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And now we can understand why only the most grippingly sad music of her gypsy orchestra, or dangerous hunting parties, or the violent perfume of the magic herbs in the witch's hut or — above all — the cellars flooded with human blood, could spark something resembling life in her perfect face. Because no one has more thirst for earth, for blood, & for ferocious sexuality than the creatures who inhabit cold mirrors.

      — Alejandra Pizarnik, The Bloody Countess

February 26

American salonista, feminist, pacifist, bohemian.

Armenia: FESTIVAL OF MIHR, the God of Fire. Pagan festival.

Mayan Indians, Mexico: Every Friday during lent, the FARISEOS, Lenten Clown Police, burlesque the solemn religious processions with ludicrous pantomime, making fun of every element of the ceremonies.

Burgsonndeg, Luxemburg: a movable FIRE FESTIVAL to greet the returning sun. So sorry, Seattle.

1564 -- Brawl Baby?: Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593), brawler, dramatist, & poet, is baptized.

Elizabethan poet-dramatist Christopher Marlowe was not killed in 1593, but banished; he continued writing under the pseudonym "William Shakespeare."

1723 -- England: Architect & astronomer Christopher Wren dies, London.

1791 -- England: Bank of England issues first-ever pound note.

1802 -- Victor Hugo (1802-1885) lives, Besancon. Poet/playwright/novelist, leader of the French Romantic movement. Wrote The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Nietzsche refers to him as "The lighthouse in a sea of absurdity."

Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2003-2005
Exiled French republican, romantic, great novelist.

"There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, & that is an idea whose time has come."

1808 -- French social satirist Honore Daumier lives.

1815 -- Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from Elba to begin his second conquest of France.

Karl Marx
1848 -- England: In London, 29-year-old Karl Marx publishes The Communist Manifesto.

1861 -- A day after his birthday, Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko dies in St. Petersburg, Russia.

1861 --

The father is silent...

Oh God, there is no God!


alias for Eduard Douwes Dekker,
from "The Prayer of the Ignorant",
The Hague, 26 February 1861,
published in "De Dageraad," 1861.

1870 -- US: New York's first subway line opens.

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1870 -- US: Wyatt Outlaw, black leader of Union League in North Carolina, is lynched.

1877 -- Canada: Vancouver Island's first Coal Miner's union founded.

1879 -- US: American salonista Mabel Dodge Luhan lives, Buffalo, NY. Writer, pacifist, famed for her salons in the Bohemian heyday of NY's Greenwich Village, contributor to the famed magazine, The Masses. Her autobiographical work, including Background (1933), European Experiences (1935), Movers & Shakers (1936), & Edge of Taos Desert (1937), are peopled with many well-known American radical authors, including Gertrude Stein, John Reed, & Walter Lippmann. The main character in D. H. Lawrence's short-story, "The Woman Who Rode Away," was based on Dodge.

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1882 -- France: Marie Ferré dies; friend of Louise Michel & Paule Mink (Communard, socialist, prominent feminist & the mother of the anarchiste Henri Jullien). See Femmes révolutionnaires lyonnaises, Groupe Marie Ferré: Marie Ferré, fragments des discours et articles sur la mort de Marie Ferré, publié au bénéfice des grèves. Impr. A. Reiff, 1882, 36 p.

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Jean Grave
1894 -- France: Jean Grave is charged for writing & publishing La société mourante et l'anarchie.

La société mourante et l'anarchie book cover

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1899 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministUS: Emma Goldman addresses two large meetings late this month in Cleveland, Ohio I don't have exact date —ed.).

1900 -- Emma Goldman is honored at a farewell concert & ball where she speaks about the striking Bohemian miners; other speakers include fellow anarchists Peter Kropotkin & Louise Michel. (Location not indicated, probably England or France.)

1908 -- American cartoonist Tex Avery lives, Taylor, Texass.

1910 -- US: Emma Goldman speaks in Buffalo, late this month, despite residues of Czolgosz-inspired apprehension & disapproval of anarchism. Emma also addresses three meetings in Rochester.

1911 -- US: Emma Goldman speaks in St. Louis, today through March 3. Emma Goldman, anarchist feminist

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1912 -- England: Coal strike begins, Derbyshire. Becomes a general, nationwide strike on March 1.

1915 -- England: Armed & Dangerous? Armaments workers on the Clyde strike for more pay.
'Calendar Riots'

1918 -- Stands at the Hong Kong Jockey Club collapse & burn, killing 604.

1920 -- Italy: Premier of Umanita Nova, anarchist daily paper published in Milan & Rome (circulation 50,000). Shut down in 1922 by the fascist regime, it reappears in 1945 as a weekly, & currently continues publishing at this writing. Founded by Errico Malatesta & Antonio Cieri, with many contributors, including Gigi Damiani, Luigi Fabbri, Camillo Berneri, Nella Giacomelli, etc.

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1921 -- Russia: The revolutionary Kronstadt sailors send delegates to Petrograd find out about strikes occurring there. The delegation visits a number factories & return on the 28th, when things begin to heat up as they protest the Bolshevik counter-revolution. alt. spelling Cronstadt

1926 -- anarchist diamond; anarquistaFrance: Georges Butaud (1868-1926) dies, in Ermont.

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Fats Domino
1928 -- Fats Domino lives. Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

"Baby don't you let your dog bite me."

"You can't judge a book by it's cover"

A Boy named Sue...Johnny Cash
1932 -- A Boy Named Sue, Johnny Cash, puts his chips on the table.

Chair guys
1940 -- Russia: Innovative movement theorist Vsevolod Meyerhold (1874-1940) executed — on or about — today.

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1941 -- US: Workers strike at Bethlehem Steel plants.

1941 -- A Real Whammy?: Two fighters unable to continue slugfest, referee declares a double KO.

