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Winter solitude —
in a world of one color
the sound of wind.

— Basho

Johann Most, anarchist


Bavarian-born anarchist active in 19th-century America



WEATHERMAN'S DAY (To be shot or hanged?)

1626 -- The most celebrated European letter writer, Mme de Sevigne, lives, Paris. Her letters to her daughter (1,500 over 30 years) describe Parisian life, court gossip & famous people of the day.

1631 -- New Old World: Roger Williams, pioneer of religious tolerance, arrives in North America.

Tattooed body
1644 -- Nasdaq?: First US livestock branding law passed, by Connecticut.

1826 -- US: New Harmony Community of Equality founded in Indiana.

1830 -- US: First daily labor paper, "NY Daily Sentinel," begins publication.

1831 -- Belgium: Dutch Roulette? Jan van Speijk blows up his gunboat in Antwerp, killing about 30.

1833 -- Canada: Montreal Mechanics Mutual Protective Society founded. Beginning of Canadian movement for the 10-hour work day.

1846 -- Bavarian-born American anarchist Johann Most lives. Advocate of "propaganda by the deed." See the Anarchist Encyclopedia page,

1848 -- French decadent writer Joris-Karl Huysmans lives.

1861 -- Samuel Goodale patents peep show machine.

1875 -- France: Manuel Devaldès (aka Ernest-Edmond Lohy) lives, Evreux.

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1880 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Russia: What's For Dessert? An assassin blows up the Tsar's dining room, but in bad taste he is late to dinner.

1881 -- Historian/essayist Thomas Carlyle dies in London, 85. "A well-written life," he said, "is almost as rare as a well-spent one."

1885 -- Ethiopia: Invasione della costa etiopica tra Massaua e Assab e occupazione di Massaua e dell'intera zona costiera senza incontrare resistenza.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1889 -- US: The word ‘hamburger’ first appears in print, in the Walla Walla Union, a Washington state newspaper, in the phrase,

‘You are asked if you will have "porkchopbeefsteakhamandegghamburgersteakorliverandbacon’’.’

No Veggie Burgers here...

Can't confirm this. Hamburger history is all screwed up. About the best I can find is:

Bruce Goldman gives the following, for July 28, 1900:

"The hamburger is created by Louis Lassing in Ct." The web page I cite refers to Lassing under 1890. I don't know which is correct.

— Bleedster ChronologyMeister Bob

Auguste Vaillant, anarchiste
1894 -- France: Auguste Vaillant is executed for having tossed a bomb in the Chamber of Deputies. Primarily a symbolic gesture, it put terror in the hearts of a middle class which was not about to forgive him this fright, & set off repression against anarchists throughout the country. His last defiant words, "Mort à la société bourgeoise et vive l'anarchie."

Peter Kropotkin handbill advertising his talk Feb 5, 1894; source
1894 -- England: Peter Kropotkin speaks today, Monday, at Co-operative Hall at 8pm, on "What Anarchism Is." Admission free.

Ooops! a bullet hole
1897 -- Marcel Proust meets Jean Lorrain in a pistol duel precipitated by a slanderous article Lorrain has written about Les Plaisirs et les Jours.

1898 -- Italy: Pietro Gori, long-time lawyer for anarchists & workers, today defends the workers & peasants being tried for their involvement in popular agitations / Pietro Gori difende assieme agli avv. Zerboglio e Dello Sbarba gli operai e i contadini di Campiglia Marittima che avevano partecipato alle agitazioni popolari d’inizio d’anno.
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1901 -- Loop-the-loop centrifugal RR (roller coaster) patented by Ed Prescot.

1901 -- México: Congreso Liberal, San Luis Potosí.
In 1900 Camilo Arriaga publishes the "Invitacion al Partido Liberal" manifesto, sparking a movement resulting in the formation of Partido Liberal Mexicano (PLM) five years hence. Ricardo Flores Magón formally joins the emerging movement today, & it is the main vehicle for organizing the anti-Diaz struggle & spreading the ideals of anarchism throughout Mexico.
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Ricardo Flores Magon, anarchist
1911 -- México: Guadalupe is captured by the revolutionary anarchist forces of Ricardo Flores Magón's Liberal Party.

William S. Burroughs
1914 -- William Burroughs (Naked Lunch) starts cuttin-up, St. Louis, Missouri. Author, anarchist, gun nut & Kansas gardener. One of the more fascinating of the "Beat"-identified writers.

