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Sing me of wars, sing me of breadlines,
Tell me of front page news,
Sing me of strikes & last minute headlines,
Dress your observations in syncopation

Sing me a song with social significance,
There's nothing else that will do.
It must get hot with what is what
Or I won't love you.

Sing me a song with social significance,
All other tunes are taboo...

      — "Sing Me a Song with Social Significance" by Harold Rome (1937)


Tom Paine
True "Founding Father" of the American Revolution.


1527 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Venice: Printing any book without prior governmental permission is banned.

1688 -- Mystic religious writer Emanuel Swedenbourg lives. Devoted the first half of his life to scientific investigations & then started to explore mystical experience. Among Swedenbourg's most popular books are Heaven & Hell & Earths in Universe.

1728 -- John Gay's The Beggar's Opera opens. It was the longest running play in British theatrical history before the 20th century. Kurt Weill & Berthold Brecht adapted it as The Three-Penny Opera.

1737 -- True American revolutionist Thomas Paine lives, Thetford, England. Unlike the so-called "Founding Fathers", he dies in obscurity, still a revolutionary.

“Let them call me rebel & welcome, I feel no concern from it; but I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul...”

1820 -- Britain's King George III dies.

Shelley in his sonnet "England in 1819," called him "an old, mad, blind, despised, & dying king."

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1834 -- US: Chesapeake & Ohio Canal workers riot. Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Jackson sends troops, the first use of American troops to suppress a labor dispute. Posse Comitatus be damned.

1845 -- Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" first appears, in the New York Evening Mirror. It can be viewed as a comic masterpiece. Imagine a despondent man sitting on a cold December night, lamenting his lost Lenore. A bird trained to talk, or at least to say one word, comes in. Every question that the narrator asks can be answered tragically by that one word. Raven, by James Koehnline

Collage by SaintMeister James Koehnline

1860 -- Anton Chekhov lives, Taganrog, Russia (Jan 17 Old Style). In 1904, the year he dies, his last play, The Cherry Orchard, opens at the Moscow Art Theater (his 44th birthday).

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1860 --
Strange Stuff:

Body of apparent size of Mercury seen crossing the sun [Nature, 14-505]

1862 -- British composer of tone poems Frederick Delius lives, Yorkshire. As a young man he worked for a while as an orange planter in Florida. He is one of the spiritual founders of the "cowflop" school of English impressionist music.

Tomahawk TeePee tourist attraction
1863 -- US: Quota? Col. P.E. Connor surprises Bannock & Shoshone Indians in camp on Bear River, Utah; Bear Hunter, leader of a Shoshone band, & 224 (or upward to 400) others massacred in four hours, village on Bear River near Great Salt Lick, U-Tah.

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Bill Claude
1880 -- Film comedian W.C. Fields (William Claude Dukenfield) lives, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We also show him born on 4/9/1879.

"Taint a fit night out for man nor beast..."

1884 -- Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda?: After over 25 years in preparation, the first part of the massive Oxford English Dictionary is published, misleadingly titled ‘A-ANT’. It should, of course have been "an" ant.

1885 -- US: Congress rejects Central American canal treaty with Nicaragua.

1886 -- France: Romain Rolland (1866-1944), author & pacifist, lives. Won 1915 Nobel Prize.

1886 -- First successful gasoline-driven car patented, Karl Benz, Karlsruhe.

1888 -- Edward Lear dies in San Remo, Italy, where he traveled to live with his celebrated cat "Foss."

1889 -- US: 6,000 railway workers strike for union & end of 18-hour day.

1895 -- Key West:


He never sleeps, eats little.

José Marti collects people & money, writes articles & letters, gives speeches, poetry readings, & lectures; discusses organizes, buys weapons. More than 20-years of exile have not been able to put out his light...

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1900 -- US: American Baseball League forms, consisting of Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, & Minneapolis.

Circle A
1904 -- US: AlphaRalpha, first college "letterman's club" started... hmmmmmmmm...guess which letter we favor....

