June 24– Albert Parsons
Radical American editor, printer, Haymarket martyr.
*Festival of Contagious Magic.
ALSO ON JUNE 24 IN HISTORY…
1647 — Margaret Brent urges women’s vote before Maryland Assembly.
1842 — Devil’s Dictionary author Ambrose Bierce born, Meigs County, Ohio.
1848 — Haymarket martyr Albert Parsons born, Montgomery, Alabama.
1869—“Mammy” Pleasant, abolitionist, named Voodoo Queen of San Francisco.
1947 — Kenneth Arnold sights flying saucers over Mt. Rainier, Washington State.
June 23– Alan Turing
Persecuted gay British computer theorist, cyanide victim.
*Brittany: Pardon of the Fire. The pagan Feast of the Sun, celebrated until a soldier displayed finger of John the Baptist in the 16th century.Bonfires and romancing continue, and a “dragon” still lights fires.
*Festival of the Purple Void.
*New Orleans: Major Annual Voodoo. Ceremonies since 1820, held at Lake Pontchartrain since the 1850s.
* Sweden: Maypoles erected in countryside.
ALSO ON JUNE 23 IN HISTORY…
930 — World’s oldest parliament established, Iceland.
1889 — Russian poet Anna Akhmatova born, Bolshoy Fontan, near Odessa.
1912 — Gay British computer theorist Alan Turing born, London, England.
1964 — Freedom Riders Chaney, Goodman & Schwerner murdered, Mississippi.
Voodoo High Priestess of New Orleans.
JUNE 11, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Hart & Shelby, Michigan: National Asparagus Festival.
*Festival of Goibnui, Smith of the Gods and Provider of the Ale of Immortality.
ALSO ON JUNE 11 IN HISTORY…
1572 — British dramatist, poet Ben Jonson born.
1872 — Canadian unions legalized.
1888 — Martyred American anarchist Bartolomeo Vanzetti born, Italy.
1897 — Voodoo High Priestess Marie Laveau dies,New Orleans, Louisiana.