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      Oh, my son, if only I could
      with a plough of frost
      scratch furrows in the night
      that holds my throat so tight
      do you know what I would do? First
      I'd plant white roses.

— Ernesto Diaz Rodriguez, from his Cuban prison cell


Civil rights martyr, Gandhian pacifist, anti-war activist.





FEAST OF THE ASS: In the European Middle Ages, maidens ride asses to church, priest bray & sing hymns with heehaw choruses.

"Every time (the president) talks about trust it makes chills run up & down my spine.
The very idea that the word 'trust' could ever come out of his mouth after ... the way he has trampled on the truth is a travesty of the American political system."

      — So says Bill Clinton of George "Upchuck" Bush in 1992 (ass to ass, cheek to cheek)

FEAST OF ISADORE, patron saint of laborers — slack off, since it's also the birthday of Paul Lafargue, Karl Marx's wayward son-in-law & author of The Right to be Lazy (1842).

1559 -- England: Two months after the death of her half-sister, Queen Mary I of England, Elizabeth Tudor, the 25-year-old daughter of Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn, is crowned Queen Elizabeth I at Westminster Abbey in London.

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1622 -- Moliere, French satirical playwright/actor, baptized, Paris, France.

"Without music, no State could survive," Jaques Attali quotes a character in Moliere as saying.

1752 -- Tobias Smollett anonymously publishes "Habakkuk Hibling," pamphlet charging Henry Fielding with plagiarism.

1757 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Germany: New Quarters? The Archbishopric of Koln approves a schedule of fees victims of torture must pay (up to 5 thalers, for quartering by horses). Heads I Win, Tails You Lose...

George Bush gives thumbs up
1759 -- England: Thumbs Up? British Museum opens in Bloomsbury, London. Among the earliest treasures on display were a starved cat & a rat, a tree trunk gnawed by a beaver & a mummified thumb found beneath the St. James’s Coffee House. Twas a strong brew.

1771 -- US: "Bloody Act" passes North Carolina assembly, making rioters guilty of treason.

1797 -- England: First top hat worn in London — James Hetherington is fined £50 for wearing it & causing a breach of the peace, it being found that he "appeared on the public highway wearing a tall structure of shining lustre & calculated to disturb timid people." Brute!
Source: [Calendar Riots]

Proudhon tattoo
1809 -- France: Pierre-Joseph Proudhon lives. Famous philosopher, economist, sociologist, often referred to as the 'father of modern anarchism.'

Project Gutenberg (& several mirror sites) has online texts of What is Property & The Philosophy of Poverty (his attack on Marx; Marx responded in kind with The Poverty of Philosophy).

"Property is theft!"

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1811 -- US: Acting in secret session, Congress authorizes the President to annex Spanish East Florida, without consent of inhabitants, if local authorities consent, to "protect US interests."

1815 -- Lady Byron takes her one-month-old daughter Augusta Ada from Lord Byron's London apartments & goes to stay with her family. Byron never saw his wife or child again.

1827 -- Source=Robert Braunwart M. Chabert, wearing an asbestos suit, enters an oven carrying a steak. He emerges after 12 minutes, with the steak well-done. We suspect he was too.

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1829 -- Honore de Balzac signs a contract with publisher for "Les Chouans", the first work to appear under his own name. He is so anxious to perfect the text that the publisher has difficulty getting him to surrender the manuscript.

1831 -- US: First American-built locomotive to pull a passenger train makes first run; first US railroad honeymoon trip, Mr & Mrs Pierson, Charleston, South Carolina. First train on a train.

1831 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Victor Hugo completes his novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

1842 -- Author Paul Lafargue (Marx's son-in-law) lives. Wrote The Right to Be Lazy in 1893 while layin' about in prison. Translated & published by Charles Kerr Publishing Co-op in Chicago, 1907 (updated version expanded & edited by Bernard Marszalek, 2011).

Karl Marx's bum of a son-in-law, the original lay-about author.

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1850 -- Mihail Eminescu, poet who transforms both the form & content of Romanian poetry, creating an influential school of poetry, lives, Ipotisti, Moldavia. His talent is recognized in 1870 after two poems are published in Convorbiri literare.

