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ARTIST AS OUTLAW DAY.
TENDERNESS TOWARD EXISTENCE DAY.
639 -- Dagobert I, king of Austrasia/Soissons/Burgundy/Neustrië, dies.
1547 -- Henry Howard, the earl of Surrey, English writer & courtier, beheaded because of his enmity with the Seymours, who were ruling the kingdom for the young Edward VI. He & Sir Thomas Wyatt introduced the sonnet into English verse.
1714 -- Richard Steele publishes The Crisis, a defense of the Hanoverian succession, for which he is denounced & expelled from Parliament.
1729 -- Dramatist William Congreve (Love for Love) dies in London at 58.
1764 -- English radical John Wilkes expelled from the House of Commons for libel. Byron paints a comic portrait of him in The Vision of Judgement.
1808 -- US: Utopian, individualist anarchist Lysander Spooner lives. Massachusetts abolitionist & anti-monopolist.
American utopianist, radical,
Member of the First International.
1809 — Edgar Allan Poe lives, Boston, where his itinerant actor-parents are performing. He is orphaned three years later. Poet, novelist, editor, literary critic. His literary criticism was so scathing he gained the nickname "Tomahawk Man" & he was said to write with "prussic acid instead of ink."
1812 -- England: Luddites torch Oatlands Mill in Yorkshire.
Source: Source: [Luddite Chronology]
1825 -- Pre-Y2K Holocaust?: Ezra Daggett & nephew Thomas Kensett patent food storage in tin cans.
1839 -- Artist Paul Cézanne lives. In Manhattan, Woody Allen's despondent character Isaac is listing reasons to live. One of them is Cézanne's pears. Cézanne's still-lifes (the French call them natures mortes) are food for eye & the soul.
1847 -- US: After killing the sheriff & a prefect, Native American Indians force their way into the house of New Mexico's first American Territorial Governor, Charles Bent, & scalp him & three others, Taos, New Mexico.
1865 -- France: Pierre-Joseph Proudhon dies. Early French anarchiste philosopher/economist, author of What is Property?. His famous answer?
"Property is theft!"
1869 -- US: Susan B. Anthony elected president of the American Equal Rights Association.
1883 -- France: The trial to suppress the anarchists involved in the First International, begun on January 8, concludes in Lyon, against those known as "The 66."
1887 -- Alexander Woolcott lives, Phalanx, New Jersey. The model for the egotistical Sheridan Whiteside in Kaufman & Hart's The Man Who Came to Dinner will be "the smartest of Alecs" to Heywood Broun & "Old Vitriol & Violets" to James Thurber.
1889 -- Sophie Taeuber-Arp lives, Davos, Switzerland. Started an independent artistic career in 1916, which leads her to contacts with the Dadaists in Zürich. Married Hans Arp (who gave up art for chess) in 1921.
1892 -- Cuba: Anarquistas celebrate the first Cuban Regional Congress.
Cuban Regional Congress
The anarchists recommend the Cuban working class join the ranks of "revolutionary socialism" & take the path of independence as proclaimed by Marti. In a "Manifesto" they present a phrase which has passed to history: "...it would be absurd for one who aspires to individual freedom to oppose the collective freedom of the people..."
Spanish authorities suspend the congress, closes down the anarchist press, declare the Alliance illegal & deports or imprisons the congress's better-known participants.
Source: Frank Fernandez, "Cuba: The Anarchists & Liberty".
1893 -- Omcadina revolutionaries on trial.
1893 -- Henrik Ibsen play "The Master Builder" opens in Berlin.
1898 -- France: George Claude Etievant, French typographer & anarchiste, stabs a sentry at the Berzeliu street police station, & wounds another after being locked up.
[Details / context]
1904 -- US: American crockpot George Francis Train dies, New York City.
Source: Autonomedia Calendar
1906 -- Gerhart Hauptmann play "Und Pippa tanzt!" premiers, Berlin.
