April Peace Love Activism

April Peace Love Activism

I try to be precise and factual with my the many events I attach to a date, but sometimes the best I can find is that something occurred in a month. Such are today's entries. All the following happened in some past April. If you have the actual date, please let me know.

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Leonidas C Dyer

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in April 1918: Congressman Leonidas C. Dyer (R-Missouri) introduced an anti-lynching bill in the House of Representatives, based on a bill drafted by NAACP founder Albert E. Pillsbury in 1901. The bill called for the prosecution of lynchers in federal court. State officials who failed to protect lynching victims or prosecute lynchers could face five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. The victim’s heirs could recover up to $10,000 from the county where the crime occurred. (BH, see June 3; Dyer bill, see October 20, 1921)
Aurelia Browder

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in April 1955:  Aurelia Browder (36 years old) arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white rider in Montgomery, AL. She will be the lead plaintiff in the Browder v. Gayle action lawsuit. (Black History, see May 7; Boycott & Feminism, see Oct 21; B v G, see February 1, 1956)
Muhammad Ali
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Passion of Muhammad Ali cover by George Lois
in April 1968: Esquire magazine’s cover portrayed Muhammad Ali as a martyr akin to St Sebastian. Kurt Andersen, host of NPR’s Studio 360, stated that “George Lois’s covers for Esquire in the 60s are classic. His April 1968 image of Muhammad Ali to dramatize the boxer’s persecution for his personal beliefs, is the greatest magazine cover ever created, making a political statement without being grim or stupid or predicable.” (Black History, see April 3; Ali, see, April 6, 1969) (see Passion of Muhammad Ali for full story)
Nathan Bedford Forest Rangers
in April 1973: the Pontiac, Michigan school bus bomb case came to trial with Robert Miles, Wallace Fruit, Alex Distel, Dennis Ramsey, and Raymond Quirk as defendants. The government's star witness, Jerome Lauinger, a Pontiac fireman and licensed gun dealer, told the court that he had infiltrated "Unit 5" of the KKK on behalf of the FBI some three-and-a-half years earlier. He reported that the KKK had a military arm called the "Nathan Bedford Forest Rangers" and that he was a member of it as well. (BH, see April 10; SD, see “in May”)

Rodney King

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in April 2012: King's autobiography, "The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption. Learning How We Can All Get Along" published. (see June 17, 2012)
American Psychiatric Association

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in April 1952: the American Psychiatric Association listed homosexuality as a sociopathic personality disturbance in its first publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Immediately following the manual's release, many professionals in medicine, mental health and social sciences criticized the categorization due to lack of empirical and scientific data. (see June 23, 1952)

in April Music et al

Ray Charles
in April 1962: Ray Charles successfully combined country music with soul and crosses into the pop realm with the album "Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music" – the #1 album of 1962.

Future Woodstock Performers
in April 1967: Country Joe (age 25 ) and the Fish released first album, Electric Music for the Mind and Body.

in April 1967: Ken Kesey re-tried. Hung jury. Pled guilty to a lesser charge. Given 6 months on work farm.

The Cold War

Cuban Missile Crisis

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in April 1962: U.S. Jupiter missiles in Turkey became operational. All positions were reported "ready and manned" by U.S. personnel. (Cold War, see April 14; Cuban Missile Crisis, see May 30)


Air power
in April – June, 1964: the US massively reinforced its air power in Southeast Asia massively reinforced. Two aircraft carriers arrived off the Vietnamese coast prompted by a North Vietnamese offensive in Laos. (see April 25)
33,641 dead
in April 1969: 543,000 US troops in Vietnam. 33,641 Americans have been killed, a greater total than the Korean War. (see April 2)


“People’s Park”

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in April, 1969: UC Berkeley students with local residents began to build a “People’s Park” on college-owned land that had remained unused despite plans to build a park and sports field.  (see April 9)


in April 1995: the “Does” filed suit against Santa Fe Independent School District (TX) in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Texas. For some time prior to the onset of this litigation, the “Does’ believed that SFISD was pursuing policies that were in contravention of the Establishment Clause, mainly because for an undisclosed period of time leading up to and including the 1992-93 and 1993-94 school years, SFISD allowed students to read overtly Christian prayers from the stage at graduation ceremonies, and over the public address system at home football games. The “Does” demanded prospective injunctive and declaratory relief in addition to money damages (see June 19, 2000)

Sexual Abuse of Children

Boston Archdiocese
in April 2003:  the Boston Archdiocese avoided bankruptcy by agreeing to sell land and buildings for over $100m to fund legal settlements to more than 500 abuse victims.

