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In their serious corner, the players move the gradual pieces.  The board detains them until dawn in its hard compass: the hatred of two colors.

In the game, the forms give off a severe magic: Homeric castle, gay knight, warlike queen, king solitary, oblique bishop, & pawns at war.

Finally, when the players have gone in, & when time has eventually consumed them, surely the rites then will not be done.

In the east, this war has taken fire. Today, the whole earth is its provenance. Like that other, this game is for ever.

— Jorge Luis Borges, Chess (I)
(see 1859 below for II)


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WALPURGISNACHT. Witches' sabbath. Witches, warlocks & demons hold revels in Harz Mountains. Whole towns rush into streets, making as much noise as possible. Church bells ring, bonfires are lit. A traditional Mischief Night in Britain. In British Isles, a scapegoat is chosen by lots & burned, hobby horse parades are held, chasing evil away until Mid-summer's Night. Also a celebration of spring in Scandinavia.



MAY EVE: Eve may.

Of Man's first disobedience, & the fruit
Of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste
Brought death into the world, & all our woe.

      — Milton, Paradise Lost


535 -- Nice Guy Award?: Theodahad, King of the Ostrogoths, has his wife Amalasuntha, daughter of Justinian, Emperor of the East, strangled.

Souped-up Chevy Nova
1006 -- Brightest supernova in recorded history is observed.

1713 -- Alexander Pope, writes a friend about the success of Joseph Addison's play Cato, for which Pope himself has supplied the prologue:

"The town is so fond of it that the orange wenches & fruit women in the park offer the books on the side of the coaches, & the prologue & epilogue are cried about the streets by the common hawkers."

[Sorry, we don't know why the wenches were orange. — editor]

1721 -- Mary Read dies during this year (exact day unknown).

Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2006-2008
Disguised as a male, along with Anne Bonny, a lesbian pirate.

1771 -- US: Hosea Ballou lives. Universalist preacher (“a sect with individualism of anarchistic proportions”). Related to Adin Ballou (1803-1890), a Christian anarchist/pacifist/abolitionist who founded the utopian community at Hopedale, Massachusetts.

1777 -- Carl Friedrich Gauss, one of the great mathematicians of all time, lives.

"Ask her to wait a moment —

I am almost done."

Glowing skull

— Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855),
while working, when informed his wife is dying

Another Glowing skull

1803 -- US: Louisiana is purchased from France, at four cents per acre. Way serious financial loss to the US over the past couple centuries.

1841 -- After spending 40 years exile in Paris, Peter Heiberg, — Danish poet & playwright — dies.

1843 -- Poet, Paris Communard, & Bakuninist Charles Keller lives (1843-1913). Companion of Mathilde Roederer, a militant in the A.I.T., & Jura Federation. Author of the song "La Jurassienne" which was put to music by James Guillaume. Its refrain:

"Nègre de l'usine,
Forçat de la mine,
Ilote du champ,
Lève -toi peuple puissant !
Ouvrier, prends la machine,
Prends la terre, paysan!"

Bad Hank
1844 -- US: Thoreau accidentally burns 300 acres of forest near Concord, Massachusetts during a fishing trip, causing $2,000 in damages.

1850 -- France: During this month the first issue of Anselme Bellegarrigue's newspaper, L'Anarchie, journal de l'ordre appears. (Exact date unknown. — ed.) Anselme Bellegarrigue (1820-?) est inséparable de l'histoire du mouvement anarchiste, ne serait-ce que pour avoir créé en 1850 L'Anarchie, journal de l'ordre. Cette page qui rappelle son histoire, publie aussi ses textes.

Although one of the earliest popularizers of the term “anarchism” was Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809-1865), another Frenchman, Anselme Bellegarrigue, his contemporary, was the first to publish a periodical with an explicitly anarchist title. His L’Anarchie: Journal De L’Ordre, first appeared in April, 1850. Bellegarrigue was even more anti-electoral than Proudhon & was explicitly nonviolent. According to him, the task of abolishing governments "must be carried out neither by political parties, which will always seek to dominate, nor by violent revolution, which needs leaders like any other military operation. The people once enlightened will act for itself."