1905 -- US: Trunk murderess Winnie Ruth Judd, who shot two women friends & chopped the bodies up to transport them to Los Angeles by train in 1931 only to be tripped up by a nosy baggage clerk, lives, Oxford, Indiana. Sent to a mental hospital, from which she escapes at least six times. Probably looking for her baggage.

1905 -- Viña Delmar lives. American novelist, best known for Bad Girl, a good book according to Bleedster Robert Braunwart.

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1907 -- US: America leads the world! Forced sterilisation legislation introduced for eugenic & punitive reasons, Indiana State.
Source: [Calendar Riots]

Maurice Joyeux
1910 -- France: Maurice Joyeux, outstanding figure of French anarchism, lives. Constantly in & out of prison for his militant activities, he opened a bookshop in Paris, "Le Château des brouillards" &, in 1953, Joyeux founded the newspaper Le monde libertaire.

1910 --
Far Way Out Strange Stuff:

Luminous object, thought to be Winnecke's comet, seen near Venus, Manila Observatory [New York Tribune]

1911 -- México: The Mexican liberal party of
anarquista Ricardo Flores Magón goes on the offense.
area map

strong people do not need a government

      — Emiliano Zapata

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1912 -- US: During the Bread & Roses Strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts, police kill Anna LoPizzo.

Nineteen witnesses see an officer named Benoit fire the fatal shot, but strike leaders Joseph Ettor & the poet/anarchist Arturo Giovannitti, three miles away at the time, are arrested & held for eight months as accessories. The city will declare martial law & bring in 22 extra militia companies.

For more than nine weeks, strikers will not waver, even when 18-year-old Syrian worker John Rami is killed, when Annie Welzenbach & her two teenage sisters are arrested & dragged from their beds in the middle of the night, or when 200 police draw their clubs on February 19th & go after 100 women pickets, knocking them to the ground & beating them.

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1920 -- Italy: Uno sciopero generale è proclamato a Torino. Il governo invia nella città circa 50.000 uomini tra carabinieri, soldati e guardie regie a controllare e reprimere.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1923 -- Film & TV writer Paddy Chayevsky lives. He did a teleplay called "The Man Who Loved Dickens," based on a section of Evelyn Waugh's A Handful of Dust, about a illiterate man in a South American jungle who holds a lost explorer captive so the latter can read Dickens to him.

1925 -- England: Emma Goldman lectures on "The Bolshevik Myth & the Condition of the Political Prisoners" at South Place Institute, London, her first public meeting in England at which she denounces the Bolsheviks, prompting vocal protests from some members of the audience. Emma Goldman, anarchist feminist

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Ed Abbey
1927 -- US: Cactus Ed Abbey, American xenophobic anarchist / ecologist / writer lives, Home, Pennsylvania. His uncompromising works include The Monkey Wrench Gang; Desert Solitaire; Hayduke Lives.

"I am a redneck myself, born & bred on a submarginal farm in Appalachia, descended from an endless line of dark-complected, lug-eared, beetle-browed, insolent barbarian peasants, a line reaching back to the dark forests of central Europe & the alpine caves of my Neanderthal primogenitors."

Monkey wrench        — from "In defense of the Redneck", Abbey's Road

1927 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Second movement of Charles Ives' "Symphony No. 4" premiers, NYC.

1928 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministCanada: Family members visit from the US to see Emma Goldman before she departs for France; a farewell banquet is held in her honor today. As she anticipates writing her autobiography, Emma asks a wider circle of friends to loan her her past correspondence to refresh her memory.

1929 -- Seeing Eye Guide Dog Organization forms. By acclamation the eyes have it.

1933 -- Germany: Mass demonstrations throughout the country as workers protest Adolf Hitler's nomination as German Chancellor. He assumes office tomorrow.

1936 -- US: Sit-down strike helps establish United Rubber Workers as a national union, Akron, Ohio.

1939 -- Australia: Feminist Germaine Greer, the "Untamed Shrew," a ratbag (‘being tuppence in the quid’) lives.

Greer was associated with the Sydney Libertarians till 1966, then went to England.

