1810 — Aernout Drost, Dutch writer whose historical novels are the first important works of the 19th-century Romantic movement in The Netherlands, lives, Amsterdam. His first novel, Hermingard van de Eikenterpen ("Hermingard of the Oak Burial Mounds," 1832), portray the conversion of a Germanic woman to Christianity in 4th-century Holland.
1830 — Paul von Heyse (1830 — 1914) lives. German writer, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1910. Head of the Munich circle of writers, who refused to portray the realistic side of life. 
1869 — First federal womenʼs suffrage amendment ever introduced in US Congress.
1891 — Italy: Aldino Felicani (1891 — 1967) lives, Tuscany. Italian-American anarchist, typographer, editor, and publisher ("Rompez les rangs," "Libertarian Youth," "The Social Question," "l'Agitazione," "The Lantern" and, until his death, "Controcorrente / Countercurrent").
1894 — France: Belgian anarchist Jean Pauwels dies while attempting to blow up the Madeleinechurch in Paris. His bomb exploded prematurely. Pauwels is also suspected of being responsible for the explosions of February 19 on rue Saint Jacques and rue du Faubourg Saint Martin, using bombs made by Emile Henry.
1898 — United States of America: Mid-March, Emma Goldman (still on her speaking tour of February—June, addressing 66 meetings) delivers three lectures in Cleveland, including a well-attended meeting of the Franklin Club. (Also, just weeks before his death on March 31, Emma visits the ailing Robert Reitzel in Detroit.)
1900 — Writer, sociologist, and leader of the Northeastern School, Brazilian Gilberto de Mello Freyre lives, Recife. His best known work is Casa-grande e senzala (The Masters and the Slaves, 1933), depicting the relationship between Brazilʼs Portuguese colonizers and their African slaves. 
1914 — United States of America: Emma Goldman, in Yiddish, among speakers at an afternoon celebration of the ninth anniversary of the publication of Mother Earth and a commemoration of the Paris Commune; other speakers include Alexander Berkman, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Harry Kelly.
1916 — United States of America: Calvary mounts its moral high-horse once again, gallops into Mexico in pursuit of the ever-elusive Pancho Villa. "Black Jack" Pershingʼs Punitive "Expedition" is bogged down within five weeks due to Mexican hatred for the beloved gringo invaders, unfriendly terrain, etc. Pershing publicly proclaims success, though privately whined that President Wilson dealt him a bad hand. [Shades of Korea! Vietnam! Iraq! Manifest Destiny!] First US tactical air unit in the field, the 1st Aero Squadron commanded by Capt. B. D. Foulois, began operations with General Pershingʼs invasion of Mexico. Aeronautics and Astronautics Chronology, 1915-1919,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pancho_Villa_Expedition 
1920 — Italy: The council movement in Turin begins a strike, combined with occupation of the factories and resuming production under their own workers' control. By April the strike spread through much of northern Italy. The government had to use warships to land troops at Genoa to march on Turin. While the councilist program was supported by the anarchists, the Socialist Party and the unions succeeded in sabotaging the strike: when Turin was besieged by 20,000 soldiers and police, the party newspaper "Avanti" refused to print the appeal of the Turin socialist section.
1920 — Russia: Mid-March, Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman return to Petrograd to secure work in support of the revolution. Ninth Congress of the All-Russian Communist party is held in Moscow; militarization of labor stirs much debate. Source: Emma Goldman Papers
1929 — D. H. Lawrence, in Paris looking for a publisher for Lady Chatterley's Lover, meets Harry Crosby of The Black Sun Press, with whom he has corresponded for more than a year; they disagree violently about everything they discuss. Source: See Geoffrey Wolff, Black Sun (Random House, 1976).  
1938 — Poet Dick Higgins lives (1938 — 1998), Cambridge, England. Higgins studied at Columbia University, New York (where he received a bachelors degree in English, 1960), the Manhattan School of Printing, New York, and the New School of Social Research, 1958-59, with the anarchist John Cage and Henry Cowell. He attended Cageʼs composition class, where he met George Brecht, Allan Kaprow, Al Hansen and other future Fluxus artists….
1939 — Hitler occupies Bohemia.