1954 -- US: Four crewmen aboard a C-119 die when their plane crashes after observing the time-honored Air Force tradition of buzzing the Huntington, Tennessee courthouse.

1955 -- 45 r.p.m. singles have outsold 78s for the first time, according to Billboard. They also note that on some New York City jukeboxes, it now costs ten cents instead of five cents to play a record.

1955 -- Singer LaVern Baker appeals to Congress to revise the Copyright Act of 1909 so recording artists can be protected against "note-for-note copying" of all presently recorded R&B tunes & arrangements by white artists & arrangers.

1956 -- Sylvia Plath meets Ted Hughes:

"The one man in the room who was as big as his poems, huge....

I screamed in myself, thinking oh, to give myself crashing, fighting, to you."

1965 -- US: Jimmy Lee Jackson, civil rights activist, killed by Alabama Officer Friendlies.

1966 -- US: 4,000 people picket outside NY's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel as Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Lyndon Johnson receives the National Freedom Award.

Button: Screw Magoo!

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Boston Folk Festival poster; source
1966 -- Boston Folk Festival, Saturday & Sunday, February 26 & 27, 1966. Includes Son House, Phil Ochs, Jim Kweskin Jug Band, Muddy Waters, Doc Watson, Mimi & Dick Fariña, among many others.

1969 -- US: Minority students occupy President's office at Seattle Central Community College.

1969 -- France: Jeanne Morand (1883-1969), militant anarchiste & antiwar activist, dies, in Paris. La Revue Libertaire masthead

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1972 -- US: West Virginia coalslag heap, which had doubled as a dam, suddenly collapses, flooding the 17-mile long Buffalo Creek Valley. 118 die, 14 mining camps leveled, & 5,000 people left homeless.

Ford logo rewrit, as 'Flood: Quantity is No. 1
1974 -- Henry Ford, an anti-semite & Nazi sympathizer, was no Oskar Schindler; "Ford Motor Co. & the Nazi War Efforts" revealed in Senate report. Ford made a ton of money on both sides, Axis & Allied, of the war... It's the American Way, free market economics, etc.

1976 -- Body of American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Aquash, in a murder never prosecuted but widely attributed to the FBI, is found in rural South Dakota.

Punk is my life
1979 -- Gross Out? In the Sex Pistols London court case, in which they & manager Malcolm McLaren fight over the band's earnings, it is revealed only 30,000 pounds are left of the band's gross of 800,000 pounds.

1988 -- Italy: Three former ministers of public works are indicted in a jail construction scandal (il cosiddetto scandalo delle "carceri d'oro" — “Jails of Gold”).
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1990 -- Czech leader Vaclav Havel announces departure of all Soviet troops.

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1991 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader George Bush is just another crook, admits supporting the Khmer Rouge ( The Killing Fields) in Cambodia — an illegal act.

1991 -- Iraq: US air forces, in the infamous "turkey shoot," drop fuel-air bombs & massacre thousands of retreating Iraqi personnel on the Basra road from Kuwait. Victors are not charged with "crimes against humanity"... Nor is it politically correct to call North Americans "terrorists."

1992 -- Irish Supreme Court rules 14-year-old rape victim may get an abortion.

BinBush, terrorist
1993 -- US: Terrorist bomb blast rips though seven floors of New York City's World Trade Center, killing six, injuring 1,000. By the following day, over 40 groups scramble to claim responsibility. A prelude to September 11, 2001 & all the political loony Bins.

1997 -- US: 36 arrested at a state capitol encampment protesting welfare cutbacks, St. Paul, Minnesota.

1998 -- US: Saddam?!? International weapons inspection team, including Canadian MP Libby Davies, is not allowed to determine the presence of weapons of mass destruction (WPM) at the Bangor (Washington) nuclear submarine base. Aerial photos the same day, however, suggest the odds of such heinous weapons are pretty damn high.

1998 -- México: Expulsion of the parish priest of Chenalhó, Miguel Chanteau, after 32 years in Mexico, for supposedly stating the Federal Government is responsible for the massacre in Acteal, Chiapas.

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Soldiers were found washing the church walls to hide the blood stains...

2000 -- US: In NYC thousands march to protest yesterday's acquittal of four cops, charged with second degree murder, for the 1999 killing of Amadou Diallo. Diallo (22), a Bronx street peddler & immigrant from Guinea, was unarmed in front of his Bronx home. Daillo was killed with 19 gunshot wounds when the four blasted 41 shots. Given the ratio of hits to shots fired, one might have thought these sharpshooters would be charged as police impersonators.

2007 -- Guatemala: Four police officers jailed for the 19 February slaying of three Salvadoran deputies to the Central American Parliament — shot dead inside a maximum security prison; a riot ensues.

2009 -- Norway: The Svalbard Global Seed Vault receives 90,000 food crop seed samples. Making the world safe for global corporate agribusiness mayhem?

2011 -- Brazil: A judge blocks construction of the Belo Monte Dam on the Amazon Basin after it fails to meet environmental requirements.

2013 -- orange diamond dingbat, added 2013, remove 2014Stéphane Hessel dies at 95. French Resistance fighter, concentration camp survivor, participated in the editing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948. His later activism focused on economic inequalities, & his booklet Time for Outrage! (2010) was an inspiration for Spanish Indignados (M15 movement), US Occupy Wall Street & other movements.

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3000 --

Let us have compassion for those under chastisement. Alas, who are we ourselves? Who am I & who are you? Whence do we come & is it quite certain that we did nothing before we were born? This earth is not without some resemblance to a jail. Who knows but that man is a victim of divine justice? Look closely at life. It is so constituted that one senses punishment everywhere.

— Victor Hugo

Whupped Frenchman with flower in mouth
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