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Our Daily Bleed: on this day in recovered history February 20
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Great orator, writer, Black emancipationist.


US: NATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY with Muslim, Arab & South Asian Immigrants.

According to custom, a good day for planting your beans (but check yer moon phases).
Source: [Calendar Riots]

1437 -- Scotland: Assassins trying to start a revolution burst into the chambers of the Scots King James I in Perth & fatally stick it to him.
Source: [Calendar Riots]

1725 -- North America: 10 sleeping Indians scalped by Capt. Lovewell & troops at Wakefield (in what will be New Hampshire) for scalp bounty. First recorded instance of scalping.

"Any white person who brought the element of civilization had the right to take over this continent."

       — Ayn Rand Clik, source footnote

I am convinced that those societies (as the Indians) which live without government enjoy in their general mass an infinitely greater degree of happiness than those who live under the European governments. Among the former, public opinion is in the place of law, & restrains morals as powerfully as laws ever did anywhere. Among the latter, under pretense of governing they have divided their nations into two classes, wolves & sheep. I do not exaggerate.
— Thomas Jefferson     
philosopher, statesman, slave-boffer

1809 -- Source=Robert Braunwart New South Wales: Deposed governor William Bligh boards the "Porpoise," agreeing not to return to the colony.

1834 -- US: Oneida Community founded in upstate New York, as a communistic community in which work & life are to be shared. Friendly cooperation with the surrounding Indian tribes is actively sought & achieved.

1839 -- US: Congress prohibits dueling in District of Columbia. Population of politicians explodes, rivaling....
Sewer rats
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1852 -- Emily Dickinson's mock valentine "Sic transit" anonymously appears in the Springfield Republican.

1863 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Lincoln makes a proclamation offering lands of the Cowlitz (near Longview) for sale, though the tribe had never signed a treaty relinquishing them.

1868 -- Adelaide Barbin, hermaphrodite — & for 22 years socially acknowledged as a woman — commits suicide when a French court decides she is a he & must live as one. She could not, her note says, stand the life of men.

1869 -- US: Tennessee Governor W.C. Brownlow declares martial law in Ku Klux Klan crisis.

1872 -- Patent awarded for the toothpick.

Margarethe Hardegger
1882 -- Margarethe Faas-Hardegger lives (1882-1963). Studied law, & was in contact with Munich bohemian & Berlin anarchist circles.

She was the first secretary for women workers of the Swiss trades unions association. Peace militant & antifascist activist. Preached & practiced free love — lovers with the writers Gustav Landauer & Erich Mühsam. Friend of the workers' doctor Fritz Brupbacher as well as the chemist & pacifist Gertrud Woker. Establishes an anarchist-communist agricultural community in Minusio. Imprisoned in 1912 for false evidence given in a legal action against the anarchisten artist Ernst Frick. Lived with Hans Brunner [1887-1960], in a socialist commune, then from 1919 onwards at Monte Verità in the Villa Graciella.

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1883 -- Novelist Shiga Naoya lives, Japan. Wrote Road Through the Dark Night.

1885 -- American anti-slavery activist Angelina Grimke lives.

1886 -- Peter Freuchen (1886-1957) lives. Danish writer/explorer, who participated in many journeys in unknown regions of Greenland.

1888 -- Georges Bernanos (1888-1948) lives. Novelist & essayist, a man of the right & ardent supporter of the French monarchy, he also wrote a number of pamphlets attacking the Fascists during the Spanish Revolution & civil War.

Giovanni Rossi; source L'Ephéméride Anarchiste
1890 -- Italy: In Genoa, a group of Italian anarchists, organized by Giovanni Rossi embarks on a ship to Brazil, to found the experimental Cecilia Colony. anarchismo, anarchici, anarquista, Brasil

Giovanni Rossi (photo tirée du magazine Orto), courtesy L'Ephéméride Anarchiste

1892 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Oscar Wilde play "Lady Windermere's Fan" opens in London.

1893 -- Russel Crouse lives, Findlay, Ohio. Journalist/novelist, longtime collaborator with Howard Lindsay on such plays as Life with Father & The Sound of Music.

1894 -- Belgium: The Belgian newspaper Libertaire is banned by the police today, following publication of articles inciting civil disobedience in memory of Auguste Vaillant.

As a youth Henri Willems worked as a sculptor, & in 1893 ran Libertaire. Prohibited by the police today, in 1895 Willems was sent to prison for 2 -1/2 years for his writings in both Libertaire & the newspaper Antipatriote.

[Source: L'Ephéméride Anarchiste]

bibliolib, anarchist logo; source
1894 -- France: Explosions in the rue Saint-Jacques & the Saint-Martin suburb. Part of series of anarchist bombings & attentats during this period, with today's being attributed to the Belgian Amédée Pauwels. (Pauwels is killed on the 15th of March when one of his bombs prematurely explodes.)