1908 -- US: Fire burns down the building housing an office, printing plant, & book stock at Benjamin Tucker's Unique Bookshop (a hotbed of individualist anarchism). In addition to books Tucker also published the journal, Liberty (1891-1907).
American individualist anarchist, publisher, journalist. His philosophical conceptions combined those of Proudhon with those of Herbert Spencer.
1910 -- Italy: Andrea Costa (1851-1910) dies. Anarchist, participant in the national conference under the direction of Bakunin before giving up on anarchism & becoming a socialist deputy in the Italian parliament.
[Details / context]
1912 -- France: Armand Robin (1912-1961) lives, Plouguernével, Brittany.
Ttranslator, writer/poet, anarchiste.
1915 -- US: 20 rioting striking workers shot by factory guards at Roosevelt, New Jersey.
1915 -- Neon Tube sign patented by George Claude.
1915 -- England: During World War I, Britain suffers its first casualties from an air attack when two German Zeppelins drop bombs on Great Yarmouth & King's Lynn on the eastern coast, killing two Britons & injuring three.
1915 -- US: William Sanger arrested in The Land of Free Speech for circulating a copy of Margaret Sanger's pamphlet Family Limitation.
1915 -- US: World famous labor organizer & songster Joe Hill is arrested in Salt Lick City, Utah.
1915 -- Isadora Duncan dance "Dionysion" premiers at the NY Met.
1916 -- Brion Gysin (1916-1986) arrives, Here to Go.
Innovative painter, inventor of cut-up writing technique.
1918 -- Spain: Rosa Laviña Carreras, anti-fascist militant, cenetista, lives.
A member of Juventudes Libertarias during the Spanish Revolution, forced into exile in 1939, Rosa winds up in the French concentration camp Argelés-south-Mer. After World War II she participates in clandestine activities in solidarity with the prisoners of Franco.
Rosa appears in Susana Koska's film, Mujeres en pie de guerra (Women on a War Footing; NY Times Critic's Pick 2004), along with María Salvo, Sara Berenguer, Rosa Díaz, Neus Català & the sisters Carme & Merçona Puig Antich.
One of the many women whose currency is utopía, Rosa is the daughter of the anarchist bookseller Martí Laviña.
1920 -- US: InDOLElent?: Led by the Filipino Federation of Labor, 3,000 Filipino workers on the plantations of Oahu, Hawaii, go on strike. Their ranks swell to 8,300 as Japanese workers organized by the Japanese Federation of Labor join in.
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1920 -- English-language premiere of Tolstoy play "The Power of Darkness," in NY.
"How deeply Tolstoy felt the grave problems of his time, how closely related he was to the people, he demonstrated in various works, but in none so strikingly as in "The Power of Darkness."
— Emma Goldman, The Social Significance of the Modern Drama
1921 -- Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) lives. American mystery writer, whose works have been especially successful in Europe.
1927 -- Carlota, ill-fated Empress of Mexico, put on the throne with her husband Maximilian by the French Emperor Napoleon III in 1864, dies in a palace in her native Belgium, 60 years after being deposed. Bette Davis played the ill-one in the movie Juarez.
1929 -- Trotksyite Leon Trotsky goes into exile from Stalinist Soviet Union.
Source: Autonomedia Calendar
1931 -- Libya: Le truppe italiane di aggressione e occupazione della Libia si impadroniscono dell'oasi di Cufra.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1932 -- George Mann MacBeth lives, Shotts, Lanarkshire, Scotland. Poet whose verses encompass moving personal elegies, highly contrived poetic jokes, dream fantasies, & macabre satires. Published his first poetry collection, A Form of Words in 1954.
1932 -- Spain: Armed miners' uprising in Barcelona region in response to anarchist uprisings in Catalonia. "Libertarian communism" declared, including the abolition of money & property, followed by general strikes & armed uprisings throughout Spain over the next five days.