The people will make its own revolution, by the sole strength of right, the force of inertia, “the refusal to co-operate.” From the refusal to co-operate stems the abrogation of the laws that legalize murder & the proclamation of equity.

1859 -- US: Just a Pawn in the Game?: The brilliant Paul Morphy returns from 10-month chess tour of Europe, retires. He has inspired numerous stories, movies, novels, etc, as the mad genius chess master — it is said he challenged God to a game & even offered a pawn advantage. Morphy won.


Tenuous king, slant bishop, bitter queen, straightforward castle & the crafty pawn— over the checkered black & white terrain they seek out & enjoin their armed campaign.

They do not realize the dominant hand of the player rules their destiny. They do not know an adamantine fate
governs their choices & controls their journey.

The player, too, is captive of caprice (the sentence is Omar's) on another ground crisscrossed with black nights & white days.

God moves the player, he, in turn, the piece. But what god beyond God begins the round of dust & time & dream & agonies?

— Jorge Luis Borges, Chess (II)


What?! No Chess Club??!

Max Nettlau, Austrian anarchist
1865 -- Austria: Max Nettlau lives (1865-1944), in Neuwaldegg, a suburb of Vienna. Anarchist, historian, bibliographer, philologist.

Edited & financed The Anarchist Labour Leaf. A member of the Freedom Group, Max also helped fund the "Torch for Freedom." Sold his collection of anarchist materials to the International Institute of Social History (IISG) in Amsterdam in 1935. His writings include Bibliographie de l'Anarchie (1897), & Errico Malatesta: The Biography of an Anarchist (NY: Jewish Anarchist Federation, 1924), among many others.

Cover, Bibliographie l'Anarchie
In German, see

1871 -- US: Gettin' Civilized (Ayn Rand Style)? Mob massacres more than 100 Apaches who had placed themselves under US protection at Camp Grant, Arizona.

As to the Indians, "[t]hey didn't have any rights to the land & there was no reason for anyone to grant them rights which they had not conceived & were not using...

What was it they were fighting for, if they opposed white men on this continent? For their wish to continue a primitive existence, their "right" to keep part of the earth untouched, unused & not even as property, just keep everybody out so that you will live practically like an animal, or maybe a few caves above it. Any white person [emphasis mine, — ed] who brought the element of civilization had the right to take over this continent."

— Ayn Rand, West Point, 1974

Ayn Rand

1877 -- Get Anything You Want, Where?: Alice B. Toklas lives (1877-1967), San Francisco. American literary figure & close associate of author Gertrude Stein, her secretary, cook, & confidante in Paris in her literary salon. Wrote The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook, 1954, What is Remembered, 1963.

Toklas gained wide attention with the publication of The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933), which is actually Gertrude Stein's memoirs. The book contains Toklas' first-person observations of Stein's life & her friends, among them Ernest Hemingway, Sherwood Anderson, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, & Georges Braque. The book appeared first in an abridged form in The Atlantic Monthly.

1877 -- Charles Cros, French poet, patents the phonograph.

Charles Cros, the inventor of the phonograph, was the most popular poet-singer of this kind in mid-nineteenth-century Paris, & his poems spoke for a way of life completely unassimilable by the money-crazy, hypocritical, debauched, & puritanical society of Louis Napoleon’s gimcrack Second Empire.

It is out of people like Charles Cros, simple, sensuous, lyrical, & sarcastic, that poets like Verlaine come, & all of those that he, Verlaine, first called “poètes maudits,” the cursed, the outcast poets, Germain Nouveau, Arthur Rimbaud, Alfred Jarry, Tristan Corbière, Jean Richepin. All of these poets are still sung.

