Our Daily Bleed...
What fearful power, what awesome divinity is repetition! It is the pull of the void that drags us deeper down the ever widening gullet of a whirlpool.
— Robert Musil
Hindu: FEAST OF GUARI, celebrated by married women with widows taking no part.
Elsewhere in India, a DAY FOR THE WORSHIP OF TOOLS.
537 -- Goths lay siege to Rome.
1302 -- Romeo marries Juliet. About time.
1544 -- Torquato Tasso (1544-1595) lives. Greatest Italian poet of the late Renaissance, best remembered for his masterpiece Jerusalem Delivered (1575).
1726 -- Mme d'Épinay lives, Valenciennes. Friend of Diderot, Rousseau, Voltaire. Best known for Conversations of Emily & three volume Memoirs & Correspondence.
1744 -- England: Sotheby's, the London auctioneers, has it's roots in this day, as Samuel Baker begins a 10-night sale of "several Hundred scarce & valuable Books." His nephew, a Sotheby, takes over the business when they close the book on Baker.
1811 -- England: Luddites attack machines designed to replace them in the weaving of wool. As part of their strike, Luddites riot, protesting capitalism by smashing machines that dehumanise them — 63 frames broken up at Arnold near Nottingham.
Source: [Luddite Chronology]
1812 -- England: Luddites suffer first defeat at Rawkolds Mill, Great Britain.
Source: [Luddite Chronology]
1818 -- Mary Shelley publishes her Frankenstein novel.
The story of Frankenstein started the summer of 1816 when she joined with Percy Shelley & Claire Clairmont near Geneva Lord Byron. She took a challenge set by Byron & Shelley to write the most frightening ghost story. The idea came to her in a dream.
The first edition of the book had an unsigned preface by Percy Shelley. Many thought it was his novel, not believing a 19-year-old woman could write such horror. Published in 1818, it became a huge success.
1833 -- Nicaragua: US troops "intervene." Protecting "US interests" rather than Nicaragua's we'd suppose.
1835 -- William Makepeace Thackeray, after reading Charlotte Brontë's Villette, is moved to comment: "The poor little woman of genius!...I can read a great deal of her life as I fancy in her book, & see that rather than have fame...she wants some Tomkins or other to...be in love with."
1845 -- New Zealand: Maori uprising against British rule. Today Ngapuhi attack & take Kororareka (now Russell) township, Bay of Islands. Approx 50 deaths altogether. British settlers flee to Auckland. The Maoris realized that the white settlers were increasing at a fast rate, & several violent Maori uprisings occurred between 1845 & 1848, & between 1860 & 1872. These uprisings are known as the New Zealand Wars.
[Source: Working Class Encyclopedia]
1847 -- US: Johnny "Appleseed" Chapman dies. Known as Johnny Appleseed for his large number of fruit tree plantings. He is regarded as the "patron saint" of orchardists in the US, & this is celebrated as his day.
1850 -- Clément Duval lives (1850-1935). anarchiste illegalist, member of "La panthère des Batignolles," sentenced to death by a French court for a burglary (in which a policeman was wounded trying to apprehend him).
Duval spent 14 years in prison in French Guyana Guyane; Guiana where he attempted over 20 escapes. Finally, in 1901, he made good his escape & eventually slipped into New York City, where he lived until age 85, supported & surrounded by Italian & French anarchist comrades.
"Vous m'inculpez de vol, comme si un travailleur qui ne possède rien peut être un voleur. Non, le vol n'existe que dans l'exploitation de l'homme par l'homme, en un mot par ceux qui vivent aux dépens de la classe productrice."
1857 -- Spain: Spanish war poet Manuel José Quintana, dies in Madrid. Wrote classical odes marked by patriotism & liberalism, including the two-volume Vidas de españoles célebres ("Lives of Famous Spaniards").
1858 -- India: During the Great Indian Indian Mutiny (also known as the Sepoy Rebellion, sepoys being the native soldiers), the battle of Lucknow rages, Mar. 9-16. The Brits win, & in June, victory at Gwalior effectively ends the Mutiny. Harsh reprisals against mutineers follow. Sir Harry Flashman, of course, was there; disguised as an Indian cavalryman he was caught up on the wrong side of the Indian Mutiny!