César E. Chávez

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in April 2003: the US Postal Service issued the Cesar E Chavez postage stamp. (see April 27, 2012)

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April 1 Peace Love Activism

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Native Americans

Wampanoags treaty

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April 1, 1621: at the Plymouth settlement (present-day Massachusetts), the leaders of the Plymouth colonists, acting on behalf of King James I, make a defensive alliance with Massasoit, chief of the Wampanoags. The agreement, in which both parties promised to not “doe hurt” to one another, was the first treaty between a Native American tribe and a group of American colonists. According to the treaty, if a Wampanoag broke the peace, he would be sent to Plymouth for punishment; if a colonist broke the law, he would likewise be sent to the Wampanoags. (Native Americans, see February 25, 1642; Wampanoags, see June 24, 1675)


Deborah Samson
April 1, 1783: Deborah Samson promoted and spent seven months serving as a waiter to General John Paterson. This job entitled her to a better quality of life, better food, less danger, and shelter. (see “summer 1783”)

Cultural Milestones

William Wrigley, Jr

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April 1, 1891: William Wrigley, Jr  founded the Wrigley Co. in Chicago. He sold soap and gave away baking powder as a premium. The baking powder was more popular, so he switched to selling baking powder, giving chewing gum as a premium with each can. The gum became more popular than the baking powder so he went into the chewing gum business. (see May 5)
Baseball Hall of Fame
April 1, 1938: the Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, NY (August 25, 1939)

Black History

Scottsboro Boys
April 1, 1935: the US Supreme Court ruled that the exclusion of black citizens on jury rolls deprives black defendants of their rights to equal protection under the law as guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment. The Court overturned the convictions of Haywood Patterson and Clarence Norris and the case is remanded to a lower court. (SB, see Nov 13) (see Scottsboro Boys Travesty)
Greensboro Four
April 1, 1960: students resumed sit-in activities at the Kress and F.W. Woolworth stores and began picketing on Elm and Sycamore streets. That evening at a mass meeting, more than 1,200 students pledged to continue the protests. (see Apr 2)
St Augustine Sit-ins
April 1, 1964: sit-ins at restaurants and hotels in St. Augustine, Fla., ended in the arrests of more than 280 people. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his support to the protests and was arrested on June 11 when he tried to eat the Monson Motel Restaurant in town. On June 5, the beach cottage where he was supposed to stay was riddled with bullets. (see Apr 6)

US Labor History

International Typographical Union

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April 1, 1963: workers of the International Typographical Union ended their strike that had closed nine New York City newspapers. The strike ended 114 days after it began on December 8, 1962. (see June 10)
Baseball strike

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April 1, 1972: major league baseball strike began. It was the first players' strike in baseball history. (Labor, see Apr 11; baseball, see Apr 13)
April 1, 2015: McDonald’s announced that it would raise wages and offer new benefits to 90,000 employees in the 1,500 outlets in the United States that it owned and operates, responding to competitive pressure from a tighter job market and to labor campaigns drawing public attention to its pay policies.

                The decision, however, did not affect the 750,000 employees who work for the more than 3,100 franchisees that operate roughly 12,500 McDonald’s restaurants around the country. The company will increase wages to at least $1 over the local legal minimum wage for workers in restaurants under corporate control to an average of $9.90 an hour by July 1. That average will increase to more than $10 in 2016.

                Employees who have worked in company restaurants more than a year will also be eligible for paid time off, whether they work full or part time. An employee who works an average of 20 hours a week might accrue as much as 20 hours of paid time off a year, the company said. McDonald’s will also expand a program intended to help employees of both its own restaurants and those operated by franchisees to take classes online toward earning high school diplomas. The company will cover those costs, as well as assist employees with college tuition. (see June 1)

