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i am dreaming of the mountains where the children learn the stars
clouds roll in from nebraska dark chords on a big guitar
my restlessness is long gone i would stand here like an old jack pine
but I'm looking for rexroth's daughter the friend of a friend of mine....

— Songster Greg Brown


Karl Marx
Promised the withering-away of the state, which has happened recently in places he never imagined.
We're a little behind schedule on some others.


Colorful fish kite

Japan: FEAST OF BANNERS, fish kites fly.

1260 -- Kublai unanimously elected KaKhan in succession to Mīngke.

1606 -- Death of Jean Nicot, who introduced tobacco to France.
Huff, Puff?

1780 -- Anti-American?: Units in George Washington's Revolutionary War Camp in New Jersey mutiny, but the rebellion is put down by Pennsylvania troops.

1813 -- Sųren Kierkegaard lives, Copenhagen. Danish philosopher/religious writer, who deeply affected theologians & Existential philosophy. He criticized prevailing Hegelian assumptions, attacked all philosophical system building, & formulated the thesis that subjectivity is truth. At his creative peak he published 12 books in 1-1/2 years, using many pseudonyms, sometimes attacking his own books under a different name.

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1814 -- Percy Bysshe Shelly & Mary Godwin meet & fall in love (or May 6); Unfortunately, he is already married.
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1816 -- John Keats' first published poem, "O Solitude," appears.

Berlin Wall
1818 -- Germany: Communist theorist, philosopher of labor, capitalist critic, Karl Marx lives, Trier. Nemesis of Michael Bakunin.

"WE have nothing to lose but our bricks."

1822 -- Sir Harry Paget Flashman lives (1822-1915). A dyed-in-the-wool rogue who'd sooner die than face danger.

The only white man to survive Custer's Last Stand

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1846 -- Henryk Sienkiewicz lives, Okrzejska. Polish novelist & winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1905. Among his novels is the widely translated & filmed Quo Vadis (1896).

1852 -- US: National Typographical Union founded, Cincinnati, Ohio. Oldest existing national union in the US.

1856 -- anarchiste diamond dingbatUS: Morrison Swift lives (1856-1946). Boston-based philosopher, anarchist, anti-imperialist, journalist, pamphleteer, publisher, & utopian fiction writer.
(Exact dates of birth & death currently unavailable; see 1946 below.)

1857 -- US: Dred Scott decision rendered, anticipating civil war in America.

1862 -- México: Battle of La Puebla marks victory over imperial France. Mestizo & Zapotec soldiers defeat the French army in the Battle of Puebla.
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1862 -- Max Elskamp lives, Antwerp, Belgium. Outstanding Symbolist poet whose material is based on everyday life & folklore of his native city, & Roman Catholic religious sentiments.

1865 -- First train robbery occurs.

1867 -- Nellie Bly, famous for around-the-world race, lives, Corchran's Mills, Pennsylvania. Daily Bleed Patron Saint January 27.

1874 -- Belgium: Jean Marestan (born Gaston Havard) lives, Liege. Anarchist, pacifist & militant néo-Malthusian, writer.
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Woodcut of the Cananea Copper Mine strike
1876 -- Source=Robert Braunwart México: Esteban Baca Calderon lives. Mexican strike leader (Cananea Copper Mine, June 1, 1906).

Up the street, Francisco Villavicencio Vigilante fidgets behind the front desk in Cananea's museum...

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Cartoons for the Cause
1884 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Knights of Labor strikes Union Pacific because of wage cuts, & wins.

1886 -- US: Police attack on Jewish Workers from the Chicago West Side as they attempt to march into the Loop to protest slum conditions.

1886 -- US: The Bay View Massacre at Rolling Mills. See Howard Zinn article, "A Look at Milwaukee's 8-hour march, killings from the workers' point of view,"

1888 -- US: Founding of the International Association of Machinists.

1890 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Christopher Morley lives; novelist, poet, essayist (Where the Blue Begins).

1896 -- Source=Robert Braunwart James McLennegan transfers the brain of Edward Framingham into the body of an elasmosaurus, in Wardon Allan Curtis 1899 story "The Monster of Lake Lametrie."

Giovanna Berneri
1897 -- Italy: Giovanna Berneri lives (nee Giovannina Caleffi; 1897-1962). Teacher, anarchist propagandist, companion of Camillo Berneri (murdered by the Communists in Spain on this day in 1937; see below). Mother of Marie Louise Berneri (1918-1949) & Giliana Berneri (a.k.a. Giliane; 1919-1998) — like their parents, also anarchists.
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1898 -- Italy: A Pavia la polizia di stato uccide lo studente Muzio Mussi durante una manifestazione.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1902 -- Bret Harte dies in London at 65. Author of The Outcasts of Poker Flat. Mark Twain characterizes him as

"An invertebrate without a country."

1903 -- France: Pierre Odeon (aka Pierre Perrin) lives, in Morbihan. Anarchiste, anti-militariste, aided the Spanish Revolution, member of the Resistance.
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1903 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Small Fry? James Beard lives; culinary expert, author (Delights & Prejudices).

1907 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Pat Frank, Chicago, writer (Alas Babylon, Hold Back the Night).

1909 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Carlos Baker, novelist, critic, biographer of Hemingway.

1910 -- Leo Lionni, author & illustrator of fables, lives.

Temps Nouveaux, anarchist magazine
1911 -- Aristide Delannoy dies. French artist & contributor, along with Paul Signac, Maximilien Luce, Alexandre Steinlen, Van Rysselberghe, Camille Pissarro, Van Dongen, George Willaume, etc., to the anarchiste magazine Temps Nouveaux.

