Our Daily Bleed...
"Now I suffer from vertigo, & today, 23rd of January, 1862, I have received a singular warning.
Anticivilization, by BleedsterSaintMeister James Koehnline
Pot therapeutics activist, first American legal user of medical marijuana.
Israel: NEW YEAR OF THE TREES: Tree planting festival.
Bulgaria: GRANDMOTHER'S DAY. & you know who you are.
638 -- Start of Islamic calendar, begins with a ball. Y2K? What year 2000?
1556 -- Massive earthquake in the Shensi province of China kills around 830,00 people, the largest number of fatalities from a single earthquake in recorded history. [Another earthquake in the same area in the mid-1950s reportedly killed over 1 million people, but the Chinese government has never confirmed the disaster.]
1589 -- Edmund Spenser sends an explanation of his allegorical poem The Faerie Queene to Sir Walter Raleigh.
1594 -- Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus is performed, the first known performance of a Shakespeare play.
1594 -- John Donne, from a Roman Catholic family but later converted to Anglicanism, is ordained a priest of the Church of England.
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1617 -- England: Patent granted to John Shurle to be England's first official ale-taster; to be celebrated by the imbibing of cider, bacchanalian carousing & generalized intoxication.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1639 -- Performance Art?: Francisco Maldonado da Silva Solis, Perúvian poet, burned at the stake.
1642 -- England: First apparition of the Civil War Battle of Edgehill in the sky over Keniton, Northants; this "wonder of the air" is observed by thousands every Saturday & Sunday night for the next four weeks.
1744 -- Italy: Great Italian philosopher Giambattista Vico dies, Naples.
1783 -- Stendhal, a soldier under Napoleon & author (The Red & the Black; The Charterhouse of Parma), lives, Grenoble.
Kenneth Rexroth notes both novels "are dramas of gamesmanship on a crooked table..."
1812 -- US: 7.8 earthquake shakes New Madrid, Missouri.
Shaken by the quake, in an area with an unshakeable history, experts demur:
"It's no fault of mine."
1813 -- Remorseful?: Drury Lane reopens with Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Remorse.
1844 -- Paul Brousse lives (1844-1912). Member of the anarchist Jura Federation, helping James Guillaume publish its bulletin. Later became a socialist & electoral reformist, even stooping at the international congress in London, August 1886, with Jules Guesde, to vote for the expulsion of the anarchists. Consequently, his name is associated with the Socialist Party, reformism & vote-catching maneuvers.
1849 -- A machine for making envelopes is patented, rendering e-mail & messages in bottles irrelevant to modern life.
1870 -- US: Baker Massacre of Blackfeet Indians, on Marias River, Montana.
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1875 -- England: First disarmament campaign founded, Liverpool.
1875 -- Author of immensely popular historical novels, Charles Kingsley dies in Eversley, Hampshire.
Strange Stuff: Something like a luminous cable or a shining wall seen on the moon in Aristarchus - [L'Astro., 1885-215]
1890 -- England: Malatesta's L'Associazione, of which Nos. 1-3 were published in Nice & Nos. 4-7 until today in London, ceases publication.
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1891 -- Italian philosopher/communist Antonio Gramsci lives (1891 - 1937), Ales, Sardinia (or 22nd?) His letters written while slowly dying in a fascist prison are published posthumously as The Prison Letters (1947).
ANTONIO GRAMSCI, Patron Saint 2007-2011
Italian communist with a sharp eye on cultural hegemony.
1898 -- Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein lives, in Riga. His films Potemkin & Alexander Nevsky are classics of European filmmaking. Prokofiev did the film score for the latter.
1898 -- Italy: Vengono chiamati alle armi circa 40.000 uomini da impiegare in caso di manifestazioni di piazza contro l'aumento del prezzo del grano e del pane. Si prepara la grande repressione.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1899 -- Film tough-guy Humphrey Bogart lives for first time. Humphrey Bogart was an expert chess player & played for stakes. Also known for Bogarting the Joint.
Stars in John Huston's film of the anarchist B. Traven's novel, Treasure of the Sierra Madre & other excellent films such as The African Queen, Casablanca, The Big Sleep & The Maltese Falcon.
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1901 -- Classic Hollywood actor Dan Duryea lives. Played a no-account son in the film of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes.
1907 -- Charles Curtis of Kansas, the first American Indian to become a US Senator, begins serving. He resigned in March of 1929 to become Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Herbert Hoover's (who?) Vice President.
1909 -- England: "Tottenham Outrage," in which two Latvian anarchists fire over 400 rounds at their many pursuers following an attempted robbery.
The Tottenham Outrage of January 1909 left a cop dead & a stray bullet killed a 10-year old boy, making headlines all over the country.
The "outrage" had considerable influence on public & police perception of immigrants & the international left, & provoked some misplaced public anti-Semitism. This in turn influenced the Siege of Sidney Street.
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1910 -- Gypsy jazz musician Django Reinhardt lives.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint May 16, 2006
Belgian-born Gypsy jazz musician, bon-vivant.
