AUGUST 23 — SACCO & VANZETTI
Executed Italian-American anarchists,
wrote stunning letters from prison.
August 23, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Lithuania: HARVEST FESTIVAL. Ridiculous speeches, feasting and dancing.
In the “Kirvis,” a pretty maiden stands in the center of a circle of
dancers, holding an ax. The circle sings, the ax is thrown, & the young
man who catches it, often bleeding, gets a kiss & a dance.
ALSO ON AUGUST 23 IN HISTORY…
1900 — Folk, protest singer Malvina Reynolds born, San Francisco, California.
1911 — Ishi, last member of his stone-age tribe, discovered in California.
1927 — Anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti executed in Boston, amid great protests.
1983 — Back-to-the-Earth advocate Scott Nearing dies, Maine.
AUGUST 6 — SCOTT NEARING
Back-to-the-earth political radical, social drop-out.
wikipedia excerpt: “As the Vietnam War took center stage in the mid-1960s, and as a large back-to-the-land movement developed in the U.S., a renewed interest in Nearing’s work and ideas occurred. Hundreds of anti-war believers flocked to Nearing’s home in Maine to learn homesteading practical-living skills, some also to hear a master radical’s anti-war message.”
August 6, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
* Feast of Everything Green Except Money
Also on August 6 in history…
1637 — British comic genius and satirist Ben Jonson dies.
1774 — Religious-protesting Shakers arrive in New York.
1883 — Back-to-the-earth rebel Scott Nearing born, Morris Run, Pennsylvania.
1890 — First electric chair execution in U.S.
1945 — U.S. drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.
1969 — Frankfort School theorist Theodor Adorno dies, Visp, Switzerland.
1970 — Yippies invade Disneyland. Social chaos in wonderland. (See AP account below)