Kenneth Rexroth, Subversive Aspects of Popular Songs

1880 -- France: A la suite d'un discours qu'elle a prononcé à, Saint-Étienne et de sa participation à, un meeting suivi de manifestations violentes à Vienne, Louise Michel est arrêtée.
[Source: Michel Chronologie]

1882 -- Italy: La Corte di Assise di Milano condanna Giuseppe Rovetta, redattore responsabile del settimanale 'La lotta', per aver incitato gli oppressi alla lotta e per offese al re.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1883 -- Jaroslav Hašek lives (1883-1923), Prague. Czech novelist, anarchist, humorist, Bolshevik, story writer, journalist. Editor of the anarchist magazine "Komuna". Austrian police informers considered him "particularly dangerous."

Early in his career an active anarchist. A drunk, a dog-stealer, & a cook who calculatedly pretended to commit suicide & invented animals which did not exist while editing the (serious) magazine "The Animal World." Founder of The Party of Peaceful Progress Within the Limits of Law, he spent the cash collected from this political party partying at the local pub. During WWI Hasek served at various times in Czech, Russian & Austrian armies. Captured on the Russian front, a prisoner of war.

Wrote a four-volume novel, The Good Soldier Schweik, acclaimed as one of the greatest satires in world literature. Hašek died before the whole book was finished & Karel Vanek's completion of the century's bawdiest, disrespectful & immoral novel is weak. Hasek also wrote Shouts in May (1903).

1886 -- US: On the eve of May 1, 50,000 workers in Chicago are on strike. 30,000 more swell their ranks tomorrow, bringing most of Chicago manufacturing to a standstill. Chicago cops kill four unionists on the 3rd. A demonstration will be held on the 4th in Haymarket Square; a cop is killed by a never identified assailant & eight anarchists (some not in attendance) are tried for murder & sentenced to death.

This evening fears of violent class conflict grip the city. No violence occurred on May 1 or May 2. But on May 3, Chicago's finest, swollen in number & heavily armed, attack a demonstration & kill four unionists. Angered, a group of anarchists, led by August Spies & Albert Parsons, called for a massive protest demonstration in Haymarket Square for May 4. The demonstration appeared to be a complete bust, but someone threw a bomb that killed seven cops...

Further details / context, click here[Details / context]

Black Rain movie poster
1887 -- Ireland: Black Rain at Castle Common.
Strange Stuff:

Ireland was again deluged with a black rain on April 30, 1887 at Castlecommon. It was "thick, black rain."

I'm just a little black rain cloud
Hovering under your honey tree,
Only a little black rain cloud,
Pay no attention to little me.

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1888 -- John Crowe Ransom, educator/poet, lives, Pulaski, Tennessee.

1888 -- India: All Hail!? Hailstones kill 246 in Moradabad.

1895 -- French-Canadian doctor-novelist, Philippe Panneton, who portrays people caught in the transition from primitive rural to modern urban life, lives, Trois-Rivières, Quebec. Wrote Trente Arpents (Thirty Acres, 1938) about the plight of a small French-Canadian farmer forced by economic & social upheavals of the late 19th / early 20th centuries to migrate to the city.

1896 -- Emma GoldmanUS: Emma Goldman speaks at John Turner's concluding lecture in New York.

Emma had helped to arrange lectures for the English anarchist & labor leader, whose visit gives Goldman the opportunity to gain experience addressing English-speaking audiences.

(Turner was eventually arrested (1903) & booted out of the country for his anarchist views.)

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1899 -- US: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho miner's strike, 1,200 workers arrested, put into specially erected bullpens until the strikes are broken.

In 1892, area mine workers launched a generation of deadly warfare against armed & deputized strikebreakers...

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1900 -- US: The Organic Act signed by President McKinley.

This act incorporated Hawaii as a Territory of the US. As a territory, contract labor is no longer legal in Hawaii once the act goes into effect on June 14. As a result, over 20 major strikes take place within a month. Over 8,000 laborers participated in these strikes which called for, among other things, higher wages, reduced work hours, & the hiring of Japanese overseers.


