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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 17, 1760
Birth of Henri Saint-Simon (1760-1825), utopian socialist.
Related Topics: Utopian Socialism
October 17, 1883
Birth of A.S. Neill (1883-1973), progressive educator, advocate of freedom for children, author, and founder of the free school Summerhill.
Related Topics: ChildrenProgressive Schools
October 17, 1920
Death of John Reed (1887-1920), radical journalist, communist, author of Ten Days That Shook the World, an account of the Russian Revolution of 1917. Reed dies in Moscow of typhus at the age of 32.
October 17, 1961  
Paris police massacre people taking part in a demonstration in favour of Algerian independence. The number of dead is never accurately tallied, but is believed to exceed 200. Many demonstrators are beaten unconscious and then thrown into the River Seine. Others are gunned down in the courtyard of police headquarters after being arrested and brought there on police buses.
October 17, 1967  
In Madison, Wisconsin, a large demonstration takes place against university complicity in the Vietnam War in allowing Dow recruiters on campus. The demonstrations culminate in a sit-in that is violently dispersed by police, resulting in many injuries and arrests. A mass rally and a student strike then close the university for several days.
Related Topics: Anti-War MovementVietnam War
October 17, 1970  
The body of Pierre Laporte, the Quebec labour minister kidnapped and murdered by the FLQ, is found.



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