DECEMBER 8 — DIEGO RIVERA
Great Mexican muralist, Marxist, agit-prop conspirator.
DECEMBER 8, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
BUDDHIST BODHI DAY: ROHATSU.
FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. TAKE IT IN THE EAR DAY.
ALSO ON DECEMBER 8 IN HISTORY…
1810 — World peace advocate Elihu Burritt, the “Learned Blacksmith,” born.
1859 — British opium-eater, romantic writer Thomas De Quincey dies.
1886 — Radical Mexican muralist Diego Rivera born, Guanajuato.
1925 — “The Coconuts,” starring the Marx Brothers, opens on Broadway.
1940 — Four hundred German planes bomb London, England.
1980 — Ex-Beatle John Lennon shot to death, New York City.
NOVEMBER 9 — LEO HUBERMAN
Co-founder of radical U.S. Marxist journal Monthly Review.
NOVEMBER 9, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
CHAOS NEVER DIED DAY. FESTIVAL OF CYBERGNOSTICISM.
ALSO ON NOVEMBER 9 IN HISTORY…
1731 — American polymath Benjamin Bannekar born, Ellicott’s Mills, Maryland.
1802 — American abolitionist journalist Elijah P. Lovejoy born, Albion, Maine.
1918 — Berlin workers march on Reichstag during revolution.
1953 — Welsh poet Dylan Thomas dies, New York City.
1968 — Monthly Review co-founder Leo Huberman dies.
1979 — U.S. Air Defense Command computers report that Russia is attacking.
1989 — Berlin Wall comes down, signaling end of half-century-long Cold War.
AUGUST 15 — KARL KORSCH
Brilliant Marxist-anarchist philosopher, communist.
August 15, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Loule, Portugal: ASSUMPTION DAY. The ascension of Virgin Mary bodily into Heaven. Votive lights, skyrockets, brass band plays while running uphill to the shrine. Hundreds of guitars, bagpipes, drums, and a definite “pagan” flavor.
Florida, New York: OUR LADY OF FLOWERS Festival, with Polish celebrants parading in floats, and picking of an Onion Queen. A blessing of herbs and spices.
CHAUVIN DAY, the patron saint of all Chauvinists.
DORMITION OF THE OTOKOS.
ALSO ON AUGUST 15 IN HISTORY…
1785 — Opium-eater, writer Thomas DeQuincey born.
1886 — Marxist-anarchist philosopher Karl Korsch born, Tostedt, Germany.
1888 — T. E. Lawrence “of Arabia” born, Tremadog, Caernarfonshire, Wales.
1917 — Salvadorean religious leader Oscar Romero born, Ciudad Barrios.
1918 — “The Sinking of the Lusitania,” first feature-length cartoon, released.
1935 — American humorist Will Rogers killed in plane crash, Alaska.
1967 — Surrealist painter René Magritte dies, Brussels, Belgium.
1969 — Temporary Autonomous Zone “Woodstock” Festival opens, upstate New York
April 14 — GORDON CHILDE
Australian Marxist archeologist and prehistorian.
APRIL 14, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Dreams of Reason Feast Day, dedicated to discarded scientific theory and science fiction futures.
*Pan American Day
ALSO ON APRIL 14 IN HISTORY…
1865 — U.S. President Abraham Lincoln shot by John Wilkes Booth.
1828 — Noah Webster copyrights his first Dictionary.
1874 — American communalist Josiah Warren dies, Boston, Massachusetts.
1892 — Radical anthropologist Gordon Childe born, North Sydnet, Australia.
1912 — The unsinkable mega-ship Titanic sinks, hitting an iceberg.
1956 — First videotape demonstrated, Chicago, Illionoise.
1964 — American ocology writer Rachel Carson dies, Silver Springs, Maryland
1966 — Swiss pharmaceutical firm Sandoz discontinues production of LSD.
1970 — Two students fatally shot in anti-war protest, Jackson State University, Mississippi.
1986 — French philosopher and feminist Simon de Beauvoir dies, Paris, France.