Simone Larcher, anarchist
1903 -- France: Simone Larcher lives (true name Rachel Willissek) (1903-1969), in Oise. Proofreader, antimilitarist & anarchiste. With her companion, Louis Louvet, she publishes the newspaper L'anarchie, which continues until 1929.

1917 -- US: American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) founded.

1922 -- No Siree, a revue pastiche assembled by the Algonquin Round Table wits, opens at the Forty-ninth Street Theatre, New York.

1923 -- US: In the Sacco & Vanzetti case, the Hamilton motion for a new trial for the anarchists is filed. It is based upon criminologist & gun case expert Hamilton who signed an affidavit stating that said the bullets at the scene & in Berardelli did not come from Sacco’s gun.

Similarly, on Nov 5, 1923, the Proctor motion for a new trial is made. Prosecution expert witness Proctor admitted that the use of the ambiguous phrase “consistent with” was prearranged by the District Attorny to allow the jury to believe he was testifying that Sacco’s gun was the gun that killed Berardelli.

See Heroes & Martyrs: Emma Goldman, Sacco & Vanzetti, & the Revolutionary Struggle, an audio CD by Howard Zinn.

1930 -- France: Radical anti-psychiatrist, anti-capitalist Felix Guattari lives, Paris.
[John Zerzan comments...]

1936 -- Poet A. E. Housman dies at 77. On his deathbed, his doctor tells him a dirty joke. Housman replies: "Yes, that's a good one, & tomorrow I shall be telling it on the Golden Floor."

1939 -- US: NBC/RCA hold first public TV demonstration with FDR speaking at the opening of NY World's Fair. Within months, television development stopped for seven years due to WWII.

1939 -- Spain: Chief inspector of the Hospitalet police is killed by the anti-fascist urban guerrilla
Pallarés group.
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book dingbat
1944 -- Last day of April:

"Rainy days, I generally sat in a dry place & read a book, often just an axe length away from a ping-pong table. The training course lasted three weeks, ending on a Saturday, a very rainy one...I remember standing at an end window of our Quonset hut for a very long time, looking out at the slanting, dreary rain, my trigger finger itching imperceptibly, if at all...Then, after synchronizing my wristwatch with the clock in the latrine, I walked down the long, wet cobblestone hill into town. I ignored the flashes of lightning all around me. They either had your number on them or they didn't."

(It appears the last day of April 1944 is a Sunday, but J. D. Salinger's short story, "For Esmé, With Love & Squalor," gives it here & in the final letter from Esmé as a Saturday.)

1945 -- Germany: Nazis Eva Braun & hubby, Adolph, most probably commit suicide, in Berlin.

1948 -- US Rubber Stamp Day?: Organization of American States (OAS) is founded.

1950 -- Italy: Founding of the Confederazione Italiana Sindacati Laboratori (CISU).

1950 -- China: Marriage law enacted authorizing divorce & forbidding the sale of children.

1953 --

Étranges étrangers

Kabyles de la Chapelle et des quais de javel
hommes des pays loin
cobayes des colonies...
Apatrides dAubervilliers

brûleurs des grandes ordures de la ville de Paris
Tunisiens de Grenelle
embauchés débauchés
manoeuvres désoeuvrés...
Enfants du Sénégal
dépatriés expatriés et naturalisés...
Etranges étrangers
Vous êtes de la ville
vous êtes de sa vie

même si mal en vivez
même si vous en mourez.

       — Jacques Prévert

Algerian anarchiste Sail Mohamed (1894-1953) dies.

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1957 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Vice-President Dick M Nixon receives an award from the Anti-Defamation League of the B'nai Brith (see 12 May). Pretty funny for a guy who hated & slandered Jews.

1959 -- Jack Kerouac's Doctor Sax is published by Grove Press. Kerouac wrote this novel in April 1952, using "spontaneous prose" method & marijuana.

