, printer, Haymarket martyr.
*Festival of Contagious Magic.
ALSO ON JUNE 24 IN HISTORY…
1647 — Margaret Brent urges women’s vote before Maryland Assembly.
1842 — Devil’s Dictionary author Ambrose Bierce born, Meigs County, Ohio.
1848 — Haymarket martyr Albert Parsons born, Montgomery, Alabama.
1869—“Mammy” Pleasant, abolitionist, named Voodoo Queen of San Francisco.
1947 — Kenneth Arnold sights flying saucers over Mt. Rainier, Washington State.
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.