Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

This Day (20 July) In History

20 July 1304  Francesca Petrarcha, Italian philosopher and “Father of Renaissance Humanism” was born. Petrarcha (1304-1374) was a major force ushering in the Renaissance and modernity–with all the gains and losses that entails.

20 July 1925 Frantz Fanon, psychiatrist and anti-Colonial revolutionary and Marxist theorist was born. Fanon (1925-1962), who lived in the island nation of Martinique, was the author of Black Skin, White Masks (1952) and The Wretched of the Earth (1961), two major texts in post-colonial thought. 

20 July 1969  American astronauts Neil Armstrong and “Buzz” Aldrin became the first human beings to set foot on Earth’s moon.


July 19, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. 20 July 1810: Colombia (Then New Granada) declares its independence from Spain.

    Comment by mountainguy | July 19, 2009

  2. Good one to remember–especially these days when Columbia is such a troubled place–but, then, so are we.

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | July 20, 2009

  3. Viva Colombia ! Most places today have troubles of one sort or another Michael. I base this on media reports et al.

    Comment by Paul | July 20, 2009

  4. I’m not very patriotic, but anyway Colombia is my country, and it’s important to know about others’ (I mean, non-northmaericans) history.

    Comment by mountainguy | July 20, 2009

  5. Absolutely, Mountainguy!

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | July 20, 2009

  6. I’m glad I found this. July 20 is my birthday so it’s cool to learn of important things in history that happened on that day. Thank you for sharing this.

    Comment by softballgirl78 | November 23, 2009

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