1959 -- US: A notice of hearing with respect to the "mailability" of the magazine Big Table is sent from the General Counsel to the postmaster at Chicago, to be forwarded by the postmaster to the Mailer.

On the application for second-class mailing privileges the Mailer had listed two addresses, but when service of the notice of hearing was attempted at one address the Mailer could not be contacted. The notice of hearing was then returned to the Main Chicago Post Office & was sent to the other address, at which service was had on May 14, 1959.

The notice of hearing specified that the hearing was to be held on June 4, 1959, in Washington, DC. At the hearing the Mailer was represented by counsel & its president. Counsel for both parties participated in the examination & cross-examination of witnesses & counsel for both parties made oral proposed findings of fact & conclusions of law & submitted reasons in support thereof.

1965 -- Rome: Spanish ecclesiastic adviser to the Vatican, the prelate Marcos Ussia, is kidnapped by the anarchist group "May 1." The action was explained by Luis A. Edo, demanding the release of all political prisoners of Franco's jails. This action was mainly symbolic, designed to bring international attention to the plight of Spanish anarquistas & other victims of the repression in fascist Spain. Ussia was released on May 11, in good health.

1965 -- US: TWU (Transport Workers Union) wins $9.5 million in pensions for former Fifth Avenue Coach employees after long court battle.

1966 -- Two days after the publication of his book Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me, folksinger/novelist Richard Fariña is killed in a motorcycle accident after a promotional party, Carmel, California.

1966 -- US: Havasupai tribe in Grand Canyon reject BIA proposal to "modernize" tribal town of Supai, Arizona with roads, chairlift & helicopter service.

musical note, animated
1966 -- US: Jefferson Airplane & Quicksilver Messenger Service at the Fillmore Auditorium in Frisco, California.

1968 -- US: Los Angeles' first so-called total environmental mixed-media rock ballroom, the Kaleidoscope opens on the Sunset Strip, with the Jefferson Airplane, Canned Heat & Fever Tree playing.

Shadow of a beat cop, source:
1968 -- US: 712 building occupiers & bystanders arrested at Columbia University.
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1969 -- Vietnam: 543,000 US soldiers are in South Vietnam making war.

Dick Brain
1970 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Dick M Nixon announces US & South Vietnam troops, supposedly seeking out a supreme Communist command post known as "COSVN," had invaded Cambodia.

The rationale was a total fabrication, & even Mel Laird & Hank Kissinger went ballistic over this lie. 30,000 US troops & 40,000+ South Vietnamese troops are involved. This US action set the scene for Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Pol Pot to take over Cambodia.

Announcement of secret US bombing & invasion of previously neutral Cambodia prompts demonstrations at college campuses across US Four days before Kent State, National Guard troops fire shotguns on protesters at Ohio State University in Columbus, injuring seven. 1,000 march in downtown Seattle; protesters trash ROTC offices at the University of Washington; much more to come all over the country in the following days.

1972 -- US: 1,000 rally on Mercer Island, Washington to protest Soviet mistreatment of Jews.

1973 -- US: Nixon announces resignation of Haldeman, Ehrlichman, et al.

"Two of the finest public servants I have ever known."

North Vietnamese poster; source
1975 -- Vietnam: Miss Saigon?: Independence Day ... South Vietnam is wholly liberated from US military occupation & the whole country is unified as the Peoples' Republic of Vietnam. Vietnam defeats the US while Republicans are at the helm. North Vietnamese troops enter Saigon.

Vietnam is reunited after 30 years of resistance to US domination & 100 years of French colonial misrule.

Washington extends embargo to all of Vietnam.

1977 -- US: 1,404 arrested at Seabrook, New Hampshire occupation of nuclear power plant site.

1977 -- Argentina: The organization of the mothers of Plaza de Mayo founded.

1977 -- Italy: Arsonists burn the RTR television company offices in Padova.
Source: 'Calendar Riots'

Big Muddy
1983 -- Bluesman Muddy Waters dies of a heart attack. He was 68 years old.

