Our Daily Bleed...
The golden lemon is not made
but grows on a green tree:
A strong man & his crystal eyes
is a man born free.
— Herbert Read
Alternate Patron Saint, JOSE MARTI
The Original Cuban revolutionary.
U.S.: NATIONAL KAZOO DAY.
LOVE AMONG NATIONS DAY. Yup.
CHINESE NEW YEAR.
Drink Anniversary: ST. CHARLEMAGNE'S DAY, marked in France by drinking champagne at breakfast.
"The seer of now pours his vision on sheets of paper, on banks of arid craters where armored bullies stand guard & demand the password, Positive Evidence. No vision can pass by their gates. The only song that passes is a song gone as dry & cadaverous as the fossils in the sands."
— Fredy Perlman,
Against His-story, Against Leviathan
1814 -- Stendhal's first book published, containing partially plagiarized biographies of Mozart & Haydn.
1832 -- US: William Lloyd Garrison's anti-slavery weekly The Liberator is published; includes Lydia Maria Child's first piece, "Stand From Under."
1841 -- Henry Morton Stanley (1841-1904) lives, Denbigh in North Wales, the illegitimate son of John Rowlands & Elisabeth Parry. American journalist & adventurer, who took the New York Herald's mission "to go & find Livingstone."
"Then sing, O friends, sing the journey is ended;
Sing aloud, O friends, sing to the great sea."
1846 -- Charlotte Brontë writes to a London publisher about the poems of her sister Emily & their worthiness for publication.
1852 -- US: Abolitionist Wendell Phillips says "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty", Mass.
1853 -- Cuba: Revolutionist José Martí (1853-1895) lives, Havana. Cuban poet, essayist & journalist, who became symbol of Cuba's struggle for independence. The popular song "Guantanamera" is based on a poem by Martí. Worked on underground papers & sent to jail & forced into exile (three columns & you're out?)
"No man has any special right because he belongs to any specific race; just by saying the word man, we have already said all the rights."
— José Martí
1854 -- US: 30 miners attack a peaceful Indian village on the Coquille River near Randolph, Oregon, killing 16.
1861 -- US: American Miners Association, first national coal miners' union, founded.
1861 -- US: State convention in Texass to consider secession from the Union convenes in Austin. Lots of Little Grey Men & the music scene prove too too distracting.
1873 -- French sexual liberationist writer (Sidonie-Gabrielle)
Colettelives, Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye. Begins her writing career ghostwriting stories for her author-husband "Willy" who locks her into a room until she finishes each assignment. Wrote Cherie, Gigi (filmed), etc. Her novels are characterized by a representation of erotic instinct & sensuous experience & a sympathy with nature, especially flowers & animals.
my husband kisses your hands,
& I the rest.
— Colette, in a note to Natalie Barney
1874 -- Innovative movement theorist Vsevolod Meyerhold lives.
(Jan 28 old style; Feb 9 new style), Penzq, Russia.
1883 -- France: The trial of The 66 (anarchists of the First International, including Kropotkin), concludes in Lyon; they get stiff sentences.
1883 -- Belgium: Edouard Carouy lives.
1900 -- American artist Alice Neel lives.
1912 -- American artist Jackson Pollock lives — in the abstract, of course.
1914 -- Canada: The Edmonton city council caves in to IWW, agrees to provide a large hall for the homeless, pass out three 25-cent meal tickets to each man daily, & employ 400 people on a public project.
"Are you eye wobble wobble?"
1917 -- México: Failing to find the elusive Pancho Villa, invading American army forces give up.
1918 -- Germany: General Strike in the large cities; in Berlin the strike lasts through February 3rd.
At a rally of 10,000 workers in Munich, the anarchist poet/playwright
Erich Mühsamcalls for the continuation of the strike movement.
He is seized afterwards by police & put under house arrest.
1918 -- Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Leon Trotsky denounces the German Peace Terms as unacceptable & walks out of the peace negotiations at Brest-Litovsk. In March the Bolsheviks accept the dictated peace of Brest-Litovsk. The Left SRs denounce the peace & leave the government.
1918 -- Finnish Bolsheviks overthrow the coalition government, in Helsinki; meanwhile the Ukraine is proclaimed a free republic (German puppet) & elsewhere Beloved & Respected Comrade Leon Trotsky denounces the German peace terms & walks out of negotiations at Brest-Litovsk.
1927 -- No Second Fiddle?: Aaron Copland's First Piano is first performed.
1928 -- Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, author of Blood & Sand (1908) &The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1916), among many other works, dies.
1928 -- Norway: Millennium Bug?: Christopher Hornsrud chosen Prime Minister at age 101.
1932 -- US: First unemployment compensation law enacted, Wisconsin.
1933 -- George Saintsbury, popular & authoritative author of many books of literary criticism & noted oenophile, dies in Bath, Somerset. During his 20-year post as the Regius chair of Rhetoric & English Literature at the University of Edinburgh, he produced no fewer than 10 volumes on the history of English prosody.
1934 -- First rope ski tow operation begins. Better now than in July.
1935 -- Iceland becomes the first country to legalize abortion.
1938 -- France: Émile Bidault (1869-1938) dies.
1939 -- William Butler Yeats dies, Roquebrune, France, age 73. His gravestone in Ireland bears the epitaph he composed: "Cast a cold eye / On life, on death. / Horseman, Pass by." Larry McMurtry took the title of his first novel from these lines (filmed as Hud.)
