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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June 13, 1866
Birth of Aby Warburg (1866-1929), bibliophile and cultural theorist, founder of the Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek Warburg (later the Warburg Institute). As a youth, Warburg, the eldest son in his family, makes a deal with his younger brother, forfeiting his right to take over the family business in exchange for a promise from his brother to buy Aby all the books he ever wants.
Warburg’s library grows to more than 60,000 volumes, arranged, in a round room, according to his own idiosyncratic ideas of the relationship of their subject matters.
Related Topics: Books
June 13, 1871
Publication of the first edition of The Civil War in France, Karl Marx’s analysis of the Paris Commune, written in the immediate aftermath of the rise and destruction of the Commune.
June 13, 1889
Birth of Amadeo Bordiga (1889-1970), Italian Marxist.
June 13, 1971
The New York Times publishes the first excerpts from the Pentagon Papers, provided to the newspaper by former Pentagon analyst Daniel Ellsberg and his associate Anthony Russo.
In the late 1960s, while working as a military analyst, Ellsberg becomes increasingly disturbed by the U.S. war against Vietnam, and by the way the truth about the nature of the war is being kept from the public. He eventually decides to copy the secret documents he has access to and make them available to the press.
The papers reveal that the government has been systematically lying about the conduct and state of the war.
Related Topics: U.S. ImperialismVietnam War
June 13, 1983  
The prison abolition journal Bulldozer is raided by police in Toronto.
Related Topics: Police RaidsPrisoner AdvocacyPrisons

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