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1570 â€” Geuzen under Herman de Ruyter occupies Loevestein.
1801 â€” German writer Johann Gottfried Seume starts his tour on foot from Saxony, crosses the Alps and walks through Italy to Sicily. His return trip takes him through Switzerland and even to Paris. The whole trip takes only eight months and results in Spaziergang nach Syrakus im Jahre (A Stroll to Syracuse).
1868 â€” Italy: Paolo Lega lives (1868-??). In 1894 the young anarchist attempts to shoot Francesco Crispi, prÃ©sident du conseil Italien. The bullet lodged in CrispiÊ¼s car rather than Crispi; Lega was arrested and did 20-years in prison for his poor aim. [Source: EphÃ©mÃ©ride anarchiste]
1869 â€” United States of America: Knights of Labor founded in Philadelphia, as a secret society open to all members of the producing classes except â€œparasitesâ€ including stockbrokers, gamblers, and lawyers. Founded by Uriah Stevens and five other garment workers. Stevens, a tailor who once studied for the Baptist ministry, leads the order. 
1893 â€” France: Auguste Vaillant throws a small bomb into the Chamber of Deputies. A symbolic gesture, meant to wound rather than kill, Vaillant is condemned to death, and guillotined 1894 February 5. The deputies use the event to suppress the anarchists and their presses. Auguste Vaillant explained why he, an anarchist who strove for a society of peace, resorted to acts of violence: â€œI have seen capital come, like a vampire, to suck the last drop of blood of the unfortunate pariahs. Then I came back to France where it was reserved for me to see my family suffer atrociously. This was the last drop in the cup of my sorrow. Tired of leading this life of suffering and cowardice I carried this bomb to those who are primarily responsible for social miseryâ€. 
1893 â€” Italy: Moti di rivolta in Sicilia contro le tasse comunali, il dazio di consumo, che porta al rincaro delle farine. La brutale repressione delle stato provoca circa un centinaio di morti e decine di feriti. [Source: Crimini e Misfatti]
1899 â€” England: â€œGrand Meeting and Concert for the Benefit of the Agitation in Favour of the Political Victims in Italyâ€ staged in London. Among a cast of international anarchist speakers are Emma Goldman, Louise Michel, and Peter Kropotkin .
1905 â€” Dalton Trumbo, writer (Johnny Got His Gun), film director, one of the blacklisted â€œHollywood Ten,â€ lives. Johnny Got His Gun published two days after the beginning of WWII. Won an American Booksellers Award for 1939. The most talented member of the Hollywood Ten, one of a group who refused to testify before the 1947 US House Committee on Unâ€American Activities (HUAC) about alleged communist involvement. He was blacklisted and in 1950 spent 11 months in prison. After his blacklisting, he wrote 30 scripts under pseudonyms.       
1919 â€” Roy DeCarava, photographer, lives, From Harlem to San Juan in Black and White, as it were. Four Harlem images were included in SteichenÊ¼s immensely popular 1955 Family of Man exhibition and book, and 140 accompany a text by Langston Hughes in the classic Sweet Flypaper of Life. His images have immortalized such jazz greats as Billie Holliday and John Coltrane.   
1926 â€” Benny GoodmanÊ¼s first recording session. Plays clarinet with the Ben Pollack Orchestra on a tune titled, â€œDowntown Shuffleâ€ on Victor Records. Goodman, incidentally, was all of 17 years old.
1939 â€” United States of America: During this month Beatster Jack Kerouac loses his virginity with a Manhattan prostituteâ€¦ [Exact date not given -- ed.] This year he has graduated from high school, smoked marijuana for the first time, is exposed to and influenced by jazz he hears at Harlem clubs, and paid money to lose his virginity. 
1949 â€” United States of America: J. Parnell Thomas, former chairman of the House Unâ€American Activities Committee (HUAC), sentenced to 6 to 18 months in federal prison. This great patriot â€œpaddedâ€ his Congressional payrolls and pocketed the money himself, showing the world the true face of â€œAmericanismâ€.    