The Female Eunuch was published in 1970. In an interview published in the literary magazine, Overland, in 1972 she says

"I'm an anarchist still, but I'd say now I am an anarchist communist which I wasn't then."

Gérard Duverge
1944 -- France: Death of the anarchiste Gérard Duverge, aka Fred Durtain, aka Chevalier, following his arrest & torture yesterday by the Gestapo.

1944 -- Germany: The bricklayer, Wilhelm Schmitz dies in prison; the circumstances of his death have never been properly clarified.

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1947 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Arthur Miller play "All My Sons" opens, NYC (328 performances).

1947 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Thomas Mann completes his novel Doctor Faustus. (Also on this day, in 1984, Bleedster Bob finishes reading Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain for the first time.)

1948 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Chile: Poet Pablo Neruda is granted asylum in the Mexican embassy, Santiago.

"We are Stalinists!
There is our pride! Stalinists!
There is the Legion of Honor of our time!"

— Pablo Neruda,
quoted in "Strange Defeat: The Chilean Revolution 1973", (Point Blank!, 1973)

1951 -- Scottish playwright, James Bridie, dies in Edinburgh. Among his thought-provoking plays are "Marriage Is No Joke" (1934) & "One Way of Living" (1939).

1952 -- Source=Robert Braunwart American author Rachel Carson receives the National Book Award for The Sea Around Us.

1954 -- The queen of American TV, & the richest woman in America, Oprah Winfrey lives. She has her own small modest Book Club.

1955 -- Today's issue of The Learned Hand declares, "All discussion, all debate, all dissidence tends to question, & in consequence to upset existing convictions; that is precisely its purpose & its justification."
Source: [Calendar Riots]

1956 -- H. L. Mencken dies at 75, Baltimore.

The Arkansas state legislature passed a motion to pray for the soul of H. L. Mencken after he calls the state "the apex of moronia."

Mencken got one right, just missed a bunch of others.

1956 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Friedrich Dürrenmatt play "Der Besuch der alten Dame" premiers, Zurich.

1957 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Graham Greene play "The Potting Shed" opens on Broadway (157 performances).

1959 -- US: ¶ Beatster Jack Kerouac participates in a benefit reading for Big Table magazine in Chicago.

1962 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Filming starts on Luis Bunuel movie "El angel exterminador", Mexico.

1963 -- After giving the world such memorable works such as "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," "The Road Not Taken," "The Death of the Hired Man," & "Mending Wall," Robert Frost dies in the heart of his adopted New England, Boston.

1964 -- US: Most lopsided high-school basketball score — 211-29 (Louisiana).

Dr. Strangelove; Peter Sellers
1964 -- Mein Führer I CAN WALK !! Mein Führer I CAN WALK !!
Let 'Er Rip?: Stanley Kubrick's Dr Strangelove, premieres.

Gentlemen! You can't fight in here, this is the War Room!

— President Merkin Muffley

Button: Trying out new potty lingo
1965 -- Split Finger Goofball?: During a concert in London, pop-rock singer P.J. Proby splits his pants on stage, increasing his "naughty" reputation. Next month, he's banned by Britain's ABC theater chain for his new habit of purposely splitting his trousers on stage for dramatic effect.

1966 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Dissidents bomb the Yugoslav embassy & five consulates.

1966 -- US: First Los Angeles Acid Test, sponsored by Paul Sawyer, a Unitarian Minister who provided his church as the stage for the event, with the condition that no LSD be served, as members of his congregation were likely to attend. Sawyer met & became firends with Ken Kesey in 1965 at a talk Kesey gave at San Francisco State University about Sometimes a Great Notion, & later visited him in La Honda; the two spoke together later that year at a new age center in Monterey. Sawyer was on the fringe of the Merry Pranksters, although never part of the inner circle. Author of For My Birthday: Collected Poems 1960-1965.

1967 -- US: Bobby Baker, former secretary to the Senate Democratic Majority, convicted of income tax invasion, theft, & conspiracy to defraud the government.

1967 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Canada: Terrorists bomb the Yugoslav embassy in Ottawa & consulate in Toronto.

