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FESTIVAL OF HIDDEN PALINDROMES.
1478 -- Sir Thomas More — chancellor of England, author of the satire Utopia — lives, Milk Street, Cheapside.
1601 -- Agents of the Earl of Essex, on the eve of his rebellion, bribe the Chamberlain's Men to give a performance of Shakespeare's "Richard III."
Elizabeth used to think of herself as Richard II — she had the same problems of no heir but many aspirants to the throne. Essex was one such aspirant at the time of his rebellion, hence the performance of the Shakespeare play in which Richard is successfully overthrown.
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PS: IT WAS RICHARD II, NOT III
1741 -- Phantasmagoric painter Henry Fuseli lives, Zurich, Switzerland.
1812 -- British novelist Charles Dickens lives, Portsmouth, England.
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Dickens on the media:
"His high-spiced wares were made to sell, & they sold; & his thousands of readers could as rationally charge their delight in filth upon him, as a glutton can shift upon his cook the responsibility for his beastly excess."
1817 -- US: African-American who began life as a slave & lives to become a main figure in the US abolition movement, Frederick Douglass, lives, Tuckahoe, Maryland. Most noted for his oratorical brilliance, he also wrote a moving autobiography, Life & Time of Frederick Douglass, & edit his own antislavery newspaper, the North Star. (or the 12th or 14th?)
1821 -- John Davis becomes first person known to have set foot on the continent of Antarctica.
1823 -- Ann Radcliffe, Gothic novelist (The Mysteries of Udolpho), dies.
1837 -- Philologist/lexicographer Sir James Murray lives, Roxburghshire, Scotland. By his death (DOA) in 1915, he has finished half the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) by himself.
1859 -- France: Charles Gallo lives. Best known for the big stink he made in 1886.
"Mort à la magistrature bourgeoise! Vive la dynamite! Vive l'anarchie!"
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1867 -- Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the "Little House" children's books, lives, Pepin, Wisconsin.
1870 -- France: Henri Gauche (aka René or Henri Chaughi), militant anarchiste journalist, lives. Contributor to "Revue anarchiste," "La Révolte" (journal of Jean Grave), & long-time writer for "Les Temps Nouveaux." Originally agreed with the sentiments of the Manifest de Seize — but as a combatant determined he was wrong (fortunately not "dead" wrong).
1872 -- England: The first agricultural labourers' union meeting is held in Wellesbourne, near Stratford. One of the organisers, Joseph Arch, is portrayed as 'the Arch Apostle of Arson.'
1876 -- US: War Department authorizes Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader General Sheridan to commence operations against "hostile" Lakota, including the bands of Sitting Bull & Crazy Horse.
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1882 -- US: Last bare knuckle champ John L Sullivan KOs Paddy Ryan in Mississippi.
1883 -- American jazz great Eubie Blake lives.
Eubie Blake at age 100:
If I'd known I was gonna live this long I'd have taken better care of myself.
Bleedster Bill Witherup notes: Eubie Blake quote is worth the price of admission. For myself, "I'm to old to die young."
1885 -- American writer Sinclair Lewis lives. Mainly on Main street, Sauk Center, Minnesota. Self-described "dull fellow whose virtue — if there is any — is to be found in his books", he declined the Pulitzer Prize in Letters, & was the first American awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1930.
I have nothing to repent, only that the attempt failed...If I had ten heads I would offer them with joy & lay them on the block for the good cause.
Germany: August Reinsdorf is executed by decapitation, Berlin.
Close friend of Johann Most, he was implicated in attentats on Beloved & Respected Comrade Kaiser Wilhelm & his merry band of Princes.
Sentenced to death December 22, 1884, by the imperial court of Leipzig, with the anarchists Küchler & Rupsch (true authors of the failed attack) he courageously asserts his anarchism. fEB 2007: ALL THIS MATERIAL & MORE IN GALLERY ENCYCLOPEDIA PAGE TO DO; need to check & distribute dates: November 17; 21 de octubre August Reinsdorf, íntimo amigo de Most se traslada el 21 de octubre a Francfort del Main donde atenta contra la Jefatura Central de policía. August Reinsdorf, intimate friend of Most is transferred 21 October to Frankfurt of the Main where attempt against the Central Headquarters of police. In 1884, August Reinsdorf attempted to blow up the Kaiser Wilhelm & his Princes as they opened the national monument at Rudesheim. attempted to assassinate the Emperor of Germany He was executed in Berlin on February 7th, 1885. (* 31. Januar 1849 in Pegau, † 7. Februar 1885 in Halle)
1886 -- US: Seattle mob rounds up Chinese residents Over 400 ethnic Chinese are driven from their homes in Seattle, Washington Territory. A federal state of emergency is declared February 9 & Federal troops are called in to restore order.
1899 -- France: Louis Louvet lives, Paris (d.1971). Anarcho-syndicalist, member of the Syndicat des Correcteurs d'imprimerie since 1937.
Louvet was involved in the production of many anarchist publications. Free thought, anticlericalism & neomalthusianism were seminal to his activities.
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1904 -- US: Entire business section of Baltimore destroyed by the worst conflagration to strike an American city since the "Chicago Fire" of 1871. 2,600 buildings consumed by the flames, losses estimated at $125 million.
1909 -- Brazil: Dom Hélder Câmara lives, Fortaleza. Archbishop whose campaigns against human-rights abuses won him four nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize — but the liberation theologist could never match up to the likes of that other nominee, Beloved & Respected Komrade Leader Henry Kissinger. Scathing in his criticism, from 1968 to 1977, the military dictatorship disappeared his name from the press & his voice from the air waves.
"When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint.
When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist."
