September 24

September 24

September 24, 1922, BLACK HISTORY: the National Equal Rights League sent a telegram to President Harding calling for a special session of Congress to act on the Dyer Anti-Lynching bill. Congress had adjourned without completing consideration of the bill.
September 24September 24, 1951: Haywood Patterson , one of the falsely accused so-called "Scottboro Boys" was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 6 to 15 years. He died of cancer less than a year later.

September 24

September 24, 1965, News Music: Irwin Silber, editor of Sing Out!’ (a magazine of recordings), singer Barbara Dane, and Pete Seeger, along with the cream of the folk establishment organized a two-part “Sing-In For Peace” concert at Carnegie Hall. The concert featured sixty black and white artists. The Fugs performed their scathing “Kill for Peace.” Unfortunately, a local newspaper strike prevented much media coverage, but the concert marked a turning point in the peace song movement. As Silber remarked in Sing Out!, “the essence of the creative union between folksong and social value had been recaptured.”


September 24, 1965, BLACK HISTORY: President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Executive Order 11246. It, established requirements for non-discriminatory practices in hiring and employment on the part of U.S. government contractors. It "prohibits federal contractors and federally assisted construction contractors and subcontractors, who do over $10,000 in Government business in one year from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin." It also required contractors to "take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, color, religion, sex or national origin." The phrase "affirmative action" had appeared previously in Executive Order 10925 in 1961.
September 24 – October 14, 1966: “Cherish” by the Association #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

September 24, 1976, Symbionese Liberation Army:  Newspaper heiress Patty Hearst sentenced to seven years in prison for her part in a 1974 bank robbery.

September 24, 1982, AIDS: CDC uses the term “AIDS” (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) for the first time, and releases the first case definition of AIDS: “a disease at least moderately predictive of a defect in cell-mediated immunity, occurring in a person with no known case for diminished resistance to that disease.”
September 24, 1996, Nuclear news: the US and the world's other major nuclear powers signed a treaty to end all testing and development of nuclear weapons.

September 24, 2014, Native Americans: the Obama administration agreed to pay the Navajo Nation a record $554 million to settle longstanding claims by America's largest Indian tribe that its funds and natural resources were mishandled for decades by the U.S. government.

The accord, resolved claims that dated back as far as 50 years and marked the biggest U.S. legal settlement with a single tribe

The deal stemmed from litigation accusing the government of mismanaging Navajo trust accounts and resources on more than 14 million acres of land held in trust for the tribe and leased for such purposes as farming, energy development, logging and mining.


Wednesday 23 September


September 23, 1862, Native Americans: the Battle of Wood Lake. After delays due to forces needed for the Civil War, a large regular army contingent overwhelmingly defeated the Dakota forces.

September 23, 1913, US Labor History: miners working for the John D. Rockefeller-owned Colorado Fuel and Iron Company go on strike. Organized by the United Mine Workers Association, the miners move their families to union tent colonies in the countryside away from the mining camps.


Mr. & Mrs. Roy (Carolyn) Bryant (left) with Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Milam showed happiness at a the verdict delivered in Sumner, Miss. Friday, September 23, 1955. Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam were acquitted in the murder of Emmett Till. In February, 2007, a Leflore County grand jury declined to indict Carolyn (Bryant) Donham on criminal charges. The Chicago youth was killed for allegedly wolf whistling at Mrs. Roy Bryant at a store owned by her husband in Money, Miss. in August 1955. His body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River near Phillip on August 31. He had been beaten and shot once in the head. A 70-pound cotton gin fan was tied with barbed wire around his neck. The district attorney in rural Leflore County, Miss. had sought a manslaughter charge against Carolyn Bryant Donham, who was suspected of pointing out to her husband to punish the boy, but a February 2007 grand jury refused to bring any new charges. (Courtesy Special Collections / University of Memphis Libraries) ( Following excerpted from The Commercial Appeal Sept. 24, 1955 1A story by William Sorrells ) "I feel a lot better," the attractive 21-year-old mother (Mrs. Roy Bryant) sighed, leaning on the shoulder of her stocky husband, a former paratrooper. "We feel so good," Bryant chimed in. They smiled happily as photographers took over. Milam reached over, pulled his pretty wife to his shoulder. "I feel fine," he said. "But I'm going to get me a wig." There was testimony throught the trial about "a big bald-headed man."

Mr. & Mrs. Roy (Carolyn) Bryant (left) with Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Milam showed happiness at a the verdict delivered in Sumner, Miss. Friday, September 23, 1955.

