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Tomorrow is Saint Valentine's Day,
All in the morning betime,
& I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine.
— William Shakespeare, Ophelia in Hamlet
Philippine American editorial political cartoonist.
Northumberland, England: BLESSING THE SALMON NETS.
Ancient Rome: PARENTALIA, a week-long festival for deceased relatives begins, all temples closed, weddings prohibited.
1633 -- Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome for trial before Inquisition for professing belief that earth revolves around the Sun.
"It's ironic that demagogues seem to know better how to control aggressive instincts than do behavior scientists."
— Dr. Niko Tinbergen, who noted that rats subjected to constant attack & defeat collapse & die for no obvious reasons.
1635 -- New Old World: First public school in what will become the US (the Boston Latin School) is founded.
1641 -- New Old World: Iroquois Confederacy begins war against Canada.
1692 -- Scotland: Massacre of Glencoe, initiated by the English, when the Campbells slaughter their hosts, the MacDonalds. Considered the beginning of the destruction of the Highlanders, 38 men were murdered & another 40 women & children died of exposure after their homes were burned.
1728 -- New Old World: Puritan fundamentalist preacher Cotton Mather dies. Finally!
1769 -- Ivan Krylov (1769-1844) lives. Writer of fables which satirizes social types in the guise of beast. Produced 203 fables in nine books. They are still an integral part of Russian primary & secondary education.
"The weak against the strong. Is always in the wrong."
1777 -- Another Sade Chapter in History?: de Sade arrested without charge, imprisoned in Vincennes fortress.
The Sade entry came from the biographical introduction to the Evergreen Press English publication of his works. I actually think the bio is not very reliable (it's quite romanticized), but the dates are probably right. I have no reason to disbelieve this.
— Bleedster Robert Braunwart
1837 -- US: Flour Riot in New York City, early American riot of the poor against property.
6,000 New Yorkers attending a "bread, meat, rent, & fuel" meeting in Chatham Square assault local flour merchants who, they claim, are hoarding flour in order to drive up the price. They drive the police & Hizzoner to cover & storm a flour warehouse,
Inspires the Flour Power movement in 1960s.
1866 -- US: Jesse James holds up his first bank, Liberty, Missouri.
1882 -- US: Knights of Labor founder Uriah Stephens (b.1821) dies.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2004-5; 2007-2011
American Knights of Labor founder, union strategist.
1883 -- Anti-Semite, proto-fascist German composer Richard Wagner dies.
1884 -- Italy: In Florence, the state police seizes, for the third time, the newspaper of the anarchist communists La Questione Sociale, arresting its editor, Pilade Cecchi, who is eventually sent to prison for 21 months. / A Firenze, la polizia di stato sequestra, per la terza volta, il giornale dei comunisti anarchici 'La questione sociale', arrestando il suo redattore, Pilade Cecchi, che verrà condannato a quattro anni di carcere.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
[Details / context]
1891 -- American heartland painter Grant Wood lives, Anamosa, Iowa.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2001-2006
Witty painter of corn, hogs & Heartland Americans.
1898 -- US: Emma Goldman is scheduled to speak to the Philosophical Society in Brooklyn.
1907 -- England: English suffragettes storm British Parliament & 60 women are arrested.
1917 -- Russia: Strikes & meetings held in Petrograd factories: beginning of the Russian Revolution.
1921 -- Russia: Peter Kropotkin's funeral held in Moscow — the last public anarchist gathering & the last non-state-sponsored mass assembly in Russia for 70 years — as Lenin, Trotsky & the Bolsheviks begin their crackdown to secure their power over the working class. On passing Butyrki jail, incarcerated political prisoners strike up an anarchist hymn to the dead.
Under pressure of the libertarians, anarchist prisoners are allowed to attend Kropotkin's funeral. A crowd estimated at 30-100,000 follows the coffin to the cemetery. Black flags are deployed, & banners proclaiming:
"Where there is authority, there is no freedom"
"The anarchists ask to be released from the prison of socialism"
1921 -- Russia: Emma Goldman, among others, delivers a public remembrance at Kropotkin's funeral in Moscow.
