Our Daily Bleed...
|Of the young year's disclosing days this one day—
The first of February & a Sunday—
I clasp in mind, & set down for a safe keeping...
— Sylvia Townsend Warner, "Of the young year's disclosing days"
Fine African American writer & political commentator.
& the SECOND WEEK is:
LOVE MAY MAKE THE WORLD GO 'ROUND, BUT LAUGHTER KEEPS US FROM GETTING DIZZY WEEK
& the SECOND MONDAY of the month is:
CLEAN OUT YOUR COMPUTER DAY (big ol bucket of water & a mop works just dandy!); Fridays before Lent is FARISEOS (Mayan Indians; celebration making fun of Christian ceremonies)
1793 -- Alexander Selkirk, the model for "Robinson Crusoe," rescued.
1806 -- US: Unauthorized expedition set sail from New York in an unsuccessful attempt to free Caracas from Spanish rule.
1814 -- Lord Byron's "The Corsair," a poem in heroic couplets, sells 10,000 copies on this day of publication.
1837 -- US: A memorial of 56 British authors asking for international copyright protection is presented to the Senate by Henry Clay.
1843 -- Australia: Riots break out in the Parramatta Female Factory, NSW; 80 workers arrested after the military is called in.
1844 -- During this month the Noble Anarchist, Michael Bakunin, summoned by the Tsar to return to Russia, instead moves to Paris, via Brussels.
1846 -- Theophile Gautier publishes "The Hashish Club" about his initiation.
1851 -- Novelist & anarchist Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (nee Godwin) dies in Bournemouth.
1860 -- US: Decree from Norton I, Emperor of the United States & Protector of Mexico, orders representatives of the different states to assemble at Platt’s Music Hall in Frisco to change laws to ameliorate the evils under which the country is laboring.
1860 -- France: Michel Zevaco lives (1860-1918), Ajaccio (Corse). Novelist, professor, film director, anticleric, publisher, anarchiste. Zevaco wrote many historical swashbuckling novels which are still being printed & made into films. The philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre called him a great writer who strongly influenced him.
1864 -- US: The Collar Laundry Union forms in Troy, New York. Led by Kate Mullaney, a National Labor Union activist, the union successfully increases earnings for laundresses from 2 dollars to 14 dollars a week.
1867 -- US: Gold-Bricking? Bricklayers start working 8-hour days.
1871 -- US: Jonathon Jasper Wright is elected to South Carolina Supreme Court, becoming the first African-American to hold a major judicial post.
1874 -- Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1874-1929), poet/dramatist/essayist, lives, Austria.
1876 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Secretary of Interior notifies Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Secretary of War that time given to "hostile" Sioux & Cheyenne Indians to abandon their villages & come into US agencies had expired; it was now a military matter.
Collage by Jim Koehnline
1884 -- First Oxford New English Dictionary published (OED) is published (A-Ant) by James A.H. Murray.
1886 -- Spain: Manuel Pardiñas lives. Anarquista gunman who assassinated Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Presidente José Canalejas in 1912 for his role in suppressing a railroad strike, then turned the gun on himself. See the short (5 minute) two-part film "Asesinato y entierro de Don José Canalejas" (silent film released in 1912), consisting of a fictional representation of the assassination & a real-life filming of the funeral.
1890 -- Canada: British Columbia Miners & Labourers Protective Association founded.
1893 -- The first film studio is established — to provide sets for producing peep shows.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1893 -- US: Establishes a "protectorate" over Hawaii with the landing of Marines (This action is later conveniently "disavowed" by the US government).
1894 -- US: Stride pianist James P. Johnson lives (1894-1955). Although it had been around since 1913, the dance of the twenties, the Charleston, catches on nationally & internationally after appearing in the 1924 all-black musical revue, Runnin' Wild, with music composed by jazz pianist James P. Johnson.
1898 -- US: Emma Goldman begins a 12-state lecture tour this month, through June. She addresses 66 meetings & participates in one debate. Several reporters note Goldman's improvement as a public speaker as she develops her command of the English language.
Source: Emma Goldman Papers
1900 -- England: Emma Goldman spends this month in London before traveling to Paris. On Feb. 20, Emma speaks out against the Anglo-Boer War at a meeting of the Freedom Discussion Group; lectures on "The Effect of War on the Workers." Her activities are credited for providing impetus to the London anarchist movement.
1900 -- Artist Pablo Picasso's first exhibition opens, at El Quatre Gats, Barcelona.
1902 -- Poet/author & social activist Langston Hughes ("I, Too, Sing America") lives (1902-1967), Joplin, Missouri. Part of the Harlem Renaissance, known as "the poet laureate of Harlem."
1904 -- American Humorist/satirist S. J. Perelman, lives, Brooklyn, New York.
1908 -- Portugal: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader King Carlos I & son are killed by a mob.