September 23, 1955, BLACK HISTORY & Emmett Tillthe jury acquitted Milam and Bryant of murdering Emmett Till after the jury deliberates 67 minutes. One juror told a reporter that they wouldn’t have taken so long if they hadn’t stopped to drink pop. Roy Bryant and J. W. Milam stand before photographers, light up cigars and kiss their wives in celebration of the not guilty verdict.

Moses Wright and Willie Reed, another poor black Mississippian who testified, left Mississippi and were smuggled to Chicago. Once there, Reed collapsed and suffered a nervous breakdown.



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September 23, 1957, BLACK HISTORY & School Desegregation: nine black students who had entered Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas were forced to withdraw because of a white mob outside.





September 23, 1967: Saturday Evening Post cover featured a “Hippie” and a story about the so-called Hippie Cult.














September 23 – October 20, 1967: “The Letter” by the Boxtops #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

…and a great cover by Joe Cocker w Leon Russell.



02 Nov 1969, Chicago, Illinois, USA --- Portraits of the defendants in the "Chicago 8" trial for conspiracy to incite violence during the 1968 Democratic Convention. Although found guilty, all conviction in this trial were overturned on appeal. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS
Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

September 23, 1969, 1969, Vietnam, Chicago 8 & Black Panthers: the Chicago Eight trial began. The defendants included David Dellinger of the National Mobilization Committee (NMC); Rennie Davis and Thomas Hayden of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS); Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, founders of the Youth International Party (“Yippies”); Bobby Seale of the Black Panthers; and two lesser known activists, Lee Weiner and John Froines. The group was charged with conspiracy to cross state lines with intent to incite a riot. All but Seale were represented by attorneys William Kunstler and Leonard Weinglass.

Early in the trial, presiding Judge Julius Hoffaman (no relation to Abbie) ordered Bobby Seale bound and gagged in the courtroom because of his outbursts. Seale’s trial will eventually be separated from the others’.

September 23, 1974, The Beatles post break-up: Lennon single, Whatever Get You Through the Night released. It would be Lennon’s only solo #1 single in the US during his lifetime. Lennon was the last member of The Beatles to achieve an American number one solo hit. The recording featured Elton John on harmony vocals and piano. While in the studio, Elton bet Lennon that the song would top the charts.


September 23, 2010, DEATH PENALTY, Teresa Lewis was put to death in Virginia for arranging the killings of her husband and a stepson over a $250,000 insurance payment. The 41-year-old was the first woman to be executed in the United States in five years. More than 7,300 appeals to stop the execution – the first of a woman in Virginia since 1912 – had been made to the governor in a state second only to Texas in the number of people it executes. Texas held the most recent U.S. execution of a woman in 2005. Out of more than 1,200 people put to death since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976, only 11 have been women.
Lewis, who defense attorneys said was borderline mentally disabled, had inspired other inmates by singing Christian hymns in prison. Her execution stirred an unusual amount of attention because of her gender, claims she lacked the intelligence to mastermind the killings and the post-conviction emergence of defense evidence that one of the triggermen manipulated her.” Under US law, anyone with an IQ under 70 cannot be executed. Lewis was judged to have an IQ of 72.

September 23, 2013, Native Americans: Veronica, the Cherokee girl at the center of a long custody dispute, was handed over to her adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, of South Carolina. Veronica, 4, had been living in the Cherokee Nation with her father, Dusten Brown, since she was 2. Before that, she lived with the Capobiancos. Her adoption was made final earlier this year, but Mr. Brown had appealed. The girl was handed over after the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled it would not intervene.

Cherokee Nation spokeswoman Amanda Clinton confirmed the announcement via social media about an hour after the handover. “It is with a heavy heart that I can confirm Veronica Brown was peacefully handed over to Matt and Melanie Capobianco (this) evening,” she tweeted. “Updates will be forthcoming, but the transition was handled peacefully and with dignity by all parties. Please keep Veronica in your prayers.”

Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, former nuncio to the Dominican Republic, is pictured during a 2011 ceremony in Santo Domingo. The Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith found the archbishop guilty of sexual abuse of minors and has ordered that he be laicized. RNS photo courtesy Orlando Barria/CNS

September 23, 2014, Sexual Abuse of Children: Vatican officials announced that Pope Francis had ordered the arrest of former Polish archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, accused of child sex abuse in the Dominican Republic. A Vatican tribunal had defrocked Wesolowski earlier in the year. He was under house arrest inside Vatican City due to the “express desire” of Pope Francis, the Vatican said in a statement.

The Vatican’s chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said, “The seriousness of the allegations has prompted the official investigation to impose a restrictive measure that … consists of house arrest, with its related limitations, in a location within the Vatican City State.”

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