1914 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Austria: Adolf Hitler is rejected by Austria as unfit for military service.

1916 -- Switzerland: Opening of Hugo Ball's Cabaret (Café) Voltaire, in Zürich, a meeting place for artists of the newly forming Dada movement (& you thought it was just another music group [AuntieDave's note]).

The most widely accepted account of the naming of the movement, which flourished until about 1920, is an incident at the cabaret when a paper knife inserted into a French-German dictionary pointed to the word dada, a child's word for a horse, & the members seized upon it for their anti-aesthetic creations & protest activities, which in turn had been engendered by disgust for bourgeois values & despair over World War I.

Dada born as conscientious objectors meet in Zurich: Hugo Ball (German poet & philosopher); Tristan Tzara (Romanian poet); Marcel Janco (Romanian poet & painter); Hans Arp (Alsatian, later a sculptor) - first "Cabaret Voltaire" at Hollandische Malerei bar.

Grosz stamp

1917 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Law barring Asian immigration is passed over Wilson's veto.

1918 -- First US pilot downs an enemy airplane: Stephen W. Thompson.
Source: 'Scope'

1923 -- Italy: Mass arrests of socialists, anarchists & communists.

1927 -- France: The Dielo Trouda, a publishing group founded by Nestor Makhno, Peter Arshinov & other exiled Russian & Ukrainian anarchists in Paris, issues an invitation to an 'international conference', based on their 'Organisational Platform.'

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1927 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Fritz Lang silent movie classic "Metropolis" premiers, Berlin.

1927 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Buster Keaton silent movie "The General" is released.

1928 -- Ovation to Segovia
Guitarist Gives a Work of Variations With Glittering Effects: NYT Feb 5. 1928. The old fascist Guitar God (a most complicated man, he...).

Marinus van der Lubbe
1933 -- Marinus van der Lubbe crosses the Dutch/German border.

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1934 -- Say, Hey! Hank Aaron, baseball player, (record 755 HRs, 1957 NL MVP) lives.
Source: 'Scope'

1934 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Beloved & Respected comrade Leader Seantor Huey Long (D-La.) outlines his "share-the-wealth" plan to the US Senate.

1936 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Charlie Chaplin movie "Modern Times" is released.

1937 -- US: In an attempt to insure rulings favorable to his administration, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Franklin D. Roosevelt requested authority to enlarge —"pack" — the Supreme Court.

1937 -- Spain: Plenary assembly of the confederal & anarchist militias meeting in Valencia, February 5-8, to consider the militarization issue.

1937 -- anarchist diamond; anarquistaSpain: During the war years in Spain, there was a systematic persecution of Esperantist activities in the zone occupied by General Franco. During this month in Malaga, the Esperantist group was shot "for the unique reason they were Esperantists." Ironically, the man responsible for such a crime became honorary president of an Esperantist Congress 31 years later.

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1939 -- Spain: Soledad Gustavo (aka Teresa Mañe) dies, in Perpignan. Mother of Federica Montseny, an important figure in Spanish anarchism. Soledad was one of the first lay teachers in Spain & is considered as the "Grandmother" of the Mujures Libres. With her companion Joan Montseny, founded "Revista Blanca" in 1898 & wrote El sindicalismo y la anarquia. muert; muerte ytak has her death on Feb 2, but I've used Spanish sources

1952 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: FBI gives the Heart Fund telethon confidential information on the Weavers, causing the Heart Fund to cancel their music gig. Commie symps will have to take up basketry.

1956 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Kevin McCarthy movie "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" is released, US.

1958 -- US: Midair collision involves jettisoning of nuclear weapon part into ocean near Savannah, Georgia.

1958 -- US: A B-47 bomber collides with another jet &, as a result, drops a hydrogen bomb into the ocean off Savannah, Georgia. The bomb is never found.

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1958 -- US: Navy's second attempt to launch a Vanguard satellite fails; the rocket carrying it reaches an altitude of 25,000 feet before it breaks in half.

Marilyn Monroe collage

1959 -- In Nyack, New York, after a luncheon of souffle, oysters, grapes, & champagne, Carson McCullers puts music on the phonograph & invites Marilyn Monroe & Isak Dinesen to join her in dancing on the marble-topped dining room table.

Did they?
— Bleedster Robert Braunwart

1961 -- SI dingbat


During this month, February 1961: For a Revolutionary Judgment of Art by Guy Debord, critical text in response to the article by S. Chatel (pseudonym of Sébastien de Diesbach) in Socialisme ou Barbarie #31 on Godard's film Breathless; this text eventually appears in early 1962 in issue three of the Bordeaux based Notes critiques, bulletin of research & revolutionary orientation, 'twice yearly publication by autonomous Arguments groups.'