1908 -- Antarctica: Take Me To Hawwaaiii? Shackleton unloads the first automobile in Antarctica. What, no gas stations!? Route 66??
1908 -- Portugal: The fate of King Carlos & his older brother, Prince Luis Filipe are sealed — both assassinated by Alfredo Costa & Manuel Buiça.
1911 -- France: Etienne Faure dies. Member of the Commune de Saint-Etienne, militant anarchiste & propagandist.
1912 -- US: IWW San Diego, California free-speech fight begins.
1912 -- US: During this month Emma Goldman debates socialist Sol Fieldman twice in New York on "Direct versus Political Action." Bill Haywood & Elizabeth Gurley Flynn take collections for the striking textile workers. Also her publication Mother Earth alerts its readers to a major free-speech fight in San Diego.
1915 -- US: During this month (exact date unknown) Emma Goldman lectures on "Limitation of Offspring" to 600 people, one of the liberal New York Sunrise Club's largest audiences.
Although she details explicit information about birth control methods, for once Red Emma is not arrested (!).
Emma Goldman Papers
1918 -- Muriel Spark, novelist, lives, Edinburgh, where she sets The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
1920 -- The first armored car is introduced.
1920 -- Russia: During this month Emma Goldman & Alexander Berkman settle in Petrograd where they renew their friendships with William Shatoff, now working as Commissar of Railroads, & John Reed.
1921 -- Poet Galway Kinnell (Body Rags; Book of Nightmares) lives, Providence, Rhode Island.
1921 -- US: Carmen Fasanella of Princeton, NJ obtains his cab driver's license at age 17; he goes on to drive his taxi for the next 68 years, 243 days. Work, work work.
1922 -- In A Bookman's Daybook, Burton Rascoe writes:
Djuna Barnes said that James Joyce is frightfully superstitious. Just before Ulysses came out she was walking with him & his wife in the Bois de Bologne [sic], when a man brushed by & mumbled something she did not understand. Joyce blanched & trembled.
Djuna asked what was the matter.
"That man, whom I have never seen before," he said, "said to me as he passed, in Latin,
'You are an abominable writer!' That is a dreadful omen the day before the publication of my novel."
1923 -- Japan: 70% of Tokyo & 100% of Yokohama destroyed by fire following an earthquake, taking as many as 140,000 lives.
1923 -- American anthropologist Eric Wolf lives, Vienna, Austria.
1926 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Colonel Billy Mitchell convicted by court-martial of criticizing his superiors for not seeing the merit in expanding the combat use of air power. Mitchell resigned his commission &, after warning of the danger of a Japanese attack on Hawaii, died in New York February, 1936.
1929 -- Italy: Ai maestri delle scuole elementari è imposto il giuramento di fedeltà al fascismo. Tale obbligo verrà esteso anche ai docenti delle scuole medie.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1929 -- Australia: Timber workers strike over an increase in the work week from 44 hours to 48 (-October).
1930 -- First crossword puzzle in the Times of London appears.
1931 -- Severino Di Giovanni dies in a shoot-out with the police.
1935 -- James T. Farrell finishes his Studs Lonigan trilogy with the final volume, Judgment Day.
1935 -- Canada: Emma Goldman's four lectures in Yiddish this month continue to be her most successful in Montreal, drawing an audience of 200 when Emma speaks on "the element of sex in unmarried people" today, & raising money for the first time in Montreal when she speaks again to the women's branch of the Arbeiter Ring on February 17.
1936 -- México: Workers strike the Vidreria Monterrey.
1944 -- Netherlands: Germans arrest M.C. Escher's teacher, S. Jessurun de Mesquita. He is never seen again.
1945 -- Theoretician of play, Johann Huisinga plays out his last hand, dies, De Steeg, Holland.
1949 -- First 45 rpm record issued (by RCA).
1951 -- First telecast of atomic explosion.
1951 -- Alfred Krupp & 28 other German war criminals freed.
1952 -- During this month author Jack Kerouac has his first psychedelic experience when the anarchist/surrealist Philip Lamantia gives him peyote (Lamantia, a surrealist blood poet, was a member of the San Francisco Libertarian Circle with Kenneth Rexroth, et al.
1952 -- Tunisia: A General Strike against French colonial management begins.
1956 -- US: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Montgomery Improvement Association files suit in federal court against Alabama for segregation of buses.
1960 -- US: Sit-ins begin when four black college students in Greensboro, North Carolina refuse to move from a Woolworth lunch counter when denied service. By September 1961 more than 70,000 students, whites & blacks, will have participated in sit-ins.
1961 -- US: First anniversary of the Greensboro sit-in: demos all across the south, including a Nashville movie theater desegregation campaign (which sparks similar demos in 10 other cities); nine students arrested at lunch counter in Rock Hill, South Carolina, choose to take 30 days hard labor on a road gang; next week, four other students repeat the sit-in, also choose jail.