1857 -- US: Abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison declares, "No union with slaveholders," at the State Disunion Convention, Worcester, Massachusetts.

1869 -- England:
Strange Stuff: Something frightened flocks of sheep (see Jan 9, 13, 1869), Swaffham, Norfolk - [London Standard]
Damn perverts!

1870 -- US: Democratic Party first depicted as an ass, in a political cartoon appearing in Harper's Weekly.

1870 -- Spain: First issue of Solidaridad appears, in Madrid. This newspaper, created by Anselmo Lorenzo & friends, is the first paper published by the Spanish anarchist section of the A.I.T.

1877 -- US: Stuck? Standing Bear, Ponca chief, refuses to move to reservation because it is within lands already given to Lakota.

1877 --
More Strange Stuff: Fall of snakes after localized ("in a space of two blocks") violent rainstorm, Memphis, TN [Monthly Weather Review]

1881 --

Pierre Monatte lives (1881-1960).

Monatte was a central figure of French anarcho-syndicalist movement. Influenced by Émile Pouget, friends with Albert Camus, he fought the Stalinist & reformist positions in the trade unions. Monatte had joined the Communist Party for a few years after the Russian Revolution, but was kicked out for challenging its authoritarianism.

In 1925, Monatte founded Révolution prolétarienne, an anarchist-syndicalist publication which many anarchists wrote for. The review stopped publishing in 1939, resuming again in 1947. Pierre Monatte

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1891 -- Russian poet Osip Mandelstam (Mandel'shtam) (1891-1938), memorialized in his widow Nadezhda's Hope Against Hope, lives, in Warsaw. Victim of Uncle Joe Stalin's Gulag.

Perhaps my whisper was already born before my lips.

Photo by Brady
1896 -- Matthew Brady, photographer, dies.

1902 -- US:
Even Morer Strange Stuff: Fall of a meteor near Crater Mountain, AZ [Amer. Jour. Sci., 4-21-353]

Le Communiste, masthead 1908
1908 -- France: Colony Aiglemont issues the first number of Le Communiste.

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1909 -- US: Great Boston Molasses Flood leaves 21 dead (many drowning), 150 injured.

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1913 -- México: This month is marked by the rise of anarcho-syndicalism in México City as Casa del Obrero Mundial (COM; House of the World Worker) undermines the government’s Gran Liga union, & dominates organized labor in the city. COM was founded in late September (1912).
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1915 -- US: During these winter months, despite a heavy lecture schedule, Emma Goldman helps organize defense of Matthew Schmidt & David Caplan, arrested for complicity in the 1910 bombing of the Los Angeles Times building. Today she attends the concert of her nephew David Hochstein, a violinist of exceptional talent.

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1916 -- anarchistUS: During this month Matthew Schmidt is convicted & sentenced to life imprisonment for complicity in the 1910 bombing of the Los Angeles Times building.

The Blast, front page
1916 -- US: Alexander Berkman announces publication of the first issue of his San Francisco-based anarchist journal The Blast.

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1918 -- France: In Paris the group of musicians called Les Six give their first concert.

1919 -- Russia: Peasants in central Russia rise against the Bolsheviks.

1919 -- Rosa Luxemburg & Karl Liebnecht, libertarian communists, are murdered by police.

They are arrested & taken to the Eden Hotel in Berlin, then taken out, smashed in the head repeatedly with rifle butts, then shot in the head at separate locations.

Luxemburg's body is dumped in a canal & not recovered until March.

1922 -- Ireland: Irish Free State established.

La Brochure mensuelle, masthead 1927
1923 -- France: La Brochure mensuelle (The Monthly Booklet) begins publishing in Paris.

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1925 -- Source=Robert Braunwart China: US marines land in Shanghai to protect foreigners during fighting.

Button: Martin Luther King day
1929 -- US: American Civil Rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. lives, Atlanta, Georgia. The government has made the observance of his birth one of those moveable feasts.,_Jr.

1929 -- US: Congress passes the Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact, signed by 62 nations outlawing war. Yup.

1932 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministUS: The Rand School in New York City holds a symposium on Emma Goldman's book, Living My Life.