Soviet leaders release only a handful of anarchist political prisoners following an appeal to allow all incarcerated anarchists to attend the ceremony.
1932 -- Denmark: Emma Goldman lectures at Copenhagen University on "Dictatorship, a World Menace" to an audience of 1,000 after lectures scheduled there earlier in the month are canceled for fear of Communist demonstrations.
1934 -- Spain: Anarchosyndicalist CNT calls for the socialist UGT to clearly & publicly state its revolutionary objectives. It meets with no reply, leaving the CNT, in effect, to be used as cannon-fodder to help produce another government that would attack the CNT.
1936 -- Italy: Temistocle Monticelli (b.1869) dies. Anarchist militant & antimilitarist, member of "Comité de défense libertaire," arrested during WWI, as secretary of the underground Comitato di Azione Internazionalista Anarchica (CAIA).
Important militant anarchiste et antimilitariste italien, membre du "Comité de défense libertaire". Il naît le 5 décembre 1869 à Florence, et commence très jeune à militer dans le mouvement anarchiste. Le 30 avril 1891, il est une première fois arrêté et condamné à 18 mois de prison pour distribution de tracts et pour avoir prôné la Révolution sociale sur une place de Rome. Il est de nouveau arrêté après l'attentat de d'Oreste Lucchesi. Il poursuit ensuite son action à Florence, où il donne des conférences. En contact avec Gori et Malatesta, il effectue un séjour à Marseille en 1897, mais de retour en Italie il est arrêté à Rome en 1898 et est placé en résidence forcée à Ponza. En 1900, il signe dans "L'Agitazione" un appel à la solidarité pour les anarchistes jugés pour "association séditieuse" à Ancône, puis ouvre une petite librairie à Rome, et se lie avec Luigi Fabbri. En 1901, il prend part au Congrès constitutif de la "Fédération Anarchiste Socialiste Laziale"(FASL), puis se livre à une intense propagande antimilitariste. Le 29 juin 1913, il participe au Congrès de défense des victimes politiques et des libertés publiques et publie en septembre dans "Volontà" l'article: "Gli anarchici e la guerra". A l'issue d'un Congrès clandestin tenu à Florence en 1916, un "Comité d'Action Internationaliste Anarchiste" (CAIA) est créé, chargé d'élaborer une pensée commune sur la question de la guerre et de l'Internationale; Monticelli, Binazzi, Mazzoni en sont les membres fondateurs. Monticelli fait ensuite campagne en faveur de Carlo Tresca, Galleani et les autres compagnons persécutés, et tente de contrer les opinions interventionistes au sein de la Bourse du Travail. Il est arrêté pour diffusion d'un opuscule faisant l'éloge du peuple russe. Il prend ensuite part à l'organisation en avril 1919, à Florence, du Congrès anarchiste qui décidera de la création d'une "Union Communiste Anarchiste Italienne". A partir de 1920, il publie le journal "Libero accordo" et soutient la parution "d'Umanità Nova". Il s'implique dans le "Comitato di difesa libertaria" créé pour venir en aide aux victimes de la répression fasciste, qui sera dissous en 1925 par Mussolini. Une résistance clandestine survivra jusqu'en 1926 avec la publication de "Libero accordo". Inscrit sur la liste des personnes à arrêter, Monticelli restera en contact avec Malatesta jusqu'à la mort de ce dernier en 1932. Il meurt quant à lui d'une pneumonie, ce 13 février 1936.
1937 -- Scotland: In Glasgow, Emma Goldman meets with local anarchists at the home of Frank Leech, secretary of the Anti-Parliamentary Communist Federation.
1945 -- Germany: Over 130,000 killed in Allied firebombing of Dresden. Remains little-known event even today, as the allies downplay this slaughter of innocents & devote propaganda to the German atrocities.
