Thursday, July 20, 2006

Events which happened on July 21st

BBC pages include video links:

1954: Peace deal ends Indo-China war (announced the BBC prematurely)

1969: America Lands Man on the Moon

1994: Labour chooses Blair

2005: Tube chaos after more blasts

Geov Parrish: This Day In Radical History --- July 21st

Things that happened on this day that you never had to memorize in school

1306: Philip "The Fair's" secret commission results in the arrest of and confiscation of all the goods and money of, every Jew in France.

1542: Inquisition established in Rome.

1571: Inquisition created for the Portuguese navy.

1832: Fleeing Black Hawk (Sauk/Fox tribes) overtaken by Gen. J.D. Henry; 68 Indians killed.

1877: Militia in Pittsburgh kill 26 striking railroad workers; workers burn yards, drive troops from city, as what originally had been a wildcat strike by West Virginia railroard workers turns into a wave of nationwide strikes and confrontations with police.

1878: Publication of "Eight Hours," the most popular labor song until "Solidarity Forever" is published by the IWW.

1880: Compressed air explosion, kills 20 workers on Hudson River tunnel, New York City.

1884: 120,000 London workers protest to demand election reform.

1896: National Association of Colored Women formed.

1916: U.S. Marines land in Haiti. Probably "protecting U.S. interests."

1930: Twenty-four hour general strike in Montevideo, Uruguay, protesting imprisonment of anarchists.

1942: Eight die as coal waste heap slides in river valley near Oakwood, Virginia.

1954: Geneva Accords signed, freeing Vietnam ("French Indochina") from French colonial rule.

1964: IWW blueberry pickers' strike begins near Grand Junction, Michigan.

1967: Death of Albert Luthuli, nonviolent freedom campaigner, South Africa.

1976: First outbreak of "Legionnaire's Disease" kills 29 in Philadelphia.

1981: Creationism law requiring equal teaching with evolution passed, Louisiana.

1983: In Sao Paulo, Brazil, 800,000 take part in general strike against austerity measures.

1983: Martial law lifted in Poland.

1984: First documented case of a robot killing a human in U.S., Jackson, Mississippi, plant.

1992: Fifteen thousand in silent vigil after murder of anti-Mafia leader, Milan, Italy.

For other days and months go to:

This Day In Radical History