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We shall not cease from exploration & the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started... & know the place for the first time.

      — T.S. Eliot


Anarcho-adventure writer, revolutionary, true identity muddy,
most likely Ret Marut of Munich Soviet fame.






Whole world quits working for one day of sheer unadulterated feasting, cavorting, mayhem.

752 -- Job stress?: Pope Stephen II dies after serving for only two days.

1199 -- Richard I, "Lion heart," wounded by a crossbow at Chalus.

1720 -- England: In the 29th political killing of the year, a magistrate is dragged from his carriage & killed.
Source: [Calendar Riots]

1790 -- US: Congress, through the act of 1790, decrees that "any alien, being a free white person who shall have resided within the limits & under the jurisdiction of the United States for a term of two years, may be admitted to become a citizen thereof."

The phrase "free white person" remains intact until 1873 when "persons of African nativity or descent" was added. This act is used to deny citizenship to Japanese & other Asian immigrants until the mid-20th Century.


1804 -- First official notice to Indians from US government that all Indians must move west of the Mississippi River.

1812 -- A major earthquake rocks Caracas, Venezuela on Holy Thursday, heavily damaging 90% of the city & killing 15,000.

1827 -- German classical composer Ludwig von Beethoven begins decomposing, Vienna, Austria.

1850 -- Looking Backward utopianist, novelist Edward Bellamy lives. Also wrote Equality (1897).

Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2004-5
American utopianist, his tract Looking Backward (1888) prophesied a socialist paradise in the year 2000. Bullseye!

See Franklin Rosemont's Free Play & No Limit,

1859 -- A. E. (Alfred Edward) Housman lives, Fockbury, Worcestershire, England.

"I could no more define poetry than a terrier can define a rat."

1871 -- France: Paris Commune elects members.

1871 -- France: Insurrectionary movement in Creusot, in sympathy with Saint Etienne & Paris, where a Commune is proclaimed.

Ernest Armand, anarchiste
1872 -- Émile Armand (pseudonym of Ernest-Lucien Juin; 1872-1962), individualist, free love activist, lives. Wrote l'Initiation individualiste anarchiste" (1923) & La révolution sexuelle et la camaraderie amoureuse (1934).
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1874 -- American poet Robert Frost lives, Frisco, California. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize four times, Frost became the most read poet in America.

"Poetry is what is lost in translation. It is also what is lost in interpretation."

Georges Cochon
1879 -- France: Georges Cochon (1879-1959) lives, Chartres, France. Tapestry maker, anarchist & very popular secretary of the "Federation of Tenants" (ancestor of the DAL).

1885 -- France: Louis Montgon lives (1885-1972), Lorlanges (Haute-Loire). Militant et propagandiste anarchiste et syndicaliste.

1889 -- Ukraine: Jacques Doubinsky (Iakov Dubinsky) lives (1889-1959). As a young labor radical he joined the Ukrainian peasant uprising in 1918, fighting with the famed anarchist insurrectionary Makhnovist army. Involved in many publishing enterprises & assisting Bulgarian refugees.

When betrayed by the Bolsheviks, Doubinsky went to Bulgaria, where he was arrested & tortured for his anarchist activities....

Why I took part in a robbery, why I committed murder, lettering
1890 -- Raymond Callemin, (aka Raymond-la-Science) member of the anarchist/illegalist Bonnot Gang, lives. Callemin was guillotined in 1913

Further details / context, click here; libertaire, anarchiste, anarchisme, anarchistes, anarchie[Details / context] | [ Details / context on the Bonnot Gang ]

1892 -- Poems On Sale; Walt Whitman Mall, source Great American poet Walt Whitman mows no more, age 72, Camden, New Jersey. Constantly revising & augmenting his Leaves of Grass, he receives the final, ninth, edition on his deathbed.

"Git outta here you ol' faggot coot!!"?

Walt was an unwashed iconoclast, a rebel who loved to offend polite society, an in-your-face sensualist homosexual back when nobody had the nerve to come out in public.

He was so offensive, even Ralph Waldo Emerson balked at inviting him over for dinner — though it was Emerson's endorsement of Leaves of Grass which made Whitman a famous poet.

