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    On this day, 3 August 1929, a children’s summer camp run by socialists just outside Los Angeles was raided, and six mostly young women and one man arrested. The raid was conducted by members of the American Legion, led by the District Attorney. 19-year-old communist Yetta Stromberg was one of those arrested, and later convicted and jailed along with five other women for having a red flag. Stromberg was sentenced to 1-10 years imprisonment, with the other defendants receiving 6 months to 5 years in San Quentin prison. The one man who was convicted, World War I veteran Isadore Berkowitz, hanged himself after the verdict. California was one of 24 states which in 1919 banned the flying of red or black socialist or anarchist flags: a crime often punishable by sentences of 10 years or more. Stromberg eventually took her case to the Supreme Court and in 1931 the court overturned the bans as violating the first Amendment right to free speech. https://www.facebook.com/workingclasshistory/photos/a.296224173896073/1491540981031047/?type=3

    On this day in music history: December 8, 1984 - “Out Of Touch” by Daryl Hall & John Oates hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, also topping the Club Play Chart for 2 weeks on November 17, 1984, peaking at #8 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and #24 on the R&B singles chart on December 1, 1984. Written by Daryl Hall and John Oates, it is the sixth and final chart topping pop single for the Philadelphia, PA based duo. For the follow up to the critically and commercially successful “H2O” album, they decide to shake up their successful hit making formula by enlisting the assistance of Arthur Baker whose acclaimed work as a producer and remixer co-produces the track (as well as the rest of the album w/ H&O and engineer Bob Clearmountain), giving it a harder dance influenced edge. Working together at Electric Lady Studios in the Summer of 1984, they emerge from the studio with another highly successful album. Issued as the first single from their twelfth album “Big Bam Boom” in September of 1984, it is an immediate smash. The song is accompanied by a tongue in cheek music video directed by Jeff Stein (“The Who - The Kids Are Alright”, The Cars’ “You Might Think”, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ “Don’t Come Around Here No More”). Entering the Hot 100 at #48 on September 29, 1984, it climbs to the top of the chart ten weeks later. The chart topping success of “Out Of Touch” helps drive sales of the accompanying album to 2x Platinum status in the US. The edited version of the 12" dance mix (featuring edits by The Latin Rascals) used for the music video, which also incorporates a excerpt of “Dance On Your Knees”, is first issued on a 12" single in the UK only. It is finally issued in the US on the CD compilation “Playlist : The Very Best Of Daryl Hall & John Oates” in 2008.

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