Our Daily Bleed...
But Suddenly a guitar playing lad
whose languid lean brings back the sunny south
strikes up a tune all gay & bright & glad
to keep the gall from biting in his mouth
Then drowsy as the rain
soft sad black feet
dance in this juice joint
on this city street
— Langston Hughes
Witty & brave liberal
American political humorist.
FESTIVAL OF TRANSMISSION ERRORS.
FEAST OF GREAT TYPOS.
SCOTLAND: LIGHTING OF THE BEACONS FESTIVAL. See 1804.
Guy Fawkes, the only man to enter Parliament with honest intentions, at Westminster in London, jumps to his death moments before his execution for treason. See the Daily Bleed's Guy Fawkes Gallery page,
1627 -- Spain: The government goes bankrupt. & here you be thinking all governments were bankrupt...
1686 -- Norway:
Way Far Out Strange Stuff: Fall of substance like charred paper, Norway & other parts of northern Europe [Kirkwood. Meteoric Astronomy, p66]
1747 -- England: First clinic for venereal disease opens, London.
1750 -- England: The first university magazine, Student, begins publication, Oxford.
1804 -- Scotland: Lighting of the Beacons Festival: particularly commemorated at St. Boswells, Roxburghshire in Scotland due to a drinking party that did a runner from the Ancrum Bridge public house after spotting the false alarm (of hilltop fire signals) warning of a French invasion.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1855 -- US: Makah & Quileut reservations created by Neah Bay Treaty on what is now Olympic Peninsula, in Washington state.
1865 -- US: House of Representatives, by a narrow margin, passes 13th Amendment, outlawing slavery; becomes part of the Constitution later this year.
1869 -- Naples: Italian section of the International founded, Bakuninist.
1871 -- US: Millions of birds fly over western Frisco, darken the sky.
1871 -- France: The revolutionary journalist Émile Digeon participates in the "comité de salut public" in Carcassonne. ANARCHISTE
1872 -- Western pulp writer Zane Grey lives.
1876 -- US: Federal government orders all Native Americans to move to reservations or be declared hostile.
"Maybe we should not have humored them when they asked to live on reservations. Maybe we should have said, No, come join us. Be citizens along with the rest of us."
— acting President Ronald Reagan during a trip to Moscow,
when an impudent student asks about US treatment of Native Americans
1887 -- Sweden: Andreas Fritzner, anti-militarist activist, lives.
1890 -- Switzerland:
Far Out Strange Stuff: Fall of "incalculable numbers" of larvae, some black, some yellow, in a "great tempest" [L'Astronomie, 1890-313]
1891 -- Henrik Ibsen play "Hedda Gabler" premiers, Munchen.
1891 -- Sir Arthur Sullivan opera "Ivanhoe" premiers, London.
1894 -- Italy: Luigi Molinari hastily sentenced by a military tribunal to 23 years in prison as the instigator of an insurrection earlier this month in Lunigiana.
1895 -- US: José Marti & others leave New York city to try to liberate Spanish Cuba.
1897 -- Argentina: El Perseguido, an anarchist-communist labor periodical, ceases publication.
1899 -- Aristide Lapeyre (1899-1974) lives. Hairdresser, anarchiste, militant pacifiste & néo-Malthusian.
1899 -- US: Prevented from delivering her lecture today, "Authority versus Liberty," Emma Goldman's comrades print & distribute 5,000 copies of a manifesto containing the text of the anarchist-feminist's barred speech. America, extol the virtues of Free Speech.
1901 -- Anton Chekhov's "Three Sisters" opens to mixed reception at the Moscow Art Theater in a production directed by Konstantin Stanislavsky. Olga Knipper, Chekhov's wife, plays Masha.
Some wag once said that the only thing characters do in Chekhov plays is wait for the train from Moscow.
1905 -- American novelist/short story writer John O'Hara lives, Pottsville, Pennsylvania.
1905 -- US: Mythology: First auto to exceed 100 mph (161 kph), A G MacDonald, Daytona Beach.
Questionable. Auto speed records are full of contradictions, depending on which sources you use. Best guess is this occurred July 21, 1904, & with a different driver.
— Bleedster Bob Braunwart, ChronologyMeister
[Louis Rigolly of France did 103.56 on 21 Jul 1904; at Daytona, Fred H Marriott hit 121.57 in his Stanley Steamer on 26 Jan 1905. — ed.]
1909 -- US: Emma Goldman speaks to a crowd of over 2,000 people in San Francisco on "Why I Am an Anarchist."
1912 -- Australia: A General Strike begins in Brisbane, Qld. (until March 6). It follows the suspension of tramway workers for wearing union badges.
1912 -- US: The world's first full daily comics page appears, NY Evening Journal.
1914 -- Australia: IWW newspaper Direct Action first appears.
