Our Daily Bleed...
. . . There are other ways; we know the way
to make the other choice for death: unformed
or broken, less than whole, puzzled, we live
in a formless world. Endless, we hope for no end.
I tell you death, expect no smile of pride
from me. I bring you nothing in my empty hands.
— William Bronk (1918-1999)
"The Smile on the Face of a Kouros,"
Life Supports: New & Collected Poems;
originally published in The Empty Hands (1969)
APRIL 12 — SITARA ACHAKZAI
Prominent Afghan women's rights activist, martyr.
HELL IS A DEMOCRACY DAY.
Guatemala: Cohumatan Indians have CEREMONY TO PRESERVE CORN from frost by using prayers to chase the frost into a crack in the mountain & sealing the crack with mortar. Very way cool trick.
Russia: COSMONAUT'S DAY. News item: 'General Yuri Glazkov, deputy commander of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, said Tuesday Lucid's presence on Mir will be a bonus because, "We know that women love to clean" ' — see 13 April.
BARBERSHOP QUARTET DAY.
1557 -- Thomas Loseby, Henry Ramsey, Thomas Thirtel, Margaret Hide & Agnes Stanley burnt for heresy.
1709 -- Richard Steele publishes the first issue of The Tatler.
1782 -- US: During the Revolutionary War, a US militia troop attacks Christian Indians of the Delaware Nation in their villages on western Pennsylvania's Tuscarawas River. The Indians declared themselves neutral in the war against the British. During the attack, the Indians stand their ground but take no defense. Assured no harm will befall them, the Indians allow themselves to be rounded up.
The soldiers know the Indians are peaceful, but this does not stop them from killing more than 100 men & women. Eyewitness David Zeisberger describes the Indians:
"They prayed & sang until the tomahawks struck into their heads. The bodies were burned together with the houses."
The Pennsylvania assembly will investigate & condemn the massacre, but will take no action against the soldiers or their commanders.
1812 -- Charles Messier, "comet ferret," ends the hunt.
1861 -- CSA: Confederate troops fire the first shot of the Civil War against Fort Sumter, South Carolina.
The Union commander of the fort had offered to surrender in two days, when his food supply was due to run out. But the Southern officers refused to allow the delay, fearing, as one later admitted, that Abraham Lincoln & Jefferson Davis would settle their differences amicably, & the chance of war would slip away forever.
1871 -- France: DECREE OF THE COMMUNE TO DEMOLISH THE VENDOME COLUMN:
"The Paris Commune, considering that the Imperial Column in the Place Vendôme is a monument of barbarism, a symbol of brute force & false glory, an affirmation of militarism, a denial of international law, a permanent insult directed at the conquered by their conquerors, a perpetual attack upon one of the three great principles of the French republic, decrees that the column in the Place Vendome "shall be demolished."
— Schulkind (ed.), The Paris Commune of 1871: The View from the Left
1877 -- US: Catcher's mask first used in a baseball game.
1893 -- US: "Michael Gold" lives. Pseudonym for Itzok Isaac Granich, born 12 April 1893 (not 1894, as he sometimes erroneously stated) in New York's Lower East Side Jewish ghetto to immigrant parents.
Hard-line Stalinist, cultural commissar of the American Communist Party, perhaps the best of this school of writing. Best-known novel is Jews Without Money. Editor of The Liberator & a joint editor, with John Sloan, of the New Masses.
Gold so nettled Hemingway with repeated broadside denunciations of him in his Daily Worker column that he stormed into the paper's office demanding to see Gold, who was out of the office. The receptionist asked if there were a message.
'OK,' said the famous author, 'tell Mike Gold that Ernest Hemingway says he should go fuck himself.'
— cited in Carlos Baker's Ernest Hemingway: A Life (Scribners, 1969) p. 459.
1900 -- Florence Reece lives. Active in Harlan County, Kentucky coal strikes & author of the famed labor song "Which Side Are You On?"
1900 -- Puerto Rico: American Empire begins in earnest as the island is surrendered to the US military authority. Today, the Foraker Law (Organic Act of 1900) is approved, establishing civil government & "free" commerce between the island & US. Remains one of America's many colonies in the new millennium.
