US historian and anti-war activist Howard Zinn dies historian, playwright and anti-Vietnam war activist Howard Zinn has died at the age of 87 in Santa Monica, California.

Zinn was known as a forerunner of the post-World War II African American civil rights movement. He died of a heart attack on Wednesday, his daughter Myla Kabat-Zinn told the Associated Press.

Zinn was most famous for his bestseller “A People’s History of the United States,” which offers a different view of the American history.

First published in 1980, the book recounts the American history from the perspective of the country’s women, workers and Native Americans.

Zinn wrote more than 20 books on US civil rights, civil liberties and anti-war movements and his plays have been produced around the world.

From 1956 to 1963, he taught history course at Spelman College in Atlanta, attended mostly by black female students.

He was also a Professor of Political Science at Boston University from 1964 to 1988 and a Visiting Professor at both the University of Paris and the University of Bologna.

Zinn’s greatest aim was to teach his students how to speak up and fight injustice in any form.


Mr. Zinn you will be missed.  : [

A Momment Of Silence

The Piehole has been silenced in honor of Ted Kennedy who passed away long before his time. To what else but cancer. He fought long and hard for health care and health care reform. It’s a shame he won’t be with us
when it does finally get passed.

Our country and it’s people lost someone who made all of our lives better.

You Sir, are missed already. Rest in Peace.

Studs Terkel dies

The author-radio host-actor-activist and Chicago symbol has died. “My epitaph? My epitaph will be ‘Curiosity did not kill this cat,'” he once said.

Louis Terkel arrived here as a child from New York City and in Chicago found not only a new name but a place that perfectly matched–in its energy, its swagger, its charms, its heart–his own personality. They made a perfect and enduring pair.

Author-radio host-actor-activist and Chicago symbol Louis “Studs” Terkel died today at his Chicago home at age 96.

At his bedside was a copy of his latest book, “P.S. Further Thoughts From a Lifetime of Listening,” scheduled for a November release.

Beset in recent years by a variety of ailments and the woes of age, which included being virtually deaf, Terkel’s health took a turn for the worse when he suffered a fall in his home two weeks ago.


Richard Wright Dies at 65

Richard Wright, a founding member of the British rock band Pink Floyd, died in his home on Monday (Sept. 15) at the age of 65. He had been battling cancer. Wright formed Pink Floyd along with Roger Waters and Nick Mason. He wrote, played keyboards, and sang on some of the band’s biggest songs, like ”The Great Gig In The Sky” and ”Us And Them” from 1973’s The Dark Side Of The Moon. He left band in the early ’80s but rejoined for their 1987 album A Momentary Lapse of Reason. (AP via Yahoo!)

The Open Piehole Hates Cancer!

Rep. Tubbs Jones Dies After Brain Hemorrhage

Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Ohio) died in a Cleveland hospital this evening after having suffered a brain hemorrhage Tuesday night, according to The Associated Press and a statement issued by Huron Hospital and her family.

“Throughout the course of the day and into this evening, Congresswoman Tubbs Jones’ medical condition declined. Medical doctors and neurosurgeons from Huron Hospital and Cleveland Clinic sadly report that at 6:12 p.m. Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones died,” the statement said.

Tubbs Jones was 58 and had served in the House since 1998, representing East Cleveland and the city’s suburbs. She was the first black woman to represent Ohio in Congress, and she had been chairwoman of the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.

As Capitol Briefing wrote earlier today, Tubbs Jones’s condition had been the subject of some confusion throughout the day, with Capitol Briefing and other news outlets erroneously reporting her death early this afternoon.

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