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Cuban bass musician, Buena Vista Socialista.
Samoa, Polynesia: FEAST OF LA'ALA'A, the Upolu God of Wrestling.
MARBLE THAT BREATHES
Aphrodite was the first female nude in the history of Greek sculpture.
Praxiteles carved her wearing nothing except a tunic fallen at her feet, & the city of Cos insisted that he clothe her. But another city, Cnidus, offered her a temple. There the most womanly of goddesses, the most goddesssly of women, took up residence. Although she was enclosed and well guarded, people were wild about her & flocked to see her.
On a day like today, fed up with the harrassment, Aphrodite fled.
--- Eduardo Galeano, excerpt Children of the Days: A Calendar of Days
1760 -- New Old World: Richard Allen, founder of the African Methodist Church, lives.
Source: Autonomedia Calendar
1810 -- England: Robert Coates debuts as Romeo in Bath: "So appalling he becomes a cult figure overnight, & goes on to be a major success in London."
1825 -- US: House of Representatives elects Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader John Quincy Adams 6th president, breaking an electoral college deadlock. Had a Burr up their ... ?
1830 -- US: The only cabinet meeting ever called to discuss a woman's virtue (pre-Clinton):
1849 -- US: Laura Clay lives. Suffragist & states' rights supporter from Kentucky.
1861 -- US: Jefferson Davis elected President of the Confederate States.
1874 -- Pulitzer Prize-winning Imagist poet Amy Lowell lives, Brookline, Massachusetts. Her eccentricities inspire more discussion than her poetry.
"Taking us by & large, we're a queer lot, we women who write poetry."
1874 -- Russia: Innovative movement theorist Vsevolod Meyerhold lives (Jan 28 old style; Feb 9 new style), Penzq. Founding member of the Moscow Art Theater. Symbolist, talented experimental director of the 1920s & 1930s. In 1938 he fell victim to Stalin’s terror & died in prison in 1940.
Visionary radical Soviet theatre director, modernist movement choreographer.On Meyerhold see Bulgakov's Theatrical novel, unfinished novel written between 1936 & 1939, "Novy Mir", 1965. It has been translated into English as Black Snow, or the Theatrical Novel & as A Dead Man's Memoir (A Theatrical Novel).
— Bleedster Laci
1881 -- Russian Novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky dies.
1886 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Cleveland declares a state of emergency in Seattle because of anti-Chinese violence.
'...since the disgraceful butchery of Chinese in Wyoming several months ago the anti-Chinese feeling in the extreme Northwest has become more violent & more nearly universal. An "Anti-Chinese Congress" has been held at Portland, which adopted a resolution calling upon the people in every town in the Northwest "peaceably to assemble & politely request the Mongolian race to remove"—a resolution that is a trifle less polite than it seems to be, since it follows a declaration that the Chinese are "immoral & degraded & a constant menace to free institutions, to the home, & the family."'
— Harper’s Weekly, March 6, 1886
1891 -- US: First shipment of asparagus arrives in Frisco from Sacramento.
1906 -- Paul Laurence Dunbar, son of a slave, first black writer in the US to support himself by writing, dies in Dayton, Ohio.
PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR
Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2002. Lyricist of the lowly life.
1908 -- "Proclamation to the American People," written by the leaders of the Mexican Liberal Party (PLM) (including Ricardo Flores Magón), appears in Emma Goldman's anarchist Mother Earth & the American socialist press. Denounces the repression they are victims of, in both México & the US, & explains the reasons for their military actions.
1909 -- Film comedian & hat rack Carmen Miranda lives. Busby Berkeley does her proud.
1909 -- US: First federal legislation prohibiting narcotics (opium).
1911 -- Readers of the British Morning Post regaled by an anonymous review of The White Peacock that wonders, "What is the sex of D. H. Lawrence?"
1914 -- Ecdysiast Gypsy Rose Lee lives, Seattle, Washington.
Source: Autonomedia Calendar
1915 -- Switzerland: World Union of Women for International Concord founded, Geneva.
1917 -- US: American labor agitator Tom Mooney falsely convicted of fatal bombing. He is pardoned & released 22-1/2 years from now.
San Francisco Parade
the day Mooney
is finally pardoned.
See: Frame-up by Curt Gentry; Life of an Anarchist: The Alexander Berkman Reader, ed. Gene Fellner (Four Walls Eight Windows, 1992).