Emma Goldman, anarchist
1934 -- Canada: Emma Goldman gives a well-attended series of lectures, January 15-31, at Hygeia Hall in Toronto.

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1935 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Russia: Grigori Zinoviev & other Soviet leaders are convicted of treason.

1939 -- Agustin Gomez Arcos (1939-1998) lives, Almeria, Andalusia. Spanish anarchist, gay dramatist/novelist. Wrote many novels about pro-Franco Spain: L'agneau carnivore (1975), Maria Republica (1976), Ana non (1977), L'enfant pain (1983), Un oiseau brûlé vif (1984). Agustin Gomez-Arcos

Often in winter the end of the day is like the final metaphor in a poem celebrating death:

there is no way out.

— Agustin Gomez-Arcos, A Bird Burned Alive, 1988

For the End of Time, book cover
1941 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Olivier Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time" premiers, at the Nazi concentration camp Stalag CVIII-A, outside of Gorlitz in -4 degrees fahrenheit.

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Dancers jumping up
1943 -- US: The Halt & the Lame?: 1,000 workers complete the air conditioning system for the Pentagon, unconditionally. The Pentagon, originally planned as a research hospital & then built as a military facility in eleven months during World War II, is completed in Arlington, Virginia.

1944 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Who's Got The Biggest Baton? Police attend the Boston Symphony to file a complaint against Igor Stravinsky for his arrangement of "The Star Spangled Banner", but its performance is canceled.

1946 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: 260,000 US electrical workers strike GE, Westinghouse & General Motors.

1948 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Jean Cocteau movie Beauty & the Beast is released in the US.

1949 -- Black Dahlia murder victim found in Los Angeles (basis of the James Ellroy novel).

1950 -- Samuel Putnam, the expatriate American writer who wrote a memoir called Paris Was Our Mistress, dies.

1950 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: National Emergency Civil Rights Conference opens, Washington D.C. (-1/17)

1950 -- Source=Robert Braunwart anarchistMerce Cunningham dances "Before Dawn" & "Pool of Darkness" premier, NY.

1951 -- "Cloud of Death" rolls down Mount Lamington, New Guinea kills 3-5,000.

1955 -- Billboard reports, "music with an R&B beat is not longer regarded as a passing phase by major recording firms." The magazine points out Perry Como, the Crewcuts, Hutton Sisters & Bill Darnell & Rosemary Clooney have recorded cover versions of Gene & Eunice's #7 R&B hit "Ko Ko Mo." The success of the Crew Cut's cover of the Chords' "Sh-Boom" is noted as a main factor in the pop artists interest in R&B.

1959 -- In Portland, Oregon, Mel Lyman notes:

I have a disease. It burns my insides out...

Diary of a Young artist

1961 -- US Air Force "Texas Tower" radar station topples into the Atlantic, sinks off the coast of New Jersey, killing all 28 men aboard. A Senate subcommittee report charged the Navy with the major responsibility for the "defects, deficiencies, & inadequacies that led to the structure's failure."

1962 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: 1,700 women against nuclear testing arrive in Washington DC on Peace Train Special.

1962 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: J. Edgar Hoover calls M.L. King a fellow traveler & a "vicious liar."

1964 -- SI dingbat In a telegram to Harry Guggenheim, Asger Jorn rejects the Guggenheim International Award for his painting Dead Drunk Danes (1960):



Dead-drunken Danes; source, Bleedster László
Dead-drunken Danes; image courtesy of Bleedster László

1967 -- US: First Super Bowl played. Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10.

Button: Bring the Troops Home Now!
1968 -- US: Jeanette Rankin Brigade — led by 87-year-old Rankin, the first US Congresswoman & the only member of Congress to vote against US entry to both World Wars — marches on Washington to protest war in Vietnam.

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Janet McCloud
1969 -- US: Hey, You! Get Offa My...?:

Trial of Janet McCloud (1934-2003; Tulalip Indian tribe) & others for "fish-in" on Nisqually River in Washington state in 1965.

All are found not guilty.

