1776 — Continental Congress, fearing a British attack on Philadelphia is imminent, votes dictatorial powers to George Washington and flees to Baltimore.
1792 — Beethoven pays Haydn 19 cents for his first music lesson.
1812 — Death of Sacajaweya, native guide for Lewis and Clark Expedition.
1830 — England: When Swing rioters set fires outside Carlisle, a mob assembles to prevent them being extinguished by throwing buckets into the flames, cutting the pipes, harangues and general obstructionism. [Source: Calendar Riots]
1874 — England: Disraeli wants Queen Victoria to bestow honors and pension upon Thomas Carlyle. The aged writer refuses: “titles of honour, of all degrees, are out of keeping with the tenor of my poor life.”
1889 — Robert Browning, 77, dies in Venice on the day “Asolando” is published in England. Since the little cemetery where his wife has lain for 28 years is closed to further burials, he is buried in Westminster Abbey.  
1909 — United States of America: Anarchist‐feminist Emma Goldman speaks on “Will the Vote Free Woman: Woman Suffrage” to an audience of 300 women, many of whom are suffragists. A collection is taken for Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, recently sentenced to a three-month prison term resulting from her arrest during a free-speech battle in Spokane, Washington.
1916 — United States of America: Dr. Ben Reitman arrested in Cleveland for organizing volunteers to distribute birth control information at Emma Goldmanʼs lecture “Is Birth Control Harmful — a Discussion of the Limitation of Offspring.”
1934 — United States of America: During this month Harperʼs publishes Emma Goldmanʼs “Was My Life Worth Living?” and Roger Baldwin advises Emma that in the current atmosphere of hostility toward alien radicals she is unlikely to be granted a US visa. Today her brother Herman dies.
1937 — United States of America: The FCC scolds the NBC radio network for a skit that starred Mae West. The satirical routine was based on the biblical tale of Adam and Eve and, well, it got a bit out of hand. So… following its scolding, NBC banned Miss West from its airwaves for 15 years. In fact, even the mere mention of her name on NBC was a no-no.
1944 — United States of America: Edie Parker and Joan Vollmer move into communal apartment at 419 West 115th Street in New York. Beatsters Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs end up living at the apartment, and Herbert Huncke is a frequent visitor.. 
1957 — United States of America: The controversy over Elvisʼs Christmas Album rages on. Disc Jockey Al Priddy of KEX, Portland, Oregon is fired for violating the radio stationʼs ban against playing Presleyʼs rendition of “White Christmas.”
1964 — United States of America: Solidarity Bookstore opens, Chicago, Illinois, distributing anarchist, surrealist, Wobbly and libertarian socialist literature to the nation for the next 10 years or so.
1967 — A London Appeals Court commutes Brian Jonesʼs nine‐month prison stay for possession of cannabis after hearing testimony from three psychiatrists that Jones is “an extremely frightened young man” and could not stand nine months for his boner possession of a vegetable.
1969 — Italy: Bomb explodes, Banque Nationale dʼAgriculture, Milan. 18 die, many injured. A period of social upheaval, it triggers repression against the autonomy movement and anarchists. Authorities later admit the bombing was the work of fascists. Italian Intelligence and fascist army units (created by US Army from Mussoliniʼs Intelligence) were making bomb attacks and pretending they were by anarchists. See for example, the murder of the railwayman/anarchist Giuseppe Pinelli by police (15 December) and the false arrest of Pietro Valpreda.
1980 — Devoʼs “Whip it” turns gold. The song is misinterpreted to be an ode to masturbation but the group disagrees. Jerry Casale said, “We were writing a can‐do, self-help song. Whip it — as in whip it into shape.”
1983 — United States of America: Tacoma, Washington declares refusal to do business with nuclear weapons manufacturers. Or, Takoma Park, Maryland becomes first US city to announce refusal to do business with nuclear weapon manufacturers. Who knows…
1983 — United States of America: 70 people arrested in Boston outside a hotel where a “New Trends in Missiles” trade conference is being held. Inside the hotel, over 1,000 cockroaches are let loose to symbolize the likely survivors of nuclear war.
1986 — Microlite aircraft circles world non‐stop.
1988 — Navy practice missile hits topside of an Indian freighter, kills a crewman. Fired at a target ship, its guidance system locked onto the merchant vessel Jagvivek instead.
1998 — Italy: Renato Lacquaniti (1932 — 1998) dies, Livorno. Mort de ce peintre anarchiste, membre du groupe artistique Atoma, peintre des Composizioni anarchiche de 1960 et antimilitariste assumé. 
2004 — Spain: 300 people gather on a Sunday morning in a simple and touching act of tribute in memory of Concha Monrás and Ramón Acín Aquilué, consisting of an inauguration plate at a house where they lived when rounded up and shot by fascists in the summer of 1936.