1922 -- After a 10-year hiatus, the muse of the Duino Elegies returns to Rainer Maria Rilke, who completes the cycle of poems in 18 days.
1923 -- Irish rebel, author, playwright, boozer, jailbird, wit Brendan Behan (Borstal Boy) lives, slums of Dublin. Noted for powerful political views & earthy satire. Several of his books were banned in Ireland.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2007-2010
Irish wit, writer, lush, revolutionist, tyrant's foe.
"I've never seen a situation so dismal that a policeman couldn't make it worse."
"When I was growing up, drunkenness was not regarded as a social disgrace. To get enough to eat was regarded as an achievement; to get drunk was a victory."
1923 -- France: Émile Masson (1869-1923) dies, in Paris, the evening of February 8-9. Breton militant, professor, writer & libertarian socialist propagandist. Among Masson's last works is "L'Utopie des îles bienheureuses dans le Pacifique en 1980" (Utopia of Happy Islands in the Pacific in 1980; 1921).
28 juillet 1869, naissance d'Emile MASSON; Il prend notamment part aux "Universités populaires." St-Brieuc, il enseigne ŕ Loudun, ŕ Saumur (la philosophie), puis ŕ Pontivy (l'anglais) de 1904 ŕ 1921. Elisée Reclus Gustave Hervé, "La Guerre sociale" antimilitariste Pierre Monatte, François Le Levé. meurt ŕ Paris, le 9 février 1923. "Brug / Bruyčre"
1928 -- Canada: Emma Goldman travels to Montreal, where she gives two lectures in Yiddish — on birth control & on art & revolution — & one on poet Walt Whitman delivered in a private home. She leaves Montreal on Feb. 18 for Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she embarks for France on Feb. 20.
1931 -- Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard lives, Heerlen, Netherlands. His provoking novels & dramas cause several scandals & he stipulates in his will that neither his books be published nor his dramas be performed in Austria after his death.
1932 -- Germany: Last issue of the Syndikalist published by the Dresden FAUD (anarcho-syndicalist Free Worker's Union - Germany), is suppressed by the Nazis.
Other anarchist papers FAUD produced are also suppressed: Der Arbeitslose is shut down March 1933, & the Arbeiter-Echo (Worker Echo), the unofficial organ of the German AnarchosyndikalistInnen, is banned 16 February 1933.
Early in 1936, living at that time in England, Emma Goldman asked John Cowper Powys to help her as she badly needed to find work. Powys immediately answered: 'I was so honoured & pleased to get a letter from you...I have the greatest admiration for you.'
& a little later he writes:
'Everyone in America of course knows the name of E.G. — & all Americans of every class (now between 25 & 35 or even 30 & 40 years of age) remember your name from their childhood — one of the great names of history along with Kropotkin & Bakunin & Tolstoy — as a champion of human & individual liberty on moral spiritual & philosophical lines.'
(February 9, 1936, quoted by Prof. Goodway in The Powys Review, No.15)
1941 -- Decaf?: Nazi collaborators destroy pro-Jewish café Alcazar Amsterdam (Alcazar refused to hang "No Entry for Jews" signs in front of cafe).
1943 -- Liliana Heker lives, Argentina. Novelist who wrote & edited left-wing literary journals during the Dirty War (1976-83) of state-sponsored murder, using veiled critiques as a means of protest & engaging in vigorous debate with exiled writers such as Julio Cortázar.
Jewish-Argentinian author & intellectual, known for her outspoken protests against state violence during the Dirty War of 1976-83.
At the time over 30,000 people were "disappeared" by the government, & while many writers & journalists fled to escape persecution or death, Heker remained, & argued the necessity of bearing witness to state atrocities.
Made famous at first by the public polemic she had with the famed Argentine writer Julio Cortázar (then living in Paris).
1944 -- American novelist & activist Alice Walker lives.
'Activism is my rent for living on this planet.'
1950 -- US: DirtyLaundry? Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Uncle Joe (McCarthy; aka John Galt), in a speech at Wheeling, West Virginia, accuses State Department employees of Communist Party affiliation.
"I have here in my hand," he states, "the names of 205 men that were known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist party & who nevertheless are still working & shaping the policy of the state department."
Some years later he confides the paper was actually an old laundry list.