In a three-day period, 3,400 tons of explosives & incendiaries were dropped, reducing six square miles of the city to rubble & killing 135,000. Many Allied officials were outraged — Germany was clearly on the verge of collapse, & Dresden was not a German war production city. Dresden had been famous for its artwork & historic buildings until it became the victim of the single most destructive air raid of World War II.
1946 -- The blinding of Isaac Woodard (or Woodward).
They beat me about the head & face & left a bloody trail
All down along the sidewalk to the iron door of the jail;
He knocked me down upon the ground & he poked me in the eyes;
When I woke up next morning, I found my eyes were blind.
They drug me to the courtroom, & I could not see the judge;
He fined me fifty dollars for raising all the fuss;
The doctor finally got there but it took him two whole days;
He handed me some drops & salve & told me to treat myself.
It's now you've heard my story, there's one thing I can't see,
How you could treat a human like they have treated me;
I thought I fought on the islands to get rid of their kind;
But I can see the fight lots plainer now that I am blind.
— Woody Guthrie, THE BLINDING OF ISAAC WOODARD
(WOODY GUTHRIE/tune: "THE GREAT DUST STORM") (Aug 16, 1946)
"This one I made up so's you wouldn't be forgetting what happened
to this famous Negro soldier less than three hours after he got his
Honorable Discharge down in Atlanta....
1953 -- US: Major-league baseball owners warned by Senator Edwin Johnson against televising their games nationwide — that broadcasting these games to a national audience would be a threat to the survival of minor-league baseball.
source: ’history channel’
1960 -- France becomes the fourth nuclear power.
Henry Rollins lives. American spoken word artist, writer, journalist, comedian, publisher, actor, radio DJ, activist & musician.
Rollins fronted the California hardcore punk band Black Flag from August 1981 until mid-1986. After the band's breakup, he established the record label & publishing company 2.13.61.
Rollins also hosted numerous radio & television shows, & had a recurring dramatic role in the second season of "Sons of Anarchy".
He has campaigned for many political causes, including LGBT rights, World Hunger Relief, & an end to war.
1964 -- Arthur Upfield lives. Australian writer, best known for his detective fiction featuring Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte ('Bony') of the Queensland Police Force, a half-caste Aborigine. Upfield incorporated Aboriginal culture, based upon his experiences in the outback, into his detective novels. Inspired Tony Hillerman's Navaho detective series.
1966 -- Bad boys, The Rolling Stones appear on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1966 -- Vietnam: Photographer Gordon Baxter takes the photos that are the major basis of his book, 13/13: Vietnam: Search & Destroy. A photographic essay, haunting photos throughout this rather simplistic pro-American Vietnam War book. A ‘personal account of an action on the 13th day of February 1966. We crossed a river &, at the foot of a mountain, we took a little village. We suffered twelve wounded & one KIA.’
1967 -- US: National Student Association reveals it has "secretly & indirectly" received more than $3 million from the CIA over a 15-year period. NSA President Eugene Grove denies any of the money was used for intelligence work. Duh.
"The highest ambition of the integrated spectacle is still to turn secret agents into revolutionaries, & revolutionaries into secret agents."
— GUY DEBORD, 1988
"A few years back, a man high up in the CIA named Ray Cline was asked if the CIA, by its surveillance of protest organizations in the United States, was violating the free speech provision of the First Amendment. He smiled & said: 'It's only an amendment.'"
— Howard Zinn, The Zinn Reader pp412-13.
1967 -- Important Iranian poet & filmmaker Forugh Farrokhzad, barely 32, dies in a car accident. Farrokhzad's poetry was banned for more than a decade after the Islamic Revolution. Sister of the Persian singer, poet & political activist Fereydoon Farrokhzad, who was assassinated or murdered in Germany in 1992.
1968 -- US: Five soldiers arrested at pray-in for peace, Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
1968 -- France: A pro-North Vietnam demonstration takes place.
"C’n’est pas un singe, c’est un porc..."
Polish War Song
Chant de guerre des Polonais de Nanterre (The Polish War Song of Nanterre) published, lyrics by the Nanterre Enragés to the tune of La Carmagnole & Ça ira. "À se fout’ sous la dent..."