1897 -- Oscar Wilde's wife writes about her husband's arrest & imprisonment:

"I think his fate is rather like Humpty Dumpty's,
quite as tragic & quite as impossible to put right."

1903 -- Algeria: Albert Guigui-Theral lives (1903-1982), Algiers. French militant anarchist, syndicalist & WWII partisan.

1904 -- Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) lives. American writer on mythology & comparative religion.
'The truth is one, the sages speak of it by many names.'

Hey, hey! Smiley Face
1910 -- US: Making Amends? Congress bars paupers, anarchists, criminals, & the diseased from the country; Immigration Act of 1907 amended.

1910 -- US: Speaking of Amen(ds) to the Immigration Act of 1907, forbidding entrance to the United States of anarchists & persons carrying diseases...
Martin Gudell's grandson relayed to the Daily Bleed this anecdote:

"After he fled France (during WWII) he came to the US since there was no place safe for him & his wife in Europe.

He did not have documentation that he was born in the US [apparently born in Rochester, NY], but he managed to convince the immigration officers that he was a citizen by singing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." He told me he remembered learning the song in kindergarten.

Imagine a thirty-something year old anarchist singing "Twinkle Twinkle" to bureaucrats!

1911 -- Tennessee Williams lives, Columbus, Mississippi. Prominent post-WWII American playwright, who suffered severe mental & physical breakdown in the 1960s. A Streetcar Named Desire, won a Pulitzer & was made into a film directed by Elia Kazan, starring Marlon Brando in his breakthrough role. His plays were in the romantic Southern Gothic Tradition as is exemplified in the works Carson McCullers & William Faulkner or sexual freedom as in the novels of D.H. Lawrence.

1912 -- US: Mine disaster at Jed, West Virginia, kills 83 workers.
(Turn your speakers waaaay down low)

1915 -- Switzerland: International Women's Socialist Conference held, Berne.

1915 -- Virginia Woolf suffers a nervous breakdown following publication of her first novel, The Voyage Out.

Angry Nelson Rockefeller giving someone the finger
1916 -- US: Proper salute? Birdman of Alcatraz receives solitary for giving a guard the bird.

1918 -- US: An anarchist draft resister, Philip Grosser, reports from Alcatraz Prison that he & other opponents of World War I are being tortured. Grosser wrote one of the first exposés of Alcatraz Prison, entitled Uncle Sam's Devil's Island.

Meanwhile Minneapolis is the scene of the first so-called "Slacker Raid," a vigilante dragnet of men without draft cards.

During WWI, the raids seize more than 40,000 non-registrants across the country. (On July 15th, 1919, the War Department announces it has classified more than 337,000 American men as "draft dodgers" from the War That Ended All Wars waged by Beloved & Respected Comrade Liberal Woodrow Wilson.)
Slacker Raids:

1920 -- F. Scott Fitzgerald's first book, This Side of Paradise published; it sells 20,000 copies in a week. At 23 he is the youngest novelist ever published by Scribner's.

1922 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministUS: The New York World publishes a series of controversial articles, (March 26-April 4) by Emma Goldman, exposing the harsh political & economic conditions in Russia.

1923 -- Bob Elliot (of Bob & Ray) lives.

1923 -- Bulgaria: In Yambol, during an anarchist protest against the government decision to disarm the people, the army shoots into the crowd, wounding the speaker Atanas Stoitchev & massacre others.

About 30 are murdered here (
Todor Darzev, Pani Botchkov, Dimitar Vassilev, Cyrille Kehaiov, Spiro Obretenov, Pétar Kassapina, Rousko Nanine, Pétar Glavtchev, etc.), including others executed at the Yambol barracks tomorrow. Still others are executed on April 24, & with the coup d'etat of June 9th, the remaining activists are forced underground.

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On April 24, 1923 in Sliven (Bulgaria), the anarchists Nicolai Dragnev, the brothers Panayot & Ilia Kratounkov are all shot by the army under the pretext of an "escape attempt."

Coarse-o; book cover
1930 -- American poet & leading member of the Beats, Gregory Corso, lives, New York. Convicted of theft at 17, he discovers literature in prison & later meets Allen Ginsberg & publishes his first book, The Vestal Lady on Brattle in 1955.

