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Life in this world is just a glorious dream,
So why should we sweat & toil our lives away?
Be lazy—pour yourself wine, & always stay drunk
Like me, laid out here on the porch all day
Until I woke up, & spied among the courtyard’s
Blossoming flowers one small songbird at play.
“Little friend,” I inquired, “Could you kindly tell me the season?”
The wandering warbler sang on the breeze of May—
Spring already! I only could heave a sigh,
Pour some more wine, & down it without delay.
Then loudly I sang, awaiting the bright moonrise.
My song has ended—I forget what I meant to say!
— Li Bai, Waking From Drunkenness on a Spring Day
(translated by Keith Holyoak)
Lyric poet & witty vagabond — drowned as he drunkenly
tries to catch the moon's reflection from a boat
CHARLES HOPE KERR
Pioneering American anarcho-communist publisher.
Old Swabia: ST. GEORGE'S DAY.
Church bells ring all day long to ward off vampires (Nosferatu, Dracula, Vlad the Impaler, Count (F)Red [Knight of the Living Dead])
Corinth: "GREEN GEORGE"
(man in cage of branches) dumped into a stream to ensure good pasturage.
England: 'DAYS OF SERENADES': 19th Century festival of song & romance — continues until 30 April.
Turkey: CHILDREN'S DAY:
Nationally elected students take over all levels of government.
Bulgaria: EWE'S DAY.
Milking is done through a round cake with a hole in the center.
WORLD BOOK DAY: One of those pre-Kindle oddities. Small, squarish thingamajig.
Shakespeare actually died 10 days after Cervantes. Different calendars were in use in Spain & England at the time; England still used the Julian calendar while Spain was using the Gregorian.
[Thanks to Bleedsters Michael C. & Robert Braunwart who pointed this out]
1616 -- Playwright William Shakespeare dies, Stratford-on-Avon, England. A curious will awards his "2nd best bed with the furniture" to his wife, Anne Hathaway.
"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers."— Henry VI, part 2
1693 -- In your (type)face?: William Caslon lives. English typefounder.
1803 -- US: Adin Ballou lives.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint, 2006-2009
Christian anarchist, influential American utopianist & founder of the Hopedale Community. Distant cousin of the Universalist (“a sect with individualism of anarchistic proportions”) Hosea Ballou.
1820 -- US: Working Men’s Party founded in New York.
1850 -- British romantic poet William Wordsworth dies, Lake District, England.
1860 -- Charles H. Kerr lives (1860-1944).
Kerr began a radical cooperative publishing house, still going strong today. The son of militant abolitionists, Charles H. Kerr was a libertarian socialist, antiwar agitator, author, translator, vegetarian & scholar. The publishing firm he founded in Chicago in 1886, a few weeks before the Haymarket Massacre, is today the oldest alternative publishing house in the world. Many books recognized as classics in the fields of labor, socialism, feminism, history, anthropology, economics, civil liberties, animal rights, surrealism & radical ecology originally appeared under the Charles H. Kerr imprint.
1861 -- Ricardo Mella, Spanish anarquista, lives (1861-1925). A leading movement theorist, Mella headed publishing teams of "Solidaridad", "El Libertario," "Acción Libertaria".
See Segarra, Agusti Cuadernos, Federico Urales y Ricardo Mella (Anagrama, 1977). 128p.
... "El socialismo anarquista" de Ricardo Mella. es tracta d alguns capítols del seu llibre "IDEARIO" que ens semblen molt interessants i actuals per el seu ... pages
1871 -- US: Blossom Rock in Frisco Bay blown up.
1887 -- John Ceiriog Hughes, dies Montgomeryshire. His satirical prose letters were published in 1948.
1892 -- Richard Huelsenbeck (1892-1974) lives, Frankenau, Hessen, Germany.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2006-2010. Dada drummer of Berlin & Zurich.
Marches to a Different Drummer, in-deed.
Prominent figure of the Zürich & Berlin dada movements. He was an expressionist poet & writer & arguably one of the great pre-Y2K drummers. See Daily Bleed Patron Saints Gallery page,
"He would best love to drum literature & to perdition."
1893 -- John Galsworthy, bound from Samoa aboard the Torrens, makes friends with the first mate, "a Pole called Conrad" who has "a fund of yarns on which I draw fully."
1897 -- US: Emma Goldman's lectures in Providence, Rhode Island, April 23-25, include "What Is Anarchism?" & "Is It Possible to Realize Anarchism?"
The audience at an open-air meeting is reportedly "spell-bound" by Emma's message.
When she attempts to speak at another open-air meeting, however, the police intervene on the grounds that she doesn't have a permit.
Local socialists disavow any connection to our dynamic "Red" Emma.
1899 -- Ngaio Marsh lives (1899-1982), New Zealand. One of the "Great Ladies" of the English mystery Golden Age, including Margery Allingham, Agatha Christie, & Dorothy Sayers. Founded the British Commonwealth Theatre Company.
