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So long had life together been that now
The second of January fell again
— Joseph Brodsky, "Six Years Later"
Vietnamese revolutionary, historian, libertarian communist.
Switzerland: BERCHTOLD'S DAY. Nut Festival.
Haiti: ANCESTOR'S DAY.
FESTIVAL OF FETISHES.
FESTIVAL OF FOUR WINDS & ALL SKY.
Macedonia: GOOD LUCK DAY.
Japan: KAKIZOME: The Japanese family gets together & creates art.
ANOTHER DAY OF ZEROWORK: A day which the Saxons considered it extremely bad luck to work on.
NEW YEAR FESTIVITIES: Parties continue in Scotland. A first-footing recipe: mix beer, whiskey, sugar & eggs, bearing in mind that a Scots' pint used to be the equivalent of three English ones.
"I could argue all day about the significance of facing east in religious rituals, but a clean table is a clean table."
ANTON PANNEKOEK, Patron Saint 2007-2010
Dutch astronomer, libertarian council communist.
1874 -- US: During this month the Workingmen's Party of Illinois is organized [I don't have exact date, ed.].
1875 -- US: Harriot Kezia Hunt dies in Boston. The most famous female "irregular" medical practitioner who couldn't or wouldn't get a medical degree, Hunt urged women into the profession as the surest way to preserve the modesty of female patients. Finally admitted to Harvard's medical school after years of applying, she was forced to withdraw when male students rioted in protest.
1885 -- General Wolseley receives last distress signal of General Gordon in Khartoum.
Le 2 janvier 1873, à Córdoba (Cordoue), Andalousie, se clôt le troisième Congrès de la F.R.E "Fédération de la Région Espagnole." Le congrès qui avait débuté le 24 décembre 1872 dans le Théâtre Moratín, adopte à l'unanimité les positions de l'Internationale anti-autoritaire de Saint-Imier. Il peut à juste titre être considéré comme le premier congrès anarchiste du mouvement ouvrier.
Strange: January Fortean Events US: Detonations heard in the sky, Oroville, CA [Monthly Weather Review, 1887-24]
1888 -- US: No Teeth? Marvin Stone awarded patent for inventing the drinking straw, Washington, DC. Unfortunately, all royalties go to the straw bosses...
1890 -- US: Johann Most arranges Emma Goldman's first public lecture tour to Rochester, Buffalo, & Cleveland to speak on the limitations of the eight-hour movement. In the course of her tour, Emma demonstrates her talents as an orator & realizes the need to articulate her political beliefs independently; her growing autonomy causes tensions with Most.
1890 -- US: Record 19'2" alligator shot in Louisiana by E.A. McIlhenny.
1893 -- England: Sybil Morrison, pacifist feminist, lives.
1894 -- Poet/novelist Robert Nathan lives, New York City.
1896 -- Soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov lives, Bialystok, Gradna, Russia (Poland).
1898 -- US: Emma Goldman announces her lecture topics for the year: "Charity," "Patriotism," "Authority," "Majority Rule," "The New Woman," "The Woman Question," & "The Inquisition of Our Postal Service."
During this period, Emma is in contact with Filipino rebels & helps to support their attempts to gain independence from Spain.
1903 -- US?: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Teddy Roosevelt shuts down the post office in Indianola, Mississippi, for refusing to accept its appointed postmistress because she is black.
1904 -- Birth of Sally Rand, inventor of the Fan Dance.
1905 -- US: Conference of Industrial Unionists in Chicago forms the I.W.W. (Industrial Workers of the World), fondly known as The Wobblies.
1905 -- Michael Tippett, pacifist composer, lives, England.
1905 -- France: Pacifist Louis Dorlet lives (1905-1989).
Sent to prison in 1925 for desertion. Member of l'Union Anarchiste, organizer among the unemployed & for a consumer co-op.
Dorlet wrote for many libertarian publications (such as Le Semeur, Terre libre, La Conquête du pain, Combat syndicaliste) & was a co-editor of Libertaire. Mobilized in 1939, sent to prison during WWII until 1945, & again participates in Libertaire & Louis Lecoin's Défense de l'homme. In addition to writing numerous brochures, Louis Dorlet wrote the book Au fil de mes souvenirs, propos libertaires.
1909 -- Marcel Proust, on about this date, dips a piece of toast in his tea, the flavor brings back a rush of childhood memories that become the basis for the famous Madeleine episode in Swann's Way, from which the structure of Remembrance of Things Past evolves.
1909 -- US: Emma Goldman lectures, January 2-6, in Los Angeles, San Diego, & Pasadena on such topics as "The Psychology of Violence" & "Puritanism, the Greatest Obstacle to Liberty." Some of Los Angeles's leading drama critics attend her lecture, "The Drama, the Most Forcible Disseminator of Radicalism."
