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Our Daily Bleed...

Tis now the twenty-third of March,
And this warm sun takes out the starch
Of winter's pinafore

Henry David Thoreau, The Freshet


Guyanese historian, political activist, martyr.


BIG rock; source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov

NEAR MISS DAY, celebrating 1989 asteroid.

1702 -- New Old World: To mark the coronation of Queen Anne, the Governor General of America, Lord Cornbury, opens the New York assembly, on her behalf, dressed as her. We humbly propose this date for the celebration of Transvestite Pride.
Source: [Calendar Riots]

1743 -- Composer Georg Friedrich Händel's oratorio "Messiah" performed at London for the first time, a flop. First presented at a benefit in Dublin on 13 April 1742. Audience response to the London performance is poor; Messiah didn't start to gain popularity until 1750.

1775 -- "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains & slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"

— Patrick Henry (who got both)


1809 -- Thomas Holcroft, novelist/dramatist/translator dies in London.

1842 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Congressman Joshua R. Giddings of Ohio is censured by the House of Representatives for introducing resolutions opposing slavery & the coastal slave trade. (The "Gag Rule," first adopted by a South-dominated Congress in 1836, & renewed at the beginning of each session thereafter, pledges every member not to mention the slavery issue on the floor of the House.)

1857 -- Cookery expert Fannie Farmer lives, Boston, Massachusetts. In 1896 she edited The Boston Cooking School Cook Book which went into 21 editions before her death in 1915.

1860 -- France: André Girard (known as Max Buhr) (-1942) lives. Anarchiste militant & trade unionist. See the Anarchist Encyclopedia page,

1865 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Beginning date of Jules Verne novel The Mysterious Island.

1871 -- France: Communes are proclaimed in Lyon & Marseille.

"L'indépendance de la commune est le gage d'un contrat dont les clauses librement débattues feront cesser l'antagonisme des classes et assureront l'égalité sociale.(...)

Nous avons combattu, nous avons appris à souffrir pour notre principe égalitaire, nous ne saurions reculer alors que nous pouvons aider à mettre la première pierre de l'édifice social".

— Déclaration de l'Association internationale des travailleurs (A.I.T), 23 mars 1871

Emperor Norton, America's Greatest Leader; source notfrisco.com
1872 -- US: Decree by Emperor Joshua Norton I (America's Greatest Ruler) that a suspension bridge be built as soon as convenient between Oakland Point & Goat Island, & then on to Frisco.

1881 -- Roger Martin du Gard (1881-1958) lives. French novelist, dramatist, winner of the 1937 Nobel Prize for Literature.

1889 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Harrison opens Oklahoma, stolen former Indian Territory, to white settlement.

1901 -- Philippines: Emilio Aguinaldo, leader of the Filipino rebels is captured.

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1901 -- France: Pierre Fauvet (b.1859) dies. Militant member of anarchiste groups in Saint-Etienne & organizer of tours in the region for Sébastien Faure.

1905 -- England: John Collins, co-founder of Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), lives.

1906 -- US: Utopianist Thomas Lake Harris dies, Brocton, New York. Once "America's best-known mystic."

Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2004-2011
Mixed Swedenborgianism & Fourierism in a utopian community for the practice of "spiritual marriage."

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1908 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Premiere in English of Henrik Ibsen play "The Comedy of Love," NY.

1910 -- Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998) lives, Tokyo. Japanese film director, considered with Kenji Mizoguchi & Yasujiro Ozu among the greatest of Japanese modern film makers. Four of Kurosawa's major works were adaptations of Western literary works, Dostoyevsky's The Idiot, Gorky's The Lower Depths, Shakespeare's MacBeth (adapted into Throne of Blood) & King Lear (reworked as Ran).

1912 -- Werner von Braun, Hitler & America's rocketeer, lives.

1913 -- Jack London writes to Winston Churchill [the novelist, not the disgusting political one], G. B. Shaw, & H.G. Wells to ask what they are paid for their "stuff."

1916 -- US: Black activist Marcus Garvey arrives in America, from Jamaica.


1917 -- Leonard & Virginia Woolf establish the Hogarth Press in the dining room of their house in Richmond, England.

Tristan Tzara
1918 --
Dada Manifesto issued by Tristan Tzara in Switzerland.

" I destroy the drawers of the brain & those of the social organization."

International Dada Archive,

IWW, The Greatest Thing on Earth
1918 -- US: Trial of 101 Wobblies (Industrial Workers of the World; IWW) begins in Chicago, for opposition to World War I; tried for violating the Espionage Act...

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1919 -- Italy: Benito Mussolini founds the Fascist Party.

