Our Daily Bleed...
Parts — the prudery
Of Frigidaire, of
Plane of lunch, of wives
(As soda-jerking from
the private act
— George Oppen ["the prudery / Of Frigidaire"] a passage from Discrete Series (1934)
Visionary leader of ActionAid for women, Bangladesh.
Magnum, Oklahoma: RATTLESNAKE DAY.
Alton, Illinois: NATIVE SUN DAY.
1617 -- Assassination of Concino Concini, the Marechal d'Ancre.
1620 -- John Graunt lives. Statistician, founded the science of demography.
1731 -- Daniel Defoe dies. English novelist, pamphleteer, journalist, author of Robinson Crusoe. Along with Samuel Richardson, considered founder of the English novel. An intelligence agent for the Tories, then the Whigs, in his day regarded as an unscrupulous, diabolical journalist.
Daily Bleed Saint 2008
Radical novelist of the London streets.
1800 -- US: Library of Congress established.
1812 -- England: Luddite problem. Manufactory at West Houghton destroyed, although protected by small force.
1815 -- Anthony Trollope lives (1815-1882), London. Writer of some 40 novels realistically portraying the Victorian world, psychological & sharply satirical; also short stories, travel books & essays.
1825 -- R.M. Ballantyne (1825-1894) lives. Scottish writer for boys, noted for the adventure story The Coral Island (1858).
1845 -- Carl Spitteler lives (1845-1924). Swiss poet, winner of the 1919 Nobel Prize.
1853 -- France: Jean-Baptiste Thuriault, lives. French worker, considered by authorities to be the "Grand Master" of anarchism in the Nièvre department.
1871 -- France: Communards burn City Hall (Hotel de Ville) & many other buildings in their retreat, in revenge before their defeat.
1878 -- France: Marie Mayoux (nee Gouranchat) lives (1878-1969); known as Joséphine Bourgon. Teacher, militant revolutionary, pacifist & libertarian trade unionist.
1884 -- France: Pierre Le Meillour lives (1884-1954), in Morbihan. Anarchiste & anti-militarist.
1885 -- Canada: Métis win battle against General Middleton's NW Mounted Police in Saskatchewan.
Métis guerrilla leader Gabriel Dumont halts Middleton's army at Fish Creek. Dumont was adjutant general in the provisional Métis government declared in Saskatchewan, & commanded the Métis forces in the North-West Rebellion or North West Resistance of 1885.
Middleton's considerable Field Force fell into a hastily-organized ambush by Dumont.
Thanks to Bleedster Pat Murtagh for dates & background relating to Riel & Dumont.
1892 -- France: On the eve of the trial of François Ravachol, the restaurant Very, where Ravachol had been pointed out to police by a waiter, is bombed by the anarchist Théodule Miller, killing its owner & a customer.
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1898 -- Spain, rejecting an ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba (see 21 April), declares war on the US, which seeks colonies in its quest to become an imperial power. Remember Maine?
1905 -- Poet/novelist Robert Penn Warren lives (1905-1989), Guthrie, Kentucky. First US poet laureate, wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning All the Kings Men.
1908 -- US: Mr & Mrs Jacob Murdock become the first to travel across the country by car; they leave LA in a Packard & arrive in NYC in 32 days, 5 hours, 25 minutes. Inspires Suburbs & Freeways, so people can spend that much time getting to & from work.
1908 -- George Oppen lives (1908-1984), New Rochelle, New York. Major proponent of objectivism (Rakosi, Zukofsky, Reznikoff, etc) publishing with his wife An "Objectivist" Anthology with work by Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, & William Carlos Williams.
1916 -- Ireland: Irish Easter Rebellion for independence from England. Led by the Silk Weavers' Union, Irish Transport & General Workers' Union.
1919 -- Italy: La delegazione italiana abbandona la conferenza di Parigi per non essere stata soddisfatta nelle sue richieste espansionistiche. La stampa, e non solo quella nazionalista e militarista, lancia il grido di "vittoria mutilata" mentre si dovrebbe parlare di cervelli mutilati e ottusi. La crisi del cosiddetto regime liberale in Italia è già più che matura.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1920 -- Italy:
General Strike in Piedmont, which spread on the 15th across northern Italy, raising the possibility of a victorious insurrection across the whole country, is today suppressed.
