August 25 Peace Love Art Activism

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White League

August 25, 1874: the White League was a group of white southerners who wanted to rid the south of Black emancipation and the influence of northern Republicans who had come south (aka, Carpetbaggers). Marshall H. Twitchell, formerly a white officer in the U.S. Colored Troops, had helped form the Red River Parish.

In the summer of 1874 a chapter of the White League formed in the Red River Parish of Louisiana under the leadership of Thomas Abney.

Around midnight on August 25, the White League under Abney’s leadership murdered Thomas Floyd, a black Republican in the Brownsville community, south of Coushatta. Floyd’s murder set in motion the violent events that followed. [Facing History dot org article]  (BH, see Aug 26; White League, see Aug 27)

Marcus Garvey

August 25, 1919: Garvey held a mass meeting at Carnegie Hall in New York to promote the sale of Black Star Line stock. (BH, see Sept 28; see MG for expanded story)

Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters

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August 25, 1925: the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) organized. It was the first labor organization led by African Americans to receive a charter in the American Federation of Labor (AFL). [Black Past article] (BH, see Sept 9; Labor, see February 16, 1926)

Pastor Robert Graetz

August 25, 1956: several sticks of dynamite were thrown into the yard of Pastor Robert Graetz’s Montgomery, Alabama, home where they exploded, breaking the home’s front windows and damaging the front door. A young white minister serving the city’s primarily African American Trinity Lutheran Church, Pastor Graetz was a member of the Montgomery Improvement Association, the community group that had planned and guided the city’s bus boycott to protest racially discriminatory treatment toward black bus riders. Pastor Graetz had been an outspoken supporter of the ongoing bus boycott since it began on December 5, 1955, and was known to regularly provide transportation to boycott participants traveling to and from work.

At the time of the explosion, Pastor Graetz was attending an integration workshop in Tennessee. His wife and children were not at home and no one was injured in the blast. In January 1956, the Montgomery homes of local minister Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and E.D. Nixon, former president of the local NAACP, were bombed. Both men were active boycott leaders.

In response to the bombing of Paster Graetz’s home, Montgomery Mayor W. A. Gayle called it an inside job and claimed the attack was “just a publicity stunt to build up interest of the Negroes in their campaign . . . This latest bombing follows the usual pattern. It’s a strange coincidence that when interest appears to be flagging in the bus boycott something like this happens.” No one was arrested, charged, or convicted for the attack. [2015 Montgomery Advertiser article] (see Aug 30)

Fannie Lou Hamer

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August 25, 1964: the Democratic National Convention’s credentials committee seated the all-white regular Democrats from Mississippi. The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party rejected the offer of two at-large seats with civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer explaining, “We didn’t come all this way for no two seats, ’cause all of us is tired.” All but three of the regular Mississippi Democrats walked out of the convention. (see Aug 28 – 30)

Black Panther Party

August 25, 1967: FBI Director J Edgar Hoover authorized a COINTELPRO operation against the Black Panther Party, directing FBI agents to “expose, disrupt, misdirect [and] discredit” the militant African-American group. (see Aug 30)

Lena Baker

August 25, 2005: the State of Georgia granted Lena Baker a posthumous pardon for killing a white man she said enslaved her (see March 5, 1945). Lena Baker said she acted in self-defense, but a jury of white men convicted her after a one-day trial. Baker was the only woman to have been executed in the state’s electric chair. On Aug. 30, Georgia authorities presented a proclamation to her descendants, including her grandnephew Roosevelt Curry, who led the drive to clear her name. [NPR story] (see Sept 9)

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Women’s Health

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August 25, 1914: Margaret Sanger had coined the term “birth control” and used the phrase in the June 1914 issue of The Woman Rebel. On this date she was indicted for publishing three issues of her magazine.

The Comstock Act (March 3, 1873) had made it a crime to send information about birth control or abortion through the U.S. mails.

The indictment was one of a long series of events in the first half of the twentieth century involving the suppression of information about birth control. In October 1914, having obtained a postponement of her trial, Sanger fled the country, taking the train to Canada and then sailing to England. In the fall of 1915, after her husband William Sanger was convicted of violating the Comstock Act, she felt compelled to return to the US and arrived in New York that October. The charges from the 1914 indictment were dropped in early 1916. (BC, see March 1915; Sanger, see September 10, 1915)

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Environmental Issues


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August 25, 1916: the National Park Service was established within the Department of the Interior. [NPS site] (see January 15, 1919)

California Emissions Vote

August 25, 2022: California air regulators voted on a plan to address climate change and harmful pollution by moving the nation’s largest auto market away from the internal combustion engine.

