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January 6, 2011 by admin


7 Palestinian Martyr's Day

8 Birth of radical pacifist A.J. Muste (1885)

9 Birth of Simone de Beauvoir, feminist, author of The Second Sex, (1908)

10 Peoples Peace Treaty between people of the US and Vietnam (1971)

11 Zionists of the Stern Gang offer Nazi German an alliance (1941)

15 Birth of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929)

16 The Palestinian girl Abir Aramin, 10, shot dead by an Israeli soldier while she was coming home from school. Anata, Jerusalem (2007)

16 A playground "Abir's Garden" dedicated in front of a school in Anata (2008)

20 Syria and Amal militia lifts siege of Palestinian camps in Lebanon (1988)

20 Yasser Arafat elected president of Palestinian Authority(1996)

22 US Supreme Court legaltizes abortion in Roe vs. Wade (1973)

25 United Mine Workers formed (1890)

27 Holocaust Rememberance Day - United Nations 

27 Paris Peace Accords supposedly end Vietnam war. US promises payments (1973).

29 Tet Offensive (1968) show US is not winning the Vietnam War


1 Sit in movement begins in Greensboro, NC (1960)

2 Foreign slave trade outlawed (1807)

4 Birth of Rosa Parks (1913)

5 Birth of Hank Aaron, homerun champ (1934)

6 Uprising against Lebanese fascist government (1984)

13 al-Amariya bomb shelter blown up by US in Baghada. 400 incinerated. (1991)

15 Birth of Shaden Abu-Hijleh martryed Palestinian peace activist (1941)

16 Birth of Leonora O'Reilly, union leader, co-founder NAACP

18 Birth of Sholem Aleichem, Jewish writer (1859)

19 Birth of Nicolaus Copernicus (1473)

20 Thousands of Jews attack Nazi Bund rally in New York City (1939)

21 Malcom X shot to death (1965)

21 First Indian language newspaper published (Cherokee) (1828)

23 Birth of African-American scholar and educator W.E.B. DuBois (1868)

25 Hebron Massacre by American born Israeli settler Dr. Baruch Goldstein (1994)

26 Birth of Victor Hugo, novelist, penned "Les Miserables" (1802)

26 Birth of Honore Daumier, sculptor, satarist (1808)

27 American Indian Movement occupies Wounded Knee, SD (1973)

27 Birth of Ralph Nader (1934)

27 Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel meets with President Bush and urges "intervention" in Iraq as a "moral imperative" (2003)

27 Birth of Meena, martyred leader of RAWA, Revolutionary Association of Afghan Women (1957) 

28 Israeli commandos kill 39 Egyptians in Gaza - Nasser turns to Soviets (1955)

28 Birth of Linus Pauling, won Nobel Prize for science and peace (1901)


1 Birth of Harry Belafonte, singer (1927)

2 Birth of Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss), children's book writer (1904)

2 Anne Sullivan began to teach Helen Keller (1887)

5 Birth of Rosa Luxemburg, revolutionary socialist leader (1871)

7 Singer Billie Holiday born (1915)

8 International Women's Day

10 Plan Dalet adopted by Haganah - to conquer and expel in Arab Palestine (1948)

16 Rachel Corrie murdered by an Israeli using an American-made Caterpillar bulldozer 

16 Over 500 murdered by US troops in the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam 

22 the DC 9 ransack offices of Dow Chemical, makers of napalm (1969)

24 Archbishop Romero assassinated in El Savador by US supported rightists (1980)

25 Birth of Artouro Toscanin, brillian conductor and anti-fascist (1867)

28 Three Mile Island nuclear accident

30 Land Day - Commemoration of the Ongoing Seizure of Palestinian Land

31 Birth of Cesar Chavez, farmworker organizer (1927)


3 Israeli attack on Jenin refugee camps. 70 killed. (2002)

4 Martin Luther King speaks out against the Vietnam War (1967)

5 Palestinian Child's Day

8 Al-Jazeera camerman Tarek Ayyoub assassinated by US military 2003

9 Deir Yassin Massacre 1948

9 Birth of Paul Robeson, actor, singer (1898)

10 Birth of Rachel Corrie (1979)

10 Fanatic Allan Goodman storms the Dome of the Rock firing randomly, killing one (1982)
11 Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan calls Hitler a "very great man". On June 24 he calls Judaism a "gutter religion" (1984)

13 Liberation of Buchenwald concentration camp 1945

16 Start of first Intifada 1936

17 Prisoner's Day - Palestine

18 Qana Massacre in 1996 in Lebanon

19 Jews in Warsaw ghetto Poland begin revolt against Nazis

22 Earth Day

26 The Basque city of Guernica was leveled by the German Condor Legion allied with Franco (1937) 

27 South Africa's first mult-race election puts Nelson Mandela in office (1994)

28 American soldiers kill 15 peaceful demonstrators in Falluja, Iraq. This formerly peaceful city became a hotbed of resistance. (2003), 

