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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

January 31, calendar page dingbat


Witty & brave liberal
American political humorist.




Guy Fawkes postcard
1606 --
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 -- Source=Robert Braunwart 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 -- Source=Robert Braunwart 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.

Black cat's eyes
1869 -- Naples: Italian section of the International founded, Bakuninist.

Buncha penguins
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

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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 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Henrik Ibsen play "Hedda Gabler" premiers, Munchen.

1891 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Sir Arthur Sullivan opera "Ivanhoe" premiers, London.

1894 -- anarchist diamond; anarquistaItaly: Luigi Molinari hastily sentenced by a military tribunal to 23 years in prison as the instigator of an insurrection earlier this month in Lunigiana.

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1895 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: José Marti & others leave New York city to try to liberate Spanish Cuba.

El Perseguido, masthead; source
1897 -- Argentina: El Perseguido, an anarchist-communist labor periodical, ceases publication.

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1899 -- Aristide Lapeyre (1899-1974) lives. Hairdresser, anarchiste, militant pacifiste & néo-Malthusian.

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1899 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministUS: 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 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministUS: Emma Goldman speaks to a crowd of over 2,000 people in San Francisco on "Why I Am an Anarchist."

1912 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Australia: A General Strike begins in Brisbane, Qld. (until March 6). It follows the suspension of tramway workers for wearing union badges.

1912 -- Source=Robert Braunwart 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

Thomas Merton; photo source
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.

1915 --
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 -- GlasgowScotland: 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.

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Male Man
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 -- anarchist diamond; anarquistaGeorge Simeonov Popov (1900-1924) dies, a suicide, to elude capture.

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1927 -- Source=Robert Braunwart "Drag", a homosexual comedy in three acts by Mae West, opens, Bridgeport.

toilet seat duct-taped
1928 -- Scotch Tape is first sold. (The Smart Set prefer duct tape, God's Gift to Woman.)

1929 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Erich Maria Remarque novel Im Westen nichts neues is published.

1929 -- Source=Robert Braunwart William Faulkner novel Sartoris is published.

1930 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Australia: Francis Chichester arrives in Sydney in his "Gypsy Moth" plane after a solo flight from London.

1933 --
"There's A New Day Comin' " Ted Lewis & His Band, 1/31/33      

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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.

Anarcho-syndicalist flag, black & red
1936 -- Several delegates from the Portuguese Anarchist Federation & from exile attend FAI meeting on 31 January & 1 February 1936.
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1936 -- Source=Robert Braunwart William Faulkner completes his novel Absalom, Absalom!.

1936 -- Source=Robert Braunwart "The Green Hornet" premiers on WXYZ radio, Detroit (-1952).

1936 -- anarchiste diamond dingbat; anarquistaSpain: Plemum of the FAI (Iberian Anarchist Federation) convenes in Madrid (January 31-February 1). Members of the FARP-FAI are also in attendance.

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1937 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministEngland: Emma Goldman lectures on Spain in Plymouth.

Social Security...old woman with Ak-47
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 -- Source=Robert Braunwart 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 -- Source=Robert Braunwart "A Book at Bedtime" premiers on BBC radio.

Cold Warrior t-shirt
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 -- Source=Robert Braunwart 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 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Songster Buddy Holly plays Duluth, Minnesota. Bob Dylan is in the audience.

1961 -- Source=Robert Braunwart 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 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Belgium: State police kill two striking mine workers.

1967 -- Source=Robert Braunwart 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."

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Open door Clinic
1968 -- US: A Seattle (Washington) City Council hearing concludes that there are no legal means to curb hippies in the U-District.

 Slim Harpo
1970 -- Bluesman Slim Harpo harps no more.

1970 -- Source=Robert Braunwart 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."

Vietnam Veterans Against the War button

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1972 -- US: 40,000 mourners file past Mahalia Jackson's open coffin in Chicago's Great Salem Baptist Church.

1972 -- Rick Sylvester is crazy as a loon: skis off a 3,200 foot cliff strapped to a parachute. Don't know what happened.

1972 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Ireland: The IRA calls a general strike, the day after Bloody Sunday.

1973 -- Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Senator John Stennis is shot twice during a robbery in Washington DC.

1979 -- The Clash begin their first North American tour, Vancouver, BC. Bo Diddley is their opening act.

