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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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October 4 - 12, 1852  
Start of the Cologne Communist Trial, a trial of 11 members of the Communist League. Held in prison for over 18 months before being put on trial, the members of the Communist League were charged with high treason by the Prussian Government on the basis of faked documents and false evidence. Seven of the accused were sentenced to imprisonment in a fortress for terms from three to six years. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels both wrote accounts exposing the fabrications and provocations of the Prussian police in the case.
October 4, 1936  
The Battle of Cable Street. The people of East London join together and forcibly prevent Oswald Mosley and his Blackshirt fascists from marching through the streets of the East End.
Related Topics: Anti-Fascism
October 4, 1957  
The Soviet Union launches Sputnik, the first human-made object in space.
October 4, 2006
Wikileaks, an online project for leaking and publishing documents exposing oppressive governments and corporations, is launched. It quickly incurs the wrath of governments, especially the U.S., who don’t want their misconduct to become known to the public.
Related Topics: WhistleblowersWikileaks



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