Olof Palme, Swedish social democrat and prime minister; born in Stockholm, 30 January 1927, shot dead, also in Stockholm, 28 February 1986.
Archive for February, 2007
Friedrich Ebert, German social democrat and first President of the Weimar Republic. Born in Heidelberg, 4 February 1871, died in Berlin, 28 February 1925.
The linked article (sadly, nothing to do with the image) is here.
William Anderson, socialist politician. An activist in the Shop Assistants’ Union and an ILPer, he served as chairman of the party, 1910-13. He married Mary Reid Macarthur of the National Federation of Women Workers in 1911 (who really ought to be in this Dead Socialist Watch, and is going into the database right now). Opposed to the war, he was elected to Parliament for a Sheffield seat in December 1914 and in July 1917 called for the introduction to Britain of soldiers’ and workers’ councils on the model of the Russian soviets. Defeated in the 1919 election, along with other opponents of the war, he caught pneumonia and died shortly afterwards. Born at Findon, Banffshire, Scotland, 13 February 1877; died in London, 25 February 1919.
Tribune reminds me that it’s the seventieth anniversary of the Battle of Jarama. Lots of different versions of the song; these are the words sung by Woody Guthrie. You know how it goes; sing along:
There’s a valley in Spain called Jarama
It’s a place that we all know so well
It was there that we fought against the Fascists
We saw a peacful valley turn to hell
From this valley they say we are going
But don’t hasten to bid us adieu
Even though we lost the battle at Jarama
We’ll set this valley free before we’re through
We were men of the Lincoln Battalion
We’re proud of the fight that we made
We know that you people of the valley
We’re remember our Lincoln Brigade
You will never find peace with these Fascists
You’ll never find friends such as we
So remember that valley of Jarama
And the people that’ll set that valley free
All this world is like this valley called Jarama
So green and so bright and so fair
No fascists can dwell in our valley
Nor breathe in our new freedom’s air
Scotland: (10) 17
Tries: Dewey, Paterson
Cons: Paterson 2
Italy: (24) 37
Tries: Bergamasco, Scanavacca, Robertson, Troncon
Cons: Scanavacca 4
Pens: Scanavacca 3
Over here. And I foolishly decided to stay in the library, thinking that this would be the least interesting match of the afternoon. Good for the Italians.
Christopher Hill, author of The World Turned Upside Down and other fine books; born 6 February 1912; died 24 February 2003. (Some sources say 23 February. Hmm.)
Annie Barnes, nÃ©e Cappuccio, socialist and suffragist. Involved in suffragette activities in East London from 1912 (on one occasion scattering leaflets from the Monument in London), she joined the Labour Party in 1919 and served on Stepney Council 1934-7 and 1941-9.Â Born c.1887, probably in Stepney, died in East Ham, 22 February 1982.
Malcolm X, Black nationalist, born 19 May 1925, shot dead 21 February 1965.
Jennie Baines, suffragette. Growing up in the Salvation Army, she found her way into temperance and then into suffragist activism. She joined the WSPU in 1905, and became a paid organiser in 1908. Briefly imprisoned in 1908, she attempted to burn down the Theatre Royal in Dublin in 1912 ahead of a speech by Asquith, and was sentenced to seven months hard labour (but went on hunger strike and was released after five days). Back in prison the following year after allegedly attempting to bomb train carriages in a railway siding, she was eventually acquitted, and emigrated in Australia, where she carried on with her militancy, campaigning against conscription and flying the (banned) red flag — being jailed again on both occasions. She helped to found the Victorian branch of the Community Party in 1920, was expelled in 1925, and rejoined in ALP. (I think she sounds tremendous, and there should be more about her on the web.) Born in Birmingham, 30 November 1866, she died in Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 20 February 1951.
Tony Crosland, Labour politician, Cabinet Minister and author of The Future of Socialism. Born St Leonard’s, Sussex, 29 August 1918, died in Oxford, 19 February 1977.
There’s a piece in tehgraun over here, if you like that sort of thing, what with it being the 30th anniversary and all.
[previously but erroneously in the DSW for 21 Feb]
Georg BÃ¼chner, playwright, propagandist, fish scientist; born 17 October 1813, died 19 February 1837.
The post below reminds me to resurrect this very occasional series.
The Radcliffe Infirmary [also], the eighteenth-century hospital on Woodstock Road, which you’ve all seen Inspector Morse going into loads of times as it’s a bit more photogenic than the front of the JR, closed on 27 January 2007, and the University has taken over the site. (All the modern hospital wards will be knocked down, and eventually some kind of humanities campus is going to spring up on the site. The building in the photo can’t be touched, obviously.)
People who work there have told me this isn’t really a bad thing: it should have closed 30 years ago, except that the money to build the replacement services got diverted to Milton Keynes (or something like that, anyway), and it’s better to have all the main hospital services over in Headington. Still, I quite liked having a big hospital just round the corner, and it was terribly convenient to be able to visit friends by popping in through the back entrance, which opened up onto Walton Street.
Catherine Carswell, nÃ©e Macfarlane, novelist and critic. Became a socialist at 14 after reading Robert Blatchford; married Herbert Jackson, who later became mentally unstable, and the Jackson v Jackson annulment case (1908) was an important one until the marriage law reforms of the 1930s. She made her way in London literary life with an epistolary novel, The Camomile (1922), a demythologising Life of Robert Burns (1930) and The Savage Pilgrimage, a portrait of her friend D. H. Lawrence. Born in Garnethill, Glasgow, 27 March 1879, died in the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, just round the corner from me, 18 February 1846.