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WRI broken rifle logo; source warresisters.gn.apc.org
1921 -- Netherlands: War Resisters International (WRI) founded, Bilthoven.

1921 -- Italy: A bomb explodes at the Teatro Diana in Milan, killing & wounding many. Among those accused are Giuseppe Mariani & Giuseppe Boldrini who get life sentences, & Ettore Aguggini (who died in prison); also implicated are Ugo Fedeli, Pietro Bruzzi, & Francesco Ghezzi (editors of "L’Indivi-dualista").

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1925 -- US: Tennessee legislature bans teaching of evolution.

1928 -- D. H. Lawrence tells Aldous Huxley Arnold Bennett is "a pig in clover." Exactly three years to this date Bennett — after drinking water in a Paris hotel to prove to companions that it is safe — dies. Virginia Woolf notes in her diary:

"Queer how one regrets the dispersal of anybody ... who had direct contact with life — for he abused me; & yet I rather wished him to go on abusing me; & me abusing him."

1932 -- US: Norris-LaGuardia Act restricts employer use of federal injunction against unions & bans yellowdog contracts.

1933 -- Germany: Dachau opens for business — the first of many concentration camps in Germany for the destruction of Jews & the undesirables classified 'unfit.'

1942 -- Ama Ata Aidoo (1942-) lives. Ghanaian writer, who has depicted in her works the role of African woman in modern society.

1942 -- Let us remember —

On this day in 1942 the US Government began removing Americans from their homes without benefit of trial, indictment or any other legal anachronisms, & forced them into detention centers hundreds of miles away, in the middle of the desert.

These US citizens were effectively stripped of all possessions & belongings other than those they could carry, were forced to sell or forfeit their businesses & careers, & were stripped of all the Constitutional rights they had been guaranteed at birth. *Despite* this fact, the young men in many of these families marched off to war, to fight & die for the very Government which was imprisoning their families.

The crime of which these American citizens were guilty?

Japanese ancestry.

— Bleedster Flames

1942 -- Guyana: Walter Rodney lives. Guyanese historian, activist, head of Working People's Party, assassinated in 1980.

Daily Bleed Patron Saint June 13, 2003-05
Political revolutionary, historian, martyr.

1944 -- A Real Twist?: Sergeant Nicholas Alkemade, a tail gunner in a Lancaster bomber, bails out of the burning plane at about 18,000 feet, unable to reach his parachute because of the flames. He blacked out during the two-minute fall before landing in a snowdrift in a dense pine forest. He suffered a twisted ankle. (Nazi military intelligence very carefully researched the case, they didn't appreciate finding Allied airmen deep in German territory.)

Alberto Ghiraldo
1946 -- Chile:

(1874- 23 de marzo 1946)

- Muere en Santiago de Chile Alberto Ghiraldo.

anarchist diamond dingbat

One of the most notable intellectuals active in Argentine anarchist circles in the early 20th century was the playwright, poet & journalist Alberto Ghiraldo, joining anarchist circles in 1900, when he took up editing the anarchist literary magazines Martín Fierro & El Sol, as well as editing the daily La Protesta & founder / editor of Ideas y Figuras.

"No hay país donde el anarquismo...."

1948 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Hilding Rosenberg opera-oratorio "Joseph & His Brethren" (based on Thomas Mann's novel, the last part only) premiers, Stockholm.

1957 -- US: Army sells off the last of its homing pigeons.

Adams caricature; source npg.si.edu
1960 -- American newspaper columnist & radio personality, Franklin P. Adams, who wrote under his initials, F.P.A., dies in New York.

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1964 -- John Lennon's In His Own Write (1964) is published.
Alternative titles were, among others, The Transistor Negro; Left Hand Left Hand (after Osbert Sitwell's Left Hand Right Hand) & Stop One & Buy Me.

The contract was signed in January 1964 & the book — with 31 pieces of writing & enough drawings — was published three months later on this date. Introduction was by fellow Beatle Paul McCartney & the book designed by Robert Freeman.

By January 1965 In His Own Write had sold nearly 200 000 copies. (Source: John Savage, introduction in Pimlico double edition, 1997).

1964 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Shirley Ann Grau novel The Keepers of the House is published.

Helix; source historylink.org
1967 -- US: Helix, Seattle's first underground newspaper, debuts.

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1967 -- Bolivia: Che Guevara's guerrilla group experiences it's first battle of the Bolivian campaign — the successful ambush of troops at Ñacahuazú.

Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Barrientos appeals to the nation "to join in the fight against the foreign & local anarchists with arms & money from Castro-communists."