1911 -- Novelist David Graham Phillips shot by a man (who then shot himself) convinced that Phillips best-seller The Fashionable Adventures of Joshua Craig based a character on his sister, NY City.
1913 -- US: Joe Hill's song "Mr. Block" appears in the Industrial Worker.
1919 -- Ukraine: First Regional Conference of Peasants, Workers & Insurgents (anarchist Makhnovists), held in Bolché-Mikhailovska / Prva regionalna konferencija seljaka, radnika i pobunjenika Ukrajna, (anarhistièkih Mahnovista), održana je u Bolèe-Mihajlovskoj. See Alexander Skirda's Makhno, le cosaque de l'anarchie.
1919 -- El K.A.I. dedica en homenaje todas sus actividades a los valientes luchadores asesinados por la barbarie capitalista en los horribles sucesos del 27 de julio.
1919 -- Ernie Kovacs lives.
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 canceled by the bosses after a few shows.
He was an early Discordian Priest, no doubt....
Did you ever see the surrealistic dance interpretations he did using a DeChirco painting as a backdrop & Devorjak's dissonance as the music?
& how 'bout Percy Dovetonsils — the first obviously Gay character to ever appear on TV reading poetry which could 've easily come from Granny Burroughs's cut-up machine:
"Abas & yet it was/ tin tinabulation/ wild of drum & leather thong/ oh ye welkin/ welikn ye...."
You should add him, yes???
— Bleedster Reverend Kenneth
1923 -- France: The young individualist Germaine Berton attempts to kill Leon Daudet, the extreme rightwing propagandist of l'Action Française (& father of anarchiste Philippe Daudet). A solidarity campaign in the pages of Libertaire rallied Severine (Caroline Remy), Louis Lecoin, & other militants to her defense.
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1926 -- "The Great God Brown" by Eugene O'Neill opens at the Greenwich Village Theater in NY.
Some say the title refers to BleedMeister, but AuntieDave wasn't kicking just yet.
1930 -- West Indian poet/playwright noted for works that explore the Caribbean cultural experience, Derek Walcott, lives, Castries, Saint Lucia. Best known for his poetry, beginning with In a Green Night: Poems 1948-1960, & his book-length poem Omeros (1990), which links the world of the Caribbean with that of Homer. Nobel Prize winner in 1992.
1936 -- In a review George Orwell confesses:
"I worshipped Kipling at 13, loathed him at 17, enjoyed him at 20 despised him at 25, & now again rather admire him."
Fourteen years later to this day, Orwell dies in London, at age 46, of a tubercular hemorrhage.
1941 -- Portugal: Agustín Remiro Manero captured by the Secret Police while on a British mission. Remiro, an anarquista, is turned over to Francoist authorities who torture him & condemn him to death.
1942 -- Poland: Jewish ghettos in Warsaw rise up to resist fascism.
BEHIND the ghetto walls, forty thousand Jews dried their tears
All that were left of the millions.
Freedom is won with grenades & rifles, not with tears!
We are weak & starving, & there is one rifle for twenty men.
And are stones not weapons?
What of our women & little children?
A child can hurl a grenade & a woman can load a rifle!
We are a peaceful people.
We are a people of war! Take your comrade's hand!
Who can resist the Nazis?
Hoist the blue flag, sky blue, & the red flag, red as blood!
Never to Forget: The Battle of the Warsaw Ghetto
by Howard Fast & William Gropper
1943 -- Critic Alexander Woollcott, 56, dies of heart attack while appearing on the radio program "The People's Forum."
1944 -- Yikes?: Norwegian printmaker/painter Edvard Munch (1863-1944), screams no more. One of the hordes of smiley-faced-Scandinavians. Refused any contact with Nazi invaders or collaborators. One of his last works, in 1943, was a lithograph of his old anarchist friend, Hans Jaeger (1854-1910). Left all the work in his possession to the city of Oslo: 1,000 paintings, 15,400 prints, 4,500 water colors & drawings, six sculptures.
Illness, insanity & death are the black angels that kept watch over my cradle & accompanied me all my life.
— Edvard Munch
1945 -- Germany: Georges Gourdin, French anarchiste, WWII Resistance partisan, dies in the Nazi camps of Elbruck.
1948 -- Robert Randall (d.2001), first legal US medical pot user, dies, Sarasota, Florida. A victim of glaucoma, without marijuana he would have gone blind in the early 70s. Founder of Alliance for Cannabis Therapeutics & co-author of Marijuana Rx: The Patients Fight for Medical Pot.
1957 -- US: Illustrious Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members abduct Willie Edwards Junior, a black truck driver from Montgomery, Alabama & force him at gunpoint to jump from a bridge into the Alabama River.
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1958 -- US: Bleedster Michael Ceraolo lives. Now a forty-something civil servant / radical poet trying to overcome a middle-class upbringing. Author of Cleveland Haiku, & one of two featured readers at the Literary Cafe, Cleveland, May 10th, 2007.
