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Irish-American Wobbly organizer, 22-year political prisoner.
Eve of Jewish FEAST OF PURIM, with delicious cakes & freely flowing wine, costumed children, men masquerading as women, boisterous behavior, & saturnalian ribaldry.
FESTIVAL OF PRIMORDIAL OOZE.
1806 -- Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) lives, Coxhoe Hall, Durham, England. Sonnets from the Portuguese, published in 1850, includes the one that starts, "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways."
1831 -- Edgar Allan Poe expelled from West Point.
1836 -- US: Phoenix Next?: Battle of the Alamo is fought (it falls). Among the casualties is Davy Crockett. Mexican troops defend their country's abolitionist constitution, & defeat foreign (US) slaveholders in San Antonio, Texass. Remember the Alamo?
1857 -- US: Ayn Rand's DredLocks?: Dred Scott decision by the Supreme Court opens federal territory to slavery & denies citizenship to blacks.
1870 -- Eugène Humbert, French anarchiste militant & companion of Jeanne Humbert, lives, in Metz. Also a pacifist & néo-Malthusian. Humbert was killed in prison during WWII Allied bombing, the day before his scheduled release. Jeanne Humbert wrote a biography of their lives.
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1884 -- US: Susan B. Anthony & more than 100 other suffragists present Beloved & Respected Comrade President Chester Arthur with a demand that he support women's right to vote. They fail, but the two women's suffrage groups — the National Woman Suffrage Association & the American Woman Suffrage Association — soon merge & work for the next 36 years toward passage of the 19th Amendment, achieved in 1920.
1885 -- Ring Lardner, Sr. — "Jupiter on tiptoes" to Ernest Hemingway — lives, Niles, Michigan. Known for his comic writing, the author of Gullible's Travels.
1888 -- Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women, dies in Boston — overcome with grief after returning just a few hours earlier from her father's funeral.
1900 -- France: Henri Jeanson lives (d.1970).
1909 -- Shohei Ooka lives, Tokyo. Japanese novelist famous for his depiction of the fate of Japanese soldiers during World War II. Profoundly influenced by Stendhal, whom he translated into Japanese.
1911 -- US: Emma Goldman — "the most dangerous woman in America" — lectures in Belleville, Ill., Milwaukee, & Madison, March 6-12.
1913 -- US: Joe Hill's song "There is Power in a Union" first appears in the IWW's Little Red Song Book.
Many sing his songs as well as praises, including U. Utah Phillips who has recorded many, some downloadable at,
1920 -- Russia: This month Emma Goldman & Alexander Berkman travel to Moscow where they meet with Bolshevik leaders, including Alexandra Kollontai, Commissar for Public Welfare; Anatoly Lunacharsky, Commissar for Education; Angelica Balabanoff, Secretary of the Third International; & Grigory Chicherin, Assistant Commissar for Foreign Affairs. They meet with Lenin on the 8th.
Source: Emma Goldman Papers
1921 -- Russia: Kamenev & Snowball (aka, Leon Trotsky) issue an ultimatum to rebelling soldiers & sailors in Kronstadt. alt: Cronstadt
1921 -- US: Police in Sanbury, Pa. call halt to rising skirts issuing edict requiring skirts to be at least four inches below the knee.
Source: [Vanessa Collection]
1925 -- Canada: Cape Breton mine workers strike the British Empire Steel Corporation (BESCO).
"We hold the cards, they will crawl back to work...
Drunken company police on horseback rode through the school yards, knocking down innocent children while joking that the miners were at home hiding under their beds.
See the Daily Bleed, June 11, 1925.
1928 -- Gabriel García Márquez, Latin American journalist, novelist & short story writer, lives, Aracataca, Colombia. A central figure in the Magical Realism movement, a term used in 1920s Germany to describe painters, whose works expressed surrealistic visions. Applied to literature by Cuban novelist Alejo Carpentier, who recognized the tendency of Latin-American writers to combine fantasy elements & mythology with otherwise realistic fiction.
Among magic realists are Jorge Amado, Jorge Luis Borges, Isabel Allende & Julio Cortázar. His best known work is Cien Anos de Soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude). García Márquez is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.
1930 -- France (?): During this month Emma Goldman is presented with an expulsion order dating from March 1901. Red Emma is taken immediately to police headquarters. She demands & receives a stay of 10 days; lawyer Henri Torres ultimately succeeds in overturning the expulsion order.
Meanwhile, in the US, H. L. Mencken petitions the US Department of State to revoke Goldman's deportation & grant her a visitor's visa, & requests the Department of Justice return her personal papers seized in the 1917 raid on the Mother Earth office.
1930 -- US: 100,000 demonstrate for jobs in New York City. No Welfare Bums them.
Welfare doesn't exist yet.
