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Seeds of Fire: A People’s Chronology

Recalling events that happened on this day in history.
Memories of struggle, resistance and persistence.

Compiled by Ulli Diemer

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December 5, 1837  
Outbreak of rebellion in Upper Canada. Some 500 to 1000 rebels, some armed with rifles, others with staves and pitchforks, gather at Montgomery’s Tavern north of Toronto and prepare to march into the city. They are held back by armed militia, and dispersed by December 8.
December 5, 1955  
Start of the Montgomery Bus boycott, sparked when Rosa Parks was arrested on December 1, 1955 for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. The boycott ends in victory on December 20, 1956. It attracts national attention and helps to catalyze the national civil rights movement in the U.S.



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