1899 -- Vladimir Nabokov lives (1899-1977), St. Petersburg.
Russian-born American novelist/critic, who wrote both in Russian & English, & spent most of his life in exile. Best known work is Lolita, filmed & directed by Stanley Kubrick (1962). The story, dealing with the desire of a middle-aged pedophile for a 12-year-old nymphet, gained huge success.
1902 -- Halldór Laxness lives (1902-1998), Reykjavík, Iceland. Best known fiction depicts the hard living conditions of the lower classes, & weaves a tradition of sagas & mythology into social issues.
Recipient of 1955 Nobel Prize. Other awards included Stalin Peace Prize, Danish Nexö Award & Sonning Award.
Laxness converted to Catholicism & during a stay in the US adopted socialist views, reflected in his novels from the 1930s & 40s. Laxness skillfully changed styles novel to novel but always maintained his ironic humor. Wrote Independent People & Bread of Life. Died February 8, 1998.
1904 -- US: Flathead Indian Reservation (in northwestern Montana) split into allotments; nearly half the land is then — surprisingly — given to white settlers.
1915 -- Poet Rupert Brooke, 27, dies of blood poisoning on the Greek Island of Skyros — "in the space between the heavens & the corner of some foreign field."
1918 -- Ireland: No Irish Fodder?: General Strike ends conscription of Irishmen into British army during WWI.
1920 -- Brazil: Third National Labor Congress, Rio de Janeiro, April 23-30th.
Terceiro Congresso Operário Brasileiro - Sede da , rua do Acre, 19, Rio de Janeiro, de 23 a 30 de abril de 1920. Efetuaram 23 sessões com a presença de 39 organismos de 11 estados do Brasil. anarco-sindicalistas e anarquistas do Brasil realizaram: In sum, the anarco-syndicalists & anarchists of Brazil had carried out...
Sponsored by União dos Trabalhadores em Fábricas de Tecidos (Fabric Workers' Union), 23 sessions are held, with 39 organizations from 11 states in attendance.
Source: [Arquivo de História Social]
1932 -- US: Jim Fixx, author of Complete Book of Running, which kick-started the 1970s jogging craze, lives. He fixxated on running until his bum ticker seized up like a rusty chain saw.
[Cut to later scene]: Fixx walks out of house & begins jogging. Goes a short distance when he has a massive coronary: His autopsy reveals one coronary artery 99% clogged, another 80% obstructed, a third 70% blocked .... Fixx had three other attacks in the weeks prior to his death.
1938 -- England: As a delegate, Emma Goldman attends an all-day National Conference on Spain in London, which she is convinced is contrived by the Communist party.
1941 -- Newspaper headline:
EX-RED GUARD NAMES BRIDGES
'Told He Belonged but Keep My Mouth Shut'
A former guard at local Communist Party headquarters, Richard St. Clair, testified today that Harry Bridges conferred there several times with local party leaders & longshore officials. Mr. St. Clair said other Communists told him: "Yes, Bridges is one of us, but keep your mouth shut about it."
Robert Wilmot, a former Portland, Ore., Communist, expressed the opinion in the Bridges deportation hearing today that "Harry Bridges is the greatest enemy the labor movement ever had."
1942 -- US: Franklin Roosevelt addresses the American Booksellers Convention:
"We all know that books cannot be killed by fire. . .
People die, but books never die. No man & no force can abolish memory...."
1947 -- Ireland: Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, political activist lives.
The cinema, too, must be destroyed....France:
"Ion" #1, Paris, Editor: Marc-Gilbert Guillaumin, contains the scripts for The Anticoncept & an early version of Howls for Sade, as well as Guy-Ernest Debord's Prolégomènes à tout cinéma futur (Prolegomena to Any Future Cinema).
Fini le Cinéma français (No More French Cinema), tract distributed at the Cannes Film Festival, signed by Serge Berna, Guy-Ernest Debord, François Dufrêne, Monique Geoffrey, Jean-Isidore Isou, Yolande du Luart, Marc O., Gabriel Pomerand, Poucette & Gil J. Wolman.http://www.cddc.vt.edu/sionline/chronology/chronology.html | [Situationist Resources]
1954 -- US: Baseball's Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits first of his 755 homers.
1955 -- Indonesia: Declaration on peace & cooperation by Third World countries, Bandung.
1956 -- Elvis Presley, accompanied by Bill Black & Scotty Moore, makes his Las Vegas debut as opening act for the Freddie Martin Orchestra & comedian Shecky Greene. The two week run is called off after a week due to poor reception; Presley won't do Las Vegas again for almost 13 years.
1956 -- USSR: Hot Potato? Possession of H-bomb is announced.
1956 -- Canada: Founding of the Canadian Labor Congress.
1958 -- US: Five paratroopers killed, 137 injured when the 101st Airborne Division stages a mass drop at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
1961 -- US: Right-to-Sing protest staged, Washington Square Park, New York City.
