Seeds of Fire: A People’s Chronology

Recalling events that happened on this day in history.
Memories of struggle, resistance and persistence.

Compiled by Ulli Diemer

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August 28, 1830  
Impoverished rural workers in southern and eastern England destroy threshing machines that are being used to take away their work and livelihoods. By the third week of October, over 100 threshing machines have been destroyed in East Kent in these “Swing Riots”.
Related Topics: LuddismRiotsWorkers
August 28, 1844
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels meet at the Café de la Régence in Paris. Their friendship will last until Marx’s death in 1883 – and beyond. As their first joint project, they agree to work on The Holy Family, or Critique of Critical Criticism, which is completed in November 1844 and published in February 1845.
Related Topics: Engels, FriedrichMarx, Karl
August 28 - 30, 1891
American forces intervene in Chile to ‘protect American interests.’
Related Topics: ChileInterventionU.S. Imperialism
August 28, 1963
More than a quarter of a million people, most of them African-American, take part in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It is at this rally that Martin Luther King Jr. gives his “I Have a Dream” speech.
August 28, 1971  
The first public gay demonstration in Canada assembles on Parliament Hill demanding law reforms and changes in public policy relating to homosexuals.

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Seeds of Fire is compiled for Connexions by Ulli Diemer. References used include the Connexions Library generally, and Connexipedia specifically, Wikipedia, Sources, the Peace History feature on, the books and articles of Noam Chomsky and William Blum (marvellous antidotes to historical amnesia), and a wide, wide variety of other sources.

For more information about some of the events and people mentioned, see the following pages in Connexipedia and in the Connexions Subject Index:

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Aboriginal History
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Canadian History
Capitalism/History of
Chinese History
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Egyptian Revolt 2011
European History
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Gay & Lesbian History
General Strikes
German History
German History/World War II
Greece/Modern History
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Hungarian Revolution 1956
Immigrant History
Irish History
Jewish History
Killings by Police
Labour History
Left History
Marxist Theory of Revolution
Oral History
Reference Sources/Chronologies
Revolution/Study of
Russian History
Russian Revolution
Revolutionary Moments
Sixties (1960s)
SOURCES: History experts & sources
Soviet History
Spanish Civil War
State-sponsored Violence
State Violence
United States History
Urban History
Women’s History
Workers’ History