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1923 -- Bulgaria: In Sliven, the anarchists Nicolai Dragnev & the brothers Panayot & Ilia Kratounkov are shot by soldiers under the pretext of "attempting to escape."
They are the final victims of the tragedy of Yambol, of March 26, when the army opened fire into a crowd attending an anarchist meeting, leaving 30 dead. Nicolai Dragnev was an important figure in the Bulgarian anarchist movement, a propagandist & esteemed popular speaker. As it happened, he was not at the meeting of March 26, & thus failed to hide during the repression following the massacre. That failure cost him his life.
1924 -- Germany: Emma Goldman is howled down during a meeting of 5,000 workers in Berlin when she criticizes the Soviet government. Emma, "The Queen of Anarchy," is warned about the "consequences" of expressing further criticism of the Soviet Republic.
1929 -- France: Caroline Remy<, known as Madame Severine, dies. Libertarian, militant feminist, pacifist, journalist of the League of Humans Rights.
1932 -- England: Mass trespass for public access by thousands on Kinder Scout in the Peak District:
Public lawbreaking & defiance
result in the opening of private estates to public use.
1942 -- Ireland: Irish writer Brendan Behan sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for shooting at police during an IRA march.
1947 -- American prairie novelist Willa Cather dies, New York City.
1954 -- US: Birth of Mumia Abu-Jamal, since 1981 a political prisoner & death row activist. Award-winning journalist/author, his insightful commentaries & essays have earned him international recognition — & also the ire of many officials, who have vowed to silence him at all costs [Including NPR which canceled & censored planned shows].
"There are many trials . . . in which the victim was already condemned to death before the trial took place, & it took place only to cover up the real meaning: the accused was to be put to death . . . the trial is just a mask for murder."
— Katherine Anne Porter, The Never-Ending Wrong
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Exhibition by Asger Jorn....England:
1958 24 April to 31 May Exhibition by Jorn at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London.http://www.cddc.vt.edu/sionline/chronology/chronology.html |
1959 -- US: Mack Parker lynched this Friday evening of the 24th-25th.
"I was down in Montgomery when they bombed his [Martin Luther King, Jr.] house, I was down in Jackson when Medgar Evars was killed, I was in Greenville, Mississippi when they went in the jail of Poplar Ville & pulled Mack Parker out & lynched him. I was there singing right up the road! We could get on the bus & leave, but the young people there couldn't.
— Singer, Ruth Brown
1962 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Kennedy authorizes high-altitude testing of nuclear weapons, to determine whether missile-borne warheads can be used to black out military communications. Dr. James Van Allen hailed the new tests as a "magnificent experiment" that would add to humankind's knowledge of the universe. Resumption of atmospheric nuclear testing follows the failure of test-ban negotiations.
America loves to share its wealth with the rest of the world.
1964 -- US: Crosses burned in 64 of Mississippi's 82 counties to prepare for Freedom Summer.
1965 -- Dominican Republic: Populist insurrection; the peace-loving US will use this as a pretext to invade in a few days.
1968 -- US: Occupation of Low Library at Columbia University following yesterdays sit-ins.
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1969 -- Paul McCartney says "there is no truth to the rumors he is dead, well ... except maybe musically."
1969 -- B-52 launch biggest attack on (North?) Vietnam. Anti-war demonstrations — including demos & strike at Cornell University, as well as NY (Sixth Ave), Atlanta, Chicago, & in California — 40 cities.
1970 -- Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane is invited to a White House party by Tricia Nixon, daughter of the President. Slick shows up with "escort" Abbie Hoffman. He is on trial for conspiring to riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention & is turned away at the gate. Slick leaves as well without having met Ms. Nixon or introducing her to tea laced with LSD — as Slick suggested she would.