1895 -- US: Frederick Douglass escaped slave, antislavery leader, adviser to Lincoln, dies at 78.

In an 1857 address Douglass proclaims (quote): "If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, & yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder & lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did & it never will."

Ivan Albright
1897 -- Painter Ivan Albright lives.

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1898 -- Anton Ciliga lives; philosopher, activist, anarchist. Active in the Russian Revolution. Wrote Crise d'Etat dans la Yougoslavie de Tito (1974), L'insurrection de Cronstadt et la destinée de la révolution russe (1983), etc.           

While in one of Stalin's prisons, Anton Ciliga observed that "technical questions of organization turned out to be social questions" (Lenin & the Revolution).

— Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle

"Neither God nor Master, a voice from the depths of my subconscious whispered. Perceptible, firm, imperative. The portrait of Lenin from the table of my cell was torn in thousand pieces & tossed into the trash can... "

— Anton Ciliga, Dix ans au pays du mensonge déconcertant

1898 -- Boogie-woogie pioneer Jimmy Yancey, lives, Chicago. A mainstay in the jazz & blues circles in Chicago, playing at after-hours joints & rent parties. Piano pieces such as "Yancey Stomp," & "State Street Special," were signature songs. No matter what key he played in, he ended every song in the key of E flat. Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, but, despite his success as a musician, he earned his living for 26 years as a groundskeeper at Comiskey Park for baseball's Chicago White Sox.

1900 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministEngland: Emma Goldman speaks out against the Anglo-Boer War at a meeting of the Freedom Discussion Group; lectures on "The Effect of War on the Workers."

Ansel Adams poster
1902 -- Nature photographer Ansel Adams lives, Frisco, California.

Daily Bleed Patron Saint April 22, 2003-05
Sensitive photographer of natural beauty, celebrant of wild(er)ness.

1907 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Immigration Act authorizes the president to exclude Japanese.

1912 -- Pierre Boulle lives, Avignon, France. Novelist who successfully combined adventure & psychology based largely on experiences in Southeast Asia.

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Mother Earth cover page
1915 -- US: Mother Earth "Red Revel" Ball takes place in New York City; attended by close to 800 people of many nationalities. Them anarchists do know how to party!
Source: Emma Goldman Papers

1916 -- US: Celebration in New York City for Margaret Sanger following the dismissal of all charges against her; Robert Minor's motion for Emma Goldman to speak at the meeting is not supported.

1918 -- Source=Robert Braunwart England: Inter-allied Labour & Socialist conference opens in London.

1920 -- Eugene O'Neill's Beyond the Horizon, opens at the Neighborhood Playhouse in NY.

1924 -- anarchiste diamond dingbatFrance: In a Parisian restaurant Ernesto Bonomini(aka Dick Perry) takes revenge for the beating murder of his teacher/friend by a squad of fascist thugs in Italy, silencing Nicola Bonservizi, secretary of "Faisceau," a writer for "L'Italie Nouvelle" & Mussolini's fascist paper, "Popolo d' Italia," with several shots from his revolver. The brutal murder in June, of Giacomo Matteotti, an Italian socialist & antifascist politician, by Mussolini's henchmen, creates a sympathetic atmosphere for Bonomini: facing a possible death sentence, he gets eight years hard labor (later commuted to prison time).
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1924 -- France: During an extraordinary congress held to save the daily Le Libertaire from bankruptcy, the U.A. (Union Anarchiste) creates the association "Amis du Libertaire" (Friends of Libertaire).

1925 -- Robert Altman lives. Film director, M*A*S*H, Straw Dogs.

1926 -- France: Jules Durand (1880-1926) dies. Anarchiste, revolutionary trade unionist, secretary of the Le Havre coalmen's union.

Durand fell victim to a politico-legal skullduggery following a death in a brawl, for which he is wrongly blamed & sentenced to death. Corrupt witnesses & a ignominious press campaign led to a death sentence on November 25, 1910.

On November 28, in a show of solidarity & to fight this injustice, a protest strike is called in Le Havre, which spread internationally, to English & American docks.

1927 -- US: Roy Cohn, lawyer, "Grand Inquisitor" for Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Senator Joseph McCarthy, lives. In the name of protecting individual liberties they trample the rights of anyone that suits them. Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Robert Kennedy is one of their assistants.

Black Sabbath
1927 -- US: Golfers in South Carolina arrested for violating the Sabbath.
George Carlin on Homelessness

1928 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministCanada: Emma Goldman embarks for France from Halifax, Nova Scotia.