1964 — United States of America: Atomic Energy Commission admits that an unplanned release of radiation from an underground nuclear test spewed fallout over Las Vegas. During the 1950s and 1960s, more than 200 US nuclear explosions send huge radioactive clouds into the atmosphere. Since 1962, the atmospheric tests have been replaced by underground tests like the one near Las Vegas. The National Association of Radiation Survivors estimates that victims number 886,000. A 1980 report by a U.S. House of Representatives committee finds: "The Governmentʼs programs for monitoring the health effects of the tests was inadequate and, more disturbingly, all evidence suggesting that radiation was having harmful effects, be it on sheep or people, was not only disregarded but actually suppressed."  
1966 — United States of America: Teens riot. Arrest of a black high school student for throwing bricks and stones at passing cars touches off a wave of looting and burning in Watts, California. Two killed and 25 injured in the riot, the second major disturbance to break out in the Los Angeles ghetto in less than a year (see 11 August). After a morning inspection tour (of the 1965 Watts LA riots) one investigator said that he had found the "holiday atmosphere" among the looters most repelling. “These rioters don’t have any leaders.” 
1966 — United States of America: Thomas C. Lynch, Attorney General of the State of California, condemns the use of LSD and other drugs in a statement to the State Senate Judiciary Committee in Sacramento. Except for alcohol, of course. Source: [Frisco History Archive]  
1968 — Diocese of Rome announces it deplores but wonʼt prohibit "rock and roll masses" at the Church of San Lessio Falconieri.
1969 — England: Alan Barlow (1928 — 2004) and Phil Carver arrested immediately following a powerful explosion at the Francoist Banco de Bilbao, Covent Garden, London. In their possession is a letter claiming the action on behalf of the "1st of May Group."  
1970 — United States of America: 78 protesters arrested during a second attempt by Native American activists to occupy Fort Lawton, demanding that Seattle give the unused facility back to Native Americans.
1972 — Los Angeles Radio station KHJ raided by police after calls from listeners who feared there'd been a revolution at the station from 6:00 to 7:30 in the morning. DJ Robert W. Morgan had played Donny Osmondʼs "Puppy Love" over and over. The police left without making any arrests.
1980 — Penobscot Indians in Maine win major land claim.
1980 — Hélio Oiticica (1937 — 1980) dies. Brazilian painter, performance artist, and anarchist. Grandson of the anarchist Jose Oiticica, whose ideas and activities were an important influence. Hélio Oiticica; source, Anarcoefemèrides Created environmental, participatory events—among them Parangolé (1964), Tropicália (1967) and Apocalipopótesis (1968) — either in art centres or in the street. One of the leading exhibitors in the exhibition Nova objetividade brasileira (Rio de Janeiro, 1967), which reactivated Brazilʼs avant-garde.
1983 — Irish-born British novelist Rebecca West, 91, dies, London, England. "I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat, or a prostitute."
1986 — England: The most successful picket at Wapping in the News International dispute: forty yards of fence are torn down, lorries are held up for five hours and parts of the country have to do without their Murdoch Sunday papers.
1997 — Switzerland: First International Day Against Police Brutality [DAPB]. This day of protest initiated in response to Swiss police beating two children, aged 11 and 12, by the Black Flag in Switzerland, with the help of COBP from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Over 50 groups within 14 countries participate. "The strong arm of the State, the police, is a repressive instrument, which at every opportunity violates the very laws that it is supposed to respect. It abuses its power on a daily basis without suffering any consequences. The police spy, harass, imprison, torture, and kill. Their primary victims are the "undesirables" of society; the poor, the homeless, the marginalized, immigrants, people of color, sex workers, activists, student activists, and unionized workers. In response to the general deterioration of living conditions and the ever-increasing rise of poverty, governments invest in police forces in an attempt to maintain order and social peace by any means necessary."  
2001 — Germany: Fermin Rocker Show closes, Berlin. Paintings by Fermin Rocker (1907 — 2004), at Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Franz Mehring Platz. Fermin Rockerʼs paintings convey the memory of his father, the famed anarcho-syndicalist parents, Rudolf Rocker and Milly Witkop Rocker. Too modest to be called a working-class hero, Rudolf fought against the Nazis in Germany and militated with the workers in England and later in the United States. Ferminʼs powerful characters convey a sense of the conflicts and sufferings of the age, carrying their grief with dignity.  
2003 — United States of America: Hundreds of demonstrations across the nation in opposition to President Bushʼs relentless pursuit for a war against Iraq. In Seattle, protesters surround the Federal Building. TV news broadcasts later in the day include focus bits on the Singing Grannys (singing!) and long-time anti-authoritarian Robbie Barnes (wrapping the building with "crime scene" tape, anarcho-Christo-fashion).