1914 -- US: Emma Goldman's Mother Earth essay "Self-Defense for Labor" responds to a series of violent labor violations; in the absence of legal protection against the danger of exercising their right to organize, Emma calls on workers to arm themselves for self-defense.
1919 -- Charles Willeford lives, Little Rock, Arkansas. Novelist, poet.
1947, Five poems published in Outcast Poets, published by Alicat Bookshop Press; 1947-49, Kyushu, Japan. Runs Army of Occupation radio station WLKH; 1948, Proletarian Laughter published by Alicat Bookshop Press; 1974, Film version of Cockfighter produced & released; Willeford writes the screenplay & plays the role of Ed Middleton.
"He was born with a gift of laughter & a sense that the world is mad."
— Rafael Sabatini
1920 -- A Commie Plot?: Science fiction author Isaac Asimov (The Foundation Trilogy) lives, Petrovichi, Russia.
1922 -- US: Emma Goldman, Alexander Berkman, & Alexander Schapiro, having left Russia disillusioned with the Bolshevik Paradise, arrive in Stockholm, Sweden, & are met by birth-control advocates Albert Jensen & Elise Ottesen-Jensen; Emma becomes lover with 30-year old Swedish anarchist Arthur Svensson shortly after arrival.
Voline, G. P. Maximoff(alternate spellings Maksimov, Maximoff; Maximov) & other hunger strikers are deported from Russia & resettle in Berlin.
1923 -- US: Big Fall: As evidence of his illegal behavior in the Teapot Dome Affair mounted, Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall resigns. Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Harding responds by offering Fall an appointment to the Supreme Court.
1929 -- When Maxwell Perkins meets Thomas Wolfe for the first time, to discuss the manuscript of Look Homeward, Angel, Wolfe's "wild hair & bright countenance" remind the Scribner's editor of Shelley.
1932 -- US: Young gang shoot dead six police in Springfield, Missouri.
1936 -- US: Burma Shave puts up roadside signs offering "Free! Free! A Trip to Mars for 900 Empty Jars."
1939 -- US: Time magazine names Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader German Chancellor Adolf Hitler its "Man of the Year." Once again we must ask: will Ayn Rand & Tail-Gunner Joe McCarthy accuse Time of being communist?
1939 -- US: The DAR bans black contralto Marian Anderson from singing at Constitution Hall, Washington, DC.
1942 -- Writers Sinclair Lewis & Dorothy Thompson divorce in Woodstock, Vermont, after 13 years of marriage.
1945 -- US: Restrictions preventing resettlement on the West Coast are removed, although many exceptions continue to exist. A few carefully screened Japanese Americans had returned to the coast in late 1944.
1946 -- Jean-Bernard Pouy lives, Paris. Writer, author of many detective novels. La belle de Fontenay (prix mystère de la critique en 1993) features an old Spanish anarchist. Began the "Le poulpe" (The Octopus) series, featuring Gabriel Lecouvreur, libertarian investigator & destroyer of injustice. After having written La petite écuyère a cafté (1995), he began finding different, & often new, authors to continue the now popular series in the same vein.
1946 -- México: Army fires on a fascist UNS demonstration in Guanajuato. Dozens are killed & wounded.
1953 -- Asian Socialist Conference.
1955 -- Panama: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Jose Antonio Remon assassinated.
1959 -- Russians launch moon probe Luna I. It misses the big cheese. Larger target needed.
1959 -- ¶ Filming of Pull My Daisy, based on part of a play Kerouac wrote, begins in New York.
1961 -- US: American Nazi Party pickets the White House in support of HUAC.
Le Jeune Adam, French translation by Bernard Willerval of Alexander Trocchi's Young Adam, Paris.
http://www.cddc.vt.edu/sionline/chronology/chronology.html | [Situationist Resources]
1965 -- Italy: Bomb explodes in Naples at the Spanish Consulate. The attack is claimed by the Spanish anarchists of the CNT, FAI & Federación Ibérica de Juventudes Libertarias (FIJL) which declare:
"As long as the Iberian people continue to be oppressed by the fascist dictatorship, dynamite will recall that the voice of freedom cannot be choked. Long live anarchy."
1967 -- US: 69 armed men, plus three CBS cameramen, arrested in Florida Keys as they complete preparations for an invasion of Haiti. It is later revealed that CBS had paid the prospective invaders for exclusive rights to film the landing.
In Haiti, Alejo Carpentier learns that there is no magic more prodigious & delightful than the voyage that leads through experience, through the body, to the depths of America.
In Europe, magicians have become bureaucrats, & wonder, exhausted, has dwindled to a conjuring trick. But in America, surrealism is as natural as rain or madness.
— Eduardo Galeano, Century of the Wind
1970 -- US: Supreme Court rules unconstitutional General Lewis Hershey's 1967 directive during the Vietnam War that local draft boards reclassify to 1-A (eligible for active duty) anti-draft demonstrators.