28 Chernobyl disaster begins 1986

28 US Workers Memorial Day

28 Afghan Mujahadeen conquer Kabul and usher in a reign of terror, civil war and extreme attacks on women. (1992) Replaced by Taliban in '96. Restored to power by Bush in '01 

30 Vietnam is reunited after 121 years of domination and colonial rule (1975)


1 International Worker's Day

4 Kent State Massacre 1970

5 Karl Marx born 1816

6 Anarchist leader Camillo Berneri murdered by Stalinists in Spain (1937)

8 Setif Masscre in Algeria, VE celebration turned into a protest march calling for independence, French soldiers kill between 15,000 and 45,000 people (1945)

12 US Ambassador to the UN, Madeleine Albright declares on "60 Minutes" that the killing of 500,000 Iraq children was "worth it" (1996)

13 firebombing of MOVE headquarters in Philadelphia 1985

14 British withdraw from Palestine - Israel declares independence

15 Al-Nakba (Catastrophe) Day 

19 Birth of Malcolm X (1925), and Ho Chi Minh (1890)

20 Rishon Le Zion massacre of Palestinian workers (1990)

21 birth of Johan Sabastian Bach

22 Birth of Harvey Milk martyred gay rights activist (1930)

30 Memorial Day Massacre - Cops kill 10 striking workers at Republic Steel in Chicago (1937) 

31 Amal overruns Sabra camp in Lebanon - 700 Palestinans disappear (1985)


1 International Children's Day

1 PLO established (1964)

2 Palestine Liberation Organization founded (1964)

3 Israeli planes bomb Lebanon killing 200 after attack on Israeli ambassador (1982)

5 2nd Iraeli-Arab War lead to Occupation of West Bank and Gaza (1967)

6 Begin and Sharon start the Israeli invasion of Lebanon (1982)

8 Israeli jets and torpedo boats attack the USS LIberty murdering 34 and injuring 172 (1967) 

10 Geronimo Pratt released from prison after 27 years - judged innocent

12 Birth of Anne Frank, author of famous diary, murdered by Nazis

19 London Sunday Times issues first comprehensive report about "routine" torture in Israeli prisons (1977)

20 World Refugee Day

25 Wobblies founded (1905)

27 Birth of Emma Goldman, anarchist, feminist, labor organizer

28 Israel's illegal annexation of Jerusalem (1967)

28 Gays fight back at Stonewall bar in Greenwich Village (1969)

30 Anti-Semite Henry Ford signs apology to Jews for publishing vile attacks on Jews in his paper the 'Dearborn Independent' (1927)


3 3 Children strike for an 11 hour day in Paterson, NJ (1835)
Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden tour Lebanon, supporting Israeli invasion (1982) Hayden apologized in 2006

3 The US cruiser Vincennes shot down Iran Airflight 655, a civilian plane, with the loss of 290 lives

3 Children strike for an 11 hour day in Paterson, NJ (1835)

4 Anti-Semites in Poland slaughter 42 Jews, 100,000 Jews flee country (1846)

8 Poet Ghassan Kanafani assassinated (1972)

14 Birth of singer Woody Guthrie (1912)

15 Israel declares "Law of Return" (1950)

17 Franco starts rebellion against Popular Front government of Spain

18 Birth of Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid fighter (1918)

19 London Sunday Times issues first major report on Israeli torture (1977)

19 Sandanistas overthrow US supported dictatorship in Nicaragua (1979)

22 Jewish terrorists blow up the King David Hotel (1946)

22 Israel assassinated Hamas military leader Salah Shehadeh by blowing up an apartment building - 15 dead including 9 children

26 Americans with Disabilities Act becomes law (1990)

28 FDR gets eyewitness evidence of effort to exterminate the Jews (1943)

30 Anti-Semite Henry Ford receives the Grand Cross of the German Eagle (1938)


1 Albert Einstein urges scientists to refuse all military work (1931)

6 Massacre of 22 Catholic immigrants in Louisville, KY. Bigots feared Pope would rule U.S. (1885) 

8 Israeli soldiers kill 22 at Al-Aqsa mosque (1990)

8 MECC first publishes the print edition of "The Struggle" (1984)

9 Richard Nixon resigns

11 Reagan fires the PATCO strikers and labor does virtually nothing

12 First woman (Hattie Carraway) elected to the US Senate (1932)

12 Tel Al Za'tar massacre of Palestinians in Lebanon (1976)

13 Israeli Foreign Ministry brings chief minister of KwaZulu, the biggeest puppet South African Bantustan to Jeruslame (1985)