1969 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: "Beatings, shootings & a high degree of unrest continues [sic] to prevail in the ghetto area of SE San Diego.... [I]t is felt that substantial amount of the unrest is directly attributable to this [FBI] program." — San Diego FBI report to Washington

1970 -- Nicaraguan poet Leonel Rugama shoots his last bullet & dies resisting a battalion of US-puppet Somoza's troops (in North America it is impolite to call one's friends terrorists).

Leonel Rugama was 20 years old.
Of friends, he preferred chess players.
Of chess players, those who lose because of the girl happening by.
Of those that pass by, the one who remains.
Of those who stay, the one who has yet to come.
Of heroes, he preferred those who don't say they are dying for their mother country.
Of countries, the one born of his death.

1971 -- US: Seven months after it began, the jury starts deliberations in the trial of Charles Manson, Susan Atkins, Leslie VanHouten, & Patricia Krenwinkel for the brutal, arrogant Tate/LaBianca murders, Los Angeles.

1972 -- US: "American Pie" by Don McLean, & anthem of Pie Brigades around the world, becomes the number one record in the US.

Kids at long table studying
1974 -- US: During the Watergate affair, an expert testifies before the House Judiciary Committee that an 18-1/2-minute gap discovered during a critical subpoenaed recording of a White House conversation between President Richard M. Nixon & White House staff member H. R. Haldeman was caused by deliberate & repeated erasures. The White House fails to satisfactorily explain the long silence during the key conversation between Nixon & Haldeman.

1978 -- Iran: Beloved & Respected Comrade Butcher Shah (installed & CIA-supported CIA puppet) flees Peacock Throne, leading to Islamic overthrow.

1978 -- Spain: Demonstration organized by the C.N.T., the anarchist trade union now legalized for six months, draws 10,000 protesters in Barcelona, opposing the Moncloa pacts (allowing only the C.C.O.O (communist) & U.G.T (socialist) the right to represent workers). la CNT organiza una manifestación por el Paral·lel de Barcelona a la que acuden unas 10000 personas contra el Pacto de la Moncloa. Poco después a mediodía la sala de fiestas Scala situada en Paseo San Juan-Diputación sufre un atentado en el que mueren cuatro personas (Ramón Egea Gómez, Juan Manuel López, Bernabé Bravo Bejarano, Diego Montero Arrabal). Alguno de ellos era miembro de CNT. Al día siguiente la policía primero acusa a la FAI y JJLL y poco después a la CNT, la prensa y TVE se hacen eco inmediatamente y vinculan el terrorismo con la CNT, por lo que el C.R. CNT presenta una querella criminal contra la policía y una querella moral contra el periódico "Noticiero Universal" y TVE. Por estos hechos son detenidos los cenetistas José Cuevas, Francisco Javier Cañadas, Luis Muñoz, Arturo Palma, María Rosa López y María Pilar Álvarez mientras que el confidente del Ministerio del Interior e infiltrado en la CNT Joaquín Gambín Hernández campa por sus anchas y en plena libertad por las calles de su ciudad, Murcia. // the CNT organizes a manifestation by the Paral · lel from Barcelona to which 10000 people against the Pact of Moncloa go. Shortly after at noon the nightclub Scala located in Stroll San Juan-Delegation undergoes an attack in which four people die (Aegean Ramon Go'mez, Juan Manuel Lopez, Brave Bernabé Bejarano, Diego Montero Suburb). Some of them was member of CNT. On the following day the police first accuses the FAI & JJLL & shortly after to the CNT, press & the TVE are made echo immediately & tie the terrorism with the CNT, reason why the C.R. CNT presents/displays a criminal complaint against the police & a moral complaint against Universal "News” newspaper & the TVE. By these facts the cenetistas are stopped Jose Caves, Francisco Javier Gorges, Luis Muñoz, Arturo Palma, Maria Rosa Lopez & Maria To pound Alvarez whereas the informer of the Department of the Interior & infiltrated in the CNT Joaquin Gambín Hernandez stands out in the heat of by his wide & freedom by the streets of his city, Murcia. the village hall the “Scala” (which is far from the way of the demonstration) is set fire to by the unknown ones, causing the death of four people, including two workers of the trade union of the spectacle of the C.N.T. But it is in the anarchistic medium & anarchist-trade unionist that the police force directs his “investigations”, stopping many militants (be) who are insulted & struck. On January 17, the police force will announce to have stopped the culprits. Actually the latter (be), the victims of one of most important juridico-police handling intended to discredit the C.N.T, are terribly tortured & end up signing the version of the police force to shorten their sufferings. In December 1980, They will be condemned to heavy prison sentences, at the time of a faked lawsuit placed under high police surveillance. // la salle des fêtes la "Scala" (qui se trouve loin du trajet de la manifestation) est incendiée par des inconnus, provoquant la mort de quatre personnes, dont deux travailleurs du syndicat du spectacle de la C.N.T. Mais c'est dans le milieu anarchiste et anarcho-syndicaliste que la police dirige ses "investigations", arrêtant de nombreux militants(es) qui sont insultés et frappés. Le 17 janvier, la police annoncera avoir arrêtée les coupables. En réalité ces derniers(es), victimes d'une des plus importantes manipulation juridico-policière destinée à discréditer la C.N.T, sont affreusement torturés et finissent par signer la version de la police pour abréger leurs souffrances. En décembre 1980, Ils seront condamnés à de lourdes peines de prison, lors d'un procès truqué placé sous haute surveillance policière.

