July 10– GEORGES BATAILLE
Radical French philosopher of the exuberant irrational.
JULY 10, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Bahamas: Independence Day.
*Ancient Greece: New Robe for Athena Day. Procession headed by model ship on wheels with her robe flying like a sail from the mast, followed by herdsmen with animals for sacrifice, musicians, slaves with trays of gifts, chariots and horsemen. At the Acropolis, sacrifices were made and robe was draped over Athena’s shoulders.
ALSO ON JULY 10 IN HISTORY…
1875 — Black educator Mary Macleod Bethune born, Mayesville, South Carolina.
1888 — Surrealist painter Giorgio de Chirico born, Volos, Greece.
1917 — Emma Goldman sentenced to two years for aiding draft resisters.
1962 — Philosopher of transgression Georges Bataille dies, Paris, France.
1987 — Musical producer John Hammond, Jr. dies, New York City.
Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective