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The fluid call in a sudden
silence abandons the search for direction

       — George Kalamaras, "Evening"


Italian "workerist" political activist, philosopher.

Ancient Egyptian FESTIVAL OF MIN.


Iran: SIZDAR-BEDAH: It is unlucky to stay indoors.
(Bowlers Beware!)

1279 -- Kublai Khan defeats the Sung Chinese in a battle at sea.

Ichabod, film still
1783 -- Washington Irving lives (1783-1859). American author, short story writer, essayist, poet, travel book writer, biographer, & columnist, best known for the short stories The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; Rip Van Winkle. In Joseph Heller's novel Catch-22 the central character, Captain Yossarian, signs the censored letters of the soldiers with the name Washington Irving (or Irving Washington).
oldbook"I don't go upstairs to bed two nights out of seven," writes Charles Dickens, "...without taking Washington Irving under my arm."

1789 -- US: A Boston trader visits & describes Neah Bay, a principal village of the Makah Indians (Washington State).

Paul Robin
1837 -- France: Paul Robin lives, in Toulon (VAr). Wrongfully forgotten anarchist educator & néo-Malthusian whose libertarian legacy influences the educators Sébastien Faure & Francisco Ferrer.

1837 -- England: Heads Up? 2,000 workers at the Crown & Anchor Tavern, London, declare support for Canadian Patriots.

1849 -- Germany: During this month Mikhail Bakunin moves to Dresden. His brochure on "Russian Conditions" appears, as do articles in Dresdner Zeitung. Next month a popular uprising breaks out & Bakunin emerges as an "heroic" leader; it also involves Richard Wagner & Heuber. When the rebellion is crushed, Bakunin receives a death sentence.

Snail Mail on Horse
1860 -- US: Pony Express service begins, between Sacramento, California & St. Joseph, Missouri. It was discontinued six & a half months later due to the completion of the first transcontinental telegraph line. An ad in a California newspaper read:

"Wanted. Young, skinny, wiry fellows. Not over 18. Must be expert riders. Willing to risk death daily.

"Orphans preferred."

1868 -- An Hawaiian surfs on highest wave ever, he rides a 50-foot tidal wave.

Ooopsie! bullet hole
1882 -- US: Jesse James shot by Robert Ford at St. Joseph, Missouri.

1894 -- England: Dora Winifred Russell-Black lives, in Thornton Heath, Surrey. Humanist & a feminist, joined the freethinking Heretics Society & supported the Suffragette Movement. She also became interested in socialism & pacifism. Companion to philosopher & mathematician Bertrand Russell.

1898 -- Hot chili pepper!, anarchistUS: Emma Goldman, continuing her speaking tour of February-June, addressing 66 meetings) scheduled to speak in Milwaukee, today & tomorrow.

1910 -- US: Highest mountain in North America, Alaska's Mt. Denali climbed.

anarquista Federico Borrell García's moment of death, photo by Robert Capa
1912 -- Spain: Federico "Taino" Borrell García lives, Benilloba in Alicante. Founder of the local branch of the Libertarian Youth (FIJL) in 1932. FAI militant & during the Spanish Revolution a militiaman in the Columna Alcoiana led by the local anarchist activist, Enrique Vańo Nicomedes. He is best known now by the iconic photo The Fallen Soldier, by Robert Capa, which captured his moment of death on September 5, 1936.

1914 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministUS: During this month Emma Goldman's The Social Significance of the Modern Drama published.

1914 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministUS: Reunited, Emma Goldman & Ben Reitman open their seventh annual tour in Chicago with "splendid" Jewish meetings.

1915 -- Poland: Deadbeat?: Having played an important moderating role as deputy chairman at the Yiddish Conference that assembled at Czernowitz to promote the status of the language & its culture, Isaac Leib Peretz, dies in Warsaw.

Rebel Voices
1917 -- US: American navy sailors in Kansas City destroy the I.W.W. (Industrial Workers of the World) building.

Following Beloved & Respected Comrade Liberal President Woodrow Wilson's request yesterday for a declaration of war — but before that declaration is passed — local police today escort "off duty" military to destroy the IWW trade union headquarters.

This action inspires similar terrorist attacks in Detroit, Duluth, & other IWW centers. A "mob" in Butte lynched the part-Indian organizer Frank Little from a railroad trestle on 31 July 1917.

As in other industrial nations, officials in the United States, frustrated by the constitutional, legal, & cultural checks on their authority, found extralegal means (the Palmer Raids, Red Scare, etc.) to remove from public discourse those who had broken no law but who disagreed with government policy.

