We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art, the art of words.

Ursla Le Guin (1929-2018)

National Book Foundation speech, 2014

This Week in History:

August 27th - 30th

Test yourself:

Press the buttons to reveal the answers.
What happened exactly 45 years after Martin Luther King said, "I have a dream"?
Barack Obama accepted the presidential nomination of a major party.
What came close to the Earth in 2003 and after how long?
Mars after 60,000
Where did free and democratic elections take place and in what year?
East TImor in 2001
What struck the Gulf Coast of the United States and in what year?
Hurricane Katrina in 2005
What was out of action and for how long?
Big Ben for 3 weeks

What the BBC ignored:

August 27 - 1928: The Kellogg–Briand Pact outlawing war is signed by fifteen nations.

August 27 - 1979: Retired Admiral Lord Mountbatten is assassinated on his boat by an IRA bomb

August 27 - 2011: Hurricane Irene strikes the United States east coast, killing 47 and causing an estimated $15.6 billion in damage

August 28 - 2011: 10,000 demonstrators face off against 23,000 police during the Democratic National Convention in Chi cargo, live on TV

August 29 - 1966: The Beatles perform their last concert before paying fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

August 29 - 2011:  Netflix is launched as an internet DVD rental service.

August 30 - 1974: 8 people are killed when the ultra-leftist EAAJAF bomb the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries headquarters in Tokyo

Would you have swapped any of the events above for any of the events chosen by the BBC?