Our Daily Bleed...
Though the air is foetid, conscripted fathers,
With the black bloat of your dead faces;
Though men wander idling out of factories
Where turbine & hand are both freezing;
And the air clears at last above the chimneys;
Though mattresses curtain the windows;
And every hour hears the snarl of explosion...
Malawi: MARTYR'S DAY
Japan: FESTIVAL OF DOLLS.
FREE PASS DAY.
389 -- [BCE] Birthday of prophet Zoroaster, the date by which Zoroastrian chronological time is reckoned, a calendar still in use primarily in Bombay.
Source: 'Calendar Riots'
415 -- Egypt: During this month Hypatia gets her come-uppance. First known "notable" woman mathematician murdered in Alexandria, by christians in an anti-pagan pogrom. Propagandist for the elitists Plato & Aristotle who rejected the real world, the real world intrudes.
1240 -- France: All copies of the Jewish Talmud in France are seized, & later burned.
1657 -- New Old World: Blacks & Native Americans rebel in Massachusetts.
1756 -- England: British philosopher / anarchist William Godwin lives, Wisbech, Isle of Ely. His best known work is An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Political Justice.
1815 -- US: Government declares war against Algiers (-June 30).
1845 -- US: Congress overrides a presidential veto for the first time.
1847 -- US: Congress approves use of postage stamps.
1855 -- US: Congress appropriates $30,000 to introduce camels into US Southwest to fight the Indians. Sam Gottlieb opens a used bookstore, Camelback Books, in the late 20th century — though many claim he is still in the 19th century, having an internet account with AOL.
1863 -- US: First draft law passes. Contains a clause providing draft exemption in exchange for a $300 — a sum which only the rich can afford to pay. Surprise.
1870 -- Paraguay: This is a caravan of dead that breathes: The forces of Francisco Solano López are annihilated at Cora Hill.
1871 -- US: Senate decides it will no longer contract treaties with Indian nations. Congress calls all Native Americans wards of state, nullifying all treaties.
1871 -- US: Reacting strongly to charges of corruption, Congress establishes a Commission on Civil Service Reform. In four years, however, it fails to appropriate a single penny for the Commission, which as a result, is forced to disband.
1873 -- US: Comstock Act makes it illegal to send "obscene, lewd or lascivious books" or birth-control information through the US mails.
1875 -- Canada: Apparently tiring from randomly knocking each others teeth out, the first organized hockey match is played, in Montreal. Next they will probably strike for a new Dental Health Plan.
1875 -- US: Illegal act of Congress removes lands from Oregon Coast Reservation, despite opposition by Coos & other tribes. Alsea Reservation, Oregon, is returned to public domain.
1878 -- Edward Thomas lives. English writer who turns to poetry after a long career studying such 19th-century writers as Richard Jefferies, George Borrow, Algernon Charles Swinburne, & Walter Pater. Most of his poetry is published posthumously.
1879 -- US: Belva Ann Bennett, first female lawyer heard by the Supreme Court.
1896 -- Austria: During this month Emma Goldman completes her medical training in Austria; travels to Paris where she meets the anarchist editor Augustin Hamon.
1899 -- Yury Karlovich Olesha, Russian writer who writes of the conflict between the old mentality & the new in the early years of the Soviet Union, lives (1899-1960), Elizavetgrad, Ukraine.
1903 -- US: Colorado City free-speech fight — in the land of free speech.
1903 -- Rabbe Enckell (1903 - 1974) lives, Tammela. A Finnish-Swedish writer & painter.
1912 -- US: Emma Goldman continues lectures in Chicago, March 3-9; topics include "The Failure of Christianity" & "Edmond Rostand's Chantecler." She further debates Dr. Denslow Lewis on, "Resolved, that the institution of marriage is detrimental to the best interests of society." She also meets Russian revolutionary Vladimir Bourtzeff.