1913 -- US: A county sheriff & his deputies, as well as a mine operator & guards on the "Bull Moose Special" (an armored train fitted with machine guns ostensibly for defending against striking miners), attack the miners' tent colony at Holly Grove in West Virginia. Mother Jones, also involved in the Paint & Cabin Creek strikes during these upheavals, was soon arrested & sent to prison for 20 years.
See David Alan Corbin's Gun Thugs, Rednecks, and Radicals: A Documentary History of the West Virginia Mine Wars (PM Press, 2011).
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1917 -- US: Labor's Tom Mooney convicted & sentenced to hang on May 17. Emma Goldman intensifies organizing efforts to prevent his execution.
1919 -- Italy: La delegazione italiana alla conferenza per la pace presenta un memoriale rivendicando l'annessione della città di Fiume (annessione che non era contemplata nemeno dagli accordi di Londra del 1915). Così, pur di fronte al mutato clima politico e culturale in favore della autodeterminazione dei popoli (principi Wilson) il governo italiano si intestardisce in una politica di rivendicazioni territoriali di tipo coloniale.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1922 -- US: Samuel Fielden, American militant anarchist & propagandist & one of the few Haymarket Martyrs not executed, dies.
1923 -- China: Strike of Peking-Hankow railroad workers & shooting of strikers by soldiers.
[Source: K.S. Karol]
1928 -- Canada: In her final appearance in Toronto, Emma Goldman lectures on two books by Judge Ben Lindsey, The Revolt of Youth & Companionate Marriage.
1939 -- England: Emma Goldman's letter protesting Zenzl Mühsam's second disappearance in the Soviet Union appears in the Manchester Guardian.
1943 -- Michael P. Lerner, socialist writer, activist, professor (indicted as a member of the 'Seattle 7' in the 1970s), lives.
1944 -- Witi Ihimaera, Maori author, lives, Gisborne, New Zealand. Writing reflects the clash between Maori & Pakeha (white, European-derived) values.
1952 -- Malaysia: British High Commissioner arrives to make things better. Suprisingly, an 'emergency' situation worsens.
'Emergency' is a euphemism for a war started in 1948 between the British colonial power & Malaysian communists. The 'Emergency' lasts until 1960.
1958 -- France: André Prévotel dies. One of the defendants, with his wife Andrée Prevotel, in the scandolous "Sterilizers of Bordeaux" trial.
1959 -- New Orleans blues & R&B guitarist/singer Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones, 33, dies of pneumonia in New York City. His wildly electrified guitar style influences Jimi Hendrix among others.
1959 -- US: Cessna lands in Las Vegas after 65 days without landing (refuels in air).
1962 -- Vietnam: First US Army support companies arrive in Saigon.
1964 -- US: Cassius Clay becomes a Black Muslim.
"I don't put that much value on no heavyweight crown. Time was when I did, but that was before I found the religious convictions that I have. I could give up fighting & never look back."
1965 -- Vietnam: US Air force begins systematic saturation bombing & strafing of North Vietnam — as opposed to their special "festive" bombing & strafing — coinciding with Kosygin’s visit to Hanoi.
[Source: K.S. Karol]
Danish...During this month, Im Namen des Volkes (In the Name of the People), tract by J.V. Martin on the trial of the SI (Situationistisk Internationale, Northern Region Publications). The Danish court later decides to drop all charges.
Danish translations of 'Response to a questionnaire...' (as 'Realizing philosophy, realizing art') & Theses on the Paris Commune appear in the left socialist journal Aspekt. This journal also publishes the very comics that led to the Moral Rearmament affair.
http://www.cddc.vt.edu/sionline/chronology/chronology.html | [Situationist Resources]
1968 -- After American & South Vietnamese air & artillery strikes level the city of Bentre, South Vietnam (pop. 50,000), a US Army major explains that
"it became necessary to destroy the town to save it."
1968 -- France: An anti-Vietnam committee organizes a counter-demonstration against supporters of US Vietnam policy, resulting in violent exchanges with the police. A pro-North Vietnam demonstration takes place on 13 February.
1970 -- US: In the first major action by the Los Angeles Gay Liberation Front, more than 100 activists descend on Barney's Beanery in West Hollywood. For 30 years the bar has posted a sign, "Faggots — Stay Out."
1971 -- Switzerland: What's the Hurry?! Women get the vote. World's obviously going to hell.
1974 -- Grenada: A General Strike forces England to recognize its independence. The peace & democracy-loving US Marine & Army corps won't invade to Save American Tourism (SAT) & overthrow the legitimate Grenada government until October 25, 1983, when it launches Operation Urgent Fury.
1976 -- US: FCC raids & shuts down pirate radios. Rupert? Ted?
1980 -- Pink Floyd begins one of the more unusual coast-to-coast tours in rock history, playing the first of only 14 shows in Los Angeles. The only other city they played was New York. The stage, to promote the band's latest album "The Wall," features a 120 by 60 foot wall made of Styrofoam blocks, which gradually envelops the group as the show goes on.
1982 -- Guatemala: Founding of the National Patriotic United Front.
Source: Robert Braunwart
1984 -- David (born without an immunity system), at age 12, touches his mom for first time.
1986 -- Haiti: After huge popular protests, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Playboy dictator "Baby Doc" Duvalier (President-for-Life) flees the country, ending 35 years of this US-sponsored terrorist dictatorship. He was whisked to France on a US jet. Americans can be proud of the democratic values the government has upheld in Haiti; for a small sampling:
1990 -- US: In raids begun a few days ago, the Secret Service busts three more computer hackers.
1991 -- Haiti: Jean-Bertrand Aristide becomes first freely elected president.
1993 -- Croatia: Women's tribunal against rape in war, Zagreb.
"There is a crack in everything.
It's how the light gets in."
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