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[...] of homespun of oatmeal gray
         without a blazon is the flag
         that I hold up & do not wag.

Paul Goodman, excerpt, "Little Te Deum"

   MARCH 30

Radical French decadent symbolist poet.


James Koehnline collage
Collage by SaintMeister James Koehnline


1282 -- Sicily: Vespers Massacre: Sicilians launch a successful revolt against the French occupation with a riot at a Palermo church, killing 2000 on the first day.

1327 -- England: Chartering of the Most Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.

1536 -- Strangulation of Ibrahim, Grand Vizier of Turkey.

1746 -- Spanish painter Francisco Goya lives.
Francisco Goya
Politically persecuted painter of the disasters of war.

1763 -- After dining with Lord Eglinton, James Boswell observes in his London Journal: "We drank tea. We talked on human happiness. I said I wondered if any man ever passed a whole day pleasantly."

1820 -- English writer Anna Sewell, author of Black Beauty, lives, Norwich.

1844 -- Poet Paul Verlaine (Bonheur; Elegies) lives, Metz, France. Opened the way for free verse.

1849 -- The first issue of the weekly periodical Household Words appears, edited by Charles Dickens; it includes the first installment of a novel, Cranford, by Elizabeth Gaskell.

Vinny the Van
1853 -- Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh lives, Groot Zundert, Brabant, Netherlands.
Van Gogh painted furiously & "The Starry Night" vibrates with rockets of burning yellow while planets gyrate like cartwheels. The hills quake & heave, yet the cosmic gold fireworks that swirl against the blue sky are somehow restful.

Huge Amazing pencil facts
1853 -- Patent granted to Hyman Lipman for a pencil with an ERASER!

Hey, hey! Smiley Face
1855 -- US: Bands of proslavery "Ruffians" from Missouri cross the Kansas border to intimidate "free-soil" voters, & to cast illegal ballots themselves. The result: the election of legislators that strongly supported slavery in the territory.

1855 -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, writes "My Lost Youth."

1857 -- In Podhajce, Galicia, Austria (now Pidhaytsi, Ukraine), Gabriela Zapolska, lives. She first pursues an acting career in Paris &, being unsuccessful, turns to writing novels & plays.

1867 -- US: Alaska purchased from Russia for $7,200,000.

Mug Shot: Bad Emma Goldman
1869 -- Lithuania: Anarchist writer/activist & feminist Emma Goldman lives, Kaunas.
Emma Goldman Poster

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1870 -- US: Black men win the right to vote. Poll taxes & ridiculous literacy tests to subvert the 15th Amendment of the US Constitution soon follow — enacted by the same great patriots who wave flags, gush about a free democratic society & the holy Constitution.

1880 -- Around the corner from 7 Eccles Street, Sean O'Casey lives, in the working-class ghettos of Dublin that he would later make famous. Irish playwright renowned for realistic dramas of the Dublin slums in war & revolution, in which tragedy & comedy are juxtaposed.

Louise Michel, anarchiste, La vierge Rouge cartoon
1883 -- France:

Sur le chemin de la préfecture Louise Michel est arrêtée
et conduite au dépôt.

[Source: Michel Chronologie]

1886 -- Granddaughter of Charles Darwin, Frances Cornford, lives, Cambridge, England, about which many of her short poems are penned. Her first book of poems was published in 1910.
Scientific American Gives Up On Darwin

1900 --
Nicolas Faucier
Nicolas Faucier lives, in Orleans. French anarchiste, trade unionist & pacifist. Ran the bookshop "La librairie sociale," & with Louis Lecoin formed the "Comité pour l'Espagne libre," (later the SIA [solidarité internationale antifasciste]) & did a many stints in prison for his anti-war activities & only an escape during WWII saved him from the German camps. See the Anarchist Encyclopedia page,

Los Frentess poster
1915 -- Spain: Francisco Sabaté (El Quico), anarquista guérilla extraordinaire, lives, in Barcelona.

See the Anarchist Encyclopedia page,

Sabater Llopart

1915 -- Emma GoldmanUS: Red Emma Goldman invited by the students of the Union Theological Seminary in New York to speak on "The Message of Anarchism," but the administration cancels the engagement. The quality of "freedom" in America is a fragile thing, particularly among bureaucrats, who are rather prone to mangling it beyond recognition if given the chance.

1919 -- India: Closure of shops in protest against Rowlatt Bills begins, New Delhi.

1925 -- Anthroposophist Rudolph Steiner dies, Dornach, Switzerland.

1928 -- Carl Solomon lives, Bronx, New York.

"... who threw potato salad at CCNY lecturers on Dadaism & subsequently presented themselves on the granite steps of the madhouse with shaven heads & harlequin speech of suicide, demanding instantaneous lobotomy ..."

— From 'Howl (for Carl Solomon)' by Allen Ginsberg

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Lets Go To Work
1930 -- US: Price of "Progress"? The New-Kanawha Power Company breaks ground on the Hawks Nest Tunnel & Dam, part of the New River power project, with an estimated 800 men employed.

Over the next five years, at least 476 workers, mostly migrant blacks from the South, die from silicosis. Some of the dead are buried in a mass grave to hide the actual number of casualties. Fifty years later, one study places the death toll as high as 764, making it the worst industrial disaster in US history.

[See Martin Cherniack, Hawks Nest Incident: America's Worst Industrial Disaster, & Tim McKinney, Elkem Metals: Ninety Years of Progress in the Kanawha Valley.]

1932 -- Amelia Earhart is first woman to make solo crossing of the Atlantic.

Janet McCloud
1934 -- US: Native Rights activist Janet McCloud lives, Tulalip reservation in Washington state.