1953 â€” United States of America: General Electric announces all Communist employees will be fired. â€œOriginally DuPont, and throughout most of my childhood General Electric, was the government town. If you had Westinghouse appliances or something like that in your household you were almost a traitor. I guess the bad word for that time in the fifties was a â€œcommunist.â€ You know, you had to have General Electric this and General Electric that. So I was more associated with General Electric than I was with the Atomic Energy Commission.â€ Rep. John Rankin of Mississippi used his seat on the House Unâ€American Activities Committee to argue that blacks had been happy with segregation until stirred up by â€œcommunist agitators.â€ General Electric president Charles Wilson said: â€œThe problems of the US can be summed up in two words: Russia abroad, labor at home.â€ Accordingly, Congress passed the Taftâ€Hartley Act of 1947, which denied unions the right to organize unless their leaders took an oath swearing they werenÊ¼t communists.
1959 â€” Vita Sackvilleâ€West writes her husband Harold Nicolson: â€œIt always makes me cross when Max [Beerbohm] is called Ê¼the Incomparable Max.â€™ He is not incomparable at all.â€ 1961 â€” England: Committee of 100, including Bertrand Russell, hold demonstrations at various U.S. air and nuclear bases.  
1962 â€” â€˜Honouring the dead, the convicted, and the dead still to be killedâ€™ was the theme of the first real happening in Amsterdam. The title â€˜Open the graveâ€™ was a reaction to the death of the Dutch queenâ€mother and a large fund-raising campaign for handicapped persons called â€˜Open the villageâ€™. The happening was a more or less improvised art project including a Ê¼shrine for Marilyn Monroeâ€™, a â€˜Danse Macabreâ€™ and a â€˜Kiss of Deathâ€™. A number of collaborators took part in the Provo movement and 
1967 â€” Jim Morrison arrested onstage in New Haven, Connecticut. Backstage before the gig, Morrison mouthed off to a policeman, who responded by macing him. Later, during the concert while singing â€œBack Door Man,â€ Morrison delivered a tirade about the incident, which prompted police to turn on the house lights, pull Morrison offstage and charge him with breach of peace and resisting arrest.
1968 â€” United States of America: Clouds of radioactive steam from a Nevada nuclear test breaks through the ground, releasing fallout, violating the limited nuclear test ban treaty signed five years ago. This has happened before, in 1961.   
1983 â€” United States of America: and Wellâ€Fed Attorney General Edwin Meese says people go to soup kitchens â€œâ€¦because the food is free and thatÊ¼s easier than paying for itâ€¦ I think that they have money.â€
1991 â€” After a long legal battle, Bob MarleyÊ¼s $11.5 million estate is awarded to his wife Rita and her children. Ziggy MarleyÊ¼s daughter is born on this day and he names her Justice in honor of the verdict.
1991 â€” France: Maurice Joyeux, an outstanding French proponent of anarchism, dies. Following WWII helped in rebuilding the FÃ©dÃ©ration Anarchiste and publishing â€œLibertaireâ€. In 1981, he is the first guest of Radio Libertaire (radio libre de la FA, Ã Paris). He leaves, in addition to various theoretical works, two books of memoirs, Sous les plis du drapeau noir, and Souvenirs dÊ¼un anarchisteâ€.
1992 â€” Somalia: US Marines wade ashore in Somalia at 2 A.M. (on live evening network television in the US) in â€œOperation Restore Hope.â€ American forces retreat in disarray and disgrace within the year.
1994 â€” United States of America: Wee Willy Clinton fires Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders after her masturbation comments are criticized by a bunch of jerkâ€offs. May is â€œNational Masturbation Month,â€ and May 7 is â€œNational Masturbation Day.â€ Some pundits suggest we all form a circle and celebrate this seminal event. 
1995 â€” United States of America: Four activists are arrested for leafleting, holding a banner and â€œruining peoplesÊ¼ dayâ€ at the public commissioning ceremony for a new aircraft carrier. Norfolk Naval Base, Virginia.