1920 -- F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald kicked out of Biltmore Hotel bridal suite, New York City for rowdiness. a real dark night of the soul

it is always three o'clock in the morning,

... day after day

1924 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministEmma Goldman, this month, is unable to solicit writing contracts with European & American magazines; she finds mainstream magazines are interested only in her experiences in Russia, thus thwarting her attempts to earn a living.

1924 -- Marlon "Stella, I coulda been a contender" Brando lives, Omaha Nebraska.

1925 -- China: During this month strikes occur in the Japanese-owned textile mills.
[Source: K.S. Karol]

1926 -- Italy: La legge sull'organizzazione sindacale riconosce solo due confederazioni, una per gli imprenditori e una per i lavoratori, entrambe affidate a dirigenti fascisti. Sono vietati gli scioperi e qualsiasi forma di agitazione sindacale.

Viene costituita l'Opera Nazionale Balilla che inquadra i ragazzi dagli 8 ai 12 anni (balilla) e quelli dai 12 ai 18 anni (avanguardisti). Il regime pensa proprio a tutto e a tutti.

Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1927 -- During this month The Black Sun Press is founded by Harry & Caresse Crosby. Their magazine "Transition" also first appears.
Source: See Geoffrey Wolff, Black Sun (Random House, 1976).

1930 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministApril-May, Emma Goldman sends her publisher what she assumes is the last installment of her autobiography — concluding with her deportation from the United States aboard the Buford — but Knopf insists on additional chapters covering her years in Russia & Europe.

1931 -- Italy: Pietro Secchia, capo del centro interno del Partito Comunista, č arrestato a Torino. Sarŕ condannato a 18 anni di prigione.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

Mt. Everest
1933 -- First airplane flight over Mt. Everest.

1938 -- Italy: During the 1000-mile Mille Milaga sportscar road race, a Lancia hits street car tracks & somersaults into the crowd, killing three adult & seven child spectators & injuring 27 others, Bologna.

1939 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministEngland: Emma Goldman returns to London: on the trip she meets a group of 50 refugees from Madrid & Valencia & in her final days in London organizes a committee to support them.

1948 -- Marshall Aid plan for Europe formally ratified by US.

1948 -- Korea: Cheju April 3rd Massacre.

One of the darkest yet least-known chapters of postwar Asian history — the horrific genocide of 30,000 innocent civilians on Cheju-do between 1948 & 1949.

In the space of one year, fully 10% of the island's total population of 300,000 was massacred — literal Roman decimation. Privately the governor of Cheju told American intelligence at the time that 60,000 were killed.

This mass murder, in the guise of an anti-Communist civil war, was undertaken by the South Korean army, the Cheju-do police, & the US military.

On August 21, 1998 the Second East Asia Peace & Human Rights Academic Conference was held on the island in commemoration of this mass murder & to help publicize an event hidden from the American public.

Kurt Weill
1950 -- Radical composer Kurt Weill dies, New York City.

1950 -- US: Carter Woodson (1875-1950) dies.

Black American educator, historian, called the Father of black history, founder of Black History Month. Daily Bleed Patron Saint December 19, 1998.

1954 -- US: United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 833 strikes the Kohler bathroom fixtures company in Kohler, Wisconsin.

Before the union contract expired, the company prepared for the strike by installing rooftop searchlights & arming guards with shotguns, tear gas, revolvers & thousands of ammunition rounds.

Is Your Bathroom Breeding Bolsheviks?!; old  Scott Towel advertisement

The strike did not end until September 1960, when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decides the Kohler Company is guilty of refusing to bargain. The company agrees to reinstate 1,400 strikers & pay them 4.5 million dollars in back pay & pension credits.

1959 -- The BBC bans the Coasters song "Charlie Brown" because of the word "spitball." Two weeks later the uptight Brits change their decision & play the single.

1959 -- US: The Chicago Post Office, having already seized several hundred copies of "Big Table 1", today sends a copy to the Director of the Division of Postal Services for a ruling as to its mailability. A hearing is eventually set for June 4, 1959, in Washington, DC.

1962 --


hese resistances are very little known precisely because the reigning spectacle is designed to present an omnipresent hypnotic image of unanimous submission. But they do exist & are spreading.

      — The Bad Days Will End
Internationale Situationniste #7 (April 1962); Translated by Ken Knabb

Internationale Situationniste #7

SI dingbat Central bulletin published by the sections of the Situationist International. Articles include "Geopolitics of Hibernation," "The Bad Days Will End," & "Basic Banalities" (part 1) by Vaneigem.
Editor: G.-E. Debord. Editorial committee (Central Council of the SI): Debord, Kotŕnyi, Lausen, Vaneigem. | [Situationist Resources]

1963 -- US: Martin Luther King, Jr., launches voter registration drive in Birmingham, Alabama, (Home of the Free).