1972 -- US: John Gacy picks up an unidentified teenage boy at the Chicago Greyhound terminal; the boy is the first of his 33 victims, & the only one stabbed instead of strangled.
1973 -- US: Carolyn Cassidy tosses Tim Bowden out of the house at 2:00 AM in a reprise of a scene from On the Road.
1974 -- US: 55 MPH speed limit imposed by Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Lick M Nixon.
1974 -- Belgium: Jean de Boe dies. Anarchist militant, trade unionist & cooperativist. See the Anarchist Encyclopedia page, http://recollectionbooks.com/bleed/Encyclopedia/DeBoeJean.htm
1975 -- US: Court rules John Lennon & his lawyers get access to Department of Immigration files regards his deportation case, to determine if the government case is based on his 1968 British drug conviction or his anti-establishment comments during the Dick'mNixon administration years.
1975 -- Nederland: Vondel Park, Amsterdam closed to camping.
1978 -- US: Devil's Lake Lakotya win settlement of $8.5 million for 1,500 square miles taken illegally from Fort Totten reservation in 1880s.
1979 -- US: Trial begins for ex-Sex Pistol, Sid Vicious for the October 1978 murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen, New York City. Sid never hears the verdict, dying from a heroin overdose.
1980 -- Larry Williams, who had hit songs like "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" & "Bony Maronie" is found dead in his Los Angles home of a gunshot wound to the head. It is never resolved whether his death was a murder or suicide.
1981 -- Terrorist? Sylvester Clarke knocks out spectator with brick, West Indies vs. Pakistan.
1984 -- Tunisia: Riot in Tunis kills over 100.
1988 -- US: Drinking water supply for thousands is threatened after an Ashland Oil Company storage tank collapsed & spills 860,000 gallons of Diesel fuel into the Monongahela River north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Towns along the Ohio River below Pittsburgh were forced to act, as a slick, 20 miles long from bank to bank, moved down river.
"It's not true (the congressman was sleeping during the debate). He was just taking a few moments for deep reflection."
— aide to Rep. Martin Hoke, R-Ohio
1991 -- Salvadoran rebels shoot down a US helicopter & shoot two US military
Since the guerrilla movement started growing in the countryside, the army has no longer bothered to use prisons.
1983: July, 15 children under 14 who had been detained charged with terrorism are found decapitated; by August, 13,500 civilians are murdered or disappeared so far this year...
1991 -- Chile: In Concepcion, "Federacion Anarquista Interciudadana" is established.
In 1990 "El Duende" hosted the creation of "Coordinadora Anarquista Estudiantil," & in Concepcion Solidaridad Obrera supported strikes of any kind. Today in an assembly, the Anarchist Intercities Federation is founded, & then also the JAM (Juventudes Anti Militaristas) &, in Santiago, COSMO (Colectivo Contra el Sevicio Militar Obligatorio) form.
After this appeared other movements such as MALO (Movimiento Anarquista Luis Olea), COSMO Temuco, FAI Concepcion, "Kolectivo Kultural Libertario Malatesta" in Concepcion, "Red Anarquista" - Anarchist Web in Villa Alemana, Osormo, Tenuco, Concepcion, Valparaiso, Santiago , etc.....the FAL "Federacion Anarco - Libertaria," etc....
1993 -- México: The EZLN issues the first Declaracion de la Selva Lacondona, Chiapas.
1995 -- US: A Long Shot?: Most distant galaxy yet discovered found by Little Grey Men disguised as scientists using Keck telescope in Hawaii. Estimated 15 billion light years away. That's billions & billions of miles. That's a lot. Trust me.
1996 -- Bangladesh: An estimated 100,000 Bangladeshi women traveled from the countryside to attend a rally in Dacca, the capital, to protest Islamic clerics' attacks on women's education & employment.
1999 -- Andre Arru (aka Jean-René Sauliere) dies. French anarchiste & pacifist, underground organizer during WWII, & a member, since 1983, of the ADMD (an association for the right to die in dignity). He ended his life, at age 87, refusing to subject himself to the risks & dependency of advancing age & disease.
2005 -- France: Vietnamese revolutionary historian Ngô Van dies, Paris. Among his writings, see In the Crossfire: Adventures of a Vietnamese Revolutionary.
2006 -- US: Shoplifters of the World Unite!! White House domestic policy adviser Claude Allen, one of the more surreal players in the Bush White House & one-time Bush nominee to be a federal judge, arrested for shoplifting, a fraud scheme he used at least 25 times over the past year. Whatta Clod! (Clod got Cot).
2008 -- Novelist George MacDonald Fraser (1925-2008) dies. Creator of Sir Harry Paget Flashman, a dyed-in-the-wool rogue who'd sooner die than face danger.
He rode, farting with terror, in the charge of the Light Brigade...
Not the seizure of power, but the destruction of authoritarian structures...
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