Reclaim Our History: June 1-15
June 1, 1660: Quaker Mary Dyer hanged on Boston Common for heretical preaching. 1914: Eighty militia men refuse to board train as reinforcement for US invasion of Veracruz, Mexico.
June 2, 1863: Harriet Tubman frees 750 slaves in raid. 1924: US Congress agrees to give citizenship to some Native Americans. What generosity!
June 3, 1952: Chinese officials mark campaign against opium with a rally of 4,000 ex-addicts. Guangzhou, China. The opium trade was introduced to China in the early 19th century by Western colonial powers which made huge profits from developing a “market ” of millions of Chinese addicts. 1979: World’s largest oil spill (until Deepwater Horizon!) occurs as a blowout at the Ixtoc oil well in the southern Gulf of Mexico spews 600,000 tons of crude into the gulf near the Yucatan Peninsula. 1991: Willie Nelson releases his “Who’ll Buy My Memories–The IRS Tapes” LP. The album is compromised of tunes seized by the feds and will go towards paying off his $16 million tax bill.
June 4, 1989: Chinese army massacres at least 2,000 unarmed student demonstrators, Tiananmen Square, Beijing. Chinese government still officially denies any deaths occurred. Thousands who were arrested “disappeared” and remain unaccounted for.
June 6, 1813: US invasion of Canada halted at Stoney Creek, Ontario.
June 7, 1981: Israel bombs suspected Iraqi nuclear installation, creating a “dirty bomb” effect that sprays radioactive material over a heavily-populated area of Iraq. US stops shipping arms to Israel for 4 months, when a new agreement to “protect the peace and security” of the Middle East is reached with Israel. 1988: Palestinian Liberation Organization announces its willingness to recognize Israel’s right to exist.
June 8, 1976: Trial begins for Bob Robideau and Dino Butler for murdering two FBI agents at Oglala, South Dak. They would be acquitted on grounds of self-defense; later, a third Native American activist, Leonard Peltier, would be convicted of the same charges after most evidence and witnesses used by Robideau and Butler were disallowed in Peltier’s trial.
June 9, 1934: Birth of Donald Duck.
June 10, 1871: American military force landed in Korea to “protect US interests.” 1975: Release of Rockefeller Commission report detailing a secret CIA-sponsored domestic program, CHAOS, that monitored over 300,000 anti-war dissidents and organizations in the United States.
June 12, 1917: 260 people die in a mine disaster in Butte, Montana, sparking a strike of 14,000 people against unsafe conditions. 1967: US Supreme Court overturns a Virginia law banning interracial marriage.
June 13, 1966: US Supreme Court’s now-eviscerated Miranda decision; suspect must be informed of rights. 1971: First installment of “The Pentagon Papers” published by the New York Times.
June 14, 1903: The “New York World” newspaper reports that Theodore Roosevelt’s White House has drawn up detailed plans to have the province of Panama secede, with US support, from the nation of Colombia, and then hand over control of a proposed trans-isthmus canal to the US Five months later, the plan unfolded exactly as reported.