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1770 â€” Six of the British troops involved in the Boston Massacre found innocent, largely due to defense attorney John AdamsÊ¼s intimation that Crispus Attucks, AmericaÊ¼s first black hero, may have caused â€œthe dreadful carnage of that nightâ€ with his â€œmad behaviorâ€¦at the head ofâ€¦[a] rabble of Negroesâ€¦â€
1854 â€” Folding theatre chair patented.
1880 â€” Italy: Anarchist Congress convenes at Chiasso (Tessin), presided over by Carlo Cafiero. Among participants is Kropotkin and G. Herzig, Malatesta and Merlino, Johann Neve, Joseph Lane, Louise Michel, Emile Gautier, Victorine Rouchy, Chauviere, Miss Lecomte, Tchaikowski, etc.
1896 â€” France: Henry Poulaille lives, Paris. Novelist, anarchist, publisher of proletarian authors, director of Ã©ditions Grasset, the journal â€œLe nouvel Ã¢ge littÃ©raire,â€ founder of â€œLe musÃ©e du soir.â€
1897 â€” Nunnally Johnson lives. American screenwriter, producer, director, who made scripts to such film as The Grapes of Wrath (1940, directed by John Ford), The Woman in the Window (1944, directed by Fritz Lang), and How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), starring Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, and Betty Grable. 
1899 â€” England: The anarchist historian and collector Max Nettlau reads â€œResponsibility and Solidarity in the Labour Struggleâ€ to the Freedom Discussion Group. This became one of his favorite works.
1908 â€” Bulgaria: The newspaper â€œAcratieâ€ first appears, in Razgrad. Founded by Varban Kilifarski, it represents the largest diffusion of anarchist and anarchoâ€syndicalist thought in the country before the First World War. The last number appears on 1911 January 27.
Three issues of the paper were published clandestinely in Tirnovo in 1924-1925, by Gueorgui Cheitanov. Cheitanov was eventually captured and executed, along with his companion Mariola Sirakova and others, by the fascist government during a crackdown on leftists.
1912 â€” General Strikes in both Germany and US in response to declarations of war yesterday â€” no one will go to war â€” forcing cancellation of the war within the week. (Jack London, The Iron Heel.) 
1919 â€” United States of America: Representative Isaac Siegel, after a trip to Ellis Island yesterday, declares he has discovered how anarchists are made. â€œBooks in our public libraries help to make anarchists,â€ he said.
1919 â€” United States of America: â€œMade Anarchistsâ€ â€” Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman â€” detained at Ellis Island. Goldman and Berkman appear in federal court before Judge Julius M. Mayer, December 8th, who declares that as aliens, they have no constitutional rights. They remain in detention at Ellis Island and are be kicked out of the â€œLand of the Freeâ€ before monthÊ¼s end, sent to Red Russia on a leaking scow that is in danger of sinking with them and 247 other radicals and labor organizers who are also deported to protect American free speech.
1919 â€” M.L. Polonsky, Bolshevik, commander of a regiment of the Makhnovist army, arrested by the Makhnovist counterâ€intelligence under suspicion of planning to kill the anarchist Nestor Makhno, is shot today. â€œOnce a Bolshevik parliamentarian by the name of Polonsky was executed at Makhnovist headquarters. Many members of the general staff were unhappy with this. Voline arrived at the headquarters, and when he heard what had happened he asked: â€œWhat does Batko [Makhno] think? If he says it was the right thing to do I wonÊ¼t go into the issue.â€ Makhno was sitting in the next room and had got tipsy. When he heard his comrades talking he came in and went up to Voline: â€œSo you donÊ¼t give a damn that a man has just been shot? You donÊ¼t even ask why he was executed! As long as Batko approves itÊ¼s alright, huh? But a man can make mistakes, canÊ¼t he, especially when heÊ¼s drunk. What do you say to that, eh?â€ Voline decided it was prudent not to answer. 
1919 â€” Spain: This evening several cenetistas in Barcelona open fire on the Civil Guard and capture Gregorio Daura, to whom they apply the â€œley de fugas.â€ This is in response to government assassinations and repression of the CNT (nevertheless the city remains under control of the CNT and affinity groups). [Source] http://
1923 â€” One of the founders of the Irish Literary Theatre, Edward Martyn, dies in Tulira, County Galway, Ireland. Broke with the mainstream of Irish revivalism, but later helped found the Irish Theatre in Dublin. Some of his noted plays are The Heather Field and Maeve.