The visit of Vladimir Bourtzeff to Chicago just after his exposure of the famous secret agent, Azeff, filled one with perplexity in regard to a government which would connive at the violent death of a faithful official & that of a member of the royal household for the sake of bringing opprobrium & punishment to the revolutionists & credit to the secret police.
— Jane Addams, Twenty Years at Hull-House, page 421
Emma Goldman, Living My Life, Chapter 38'
1913 -- US: Over 5,000 women march on Washington DC to demand THE right to vote. In an early guerrilla theatre, women & children stage "Suffrage Tableau" on the Capitol steps.
1914 -- Denmark: Asger Jorn lives (1914-1973).
Danish COBRA painter, proto- situationist, prankster.
"Making petrified conditions dance by singing them their own tune . . . . . Don't call us, do it yourself!"
1915 -- US: During this month Emma Goldman helps raise money for the defense fund of Frank Abarno & Carmine Carbone, members of the Italian anarchist Gruppo Gaetano Bresci, arrested yesterday, March 2, for conspiracy to bomb St. Patrick's Cathedral. On April 9, Abarno & Carbone are convicted & sentenced to six to twelve years in prison.
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1918 -- Germany & its allies sign the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with the Soviet Republic. In January Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Leon Trotsky denounced the German Peace Terms as unacceptable & walked out of the peace negotiations; now the Bolsheviks accept the dictated peace & the Left SRs denounce the peace & leave the government.
1919 -- US: Ruling on the conviction of anarchists Emma Goldman & Alexander Berkman, the Supreme Court upholds the Espionage Act. Goldman & Berkman were arrested during World War I for a so-called 'conspiracy' against the draft. Today's court ruling thus puts draft resistance outside First Amendment protection.
Emma Goldman's last act before entering prison is organizing a Political Prisoners' Amnesty League.
During the war, thousands of dissenters have been sentenced to long prison terms. At Angel Island, a concentration camp for dissidents, many have been systematically tortured. At the federal prison in Leavenworth, Kansas, prisoners have been hung by their wrists for weeks at a time.
1921 -- Russia: Events continue to unfold at Kronstadt. See the past three days.alt: Cronstadt
"Nor is it only the liberty & lives of individual citizens which are sacrificed to this god of clay, nor even merely the well-being of the country — it is socialist ideals & the fate of the Revolution which are being destroyed."
— Alexander Berkman, The Russian Revolution & the Communist Party (Berlin: Der Syndikalist, 1922), p. 36.
1922 -- F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Beautiful & Damned is published.
1924 -- Sean O'Casey play "Juno & the Paycock" premiers, Dublin.
1926 -- James Merrill, poet, lives, New York. Wins 1976 Pulitzer for Divine Comedies.
1927 -- Canada: In Edmonton, where Emma Goldman expects to give just two lectures March 3-11, she addresses 15 meetings in a week, speaking on trends in modern education, Ibsen, birth control, women's emancipation (to the Women's Press Club); she speaks to factory girls during their lunch hour & to large Jewish audiences under the auspices of the Jewish Council of Women, the Arbeiter Ring, Hadassah, & Poale Zion, as well as to professors at the University of Alberta & a Sunday audience of 1,500.
1931 -- Cab Calloway records "Minnie the Moocher" — the first million-selling jazz song (& heavily laden with drug references).
The most charismatic vocalist & bandleader of his time, Calloway (1907-1994) was ousted from the Savoy Club by the Mafia goons who owned it, whereupon his band succeeded Duke Ellington's at the Cotton Club in Harlem. On the road as much as 50 weeks a year, Calloway set audiences on fire with riotous big band renditions of "Minnie the Moocher" (Cab's personal theme), "The Lady with the Fan," & "Za-Zuh-Zaz." As the hippest of the "hep-cats," George Gershwin based the character of Sportin' Life in Porgy & Bess on him — a role Calloway performed in the 1950 revival of the musical.
1933 -- Germany: Ernst Talmann, head of the German Communist Party, is arrested by the Nazis.
1933 -- Fay Wray movie "King Kong" opens, NYC. First movie Auntie Dave ever saw, sometime in the late 40s, & one his earliest memories.
