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When I die
let the black rag fly
raven falling
from the sky...

For out of black
soul's night have stirred
dawn's cold gleam,
morning's singing bird.

— Excerpt, "Black Flag," by George Woodcock
(May 1912 - 1995).


Brazilian radical theorist of Theater of the Oppressed.



ST. URHO'S DAY honoring a Finnish saint of dubious extraction.


1521 -- Nicolas Storch, medieval anarchist communist, lives.

NICOLAS STORCH, Bleed Saint 2007-09
With Thomas Muntzer, a leader of the Peasant Wars,
to whom the angel Gabriel promised full religious communism.

1617 -- England: Pocahontas dies on ship George at Gravesend.

1750 -- Caroline Herschel "first lady of astronomy," lives.
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1781 -- Colombia: The worker Manuela Beltrán leads the insurrection of the Comuneros del Socorro.

1811 -- England: Luddites attack machines designed to replace them. Outrages in many villages in the northwest. Over 100 frames broken, including Sutton-in-Ashfield, Kirby, Woodborough, Lambley, Bulwell, & Ilkeston in Derbyshire.
Source: [Luddite Chronology]

1827 -- US: First African American newspaper, Freedom's Journal, is published, in New York City by John B. Russwurm.

1830 -- US: Slowest day ever on the New York Stock Exchange: 31 shares were traded.

1839 -- Sully Prudhomme lives. French poet, won the first Nobel Prize for Literature in 1901. Also published aesthetic & philosophical studies.

 Strom Thurmond
1849 -- God's Hand?: Rev James E Smith became father at 100 with a woman 64 years younger. Inspires Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Senator Strom Thurmond.

1850 -- Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is published.

1875 -- Percy MacKaye lives, New York. American poet/playwright whose use of historical & contemporary folk literature furthered the development of the pageant in the US. Coauthor, St. Louis: A Civic Masque (performed in 1914 with 7,500 participants).

1877 -- anarchist diamond dingbatFrance: Antoine Bertrand lives (1877-1964). French anarcho-syndicalist, member of the "Free Youth" group.

Nuclear Cloud
1889 -- High Seas: A major conflict among US, British, & German warships anchored off the Samoan Islands is averted, when a hurricane destroys all but one vessel. A tripartite agreement proclaimed the islands neutral territory, & this lasts until 1899.

1891 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministUS: Emma Goldman speaks at the "Great Commune Celebration" sponsored by the International Worker's Association (IWA) in New Haven.

1892 -- Perú: César Vallejo, Perúvian hermetic poet, communist, lives, Santiago de Chuco.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2004
Influential Perúvian communist, hermetic poet.

A major voice of social change in Latin-American literature. Of mixed blood, his early work reflects firsthand experience of hunger, poverty, & injustices suffered by the Indians.

1898 -- British fin-de-siecle aesthete, illustrator Aubrey Beardsley dies.

1899 -- US: Lake City, Louisiana free speech fight.

1904 -- James Joyce, 22, awarded a bronze medal in a Dublin singing contest, promptly throws it into a river.

1907 -- US: August Roden, editor of the "Wisconsin State Journal" in Madison opens his crusade against Madison Gas & Electric. Roden's lead story charges that the New York-based McMillan Syndicate, which owns the utility, has overcharged for a product that falls below state standards.
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1911 -- US: Wobbly honcho William (Big Bill) Haywood delivers a speech on the General Strike at a meeting held for the benefit of the Buccafori Defense at the Progress Assembly Rooms, New York.
Source: Haywood, William D., The General Strike (Chicago: IWW Publishing Bureau, nd [ca. 1917]).

Flores Magon, anarchist poster by Carlos Cortez
1918 -- US: "Regeneración" publishes a proclamation, "With the anarchists of the world & the workers in general." The authors, Librado Rivera & Ricardo Flores Magón, argue that the social revolution approaches & that all anarchists must infuse it with their energies & possibilities. This text gets the paper seized in the land of the free, & this is its last published appearance in the mythical land of milk & honey.

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1921 -- War Resisters International founded.

Kronstadt: Dead on the ice
1921 -- Russia: Bolsheviks stage final bloody assault on rebellious Kronstadt sailors. Kronstadt put Trotsky in power & Trotsky has squashed Kronstadt, shot its rebels like partridges. He has earned his sobriquet, the "Red Butcher." alt: Cronstadt

"Izvestia" n°14 of the Provisional Revolutionary Committee of the Sailors, Soldier & Workers of Kronstadt, having tossed the yoke of party rule, notes its refusal to surrender:

"Fière et consciente de sa puissance, armée du ferme désir de restaurer la liberté bafouée, Kronstadt a secoué le joug communiste, refusant de payer son tribut de vies, de bonheur et de bien-être à une poignée d'aliénés mentaux."

1926 -- Robert Goddard launches first liquid fuel rocket, which goes 184'. Almost as far as Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Saddam Hussein's drones (i.e., called Weapons of Mass Destruction by the US government).

