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MAYAN CHRONOLOGICAL ESTIMATION: A good day for those who walk in the country.
FESTIVAL OF INVOKING & BANISHING.
ST. VINCENT'S DAY. Patron saint of both winemakers & drunkards, inspires Thrift Stores.
FESTIVAL OF THE ORGONE.
INTERNATIONAL BILLY BRAGG MEETUP DAY. Get together & bark.
1336 -- Louis III, last Earl of Loon, dies.
1561 -- Early British philosopher / man of letters Francis Bacon, author of the utopian New Atlantis, lives.
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1729 -- Gotthold Lessing, dramatist who helps free German drama from the influence of classical & French models, lives, Kamenz, Upper Lusatia, Saxony. His most famous play, Nathan der Weise, extols the virtues of toleration & racial harmony.
1773 -- Guilbert de Pixérécourt, prolific dramatist who delighted popular audiences in Paris with a succession of more than 100 plays during the first of the 19th century, lives, Nancy, France.
1778 -- US: Board of War induces Congress to approve an invasion of Canada. The invasion proved impractical, & its commander, the Marquis de Lafayette, was recalled on 2 March.
1788 -- Romantic poet George Gordon, best known as Lord Byron, lives, London, England.
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1793 -- Benjamin Bannekar, African-American scientist/architect, lives.
Through life's road so dim & dirty
I have dragged to three & thirty.
What have these years left to me?
Nothing except thirty-three."
— Lord Byron, 1821, his 33rd birthday
'Tis time this heart should be unmoved,
Since others it hath ceased to move:
Yes, though I cannot be beloved,
Still let me love!
— Lord Byron, On This Day I Complete My Thirty-Sixth Year
1825 -- France: Ernest Coeurderoy lives, in Avallon (Yonne). Intern, writer, a Socialist with anarchist leanings, forced into exile because of his radical positions. Coeurderoy wrote numerous books based on his experiences: Jours d'exil; De la révolution dans l'homme et dans la société; Hurrah! Ou la révolution par les Cosaques. Other announced books were never published, as he committed suicide (25?) October 1862.
1849 -- Dramatist August Strindberg (Miss Julie) lives, Stockholm. His combined psychology & naturalism evolve into Expressionist drama still seen today.
"I do not care about my own appearance, but I would hope that people could see into my soul, & that is presented better in these photographs than in others."
1849 -- US: Terence Powderly lives, leader of the Knights of Labor.
1855 -- US: At Dayton, in the Oregon Territory, the few remaining Kalapuya bands in Willamette Valley cede the last of their lands.
1858 -- England: Fabian socialist socialite Beatrice Webb lives.
1871 -- France: Anarchiste Louise Michel, during the Paris Commune revolt, armed with a rifle, takes her first shot against the Breton mobiles of Trochu in front of the Town hall.
1875 -- Short-Sheeted?: First movie mogul, D.W. Griffith, lives, in Kentucky, the son of an ex-Confederate soldier. His film "Birth of a Nation" is the most banned film in American history because of its white supremacist sympathies, racist stereotypes, & glorification of the Ku Klux Klan.
I pray to God that she may lie
Forever with unopened eye,
While the pale sheeted ghosts go by!
— Edgar Allan Poe, The Sleepers
1879 -- Zululand: British troops massacred at Isandhlwana.
1879 -- Francis Picabia, surrealist, lives."La plus belle invention de l'homme est le bicarbonate de soude"
— Francis Picabia
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1880 -- Alphonse Tricheux lives (1880-1957), Toulouse. French militant anarchist, anarcho-syndicalist & pacifist.
1882 -- England:
"Obscuration" at 10:30 am, so that person on opposite side of street could be heard but not seen; not a fog, London [Nature, 25-289]
1888 -- France: In Havre Louise Michel is wounded when a would-be assassin tries to kill her. Louise, a budding anarchiste, later testifies on behalf of her attacker, arguing for his acquittal.
Louise Michel prononce un discours au théâtre de la Gaîté du Havre à 14 heures. Dans la soirée, elle parle à la salle de l'Élysée. Un «chouan», Pierre Lucas, tire sur elle deux coups de pistolet. Elle est blessée à, la tête mais refuse de déposer plainte contre son agresseur.
1898 -- India:
More Strange Stuff: Sighting of an unknown body between Venus & Mars during a total eclipse of the sun, Viziadrug, India [Jour. Leeds Astro. Soc., 1906-23].
1899 -- P. Mustapää (1899 - 1973) lives. Finnish poet/folklorist. Member of the Finnish Academy 1956-1969. Married poet/translator Aale Tynni in 1960 & published, with her, ABC-books & readers for schools.
1901 -- England: Queen Victoria dies. Her son, almost 60, succeeds her as King Edward VII. He used to joke that he didn't mind praying to an Eternal Father, but it was beginning to look like he was stuck with an Eternal Mother.
