MAY 6, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Feast of the Fiery Flying Roll.
ALSO ON MAY 6 IN HISTORY…
1626 — Dutchman Peter Minuit purchases Manhattan Island from natives.
1812 — Black emancipationist Martin Robinson Delany born, Virginia.
1856 — Psychoanalysis founder Sigmund Freud born, Vienna, Austria.
1861 — Bengali writer, educator, Rabindranath Tagore born, Calcutta, India.
1862 — Back-to-the-land advocate Henry David Thoreau dies, Concord, Mass.
1915 — Filmmaker Orson Welles born, Kenosha, Wisconsin.
1919 — Wizard of Oz creator L. Frank Baum dies, Hollywood, California.
1935 — WPA established in FDR’s New Deal; State as make-work employer.
1937 — Zeppelin Hindenburg explodes over Lakehurst, New Jersey.
1970 — Yuchiro Miura of Japan skis down Mount Everest.
1992 — Film actress, recluse Marlene Dietrich dies, Paris, France.
April 30 — Félix Guattari Innovative anti-theorist of Capitalism and Schizophrenia.
APRIL 30, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS *Beltane Eve. *Walpurgisnacht. Witches, warlocks and demons hold revels in Harz Mountains. Whole towns rush into streets, making as much noise as possible. Church bells ring, bonfires are lit. In British Isles, a scapegoat is chosen by lots and burned; hobby horse parades are held, chasing evil away until Midsummer’s Night.
ALSO ON APRIL 30 IN HISTORY… 1771 — American utopianist leader Hosea Ballou born, Richmond, New Hampshire. 1803 — Louisiana Purchase negotiated with France at four cents per acre. 1844 — Thoreau accidentally burns 300 acres of forest near Concord, Mass. 1930 — Radical anti-psychiatrist, anti-capitalist Félix Guattari born, Paris, France. 1945 — Nazi Fuhrer Adolf Hitler most probably commits suicide, Berlin, Germany. 1975 — Saigon falls to Communist forces, ending long American war in Vietnam.