Reclaim Our History Oct. 1-15
Oct. 1, 1949: So-called “People’s” Republic of China founded. Communists officially proclaim it and take power, with Great Helmsman (Mao Zedong) orchestrating repression and bloodshed for the next 27 years. Today, magically, the same Beijing policies, combined with cheap labor for foreign corporations, are somehow considered just ducky by West.
Oct. 2, 1924: Twenty-four Japanese radicals and trade unionists bayoneted to death near Tokyo.
1934: American Federation of Labor takes official stand in support of six hour day, five day work week.
1985: National Center of Health reports that suicide rate on Wind River Reservation in Wyoming is almost 20 times higher than national average.
Oct. 3, 1889: Carl von Ossietzky born, Hamburg. Pacifist, winner of Nobel Peace Prize, dies in Nazi concentration camp.
1945: Seven-state Greyhound bus strike.
1968: Univ. of Washington ROTC building torched by anti-war protesters, Seattle.
Oct. 5, 1968: Seattle police kill Black Panther member Welton “Butch” Armstead during arrest for suspicion of car theft.
1990: Cincinnati jury acquits art gallery of obscenity for displaying photography of Robert Mappelthorpe.
Oct. 6, 1890: Mormon Church outlaws polygamy, which delayed Utah’s admission as a state for over 40 years.
1969: Weathermen blow up statue in Chicago commemorating police involved in Haymarket bombings which resulted in execution of innocent anarchists. It will be replaced.
1970: It gets blown up again.
1981: President (aka “dictator”) Anwar Sadat, CIA asset and Egyptian president, assassinated. Sadat’s agents received CIA’s training in brutal intelligence work and were used by Sadat and successor Hosni Mubarak to torture and murder Islamic dissidents.
Oct. 7, 1944: Inmates at Auschwitz revolt and destroy one of four crematoriums before insurrection is quickly put down.
Oct. 9, 1886: Haymarket anarchists sentenced to death.
1982: Trade union “Solidarity” declared illegal, Poland.
Oct. 10, 1911: Sun Yat-sen’s revolutionaries overthrow Manchus (Taiwan National Day).
1984: Bishop Desmond Tutu receives Nobel Peace Prize for his struggle against apartheid.
Oct. 11, 1925: US troops sent to Panama to crush rent riots and “protect interests.”
1987: Over 750,000 gays, lesbians and bisexuals descend upon Washington, DC, for a march to demand civil rights. Now celebrated each year as National Coming Out Day.
Oct. 12, 1911: Society of American Indians formed in Columbus, Ohio, beginning of Pan-Indianism.
1967: “A Call to Resist Illegitimate Authority” appears in New York Review of Books. Two thousand people sign it, including academics, clergymen, and writers.
Oct. 13, 1943: Poet Robert Lowell, Jr., is sentenced to a year and a day in prison for draft evasion.
1954: American poet Allen Ginsberg reads “Howl” publicly for first time.
Oct. 14, 1943: Uprising in Sobibor concentration camp, Poland; 11 guards killed, 200 escape.
1967: Florence Beaumont burns herself to death in protest of Vietnam War.
Oct. 15, 1915: Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) free speech fight in Fresno, California.
1966: Huey Newton and Bobby Seale form Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, Oakland, California.
1967: Dragging anchor tears open pipeline at West Delta, Louisiana, releasing 6,720,000 gallons of oil.