Our Daily Bleed...
The Sedge is wither'd from the lake,
"& I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof & the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, & made mine heritage an abomination."
— Jeremiah 2:7
— John Keats
Chilean investigative journalist, human-rights activist.
England: ST. HILARY'S DAY: According to custom, the coldest day in the year. Feast day of the patron saint of lawyers.
Today was celebrated by the Druids in Ireland in the FEAST OF BREWING: keep warm — toast a priest.
FESTIVAL OF THE BODY OF HABITS.
1099 -- Syria: Crusaders set fire to Mara.
[Source: Robert Braunwart] [Hereafter noted with symbol: ]
One is reminded of the hero Richard Lion Heart's excursions, of the time he slaughtered 3,000 Moslem captives, including their wives & children. The British loved him.
So he "quarreled now & then," Lady Callcott wrote in her children's history of England, deep down he was "really good-natured" (Little Arthur's History of England, 1835; reprint 1981; chapter 20).
1349 -- Louis of Flanders takes Ghent, ending workers revolt by Flemish weavers.
1599 -- English Renaissance poet Sir Edmund Spenser (The Faerie Queene) dies, about 46, in Westminster.
1615 -- England: London prohibits football playing in the streets & lanes. Inspires SuperBowl.
1668 -- Moliere comedy "Amphitryon" is produced.
1668 -- Jeepers Pepyers? First known reference to pornography in English, in Samuel Pepys' diary (L'escholle des filles — he later returns to buy it).
1695 -- Author Jonathan Swift ordained an Anglican priest in Ireland. He did not rise in ecclesiastical circles—a fact which disturbed him, as a Tory defender of the Church's place of privilege. Such ideas were called antidisestablishmentarianism. He wanted to be a bishop, but never ranked higher than Dean of St. Patrick's in Dublin.
1777 -- US: Jefferson gets Virginia to make "sodomy" punishable by castration.
1794 -- México: Tobacco workers demonstrate for improved conditions, México City.
1810 -- Ernest Rose, utopian socialist, lives.
1834 -- Horatio Alger lives, Revere, Massachusetts. Writes "Ragged Dick," & over the next 30 years repeats his rags-to-riches story, prompting George Juergens to remark: "Horatio Alger wrote the same novel 135 times & never lost his audience." His "peculiar" penchant for young boys has been documented in recent years.
"As we shall see with Deadwood Dick & Horatio Alger's stories, the dime novels allow "magical transformations" in terms of gender relations, as well — women turn into men in the wild West, boys transform into erotically-charged proteges for captains of industry — as compensation for the "impossibility of imagining 'realistic' actions by powerful agents," which could just as easily be the assertion of homoerotic desire as proletariat unrest."
Strange Stuff: Explosion in the sky, Brighton, England [Rept. B. A., 1869-307]
1874 -- US: Too Clubby? Tompkins Square massacre. The original Tompkins Square Police Riot.
As unemployed workers demonstrate in New York City's Tompkins Square Park, mounted police officers charge into the crowd, indiscriminately clubbing adults & children, leaving hundreds of casualties.
Police commissioner Abram Duryee boasts, (quote):
"It was the most glorious sight I have ever seen..."
1877 -- US: NY Times review finds novel Tom Sawyer too "sinister" for children.
1883 -- Russia: Last Act?: A theater catches fire during a New Year's Eve performance by the Circus Ferroni; at least 300 people die, in part because two of the three exits are nailed shut, in Berdischeff.
1883 -- Henrik Ibsen play "An Enemy of the People" premiers, Christiania Theatre, Oslo, Norway.
1892 -- England: Prince Edward dies of typhoid fever. A closeted gay man, court officials no doubt gave a silent sigh of relief. Students of the Jack the Ripper case often pose Eddy as a candidate for Jack the Ripper's secret identity.
1894 -- Italy: A revolution in Sicily is crushed by government troops ; Insurrection in Lunigiana as anarchist bands arm themselves in support of Sicilian victims of the "State of Siege" (beginning of January to repress revolts against increased flour prices).
England: During this month the anarchist-communist monthly Liberty premiers in London. Founded by James Tochatti, the magazine runs until December 1896, its columns present a wide range of libertarian ideas, & articles by Louise Michel & Peter Kropotkin.
1898 -- Novelist Émile Zola blows the lid off rampant French anti-semitism & a military cover up in the Dreyfus Affair with publication of J'accuse!
1898 -- Kaj Munk lives. Danish playwright & priest, whose outspoken sermons & plays during World War II lead to his murder. Believing the truths of Christianity are realized only in action, his plays appealed to Danes to resist the occupiers. On January 4, 1944, Munk was taken from his home by the Gestapo & shot.