This mining town I live in is a sad & lonely place
Where pity & starvation is pictured on every face!
Some coal operators might tell you the hungry blues are not there.
They're the worst kind of blues this poor woman ever had.
— Aunt Molly Jackson, mother, American miner's wife,
songster, "Ragged Hungry Blues"
1936 -- England: Emma Goldman lectures to the Southend Labour League of Youth on "Youth in Revolt."
1939 -- US: Capitalism in Action? Ernest Hausen of Wisconsin sets chicken-plucking record: 4.4 seconds.
1939 -- Italy: La Camera dei deputati viene sostituita dalla Camera dei fasci e delle corporazioni. Cade l'ultimo velo che si frapponeva alla identificazione tra stato e partito.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1939 -- William Faulkner novel The Wild Palms is published.
1941 -- France: Paul Reclus (son of Elie, nephew of Élisée) dies.
Anarchiste militant, engineer & professor.
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1943 -- Janis Joplin of Big Brother & the Holding Company lives.
“Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose.”
"Don't Compromise Yourself — It's All You Got!"
1944 -- England: BroomCraft? Helen Duncan becomes the last person to be charged under the 1735 Witchcraft Act — for spying. She gets nine months.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1947 -- Switzerland: Luigi Bertoni (1872-1947) dies in Geneva. Swiss typographer & the untiring publisher of the bilingual newspaper Le Reveil anarchiste (The Anarchist Alarm Clock) which he founded in July 1900 & edited until his death. In 1936 he & Italian libertarian comrades went to fight in Spain on the Huesca front.
1952 -- US: DC-4 carrying troops home from Korea crashes into the Pacific, killing 36. Three men also perish when a B-17, sent to search for survivors, slammed into Tyler Peak in Washington's Olympic National Park.
1959 -- Cuba: During this month the anarchist movement is suppressed by Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Fidel Castro.
Cuban anarcho-syndicalists are purged from the unions & the papers El Libertario & Solidaridad Gastronómica are shut down.
For the Cuban libertarian movement the repression is dejavu-all-over-again, forcing it once again into an underground existence, its members forced to choose between escaping into exile or the prospect of being tossed into prison.
For those previously jailed by the reactionary regime, the "revolutionary" prison cells seem surprisingly familiar.
[Source: Manel Aisa]
1960 -- US: 59 arrested at Chattanooga, Tennessee civil rights sit-in.
1961 -- Beginning date of Damon Galgut novel A Sinless Season.
1965 -- US: Cheating scandal revealed at the Air Force academy, forcing 105 cadets to resign.
1966 -- US: Democracy in Action? Georgia State House of Representatives refuses to seat black State Representative Julian Bond because of his opposition to the war in Vietnam; he is not admitted until January 1967.
1968 -- US: Native American Lower Elwha band, after decades of struggle, is allotted reservation land on Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.
1969 -- Jan Palach immolates himself to protest Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. An estimated 500,000 people gather in the rain for his funeral procession. & on the 26th hundreds of demonstrators in central Prague are victims of a police riot. After Palach, 26 people attempt suicide between January 20 & the end of April, seven of whom die.
1970 -- US: The first organizing meeting of the Seattle Liberation Front (SLF) is convened by Michael Lerner, a professor at the University of Washington.
1970 -- US: UCLA fires philosophy instructor Angela Davis for being a Communist.
1971 -- US: At the Charles Manson murder trial, the Beatles' "Helter Skelter" is played. At the scene of one of his family's gruesome murders, Manson had written the words "helter skelter" on a mirror.
1971 -- US: Indian fishing rights organizer Hank Adams is shot in the stomach by white vigilantes Tacoma, Washington. Police never pursued the case.
1973 -- US: Yuba City, California labor contractor Juan V. Corona found guilty of murdering 25 itinerant farm workers he employed during 1970 - 1971.
1975 -- Painter & radical Thomas Hart Benton dies.