1929 -- Italy: In base a direttive impartite da Mussolini, i prefetti devono tenere discorsi di propaganda a favore del regime, in vista di un annunciato plebiscito.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1931 -- Brazil: Radical theater theorist Augusto Boal lives, Rio de Janeiro.

Arbeitslose anarchist paper; source
1933 -- Germany: Last appearance of Arbeitslose, FAUD's (Die Freie Arbeiter-Union Deutschlands) newspaper for the unemployed in Dresden, which also served as the unofficial organ of the German anarcho-syndicalist movement after the Nazi's banned their two previous papers.

FAUD truck distributing anarchist leaflets

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1938 -- Spain: Continuous bombing of Barcelona, March 16-18, by the fascist forces.
Further details / context, click hereResources & sources on the [Spanish Revolution of 1936]

1940 -- Swedish author Selma Lagerlof (The Story of Göosta Berling), 82, dies, Väarmland. Won the 1909 Nobel Prize for Literature, then became a judge on the prize committee. Former Prime Minister Hjalmar Hammarskjöold observes: "She writes idiotically but she votes intelligently."

Jerry Jeff Walker, book cover
1942 -- Songster Jerry Jeff Walker lives, Oneonta, New York.

1948 -- Australia: "Red" Ted Englart, a communist, is arrested under draconian anti-strike & anti-picketing legislation introduced by the Hanlon Labor Government to stop the Queensland Railway Strike (February - April 1948).

14 union officials were charged under Hanlon's Industrial Law Amendment Act. On being released from the cell each morning, the prisoner had to salute the "screw." Ted always managed to have his "piss tin" in his right hand as he saluted. Father of Vince & Kevin Englart, militant unionists in their own right.

1950 -- US: Grigori Petrovitch Maximov (1893-1950), Russian anarcho-syndicalist, dies. Editor & writer during the Russian Revolution for Golos Truda (The Voice of Labor), & its short-lived successor Volny Colos Truda (The Free Voice of Labor) both suppressed by the Bolsheviks, & author of an important history of Leninism in Russia, The Guillotine at Work.

1955 -- Roy Hamilton's "Unchained Melody" climbs to #6 & is later recorded by the Righteous Brothers in 1965.

1959 -- Plans released for the first US rock & roll package tour to hit Europe. Performers include Conway Twitty, Duane Eddy, Bobby Darin, Dale Hawkins, the Poni Tails, with guest star Cliff Richard.

Zenzl Mühsam; source
1962 -- Germany: Zenzl Mühsam dies, in East Berlin.

Militant anarchist, companion of Erich Mühsam, wound up in Stalin's Gulag. Upon release she was shuttled from one Workers' Paradise to another.

Kreszentia "Zenzl" Mühsam (nee Elfinger)

1964 -- Alan Freed charged with tax evasion based on the earlier payola investigation which ruined the career of the ex-DJ who helped put rock & roll in the forefront.

1965 -- US: Supreme Court extends rights of conscientious objection (CO).

1965 -- US: Montgomery, Alabama police attack civil rights marchers.

1965 -- US: Alice Herz, an 82-year-old activist pacifist, choosing "the flaming death of the Buddhists," immolates herself on a Detroit street corner on the campus of Wayne State University to protest the Vietnam War. See Phoenix: Letters & Documents of Alice Herz; The Thought & Practice of a Modern-day Martyr edited by Shingo Shibata (Amsterdam, 1976).

My Lai button
1968 -- Vietnam: My Lai Massacre, American soldiers murder civilians.

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1968 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Senator Robert Kennedy, former Attorney General & brother of former president John F. Kennedy (1961-63) ends months of debate by announcing that he will enter the 1968 Presidential race. No opportunist he, as he plays to the anti-war mood in the US & the voters Eugene McCarthy has won over in opposition to "Hey, Hey! LBJ" Johnson.
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1969 -- anarchist diamond dingbatAntonio Pereira (1908-1969) (true name Tomaso Ranier) dies. Italian anarchist, member of the Ortiz column during the Spanish Revolution & in the underground movement after the fascist Franco became dictator. See the Anarchist Encyclopedia,

1969 -- Venezuela: A new Venezuelan Air Lines DC-9 hits a high tension wire after taking off & crashes into a suburban neighborhood, destroying 20 houses; all 84 on the plane die, along with 71 on the ground, Maracaibo.

MC5; source
1969 -- SAN FRANCISCO - The MC5, On Sunday the 16th the Five turned up at Golden Gate Park to play for an estimated crowd of 20,000 grizzly loonatics. The only cop that turned up that day split when he saw the Hell's Angels congregated behind the bandstand. The MC5 are almost like an acid test.
Source: Fifth Estate, April 1969

1970 -- Tammi Terrell, best known for duets with Marvin Gaye, dies in Philadelphia after undergoing six brain tumor operations in 18 months. Doctors first discovered her tumor after she collapsed in Gaye's arms onstage in 1967. She was 24.

