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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 14, 1906  
Birth of Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-American author and political theorist.
October 14, 1907  
Start of the Panic of 1907 in the United States, one of a series of periodic capitalist crises to hit the United States and other capitalist countries. Other financial crises in the U.S. occur in 1797, 1819, 1837, 1857, 1873, 1884, 1893, 1896, 1901, 1907, The Great Depression 1929-1940, 1973-74, 1987, 1989-91, 2007 – 2013 (still continuing).
October 14, 1943  
As the result of an uprising at the Sobibor extermination camp in Poland, about 300 Jewish prisoners escape, though only about 50 survive until the end of the war. Following the escape, the remaining inmates are killed and the camp is closed by the Germans.
October 14, 1954
Birth of Mordechai Vanunu, an Israeli nuclear technician who in 1986 reveals details of Israel’s illegal nuclear weapons program to the media. He is subsequently abducted by the Mossad in Italy, shipped to Israel, and, after a secret ‘trial’, imprisoned for 18 years, more than 11 in solitary confinement.
October 14 - 28, 1962  
The Cuban Missile Crisis, a confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union which brings the world to the brink of nuclear war.
Related Topics: Cuban Missile Crisis
October 14, 1982  
A group calling itself “Direct Action” (later, after their arrest, known as the Squamish Five) bombs a Litton Industries factory near Toronto. The factory manufactures guidance systems for American cruise missiles. Ten workers are injured in the explosion.
Related Topics: BombingCruise Missiles



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