After an impressive rainstorm last night, we’re expecting more showers this morning, and a possible thunderstorm in the afternoon. The high will be around 78 degrees, with a low tonight of 69.
Notable birthdays today: French aviator and author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900), and civil rights activist Kwame Ture (né Stokely Carmichael, 1941).
On this day in 1613 Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre burned to the ground when the thatched roof was set afire by a theatrical cannon which misfired during a performance of Henry VIII, possibly a caution to sycophantic artists who cowtow to rulers.
On this date in 1895, members of the Doukhobors, a pacifist Christian sect, destroyed their weapons in resistance to Tsarist Russian conscription policies. Government Cossacks beat and dispersed them. A majority of the sect emigrated to Canada in the years immediately following, with the help of Leo Tolstoy, Peter Kropotkin, and international Quakers.
Our quote of the day is from Grace Lee Boggs, the Detroit-based activist whose birthday we celebrated a couple of days ago; she died last year at the age of 100, and was actively speaking and writing well into her last decade. These words are from her last book, The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century:
“People are aware that they cannot continue in the same old way but are immobilized because they cannot imagine an alternative. We need a vision that recognizes that we are at one of the great turning points in human history when the survival of our planet and the restoration of our humanity require a great sea change in our ecological, economic, political, and spiritual values.”
Have a visionary day!