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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 6, 1858  
American forces take revenge for the killing of two American citizens in Fiji by killing 14 people and burning Fijian homes.
Related Topics: FijiRevenge
October 6, 1917
Birth of Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977), American voting rights activist and civil rights leader. Hamer was active in organizing voter registration drives, including the Mississippi Freedom Summer, for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and later became the vice-chair and spokesperson of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.
Further Reading: Fannie Lou Hamer’s speech to the Democratic Convention's credentials committee, 1964.
For Freedom’s Sake: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer, by Chana Kai Lee.
April 6, 1919  
A soviet republic is proclaimed in Bavaria. The republic is overthrown in early May by German military forces and right-wing militias.
Related Topics: BavariaRevolts
October 6, 1966  
The Love Pageant Rally takes place in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district. The rally is held to protest legislation, effective the following day, banning the drug LSD. The rally is attended by several thousand people, many of whom take LSD together while listening to music.
October 6, 1976  
A Cuban passenger plane, Cubana Flight 455, is brought down by terrorist bombs. All 78 people on board are killed. Those responsible are anti-Castro exiles linked to the CIA. It is later revealed that the CIA had advance knowledge of the plot to bring down the plane.



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