1934 -- US: John Dillinger escapes prison with fake pistol.
1938 -- South Africa: Samuel Schwartzbard, Jewish watchmaker, anarchist & poet, dies, Capetown. Escaped the Russian pogroms in 1905, settled in Paris & active in local anarcho-communist groups with Alexander Berkman, Mollie Steimer & Senya Fleshin, & Nestor Makhno.alt; Nestor Machno
In 1926 he gunned down Simon Petliura, who had directed the Ukrainian pogroms in which some of his family were murdered. He fired three times, announcing:
"This, for the pogroms; this for the massacres, this for the victims."
Schwartzbard was acquitted by a jury & freed.
See the Anarchist Encyclopedia,
1940 -- ¶ During this month Beatster Jack Kerouac has a second story, "Une Veille de Noel" published at Horace Mann.
1950 -- US: Government refuses entry to World Congress of Peace delegates, including Picasso.
1953 -- Guatemala: Jacobo Arbenz declares the nationalization of idle lands held by the United Fruit Company; United Fruit & US both go bananas? US-backed terrorism & genocide — under the catch phrase "defending freedom & democracy" — follow for the next 30 years.
1957 -- US: New Rhythm Method? The head of the Catholic archdiocese of Chicago (the largest in the world), Samuel Cardinal Strich, bans rock & roll from Catholic schools & "recreations" in his district. He cites the "tribal rhythms" & "encouragement to behave in a hedonistic manner."
1959 -- Lou Costello comedian, dies at 52.
1960 -- Jean Genet play "The Balcony" opens off Broadway.
1961 -- Scotland: Loch Ness Monster Found? Waterborne Polaris Action Group "welcomes" first submarines, Holy Loch.
1961 -- US: Chain Letter? Village Council in the Inuit town of Point Hope, in far northwestern Alaska, objects by letter to Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Johnny Kennedy to a chain explosion of five atomic bombs in nearby above-ground "Project Chariot" tests.
1964 -- Olympia Press founder Maurice Girodias is sentenced to one year in jail for the books he published, Paris.
1965 -- Owsley starts making LSD: large quantities of acid available for the first time.
1967 -- US: First Love Circus at Winterland, music by Moby Grape & lights by the Commune & Jim Morrison & The Doors at the Avalon Ballroom, Frisco Bay area.
1967 -- US: The "Berkeley Barb" reports that smoking bananas will get you high. Wonder what they're smokin'?
US: FBI director J Edgar Hoover issues a memo to FBI offices concerning the goals of a "Counter-intelligence Program" against "Black Nationalist-Hate Groups":
1. Prevent the coalition of militant black nationalist groups. In unity there is strength; a truism that is no less valid for its triteness. An effective coalition of black nationalist groups might be the first step toward a real "Mau Mau" in America, the beginning of a true black revolution.
2. Prevent the rise of a "messiah" who could unify, & electrify the militant black nationalist movement. Malcolm X might have been such a "messiah"; he is the martyr of the movement today ... King could be a very real contender for this position should he abandon his supposed "obedience" to "white, liberal doctrines" (nonviolence) & embrace black nationalism ...
1968 -- US: Chicano students stage walkout of Los Angeles high schools, calling for an end to racist policies.
1968 -- Grateful Dead leaves the Haight district in Frisco with a farewell concert before relocating to Marin County.
Source: [Frisco History Archive]
1974 -- Reported that a famine in the Sahel, western Africa, has resulted in the deaths of 100,000, & millions more are starving. Real help in Africa to prevent food shortages & devastating health problems is not forthcoming from the "first" world countries, despite much posturing, & by the year 2006 the more things have changed, the more they remain the same.
1974 -- France: Rear cargo door bursts open during flight, causing depressurization & loss of control of a Turkish Airlines DC-10 over a wooded area north of Paris, killing all 346 on board.
1975 -- Germany: Authorities free seven jailed leftists in exchange for Peter Lorenz.