1929 -- Source=Robert Braunwart "American" Samoa is organized as a US territory. Free, Free at last!

1933 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: First time the Federal government seizes & classifies a book to prevent publication (Herbert O. Yardley's Japanese Diplomatic Secrets).

1933 -- orange diamond dingbat, added 2013, remove 201429-year-old Kobayashi Takiji, outstanding writer of the proletarian literary movement in pre-World War II Japan, dies after being beaten & tortured by police.

1934 -- US: Utopian Society in Los Angeles starts a chain-letter campaign informing US citizens that "Profit is the root of all evil." Spread the word...

1934 -- Virgil Thomson's opera Four Saints in Three Acts opens in NYC. Gertrude Stein, the librettist, attends, after years abroad.

1937 -- Nancy Wilson, jazz singer, lives, Ohio. Feel Like Making Love.

1937 -- US: National Lawyers' Guild founded.

1937 -- Emma Goldman, anarchistEngland: Spanish exhibition opens, to raise funds for Spanish refugees. (A broad English coalition sympathetic to the Republican cause mounted the exhibition of photographs, cartoons, posters, & pamphlets from Spain. It is a financial failure, & in March, & in response, Emma Goldman begins organizing a benefit in London.)

1938 -- England: Emma Goldman speaks at a small meeting arranged by the ILP in Eastbourne at which Communists in the audience attack her.
Emma Goldman Papers

1941 -- Now That the Buffalo Are Gone, Buffy Sainte-Marie, folksinger, lives, Canada. Wrote the popular protest song "Universal Soldier" (1964).

She was ... born on one of the reservations in the Quappele Valley in Saskatchewan, I think the Pasqua Reserve but I am not certain of which one. She was apparently adopted & grew up in Maine & Massachusetts...

— Bleedster Pat M.

1941 -- Source=Robert Braunwart John Ford movie "Tobacco Road" is released.

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1942 -- Norway: Teachers begin successful nonviolent strike against Nazification of schools.

1942 -- Lieutenant Edward "Butch" O’Hare becomes the first US Navy flying ace of World War II while defending the U.S.S. Lexington from a Japanese bomber attack. In November of 1943, he was killed in action over the Gilbert Islands. Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport & the US destroyer O’Hare were later named in his honor.

1942 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: First boatload of 172 Issei internees departs from Honolulu for mainland concentration camps.

 Volcano erupting
1943 -- México: New volcano Paracutin erupts in a farmer's corn patch.

1946 -- Texass: The "Texarcana Moonlight Murderer," never-caught killer of five, attacks his first Lover's Lane couple, pistol-whipping the man & raping the woman; both survive, Texarcana, Texass.

1947 -- US: 15 killed & 100 injured as an explosion levels a Los Angeles, California, electroplating plant where a chemical mixing error occurred. Damages several nearby buildings.

Dylan smoking
1950 -- Dylan Thomas arrives in New York for his first series of American poetry readings. Welsh poet, drunk, high-liver, lifestyle libertarian.

Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn & rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught & sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors & be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Michael J Thompson, antiquarian books
1950 -- US: Air Force B-36 bomber carrying an H-bomb develops engine trouble over the Pacific off Vancouver Island, crew members detonate the bomb (with its plutonium core removed), scattering 45kg of highly enriched uranium into the atmosphere. Five crew members die.

1950 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Senator Joe McCarthy speaks to the US Senate for 6 hours on the 81 State Department employees he claims are Communists. Inspires the Leiber & Stoller classic song "Yakety-Yak," recorded by the Coasters.

1952 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Bogart/Hepburn movie "The African Queen" is released.

1954 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Secretary of the Army Robert Stevens orders army officers to ignore Beloved & Respected Comrade Witch-Hunter Senator Joseph McCarthy's subpoenas.

1956 -- US: American government rejects Soviet proposal to ban nuclear weapons tests & deployment.

1958 -- During this month Beatster Jack Kerouac's The Subterraneans is published by Grove Press.

1960 -- US: Jimi Hendrix's first concert, at Seattle's Garfield High School. BleedMeister attended Ballard High across town at this time. There was not a single black face in Ballard (Little Scandinavia) in those good ol days.

1962 -- US astronaut John Glenn orbits earth three times in the Mercury capsule Friendship 7.

1963 -- US: Greenwood, Mississippi: SNCC Voter Registration headquarters & 4 Negro businesses burned.

Kurt Cobain
1967 -- Kurt Cobain, of Seattle grunge band Nirvana, lives.

1968 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: The Fugs exorcise the grave of Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Senator Joe "I have here in my hand..." McCarthy, Appleton, Wisconsin. [Due to the Daily Bleed's High Family Decency Standards, we cannot speculate on what part of his anatomy was in hand.]
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1968 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: State troopers use tear gas to stop demonstrations at Alcorn A&M College.