1968 -- SI dingbat

Billy-club Grappin

January 29, 1968

France: En attendant la cybernétique, les flics (Waiting for Cybernetics, the Cops), Situationist fly-poster denouncing "Billy-club Grappin" by the Nanterre Enragés.

On the 26th, at the faculty of Nanterre, Dean Grappin sought police to go after anarchist & Enragés demonstators opposing the presence of plain-clothes cops on campus. The police were chased off & cars were torched. | [Situationist Resources]

1969 -- US: Santa Barbara oil well blowout (continues into midsummer).

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1969 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Jimi Hendrix & Pete Townshend wage a battle of guitars.

1970 -- Source=Robert Braunwart William Schuman's "In Praise of [Ben] Shahn" premiers, NY Philharmonic.

1970 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Movie "The Magic Christian" makes its US premiere, Los Angeles.

1975 -- US: Bomb explosion, set off by the left-wing "Weather Underground" damages 20 rooms in Washington's State Department Building.

1978 -- World's largest salami, 28 inches diameter, 18 feet 10 inches long.

1980 -- Schnozzola Jimmy Durante ("Ink-a-dink-a-doo"), dies at 86, New York City.

1980 -- Six Iranian held US hostages escape with help of the Canadians.

1983 -- US: Demonstrators against military aid to El Salvador blockade naval base, Port Chicago, California.

1984 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Variety Club auctions off a dinner with Gloria Steinem & Marlo Thomas. The winning bidder?? Al Goldstein, publisher of Screw magazine.

1987 -- US: No Bang?: William J. Casey, ends term as 13th director of CIA, with a whimper.

1992 -- Blues legend, writer & performer, Willie Dixon dies of heart failure in Burbank, California. Dixon influenced a generation of musicians, including the Rolling Stones, & is known for songs like "Back Door Man" & "Little Red Rooster."

Gustav Hasford
1993 -- Gustav Hasford dies. Vietnam veteran & author of The Short-Timers (filmed by Stanley Kubrick as "Full Metal Jacket").

"Capital punishment for library violations?"

Vietnam War veteran & author of arguably the best book of fiction to emerge from that war, The Short-Timers. Founder of the the Cafe Cafard.

Busted for stealing hundreds of library books.

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Military helmet put to good use

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1994 -- Source=Robert Braunwart México: Mexican rights group accuses the army of disappearances & torture in Chiapas.

1994 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Bolivia: government says its 1980 military coup was financed by drug dealers.

1996 -- France: Bowing to massive international pressure, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Jacques Chirac orders an early end to a planned series of French nuclear tests in the South Pacific.

1996 -- England: Four women Ploughshares activists cause millions in damage in Warton, disarming a British Aerospace F-16 fighter jet destined to be sold to Indonesia for use in its illegal occupation & genocide of East Timor. The women were later acquitted of all charges on the grounds of preventing a greater crime.

1996 -- John Terence Reese, bridge master, dies at 82.

2000 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Switzerland: Police fire tear gas at World Economic Forum protesters, Davos.

2002 -- England: Chumbawamba's tune turns the tables on US car giant
The Observer (London):

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2002 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader George Dubya Bush calls Iraq, Iran & North KoreaIkea an "axis of evil."

2003 --

Source=Robert BraunwartAustralia: Airports begin using electronic photo-matching (of faces to passport photos).

2006 -- Korean neo-Dadaist video artist Nam June Paik (1932-2006) dies, Miami, Florida.

2013 -- Anselm Hollo, Finnish poet & translator, dies. An early translator of Allen Ginsberg into German & Finnish. Taught in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University.

Ed Abbey book cover
3000 --

A Prayer for the Traveler

by Edward Abbey

May your trails be crooked, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into & above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples & castles & poets towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch & monkeys howl, through miasmal & mysterious swamps & down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes & pinnacles & grottos of endless stone, & down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come & go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something more beautiful & more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you — beyond that next turning of the canyon walls.

3500 --

Recorded history is largely an account of the crimes & disasters committed by banal little men at the levers of imperial machines.

— Ed Abbey

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