Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint – MAUD GONNE


DECEMBER 20 — MAUD GONNE
Firebrand Irish hermeticist, feminist, revolutionist.

DECEMBER 20, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
UNDERDOG DAY. FAREWELL TO AUTUMN. CHAOS DAY. Eat wontons.
Hindu world: PONGOL OF THE COWS. Sacred animals are sprinkled with
water, saffron, flowers & leaves of sacred plants; their horns are
painted, garlands hung about their necks. With drums & cymbals they
are driven through town with much festivity.

ALSO ON DECEMBER 20 IN HISTORY…
1838 — Edwin Abott, author of Flatland, born.
1865 — Irish feminist, revolutionist Maud Gonne born, Aldershot, Hampshire, England.
1968 — American social activist writer John Steinbeck dies, New York City.
1989 — US troops invade Panama and oust Manuel Noriega, but don’t catch him.
1991 — C.I.A. classifies a task-force report on greater openness as “secret.”

Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective. The 2010 Autonomedia Calender is now available on the Autonomedia site.

Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint – ANTONIO MACEO


DECEMBER 7 — ANTONIO MACEO
“The Bronze Titan.” Cuban revolutionist, anti-imperialist.

DECEMBER 7, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
FESTIVAL OF PRIMORDIAL BEINGS.

ALSO ON DECEMBER 7 IN HISTORY…
1872 — “Ludentologist” Johan Huizinga born, Groningen, Holland.
1896 — Cuban revolutionist, military hero Antonio Maceo dies, San Pedro, Cuba.
1902 — American political cartoonist Thomas Nast dies, Guayaquil, Ecuador.
1928 — Anarchist, linguist, social critic Noam Chomsky born, Philadelphia, PA.
1931— White House turns away hundreds of unemployed laborers.
1941 — Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, prompting U.S. entry into WW II.
1970 — Surrealist machine-maker Rube Goldberg dies, New York City.
1985 — British novelist, essayist Robert Graves dies.

Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective.

Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint – GRACCHUS BABEUF


NOVEMBER 23 — GRACCHUS BABEUF
French Revolutionist, founder of the Conspiracy of Equals.

NOVEMBER 23, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Japan: NIINAME-SAI, harvest festival.
ST. CLEMENT’S DAY: Processions of blacksmiths and (mad) hatters.

ALSO ON NOVEMBER 23 IN HISTORY…
1170 BC — First recorded strike takes place, in Egypt, by laborers working on a pyramid.
1760 — French revolutionary François-Noel Babeuf born, St. Quentin, France.
1883 — Radical Mexican muralist José Orozco born, Zapotlán, Jalisco, Mexico.
1888 — Film comedian Harpo Marx born.
1927 — American belle-lettrist Guy Davenport born, Anderson, South Carolina

Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective.