March 11 Peace Love Activism

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Feminism

Deborah Samson

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Deborah Samson had disguised herself as a man during the American Revolution and joined the Army where she served well, even wounded. Because she was a woman, Congress denied her a veteran pension. On February 20. 1805 Paul Revere had written Congress on her behalf to reconsider its refusal. On March 11, 1805 Congress Washington obliged Revere’s letter and placed her on the Massachusetts Invalid Pension Roll. This pension plan paid Deborah Samson four dollars a month. (see 1809)

March 11 Music et al

Bob Dylan
March 11, 1962: Dylan plays tunes on NYC radio station WBAI-FM with Cynthia Gooding. Mentioned that he “stole” melody for Emmett Till tune from Len Chandler. (Till, tune, see 1964 entry just after Aug 15 – 12, 1964 entry; Dylan, see March 19)

Supremes
March 11 – 17, 1967: “Love is Here and Now You’re Gone” by the Supremes #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Cultural Milestone
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March 11, 1969: Levi-Strauss started selling bell-bottomed jeans. (see June 2)
Paul McCartney

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March 11, 1997: Queen Elizabeth II knighted Paul McCartney for his "services to music." (see “in 1999”)
LSD

 

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March 4, 2014 : the results of the first study of the therapeutic use of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) in humans in over 40 years were published online in the peer-reviewed Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.

Sponsored by the non-profit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), the double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study in 12 subjects found statistically significant reductions in anxiety associated with advanced stage illness following two LSD-assisted psychotherapy sessions. The results also indicate that LSD-assisted psychotherapy can be safely administered in these subjects, and justify further research.

Principal Investigator Peter Gasser, M.D., a private practice psychiatrist in Solothurn, Switzerland reproted that “The study was a success in the sense that we did not have any noteworthy adverse effects.... All participants reported a personal benefit from the treatment, and the effects were stable over time.” (see November 29, 2016)

BLACK HISTORY

James J. Reeb

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March 11, 1965: James J. Reeb died in a hospital in Birmingham, Alabama after White supremacists had beat him in Selma, AL following the second march from Selma on March 9.

Upset with the way the SCLC is handling things in Selma, James Forman and much of the SNCC staff move to Montgomery and begin a series of demonstrations. The group also asked for students from across the country to join them. Tuskegee Institute students come to Montgomery in an attempt to deliver a petition to Wallace. (see Mar 13)

FREE SPEECH

Live Free or Die
March 11, 1975: in the Maynards case, the single District Judge issued a temporary restraining order against further arrests and prosecutions of the Maynards. Because the appellees sought an injunction against a state statute on grounds of its unconstitutionality, a three-judge District Court was convened pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2281. Following a hearing on the merits, the District Court entered an order enjoining the State "from arresting and prosecuting [the Maynards] at any time in the future for covering over that portion of their license plates that contains the motto `Live Free or Die.'" The governor of New Hampshire chose to appeal to the United States Supreme Court, and it accepted the case. (see April 20, 1977)

Symbionese Liberation Army

March 11, 1976: though represented by well-known defense attorney F. Lee Bailey, a jury found Patty Hearst guilty of armed bank robbery. (see Sept 24)

INDEPENDENCE DAY

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March 11, 1990:  Lithuania declared independence from the Soviet Union with the Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania.

Feminism

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March 11, 1993: Janet Reno sworn in as the first female U.S. Attorney General. (see April 28)

Nuclear/Chemical News

Nuclear waste
March 11, 1997: an explosion at a nuclear waste reprocessing plant exposed 35 workers to low levels of radioactivity. The incident was the worst in Japan's history. (see May 11, 1998)
Fukushima Daiichi power plant

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March 11, 2011: Fukushima Daiichi power plant (Japan). A powerful tsunami generated by a magnitude-9.0 earthquake out at sea slams into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, damaging four of six reactors at the site. A series of fires are set off, after cooling systems fail. Venting hydrogen gas from the reactors causes explosions, forcing engineers to use seawater in an effort to cool overheating reactor cores. (see May 30)
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LGBTQ

March 11, 2004: the California Supreme Court issued a stay ordering San Francisco officials to cease issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. (see May 17, 2004)

Hurricane Katrina

March 11, 2010: Katrina shootings and cover-up: Officer Jeffrey Lehrmann pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony for failing to report the cover-up. (see Apr 7)

US Labor History

March 11, 2011: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a measure to eliminate most union rights for public employees, a proposal which had provoked three weeks of protests. (see end of 2011)

Kandahar massacre

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March 11, 2012: sixteen civilians (comprising nine children, four men, and three women) were killed and five wounded in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. A US Army sergeant was taken into custody by U.S. military authorities as the primary suspect. (see Mar 13)

Birth Control

March 11, 2014: police arrested Zachary Jordan Klundt, in connection with the All Families Healthcare break-in on March 4. Klundt faced charges of felony criminal mischief, attempted burglary, and theft. (BC, see Mar 14; T, see May 15)

DEATH PENALTY

Glenn Ford
March 11, 2014: it was announced that Glenn Ford, a black man wrongfully convicted of murder by an all-white jury in Louisiana in 1984, a man who had spent the last 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit following a trial filled with constitutional violations, would be set free. Once that happened he became one of the longest-serving death row inmates in modern American history to be exonerated and released.

Ford’s lawyers and parish prosecutors in Shreveport both filed motions late last week informing a state trial judge that the time has come now to vacate Ford’s murder conviction and death sentence. Why? Because prosecutors now say that they learned, late last year, of “credible evidence” that Ford “was neither present at, nor a participant in, the robbery and murder” of the victim in his case, a man named Isadore Rozeman. (see April 28)

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