1963 -- US: Committee for Nonviolent Action holds vigil in protest of the commissioning of nuclear submarine Polaris, Groton, Connecticut.
1964 -- 9 Pins?: Beatles do the Hollywood Bowl.
1966 -- ¶ During this Spring Satori in Paris, a novel by Beatster Jack Kerouac, is published by Grove Press.
1967 -- Vladimir Komarov dies as his space craft, Soyuz I, crashes after re-entry.
1968 -- US: Beginning of occupation & anti-Vietnam War sit-in (23-30th) at Columbia University.
Columbia University students seize administration building, hold dean hostage. Police storm the campus eight days from now, resulting in numerous casualties. 700+ arrested, & the strike continues for another month.
During the Viet Nam War Columbia was tied to the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) which conducted classified war & weapons research for the Pentagon, e.g. on the "automated battlefield" & defoliation.
Six weeks prior to the Columbia strike, a petition bearing nearly 2000 signatures calling on Columbia to cease classified war research was brought to the President's office; the University responded by placing the students who presented it on disciplinary probation.
[Details / context]
1968 -- México: El COI excluye a Sudáfrica de los Juegos Olímpicos de México por su discriminación racial.
1968 -- "Once before I wrote that my grief was done, & then it suddenly returned, on 23 April, 1968. But now it will not return again. Something within me is waking from long sleep, & I want to live & move again. Some zest is returning to me...I am full of thanks for life. I have not told myself to be thankful, I just am so."
— Alan Paton
1969 -- Ireland: Northern Ireland independence activist Bernadette Devlin takes a seat as Member of Parliament in the British House of Commons.
1971 -- US: In the final event of Operation Dewey Canyon Three, nearly 1,000 Vietnam War veterans return their combat medals to the government.
The Vietnam Vets have planned to return the medals in body bags, but authorities have erected a fence around the Capitol building. So the veterans throw the medals over the fence.
Some of the Vets, before tossing their medals, dedicate them to comrades — both American & Vietnamese — who have died in battle.
1973 -- US: Fifteen
Keystone Kopsfederal & local narcotics agents mistakenly invade the home of Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Giglotto of Collinsville, Illinois &, without a warrant, ransack their home, smashing much of their property. No drugs are found & no arrests are made.
Drug War Reality Tour,
1973 -- New Zealand: "Spirit of Peace" sails into French South Pacific nuclear test zone from Tauranga.
1975 -- Peter Ham, guitarist/songwriter for Badfinger, hangs himself in his London garage. He was reported to be deeply depressed by financial problems the group was having. A friend explains, "The guy's a goof, he was just Hamming it up."
1977 -- Speaking of Politicians? Dr. Allen Bussey completes 20,302 yo-yo loops & only loses 10.
1977 -- Mating Game? Czech chess master Vlastimil Hort plays 201 games simultaneously. Mates with 10 at a whack.
1980 -- US: Death of Ida Mae Stull, the nation's first woman coal miner.
1983 -- US: Over 250 cats of the Beverly Hills Cat Club sponsor a benefit for Harp Seals Sea Shepherd Conservation Ship.
1985 -- US: Sam Ervin dies. Senator "Sam" chaired the Watergate hearings in the spring of 1973.
On the convictions of former attorney general John Mitchell & former White House aide John Ehrlichman for their roles in the scandal, he said:
"I don't think either one of them would have recognized the Bill of Rights if they met it on the street in broad daylight under a cloudless sky."
1989 -- China: Students in Beijing announce class boycotts. The government announces they can't — given they're already classless!
1992 -- Satyajit Ray, Indian filmmaker, dies.
SATYAJIT RAY, PATRON SAINT 1998
Fine Indian filmmaker of daily life struggles of the poor.
1993 -- Death of Cesar Chavez (1927-1993), nonviolent civil rights activist & founder of the United Farm Workers.
CESAR CHAVEZ, ALTERNATE PATRON SAINT
Organizer of migrant farm workers, "wretched of the earth."
1996 -- Ukraine: Nineteen demonstrators arrested in Kiev, during illegal anti-nuclear protest marking 10th anniversary of Chernobyl.
2009 -- US: Lt. Dan Cho, Iraq War veteran & Arabic linguist gets "a slap in the face," by Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Barak Obama, who breaks his pledge to allow gay & lesbian soldiers to serve openly in the military.
"An art of life in continual rising up, wild but gentle — a seducer not a rapist, a smuggler rather than a bloody pirate, a dancer not an eschatologist.
Liberation is realized struggle — this is the essence of Nietzsche's "self-overcoming." The present thesis might also take for a sign Nietzsche's wandering. It is the precursor of the drift, in the Situ sense of the derive & Lyotard's definition of driftwork. We can foresee a whole new geography, a kind of pilgrimage-map in which holy sites are replaced by peak experiences & T[emporary] A[utonomous] Z[ones]s: a real science of psychotopography, perhaps to be called "geo-autonomy" or "anarchomancy."
— Hakim Bey, The Temporary Autonomous Zone: Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism
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