1901 -- A.B. Guthrie lives, Bedford, Indiana. His best known work is about the American West.
1904 -- Richard Addensell, film composer, lives. His "Warsaw Concerto" is one of the most famous pieces of film music ever composed. Eatcher heart out, BeeGees!
1909 -- US: Emma Goldman lectures on "The Dissolution of Our Institutions" in San Francisco, California, followed by a statement by William Buwalda, a soldier court-martialed last year & recently pardoned by President Roosevelt. This event actually takes place without police interference.
1910 -- Russia: Moishe Tokar, a young Russian Jewish anarchist who attempted to assassinate Hershelman, the hated military commander of the Vilna Fortress, is sentenced to death.
Source: Rudolf Rocker, The London Years (1956, reprint AK Press, 2005).
1910 -- First opera broadcast on radio, Caruso singing from the Met in New York.
1910 -- US:
More Strange Stuff: Airship seen & heard, Chattanooga, TN (also seen on previous & next days) [New York Tribune, Jan 15]
1910 -- John M. Synge play "Deirdre of the Sorrows" opens in Dublin.
1911 -- Gerhart Hauptmann play "Die Ratten" premiers, Berlin.
1914 -- US: IWW [Industrial Workers of the World] organizer Joe Hill is falsely arrested for murder, Utah.
1923 -- England: Having refused him for two years, today Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (the present Queen Mother) sent Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI) a telegram accepting at last his marriage proposal with this message: "All right, Bertie."
1924 -- Austria: Anarchist philosopher, anti-scientist Paul Feyerabend lives (1924-1994), Vienna. If we wish to we wish to defend society against science, then the only philosophy to adopt is the anarchist one. See Killing Time: The Autobiography of Paul Feyerabend & Against Method.
PAUL FEYERABEND, Patron Saint 2006-2011
Viennese-born, Swiss-based anarchist philosopher
who demanded separation of Science & State.
Source: Autonomedia Calendar
1929 -- US: Wyatt Earp, a noted scoundrel, crook & US marshal (sorry for redundancy!) (OK Corral), dies at 80.
1931 -- Flora Nwapa (1931-1996) lives, Oguta, eastern Nigeria. Author & forerunner of a whole generation of African women writers. Best-known for re-creating Igbo (Ibo) life & customs from a woman's viewpoint.
1933 -- Having traveled from Paris (on the 10th) to the Netherlands via Reims, Brussels, & Antwerp, Emma Goldman's lecture tour of the Netherlands takes her to The Hague, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, & Hengelo (from the 13th to the 23rd); Emma speaks on "Dictatorship, the Modern Religious Hysteria."
1941 -- Great Irish novelist James Joyce dies in Zürich, Switzerland, unhappy with the reception given his work.All day I hear the noise of waters
I hear an army charging upon the land, & the thunder of horses plunging, foam about their knees...At a dinner party at Sylvia Beach's bookstore, Shakespeare & Co., Scott Fitzgerald eavesdropped on a conversation between Joyce & Thomas Mann. He heard them discussing not the state of modern literature but the progress of their aches & pains up & down their bodies.
1941 -- Vietnam: Revolt against the French, Nghe An.
1942 -- US: Sour Note? Bruno Walter says he cannot conduct the non-unionized Boston Symphony.
1956 -- Italy: La polizia di stato interviene in una manifestazione di braccianti a Venosa (Potenza): 1 morto e 14 feriti. L'Osservatore Romano, giornale del Vaticano, critica l'uso delle armi da parte della polizia per disperdere il corteo.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1957 -- Hungary: Death penalty enacted for strikers as government calls for order & quiet.
1957 -- Bollingen Prize for poetry is awarded to Allen Tate.
Gil J. Wolman & Jacques Fillon are excluded from the Lettrist International.
http://www.cddc.vt.edu/sionline/chronology/chronology.html | [Situationist Resources]
1958 -- Morocco: Moroccan Liberation Army ambushes Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera, during the Ifni War, sometimes called the Forgotten War in Spain (la Guerra Olvidada).
1962 -- Ernie Kovacs dies in a car crash in West Los Angeles at 42.
Dear Auntie Dave,
Please consider adding Ernie Kovacs to the Daily Bleed...
He certainly was an situationalist entertainer & pushed early TV over the edge...which is why he was cancelled by the bosses after a few shows.
"Abas & yet it was/ tin tinabulation/ wild of drum & leather thong/ oh ye welkin/ welikn ye...."
You should add him, yes???
— Bleedster Reverend Kenneth
1964 -- US: A B-52 carrying two nuclear weapons crashes near Cumberland, Maryland.
1967 -- The Dead, Junior Wells' Chicago Blues Band, & the Doors at the Fillmore Auditorium in Frisco.