Demonstrations by unemployed workers demanding unemployment insurance occur in virtually every major city in the country. Police attack a crowd of 35,000 in NY City, & 10,000 people engaged in a melee with police in Cleveland.
A Communist Party-sponsored unemployment demonstration brought out more than 50,000 in Detroit, with thousands more taking to the streets in Toledo, Flint & Pontiac.
Republican congressman Hamilton Fish, with the support of the American Federation of Labor (AFL), also introduces a measure in Congress to create a committee to investigate radical activities. This is the beginning of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC).
1930 -- US: A National Trade-Union Unity League council in Madison, Wisconsin, marches around the Capitol Square. During the march, a crowd of University of Wisconsin students attack council leader Lottie Blumenthal, throwing her to the ground, manhandling other demonstrators, & destroying banners & pamphlets.
Police arrest five university athletes who led the attack. One of the arrested athletes says (quote):
"We are getting so damned many radical Jews here that something must be done."
Three weeks ago, Blumenthal & the Young Communist League marched into Madison's city hall & confronted Mayor Albert G. Schmedeman. After Blumenthal inquired about the city's plans for 3,000 local jobless workers, Schmedeman replied he did not know there were so many & that he had no power to create work.
1930 -- Russia: Whew!?! Under the pressure of workers' & peasants' back-peddling & absenteeism, the Soviet Government Commission of the Council of Labor & Defence on the Transition of Enterprises & Offices to a Continuous Production Week is forced to accede requests for self-synchronisation of days off.
Source: 'Calendar Riots'
1930 -- US: Police kill four workers in Detroit who demand jobs.
35,000 jobless workers marched down Woodward in a national protest against unemployment & hunger.
In the early 1930s thousands joined together & walked to the Ford Motor Co.'s employment office in Dearborn. Henry Ford, whose plants had laid off more than one-third of his employees, declared that anyone "who wanted a job could find one."
The marchers intended to take old Henry up on his statement.
Violence erupted between the unemployed & police who joined Ford security forces. Shots were fired into the crowd, killing four protesters.
1933 -- US: No Interest? Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Pres. Roosevelt closes all banks.
1938 -- Scotland: Emma Goldman lectures, March 6-13, on Spain three times in Glasgow & once in Edinburgh; her topics include "The Betrayal of the Spanish People" & "The Constructive Achievements of the CNT-FAI," but the meetings are not well attended.
Emma Goldman Papers
1941 -- Gutzon Borglum, Mt Rushmore's sculptor, slated for removal, dies at 73. Said the hardest part about Rushmore was, "some folks taking my work for granite."
1942 -- US: Tom Mooney dies. Irish-American Wobbly organizer, 22-year political prisoner.
1951 -- ¶ During this month John Clellon Holmes shows Beatster Jack Kerouac his completed draft of his novel about the Beat Generation (published asGo.)
1951 -- Volodymyr Vynnychenko dies. Ukrainian writer, playwright, artist, political activist & revolutionary, politician & statesman. His works were proscribed, like that of many others, until the mid-1980s. His works reflect his immersion in the Ukrainian & Russian revolutionary milieu, among impoverished & working-class people, & among emigres from the Russian Empire living in Western Europe.
1956 -- West Germany: Constitutional amendment adopted permitting military conscription.
1964 -- Elijah Muhammad renames Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali.
1964 -- US: Protest against Sheraton Palace Hotel's discrimination in hiring, Frisco, California.
1965 -- US: Civil rights demonstrators begin a march from Selma to Montgomery to protest the murder of Jimmie Lee Jackson & to demand voting rights for blacks. They are brutally beaten by police officers while crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. 67 are injured. The attack becomes known as "Bloody Sunday."
1965 -- Vietnam: First American soldier "officially" sets foot on the battlefields.
Germany: Incendiary bomb goes off, Criminal Hearing, West Berlin.
1969 -- US: 9,000 march at University of Washington to protest Vietnam War. BleedMeister, a Vietnam veteran, is there.
1970 -- US: Three Weathermen blow themselves up in Greenwich Village (house of Cathy Wilkerson's father).
"On March 6, 1970, Diana Oughton died with two young men [Terry Robbins & Ted Gold] in the basement of a Greenwich Village townhouse occupied by the Weathermen. She was killed by a nail-studded bomb, probably of her own making."
— Thomas Powers, Diana: The Making of a Terrorist (NY: 1971).
1970 -- US: Police respond violently to a peaceful student protest at Roosevelt High in East Los Angeles, arresting 37 students; many other students are injured.
1971 -- US: First Annual Meeting of Nebraskans for Peace.
1971 -- England: First national women's liberation demonstration held.
1972 -- US: Wildcat strike at Lordstown, Ohio GM plant where workers were not expected to resist work discipline (according to company calculations). The company & the union got a big surprise.