April 1 Music et al

John Lennon
April 1, 1966: John Lennon bought a copy of Timothy Leary's The Psychedelic Experience and The Tibetan Book Of The Dead, where he read near the beginning of the book's introduction; "When in doubt, relax, turn off your mind, float downstream," which captured Lennon's imagination and became the first line of 'Tomorrow Never Knows', (which he recorded 5 days later). (see May 1)
The Road to Bethel and the Woodstock Festival
April 1, 1969: Michael Lang was disappointed anyway with the Saugerties site. It didn’t have the rustic feel he hoped to have. (see April 12)
Trans John & Yoko
April 1, 1970: as an April Fool's joke, John Lennon and Yoko Ono issued a statement to the press that they were having dual sex change operations. (see Apr 10)
Grateful Dead & FREE SPEECH
April 1, 1970:   radio station WUHY in Philadelphia was fined for a “string of vulgarities,” expressed by Jerry Garcia. The case led to the first fine ever imposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for broadcast indecency. Dean Burch, Chair of the FCC, was searching for a test case in which the FCC could assert standards of decency in radio broadcasting. The executives of WUHY, however, chose to pay the $100 fine rather than contest the decision, and so there was no court case involving a test of the FCC’s standards and the First Amendment. (FS, see May 6; Dead, see March 27, 1973)


Gay entrapment 
April 1, 1966: NYC Chief Inspector Sanford D. Garelik said that he hoped the public would report cases in which policemen lured homosexuals into breaking the law and then arrest them. (see April 17)
Coretta Scott King
April 1, 1998: Coretta Scott King called on the civil rights community to join the struggle against homophobia. She received criticism from members of the black civil rights movement for comparing civil rights to gay rights. (see Nov 3, 1998)
Act on the Opening up of Marriage
April 1, 2001: In the Netherlands, the Act on the Opening up of Marriage goes into effect. The Act allows same-sex couples to marry legally for the first time in the world. (see March 28, 2002)

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Vietnam & My Lai Massacre

April 1, 1971: President Nixon ordered William Calley transferred from Leavenworth prison to house arrest at Fort Benning, pending appeal. (My Lai, see Aug 20; Vietnam, see April 19)

Jack Kevorkian

April 1, 1996,  trial began in Jack Kevorkian's home town of Pontiac in the deaths of Miller and Wantz. For the start of his third criminal trial, he wears colonial costume--tights, a white powdered wig, and big buckle shoes--a protest against the fact that he is being tried under centuries-old common law. He would face a maximum of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted in the Wantz/Miller deaths. (see May 14)

Iraq War II

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April 1, 2007:  John McCain strolled through Baghdad market, accompanied by 100 soldiers, 3 blackhawks, 2 Apache gunships. [NBC News, 4/1/07] (see Apr 16)

Women’s Health & TERRORISM

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April 1, 2010: in Wichita, Kansas, Sedgwick County District Judge Warren Wilbert sentenced Scott Roeder to a "Hard 50", meaning no possibility of parole for 50 years, for the murder of Dr George Tiller, the maximum sentence available in Kansas. (Terrorism, see Nov 17; BC see March 16, 2012)

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

April 1, 2010:  Halliburton employee Marvin Volek warned that BP's use of cement "was against our best practices." (see Apr 14)

Environmental Issues

April 1, 2015
  • California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered mandatory water use reductions for the first time in California’s history, saying the state’s four-year drought had reached near-crisis proportions after a winter of record-low snowfalls. Brown, in an executive order, directed the State Water Resources Control Board to impose a 25 percent reduction on the state’s 400 local water supply agencies, which serve 90 percent of California residents, over the coming year. The agencies will be responsible for coming up with restrictions to cut back on water use and for monitoring compliance. State officials said the order would impose varying degrees of cutbacks on water use across the board — affecting homeowners, farms and other businesses, as well as the maintenance of cemeteries and golf courses.

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  • A report from the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council analyzed the data on spills and other violations at oil and gas wells across the country, but an interesting aspect of the report was how little data the group was able to turn up. Based on NRDC's evaluation of dozens of state databases, only three states -- West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Colorado -- have easily accessible, publicly available data on spills and other violations. That's three states out of 36 that have active oil and gas development.
        "We looked at 36 states, and there are only three states where it would be easy for a member of the public to sit down at their computer and get some information about a company's compliance record," said report co-author Amy Mall, a senior policy analyst at NRDC. The group said that  there are other states where citizens can file requests for data, but these three are the only ones where the information proved relatively easy to access. (see Apr 21)

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