1904 -- Spain: Joaquín Miguel Artal, a 19-year-old anarquista, tries to stab to Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Maura. También había sido atentado por el anarquista Joaquín Miguel Artal.
Maura is wounded in yet another attempt in 1910 by the anarchist Manuel Possa. The Maura government was finally toppled because of the scandal & protests throughout Spain & abroad because of the government murder of Francisco Ferrer.
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1904 -- US: During this month Emma Goldman seeks to extend her influence beyond the immigrant community by exposing a broader American audience to anarchism. She lectures in Philadelphia on "The Tragedy of Woman's Emancipation." Her first attempts to deliver her lecture is stalled by Officer Friendlies, but public support for free speech gains her eventual success in delivering the lecture.
1906 -- Spain: Francisco Ferrer, Spanish anarchist educational theorist & teacher, continues to test the tolerance of Spanish authorities & clerics by organizing a massive demonstration today, Good Friday, in support of secular education. The government & Catholic Church are quite exercised & leap at the chance to jail him on false charges in June (for over a year).
Illustration by Flavio Costantini
1907 -- American mystery-adventure writer Leslie Charteris lives, Singapore.
Best-known for "The Saint” stories, depicting adventures of Simon Templar, hero outside the law. First screen adaptation was made in 1938, TV series started 1963.
The Saint preceded Ian Fleming's James Bond, but as an outlaw — & thus a relative of Robin Hood, Maurice Leblanc's gentleman thief Arsené Lupin, or Mickey Spillane's fascist Mike Hammer.
Alexandre Marius Jacob (1879-1954), the anarchiste bandit credited with over 150 burglaries, is the original "Arsene Lupin" in the French detective novels of Maurice Leblanc, with only slight exaggerations which made him a sensational "fictional" character.
1908 -- US: A fire that began in a dump in the Chelsea section of Boston, Massachusetts spread through the community & ignites oil tanks on the Chelsea Creek, eventually rendering 17,000 people homeless.
1910 -- US: Annette Rubinstein lives (d. 2007).
Daily Bleed Patron Saint, 2011: ANNETTE RUBINSTEIN
New York Marxist School co-founder, radical educator.
1913 -- France: Georges Cochon & several thousand homeless invade the town hall in Paris.
Cochon, a tapestry maker, anarchiste & very popular secretary of the "Federation of Tenants," declared war on "Mister Vulture" (the landlords). He helped the evicted move, as well as take over unoccupied housing.
1916 -- Beverly Cleary lives, author of Ramona children's books.
1918 -- Russia: Moscow headquarters of the anarchists surrounded & attacked by Bolshevik troops. For the past two days Cheka, the Bolshevik secret police has carried out raids on Moscow anarchist groups & making arrests. Very similar to what happens to anarchists, radical & labor activists in the US during this period.
"At last the Soviet government, with an iron broom, has rid Russia of Anarchism."
— Leon Trotsky, who prepared the military action against the anarchists
Apparently Snowball missed a few; given all the current Russian & other anarchist groups in the former USSR.
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1919 -- Ireland: The Limerick Soviet of 1919. See Daily Bleed Gallery page, http://recollectionbooks.com/bleed/sinners/LimerickSoviet.htm
1919 -- Italy: Founding congress of the l'Union Anarchiste Communiste held, 12-14 April.
1919 -- US: Benefit concert at Carnegie Hall for the League for the Amnesty of Political Prisoners organized by M. Eleanor Fitzgerald, Stella Ballantine, & Harry Weinberger.
Eugene Debs is incarcerated this month.
1919 -- US: Eugene V. Debs enters prison for opposing US entry into WWI (violating Espionage Act).
On Sept. 14, 1918, Judge D. C. Westenhauer issued his sentence, sending Debs to prison for ten years. An appeal by Debs to the US Supreme Court failed & in April 1919 he entered the Moundsville, West Virginia, state prison (which housed some federal detainees) to begin serving his jail term.
"I would no more teach children military training than I would teach them arson, robbery, or assassination."— Eugene Debs
1923 -- Tiny Tim (Herbert Buckingham Khaury), singer with falsetto warble & ukulele ("Tiptoe Through the Tulips" ), reportedly blossoms.