1876 -- Dutch council communist theorist David Wijnkoop lives, Amsterdam.
1888 -- US: "Blizzard of `88," ushered in by an official New York Weather Bureau forecast of "clearing & colder preceded by light snow," killed 200 in New York state & nearly 600 in surrounding states.
1892 -- France: François Ravachol takes retribution for the Clichy defendants, bombing the homes of the presiding judge (March 11, 1892) & the prosecutor (March 27, 1892). Police in Clichy had attacked a six-man anarchist labor rally. The workers defended themselves with guns & ended up behind bars with long terms of hard labor.
1907 -- Bulgarian Premier Nicolas Petkov is slain by an anarchist.
1909 -- Maurice Laisant lives. French author, anarchiste, antimilitarist. Albert Camus & other libertarians came to his aid when the state brought charges against him for his activities. Son of the anarchist Charles Laisant & brother of the anarchist Albert, grandson of the anarchist Charles Ange Laisant.
1910 -- US: Emma Goldman speaks on "The General Strike [of Philadelphia]" in Pittsburgh. The "free" press will not announce her talks in fear that she will prompt a riot.
1911 -- Alba de Céspedes lives. Italian author/poet & pioneering feminist, best known for her diary novel Quaderno proibito (1952). A journalist in the 1930s, imprisoned twice by the Mussolini regime. In 1944 Céspedes founded literary magazine Mercurio, publishing works from modern Italian writers, including Alberto Moravia, Eugenio Montale & Elio Vittorini.
1914 -- Novelist Ralph Waldo Ellison lives, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Invisible guy, with a fetish for light bulbs in his once dark basement.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2004, RALPH ELLISON
Black American novelist of under-class, under-race.
1915 -- US: Emma Goldman disappointed by the poor attendance at the tenth anniversary of her magazine Mother Earth in New York.
1917 -- "Our armies do not come into your cities & lands as conquerors or enemies, but as liberators."
— Proclamation issued today by British General Stanley Maude
1919 -- US:
Mollie Steimer, free on appeal for her 15-year sentence for handing out leaflets, is arrested at the Russian People's House on the East 15th Street during a raid by US federal & local police which netted 164 radicals.
1920 -- Poet, novelist, editor of The Oxford Book of Contemporary Verse 1945-1980, D.J. Enright lives, Leamington, Warwickshire, England.
1921 -- Russia: The paper Izvestia n°9 of the Provisional Revolutionary Committee of the Sailors, Workers & Soldiers of Kronstadt, notes:
"We sent out a call to all the workers of Russia to fight for freely elected Soviets. Our cry was heard. Already, the revolutionary sailors, workers & soldiers of Petrograd are coming to lend us a strong hand."
1922 -- Turkey: Cornelius Castoriadis lives (1922-1997), Istanbul. Aka Pierre Chaulieu or Paul Cardan.
Radical polotical philosopher, social critic & editor of the Journal Socialism or Barbarism (1949-1967). Castoriadis was an activist in the extreme left of the Trotskyist movement before moving to France, where he formed the Socialism or Barbarism group in 1948 with Lefort & Lyotard.
"Now, the SI ," Situationist International 1964
[More on Castoriadis]
1926 -- England: George Lansbury proposes in Parliament abolition of Royal Navy.
1930 -- India: Gandhi's Salt March begins, from Ahmadabad to Delhi, in protest against salt tax.
1931 -- Rupert Murdoch, Australian rightwing media magnate & Sun God, lives. Think you have an original idea? Sorry, Rupert already owns most of those.
1932 -- Poland: The second leg of Emma Goldman's tour begins with two successful meetings (March 11-12) in Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland) — a lecture to FAUD (Freie Arbeiter-Union Deutschlands) members on the American labor movement & a public meeting of the Gilde freiheitlicher Bücherfreunde.
1935 -- US: Shark Bait? The trial of prolific child murderer & incorrigible sexual deviate Albert Fish begins. Charged for murdering & eating 10-yr. old Grace Budd; he ends convicted & executed, White Plains, New York.
1937 -- Spain: Ideas calls for the dismissal of Aiguadé.
1937 -- Macbeth Mine explodes — again — this time killing 18 workers at the Hutchinson Coal Company mine in Logan County, West Virginia.