Source: A Brief History of the IWW outside the US (1905-1999) by Morgan Miller
1915 -- Thomas Merton lives, Prades, Pyrenees-Orientales, France. Radical pacifist US priest. The Seven Storey Mountain, describing his journey from Columbia University student days to his decision to become a Trappist monk, was a best seller.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2004-5
American mystic, contemplative, religious activist.
1915 -- First poison gas attack, Germans against Russians.
Way Far Out Strange Stuff:
A "symbolic-looking formation," six or seven white spots arranged like the Greek letter Gamma, seen on the moon, in Littrow [Eng. Mec., 101-47]
1915 -- Alan Lomax lives, Austin, Texass. Son of folklorist John Lomax.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint, 2007
American folk music preservationist,
figure of controversy in intellectual property rights
struggles for starving artists of the underclass.
1919 -- Scotland: Bloody Friday, The Red Clydeside, Glasgow — upwards of 60,000 demonstrators gathered in George Square in support of the strike; while a deputation was in the building meeting with Lord Provosts, police mounted a vicious & unprovoked attack on the demonstrators, felling unarmed men & women with their batons.
1923 -- Novelist/socialist Norman Mailer lives, Long Branch, N.J. In 1973 he charged $50 a couple to attend his 50th-birthday celebration at New York's Four Seasons restaurant, the money to go toward establishing "a democratic secret police." 5,000 invitations sent, 500 attend.
1924 -- George Simeonov Popov (1900-1924) dies, a suicide, to elude capture.
1927 -- "Drag", a homosexual comedy in three acts by Mae West, opens, Bridgeport.
1928 -- Scotch Tape is first sold. (The Smart Set prefer duct tape, God's Gift to Woman.)
1929 -- Erich Maria Remarque novel Im Westen nichts neues is published.
1929 -- William Faulkner novel Sartoris is published.
1930 -- Australia: Francis Chichester arrives in Sydney in his "Gypsy Moth" plane after a solo flight from London.
"There's A New Day Comin' " Ted Lewis & His Band, 1/31/33
1935 -- Author Kenzaburo Oe (The Silent Cry; Personal Matter) lives, Ehime, Japan. His disconcerting picture of the current human predicament nets him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1994.
1936 -- Several delegates from the Portuguese Anarchist Federation & from exile attend FAI meeting on 31 January & 1 February 1936.
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1936 -- William Faulkner completes his novel Absalom, Absalom!.
1936 -- "The Green Hornet" premiers on WXYZ radio, Detroit (-1952).
1936 -- Spain: Plemum of the FAI (Iberian Anarchist Federation) convenes in Madrid (January 31-February 1). Members of the FARP-FAI are also in attendance.
1937 -- England: Emma Goldman lectures on Spain in Plymouth.
1940 -- US: Another 'Rags to Riches' Story? First social security check issued, $22.54, to Ida Fuller, Brattlesboro, Vermont.
Proves there are commies under every American bed.
1941 -- Netherlands: An anti-German demonstration is held in Haarlem.
1943 -- US: 28 elderly invalids burn to death as fire sweeps through an old-age sanitarium near Seattle, Washington.
1945 -- US: Army Private Eddie Slovick shot for desertion.
1948 -- J.D. Salinger's short story "A Perfect Day for Banana Fish" appears in The New Yorker.
1949 -- "A Book at Bedtime" premiers on BBC radio.
1950 -- US: Respected & Beloved Comrade Leader Truman orders construction of the first hydrogen bomb. Cold War years have American government fearing Russia will develop one, & US doesn't want to be left out.
1952 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Harry Truman denounces Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy as pathological, untruthful & a character assassin.
1956 -- John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) lives.
1959 -- Songster Buddy Holly plays Duluth, Minnesota. Bob Dylan is in the audience.
1961 -- Dick Higgins opera "The Peaceable Kingdom" & also "Amazing Grace" premier, Cooper Union, NYC.
1963 -- US: Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara declares:
"The war in Vietnam is going well & will succeed."
1966 -- Vietnam: US planes resume bombing of North Vietnam after a 37-day pause.
1966 -- Belgium: State police kill two striking mine workers.
1967 -- Norman Mailer's play "The Deer Park" opens, NY (-May 21).
1968 -- Vietnam: Tet Offensive catches South Vietnam off guard as war escalates.
70,000 Viet Cong troops attack 100 cities. Puts the lie to numerous US government & military & media masturabatory fantasies of American victory being "in hand."
1968 -- US: A Seattle (Washington) City Council hearing concludes that there are no legal means to curb hippies in the U-District.
1970 -- Bluesman Slim Harpo harps no more.
1970 -- Grateful Dead members are busted on LSD charges.
1971 -- US: Cold Day in Hell? The Winter Soldier Hearings begin in a Howard Johnson's motel in Detroit. Sponsored by the group Vietnam Veterans Against the War, the hearings are an attempt by soldiers who have served in Vietnam to publicize US conduct in the war.
"The war in Vietnam is going well & will succeed."