06/27 - Helen Keller Day
Helen Keller was born June 27, 1880 and was rendered both blind and deaf by an illness at the age of 19 months. At the age of 7 she was introduced to her first teacher, Anne Sullivan, who taught her language, reading and writing. Ms Sullivan, 13 years her senior, would become her governess and her life long companion. In time Ms. Keller would graduate phi beta kappa from Radcliffe, as the first def and blind person to get a B.A. She became a prolific speaker and authored, in addition to her speeches, 14 books and numerous essays. She also became an activist.
Ms. Keller became an advocate for those with disabilities as well as, generally, all those disadvantaged by life's vissectitudes. Among other things She was a suffragist and supporter of workers' rights, a pacificist, and particularly, an opponent of military interventions, a birth control supporter, a financial supporter of the NAACP, and a founding member of the ACLU. She became a socialist and a member of the International Workers of the World. She has been described as both a "political radical" and a "radical socialist", both phrases meaning nothing more, in the US, than a professed socialist, which she clearly was, becoming a member of the US Socialist Party and supporting Debs. She was initially driven to join the IWW, at least in part, because so many cases of blindness and other disabilities were caused by horrible working conditions, which were, in turn, generally driven by simple greed and not any necessity. These two decisions caused something of a sea change in the attitudes and treatment of her by the various elites in this country, which, naturally influenced public opinion of her as well proving once again the old adage that "there are none so blind as those who will not see".
Coincidentally enough, the IWW, or Wobblies were also born on June 27, specifically June 27, 1905, in Chicago. As a labor movement, they were successful enough to be branded as Reds and ceaselessly subjected to criminal and violent attacks, harassment, and persecution by all levels of government. It is tempting to accept the sobriquet thrust upon them by their foes because that makes the identity and nature of their persecutors crystal clear, even though neither "Government" nor "Business" actually starts with the letter F, the identity of interests of the two agglomerations certainly does, and quite notoriously so.
it is also Emma Goldman's birthday anniversary too.
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On this day in history:
1499 – Americo Vespucci sighted the coast south of Cape Cassipore' Brazil
1556 – The thirteen Stratford Martyrs were burned at the stake because protestants
1806 – British forces took Buenos Aires during the first British invasion of the River Plate.
1895 – The inaugural run of the B & O Railroad's Royal Blue from D.C., to NYC
1898 – The first solo circumnavigation of the globe (by Joshua Slocum)
1905 – During the Russo-Japanese War sailors mutinied aboard the battleship Potemkin.
1941 – Romanian authorities launched a violent pogrom killing at least 13,266 Jews.
1946 – The Parliament of Canada established the definition of Canadian citizenship.
1950 – The United States decided to send troops to fight in the Korean War.
1954 – The Obninsk Nuclear Power Plant near Moscow.opened
1973 – The President of Uruguay ,Juan María Bordaberry, dissolved Parliament and established a dictatorship.
1974 – U.S. president Richard Nixon visited the Soviet Union.
1976 – Air France Flight 139 was hijacked and redirected to Entebbe, Uganda.
1977 – France granted independence to Djibouti.
1981 – The Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party laid the blame for the Cultural Revolution on Mao Zedong.
1982 – Space Shuttle Columbia launched on the final r and d flight mission, STS-4.
1988 – The Gare de Lyon rail accident in Paris, France, killed 56 people.
1988 – Bolivian anti-narcotics police kill nine to twelve and injure over a hundred protesting coca-growing peasants.
1991 – Slovenia was invaded by Yugoslav troops, tanks, and aircraft
1994 – Members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult released sarin gas in Matsumoto, Japan.
2007 – The Brazilian Military Police committed the Complexo do Alemão massacre.
2013 – NASA launched the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph to observe the Sun.
2014 – At least fourteen people were killed when a Gas Authority of India Limited pipeline explodes in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, India. (By comparison, PG&E's San Bruno Pipeline explosion only killed 8, proof that private companies do a better job (/s))
2015 – A dust fire occurs at a recreational water park in Taiwan, killing 15 people and injuring 497 others, 199 critically.