1971 -- US: Patent # 3,570,156 is issued for the lava lamp.

1978 -- France: Amoco Cadiz runs aground near Portsall, releasing 223,000 tons of crude oil.

1978 -- Italy: Red Brigades seize former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro.

Spot the terrorist?
1988 -- Iraq: Massacre of Kurds with mustard & nerve gases, Halabja. US & European weapons & chemical companies are supplying Iraq with the ok, sure, you betcha, of the US.

1995 -- High Seas: US nuclear-powered submarine collides with a freighter near Hong Kong.

1995 -- anarchist diamond dingbatFrance: Joséphine Coueille (1912-1995), known as Andrée Prévotel, lives. Anarchist & anarcho-syndicalist, free thinker. Charged in the "Sterilizers of Bordeaux" case (affaire des stérilisés de Bordeaux) for promoting vasectomies, her charges were dropped, but her husband André Prévotel was sent to prison.

1998 -- Albania: In response to reported Serbian massacres in Drenica, in the ethnically Albanian province of Kosovo, 12,000 women, carrying loaves of bread, attempt to march 50 km to Drenica from the capital of Prishtina. They are turned back by police.

1999 -- US: Microradio movement news accounts on the struggle to free the airwaves: Free Radio [Gainesville] returns, lobbies for support.
Source: [Pirate Radio Kiosk]

2000 -- US: In NYC police kill Patrick Dorismond, an unarmed Haitian immigrant (26). Some 3,000 protesters marched at Dorismond's funeral on March 25 & clashed with police.

2001 -- World Premiere of Anton Coppola's opera, "Sacco & Vanzetti," Tampa Opera (-18, 2001). Based on music he wrote for a film his nephew Francis Ford Coppola had planned to make about the anarchists but never did.
Sacco & Vanzetti Timeline

Big Brother poster
2003 -- US: New Mexico has passed a bill that affirms Constitutional liberties, no matter what the Feds say. It instructs state cops to refuse to cooperate in unconstitutional searches & wiretaps, to abstain from assisting the INS & to ignore TIPS snitches. Likewise, librarians are required to post signs warning patrons that the FBI could be snooping on their reading habits, & the state official in charge of homeland security is required to get twice-annual disclosure from the Feds about the names & dispositions of every victim of unconstitutional secret arrest, detainment & surveillance. New Mexico-43, USA-0.

Rachel Corrie
2003 -- Palestine: Rachel Corrie (1979 - 2003) is killed by an Israeli military bulldozer in Rafah, while a participant in a non-violent movement protesting Israel's illegal 36-year occupation of Palestinian territory. Eyewitnesses say Rachel was negotiating with the driver for over two hours, using a bullhorn & wearing a fluorescent orange vest — the driver knew she was there. The Israeli government terms Rachel's death a "regrettable mistake," & no charges are filed. (See also 2006 below.)

Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2008
International Solidarity martyr, Rafah, Palestine.

2003 -- US: Protests continue across the nation against Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader George Bush's God-given right to destroy any regime he & his close pal, Cheney-God, dislike. In Seattle, protesters join the folks who do weekly vigils at Green Lake, this time to encircle the lake (3 miles). Look out bikers, joggers, strollers, paddlers, mopers & a-gawkers!

2006 -- US: The Eleventh Annual San Francisco Anarchist Book Fair. Features: Paul Avrich Tribute, Katya Komisaruk, Josh Macphee, Joe Biel, Ron Sakolsky, Bo Brown, Chaz Bufe, Matt Callahan, Michele Tea, Diane di Prima, Ward Churchill. Exhibitors include Crimethinc, City Lights, Books, Bolerium Books, Fifth Estate, Bureau of Public Secrets, Left Bank Books, Bibliomania, Time Tested Books, AK Press, Research Publications & many other worthies.

2006 -- US: "My Name is Rachel Corrie," a one-act play due to open this month at the New York Theater Workshop, was canceled six weeks ago.

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2006 -- US: On the 7th anniversary of her murder during a protest in Israel, Rachel Corrie Street is dedicated to her in Olympia, Washington.

2009 -- orange diamond dingbat, added 2012, remove 2014England: Letter from School Warns Parents Dead Daughter Can't Go to Prom...... Teenager Gillan was found dead January 19 in her bedroom. The letter, dated today, warns her attendance is too low to qualify for the prom.

2010 -- Chile: Jose Angel Arregui Erana, who used to teach at a Roman Catholic religious order's schools in Spain, is arrested for sexually abusing children.

2011 -- Japan: Another fire breaks out at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant in northern Honshu & emergency workers evacuated as radiation levels rise. Meanwhile the death toll from the initial earthquake & tsunami rises to 4,277 with at least 8,194 missing.

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"Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence properly reached."

      — One of the more enlightened utterances by Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader US Supreme Court Justice Antonin "Benito" Scalia

Sons of Desert Storm, George Bush hug
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