Reading book thru prison barsYou too can support a prison literature program, nurture some reader or writer; AuntieDave's favorite is Seattle's own Books to Prisoners [which he helped found in the late 1970s]:

Corso poem collage, source:

1931 -- Leonard Nimoy, director of Three Men & a Baby, lives.

1937 -- US: Statue dedicated to Popeye the Sailor Man, Crystal City, Texass.

1939 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministFrance: Emma Goldman travels to Paris to meet refugee Spanish anarchists (from the aftermath of the Spanish Revolution) who are demoralized & fraught with misery & internal recriminations & suspicion.
Source: Emma Goldman Papers

1949 -- US: Intellectually, the Cold War begins in earnest today, in New York City at the Waldorf Hotel. A conference organized by, among others, Lillian Hellman brought communist cultural celebrities together to defend the U.S.S.R. Those bolting from the Stalinist-dominated conference started the American Committee for Cultural Freedom, which included liberals, democratic socialists & even anarchists...
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1958 -- Four pacifists set sail, intending to cross restricted zone around US pacific weapons testing site.

1959 -- Raymond Chandler dies.

Raymond Chandler
Master of hard-boiled school of crime fiction. His best known character is the tough but honest private detective Philip Marlowe (from the violent tempered 15th century writer Christopher Marlowe). Wrote for Black Mask, which also published Dashiell Hammett.

Chandler also ridiculed classical puzzle writers for their lack of realism. His most famous target, in his The Simple Art of Murder (1944) was A.A. Milne's The Red House Mystery.

His unfinished novel Poodle Spring was completed by Robert B. Parker, who also did a sequel to The Big Sleep.

See also "hard-boiled" writers Jonathan Latimer, Horace McCoy, Chester Himes. Norman Mailer's hard-boiled detective novel Tough Guys Don't Dance (1984) owes much to Chandler's style.

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1959 -- Brazil: Anarchist Congress convenes at Nossa Chácara in São Paulo (March 26-29th). Large gathering of militants from all parts of the country, including Spanish & Italian exiles. anarchist diamondTen items are debated & approved, including the refounding of Centros de Cultura Social & reviving the publishing house Editora Mundo Livre, in Rio De Janeiro. anarchismo, anarchici, anarquista, sindicalistas, Brasil, Brazilian Anarchist Congress 1959 Congresso Anarquista do Brasil - Realizado de 26 a 29 de março de 1959 em Nossa Chácara, no Itaim, São Paulo, com grande presença de militantes de todo o país, exilados espanhóis e alguns italianos. Foi aprovada a reativação dos Centros de Cultura Social e fundada a Editora Mundo Livre, do Rio de Janeiro. Ao todo foram debatidos e aprovados 10 temas.

1966 -- US: Over 50,000 march in Fifth Avenue Vietnam Peace Parade in New York City.

1967 -- US: New York City Central Park Love-In, 10,000 show up.

1967 -- US: Easter Sunday Hippie Uprising on Haight Street. With Digger provocation & spontaneous group action fueling the situation, hundreds of hippies take over Haight Street & tie up traffic for three hours in Frisco, California.

1968 -- US: Yippies submit application for demonstrations to Chicago Parks Department.

1968 -- Serrat es sustituido por Massiel en Eurovisión. Sudáfrica presenta tres leyes de apartheid.

John Lennon, working class hero
1969 -- John & Yoko Ono-Lennon start seven day bed-in against the Vietnam War.
wonsaponatime therewas two Ballons called Jock & Yono. They were strictly love-bound to happen in a million years. They werer together man. Unfortunatimetable they both seemed to have previous experience — which kept calling them one way or another.(you know howitis). But they battled on against overwhelming oddities, includo some of there beast friends ... Being in love they cloong even the more together man — but some of the posionessmonster of outrated buslodedshithrowers did stick slightly & occasionaly had to resort to the drycleaners. Luckily this did not kill them & the werent banned from the olympic games. They lived hopefully ever after, & who could blame them.

1969 -- México: Anarchist novelist B. Traven dies. Wrote one of the great travel ship novels, The Death Ship. Makes the Titanic blush...

