What do Beethoven, Moby-Dick and the Alcatraz Occupation have in common? All three share an important newsworthy anniversary on November 20th.
Curious to learn more about composer Ludwig von Beethoven, the book Moby-Dick and the Native American occupation of Alcatraz Island? Read to find out about these and other interesting tales that happened on November 20th.
1820 – An 80-ton sperm whale attacks a Nantucket whaling ship the 2,000 miles from the western coast of South America. (Herman Melville cited this event as part of the inspiration for his famous 1851 novel Moby-Dick.)
1969 – Occupation of Alcatraz: Native American activists seize control of Alcatraz Island until being ousted by the U.S. Government on June 11, 1971. This was a seminal event in Native American activism. The nineteen month long protest was comprised of 89 American Indians and supporters led by Richard Oakes, LaNada Means, and others; John Trudell was the spokesperson. This group lived on the island together until the protest was forcibly ended by the U.S. government.
"Alcatraz has unified Indians for a second time," one occupier told the Los Angeles Times. "The first time was against Custer. The Trail of Broken Treaties, the BIA occupation, the Wounded Knee incident, and the Longest Walk all have their roots in the occupation. The American Indian Movement noted from their visit to the occupation that the demonstration garnered national attention, while those involved faced no punitive action. When AIM members seized the Mayflower II on Thanksgiving, 1970, the Occupation of Alcatraz was noted as "the symbol of a newly awakened desire among Indians for unity and authority in a white world."
1977 – Egyptian President Anwar Sadat becomes the first Arab leader to officially visit Israel, when he meets Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and speaks before the Knesset in Jerusalem, seeking a permanent peace settlement.
While these interesting facts about Beethoven, Moby-Dick and the Alcatraz Takeover on November 20th have nothing to do with my real estate business selling Silicon Valley homes to families in San Jose, Cupertino and Saratoga in Santa Clara County, Calif., they add fun and entertainment to life.
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