Chicago 8 poster
1968 -- US: A meeting sponsored by MOBE is held near Chicago to debate whether to hold demonstrations at the Convention. In attendence are Dellinger, Davis, Hayden, Hoffman, & Rubin.

1969 -- US: 30,000 people, including Jackie Gleason, Kate Smith, the Lettermen & Anita Bryant appear at the Rally for Decency in Miami. Announcements publicizing the rally warn "longhairs & weird dressers" won't be let inside. Four days later, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Richard Nixon — whose administration is rife with crooks, liars, cheats & thieves — sends a letter of congratulation & appreciation to the organizers of the rally.

1969 -- Trial of seven Mohawks for demonstrating on international bridge between US & Canada.

Emergency button
1970 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Nixon declares national emergency, orders 30,000 troops to New York City to break Postal Wildcat Strike.

1970 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader IBT President Fitzsimmons signs a national labor contract.

100,000 Teamsters in 16 cities wildcatted between March & May to overturn the contract. The ensuing violence in the Middle West & West Coast was extensive, & in Cleveland involved no less than a 30-day blockade of main city thoroughfares & 67 million dollars in damages.

See John Zerzan's "Organized Labor versus 'The Revolt Against Work',"

1973 -- US: Judge Sirica reveals letter from McCord saying he & others were pressured to plead guilty & commit perjury to avoid implicating others in Watergate.

1973 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: John Lennon is ordered to leave the US within 60 days.

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1974 -- France: Aristide Lapeyre (1899-1974) dies in Bordeaux. Hairdresser, anarchist, pacifist militant & néo-Malthusian.

1980 -- Bill S. Ballinger (1912-1980), aka Frederic Freyer, B.X. Sanborn , dies. American thriller writer, who specialized, from the early 1950's, in a multi-level or divided narration. Received Edgar Allan Poe Award from Mystery Writers of America in 1960 for his TV work.

Murder in the air logo
1983 -- US: In his "Star Wars" speech Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Ronnie Reagan proposes a space-based system to blast incoming missiles out of the sky — just like the 1940 film Murder in the Air, whose hero, Secret Service Agent Brass Bancroft (played by Ronnie Reagan!), gets involved with the "Inertia Projector," a death ray that can zap planes.

1984 -- New Zealand: One thousand boats demonstrate against arrival of U.S.S. Queenfish, in Auckland.

1987 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Dog race-track owner Jerry Collins donates $1.3 million of the $8 million Oral Roberts needs to keep God from killing him. Dog, of course, is God spelled backasswards.

1994 -- México: PRI Presidential candidate Ernesto Colosio assassinated in Tijuana, Baja, California. Investigations of the assassination suggest probable links to corruption in the highest levels of the PRI, the political party which ruled México since 1910.

1997 -- East Timor: Between two & seven University of East Timor students are killed by Indonesian police while attempting to meet in a hotel with U.N. human rights envoy Jamsheed Marker.
[Details / context]

1999 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Thomas Harris delivers the manuscript for his novel Hannibal to Delacorte Press.

Little Rascal
2000 -- England: Tony Blair's Labour government attempt to shut down Summerhill School is defeated.

"free children..." (help yourself?!)

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Axes of Evil; source hcdems.com
2003 -- Iraq: Fighting begins in earnest.
Meanwhile two missiles have hit Iran, an American soldier has tossed grenades into command tents in Kuwait, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Gen. Tommy Franks adamantly insists "weapons of mass destruction" will be found in Iraq (none found to date — perhaps Iraq would like some of the US surplus?), more Turkish troops have moved into Iraq, & North Korea girds itself for what it believes is a US plan to attack it soon.

Hundreds of thousands of protesters, from Norway to all over the Middle East, continue to vent their opposition to Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Bush's head-long effort to kill former ally Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Saddam Hussein.

2010 -- Germany: Four pensioners aged 61 to 80 are found guilty of kidnapping their own financial adviser from his home & driving him 450km (280 miles) to Bavaria. The defendants argued that they had invited Mr. Amburn for a short holiday in upper Bavaria.

3000 --

To launch a manifesto you have to want: A. B. & C., & fulminate against 1, 2, & 3,...

...& maintain that novelty resembles life in the same way as the latest apparition of a harlot proves the essence of God. His existence had already been proved by the accordion, the landscape & soft words.

Everyone does it [imposes one's A.B. & C.] in the form of a crystalbluff-madonna, or a monetary system, or pharmaceutical preparations, a naked leg being the invitation to an ardent & sterile Spring.

...the love of novelty is a pleasant sort of cross....impulsive & vibrant to crucify boredom.

— dADA Manifesto, 1918

NeoCon Cabal poster: Operation Infinite War
3500 --

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