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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Civil rights martyr, Gandhian pacifist, anti-war activist.
FEAST OF THE ABBOT OF UNREASON.
US: HAT DAY.
Japan: ADULTS DAY.
France: MOLIERE DAY.
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).
"Without music, no State could survive," Jaques Attali quotes a character in Moliere as saying.
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!"
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 -- 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.
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 -- 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).
PAUL LAFARGUE 1997 PATRON SAINT 29 MARCH
Karl Marx's bum of a son-in-law, the original lay-about author.
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]
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.
More Strange Stuff: Fall of snakes after localized ("in a space of two blocks") violent rainstorm, Memphis, TN [Monthly Weather Review]
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.
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.
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]
1908 -- France: Colony Aiglemont issues the first number of Le Communiste.
1909 -- US: Great Boston Molasses Flood leaves 21 dead (many drowning), 150 injured.
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.
1916 -- US: During this month Matthew Schmidt is convicted & sentenced to life imprisonment for complicity in the 1910 bombing of the Los Angeles Times building.
1916 -- US: Alexander Berkman announces publication of the first issue of his San Francisco-based anarchist journal The Blast.
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.
1923 -- France: La Brochure mensuelle (The Monthly Booklet) begins publishing in Paris.
1925 -- China: US marines land in Shanghai to protect foreigners during fighting.
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.
1929 -- US: Congress passes the Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact, signed by 62 nations outlawing war. Yup.
1932 -- US: The Rand School in New York City holds a symposium on Emma Goldman's book, Living My Life.
1934 -- Canada: Emma Goldman gives a well-attended series of lectures, January 15-31, at Hygeia Hall in Toronto.
1935 -- 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).
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
1941 -- Olivier Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time" premiers, at the Nazi concentration camp Stalag CVIII-A, outside of Gorlitz in Silesia...in -4 degrees fahrenheit.
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