And there will no nuclear...
1980 -- France: Siege of Plogoff. During the entire six weeks, from January 31 to March 14, the "city hall annexes" & the police guarding them come under constant attack from local people opposed to government plans to construct a nuclear plant

1980 -- Guatemala: Elias Barahona, official spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior, reveals the President, General Romeo Lucas García, ordered police to set fire to the Spanish embassy with its occupants inside.

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EDUARDO GALEANO, Century of the Wind, p255

1980 -- Italy: In Milano, the state police mistakely kill the housewife Anna Maria Minci.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

Real Estate, illustration by Eric Drooker
1981 -- West German squatters protest eviction attempts, battle the police in West Berlin. The fight rages into & through the 90s.

1981 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Funeral scene is shot in Attenborough's film "Gandhi", with 300,000 extras.

1983 -- "Has anyone stopped to consider that the best way to balance the federal budget is not by taxing people into the poorhouse & it's not by cutting spending to the bone, but by all of us simply trying to live up to the Ten commandments & the Golden Rule?"

— Bad acting President Ronald Reagan to a convention of religious broadcasters

1987 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Sleepless in Chicago? The longest movie ever made, 85-hour "The Cure for Insomnia", premiers, Chicago (-Feb. 3).

1990 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Highest price paid for an atlas, $1,925,000, Ptolemy Cosmographia.

1992 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Post office issues a 29-cent W.E.B. du Bois stamp — the first Communist on an American stamp.

1994 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Somalia: US troops fire on Somalis waiting for food, killing five.

1995 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Nederlands: Dutch evacuate 210,000 during the worst European floods this century.

1995 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Colombia: Government admits police, judges & soldiers abetted the murder of 107 alleged left-wingers between 1988 & 1991.

Amnesty International t-shirt: Human Rights? Who Cares?
1996 -- Chip Shot?: US Customs officials near San Diego attack Pastors for Peace activists attempting to carry donated computers across border to México for humanitarian shipment to Cuba.

1996 -- Sri Lanka: 80 killed by a massive Tamil Tiger terrorist truck bombing, Colombo.

Critical Mass logo
1997 -- US: Four "Critical Mass" protesters arrested & five police officers "injured" when police attack a peaceful bicycle protest in downtown Seattle, Washington.

Critical Mass, started in Frisco in 1992, has spread to other cities since, & claims to have no leaders.

Skeleton at the Wait Museum

2001 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Canadian book retailer Chapters accepts a takeover bid by rival Indigo.

2003 -- Source=Robert Braunwart British PM Blair meets with George Dubya Bush to plan war against Iraq. Blair's stunning admission in 2009 to the BBC that he would have invaded Iraq regardless of whether there had been Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) reveals the true nature of the US-UK military escapade in the Middle East.

2007 -- US: American satirist, political humorist, "Chief of Stuff," Molly Ivins dies at age 62, Austin, Texass. Co-editor of the Texass Observer, "the oldest permanently established floating craps game in the state."

2009 -- Iraq: Shoe sculpture in Tikrit, honoring the journalist (currently being held & tortured in an Iraq prison) who threw his footwear at Beloved & Respected Lord of MisRule George Dubya Bush, is wrongfully dismantled.

2011 -- Activist, teacher, historian, Don LaCoss, 46, dies unexpectedly. Contributing editor for the anti-authoritarian newspaper The Fifth Estate & an active member of the Chicago Surrealist Group.

2012 -- Dorothea Tanning, surrealist painter, printmaker & sculptor, dies, aged 101.

American painter, moved to NY in 1935, & met the Surrealist artists in exile there. Married Max Ernst in 1946, & shared his life for 35 years — much longer than any of the other women associated with him — Louisa Straus, Marie-Berthe Aurenche, Leonora Carrington, or Peggy Guggenheim.

Her art evolved & changed over a long career, including a series of sculptures using the techniques of upholstery. A room-size installation in this medium is in the permanent collection of the Beaubourg Museum, Paris. Tanning’s autobiography, Birthday, published in 1986, describes her life through her 75th year.

— Bleedster "Wild Bill" Koehnline

3000 --

"...semiotics is in principle the discipline studying everything which can be used in order to lie."

— Umberto Eco, "A Theory of Semiotics"

Walking hamster, animated
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