The regulation would phase out the sale of new gasoline-powered cars, trucks and SUVs culminating in a total ban of new sales of the vehicles by 2035. The ban will not prevent people from using gas-powered vehicles or apply to the used car market, but California officials say it would dramatically cut the state’s climate-warming emissions by speeding the transition to electric vehicles.

“California now has a groundbreaking, world-leading plan to achieve 100% zero-emission vehicle sales by 2035,” said the state’s governor, Gavin Newsom. “It’s ambitious, it’s innovative, it’s the action we must take if we’re serious about leaving the planet better off for future generations.” [NPR article] (next EI, see Oct 26)

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US Labor History

Battle of Blair Mountain

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August 25 – September 2, 1921: Battle of Blair Mountain was one of the largest civil uprisings in United States history and the largest armed rebellion since the American Civil War. For five days in Logan County, West Virginia, some 10,000 armed coal miners confronted 3,000 lawmen and strikebreakers, called the Logan Defenders, who were backed by coal mine operators during an attempt by the miners to unionize the southwestern West Virginia coalfields. The battle ended after approximately one million rounds were fired and the United States Army intervened by presidential order.

Up to 30 deaths were reported by owners’ side and 50–100 on the union miners’ side, with hundreds more injured. 985 miners were indicted for murder, conspiracy to commit murder, accessory to murder, and treason against the State of West Virginia. Though some were acquitted by sympathetic juries, many were also imprisoned for a number of years, though they were paroled in 1925. [Progressive dot org article] (see Sept 21)

Sacco and Vanzetti

August 25, 1927: the Commonwealth of Massachusetts executed Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti  for their alleged participation in a murderous payroll heist in 1920. The two men were anarchists and labor activists. (see Oct 6)

Federal worker protections

August 25, 2018: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson in Washington struck down most of the key provisions of three executive orders that President Trump signed in late May that would have made it easier to fire federal employees.

The ruling was a blow to Republican efforts to rein in public-sector labor unions, which states like Wisconsin had aggressively curtailed in recent years. Om June 27, the Supreme Court had dealt public-sector unions a major blow by ending mandatory union fees for government workers nationwide.

Amid these setbacks, the fight against Mr. Trump’s executive orders had taken on an existential importance in the minds of some public-sector union leaders.

“We are very pleased that the court agreed that the president far exceeded his authority, and that the apolitical career federal work force shall be protected from these illegal, politically motivated executive orders,” Sarah Suszczyk, the co-chair of a coalition of government-workers unions, said in a statement. (see Aug 30)

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Cultural Milestone

August 25, 1939: “The Wizard of Oz”, which will become one of the best-loved movies in history, opened in theaters around the United States. Based on the 1900 children’s novel ”The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, by L. Frank Baum (1856-1919), the film starred Judy Garland as the young Kansas farm girl Dorothy, who, after being knocked unconscious in a tornado, dreams about following a yellow brick road, alongside her dog Toto, to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard of Oz.

Along the way, Dorothy encounters a cast of characters, including the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Wicked Witch of the West. Though the scenes in Kansas were shot in traditional black and white, Oz appears in vivid Technicolor, a relatively new film process at the time.

Nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Picture category, The Wizard of Oz lost to the Civil War-era epic “Gone With the Wind.””The Wizard of Oz” won a Best Song Oscar for “Over the Rainbow,” which became one of Garland’s signature hits. Garland won a special award at that year’s Oscar ceremony, for Best Juvenile Performer. Filmed at MGM Studios in Culver City, California, “The Wizard of Oz” was a modest box-office success when it was first released, but its popularity continued to grow after it was televised for the first time in 1956.