Hal Croves, the man purporting to be B. Traven's "literary agent" & widely believed to be Traven himself, dies in México City:

"I am but the product of an era with the heartfelt wish to disappear again back into the continuum, with the same anonymity with which I must today shout out my words before you ..."

See the Anarchist Encyclopedia page,

1970 -- US: Atomic Energy Commission explodes nuclear weapons in Pahute Mesa, Nevada. Now known as Palute Messa.

1972 -- US: Dita Beard tells Senate Judiciary Committee members visiting her hospital room she was under the influence of "barbiturates, alcohol & hysteria" when she allegedly revealed the contents of her ITT memo. Later in the session, she was suddenly overcome by a "seizure" & stopped testifying (see 29 February; 17 March).

1973 -- Lyricist Noel Coward dies.

1975 -- Biological Weapons Convention takes effect. Yup, you betcha. Tune in again, Fall 2001. (Is the US a signatory?)

1978 -- Switzerland: 500 fast against construction of nuclear reactors.

1979 -- US: Camp David Accords signed by Israel & Egypt.

Dark rainbow
1980 -- Seven years after Pink Floyd released "The Dark Side of the Moon," it breaks the record for the longest-charting pop album, previously held by Carole King's "Tapestry."

1986 -- US: Supreme Court upholds a ruling that an Oklahoma law permitting the dismissal of teachers for speaking out on gay rights is unconstitutional.

1990 -- Space tomato seeds planted at Johnson Space Center, Earthbound seeds planted at the same time. After two weeks, space seeds had 85 percent germination rate, Earth seeds 62 percent rate. So there. (Look out Chicago!)

1993 -- Outer Space: Soviet cosmonaut Serge Krikalev returns to the planet's surface after over 300 days in orbit. While he was away, the USSR dissolved. The homeless are everywhere.

1995 -- Burundi: More than 3,000 people flee ethnic violence in this Africa country.

1996 -- anarchist squatters? Germany: During the Squatter's Movement, which comes under heavy government attack for the next two years, The Palisadenstrasse 49 is evicted.

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1998 -- US: Microradio movement news accounts on the struggle to free the airwaves: FCC busts KMAD, 90.5FM, in Jersey City; FCC VISITS STEAL THIS RADIO 88.7, in the Big Apple.
Source: [Pirate Radio Kiosk]

2000 -- Alex Comfort dies. British physician, sexologist, anarchist, poet, novelist, etc.
"You have only to speak for once — they will melt like the dust:
you have only to spit in their faces — they will go
howling like devils to swindle somebody else

but if you choose to obey, we shall not blame you
for every lesson is new. We will make room for you
in the cold hall were every cause is just.

Perhaps you'll go with us to frosty windows
putting the same choice as the years go round
or sit debating 'When will they disobey?'

wrapped in our coats against the imaprtial cold."
All this I think the buried me would say,
clutching their white ribs & their rusted helmets

nationless bones, under the still ground.

— Alex Comfort (1920-2000),
excerpt from "The Soldiers"

2005 -- Antonio Téllez (1921-2005) dies. Anarchist, guerrilla, historian. Author of, among other works, Sabaté, guérilla urbaine en Espagne 1945-1960, (translated into English by Stuart Christie).

2010 -- High Seas: The ROKS Cheonan, a South Korean Navy ship carrying 104 personnel, sinks off the country's west coast, killing 46. In May, an independent investigation blames North Korea, which denies the allegations.

3000 --

A Supermarket in California

— Allen Ginsberg

What thoughts I have of you tonight, Walt Whitman, for I walked down the side streets under the trees with a headache self-conscious looking at the full moon.

In my hungry fatigue, & shopping for images, I went into the neon fruit supermarket, dreaming of your enumerations!

What peaches & what penumbras! Whole families shopping at night! Aisles full of husbands! Wives in the avocados, babies in the tomatoes! — & you, Garcia Lorca, what were you doing down by the watermelons?

I saw you, Walt Whitman, childless, lonely old grubber, poking among the meats in the refrigerator & eyeing the grocery boys.

I heard you asking questions of each: Who killed the pork chops? What price bananas?...


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