1927 -- China: Shanghai Commune is betrayed by the Communist Party into the hands of K.M.T. troops.
1931 -- Spain: Teresa Claramunt (1862-1931) dies, Barcelona. Militante anarquista y feminista.
Une des pionnières de l'anarcho-syndicaliste féminin en Espagne.
Edited La mujer en la Lucha Social y en la Guerra Civil de España, de Lola Iturbe. (Editores Mexicanos Unidos, 1974).
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1933 -- Moffett Field is commissioned. Becomes infamous playground for the Navy.
1934 -- Elechi Amadi lives. Nigerian novelist, dramatist, & educator, from an Ibo family in the Delta region of Eastern Nigeria. Like other Nigerian writers, including Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, John Okigbo, John Pepper Clark, & Cole Omotso, he attended the University College of Ibadan. His first novel was The Concubine (1966).
1934 -- F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender Is the Night is published, but the novel about rich expatriates is unenthusiastically received during the Great Depression.
1935 -- US: 150,000 college students across the country stage the first nationwide student strike against war. The protest is against participation in any war.
During its peak years, from spring 1936 to spring 1939, the movement mobilized at least 500,000 collegians (about half of the American student body) in annual one-hour strikes against war.See Encyclopedia of the American Left (Oxford University, 1998), edited by Mari Jo Buhle, Paul Buhle, & Dan Georgakas, p. 799-802.,
1936 -- France: The Union anarchiste (UA) convenes its Easter congress (12-13 April).
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1945 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Roosevelt, 63, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Georgia; Vice-President Harry S. Truman is sworn in as the next Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader.
1954 -- US: Bill Haley & the Comets record "Rock Around the Clock" for Decca Records. The song is released next year when it's included in the film "Blackboard Jungle."
(Collage by SaintMeister James Koehnline)
1954 -- US: J. Oppenheimer loses security clearance for opposing development of H-bomb.
'The classless society....'
«Address by the Situationist International to the General Assembly of the International Association of Art Critics, Meeting on 14 April 1958 at the World's Fair in Brussels»signed by A. Khatib, W. Korun, G.-E. Debord, H. Platschek, G. Pinot Gallizio & A. Jorn on behalf of the Algerian, Belgian, French, German, Italian & Scandinavian sections of the Situationist International.
On the back of the pamphlet: 'The classless society has found its artists. Long live the Situationist International!'
Judicial proceedings are initiated against Walter Korun for his role in the scandal.
1961 -- Outer Space: Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin is first man to orbit Earth. Went around once; sends US Cold War(riors) into a panic spin.
1961 -- US: No NukeBall? Douglas MacArthur declines offer to become baseball commissioner. Duke Nuk'em Rapidly Fading Away.
1966 -- Jan Berry, half of the hitmaking surf-rock vocal duo Jan & Dean, runs his Corvette into an parked truck on L.A.'s Whittier Boulevard. Berry suffers total physical paralysis for over a year as well as extensive brain damage which makes it nearly impossible to return to performing. They do give it a try in 1973 but it is a fiasco.
1966 -- US: NY Stock Exchange anti-Vietnam War leafleting.
1967 -- US: 1,500 march down the Ave. in Seattle's U-District protesting the Vietnam War.
1968 -- Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention perform at the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Dinner in New York City:
1968 -- US: Tigua Pueblo people of northwest Texass recognized by US government.
1968 -- Germany: The attack on student leader Rudi Dutschke results in riots, & supporting demonstrations in France.
1971 -- US: Women's peace march on the Pentagon, Washington, DC. 90-year-old Jeanette Rankin, the first US Congresswoman & only member of to vote against US entry to both World Wars, leads 8,000 in protest of the Vietnam War.
1971 -- France: First European anti-nuclear power demonstration, Fessenheim.
1975 -- Black American sensual dancer Josephine Baker dies, Paris, France.
Daily Bleed Alternate Saint (2003), JOSEPHINE BAKER Saint of the Sinuous Sensuous. Stripper, Jazz Dancer, Rummager, Civil Rights Activist.
