1st - Mayday Hurray!
3rd - Students met at the Sorbonne in Paris to protest, the police were called, a riot started & the rest is history...
The ensuing 'evenements' during May 1968 included a strike
by 10 million workers & a 'revolutionary situation' in which the
French Government almost collapsed.
Among the many slogans: "Sous les pavés, la plage!"
(Beneath the pavement, the beach.)
[See, also, another French Revolution,
& another Riot! More insurgency can be found here, as well]
5th - Karl Marx B-day (1818) (Great Beard!)
6th - Birthdays of Orson Welles ,
Sigmund Freud &....Tony Blair - what do these four have in common? Showbiz maybe?
17th - Sandro Botticelli died 1510, painter of Birth of Venus
18th - Bertrand Russell born 1872 (d.1970), philosopher & peace
"Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.
Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth -- more than ruin -- more even than death.... Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
24th May - Bob Dylan's B-day (1941)
"He not busy being
born is busy
[If your sound's turned on, you'll hear a clip from 'Forever Young]
|25th May - Robert Capa, photo-journalist, killed when he stepped on a landmine in Vietnam (1954). He covered 5 different wars. Co-founder of Magnum with Henri Cartier-Bresson among others.|
31st - Walt Whitman's Birthday (1819)
- World No Tobacco Day
|31st May 1996, Timothy Leary, American
psychologist & advocate of LSD, died aged 76. Famous last
words: "Why not?" Ashes 'buried' in Space.
Also known for catchphrase: "Turn on, tune in, drop out."
Among many other quotable things, said Think for yourself and question authority
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