Police Chief "Bull" Connor responds with fire hoses & attack dogs. Sit-ins & demos begun by SCLC & volunteers. The progressive city government & Bull will get an injunction to prevent demonstrations on April 11, & King & many others will be jailed on the 12th for violating the injunction.

1963 -- anarchist diamondFrance: Achille Daude dies. Trade union activist, anarchiste, &, especially, an advocate of cooperatives. Daude contributed to Sébastien Faure's Anarchist Encyclopaedia as well as writing numerous works on cooperatism, food & social questions.

1963 -- England: 700 in Budget Day protest against taxation for nuclear arms, House of Commons, London.

1965 -- US: Students at UC Berkeley circulate a flyer claiming seismologist Dr. Charles Richter suggested the next big earthquake would be centered in the East Bay. It was a tongue-in-cheek ad for the Johnny Otis Show at Zellerbach Hall which, the flyer said, met all State earthquake requirements.

1969 -- US: 7,000 Illinois National Guardsmen mobilized to quell a wave of shooting, stoning & looting that broke out in black neighborhoods of Chicago in response to police brutality.

1972 -- US: Politico Adam Clayton Powell dies, Harlem, New York City.

Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2001. Harlem politico, high liver, nemesis of state bureaucracy.

Detroit, I Do Mind Dying, book cover
1973 -- "But that isn't as serious as some of the other things that have happened in the Rouge area in the past. Six men in a basic oxygen plant were killed, & there wasn't enough left of those men to put in a decent shopping bag."

— Wesley Johns, statement to a People's Court convened by the Motor City Labor League, April 3, 1973 (cited in Dan Georgakas's Detroit: I Do Mind Dying)

Hey, hey! Smiley Face
1974 -- US: California Lt. Governor Ed Reinecke indicted on three counts of lying under oath during a Senate Judiciary Committee investigation into charges that political influence was a major factor in the settlement of an antitrust case against ITT.

1974 -- US: Patty Hearst announces in a taped message to a Berkeley radio station that she has joined her kidnappers, the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA).

"I would never choose to live the rest of my life surrounded by pigs like the Hearsts"

— see also 5 & 22 February.
Source: 'Calendar Riots'

Ooops...animated fire
1975 -- Steve Miller charged with setting fire to the clothes & personal effects of a friend, Benita DiOrio.

In the late night confusion, Miller tussles with policemen & is also charged with resisting arrest. The incident is quickly forgotten the next day when DiOrio asks to drop the charges & Miller jokes with reporters that the publicity might "rekindle" his career.

Person drinking a glass of blood
1975 -- Bobby Fischer stripped of world chess title for refusing to defend his title & drinking the blood of his vanquished opponent.

1979 -- Iranian author Hadi Khorsandi, (The Ayatollah & I; Readers International, 1987) skeedaddles for London.

"When he returned to Iran at the time of the Revolution, his satirical writings quickly brought demands for his execution from mobs of the Jezbollah & he flew back to London on 3 April,1979, only 2 days after the Islamic Rep. had been declared."

1980 -- US: Congress reinstates the Shvwits, Kanosh, Koosharem, & Indian Peaks & Cedar City bands of Paiute Indians of Utah.

1984 -- Italy: Mediterranean Cruises? Cruise missiles announced as operational, Comiso, Sicily.

Big Fist of Revival Religion; source
1985 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Rightwing-Sweetheart B-1 Bob Dornan (R-Trooper) reveals the "best compliment" he has yet received on the House of Representatives floor — Henry Hyde (R-IL.) said to him,

"If we were Indians in the Plains Wars & you were a cavalry trooper, we would kill you just to drink your blood."

This, explains Bob, is how true warriors show respect.

1989 -- US: In Mississippi Choctaw Case, US Supreme Court upholds rights of tribal courts under the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978.

1990 -- American singer Sarah Vaughn, 66, dies of lung cancer in Los Angeles. "Divine Sassie," the Daily Bleed Patron Saint, March 27.

"I don't remember when I first heard her, but I remember when she died. I heard it on the radio & I had to pull the car over.

She means more to me than any other artist, because she truly had to sing. She didn't do that well commercially, she had trouble with record companies, she needed to sing what she wanted to sing.

She was the singer's singer."

2000 -- Entheogen psychonaut & futurist shamanarchist, Terence McKenna (1946-2000) dies. Author of Magic Mushroom Growers Guide, advocate of the "Stoned Ape" theory of human evolution.

TERENCE McKENNA Patron Saint ??-2011
Sacred substance psychonaut, shamanarchist.

2009 -- France: Some 25,000 police are armed & dangerous, convened to whup on the tens of thousands of uninvited protesters attending today's Nato gathering.

2010 -- Italy: "Workerist" political philosopher Romano Alquati dies, Turin.

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