August

1st August 1917 The Lynching of Frank Little

Frank Little

Ninety-seven years ago today at 3.05am in Butte, Montana, six masked men burst into the boarding house room of labour leader Frank Little, pulled him out of his bed, beat him, tied him to the bumper of a car, dragged … Continue reading

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2nd August 1943 The Treblinka Revolt

The Treblinka Monument

When people wonder how millions of Holocaust victims went to their deaths without resisting, they display a total ignorance of the impeccable organisation, military might and web of deception behind the Nazi’s Final Solution. While there were multiple ghetto uprisings … Continue reading

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3rd August 2006 the Death of Arthur Lee

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Today we honour Arthur Lee – the African American protest singer, metaphysical poet and leader of LA’s pioneering psychedelic refuseniks Love – who quit this planet eight years ago after an arduous battle with cancer. Like Lou Reed, Arthur’s work … Continue reading

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4th August 1948 the Death of Mileva Maric

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On this day in 1948, Mileva Maric died alone and unknown in Zurich aged seventy-two. “Few stories in the history of science are as heartbreaking [as hers],” claimed the New Scientist. A brilliant woman born in the late 19th century, … Continue reading

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5th August 1895 the Death of Friedrich Engels

Friedrich Engels: "Marx's General"

Today we recall the social theorist and world-changer – Friedrich Engels – chiefly known as the lifelong friend, literary executor and “junior partner” of Karl Marx. One of the most remarkable collaborative relationships in history, together Engels and Marx wrote The … Continue reading

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6th August 1945 the Bombing of Hiroshima

The atomic mushroom cloud over Hiroshima. Fucking hell.

On 6th August 1945, the United States government unleashed upon the world the first weapon of mass destruction when the nuclear bomb “Little Boy” was detonated over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Exploding with a yield equivalent to 12,500 tonnes of … Continue reading

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7th August 1933  the Simele Massacre

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“Who, after all, speaks, today, of the extermination of Armenians,” asked Adolf Hitler in 1939. But, then as now, even less speak of the genocide of the Assyrians – the torchbearers of the earliest civilisation – who fell victim to the same … Continue reading

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8th August 1897 Michele Angiolillo’s Attentat

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On this day in 1897, in the tiny Spanish spa town of Santa Agueda, Spain’s autocratic and much-hated prime minister Cánovas del Castillo was assassinated: gunned down as a final act of revenge by an Italian anarchist who could no … Continue reading

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9th August 1943 the Death of Franz Jägerstätter

Franz Jaterstatter

It can be surprising to discover that so thoroughly indoctrinated were the Germans under Hitler’s Nazis that their cruelty towards non-Nazis did not halt abruptly in May 1945, as Prussians, Bavarians, Saxons, Hohernzollerns alike awoke from their collective psychosis. Instead … Continue reading

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10th August

Nueces Massacre Memorial

With nothing to report today, let us consider the written words of President Woodrow Wilson after signing the Federal Reserve into existence in 1913: “I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation … Continue reading

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11th August 1958 the Dockum Sit-In

Dockum Sit-In Memorial

On this day in 1958, the owner of Kansas’s state-wide Rexall drugstores walked into Dockum’s, his flagship store in downtown Wichita. Observing a group of young black students sitting peacefully at the lunch counter, after several minutes of consideration, he … Continue reading

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11th August 1881 the Death of Jane Digby

Jane Digby

On This Deity today proudly presents a love story of lust and adventure; the story of Jane Elizabeth Digby, who died 132 years ago today, a woman who did her own thing, when doing one’s own thing was very much … Continue reading

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12th August 1827 the Death of William Blake

William Blake's Grave

One hundred and eighty-seven years ago today, William Blake died as he had lived,  in poverty and obscurity. What can be said about this visionary, mystic, prophet, poet, painter, engraver, and World Artist? The criminal neglect that one of the greatest-evers … Continue reading

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13th August 1946 the Death of HG Wells

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Today we celebrate the social reformer, prophet and science fiction writer, H. G. Wells, who died on this day aged 79. Probably best remembered for his visionary novels The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds, and for his … Continue reading

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14th August

On this August day on which no great act occurred worthy of commemorating as an On This Deity entry, let’s take this opportunity to remind ourselves of the two ancient world tyrants – Julius Caesar and Augustus Caesar – both of … Continue reading

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15th August 1889 The Meeting of Emma Goldman & Alexander Berkman

Suffolk Street, NYC in the late 19th Century

On this day in 1889, a fateful and momentous meeting of two exceptional minds occurred in a café in New York City’s Lower East Side. Like Wordsworth and Coleridge, or John and Yoko, the reaction between the two was instant … Continue reading

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16th August 1819 The Peterloo Massacre

