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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November 8, 392  
Emperor Theodosius prohibits all ‘pagan’ worship in the Roman Empire, even in the privacy of individual homes. Theodosius is an enthusiastic champion of Christian persecution of competing religions, and orders the destruction of many temples and holy sites. After his death in 395 the Eastern Orthodox Church makes him a saint.
November 8, 1685  
Edict of Potsdam: Fredrick William of Brandenburg offer the French Huguenots refuge. His action follows the French king’s revocation of the Edict of Nantes, which had allowed France’s Protestant Huguenots to live in peace for the previous 90 years. Hundreds of thousands of Huguenots flee France as a result of the persecution, and Brandenburg-Prussia becomes a centre of immigration for religious refugees fleeing persecution in Russia, Bohemia, and the Netherlands, as well as France. (October 29 old calendar).
November 8 - 12, 1892  
Individual strikes in New Orleans culminate in a general strike. Despite continuous attempts by the employers and media to divide the workers with appeals to race hatred, black and white workers remain united, and the general strike ends on November 12 with unions gaining most of their demands.
November 8, 1897
Birth of Dorothy Day (1897-1980), co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement.
November 8, 1923  
The Beer Hall Putsch: Adolf Hitler and Erich Ludendorff try to seize power in Munich. Hitler and his associates hope to take over Munich, and then use Munich as a base to take over all of Germany, similar to the way that Mussolini seized power in Italy the previous year. The attempted coup is put down, and Hitler is imprisoned for one year.
Related Topics: Nazi History
November 8 - 9, 1938
Kristallnacht. Across Nazi-ruled Germany, synagogues are set on fire, Jewish buildings destroyed, and about 26,000 male Jews are arrested.
Related Topics: Anti-SemitismNazi HistoryPogroms
November 8, 1994  
Dr. Garson Romalis of Vancouver, British Columbia is shot by an anti-abortion terrorist.

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