1859 -- Lifelong opium-eater, romantic writer Thomas
De Quincey dies, Lasswade, near Edinburgh, 74.
Author of Confessions of an English Opium-Eater.
1886 -- Radical Mexican muralist Diego Rivera
lives, Guanajuato. Frida's man & Trotsky's host.
1919 -- Jailed at Ellis Island on the 5th, "Made
Anarchists" Emma Goldman & Alexander Berkman
appear in federal court before Judge Julius M. Mayer,
who declares that as aliens, they have no constitutional
rights. They remain in detention at Ellis Island.
1943 -- Jim Morrison lives. American rock singer/lyricist
& cult figure since his death. His collections of poetry
include An American Prayer (1970) & The Lords &
The New Creatures (1971).
1980 -- John Lennon permanently loses his voice; killed
by a fan. The former Beatle was shot outside his
apartment building in New York City by Mark David
Chapman, a former psychiatric patient.
"I think of John's death as a war casualty
— it is the war between the sane & the insane."
— Yoko Ono
1982 -- US: Will Norman Mayer stop the MX missile?
Demanding an end to nuclear weapons, Norman Mayer,
holds the Washington Monument hostage.
After 10 hours, police kill him.
He had no explosives.
Who then are the terrorists?