See René Viénet, Enragés et situationnistes dans le mouvement des occupations. [Éditions Gallimard, 1968]
1969 -- US: 33 arrested at administration building sit-in, University of Massachusetts.
1970 -- US: Women takeover station WCBN in Boston.
1970 -- India: Man-eating tiger is reported to have killed 48, 80 km from New Delhi.
1971 -- No Hope?: Having struck three spectators with his first two golf shots at the Bob Hope Classic, Beloved & Respected Corrupted Leader Effete Duffer US Vice-President Spiro T. Agnew throws down his club & quits. None too soon.
1972 -- Led Zeppelin forced to cancel Singapore concert when officials won't let them off the plane because of their long hair.
1974 -- Author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn expelled from the Soviet Union.
1978 -- Australia: Early in the morning, a bomb explodes in front of the 42-story Hilton Hotel in Sydney, location of a conference of leaders of Asian & Pacific Commonwealth countries.
1979 -- US: The Hood Canal Floating Bridge suddenly became just the Hood Canal Bridge during a violent wind storm.
1981 -- US: Death Sentence? Longest sentence published by the NY Times — 1286 words.
1982 -- Grave Matter?: Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant's 300 pound gravestone stolen from his resting place.
1982 -- South Africa: 15,000 black & white attend funeral of Neill Aggett — trade union organizer — to protest & commemorate his death.
1982 -- Zeng Jinlian Hunan, who grew to 8'1" (tallest woman), dies at 17, China.
1985 -- South Africa: Police arrest 13 — nearly all the leaders of the United Democratic Front (main opposition group).
1989 -- El Salvador: The American trained & funded army attacks Encuentros hospital, rapes, kills patients. Semper Fei.
1991 -- Iraq: During the Persian Gulf War, approximately 400 Iraqi civilians, mostly women & children, are killed during a US laser-guided missile attack on a fortified bunker in the center of Baghdad, identified by US officials as a military installation. Iraqi officials say it is a bomb shelter.
1995 -- Chase Manhattan Bank distances itself from a newsletter produced by its Emerging Markets Group calling on México to "eliminate the Zapatista" rebels in Mexico, according to the NY Times. Authored by Riordan Roett, director of Latin American Studies at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, analysts pointed to the uprising in Chiapas as a major element in the flight of foreign investors that weakened the Mexican peso.
1997 -- México: Ricardo Mestre (1906-1997) dies, just shy of his 91st birthday, in México City. anarquista catalán exiliado en México
Dem anarchist lousy goodfernuthin Layabouts "Rock Against the WTO/World Trade Organization!," Sunday nite, St Andrews Hall, Motor City Michigan.
It snowed that day. The place was pretty dead but not St. Andrews. (He Rocks!) Songlist: Don't talk, Police Reaction, I'm Tired, Cadillac, Rant, Falling off the Face, Work to be Done, Monkey Doo, Pachamama, School Boys, & so it Goes, Thin Ice, Fuckalot...
2008 -- US: Stand & be Counted?: Four Florida cops suspended for tossing a quadriplegic out of his wheelchair. Surveillance footage shows Brian Sterner tossed out of his wheelchair after he was brought to jail over a traffic violation. Sterner says the officers grew angry at him after he told them he could not obey their orders to stand up.
2008 -- US: Don't Fence Me In? Bush White House rejects a Russian & Chinese proposal to ban weapons in space, opposing any attempt “to prohibit or limit access to or use of space.”
2009 -- US: Phillipine-born editorial political cartoonist & comics illustrator, Francisco Flores Trinidad, Jr. dies. Best known by his pen name "Corky", one of many journalists who fled the Philippines during the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.
That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way. There's a pressure on us all the time to go on to something that seems new because there are new words attached to it. But I want to take words as ordinary as bread. Or life. Or death. Cliches. I want to have my nose rubbed in cliches.
— Doris Lessing, The Four-Gated City
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