Descended from the Chief Seattle family. The Tulalip comes from fishing people & their legends are linked to salmon. Salmon to the Tulalip are like corn to the Iroquois, or buffalo to the Sioux. She became a political activist for threatened Native Fishing Rights. Arrested with others others for a 1965 "fish-in" on the Nisqually River, they were all found not guilty in 1969.

1936 -- Italy: Le polizie dello stato tedesco e di quello italiano concordano una strategia dei repressione di movimenti di opposizione ai loro regimi.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1945 -- Ezra Pound is turned over to the American Army by Italian partisans.
After being imprisoned for several weeks in Genoa, he is transferred to solitary confinement in an outdoor wire cage near Pisa. Meanwhile the US government is rehabbing Nazi's (especially police & spies) all over Europe & helping others escape to South America & the US with new identities.

"Go swallow a bottle of Coke & let it fizz out your ears."

— William Carlos Williams, to fellow poet Ezra Pound

1945 -- Eric Clapton, guitarist/vocalist with Cream, Derek & the Dominoes, Bluesbreakers, Blind Faith & the Yardbirds, lives.

Einstein poster
1953 -- Chalk This Up?: Einstein announces revised unified field theory.

1961 -- US: Former Judge Joseph Peel, Jr., convicted in Fort Pierce, Florida of masterminding the murder of another judge, who allegedly threatened to expose Peel's involvement in a liquor & lottery protection racket.

1965 -- First Owsley acid.

1967 -- Australia: Aboriginals occupy part of Wave Hill Station, Northern Territory. Gurindji cattle workers began a nine-year strike on August 23, 1966 for wage improvements which developed into a successful claim for return of traditional Gurindji lands.

1968 -- anarchist, laborItaly: Independently conducted Fiat strike of all 100,000 workers leads to new forms of autonomous struggles nationwide in '68-'69.

1970 -- US: After years of struggle & a nationwide boycott, the United Farm Workers sign the first table-grape contract with two of California's largest grape growers.

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1972 -- Ireland: Great Britain imposes direct rule on Northern Ireland.

1972 -- anarchiste diamond dingbat; anarquista; new entry, remove 2008Scotland: Bomb containing 13 sticks of gelignite planted on railway line near Stranraer, Glasgow, used by the Army to transport men & equipment to ferry for N. Ireland.
Source: Chronology in Albert Meltzer's I Couldn't Paint Golden Angels

1978 -- Philippines: 10,000 demonstrate against Marcos.

1979 -- Airey Neave has the INLA take a look under the bonnet of his car & see what they can fix for him.
Source: [Calendar Riots]

1980 -- Henry Poulaille dies.

Henry Poulaille, anarchiste French author, anarchiste, director of éditions Grasset, where he published proletarian authors, & the journal "Le nouvel âge littéraire," promoting worker literature & gained him the enmity of the Communist Party. See the Anarchist Encyclopedia page,

Bad Actor
1981 -- Ooopsie! Bullet HoleUS: Acting President Ronald Reagan shot by John Hinckley Jr. Near miss. Moral is, think about what you're going to do today & try to get it right first time — you may only have one shot at it.

1981 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Secretary of State Alexander Haig declares he has assumed (illegally) Acting control of the US. The Bit Part suits him, but he needs a new scriptwriter.

1982 -- West Germany: 80,000 demonstrate against nuclear power, Wackersdorf.

Sun flower by Van Gogh
1987 -- Vincent van Gogh's "Sunflowers" sells for 39.9 million, almost four times the previous record paid for a single work of art.

During his lifetime, van Gogh sold one painting.

Inspires a resurgence in sunflower seed sales.

1989 -- Gladys Knight performs solo for the first time since grammar school without The Pips during a gig at Bally's in Las Vegas. Pips down.

1991 -- NY Times editorial today claims

"America's victory in the Persian Gulf war...provided special vindication for the US Army, which brilliantly exploited its firepower & mobility & in the process erased memories of its grievous difficulties in Vietnam."

Black poet June Jordan, like many other Americans, thinks otherwise:

"I suggest to you it's a hit the same way that crack is, & it doesn't last long."

Anarchist bookfair, animated
1996 -- US: First annual Bay Area Anarchist Book Festival held.
In celebration of their 20th anniversary, Bound Together Bookstore Collective presents the First Annual Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair, Frisco, California.

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1996 -- US: 500 march in Sunnyside, Washington in a United Farm Workers-sponsored commemoration of Cesar Chavez.

Blue Moon Sign
2001 -- Painting of Ross LavroffUS: Seattle raconteur & Blue Mooner Ross Lavroff (1936-2001), "voice" of the historic 1975 Apollo-Soyuz docking among other assignments as an interpreter, dies.

Ukraine-born interpreter who served numerous US government & international agencies. A long-time houseboat resident on Lake Union & a regular at the Blue Moon Tavern, where he delighted in entertaining Soviet guests & annoying the KGB.

Anarchist bookfair, animated
2002 -- US: 7th Annual Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair, Frisco, California. Admission is free. Includes The Emma Goldman Papers Project with project literature & Emmarabilia.

2003 --

Dead Iraqi Would Have Loved Democracy!

"You know the world is going crazy
when the best rapper is a white guy,
the best golfer is a black guy,
France is accusing the US of arrogance,
& Germany doesn't want to go to war."

— Alexandre de Oliveira Kappaun,
Central European University, Department of Gender Studies

3000 --


If we feel the least degradation in being amorous, or merry or hungry, or sleepy, we are so far bad animals & miserable men.

— William Morris


T-shirt: Bush, Not My President

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