NOVEMBER 16 — MIKHAIL BAKHTIN
Russian literary and cultural theorist, anti-Stalinist Marxist.
NOVEMBER 16 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS…
Côte d’Or: THREE DAY WINE FESTIVAL. RESIDENT ALIENS’ DAY.
ALSO ON NOVEMBER 16 IN HISTORY…
1747 — Knowles Riot in Boston; hundreds of sailors, laborers & free blacks
rise up against British Navy Press Gangs, temporarily ending impressment.
1811 — Mississippi River flows backwards (due to earthquake).
1885 — Mètis rebellion leader Louis Riel hanged, Assiniboia, Canada.
1889 — Playwright George S. Kaufman born, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1895 — Russian cultural theorist Mikhail Bakhtin born, Orel, Russia.
1916 — Margaret Sanger arrested for her birth control clinic, Brownsville, NY.
1946 — Shamanarchist, psychonaut Terence McKenna born, Hotchkiss, Colorado.
1973 — Free Religionist Alan Watts dies, Mill Valley, California.
OCTOBER 16 — OSCAR WILDE
Irish wit, playwright, gay rights advocate and victim. “It is only about things that do not interest one that one can give really unbiased opinions, which is no doubt the reason why an unbiased opinion is always valueless.”
OCTOBER 16 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
DICTIONARY DAY. WORLD FOOD DAY.
ALSO ON OCTOBER 16 IN HISTORY
1793 — French monarch Marie Antoinette loses her head.
1815 — Napoleon Bonaparte exiled to St. Helena for life.
1854 — Gay Irish wit, playwright, essayist Oscar Wilde born, Dublin, Ireland.
1854 — Major French anarchist theorist Jean Grave born, Auvergne, France.
1859 — Abolitionist John Brown attacks Harper’s Ferry ammunitions depot.
1888 — American playwright Eugene O’Neill born, New York City.
1916 — Margaret Sanger opens first birth control clinic, New York City.
1927 — German Nobelist writer Günter Grass born, Danzig, Poland.
1934 — Long March begins for Chinese Communists.
SEPTEMBER 14 —YI SANG
Vanguard Korean surrealist poet, street rebel.
POEM NO. XI
That porcelain cup resembles my skull. I am holding the cup tight with my hand when out of my arm another absurd arm sprouts like a grafted branch and the hand pending from that arm grabs the cup in a flash and hurls it over my shoulder to the floor. Since my arm is defending the cup to the death, the shattered pieces of course are my skull which resembles the porcelain cup. If my arm had budged before the branching arm crept like a snake back into it the white paper holding back the flood water would have torn. But just as before my arm defends the porcelain cup to the death.
SEPTEMBER 14, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
GRECIAN NEW YEAR, 2310. BYZANTINE NEW YEAR, 7507.
Kisar Island, Indonesia: FEAST OF URU-WADU, the Primal Couple.
ALSO ON SEPTEMBER 14 IN HISTORY…
1321 — Italian vernacular poet Dante Alighieri dies, Ravenna.
1883 — Reproductive rights activist Margaret Sanger born, Corning, New York.
1910 — Korean surrealist poet and social rebel Yi Sang born, Seoul, Korea.
1927 — Isadora Duncan strangled by scarf caught in sports car, Nice, France.
1930 — Over 100 Mexican and Filipino farm workers arrested
for union activities, Imperial Valley, California.
1966 — French surrealist André Breton dies, Paris, France.
1978 — Pope John Paul I dies suspiciously after only 34 days in office.
SEPTEMBER 6 — MARGARET SANGER
Sex reformer, birth-control advocate, feminist activist.
SEPTEMBER 6, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Oxford, England: ST. GILES FAIR, an 800-year old pleasure fest.
Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire, England: THE HORN DANCE, an ancient
tradition wherein a troupe of 12 men — six with reindeer horns, others
with a hobby-horse, a man/woman Maid Marian, a fool, an archer, a
concertina player and a boy with a triangle around his neck — dress
as foresters. They dance 14 miles around the town boundaries
before the antler men do their long and strange horn dance, followed
by a pleasure fair which lasts late into the night.
ALSO ON SEPTEMBER 6 IN HISTORY…
1522 — Magellan’s ship completes first round-the-world voyage.
1566 — Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent dies, Constantinople, Turkey.
1860 — Hull House founder, social activist Jane Addams born Cedarville, Illinois.
1901 — U.S. President William McKinley shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz.
1941 — Jews in Nazi Germany are required to wear yellow Star of David badges.
1966 — Sex reformer, birth-control advocate Margaret Sanger dies, Tucson, Arizona.
1974 — Housing occupations & barricading in Rome lead to legalized squatting.