1962 -- US: Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest is published. The book was a vehicle for Kesey’s anarchist rant against the oppressive conformism imposed by society’s institutions, particularly the dehumanizing social conformity of the 1950s.
1964 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Indiana Governor Welsh declares the song "Louie Louie" by the Kingsmen pornographic, wants it banned. Stations say it's impossible to figure out the lyrics from "the unintelligible rendition as performed," but Welsh claims his "ears tingle" when he hears the song.
1964 -- US: CIA intelligence & terrorism plan Oplan 34A against North Vietnam begins.
1965 -- Israel: Uri Davies jailed for three months for entering military territory.
1966 -- Film comedian Buster Keaton dies, Hollywood, California.
1966 -- Nicholas Piantanida sets balloon flight record & dies in descent.
1967 -- The 1,000th gang murder in Chicago (since 1919) occurs. Who's counting?
1968 -- Jimi Hendrix Experience, with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, at the Fillmore Auditorium in Frisco, California.
1968 -- Vietnam: Famous photo Saigon police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan executes a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to the head.
1970 -- Germany: West German news magazine Stern reveals that US has targeted 1,000 civilian locations in the Middle East in the event of a nuclear war.
1974 -- US: Lynda Ann Healy, first of serial killer Ted Bundy's murder victims, abducted in Seattle, Washington.
1974 -- German novelist, dramatist, & good pal of Bertolt Brecht, Marieluise Fleisser dies.
1975 -- US: Otis Francis Tabler is first open homosexual to get security clearance.
1976 -- German physics theorist, philosopher Werner Heisenberg, in a principled state of uncertainty, certainly dies.
1977 -- Pointless?: Hillsdale High School defeats Person High School 2-0 in basketball. Said "Person" prefers to remain nameless.
1977 -- US Federal Power Commission Report recommends approval of proposed Mackenzie Valley Pipeline in British Columbia, suggesting legal land claims of sovereign First Nation peoples are not a major concern.
1979 -- Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exile.
1980 -- In honor of the first anniversary of the death of ex-Sex Pistol Sid Vicious, 1,000 punks march from London's Chelsea section to Hyde Park. Sid's mom, Ann Beverly, was to head the march; however, the night before she was sent to the hospital for a drug overdose.
1980 -- US: 7,000 march to protest KKK in Greensboro, North Carolina.
1981 -- France: Government agrees to send 60 Mirage fighter jets to Iraq.
1982 -- France: Socialist government decreases the work week to 39 hours & increases annual vacation to five weeks.
1986 -- France: Opening of "T.L.P" Théâtre Libertaire de Paris (ancien théâtre Déjazet), with Léo Ferré headlining. The theatre lasts until 1992, when the landlord's greed leads him to cancel the lease.
1988 -- The Cars break up.
1988 -- US: Two Native American activists, Eddie Hatcher & Tim Jacobs, occupy a newspaper office in Lumberton, North Carolina, to highlight racism issues.
1989 -- Monty? Magical Python Snake, named Omiuri, dies in Kenya.
1989 -- Iran: Government frees 423 political prisoners, of an estimated 6,000.
1991 -- Morocco: 380 workers involved in a General Strike are sentenced to up to 15 years.
1992 -- Serbia: Two-month campaign of Citizens Against War begins, Belgrade.
1992 -- US: Government begins shipping 10,000 refugees back to Haiti from Guantanamo Bay. (Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free...)
1995 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Senator Exon introduces his overreaching Nazi-like internet censorship bill.
1995 -- Liliam Rosa Morad, Miami radio personality, is murdered at 25 by Cuban exile terrorists.
1996 -- Russia: 1 million Russian & Ukrainian coal miners strike for back wages.
1997 -- Mitchell Goodman, anti-war activist, writer, dies at 71.
2003 -- Ivory Coast: 100,000 government supporters protest the French-brokered peace deal with rebels, Abidjan.
2011 -- Egypt: Some two million protesters gather in Tahrir Square in the biggest demonstration since the popular revolution against the Mubarak regime began. The government closes down Egyptian National Railways as well as Internet & mobile phone services. Google & Twitter team up to build a voice-to-tweet system to allow Egyptians to tweet. Al Jazeera reports that its signal is being jammed in parts of the Middle East, days after Egypt shut the news network's operations there.
2013 -- England: Freedom Books, the world's oldest anarchist publisher & bookshop (founded by Charlotte Wilson & Peter Kropotkin in 1886), is firebombed in the early hours. England's largest anarchist bookstore & the building's electrics were “seriously damaged”, despite having been fitted with metal shutters following a bombing by a neo-fascist group, in 1993.
"The truth is rarely pure & never simple.
Modern life would be very tedious if it were
either, & modern literature a complete impossibility."
— Oscar Wilde
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