1968 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: FBI sends Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President "Hey! Hey! LBJ" a memo on Martin Luther King's sex life.

Great Society burning
1970 -- US: Judge Hoffman sentences the convicted Chicago 7 defendants.

1970 -- England: Three students captured as they are about to firebomb Barclays Bank.

TV screen test pattern
1971 -- US: National Emergency Center erroneously orders US radio & TV stations to go off the air. The mistake wasn't resolved for 30 minutes.

1974 -- Year of oil shortages; Exxon announces annual $2,500,000,000 profits. (A pittance compared to the record breaking profits it & other major oil corporations make off people's misery, post-Hurricane Katrina, in the fall of 2005.)

1981 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Canada: 4,000 protest the Feb. 5 police raids on gay bathhouses, Toronto.

1984 -- Faroes Islands' Parliament declares country a nuclear-free zone.

1984 -- US: Supreme Court upholds ruling that 12 acres taken by Port of Tacoma, in Washington state, worth $112 million, belong to the Puyallup Indians.

1985 -- Clarence Nash, voice of Donald Duck, dies.

1985 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Sot Chitalada, Thailand, kayos Charlie Magri & retains WBC flywt title belt. However, he should have been wearing a money belt...his $104,000 purse is stolen by a ringside pickpocket.

1986 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Grenada: Beloved & Respected Comrade Castro Ronnie Reagan visits this US-occupied country & inaugurates a Cuban-built airport. A fine tribute to Free Market Communism...

1987 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Unabomber's 12th bomb injures one at CAAM's, Inc., Salt Lake City, U-Tah.

1988 -- Brazil: 500 die in heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro.

1990 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: A garden snail named Verne is clocked at 0.233 cm/s over 31 cm, Michigan. He was cheatin' (he had afterburners strapped to his shell).

1991 -- Albania: Uprising.

1991 -- England: Residents chase poll tax bailiffs out of the Marsh Estate, Lancaster.
Source: [Calendar Riots]

1996 -- Bad Rap?: Rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg & bodyguard found not guilty of first-degree murder. The jury deadlocks on voluntary manslaughter charges, a mistrial is declared.

Underwater diver cartoon, animated
1997 -- US: Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream introduces a new flavor — Phish food — named after rock group Phish. Contains chocolate ice cream, marshmallows, caramel & fish-shaped fudge. Hope they cleaned them first...anything I can't stand is Fudge Phish that haven't been cleened!

1998 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Afghanistan: A doctor amputates the hand of Hameedullah, 18, on orders of the Taliban; 10,000 spectators turn out for the entertainment.

2003 -- US: 2nd annual National Day of Solidarity with Muslim, Arab & South Asian Immigrant.

Hunter Thompson illustration; source
2005 -- US: Gonzo-journalist Hunter Thompson dies, 67, a suicide.

"Nobody seems to know what my crimes are.

The charges are vague but ... I am actually on trial for Sex, Drugs, & Rock & Roll...

"Firework shells carrying the sealed ashes of "gonzo" journalist Hunter S. Thompson arrived in an armored truck at his mountain home as final preparations..."

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2011 -- Arab Spring: In Libya over 200 people are killed & 900 injured as military troops attack protesters. Shaikh Faraj al Zuway, the head of the Zuwayya tribe in eastern Libya threatens to cut off oil exports unless the government stops the "suppression of protestors". Protests have spread to the capital Tripoli. In Bahrain anti-regime demonstrators continue their overnight occupation of Pearl Roundabout junction in Manama, chanting "Get out Hamad" in reference to the country's ruler, having reclaimed the junction after earlier being forced out by authorities. In Morocco youth groups called “The February 20 Movement” calls for peaceful protests in cities throughout the country. Protests spread to the city of Rabat as thousands march on the central Hassan II Avenue calling for health & educational reform, economic opportunity & assistance against increased cost of living. Thousands demonstrate in Rabat demanding that King Mohammed VI give up some of his powers. In Yemen nationwide anti-regime protests continue for the 11th consecutive day as one leader is arrested in Aden & thousands of people stage sit-ins in Ibb & Ta'izz calling for the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

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"We have heard that a half million children have died," said 60 Minutes reporter Lesley Stahl, speaking of US sanctions against Iraq.

"I mean, that's more children than died in Hiroshima. & — & you know, is the price worth it?"

Her guest, May 1996, UN Ambassador Madeleine Albright, a great liberal, responds:

"I think this is a very hard choice, but the price — we think the price is worth it."

Los Angeles Times

Gulf War protest: We arm dictators then bomb their people

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