Some people who were born on this day:
“We owe more to our illusions than to our knowledge”
~~ Lafcadio Hearn
1717 – Louis-Guillaume Le Monnier, botanist and physicist
1767 – Alexis Bouvard, astronomer and academic
1805 – Napoléon Coste, guitarist and composer
1806 – Augustus De Morgan, mathematician and logician
1812 – Anna Cabot Lowell Quincy Waterston, writer
1817 – Louise von François, author
1838 – Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, journalist, author, and poet
1850 – Jørgen Pedersen Gram, mathematician and academic
1850 – Lafcadio Hearn, historian and author
1862 – May Irwin, actress and singer
1869 – Kate Carew, llustrator and journalist
1869 – Emma Goldman, philosopher and activist
1870 – Frank Rattray Lillie, zoologist and embryologist
1872 – Heber Doust Curtis, astronomer
1872 – Paul Laurence Dunbar, author, poet, and playwright
1880 – Helen Keller, author, academic, and activist
1884 – Gaston Bachelard, philosopher and poet
1885 – Guilhermina Suggia, cellist
1888 – Lewis Bernstein Namier, historian and academic
1892 – Paul Colin, llustrator
1901 – Merle Tuve, geophysicist and academic
1906 – Vernon Watkins, poet and painter
1912 – E. R. Braithwaite, novelist, writer, teacher, and diplomat
1913 – Elton Britt, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1913 – Philip Guston, painter and academic
1913 – Willie Mosconi, pool player
1914 – Robert Aickman, author and activist
1915 – Grace Lee Boggs, philosopher, author, and activist
1916 – Robert Normann, guitarist
1919 – M. Carl Holman, author, educator, poet, and playwright
1919 – Amala Shankar, danseuse
1922 – George Walker, composer
1923 – Jacques Berthier, organist and composer
1923 – Elmo Hope, pianist and composer
1925 – Leonard Lerman, geneticist and biologist
1925 – Doc Pomus, singer and songwriter
1928 – James Lincoln Collier, journalist and author
1929 – Peter Maas, journalist and author
1931 – Martinus J. G. Veltman, physicist and academic
1932 – Anna Moffo, operatic soprano
1932 – Hugh Wood, composer
1936 – Lucille Clifton, author and poet
1937 – Kirkpatrick Sale, author and scholar
1939 – R. D. Burman, singer and songwriter
1941 – James P. Hogan, author
1942 – Bruce Johnston, singer, songwriter, beachboy, and producer
1942 – Frank Mills, pianist and composer
1944 – Angela King, environmentalist and author, co-founded Common Ground
1945 – Joey Covington, drummer, songwriter, and producer
1948 – Camile Baudoin, guitarist
1951 – Gilson Lavis, drummer and portrait artist
1953 – Alice McDermott, novelist
1958 – Lisa Germano, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1958 – Jeffrey Lee Pierce, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1959 – Dan Jurgens, author and illustrator
1959 – Lorrie Morgan, singer
1960 – Robert King, harpsichordist and conductor
1965 – Simon Sebag Montefiore, journalist, historian, and author
1972 – Dawud Wharnsby, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1973 – Abbath Doom Occulta, musician
1974 – Christian Kane, singer, songwriter, and actor
1976 – Leigh Nash, singer and songwriter
1978 – Apparat, musician
1980 – Jennifer Goodridge, keyboard player
1986 – Drake Bell, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor
1992 – Ahn So-hee, singer and actress
Some people who died on this day:
It matters little who first arrives at an idea, rather what is significant is how far that idea can go
~~ Sophie Germain
1729 – Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, harpsichord player and composer
1829 – James Smithson, chemist and mineralogist
1831 – Sophie Germain, mathematician and physicist
1907 – Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz, educator, co-founded Radcliffe College (
1946 – Wanda Gág, author and illustrator
1948 – Dorothea Bleek, anthropologist and philologist
1950 – Milada Horáková, politician, resistant, activist
1952 – Max Dehn, mathematician and academic
1975 – G.I. Taylor, mathematician and physicist
1989 – A. J. Ayer, philosopher and academic
2001 – Tove Jansson, author, illustrator, and painter
2002 – John Entwistle, singer, songwriter, bass guitarist, and producer
2005 – Shelby Foote, historian and author
2006 – Eileen Barton, singer
2012 – Rosemary Dobson, poet and illustrator
2013 – Ian Scott, painter
2014 – Allen Grossman, poet, critic, and academic
2015 – Chris Squire, bass guitarist, singer, and songwriter
2018 – Liz Jackson, journalist and former barrister
Some Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
Canadian Multiculturalism Day (Canada)
Day of Turkmen Workers of Culture and Art and poetry of Magtymguly Pyragy (Turkmenistan)
Helen Keller Day (United States)
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Djibouti from France in 1977.
Mixed Race Day (Brazil)
National HIV Testing Day (United States)
National PTSD Awareness Day (United States)
Unity Day (Tajikistan)
Industrial Workers of the World Day
Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerne
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