1975 -- In Tony Hillerman's novel Finding Moon, Moon Mathias, small-town American newspaper editor with a chequered past, finds today is destined to become the first day of a completely new take on life...
His brother is killed in a helicopter crash in Cambodia.
1980 -- At Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Carter's request, the US Olympic Committee votes not to attend the Moscow Summer Olympics in retaliation for the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. If other countries took this moral high ground every time the US invaded a country there would be no games.
1980 -- Puerto Rico: Total blackout of the entire island, & the abduction of the Operations Manager of a power plant occur on the same day.
1981 -- The world's first recyclable spacecraft, the Space Shuttle Columbia, goes into space. It completed a successful mission two days later.
1988 -- Bill Gates?: Harvard University patents gene-altered mouse.
Abbie Hoffman, Yippie peace activist of the 60's, dies at 52.
A Chicago Seven radical who founded the Yippie movement once tossed dollar bills onto the floor of the American Stock Exchange to disrupt business. It worked. Near-riot in the mad $cramble for free buckaroonies.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2008 Yippie!!!
1990 -- Singer James Brown is released from a South Carolina jail on work furlough after serving 15 months of a six-year sentence for various drug charges.
1993 -- England: Fascist violence in London against the 121 Centre anarchist bookstore.
From a flyer: "On the night of April 12, an attempt was made to burn down the 121 Centre. 121 has been open for several years as a drop-in & advice center, with a cafe & bookshop. The 121 collective has been involved in local housing & poll tax campaigns, as well as struggles against police violence & council corruption. They have consistently opposed fascism & racism." 121 Railton Rd, Brixton, SE24 London, England (ph 071 274 6655)."
The flyer also mentions that Freedom Bookshop has recently been attacked & damaged. (Freedom is again fire-bombed in 2013)
1997 -- US: Ted Joans reads at Recollection Used Books in memoriam to Beat/anarchist poet Allen Ginsberg.
"Well, for all intents & purposes Seattle stiffed at the Sunday AG remembrance. I wasn't at either the Anne Waldman remembrance on Friday in Auburn nor at the Ted Joans reading in the U District on Saturday at Recollection Used Books, but the Blue Moon Tavern was pretty much a ghost town on Sunday. Just goes to show that no matter how much you can try & do with the wonders of email & the net/web with only a few days notice it doesn't guarantee ANYthing. I tried."
— Malcolm Lawrence
1999 -- US: Microradio movement news accounts on the struggle to free the airwaves: "City of Gainesville, Florida supports community microradio" — Radio4All
Source: [Pirate Radio Kiosk]
2001 -- US: Pat Ellington dies from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, although she also suffered from lung cancer.
She was married to the anarchist - Wobbly - typesetter Dick Ellington, who is credited with the term FIJAGH, & fanzine of the same name. They met in New York as Science Fiction fans in the 1950s. After they moved to California, she was a contributor to "Femizine", a fanzine put out by the hoax fan Joan W. Carr (H.P.Sanderson).
See the SF Site, In Memoriam: 2001 by Steven H Silver
2002 -- Venezuela: Two day vacation for Beloved & Respected Comrade President Hugo Chávez in the Coup d'état Islands as Venezuelan Chamber of Commerce upstart Pedro Carmona & his military pals immediately repeal the constitution, dissolve the supreme court & parliament. Chávez returns to power on the 14th.
US: Emma Goldman's "life," according to PBS television. Unfortunately a real yawner with the life drained out & the last 20 years of her militant activity, including her involvement in the Spanish Revolution of 1936, nonexistent.
2009 -- Franklin Rosemont (1943-2009) no longer armed, still dangerous. Author, poet, editor, major figure of the Surrealist movement in the US, Black Swan Press publisher, director of the Chicago publishing house, Charles H. Kerr & Co. Companion of artist Penelope Rosemont.
2009 -- Afghanistan: Women's rights activist Sitara Achakzai killed, Kandahar.
2010 -- Chile: The Vatican’s Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, dubbed the Deputy Pope, claims it is homosexuality, not celibacy, that is linked to pedophilia. Vatican #2, seeking to defuse the sex scandal battering the Roman Catholic Church, does a real good job.
"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest."
— Elie Wiesel, Nobel laureate
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