1963 -- Italy: Con la nomina del socialista Luigi Grassini alla vicepresidenza dell'Enel (Ente nazionale energia elettrica), inizia il lungo e tormentato viaggio dei socialisti verso l'abbuffata.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1964 -- The Beatles appear on Ed Sullivan Show, New York City. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" is number one song.
1964 -- Arthur Ashe, Jr., becomes first African American on US Davis Cup Team.
1969 -- England: Bank of Spain in Liverpool bombed.
1970 -- NY: Underground `Rat' publishes Robin Morgan's "Goodbye to All That" feminist statement.
1971 -- US: Protests led by the Oriental Student Union briefly close Seattle Central Community College.
1971 -- Satchel Paige becomes first Negro-league player elected to baseball Hall of Fame.
Sometimes I feel like I will never stop
Just go forever
Till one fine morning
I'll reach up & grab me a handful of stars
& swing out my long lean leg
& whip three hot strikes burning down the heavens
& look over at God & say
How about that!
— Samuel Allen, "To Satch"
England: The Jersey home of a local managing director firebombed.
1981 -- Bill Haley, 56, dies of natural causes in Harlingen, Texass.
One of the first white performers to play R&B who began working the roots of rock & roll in the early 50s. In 1954, he & the Comets released his most famous song, "Rock Around the Clock," which did not do well commercially.
1982 -- US: All in the Family? Pants On Fire?: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader US president George Bush denies he ever used the phrase "voodoo economics" & challenges "anybody to find it." NBC's Ken Bode promptly broadcasts the 1980 tape with the phrase.
France: Marie-Adele Anciaux (b. 1887) dies. Militant & libertarian teacher, lifelong companion of Stephen Mac Say. Her teaching work included "La Ruche The Hive," the famed libertarian school founded by Sébastien Faure. In addition to her educational activities, she & Stephen were ardent naturists & especially committed to animal rights within the "Ligue contre la vivisection."
Le 8 mars 1887, naissance dite Mary SMILES, Militante pédagogue libertaire. 1906 ŕ 1910, école libertaire Sébastien Faure; morte le 9 février 1983 ŕ Chartres 11 years after Mac Say
1987 -- US: Former Reagan national security adviser Robert McFarlane attempts suicide.
1988 -- Nicaragua: Thousands demonstrate against Sandinista conscription, in Masaya.
1989 -- Jamaica: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Michael Manley, democratic socialist, re-elected P.M.
1991 -- El Salvador: Fire destroys Diaro Latino offices, only newspaper in the country willing to print opposing views.
1993 -- Burma: Army of opium king Khun Sa kills 60 in NE Burma.
Allen Ginsberg, CIA Dope Calypso
1994 -- US: Senate report reveals the US shipped biological-warfare agents (WMD) to Iraq with Beloved & Repected Comrade Leader Acting President Ronnie "Where's My Brain" Reagan's approval before the Gulf War. (Gulf War Syndrome: American troops & Iraqi civilians are exposed to these agents (biotoxins such as anthrax) by Iraqi missiles & the US bombing chemical & biological facilities.)
1995 -- México: Government cancels peace process, troops invade Chiapas strongholds of Zapatista rebels following the demand by an adviser to US Chase Manhattan Bank that the government eliminate them.
"In the name of investor confidence, a powerful U.S. bank is calling on the Mexican government to crush the Zapatista insurgency in Chiapas."
2000 -- México: More than 100,000 people demonstrate in México City demanding the liberation of students arrested when police regained control of the country's main campus closed by a nine-month strike.
2001 -- US: Songster Anne Feeney plays Seattle & around British Columbia & the Northwest.
2009 -- Bassist "Cachaito" Lopez dies, Havana, Cuba. Played with the Buena Vista Social Club, appearing in Wim Wenders' documentary of the same name. Helped create the descarga style of music & was a key member of Irakere, a Cuban experimental band that combined pop, classical, Cuban folk, African & jazz influences.
We must make the world safe for poverty
Without dependence on government.
— John Cage
But the familiar is not necessarily the known [...] Familiarity, what is familiar, conceals human beings & makes them difficult to know by giving them a mask we can recognize, a mask that is merely the lack of something. & yet familiarity ... is by no means an illusion. It is real, & is part of reality. Masks cling to our faces, to our skin; flesh & blood have become masks.
HENRI LEFEBVRE, 1947
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