1968 -- Bill Masterson (Minnesota Northstars) checked into the boards & killed.
1968 -- Chained Melody? Johnny Cash records a live album at Folsom Prison.
1970 -- US: Three black prisoners killed by guard at Soledad Prison during melee.
1971 -- Spain: Arrest of Pepe Beunza, one of many political conscientious objectors imprisoned. Pepe Beunza refuses military service, igniting the modern Spanish conscientious objector (CO) movement in the post-Franco era. War Resisters' International & other groups rallied support with a solidarity campaign when he was sent to prison. A militant "Insumisionist," Pepe currently works in support of young objectors, & the insumisionist movement is a nightmare for the Spanish government.
1972 -- US: New York rules a woman may become a professional baseball umpire.
1973 -- Eric Clapton has spent the last couple of years troubled by drug addiction. However, on this night he makes a triumphant comeback at London's Rainbow Theater, selling out two shows opening & closing with "Layla."
Afterward Clapton told a reporter, "I was very nervous, felt sick, the whole bit." Referring to the audience he responded, "They don't know how much it helped me."
1976 -- In a BBC radio broadcast, John Wain comments: "Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking."
"I just put my feet in the air & move them around."
— Fred Astaire
"I don't know why everyone makes such a fuss about Fred Astaire's dancing. I did all the same steps, only backwards. & in heels!"
— Ginger Rogers
1976 -- Stith Thompson dies, Columbus, Indiana. One of the world's leading authorities on folklore. Best known for his work on the classification of motifs in folk tales. His six-volume Motif-Index of Folk-Literature (1932-37) is considered the international key to traditional material, & it has been said that Thompson is responsible for putting the study of folklore in the US on a solid, scholarly basis. Grandfather of Sue Letsinger & great-grandfather of BleedMeister's Nummer 1 Son, Brandon.
1979 -- US: The YMCA files a lawsuit against the Village People over their song, "Y.M.C.A." The suit is later dropped.
1981 -- Bollingen Prize for poetry is awarded to May Swenson & Howard Nemerov.
1985 -- 99-year-old Otto Bucher scores a hole-in-one at Spanish golf course.
1988 -- Supreme Court rules (5-3) public school officials have broad powers to censor school newspapers, plays & other expressive activities.
1991 -- US: Seattle's University Baptist Church offers sanctuary to military personnel opposed to the US recolonisation of Iraq.
1991 -- US: Two fire bombs are thrown at the Seattle federal building & a recruiting station.
1992 -- US: Founding father of Cannibals Anonymous, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, enters a plea of guilty but insane in 15 of the 17 murders he confessed to committing.
1993 -- Japan: Vigil against arrival of a ship bringing plutonium for nuclear reactor, Tokai.
1993 -- US: Singer Bobby Brown is arrested in Augusta, Georgia, for simulating a sex act onstage. Replay? It's the second time the Augusta police jerk him off for the same offense.
1995 -- Algeria: Eight opposition groups a sign plan for ending civil war.
1997 -- Perú: Left-wing guerrillas holding 72 hostages open fire on police outside the Japanese Embassy in Lima.
2002 -- Gregorio Fuentes, Hemingway's "Old Man" (The Old Man & the Sea), dies at 104, Cuba.
2003 -- England: Greenpeace activists break into Sizewell B nuclear power station to demonstrate lax security.
2008 -- Way Out There: Impending Doom? Astronomers reveal Smith's Cloud, a giant hydrogen gas cloud, will smash into the Milky Way galaxy in 20 to 40 million years, resulting in the formation of countless stars, making the biggest fireworks display since New Years Eve. Be there or be square!
2008 -- Chile: Anti-Pinochet writer, activist Patricia Verdugo dies, Santiago. Verdugo's father was killed by the Chilean secret police in 1976. Helped found 'The Women's Movement for Life,' a caucus of women who organized protests against Pinochet. Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.
Verdugo, one of Pinochet's harshest critics, published Los Zarpazos del Puma (The Claws of the Puma; 1985), while Pinochet was in power. It recounts the extrajudicial murders of 75 members of the Chilean opposition during October / November 1973, shortly after Pinochet took power, carried out by the "Caravan of Death" (a Puma helicopter military unit used for picking up dissidents & murdering them), tasked with killing political prisoners & other "enemies" of Pinochet.
Los Zarpazos del Puma was banned, but black market copies were widely sold on the streets of major cities, & became, perhaps, the most widely read in Chile's history.
"People need a little loving &, God, sometimes it's sad all the shit they have to go through to find some."
— Richard Brautigan
4000 -- "Street corner next to Federal Building where the US Department of Labor handles naturalization of immigrants."
Zoom forward to 2012. The more things change...
By an unknown photographer, New York City, New York, 1939
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