Spur #4, journal of the German section of the SI, Munich. Editor: Zimmer. Editorial committee: Prem, Sturm, Fischer.

Hanegal, gallisk poesiealbum, book by Jørgen Nash illustrated by JV Martin. édition Internationale situationniste, Paris. The cover is made of cardboard & wire. | [Situationist Resources]

solar system
1962 -- Texass: Eight of nine planets align for first time in 400 years. There are no survivors.
Austin Lounge Lizards: video

1967 -- The British tabloid, News of the World, runs the headline "Pop Stars & Drugs — Facts that Will Shock You."

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1967 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Bollingen Prize for poetry is awarded to American author Robert Penn Warren.

1967 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Musicians Union bans the Rolling Stones' "Let Spend the Night Together" from Eamonn Andrews' television show.

1967 -- Chilean folk singer, culture hero Violeta Parra dies, a suicide. Sister of the notable "anti-poet" Nicanor Parra.
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1969 -- Shortest-lived television series of all time canceled — on its first day on the air. "Turn On," a fast-paced comedy with computerized music & stop-action photography, reputedly contained too many double entendres & hidden meanings. One station canceled the airing in the middle of the broadcast.

1970 -- Laos: US troops invade.

1970 -- Germany: First general assembly of mental health patients organizes itself as the Socialist Patients' Kollectiv at the outpatients clinic in Heidelberg.
'Calendar Riots'

Bring the troops home now button
1973 -- Funeral for LC William Nolde, last US soldier killed in Vietnam War.

Leather fetishist head covering
1978 -- Fred Newman makes 88 consecutive basketball free throws blindfolded.

Source: 'Scope'

1982 -- Laker Airways declares bankruptcy.

1985 -- Australia: P.M. Robert Hawke refuses to allow US use of bases to monitor an MX missile test.

1985 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Vatican: Poet / priest Ernesto Cardenal prohibited from functioning as a priest because he is a member of the Nicaraguan cabinet.

1988 -- US: Panama's General Manuel Noriega, a one-time paid American CIA asset, is indicted by a grand jury in Miami, Florida on charges of receiving $4.5 million in payoffs from large-scale drug dealers. Don't know how much the CIA paid him or how much of the drugs the CIA got.

I have Feb. 4. Both dates are on the Web:

This could be "indicted" & "indictment announced."

— Robert Braunwart

Tune in, Radio Noriega, or the Many Moods of Manny

1991 -- Germany: 49 German troops conscientiously object to going to Turkey for Gulf War.

1993 -- Source=Robert Braunwart México: 170 Chihuahua police are arrested for insulting the governor.

1993 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Anthony Summers biography of J. Edgar Hoover says he was a homosexual blackmailed by the Mafia.

1994 -- US: Swiftly, Byron De La Beckwith convicted of killing Medgar Evers in 1963, Jackson, Mississippi.

1994 -- Bosnia: 68 killed in market bombing, Sarajevo.

1997 -- Ecuador: 48 hour General Strike, culminating a month of street demonstrations against the government's economic adjustment plan.

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Blue Mooon Tavern logo, Seattle
1998 -- US: Deaf Poets are signing examples
Seattle Times February 5, 1998

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Sorry, We're open!

People do more at the Blue Moon than just drink beer & talk, but they are usually drinking beer & talking while they are doing them! We're talkin serious talent!

1998 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Germany: Cold War era Checkpoint Charlie sign — "You Are Leaving the American Sector" — is stolen in Berlin.

2001 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: War Zone? Holy Land Experience biblical theme park opens, Orlando, Florida.

2002 -- Source=Robert Braunwart John Grisham novel The Summons goes on sale in bookstores.

2003 -- Source=Robert Braunwart UN: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader US Secretary of State Colin Powell presents US "evidence" against Iraq to the UN Security Council, without a "smoking gun"; some pieces of evidence turn out to be fabricated, most a pack of lies requiring much rearranging of their goal posts.

2003 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Australia: Senate officially censors PM Howard over his Iraq war plans; Labor MP Mark Latham refers to George W. Bush as "the most incompetent & dangerous president [sic] in living memory."

3000 --
Burroughs with Shotgun

A psychotic is someone who just found out what's going on.

— William S. Burroughs

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