1976 -- Spain: Government drafts 70,000 railroad workers to crush strike.
1976 -- Australia: Duff Prediction No 1: John Nash, an Australian, predicted that Adelaide would be destroyed by an earthquake & tidal wave today. Thousands left their homes, but nothing happened. Nash moved to Warwick, Queensland, which he predicted, would be the safest place in Australia; within days, it was engulfed by the worst floods in living memory.
1977 -- India: Show & Tell? World's largest crowd — 12.7 million — for Indian religious festival.
1977 -- US: On his last full day in office, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Jerry Ford pardons "Tokyo Rose," convicted during WWII for making Japanese propaganda broadcasts to US troops. Iva Toguri D'Aquino, an American citizen of Japanese descent, had been convicted of treason.
In an attempt to demoralize American listeners by making them homesick, Radio Tokyo broadcast dance music & nostalgic reminiscences about everyday American life...
1978 -- British government cancels arms sale to El Salvador.
1982 -- England: Newbury Council votes to evict women's peace camp, Greenham Common.
1983 -- Bolivia: Klaus Barbie, the Nazi Gestapo chief in Lyons, France, during the WWII German occupation, is arrested on charges of crimes committed against humanity four decades earlier.
1986 -- US: Bruce Springsteen makes an unannounced appearance at a benefit for laid-off workers, Asbury Park, NJ.
1989 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Ronald Reagan pardons Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader George Steinbrenner for providing illegal funds for Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Nixon.
1990 -- US: Self-Indictment? Attorney General Dick Thornburgh says the US will "not tolerate wrongdoing that violates American criminal law anywhere in the world."
1991 -- Italy: 100,000 anti-Gulf War demonstrators march in Roma.
1993 -- Singer Tom Waits allowed to keep $2.5 million that a judge awarded him in 1990 after he sued Frito-Lay for using a sound-a-like in a commercial. The Supreme Court refuses to change the amount.
1994 -- The Animals, The Band, Duane Eddy, The Grateful Dead, Elton John, John Lennon, Bob Marley & Rod Stewart inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
1994 -- US: "Shoes for Guns" firearm buy-back effort begins in Chicago. Program is denounced by the National Rifle Association (NRA).
1998 -- Legendary rockabilly pioneer, Carl Perkins, dies in Nashville from complications following a recent series of strokes. Perkins' songwriting & guitar work influenced Elvis Presley & The Beatles, among many. He wrote & recorded "Blue Suede Shoes" in 1956 & his version sold two million copies before Elvis.'
1998 -- Zimbabwe: Police use tear gas on protesters; 21 are killed (-Jan. 22).
1999 -- Greece: Vasilis Evangelidis, teacher & anarchist, announces a hunger strike to protest his imprisonment & in solidarity with the student protest movement, occupations & demonstrations across the country.
"When the struggles go beyond passivity, compromise & trade-unionism, then the system reveals its real face:
This afternoon another big demonstration takes place in Athens, accompanied by minor clashes.
There's a certain way to view the world, as enemy with flag unfurled
(MP3 - Live version! - See the lyrics - sing along! Magic Stick CD Release Party)
2006 -- A Library in Every Cave?: Bin Laden Book Club (BLBC) founded, serious rival to Oprah's Book Club.
2009 -- Russia: Journalist/anarchist Anastasia Baburova (b.1983) shot in the head by an assassin, murdered along with human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov, today, in Moscow.
2010 -- Nevermore?: The Mysterious Poe Toaster is Nomore, a Noshow for the first time since 1949.
For some 60 years, a black-clad figure with a silver-tipped cane would appear In the wee hours of the morning every January 19 to pay tribute to Edgar Allan Poe, who died on October 7, 1849, in Baltimore under circumstances that have never been fully explained. Arriving at the gravesite without fanfare, he would raise a cognac toast, then slip away into the night, leaving behind three red roses & an unfinished bottle of Martell cognac.
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