25, 50, and 75 years ago

June 6, 2022

June 9, 1997

TEHRAN, Iran — More than one million people attended the 10th Tehran International bookfair, held April 26-May 5. Most of the books presented were in Farsi, Arabic, and English, including titles from more than 1,300 Iranian publishers and 400 English-language publishers. More Romance-language foreign publishers took part this year as well. The booth set up by Pathfinder Distribution, London, got a good response.

The bookfair was covered in the national press as an important cultural and educational event. Busloads of people came to the fair from all over Iran. Schools and colleges organized trips for students, bringing hundreds of thousands to buy books at rates subsidized by the government.

This is the sixth year Pathfinder books have been presented at the fair. There was a heightened interest in books on Malcolm X, Cuba and U.S. politics.

June 9, 1972

BUENOS AIRES — A crowd of 3,000 jammed into a theater here on May 26 to hear Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate Linda Jenness. This meeting was the highlight of several gatherings in Argentina, part of the candidate’s speaking tour of several Latin American countries. Jenness addressed crowds of more than 1,000 people in the cities of Tucuman, Rosario, and Mar del Plata.

The response demonstrates the wide interest in socialist ideas. Jenness’s speech, delivered in fluent Spanish, was interrupted repeatedly by cheers, chants, and showers of confetti from the balcony.

She expressed the solidarity of those fighting against Yankee imperialism in the United States with those who fight to free their own country from U.S. aggression. She said that a victory for the Vietnamese revolution will be a victory for the workers of the entire world.

June 2, 1947

CHICAGO, May 30 — Representatives of over 20 labor, civil liberties and civic organizations launched a united campaign to end the discriminatory policies in the hiring of sales clerks that prevail in the department stores in the downtown Loop. The conference organized a United Committee to direct the campaign and mobilize labor and community support.

The campaign was started in April by CORE after the rejection of Doris Dixon, who applied at Goldblatt’s Department Store.

Miss Dixon, a graduate of the Chicago Public Schools and Tennessee State College, had been informed that Goldblatt’s was hiring sales clerks. She was told that no jobs were available and was refused an application. Ethel Weiss, a white girl who entered the employment office a few minutes after Miss Dixon, was given an application and urged to have an immediate interview.