OCTOBER 18 — DIGNA OCHOA
Mexican human rights activist, martyr.
OCTOBER 18 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Kent, England: GREAT HORN FAIR. Merrymakers wear horns on their
heads, cross-dress and lash each other with evergreen boughs.
FESTIVAL OF POETIC TERRORISM.
ALSO ON OCTOBER 18 IN HISTORY
1839 — Hollow Earth theorist Cyrus Reed Teed (Prophet Koresh) born.
1859 — French philosopher Henri Bergson born.
1870 — Buddhist philosopher D. T. Suzuki born.
1893 — Suffragist leader Lucy Stone dies, Boston, Massachusetts.
1895 — Brotherhood of the Cooperative Commonwealth founded in Washington.
1898 — Puerto Rico becomes U.S. colony, ceded from Spain.
1901 — Furor erupts over U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt’s invitation
for White House dinner to Black leader Booker T. Washington.
1929 — English government declares Canadian women legally to be “persons.”
1973 — Cartoonist Walt Kelly, creator of “Pogo” dies, Hollywood, California.
August 13, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
BLAME SOMEBODY ELSE DAY.
Antigua, Guatemala: FESTIVAL OF THE VOLCANO commemorates the 16th-century uprising of King Sinicam. The re-enactment takes place on an artificial volcano built for the occasion. Traditional native music, dancing and food.
LEFT HANDER’S DAY.
People’s Republic of Congo: Three-day NATIONAL FESTIVAL.
ALSO ON AUGUST 13 IN HISTORY…
1521 — Cortez succeeds in capturing Aztec island capital city Tenochtitlan.
1818 — American suffragist Lucy Stone born, West Brookfield, Massachusetts.
1871 — Anarchist critic, dandy Hippolyte Havel born, Thabor, Austria.
1923 — Chicano Wobbly artist Carlos Cortez born, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1931 — U.S. Customs closes border to keep citizens from gambling in Mexico.
1945 — Prophetic novelist, socialist H. G. Wells dies, London, England.