Left to mourn, a host of friends & kin
and Violet, his beloved darling dear
She might meet him over there,
for this poor Violet prays
He planned to be a Christian someday
— Tom Breiding, "The Obituary of Joe Fry," a song written after discovering the death notice of a miner who died in the Macbeth Mine explosion of 1937.
As a March rain fell, scenes from September past were being replayed. Ten men were killed then. Some of the men who helped carry out bodies in the first explosion were now mangled corpses in the same entries they had trudged over bearing stretchers.
1937 -- Gudell notifies Emma Goldman (in England) of the establishment of a new committee composed of members from the C.N.T. [Confederacion Nacional del Trabajo] & the FAI to handle all foreign propaganda matters, in order to alleviate inefficiency caused by the personal & political rivalry between Augustin Souchy & Helmut Rudiger (aka M. Dashar) over propaganda.
1944 -- US: Edgar Zilsel dies, a suicide in Oakland, California.
Born in Austria in 1891, a mathematician, physicist & philosopher, Edgar was an historian & sociologist of science (The Social Origins of Modern Science), a member of the Vienna Circle & a teacher at Vienna People’s University. His wife, Ella, taught English & German literature. At the onset of the Nazi occupation in 1938, they fled to England & ultimately obtained refugee status in the US, although other family members perished in the Holocaust. His son, Paul Zilsel, was a physicist & long-time Seattle anarchist & founder of Left Bank Books.
1950 -- Cuba: Third National Libertarian Congress (March 11-22) "to reorganize the libertarian labor movement & adopt concrete practical measures, enabling its militants to reorient themselves & to play a decisive part in the regeneration of the Cuban labor movement."
[Details / context]
1950 -- US: Flying Subs? American Airlines TWU maintenance workers win 11-day nationwide strike, gaining first severance pay clause in industry & limits on subcontracting.
1952 -- Douglas Adams, English author, lives in a Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Patron of Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund & Save the Rhino International Died, aged 49, in March 2001. Don't Panic!
'Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.'
'Very deep,' said Arthur, 'you should send that in to the "Daily Bleed." They've got a page for people like you.'
I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by.
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
1953 -- US: Nice Catch?: An American B-47 accidentally drops a nuclear bomb on South Carolina, the bomb doesn't go off due to six safety catches.
1954 -- US: Army charges Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Senator Tail Gunner Joseph McCarthy & his counsel, Roy Cohn, with using threats in trying to get preferred treatment for Private G. David Schine. Robert Kennedy has left McCarthy's staff by this time. McCarthy & Cohn's witch hunting days are about to end.
1958 -- USA: H-Bomb falls on Mars Bluff, South Carolina; the nuclear device does not detonate, but does leave a crater 35 feet deep. Didn't they just do this a couple years ago?
1959 -- "Raisin in the Sun," by Lorraine Hansberry, the first Broadway play by a black woman, opens. Superb American playright of great social conscience.
1963 -- André Lorulot (1885-1963) dies. French anarchiste, lecturer & propagandist.
Andre Lorulot, a leading French individualist before WWI & a leading freethinker for half a century.
— Nicolas Walter
1965 -- US: Nearly 100 civil-rights activists picket the White House, demanding support for equal rights in Alabama.
1966 -- US: Timothy Leary sentenced in Texass to 30 years for trying to cross into México as a tourist with a small amount of marijuana; Leary appeals & gives press interviews. Meanwhile, bout this day,
Get this? Time magazine sez there's an acid epidemic. SF Examiner front page: bust of 25 "beatniks" from 408 Ashbury. President of GM apologizes to Senate subcommittee for investigating Nader's private life + car safety protests. Should have apologized to Nader.
1968 -- "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" earns soul legend Otis Redding his only gold record — three months after his death.
1968 -- Poland : Polish students attacked by Communist police in Warsaw.
From 8-9 March Warsaw has seen student agitations & protests; today they are joined by workers uprising, as factory workers battle police & militia in downtown Warsaw.
Some 4,000 students marched through Warsaw yelling: "Down with the dictatorship." They were demonstrating peacefully, but were attacked & badly beaten by police; workers were agitated by communists to beat "decadent students."