1903 -- Panama: US gets a 99-year lease & sovereignty over the Panama Canal after engineering a coup in favor of US takeover.
1904 -- US:
Even Mo' Strange Stuff: F4 tornado leveled the northern part of the town of Moundville in Alabama a little after midnight, killing 36 people. The tornado reportedly glowed with a phosphorescent glow. [source: The Weather Notebook; not listed in Fort].
1905 -- Russia: Bloody Sunday, a massacre of demonstrators in St. Petersburg: Troops open fire on 100,000 workers, women & children, leaving over 1,000 demonstrators dead & 3,000 wounded. It is the beginning of the first Russian Revolution. Tomorrow, the anarchist Voline forms part of the first Soviet, created to assist the victims of repression. This year sees the spread of the anarchist movement.
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1905 -- France: Burial of Louise Michel.
At 10 am, an imposing procession of over 100,000 people accompany Louise's coffin to the Levallois-Perret cemetery where she is buried. The Lepine prefect, who tries to follow the procession, is driven off. Benoît Broutchoux & Charles Malato spoke at the massive gathering in the final graveside ceremony. In 1946 her remains are exhumed & buried, in the same cemetery, au rond-point des Victimes du devoir.The little girl who used to sit by the fire & listen to her grandfather's stories of the heroes of old, had now herself become a legend.
— Jayacintha Danaswamy
1907 -- US: The American premiere of Richard Strauss's opera "Salome". Banned after the risqué dance of the seven veils shocked the Metropolitan’s directors. Taken from the Gospels of Matthew & Mark & retold in the infamous play completed in 1892 by Oscar Wilde.
1911 -- India:
Way Mo' Strange Stuff: Fall of very friable (50% of its soluble in water) carbonaceous substance, Rajpunta [Records Geol. Survey of India, 44-pt 1-41]
1911 -- Charles Laisant lives (1911-1952). A pacifist & anarcho-syndicalist, Charles is part of a generational family of anarchistes: His father Albert Laisant, his brother Maurice, & his grandfather Charles Ange Laisant (1841-1920), were all militant libertarians.
1912 -- China: US troops begin occupation of Tientsin, "to protect American interests." America is nothing if not generous with its troops & bullets.
1923 -- Club Durant opens in New York. One of the hot night spots in the city. Entertainer Jimmy Durante being one of the owners, the club was named for him. The sign-painter left the terminal -e off, & wanting another $100 to add it, the named remained Durant.
Joseph Spivak (1882-1971) is being watched, we think...
[Agent Report In re:] Neie Geselshaft, Free Workers Forum, Joseph Spivak — Russian (Jewish) Anarchist Activities, Los Angeles 24 Jan. 22; Reel 66:
Informant report on Spivak at
1925 -- D. H. Lawrence writes: "Whoever reads me will be in the thick of the scrimmage, & if he doesn't like it — if he wants a safe seat in the audience — let him read somebody else."
1929 -- Bleedster Sandy Paton lives (d.2009). Sandy co-founded Folk-Legacy records, & was a great fan of the Daily Bleed from its early days.
1932 -- El Salvador: A peasant uprising, following nullification of the Communist Party victory in recent elections, leads to the "Matanza Massacre" of 30,000. The painful consequence of the use of the right to vote? These peasants — victims of old gossip or simply suspect — dig their own graves with their hands.
The government crushes the peasants like bugs.
Children die too, for Communists, like snakes, need to be killed young....
1932 -- US: 500 New York City tenants battle the police to prevent evictions.
1932 -- US: Big Surprise? Congress establishes Reconstruction Finance Corporation to lend money to failing banks & other hard-hit industries.
1935 -- Songster Sam Cooke lives.
1937 -- Cop-novelist Joseph Wambaugh (The Onion Field) lives, East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1939 -- US: Uranium atom split for the first time, Columbia University, New York City.
1939 -- Jeff Smith lives, Seattle, Washington. TV Chef, frugal with the food, expansive with the hands — revelations of a proclivity for young boys at his "Chaplain's Pantry" causes much scandal.
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1944 -- Charles Erskine Scott Wood dies, Los Gatos, California. Radical attorney & author.
Wood was a fascinating & polished personality, as at ease in a banker's drawing room as he was at a gathering of Wobblies. He drew friends from contrasting corners of society, including such well-known figures as Chief Joseph, Mark Twain, Emma Goldman, Ansel Adams, Robinson Jeffers, Clarence Darrow, Childe Hassam, Margaret Sanger, & John Steinbeck.
1951 -- Beanie Baby?: Fidel Castro ejected from a Winter League baseball game after beaning a batter.
Raúl Castro told Tad Szulc that when he was serving his sentence at the Isle of Pines prison for the attack on the Moncada barracks, he was moved to the cell where Fidel had been in isolation for about a year.
Fidel "didn't let me sleep for weeks. Having been alone all that time, he just talked day & night, day & night . . ."