1945 -- Italy: Beginning of the Naples Congress, first congress of the united trade union movement in liberated Italy.
1946 -- Chile: At Bulmes Square (Santiago) eight workers are murdered by police & many more seriously injured by the police dogs.
1946 -- Chile: During this month Lota mine-worker strike.
1951 -- XXX?: "La Vie Commence Demain," which depicts artificial insemination & is the first X-rated movie, opens in London.
1954 -- US: Dick's Drive-in begins serving hamburgers, Seattle.
1958 -- US: 17-yr. old Charles Starkweather, accompanied by his 14-yr. old girlfriend Caril Fugate, shoots a wealthy elderly couple & their maid in their Lincoln, Nebraska home, his 8th, 9th, & 10th of 11 victims.
1960 -- Black American folklorist, writer Zora Neale Hurston dies, Ft. Pierce, Florida. Important influence on writers as diverse as Toni Morrison & Ralph Ellison.
1960 -- England: Goon Show's final episode on BBC.
1961 -- US: Committee for Nonviolent Action demonstrates against nuclear-armed ships, New London, Connecticut.
1963 -- Italy: Il procuratore della repubblica di Milano Carmelo Spagnuolo ordina il sequestro del film "Viridiana" di Luis Buñuel.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1967 -- Michael Nesmith of The Monkees tells the Saturday Evening Post: "Tell the world we're synthetic, because, damn it, we are... The music had nothing to do with us. It was totally dishonest."
1967 -- First sacred plant conference.
Image, "Caduceus" by Bleedster James Koehnline
1968 -- Samuel R. Delany's "The Star Pit" is dramatized on WBAI-FM's "The Mind's Eye Theater" in New York.
1969 -- Josephine Herbst (1892-1969) dies. Radical author of Rope of Gold (1939), The Executioner Waits (1934), & Behind the Swastika (1936).
JOSEPHINE HERBST, Daily Bleed Patron Saint 12/20/98
"The real events that influence our lives
don't announce themselves with brass trumpets
but come softly, on the feet of doves."
— Josephine Herbst
Radical muckraking American journalist
of revolution, insurrection & upheaval.
1970 -- France: Bomb attack on offices of the Spanish Cultural attache in Paris. One of many attacks in England & France during this year, some of which are believed attributable to the anarchist 'Angry Brigade' or similar groups.
1976 -- England: Inside Linda Lovelace, the ‘Deep Throat’ star’s ‘autobiography’ is cleared of obscenity by an Old Bailey jury today. Them judges are still haarumpin' & trying to clear their throats.
1978 -- Rocker Ted Nugent autographs a man's arm with a bowie knife. Will David Bowie become a Teddy Boy?
1986 -- US: Moments after liftoff, the space shuttle Challenger explodes, killing six astronauts & Christa McAuliffe, a New Hampshire teacher. Investigations found NASA abandoned "good judgement & common sense" regarding safety problems causing the explosion.
"On the surface, selling arms to a country that sponsors terrorism, of course, clearly, you'd have to argue it's wrong, but it's the exception sometimes that proves the rule."
— Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader George DubyaBush
speaking on someone's TV
1989 -- US: Arthur Weinberg, lawyer, Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) member & author of Attorney for the Damned, dies.
1994 -- William Levitt, urban planner & father of suburbia, creates a sprawling mess, then dies, Manhasset, NY.
1995 -- Canada: George Woodcock, Canadian literary critic, anarchist & historian, dies, age 82.
1995 -- Russia: Over 100 Solders' Mothers Committee members go to a training camp to reclaim their sons from the Army.
1996 -- Jerry Siegel, comic book writer (Superman), dies at 81.
1996 -- Russian Joseph Brodsky dies. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1987 for his lyric & elegiac poems. Though Russian, he is exiled in 1972, living thereafter in the US, & becoming poet laureate in 1991.
1998 -- France: 200 members of the Farmers Confederation, opposing the government decision to authorize the use of bioengineered corn, break into the Novartis Seed Company warehouse in southwest France, & "ripped open the sacks & drenched the corn with a fire hose, in order to call attention to the dangers posed to humanity by the agricultural use of bioengineering."
According to the Confederation, the bioengineered corn "risks transmitting to man a resistance to the effect of certain antibiotics."
2002 -- US: Curtains!? The Justice Department says it has covered two statues in its headquarters with drapes because one of them has a breast exposed. No word on the status of the boobs who work there.
2003 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Bush tells Congress Iraq tried to import uranium from Africa (one of many lies used to justify the rightist NeoCon invasion & recolonization of Iraqi oil).
"I feel envious, when I think back, of the privileged little urchin I was in those days. As an accompaniment to my modest, fill-in meals — a chop, a leg of cold chicken, or one of those hard cheeses, "baked" in the embers of a wood fire & so brittle that one blow of the fist would shatter them into pieces like a pane of glass — I drank Chateau Lafites, Chambertins, & Cortons which had escaped capture by the "Prussians" in 1870. Certain of these wines were already fading, pale & scented still like a dead rose; they lay on a sediment of tannin that darkened their bottles, but most of them retained their aristocratic ardor & their invigorating powers. The good old days!"
Collage by SaintMeister James Koehnline
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