Our Daily Bleed...
|He is a sorcerer
Before your eyes cast a spell
Out of control. . . .
He’s a bourgeois sorcerer
In a million factories department stores & mills & banks
Dark powers walk in broad daylight
Social forces driven in dreadful directions
Whole populations conjured out of the ground
Ooh! The abyss is close to home.
— The Mekons, 1991
OSWALD DE ANDRADE
Brazilian poet, polemicist, "cannibalist" postcolonialist.
Burghead, Scotland: BURNING OF THE CAVIE (tar barrel).
ST. VITALIS'S DAY. Patron saint of prostitutes.
GET THEE TO A NUNNERY DAY.
Christian: Jesus' Baptism.
1569 -- England: First English lottery is held at the West door of St. Pauls; 40,000 lots at 10 shillings with £20,000 & £30,000 prizes. The profits are supposed to be used for the repair of harbour walls & "other useful public works" — see also 18 October.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1804 -- The Sussex Examiner reports English poet & anarchist mystic William Blake was tried on charges of sedition for having insulted one of the King's soldiers & having said "Damn the king & damn his soldiers." Daily Bleed Patron Saint,
1813 -- On the Dole?: First pineapples planted in Hawaii (or 21 January?).
1842 -- William James, American psychologist, philosopher, & brother of author Henry, lives, New York City. He said that a woman asked him once why he did not believe in orthodox Christianity: "I believe what I can. I would believe it all if I could."
1842 -- Francis Scott Key, who penned the words to our national anthem, dies.
Key's son Philip Burton Key was shot on the White House grounds by his girlfriend's husband, Congressman Dan Sickles. Sickles was tried & acquitted on the grounds (sic) that it was a crime of passion. He took his wife back, after demanding that she humiliate herself by confessing to her adultery in front of the servants.
1856 -- Giovanni Rossi (aka Cardias) lives (1856-1943). Italian veterinarian, teacher, collectivist anarchist, a founder of Cittadella Colony & the Brazilian Cecilia Colony. See the Anarchist Encyclopedia page,
http://recollectionbooks.com/bleed/Encyclopedia/RossiGiovanni.htm anarchismo, anarchici, anarquista / Brasil
1878 -- US: For the first time, milk is delivered in glass bottles by one Alexander Campbell, in New York. Previously moo juice was ladled out of a container by the milkman, right into the customer's container.
1885 -- Alice Paul, first peace picketer at the White House, lives.
Militant American women's suffragist.
Patron Saint 2007-2011
1887 -- American naturalist Aldo Leopold lives.
1887 -- Jean-Jacques Liabeuf lives. French shoe-maker guillotined in 1910 despite massive protests initiated by the anarchists. Gustave Hervé, the revolutionary socialist & publisher of The Social War, got four years in prison for writing articles defending Liabeuf.
1887 -- France: The anarchist thief Clément Duval goes on trial at the Seine Court of Assizes. Duval had broken into the apartment of a rich woman (25th October 1886), stolen her jewels & accidentally set it on fire.
1890 -- Brazil: Poet, polemicist Oswald de Andrade lives, Sao Paulo. Participant in the Brazilian art movement known as Modernist, wrote the Cannibal Manifesto
1903 -- South African novelist Alan Paton (Cry, the Beloved Country) lives, Pietermaritzburg. Founder & president of the Liberal Party (1953-68), which opposed apartheid & offered a non-racial alternative. The party was outlawed in 1968.
1904 -- French Orientalist painter Jean-Léon Gérôme dies.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2002
French painter of the "decadent oriental."
1906 -- Albert Hofmann, chemist, lives, Switzerland.
He truly inspires the slogan "Better Living Through Chemistry."
1908 -- South Africa: A prominent young lawyer, Mohandas Gandhi, is jailed for the first time, for refusing to register as an Asian. Johannesburg.
1908 -- Argentina: General Strike by workers in Buenos Aires.
"To make labor increasingly obedient & cheap..."
1911 -- First "Modern School", based on ideas of Francisco Ferrer, founded by a group including Leonard Abbott, Alexander Berkman & Emma Goldman, New York City. Established in 1911, it was moved to Stelton, New Jersey, in 1914.