1981 -- Source=Robert Braunwart El Salvador: The American supported Salvadoran government disappears eight staff members of El Independiente. This sort of "free press" provides a new meaning to the expression "disappearing ink" — chemire, chimaera — the kind of magic the US government can get really excited about.

1985 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Bollingen Prize for poetry is awarded to John Ashbery & Fred Chapell.

1991 -- Vigils around the world mark expiry of US/UN deadline for military attack on Iraq if they don't leave Kuwait.

Turtle trying to have sex with Army Helmet
1991 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Bush restores $42.5 million in military aid to El Salvador. Americans are markedly generous in their generosity to other peoples...

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1994 -- Singer Harry Nilsson dies of heart disease. Best known for songs like "Everybody's Talkin'," "Without You" & "Coconut." He was 53.

1997 -- South Korea: A general strike is called by a coalition of labor unions. The unions claim 600,000 workers observe the strike call, the government claims it is "only" 100,000.

1999 -- Greece: Demonstrations in nearly every city against the "2525/97 Act." Clashes break out. In Athens, 14 are arrested.

Two, Arban Belala, a 17-year old student-emigrant from Albania & Vasilis Evangelidis, a 30-year old anarchist & unemployed teacher, face serious charges. Others, facing lighter charges, were set free. Two more student-emigrants from Albania are arrested in Thessaloniki.

Demonstrations, clashes & arrests continue through the month.

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2001 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: A truck hits the 92-year-old Pioneer Square pergola in Seattle, destroying it.

2003 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: ACLU report "Bigger Monster, Weaker Chains" warns of a Big Brother society in the US.

2009 -- From the Mouths of Babes?: Baywatch actress writes to Mumbai, India,

"Dogs cannot use condoms..."

(Sounds like another edict from Beloved & Respected Comrade Family Planning Expert George Bush the Junior.)

2009 -- US: "Granny for Peace" anti-war activist, a Take Back the Night founder, Lillian Willoughby dies. Married to fellow antiwar activist George Willoughby.

3000 --

"To be governed is to be watched over, inspected, spied on, directed, legislated, regimented, closed in, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, assessed, evaluated, censored, commanded; all by creatures that have neither the right, nor wisdom, nor virtue... To be governed means that at every move, operation, or transaction one is noted, registered, entered in a census, taxed, stamped, priced, assessed, patented, licensed, authorized, recommended, admonished, prevented, reformed, set right, corrected. Government means to be subjected to tribute, trained, ransomed, exploited, monopolized, extorted, pressured, mystified, robbed; all in the name of public utility & the general good. Then, at the first sign of resistance or word of complaint, one is repressed, fined, despised, vexed, pursued, hustled, beaten up, garroted, imprisoned, shot, machine-gunned, judged, sentenced, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed, & to cap all, ridiculed, mocked, outraged & dishonored. That is government, that is its justice & its morality!"

       — P-J Proudhon

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