Today in 1972: Charlie Chaplin receives an honorary Oscar for, quote “the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century.” A British native, Chaplin’s political views had been criticized, as was his failure to apply for U.S. citizenship.
Pressed for back taxes and accused of supporting subversive causes during the McCarthy era, Chaplin left the U.S. in 1952. Informed that he would not be welcomed back, he retorted, “I wouldn’t go back there if Jesus Christ were president.” He returned briefly from exile, however, to accept this award and received the longest standing ovation in Academy Award history, lasting a full five minutes.
It’s Today’s Action Calendar!
Tonight, the UW-Madison chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America sponsors a public Screening of Barbara Kopple’s “Harlan County, U.S.A.” This 1976 documentary tells the story of an historic strike by Kentucky coal miners against the Duke Power company. This is tonight at 7pm in Room 1217 of the Mosse Humanities Building, 455 North Park Street.
April 20th and 21st, Madison’s Freewheel Community Bike Shop will host a weekend workshop on DIY bicycle cart construction. Using an easy design, low-cost parts, and simple skills and tools, participants will share basic skills and perhaps BUILD a cart for themselves! There is a sliding scale cost. Pre-register before April 18th. This will be at 1804 South Park Street. The public is welcome to view each day’s events for free. To register or get more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.