Several women were instrumental in the school's development: Elizabeth Ferm, Jo Ann Wheeler, Nellie Dick & Anna Schwartz.
Robert Henri taught at the Modern School. Other notable participants include Hippolyte Havel, Alfred Levitt, Will Durant & Man Ray. Visitors include Jack London, Margaret Sanger, Emma Goldman, & Peter Kropotkin.
Voltairine de Cleyre, a teacher, translated Ferrer's book The Modern School from Spanish into English, helping to build the Modern School movement in the US, fostering dozens of schools which experimented with anarchist education & collective learning in the early 1900s.
1912 -- US: Beginning of the IWW-organized (Industrial Workers of the World) "Bread & Roses" textile strike of 32,000 women & children at Lawrence, Massachusetts. The first to walk out were a group of Polish women who, upon collecting their pay, exclaimed that they had been cheated & promptly abandoned their looms.
1914 -- US: Emma Goldman delivers an extensive lecture series on the modern drama, from January 11-March 8, in New York City
1922 -- Canada: At Toronto General Hospital, 14-year-old Leonard Thompson becomes the first person to receive an insulin injection as treatment for diabetes.
Diabetes had been recognized as a distinct medical condition for over 3,000 years, but its exact cause was a mystery until the 20th century.
...over 3,000... years (?)
— Bleedster Philip, 1999
1924 -- US: Slim Harpo, musician, lives.
1925 -- Aaron Copland's First Symphony premiers, in a Paris ensemble directed by Nadia Boulanger, his teacher.
1928 -- Eat Yer heart Out?: Thomas Hardy dies at his home near Dorchester at 87. His heart (more or less) is buried in the grave of his first wife in Dorset; his ashes are deposited next to those of Charles Dickens in Westminster Abbey. His dried balls are worn as earrings by his second wife.
1928 -- Russia: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Leon Trotsky is in deep doo-doo. Trotsky played no less a role as Lenin in the Russian Revolution, & was a rival to Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Joseph Stalin, who exiles him today. Trotsky called Stalin's rule a distortion of a "proletarian" dictatorship, but it was just power politics, a dictatorship Trotsky wanted to head. He was stabbed to death in México in 1940 by an agent under Stalin's orders.
1929 -- After two weeks in Paris, Emma Goldman returns to St. Tropez during January-February, where she learns that friends, principally Peggy Guggenheim & Mark Dix, have contributed enough money to help her purchase the cottage & ensure her a place to live & write. She returns to working full-time on her autobiography, interrupted only by the visit in February of her nephew Saxe Commins & his wife Dorothy.
1930 -- France: In Paris for the winter, Emma Goldman continues writing; Alexander Berkman, who lives nearby in St. Cloud, helps edit her manuscript. She mails the first installment of her autobiography to Knopf. American journalist & editor H. L. Mencken visits Goldman.
1931 -- Emma Goldman finishes her autobiography, Living My Life, having written 100,000 words since she began the last two chapters in July 1930.
1932 -- Spain: Rising of Casas Viejas Pueblo in Cadiz, Spain, heralds Civil War; anarquista elder "Seisdedos" fights to the death against the hated Civil Guards. See The Anarchists of Casas Viejas by Jerome Mintz.
1935 -- Amelia Earhart took off from Honolulu on first trans-Pacific solo flight by a woman.
1935 -- American literary critic Edmund Wilson writes to John Dos Passos that he had visited Gertrude Stein in Paris & found "the whole setup rather creepy."
1936 -- Raymond Chandler & Dashiell Hammett are introduced to each other at a dinner for Black Mask magazine contributors in Los Angeles.
1936 -- US: Auto workers sit-in at General Motors plant in Flint, Michigan.
1943 -- US: Assassination of anarchist militant Carlo Tresca, New York City.
Murdered by an unknown assailant. Gentle & courtly in person, Tresca was an outspoken foe of Fascism in Germany & Italy & of Communism in the Soviet Union. The FBI accumulated a mere 1,358 pages on this outstanding citizen, they revealed on February 25, 2000, under the Freedom of Information Act.
