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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 12, 1909  
Birth of Dorothy Livesay (1909-1996), Canadian poet and radical journalist.
Related Topics: Poets
October 12 - 25, 1925
American forces intervene in Panama to ‘protect American interests.’
Related Topics: InterventionPanamaU.S. Imperialism
October 12, 1492  
Natives of a Caribbean island discover a group of confused Europeans wandering on the shore. The leader of the group, Christopher Columbus, is searching for a water route to India. The members of his group may not know where they are, but they are armed and ruthless. They immediately claim “ownership” of the island they have just landed on. In the following years, they and those who follow them will kill or enslave most of the people living on these islands, and on the mainland.
Related Topics: ColonialismSpanish Empire
October 12, 1954  
Hurricane Hazel strikes Haiti; an estimated 1,000 people die.
Related Topics: DisastersHaitiHurricanes
October 12, 1958  
A Reform Jewish synagogue in Atlanta is firebombed in retaliation for Jewish support of civil rights for blacks.
Related Topics: Anti-SemitismBombingDe-segregationJim CrowTerrorism



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