1981 -- US: Navajo & Hopi religious leaders request halt in construction of ski resort in the San Francisco Peaks, northern Arizona.
1982 -- Throwing in the Vowl? Just before his 46th year, French novelist George Perec, dies in Ivry. Along with his La Disparition (A Void), his most acclaimed novel is La Vie, mode d'emploi (Life: A User's Manual, 1978), which describes each unit in a large Parisian apartment building & relates the stories of its inhabitants.
Frnch writr, calld th gratst innovator of form of his gnration. Bst known for his 1969 novl, La Disparition (A Void), writtn ntirly without using th lttr " ". George PerecDaily Bld Saint, Jun 9.
1983 -- Author/activist Arthur Koestler, 77, & wife found dead of suicidal drug overdoses, London, England. Best known for his novel Darkness at Noon which reflects his break with the Communist Party. Hungarian born British novelist/journalist/critic, Koestler worked as a correspondent in the 1920s & 1930s, & was imprisoned by the fascists during Spanish Revolution of 1936, & recounts his experiences in Spanish Testament. A lifelong advocate of euthanasia.
1983 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Acting President Ronald Reagan calls for a week of reporting only good news. ˇˇ & thus is born your Daily Bleed !!
1985 -- US: Potluck benefit for anarchist Stan Iverson (1927-1985), 2pm at Seattle's Blue Moon Tavern. Stan has terminal cancer & the benefit is to raise funds for him to attend Carl Simonton's seminars in California. Other benefits are held this month at Morningtown restaurant, Left Bank Books & a.k.a. Used Books.
1989 -- US: Robert McFarlane gets $20,000 fine, 2 years probation for his improper & immoral oral relationship, with the President.
1989 -- US: TV stations refuse to show Madonna's "Like a Prayer" Pepsi commercial.
1991 -- Meet Officer Friendly?: LA Police savagely beat Rodney King — captured on amateur video. "What you need to remember about cops is that they are just another kind of criminal, with power."
Police tape: 'You just had a big-time use of force'
1:12 a.m. From Powell & Wind to the foot patrol officer: "....ooops."
1:12 a.m. From the foot patrol to Powell & Wind: "oops, what?"
1:13 a.m. From Powell & Wind to the foot patrol: "I haven't beaten anyone this bad in a long time.
1:15 a.m. From the foot patrol to Powell & Winds: "Oh not again....Why for you do that....I thought you agreed to chill out for awhile....What did he do...."
1:16 a.m. From Powell & Wind to the foot patrol: "I think he was dusted...many broken bones later....After the pursuit...."
1994 -- Nirvana leader Kurt Cobain lapses into a coma in Italy after taking a combination of valium, champagne & a copy of Robert McFarlane's memoirs.
1994 -- US: Slapstick? NHL players' union founder Alan Eagleson is indicted for fraud & embezzling union funds.
1996 -- Author/filmmaker (Hiroshima, Mon Amour) Marguerite Duras dies.
2000 -- US: Pennies From Heaven? An armored car spills 400,000 pennies on an I-5 freeway off-ramp, Seattle, Washington. Now you know the source of our funding...
2003 -- US: MallWars? Stephen Downs is arrested at a shopping mall in Albany, NY for refusing to take off his T-shirt, which says "Give Peace a Chance". Dirty rotten commie terrorist conspiracy no doubt.
Howard Besser, The T-Shirt Bandit Terrorist, captured by FBI,
See Howard Besser's T-shirt collection,
2006 -- Ireland:
Dublin Anarchist Bookfair:
For a future after Capitalism
March 3-4 2006
2011 -- US: 22 new charges are brought against Bradley Manning, including aiding the enemy, a capital offense.
2020 -- Humans cause extinction of 150 species this day alone (& every day in 2020) (1990 estimate).
If our life lacks a constant magic it is because we choose to observe our acts & lose ourselves in consideration of their imagined form instead of being impelled by their force.
— Antonin Artaud
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