1946 -- Haiti: In January 1946, events came to a head when Lescot jailed the Marxist editors of a journal called La Ruche (The Beehive). This action precipitated student strikes & protests by government workers, teachers, & shopkeepers in the capital & provincial cities. In addition, Lescot's mulatto-dominated rule alienated the predominantly black Garde. His position became untenable, & he resigned on January 11. Radio announcements declared that the Garde had assumed power, which it would administer through a three-member junta.
1949 -- US: Where Flakes Come From?: First recorded snowfall in Los Angeles, California.
1952 -- Nasty Bout With Virus?: Thomas Eboli, manager of middleweight fighter Rocky Castellani, enters Madison Square Garden ring & assaults referee Ray Miller, after Miller declares Castellani's opponent the victor by TKO.
1952 -- England: Peace Pledge Union organizes "Operation Gandhi," first British protest against nuclear weapons, London.
1959 -- US: "Sex Beast" Melvin Rees, killer of at least eight, forces a family of four into the trunk of his car; he will shoot the father, rape & kill the mother, smother one child & beat the other to death, Apple Grove, Virginia.
1964 -- Small Print?: US Surgeon General declares cigarettes to be a "health hazard" in a report linking cigarette smoking & lung cancer.
January 11, 1967
France: Avis (Notice), flyposter announcing the closure of the Strasbourg University Psychological Aid Centre (BAPU) by the Strasbourg students' association (AFGES) "considering that the BAPU's are the manifestation in the student milieu of a repressive psychiatry's parapolice control, whose obvious function is to maintain [...] the passivity of all exploited sectors."
http://www.cddc.vt.edu/sionline/chronology/chronology.html | [Situationist Resources]
1968 -- The Daily Mirror of London reports Jimi Hendrix has moved into the London townhouse where Georg Frederick Händel is believed to have composed "Water Music" & the "Messiah." Hendrix assures the newspaper that he will also compose in the Händel House & "not let the tradition down."
1974 -- US: Spy vs. Spy?: "Well-informed sources" report Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Thomas Moorer, placed military "spies" in the executive branch of government to obtain secret information on US diplomatic initiatives.
1975 -- CIA (terrorists par excellence) assassinates two Puerto Rican independence activists, Luis Chavonnier & Eddie Ramos, also killing a six-year-old child & injuring 10 others.
Were terrorists to take over the MTV transmitter, line the video jockeys up against the studio wall, & shoot them, viewers would rightly wonder what new group was being promoted.
— Greil Marcus, Artforum, November 1983
1981 -- El Salvador: The Farabundo Marti Front for National Liberation launches a general offensive. Embattled El Salvadoran junta imposes dawn-to-dusk curfew. In two days the guerrillas' political arm will call for a General Strike. By January 15th, about half the shops in the capital city, San Salvador, are closed & 20,000 government workers walk out.
"To make labor increasingly obedient & cheap... the poor countries need legions of executioners, torturers, inquisitors, jailers, & informers... "
1981 -- Puerto Rico: The "Macheteros" blow up 11 jet fighters of Puerto Rico's National Guard near San Juan.
1986 -- US: First African American Lieutenant Governor since reconstruction sworn in (Douglas Wilder of Virginia).
1990 -- 200,000 demand return of Lithuania's independence.
1999 -- "It's like you're living in Vietnam. Something has got to give before I have a nervous breakdown."
— Katie Bell Oliver, a grandmother in Craven County, NC, who's attempting to raise four grandchildren on welfare.
Oliver receives $272 per month for the three youngest children & a tiny disability check for the oldest; the family lives well below the federal poverty line.
— Reported in the Washington Post Weekly, 1/11/99
1999 -- Italy: Fabrizio De André, Sardinian anarchist songster, dies in Milan. Buried two days later, in Genoa, the ceremony is attended by an immense crowd of about 10,000.
2008 -- Amnesty International stages protests around the world, marking the sixth anniversary of the first arrival of "terrorist" detainees at the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The group demands the prison be shut down.
The form of wood, for instance, is altered if a table is made out of it. Nevertheless the table continues to be wood, an ordinary, sensuous thing. But as soon as it emerges as a commodity, it changes into a thing which transcends sensuousness. It not only stands with its feet on the ground, but, in relation to all other commodities, it stands on its head, & evolves out of its wooden brain grotesque ideas, far more wonderful than if it were to begin dancing of its own free will.
— KARL MARX, 1867
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