On November 17, 1939, the Nazis executed nine Czech student leaders, sent 1200 more to concentration camps, and closed down all of Czechoslovakia’s colleges and universities indefinitely.

On November 17, 1973, the Greek junta staged a tank attack on Athens Polytechnic to put down an uprising by Athenian students against the regime. At least two dozen people died in the vicinity of the university that night.

Since 1941, November 17 has been celebrated as International Students Day, and on this International Students Day demonstrations are breaking out all over:

And later today students at some eighty American colleges and universities are planning student strikes and other actions.

I’ll have more in a bit.