Observances 10-29-11

Today I am commemorating the loss of guitarist Duane Allman who died in a motorcycle accident on this date in 1971.   Also on this date in 1929, the New York Stock exchange crashed, marking the beginning of the Great Depression.  On October 29th, 1969 a judge ordered Chicago Eight...

Observances 10-22-11

Today I am celebrating the birthday of Black Panther leader Bobby Seale, born in 1936. When I was at KVMR I did an hour long interview with Bobby about the Black Panther movement and the murder of Oscar Grant by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle in Oakland. Happy birthday...

Observances 10-20-11

I am pleased to commemorate a political event today from 1973.  At the height of the Watergate scandal  Richard Nixon ordered attorney general  Eliot Richardson to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox.  Richardson refused and resigned; so Nixon ordered Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus to sack Cox, and he refused and resigned....

Observances 10-17-11

Today I celebrate the birthday of Saint-Simon, utopian socialist and advocate of women’s equality, born in 1760.  On this date in 1950, the “Salt of the Earth” strike began in Silver City, NM.  Strikers’ wives walked the picket lines for seven of the fourteen month strike.  And today in...