1962 -- England: Fifteen "Committee of 100" supporters sit in at House of Commons demanding halt to nuclear weapon tests.
1964 -- US: 24th Amendment to US Constitution passed, outlawing poll taxes in federal elections.
1968 -- US Navy spy ship Pueblo, with a crew of 83 & all its secret gear intact, is seized without a struggle by North Korean patrol boats after allegedly violating territorial waters in the Sea of Japan. 82 of the crew are released 22 December.
This crisis dogs the US foreign policy team for 11 months. The 83 were charged with spying within the 12-mile territorial limit. Her commander, Lloyd Buker, wrote in an apology, "I will never again be a party to any disgraceful act of aggression of this type."
1969 -- US: 300 ducks die as light from newly installed mercury vapor street lamps, shining through a heavy fog, causes them to mistake a parking lot for water & they crash into buildings at St. Mary's College, Maryland.
1970 -- Folksingers Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, Country Joe McDonald, Phil Ochs & Pete Seeger are denied permission to sing as part of Collins' defense testimony at the trial of "The Chicago Seven."
1972 -- Maybelle Smith, 47, known as Big Maybelle, dies in Cleveland. Her career crested as a jazz singer in the late 40's & early 50's recording some best selling records such as "Candy," "96 Tear Drops" & "Ain't Nothin' but a Hound Dog."
1972 -- India: Bootlegger sells wood alcohol to a wedding party — 100 die — New Delhi.
1972 -- Spain: Miguel García Vivancos (1895-1972) dies. Spanish Naïve painter & militante anarquista.
1973 -- US: Honor Among Thieves? Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Dick M Nixon announces "Peace With Honor", with all American troops to be out of Vietnam in 60 days.
1973 -- Neil Young interrupts a New York concert to read a message handed to him. "Peace has come," he announces, sending the audience into a joyful 10-minute fit of hugging & kissing.
1974 -- France: The debut (sort of) of Alvin Stardust, at a festival in Cannes. He was previously Shane Fenton, & born Bernard Jewry. ‘Alvin’ came from his heroes, Elvis Presley & Gene Vincent.
1976 -- US: Actor, athlete, commie activist Paul Robeson dies, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A "Blacklist" during the Cold War basically destroyed his career.
1976 -- US: Bruce Seidel, a George Jackson Brigade member, is killed & Ed Mead arrested during a bank robbery. Police shot Seidel twice, leaving him to drown in his blood before taking him to a hospital an hour later.
1978 -- Nicaragua: Two-week nation-wide strike against Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader US puppet Somoza's dictatorship begins.
1978 -- Terry Kath, guitarist & vocalist with Chicago, dies at 32 after accidentally shooting himself in the head, with a pistol loaded with blanks. His (I have shit for brains) last words were: "It's not loaded," & pulled the trigger. The bang of the blank was enough to put an additional hole in his head.
1979 -- Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway's first wife, dies. A son of Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Cleveland (who? where?) delivers the eulogy at her memorial service.
1980 -- Native American political prisoner Leonard Peltier — already sentenced to two life sentences — gets an additional seven years for escaping from a federal prison.
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1981 -- US: On the Lam? A pipe bomb explodes at the Supreme Court building in NY City. No one is injured, but 1,500 people are forced to evacuate.
1981 -- US: Atlanta, Georgia: 16th child has disappeared or been found dead in 18 months (continues into February).
1982 -- CBS broadcasts The Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception, charging Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader General William Westmoreland oversaw the intentional underestimation of enemy forces to improve the perception of how things were going. The general files a libel suit. He loses, generally speaking.
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1986 -- German conceptual artist Joseph Beuys dies, Dusseldorf, Germany. Daily Bleed Patron Saint May 12.
"To make people free is the aim of art, therefore art for me is the science of freedom."
— Joseph Beuys
1986 -- England: About 1,000 pounds of uranium are accidentally pumped into the sea, Windscale.
1988 -- Royalist surrealist painter Salvador Dali dies, Figueras, Spain.
"The highest ambition of the integrated spectacle is still to turn secret agents into revolutionaries, & revolutionaries into secret agents."
— GUY DEBORD, 1988
1996 -- The City Council in Johnson City, Tennessee, withdraws permission for White Zombie to hold a show. Several town residents had complained that the band advocated Satan worship.
1996 -- Scott A. Greer, social scientist with the soul of a poet, dies.
Published a literary magazine called Crescendo. During that time he published works by such major writers as Octavio Paz, John Gould Fletcher & Henry Miller.
Wrote Cities of the Soul.
1997 -- Aww, We Gotta Go Now?: "Louie Louie" composer Richard Berry dies in his sleep at his home in South Central Los Angeles.
1997 -- Encore?: Laura "Dinky" Patterson dies during bungled bungee jump at Super Bowl rehearsal at 43. Couldn't wait for the main show.
"It must always be remembered — & remembered well — that revolution does not mean destruction only. It means destruction plus construction, with the greatest emphasis on the plus."— Alexander Berkman, The Russian Tragedy (Berlin: Der Syndikalist, 1922), p. 16.
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