1971 -- US: Largest ever (over 1,000,000 people) demonstrations opposing the war in Vietnam / Southeast Asia. 500,000 people gather in Washington DC, 150,000 march at a simultaneous rally in Frisco, California.
Half a million people converge on Washington, DC, to protest the Vietnam War. This morning's traffic bringing demonstrators is backed for 20 miles into Maryland. The all-day procession starts at the ellipse then fills Pennsylvania Avenue from one end to the other with marchers. The rally at the Capitol will last five hours.
This evening, homeward-bound demonstrators stall their cars on the New Jersey Turnpike, halting traffic for four hours. Abandoning their vehicles, they dance in the northbound lanes & start a bonfire in the southbound lanes. State police arrest more than 100 people.
1972 -- England: A 15-year-old plants a home-made bomb at police HQ, Sleaford, Lancs.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1976 -- Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels appears on the show & offers the Beatles "a certified check for $3,000" to reunite & sing three songs. "You divide it up any way you want," he said, "If you want to give Ringo less, it's up to you."
1980 -- US military operation to save 52 hostages in Iran fails. Eight Americans die & five are wounded in an ill-fated attempt to rescue hostages at the US embassy in Teheran. The hostages are subsequently split up to deter another similar attempt.
I ran You ran We all ran From Iran
— a tee-shirt
Iran We Ran
I ran You ran We all ran From Iran
I ran You ran We all ran From Iran
1981 -- Italy: Il ministro degli esteri dello stato italiano, Emilio Colombo, firma una intesa con il dittatore dell'Etiopia, Menghistu, promettendogli aiuti fianziari e cooperazione economica. Questo è il modo classico in cui lo stato, sostenendo regimi autocratici, blocca di fatto lo sviluppo civile e sociale di una popolazione. In tema di benessere socio-economico, chi dice stato, dice sviluppo castrato.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1983 -- International demonstrations against the plight of laboratory animals.
1989 -- China: Tens of thousands of students strike in Beijing. On the 27th, 50,000 students march to Tiananmen Square in defiance of authorities. A prelude to anti-government protests in Tiananmen Square, where up to one million gather in May.
1993 -- Oliver Tambo, leader of African National Congress (ANC), dies.
1999 -- US: International Longshoremen’s & Warehousemen’s Union halts West Coast shipping in solidarity with Mumia Abu-Jamal, a Philadelphia journalist whom many believed was on death row because he was an outspoken African-American. 20,000 demonstrators attended a rally & messages of support for their action came from around the world.
2000 -- US: Microradio movement news accounts on the struggle to free the airwaves: Micropower Broadcasting Council of War - May 27.
[Source: Pirate Radio Kiosk]
2003 -- Celebrity Chef Cook Out? A massive intrusion of fish occurs at the water inlet of the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Generating Station in Michigan, causing a plant shutdown for approximately 25 hours.
2006 -- Bandladesh: Nasreen Huq, feminist activist, dies. Opposed to Asia Energy's coal mining plans, she died under suspicious circumstances.
2006 -- US: 112-year-old joke — averring Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Prez Grover Cleveland set aside April 30, 1894 as a day of prayer & repentance over the US role in the Hawaiian monarchy's overthrow — fools political activists & the Associated Press.
2010 -- US: Arizona enacts nasty anti-immigration law to keep Mexicans & Latinos down &/or out.
Daily Bleed Alternate Saint: HERACLITUS
Early Greek philosopher of Constant Becoming.
His voice was deep, with the accents of the South wrapped around each word, sweet & sticky like molasses.
His words often tickled his sons, & they tossed them among themselves like prizes found in the depths of Crackerjack boxes, words that were wondrous in their newness, their rarity, their difference from all others heard.
"Boys! Cut out that tusslin', heah me?" & the boys would stop their rasslin', their bellies near bursting with swallowed, swollen, laughter, the word vibrating, sotto voce, barely heard, in their throats.
"Tusslin' — tusslin' — tusslin' — tusslin'!"
For days — for weeks, these silly little boys had a new toy, & with this one word, could reduce the others to teary-eyed fits of fall-on-the-floor laughter.
— Mumia Abu-Jamal, Father Hunger
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