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1972 -- US: Supreme Court rules that Squamish Indian tribal courts do not have jurisdiction over crimes committed by non-Indians on reservations, a major blow to protection of inherent sovereignty.
1973 -- US: The American Way? Former Equity Funding Corporation official accuses the company of perpetuating a $120 million swindle involving 60,000 fictitious life insurance policies. But hey, as the esteemed Nobel-winning economist Milton Friedman has put, corporations have no ethical obligations & are obliged only to produce profit.
Today in 1974, at West Point, Ayn Rand is asked how she reconciles her view of America with "the cultural genocide of native Americans." Her answer, in part:
As to the Indians, "[t]hey didn't have any rights to the land & there was no reason for anyone to grant them rights which they had not conceived & were not using...
What was it they were fighting for, if they opposed white men on this continent? For their wish to continue a primitive existence, their "right" to keep part of the earth untouched, unused & not even as property, just keep everybody out so that you will live practically like an animal, or maybe a few caves above it. Any white person [emphasis mine, ed] who brought the element of civilization had the right to take over this continent."
1975 -- India: Nonviolent march demanding the return of democracy, Delhi.
1980 -- Hunger Artist?: Forceps removed from Elaine Mezich's stomach — left there during an operation five years earlier.
1982 -- Cultist Ayn Rand, 77, author of The Fountainhead dies in New York. Also wrote I, the Jury, low-brow pot-boiler introducing vigilante Mike Hammer.
1982 -- Eh?: Susan Birmingham makes loudest recorded human shout (120 dB).
1984 -- England: One-year coal strike begins.
1986 -- US: Anne Braden dies.
"The Subversive Southerner." American Civil Rights pioneer.
1987 -- Worst peacetime Channel accident: crew of British Channel ferry Herald of Free Enterprise fails to close the bow doors after leaving Zeebrugge, Belgium for Dover; the ferry quickly capsizes, drowning 188.
1987 -- TV evangelist Tammy Faye Bakker announces she is undergoing treatment for her 17-year prescription addiction. Claims she didn't know her problem until she noticed people & cats on the wing of her airplane. Problem? What problem?
1992 -- Léo Campion (1905-1992) dies. French libertarian, free thinker, Freemason, bookseller. Friend of the anarchist used bookseller Marcel Dieu (aka Hem Day), for whom he worked, in Brussels, & cofounded the paper Rebellion during the Spanish Revolution of 1936 with Ernest Ernestan.
Used the occasion of his arrest for pacifist activities to ridicule the legal & military authorities in court. Befriended the Spanish anarquistas Durruti & Ascaso. Leo Campion wrote works of humor, such as Le petit Campion illustré, as well as works on freemasonry: Le drapeau noir, l'équerre et le compas (The Black Flag, the Square & the Compass), etc.
1996 -- Palestine: Hundreds demonstrate for an end to all violence. Yup.
1999 -- Only 300 shopping days left until Y2K.
2000 -- US: Miriam Patchen 86, a longtime Palo Alto, California resident & peace activist, dies, peacefully, at her home. Her life was dedicated to peace & justice & to the writing & art of her husband, fellow anarchist & poet, Kenneth Patchen.
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2002 -- Artist Ralph Rumney dies. Rumney was a founding member of the Situationist International, & the first to be expelled by Guy Debord.
2007 -- France: Jean Baudrillard disappears, his simulacrum departs at the age of 77. Philosopher, sociologist, anarchiste.
Simulacrum done gone...
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2007 -- Denmark: Protests in Copenhagen continue as the city demolishes a building housing an anarchist youth & cultural center for punk rockers & left-wing groups.
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"Would imperial Chinese or Turks have been less lethal had they "discovered America''? All three empires regarded aliens as less than human & therefore as legitimate prey. The Chinese considered others barbarians; the Muslims & Catholics considered others unbelievers. The term unbeliever is not as brutal as the term barbarian, since an unbeliever ceases to be legitimate prey until she or he is made over by the civilizer."
— Fredy Perlman, The Continuing Appeal of Nationalism
"The names are not only projections. They are also definitions. Once defined, the objects can be manipulated. Savages are potential instruments; they can be put to work. Cannibals are obstacles; they have to be liquidated."
— Fredy Perlman, Against His-story, Against Leviathan!
"Central Africa," "Australia," "America" are not the names of places where free human beings ever lived. They are names of unprecedented holocausts, of gigantic colonies, of monstrous Leviathanic trophies. They are Leviathan's "empty continents."
From the vantage point of Death, all Life is an aberration. The languages of the two protagonists are mutually unintelligible. The very vocabularies are untranslatable. Leviathan's world is a Wilderness to free living beings. The freedom of living beings is a Wilderness to Leviathan.
Against His-story, Against Leviathan!
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