Below the Red Plaque, the Black Sheep busk on the site of the Peterloo Massacre

On this day in 1819, during a pro-democracy rally in Manchester’s St. Peter’s Field, utter bloody carnage fell upon the peaceful protestors when the local yeomanry set about the crowd of 60,000 with sabres drawn, trampling and hacking down fifteen … Continue reading

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17th August 1963 the Execution of Delgado & Granados

Granados and Delgado

On this day in 1963, two young Spanish anarchists were executed by General Franco’s obscene regime for a Passport Office bombing of which they had no knowledge, while the real perpetrators slipped quietly away. Despite the absence of any evidence … Continue reading

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18th August 1987 the Death of Dambudzo Marechera

Dambudzo Marechera

Today we remember the extraordinary and explosive life of Dambudzo Marechera, the Zimbabwean ‘enfant terrible of African literature’ who – twenty-seven years ago today – died homeless, penniless and sick from AIDS on the streets of Harare, at the age … Continue reading

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19th August 1936 the Death of Federico Garcia Lorca

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Throughout his all too short but trailblazing life, death had been his central artistic theme – and seventy-eight years ago on this day at the age of thirty-eight, the Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca met the violent fate … Continue reading

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20th August 1968 The End of the Prague Spring

Russian tanks roll into Prague

An entry on the brutal suppression of the Prague Spring will appear here shortly.

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21st August 1831 Nat Turner’s Rebellion

"I was intended for some great purpose" - Nat Turner

On this day in 1831, Nat Turner – a slave and lay preacher from Virginia – calmly explained to six of his fellow slaves that the moment had come for him not only to lead his people out of bondage, … Continue reading

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22nd August 1989 the Death of Huey P. Newton

Twenty-five years ago today, Huey P. Newton – revolutionary, agitator, rhetorician, co-founder and Minister of Defense of the Black Panther Party – was shot and killed when a drug deal went wrong. He was forty-seven years old. After his glory … Continue reading

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23rd August 1927 the Execution of Sacco and Vanzetti

“If it had not been for these things, I might have lived out my life talking at street corners to scorning men.  I might have died, unmarked, unknown, a failure. Now we are not a failure. This is our career and our triumph. Never in our full life could we hope to do such work for tolerance, for justice, for man's understanding of man as now we do by accident. Our words, our lives, our pains – nothing! The taking of our lives – lives of a good shoemaker and a poor fish-peddler – all! That last moment belongs to us – that agony is our triumph.” – Bartolomeo Vanzetti

On this day in 1927, despite a long campaign of letters and petitions involving such world luminaries as HG Wells, George Bernard Shaw, Albert Einstein, Dorothy Parker and Upton Sinclair, two Italian anarchists died in the electric chair after losing … Continue reading

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24th August 1770 the Death of Thomas Chatterton

Thomas Chatterton, by Henry Wallis

Today we recall the brief, peculiar and tragic life of Thomas Chatterton – English poet, forger of medieval poetry and proto-Romantic – who, aged just seventeen years and nine months old, poisoned himself with arsenic rather than die of starvation … Continue reading

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25th August 1900 the Death of Friedrich Nietzsche

Elizabeth Niezsche

Who dares to celebrate the death in an insane asylum of this radical thinker, whose works – admittedly violated, even in places re-written, by his self-serving sister – contributed so much of demerit to the vile Nazi war machine of … Continue reading

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26th August 1920 American Women Get the Vote

The 19th Amendment

Sisters, ninety-four years ago, the world was still so male dominated that we women were not even allowed to vote. While our most adventurous brothers were becoming heroes of the so-called Free World by flying planes from the USA to … Continue reading

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27th August 1963 the Death of W.E.B. Du Bois

W E B Du Bois

Today we recall the extraordinary and accomplished life of W.E.B. Du Bois, the foremost champion of equal rights for blacks in the United States during the first half of the twentieth century, who died fifty years ago today at the … Continue reading

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28th August 1955 the Lynching of Emmett Till

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At about 2.30 am on 28th August 1955, a fourteen-year-old boy named Emmett Till was kidnapped at gunpoint from his great-uncle’s house in Money, Mississippi. His kidnappers then drove to a disused plantation shed in neighboring Sunflower County, where they brutally … Continue reading

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29th August 1969 Leila’s First Hijack

Leila Khaled

Forty-five years ago today, and just twelve months after Women’s Libbers first burned a bra at an Atlantic City protest against inequality, a new kind of World Revolutionary Heroine was born when twenty-five-year-old Leila Khaled of the PFLP (Popular Front … Continue reading

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30th August 1918 Fanya Botches It

Fanya Kaplan

Ninety-six years ago today, as Vladimir Lenin left a factory where he’d just delivered a speech to workers, a female revolutionary by the name of Fanya Kaplan – disillusioned by the manner in which Lenin had assumed dictatorial powers and … Continue reading

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31st August

No great action has thus far occurred on this day that warrants an On This Deity entry. Budding politicos and future revolutionaries please therefore take note of 31st August for all potential world-changing international incidents.

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