1984 -- Ann Arbor loses its premier rock & roll venue. The often raucous Second Chance rock club in Michigan will closes its doors for good. One month later The Nectarine Ballroom will emerge in its place, a high-fashion dance club with disc jockeys, video screens & top-quality liquor. As one observer put it, "Why pay to see a local band do top forty when you can watch the real thing at home on MTV?"

1986 -- West Germany: First use of CS gas against anti-nuclear demonstrators, Wackersdorf.

1986 -- Ashrita Furman performs 8,341 somersaults over 12 miles before flipping out.

1991 -- George Sperti Sperti inventor (Preparation H), dies at 91. Queried on his death bed as to his immortal last words, he snorted: "You know where to stick that."
[A relative of Sperti has contacted the Daily Bleed, none too happy with this revelation & asking for its removal. Always obliged & ever so compliant... — Auntie]

1992 -- US: In these days following the Rodney King verdict in LA, there is rioting in Las Vegas, San Francisco (where a state of emergency is declared), Oakland, Madison, Minneapolis, Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, Toronto & Pasadena. A University of Washington rally protesting the verdict acquitting Rodney King's assailants marches off campus & downtown via Interstate 5. Two nights of angry disturbances in Seattle result in five injuries & dozens of arrests.
Source: 'Calendar Riots'

1996 -- US: About 120 activists arrested over the next eight days in Washington, DC, in support of a White House fast by Sister Diana Ortiz. Ortiz was kidnapped, tortured, & raped by US-trained & supported Guatemalan Army officers in 1989; she was fasting to demand that the US government release information on her assailants.

1998 -- Denmark: Danish strike enters 4th day. Yesterday a national meeting of shop stewards took place in Odense with the participation of 1200 people. The meeting agreed the formation of national & local coordinating committees to organize the running of the strike.

1998 -- Bleedster Linda Alband, bon vivant, hits the big 50.

1999 -- Bleedster Linda Alband, bon vivant, turns 48.

2000 -- Bleedster Linda Alband, bon vivant, turns 47.

2001 -- Bleedster Linda Alband, bon vivant, turns 46.

2001 -- US: Annual Workers Memorial Day commemoration on April 30, 2001. ...Workers Memorial Day was first observed in 1989 & those workers who died fighting for justice on the job. On this day a coalition of labor groups dedicate an 11-by-8-foot sculpture by Auburn artist Ken Lonn, a former miner & retired Boeing machinist, in Snohomish County, Washington.
Memorial Sculpture A coalition of labor groups commissioned this 11-by-8-foot sculpture to be dedicated during the Snohomish County's annual Workers Memorial Day commemoration on April 30, 2001. The dedication at Snohomish County Courthouse shows a resolute man & a smiling, muscular woman straining to balance a huge sprocket-the wheel of industry. A dozen plate-sized sculptures, each depicting an industry or trade, are welded around the sprocket's 7-foot circumference.

2002 -- Bleedster Linda Alband, bon vivant, turns 45.

2003 -- Bleedster Linda Alband, bon vivant, turns 44 1/3.

2003 -- You Wanna Go Where?!? Road map for peace sponsored by the US, UN, EU, & Russia delivered to the Israel & the Palestinian Authority. Howsomever, the GPS was apparently broke.

2004 -- Bleedster Linda Alband, bon vivant, turns 43 1/4.

2005 -- Bleedster Linda Alband, bon vivant, turns 42 1/5.

2006 -- Bleedster Linda Alband, bon vivant, turns 41 1/6.

2007 -- Bleedster Linda Alband, bon vivant, turns 40 1/7.

2009 -- Bleedster Linda Alband, bon vivant, turns 39 1/8.

2011 -- Bleedster Linda Alband, bon vivant, turns 31 1/16.

2012 -- Bleedster Linda Alband, bon homme, turns 30 11/64.

2014 -- Bleedster Linda Alband, bon homme, turns 28 5/128.

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