Mar 25, 2017
Saturday Morning Post. March 25. In 1776, the Continental Congress decided to give General George Washington a medal. In 1807, Britain abolished the slave trade. In 1811, Percy Shelley was expelled from Oxford for publishing The Necessity of Atheism. In 1900, the US Socialist Party was formed in Indianapolis. In 1902, 567 students were found guilty of “political disaffection” in Russia and exiled to Siberia. (Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.) In 1911, 146 women were killed in the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire in New York. (The owners were indicted for manslaughter as women were stuck behind locked doors—but acquitted. They did have to pay damages to 23 families.) In 1954, RCA manufactured its first color TV and began mass production. In 1957, US Customs seized Ginsberg’s Howl on obscenity grounds. In 1965, MLK Jr. led a march of 25,000 from Selma to Montgomery’s capitol. In 1969, John and Yoko held their first Bed-In for Peace in Amsterdam. In 1985, Prince won an Oscar. In 1998, an Oregon cancer patient was the first known to die under the dotor-assisted suicide law. Happy Birthday, Simone Signoret, Flannery O’Connor, Gloria Steinem, Aretha Franklin, Elton John. It’s Revolution Day in Greece, Struggle for Human Rights Day in Slovakia and Tolkien Reading Day. Mission: Revolt, resist, read. And celebrate these fabulous birthday people.