1955 -- First Poets' Follies, Frisco, California. Organized by Weldon Kees & Dick Martin, the Follies is a mad "bouillabaisse of literate ambiguities, pratfalls, dixieland & just horsing around" presaging the global "happenings" of the '60s.
Photo: Weldon Kees reading Henry Reed's "Unarmed Combat," Poets' Follies, 1955.
1957 -- US: Mad Bomber (George P. Metesky), accused of 30 explosions, is arrested.
1958 -- US: Air Force concludes less than 1% of UFO's are unknown objects.
1959 -- Alone with an acoustic guitar & tape recorder in his New York City apartment, Buddy Holly makes his last recordings. The songs taped today include "Peggy Sue Got Married," "Crying, Waiting, Hoping," "That's What They Say," "What to Do," "Learning the Game" & "That Makes it Tough." The recordings were overdubbed posthumously & released by Coral Records.
John Lennon sneers: "They'll never do that to my music, I plan on staying fuckin dead!"
1960 -- Cuba: Labor Law no. 696 issued, establishing labor control offices. All workers — employed & unemployed — are required to register under threat of punishment.
1964 -- US: World's largest cheese (15,723 kg) manufactured, Wisconsin. Sorry, we don't know which President it was.
1966 -- Frank Sinatra's daughter Nancy releases her biggest hit, "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'." 14 weeks on the charts, it goes to Number One for one week next month. The Federales play it again & again for the Whackos at Waco.
1967 -- Nicaragua: 200 killed by Somoza's American-trained National Guard during a protest against state violence, Managua.
1968 -- Greenland: B-52 crashes near Thule, scattering radioactive fragments of four hydrogen bombs over the terrain.
1968 -- US: "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" premieres on NBC. Gave some funny people long careers & opened the door to more sexual innuendo on TV.
A NBC executive upon seeing the pilot show, screamed at the producers, "You took our good money, & you & your weird friends went out & had yourselves a good time, didn't you!"
1971 -- John Lennon & Yoko Ono record "Power to the People" which goes on to reach number 11 on the charts.
1973 -- US: Roe v. Wade legal -abortion decision reached by Supreme court.Inspires right-wing religious terrorists to bomb health clinics & kill people for the sanctity of human life.
Every sperm is sacred,
every sperm is great.
And if a sperm gets wasted,
god gets quite irate.
— Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
1973 -- World Council of Churches announces South African divestment.
1973 -- US: On CBS news, anchor Walter Cronkite answers a phone on the air & then announces former Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President LBJ died in San Antonio, Texass.
1975 -- Portugal: In Almada the first issue of the monthly
magazine Voz Anarquista appears.
Published by the Centro de Cultura Libertária in Almada, & particularly through the efforts of Francisco Quintal, Voz Anarquista (Anarchist Voice) ran until January of 1984.
1976 -- Lebanon: Bank robbery in Beirut nets $20-50 million (a record).
1983 -- Germany: 3000 West Germans protest construction of new runway at Frankfurt airport.
1987 -- US: Hunger Artist? At a news conference prior to his sentencing for taking a $300,000 kickback, former Pennsylvania Treasurer Budd Dwyer shoots himself in the mouth with a pistol for the cameras, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
1991 -- El Salvador: Fifteen villagers massacred by US-supported government troops, El Zapote.
1991 -- US: 14 ACT-UP AIDS activists arrested while simultaneously disrupting CBS, NBC & PBS evening news broadcasts with "Fight AIDS, not Arabs" banners. Members burst onto the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather & the Public Broadcasting System's MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour.
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1992 -- Royal Bag-Job? Princess Sarah Ferguson wears paper bag over her head on airline ride.
1993 -- Kobo Abe dies in Tokyo, Japan, after a successful writing career that has seen most of his avant-garde works of bizarre & allegorical situations, such as Suna no onna (The Woman in the Dunes, 1963) & Hako otoko (The Boxman, 1973), translated into English.
1994 -- Actor Telly Savalas (Kojak), dies of prostate cancer at 70. An autopsy reveals a prostate the size of his trademark lollipop.
1995 -- Russia: Over 2,000 demonstrators in Moscow protest Chechen war.
1996 -- US: 15 arrested at Rep. Norm Dicks' office in Tacoma, Washington for protesting clear-cut logging under the salvage logging rider.
1997 -- South Korea: 150,000 workers, according to the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, walk off their jobs to protest recent labor legislation. The wave of strikes over the previous three weeks have already "cost" South Korean corporations about $3 billion in lost production.
2000 -- Anne Hébert (1916-2000) dies. French-Canadian novelist, poet, playwright, & short-story writer, noted for her examination of the lives of the Quebeçois.
2004 -- International Billy Bragg Meetup Day. 16 hardcore Billy Bragg Fans of the Bard from Barking worldwide gather at 8 pm to discuss his music, the Blokes & upcoming shows.
2179 -- Hikaru Walter Sulu lives, Frisco, California.
"And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
— Anais Nin
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