14 Henry David Thoreau jailed for protesting US invasion of Mexico (1946)

15 Israel announces plans to put Stern Gang leader on stamp (1977) - Avraham Stern tried to interest Nazi Germany in an anti-British alliance in 1941

20 Bill Clinton uses cruise missile to destroy the El Shifa pharmaceutical plant in Khartoum, Sudan eliminating an estimated 60% of the country's phamaceutical production. The charge that the plant was producing VX gas for Ossam Bin Laden was found to be totally unfounded. (1998) 

. 21 Nat Turner leads bloody slave rebellion (1831)

21 George Jackson killed Soledad prison, CA (1971)

23 Anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti executed, framed for two murders

28 250,000 people march in civil rights, "I Have a Dream" speech (1963)

29 Naji Al-Ali assassinated in London (1987)

31 Al-Bureij Refugee Camp massacre (1953)

31 Palestinian fighers leave Beirut and are betrayed by Reagan (1982)


1 Military Train drives over the legs of Brian Wilson during protest of arms deliveries to Central America (1987) 

9 Over 1,000 inmates rebel at the Attica prison in New York. Governor Nelson Rockefeller puts it down brutally. 39 deaths including 10 guards killed by friendly fire. (1971) 

11 Nearly 3,000 killed in 9/11 attack by al-Qaeda

11 Government of Chile overthrown, thousands murdered by fascist friends of Nixon/Kissinger (1973)

11 Mohandas Gandhi calls for a campaign of mass disobedience to South African pass laws (1906) 

11 Appela Huebmeyer, Barbara Huebmeyer and Anna Schnelling burned as "witches" in Waldsee, Germany (1589) 

11 Steve Biko, black South African activist, dies from multiple injuries caused by torture in prison (1977) 

11 Norweigan trade union newspapers arrange the printing of thousands of letters rejecting Nazification (1941) 

13 Oslo Accords signed between Arafat and Rabin (1993)

15 Sabra and Shatila massacre in Lebanon, 1300 murdered (1982)

17 1948 Count Folk Bernadotte assassinated by Stern Gang

28 Alaqsa Intifada (uprising) starts (2000)


2 Massacre at the Haram ash-Sharif in the old city of Jerusalem (1990)

7 Birth of Joe Hill, labor organizer and song writer (1879)

11 Shaden Abu Hijleh murdered by Israeli soldier in Nablus (2002) while sitting on her porch doing embroidery

14 Ariel Sharon's Unit 101 massacred 60 in the Jordanian village of Kibya (1953)

14 Revolt at Sobibor death camp (1943)

16 John Brown leads anti-slavery raid (1859)

17French police massacre 200 demonstrators protesting a curfew in Paris (1961)

23 First national women's rights convention (1850)

28 Massacre of Palestians in the village of Dawaymeh (1948)

29 Kafr Qasem massacre (1956)

31 Balfour Declaration - British establish Jewish "homeland" (1917)


2 Balfour Declaration. British empire starts giveaway of Palestine to Zionists. (1917)

5 Birth of Eugene Victor Debs, labor leader, socialist, anti-war activist

5 Artouro Toscanini, brilliant conductor and anti-fascist premieres "Adagio for Strings"

8 Birth of Dorothy Day, radical, pacifist, Catholic Workers founder (1897)

9 Nazis smash 200 synagogues, kill 90Jews and send 25,000 to concentration camps in Germany (1938)

10 UN recognizes Zionism as racism (1975) [Eventually revoked]

11 Death of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat (probably murdered) (2004)

15 Palestinian declaration of independence (1988)

20 Native Americans and AIM occupy Alcatraz Island (1969)

22 President Kennedy announces blockade of Cuba - Demands Soviet nukes out (1962)

29 UN General Assembly votes Partition Plan for Palestine(1947)

29 International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

30 Birth of Mark Twain, writer, anti-imperialist (1835)


3 Union Carbide Bhopal disaster kills 2,000 in India 1984

3 Three Marynoll Nuns and a lay missionary murdered in El Savador (1980)

7 David Ben Gurion speech saying history of the People of Israel more important than saving all the lives of Europe's Jewish children (just after Kristallnacht 1938)

8 UNWRA established to help Palestinian refugees

9 First Intifada (uprising) erupts (1987)

10 International Human Rights Day

11 UN Resolution 194 passed (1948) recognizing Palestinian right to return

14 UN indentifies Puerto Rico as a colony (1973)

14 New York Times reveals Israeli Defense Minister Sharon had visited Apartheid South Africa for 10 days and reported that South Africa needed more weapons (1981)

16 President Clinton orders concentrated bombing campaign against Iraq "Desert Fox" (1998)

25 Birth of Isaac Newton, scientist

26 members VVAW (Vietnam war veterans) "capture" Statue of Liberty (1971)

29 Masscre of 200 Sioux at Wounded Knee by US troops (1890)


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