1968 -- West Germany: Rudi Dutschke (1940-1979) — a leader of the German Socialist Student League (SDS), who had played an important role in the militant anti-war protests in the winter of 1967-68 — is shot & nearly killed by a Munich house painter carrying with him a clipping about the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
1968 -- ¶ During this month Beatster Jack Kerouac travels to Europe with Tony & Nick Sampas, visiting visits Lisbon, Madrid, Geneva, Munich, Stuttgart.
1971 -- Puerto Rico: Uprising at the University of Puerto Rico.
1972 -- Run-on Sentence?: A sentence of 384, 912 years is demanded against postman Gabriel Grandos for failing to deliver 42,768 letters.
1973 -- US: FBI agent fatally shot at occupation of Wounded Knee by Oglala Sioux where the formation of independent Oglala Sioux Nation is proclaimed at Wounded Knee, South Dakota.
1976 -- US: Cesar Chavez ends 23-day fast for farm workers.
1979 -- Ireland: In anti-tax demonstrations 50,000 people march through Dublin, most of calling for a General Strike. An estimated 150,000 or more people march through Dublin on 20 March & other protests occur in 30 towns throughout the country, including a march by 40,000 workers in Cork.
1985 -- Russia: A Commie Conspiracy?: Mikhail Gorbachev takes office. Beginning of the end of the USA...
1986 -- 1 million days since traditional foundation of Rome, 4/21/753 BC.
1986 -- Spain: During fights with the cops, steelworkers in Reinosa surround the Guardia Civil, beat them up, strip them naked, & march them out of town.
Source: 'Calendar Riots'
1988 -- US: Beginning of 10 days of direct actions at Nevada Test Site which result in over 2,200 arrests, the largest number of arrests at a political protest outside Washington, D.C. in US history. The event is almost completely ignored by mainstream media.
1990 -- Chile: General Augusto Pinochet gives up power after 16 years of American government & corporate-supported terror. The democratically elected President Salvador Allende was overthrown in a military coup orchestrated by the CIA.
1991 -- US: In LA a citizen videotapes Officer Friendlies beating the crap out of other citizens. It's a nasty mean job, but hey! someone has to do it...
2001 -- México: Over 100,000 greet Zapatistas at the conclusion of their 15-day trek to México City in demand for indigenous rights.
"It is time for this country to stop being an object of shame dressed in the color of money."
— Subcomandante Marcos
2003 -- The fabulous babe, Ruth S. (a true Bleedster), has her 30th birthday for about the 30th time....
March 1999: I think Jo M. wants to unload a lot of books which Recollection Books could use — this is a reminder to call her.
Sometime later: Remember my (57th) birthday is on March 11th. I'm not wasting my breath blowing out the candles — I'm just holding the cake out the door.
I can send you even more titles if you'd like [editors note: her want list groweth] — I purposefully didn't list anything about death, cancer, or the afterlife the first time around.
How's your mother these days? Tell her & Dan I send my love. Happy Valentine's Day from your old girlfriend, Ruth.
PS: Are you still living with Sue, the mother of your child, for whom you so shamelessly abandoned me those many years ago?
To paraphrase Douglas Adams,
I love birthdays. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by.
[Hey, Ruth, anybody asks you eligible for a "senior discount," you send 'em to me, I'll knee-cap them! — Dave]
2003 -- US: For all those booksellers trying to sell
French(oops) McFreedom literature:
House cafeterias change names for 'french fries' & 'french toast'
Move reflects anger over France's stance on Iraq
By Sean Loughlin
CNN Washington Bureau
Gone but not forgotten patriots, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Spangled_Ice_Cream
2004 -- Spain: Religious fanatics blow up crowded railway station in Madrid, killing 191 people & injuring over 1,500 others. This is ostensibly for the Spanish government's involvement in the US recolonization war Iraq.
2005 -- Spain: On the one-year anniversary of the Madrid bombing, religious clerics issue a fatwa against Osama bin Laden, head of the al-Qaida movement responsible for the terrorist explosion. The Islamic Commission of Spain, representing the country's 1 million-member Muslim community, calls him an apostate & urges Muslims to denounce him.
2011 -- Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, in a series of equipment failures, nuclear meltdowns, & releases of radioactive materials at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, following the Tohoku earthquake & tsunami.
An intelligent man cannot become anything seriously, & it is only the fool who becomes anything.
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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