Edison shows off his phonograph, atom bomb testing heads underground, a chimpanzee orbits the Earth, the Pong craze begins, and the world loses another Beatle, all on this day.
1980: American journalist and social activist Dorothy Day, who founded the Catholic Worker Movement with Peter Maurin in the 1930s, dies of a heart attack at the age of 83 in New York City. Day, a devout Catholic convert, advocated the Catholic economic theory of distributism and was considered an anarchist. The Catholic Worker Movement continues today to be a nonviolent, pacifist movement combining direct aid for the poor and homeless with nonviolent direct action on their behalf.
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