1929 â€” United States of America: First US nudist organization, American League for Physical Culture, New York City. Kurt Barthel, a German immigrant living at New York City, founded the American League for Physical Culture with a predominantly German membership, their first outing was a nude picnic in the Peekskills included eight men and four women. Two years later the first â€œnaturistâ€ organization had over 200 members.
1932 â€” German physicist Albert Einstein fleeing Nazi Germany, granted a Visa, after rejection by Amex, Discover, Mastercard. â€œWith his own private horrors further unfolded into an ideology of the mortal and uncontinued self, Brock came to visit, and strangely to comfort, in the halfâ€lit hallways of the night, leaning in darkly in above her like any of the sleek raptors that decorate fascist architecture.â€ â€” Thomas Pynchon, Vineland.
1933 â€” United States of America: Drinkers toast the end of Prohibition and the end of an era. It had been 14 years between (legal) drinks. The long dry spell ended at 5:32 p.m., when Utah became the last of 36 states to ratify the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (repealing the 18th Amendment, that had prohibited all booze).
1934 â€” Joan Didion lives, Sacramento, California. Novelist (Play It As It Lays) and observer of contemporary mores (The White Album; Salvador). She notes of the writing profession, â€œWriters are always selling somebody out.â€
1943 â€” France: National Plenum of the Regionals of the CNT in Exile held in Marseilles. Originally planned to be held at St Henri, it is held in La Fare (Marseilles) amid the greatest difficulty (the Nazi repression). Those attending included Juanel, Acracio BartolomÃ©, Sanclemente, Merino, Francisco GarcÃa (Marseilles), Buenacasa (Free Zone), GermÃ¡n and Berruezo (Cantal department), SeÃ±er (Toulouse), Paulino Malsand (Bordeaux) Cruz and the BÃ©ziers committee.  
1946 â€” United States of America: Alexander Schapiro dies in New York. Russianâ€born anarcho-syndicalist and an important figure in the international movement. Secretary of the anti-authoritarian A.I.T. (â€œAssociation internationale des travailleursâ€).  
1955 â€” United States of America: Two largest American labor organizations merge to form the AFLâ€CIO, with membership about 15 million. George Meany president. Asa P. Randolph and Willard S. Townsend, African Americans, are elected vice-presidents.
1955 â€” United States of America: Montgomery, Alabama civilâ€rights bus boycott begins. Lasts for 54 weeks, to end segregation practices. Rosa ParkÊ¼s refusal to give up her bus seat on 1December starts yearâ€long Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott by 30-40,000 Negro riders (out of a Negro population of 50,000). The Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) is formed to coordinate the boycott, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is elected president. Boycott ends in victory 21 December 1956).
1965 â€” Aircraft loaded with a nuclear bomb rolls off a US aircraft carrier somewhere in the midâ€Pacific. The plane, with the pilot and the bomb, sank in 16,000 feet of water. It has not been recovered.
1967 â€” United States of America: Dr. Benjamin Spock and poet Allen Ginsberg among those arrested at New York City army induction center, opposing the Vietnam War. December 5-8, â€œStop the Draft Weekâ€ at Whitehall, NY Army Induction Center. Over 500 arrested. Demonstrations also occurred in Madison, Manchester, N.H., Cincinnati, New Haven.  
1982 â€” Interviewer asks Fran Lebowitz â€œDo you ever use a thesaurus?â€ â€œNo. IÊ¼ve never been able to figure out how to use one. I must have been absent that day.â€ â€œVery few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass.â€
1997 â€” Rudolf Bahro stirbt an einem Krebsleiden in Berlin. Dies age 62. (What some call a Watermelon Manâ€¦Green on the outside, Red on the inside.) â€œThe Greens are almost worse than useless,â€ he said. â€œThey have become so much a part of the system that capitalism would have had to invent them if they werenÊ¼t here already.â€   
2003 â€” Italy: Memorial meeting (Naples, December 5-7 ) in memory of Errico Malatesta, 150 years after his birth. In spite of his comprehensive and openâ€minded temper, for his perseverance in his ideas and in his political praxis Malatesta became â€” and still is â€” one of the most remarkable personalities of the Italian and international anarchist movement. He was one of the most famous revolutionaries in his times and he became an icon of freedom for the Italian working class movement. After the Second World War, authorities and â€œofficialâ€ history tried to delete all of his life and theories from historical memory. This meeting intends to counter this situationâ€¦unofficial history.