An estimated 45 million people watched that inaugural broadcast, and since then ”The Wizard of Oz” has aired on TV countless times. Today, some of the film’s famous lines, including “There’s no place like home” and “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore” are well-known to several generations of moviegoers. (see June 19, 1941)

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The Red Scare

August 25, 1948: Alger Hiss and Whittaker Chambers both testified in a televised hearing of the House Un-American Activities Committee. It is the first time any Congressional hearing was broadcast over television. (Hiss: see January 21, 1950; Red Scare, see November 1, 1948)

Loyalty Oath

August 25, 1950: the University of California Regents voted to fire 31 faculty members who refused to sign a Loyalty Oath. The Regents had adopted a final version of the oath on April 21, 1950 (after much protest and debate that began in 1949). The University of California Loyalty Oath was one of the major controversies of the Cold War era. (Red Scare, see Sept 22; U of C, see October 17, 1952)

Nuclear/Chemical News

August 25, 1962: Soviet Union above ground nuclear test. 1.5 – 10 megaton. (see Aug 27)

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Clarence Earl Gideon

August 25, 1961: five days before his 51st birthday, Judge McCrary sentenced Gideon to the maximum sentence: five years in prison. (see Gideon for expanded story)

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August 25 Music et al

The Loco-Motion

August 25 – 31, 1962: “The Loco-Motion” by Little Eva #1 Billboard Hot 100. The Carole King and Gerry Goffin song was offered to Dee Dee Sharp (Mashed Potatoes), who turned it down. The writers had their babysitter record it who took it to No.1.

The Beatles/“Help”

August 25, 1965: “Help” movie released in US

The Beatles/Marharishi

August 25, 1967: left for Bangor, North Wales for mediation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. (see MMY for expanded story)

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Announcements & Nominations

Robert F Kennedy

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August 25, 1964, Robert F Kennedy announced his candidacy for the US Senate representing the State of New York.

Barak Obama

August 25 – 28, 2008, Democratic National Convention held in Denver, CO. Barak Obama and Joe Biden nominated for President and Vice-President.

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August 25 – 29, 1968: Democratic Convention in Chicago demonstrations & police riot 10,000 +/- demonstrators vs. 11,000 Chicago police, 6,000 National Guard, 7,500 U.S. army troops, and 1,000 FBI, CIA & other services agents. (see September 4)

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Dissolution of the USSR & INDEPENDENCE DAY

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August 25, 1991: Belarus declared independence from Soviet Union.  [RFE article] (see Aug 27)

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Consumer Protection

August 25, 1997: the tobacco industry agreed to an $11.3 billion settlement with the state of Florida. [Washington Post article] (see September 1, 1998)

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Hurricane Katrina

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August 25, 2005: At 6:30 PM EDT Hurricane Katrina made its first landfall in Florida as a Category 1 hurricane near Hallandale Beach, Florida on the Miami-Dade/Broward county line. After landfall, instead of travelling as originally forecast, Katrina moved hard left (south/southwest) almost parallel to the coastline in densely-populated metropolitan Miami, Florida. As many as six people were killed, including three people killed by falling trees and two boaters that attempted to ride out the storm in their crafts. (see Aug 26)

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August 25, 2017: President Trump directed the military not to move forward with an Obama-era plan that would have allowed transgender individuals to be recruited into the armed forces, following through on his intentions announced a month earlier to ban transgender people from serving.

The presidential memorandum also banned the Department of Defense from using its resources to provide medical treatment regimens for transgender individuals currently serving in the military.

Trump also directed the departments of Defense and Homeland Security “to determine how to address transgender individuals currently serving based on military effectiveness and lethality, unitary cohesion, budgetary constraints, applicable law, and all factors that may be relevant,” the White House official said.  [CNN article] (LGBTQ, see Aug 29; Transgender, see Oct 30)

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Immigration History

August 25, 2017: President Trump pardoned former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio after being found guilty in July on criminal contempt charges stemming from his refusal to stop imprisoning suspected illegal immigrants.

“Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now eighty-five years old, and after more than fifty years of admirable service to our Nation, he is [a] worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon,” the White House said in part in a press release. [Washington Post article] (see Aug 30)

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Native Americans

August 25, 2021: the Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court’s judgment declaring that the United States had a duty to provide “competent physician-led healthcare” to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and its members. In light of the promises the United States made to the Tribe more than 150 years ago in the Fort Laramie Treaty, and relevant legislation since that time, such as the Snyder Act and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, the district court correctly articulated the existence and scope of the duty and declaratory judgment was proper. [Justia article] (next NA, see January 25, 2022) )

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