1916 -- Dominican Republic: US marines invade, to "protect" US interests, stay there "protecting" until 1924, many sad returns.

1916 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministUS: Large gathering at Carnegie Hall to celebrate Emma Goldman's release from jail.

Program includes speeches by "Masses" editor Max Eastman, Harry Weinberger, Arturo Giovannitti, & socialist Rose Pastor Stokes. At the close of the meeting, Rose Pastor Stokes hands out 100 typewritten notices including outlawed information about birth control.

1916 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Ireland: John MacBride, Irish rebel, is executed.

1920 -- Massachusetts: Nicola Sacco & Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian-American anarchists, are arrested for murder & payroll robbery & eventually they are executed for a crime they quite possibly did not commit. Climaxes postwar anti-radical, anti-labor & anti-immigrant hysteria of the Wilson-Mitchell period.

Sacco & Vanzetti lie to police about their politics, their guns, why they were in Bridgewater, & deny knowing Coacci & Buda. They repeat these lies to the District Attorney.

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1920 -- Amos Tutuola lives. Nigerian writer, who gained world fame with his story The Palm-Wine-Drinkard, which was found on Yoruba folktales, although in his own country he was accused of falsifications & uncivilized language.

1920 -- anarchist diamond; anarquistaCharles Ange Laisant dies (b. 1841). French Conseiller Général in Nantes, & Député in Paris (18čme) who later became an anarchiste under the influence of his son Albert (who also led his two sons, Maurice & Charles, down the errant path). Charles wrote educational texts for children, in mathematics, physics, etc, as well as radical (La barbarie moderne, (1912)). A friend & correspondent with Spanish educator Francisco Ferrer.
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1921 -- Italy: Fascists in Pisa attack & set fire to the printing works of the newspaper Avvenire anarchico.

1921 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Alfred Hermann Fried, Austro-German pacifist (Nobel 1911), dies at 56.

1921 -- Riccardo Siliprandi sindacalista anarchico assassinio labor trade unionist
Italy: Riccardo Siliprandi (pseudonym, Arič) is assassinated by a fascist squad in Luzzara, in the Piazza del Teatro.

Militant antifascist, anarchosyndicalist & part of the Luzzara anarchist group which had some 36 members. Interred with other antifascist partisans in the Mausoleo dei partigiana Luzzaresi.

See G. Laghi & R. Cavandoli, Storia di Luzzara (1978) & A. Paterlini, Il sacrificio reggiano per la pace e la libertą 1915-1943 (1982).

1922 -- Hot chili pepper!, anarchist Mama! During May-June, Arthur Svensson joins Emma Goldman & Alexander Berkman in Berlin.

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Monkey in a tree (F)red?
1925 -- US: Biology teacher John T. Scopes arrested for teaching the theory of evolution in a Tennessee school, a violation of state law.

1926 -- Sinclair Lewis declines the 1926 Pulitzer, declaring that all such prizes tend to make writers "safe, polite, obedient & sterile." He does, however, (politely?) accept the Nobel Prize for Literature (the first American novelist so honored) in 1930. His last best work was It Can't Happen Here, a speculative novel about the election of a Fascist as US President.

1927 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Novel To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf is published.

1928 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Kit Denton lives, England; Australian broadcaster, historian, author.

1930 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Gandhi is arrested by the British (-Jan. 26, 1931).

1930 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Nicaragua: Sandino returns empty handed because of US pressure on the Mexican government.

Harlan County movie poster
1931 -- US: Infamous Battle of Harlan County ("Bloody Harlan"), Kentucky. Coal workers have been shafted too long. The Harlan County class war provided the inspiration for Florence Reece's "Which Side Are You On?".

My daddy was a miner,
And I'm a miner's son,
And I'll stick with the union
'Til every battle's won.

They say in Harlan County
There are no neutrals there.
You'll either be a union man
Or a thug for J. H. Blair.

See "Harlan: Working under the Gun" by John Dos Passos
& John Hevener's Which Side Are You On?: The Harlan County Coal Miners, 1931-39
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1932 -- US: In Evarts, Kentucky, a fight breaks out between miners & the coal companies' industrial police. The goons draw their pistols, as do many of the miners. The shootout kills a miner & three company guards.

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1937 -- Barcelona: "May Days" erupt in Spain, as Communists attack anarchist strongholds. (If the right one don't get you, the left one will.)

Camillo Berneri, anarchist
1937 -- Spain: This evening, in Barcelona, the Italian anarchist theorist/activist Camillo Berneri & Francesco Barbieri are seized by the Communists, presumably on Moscow's orders (Stalinist purges). Their bodies are found tomorrow, riddled with bullets. Camillo's eldest daughter, Marie Louise Berneri, fighting on the front in Aragon, returns to Barcelona for her father's funeral.

1937 -- Spain: (Wednesday) May 5, 1937: A handbill is distributed by the Friends of Durruti. Over the radio, the CNT disowns the Friends of Durruti Group. Fighting is now confined to the city center: the rest of the city is in the hands of the confederal Defense Committees.
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1939 -- US: The United Mine Workers force a stoppage of soft-coal production when union & operators fail to reach an agreement. Work resumes May 13 when a contract is signed.

1942 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Jesus Gonzalez Davila lives. Mexican playwright (La rana, La venturina).

1945 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Beginning date of Jerzy Andrzejewski novel Ashes & Diamonds.

1946 -- anarchiste diamond dingbatUS: Morrison Swift (1856-1946) dies. Boston-based philosopher, anarchist, anti-imperialist, journalist, pamphleteer, publisher, & utopian fiction writer. Author of The Evil Religion Does, Imperialism & Liberty, The Monarch Billionaire, The Damask Girl & Other Stories, Marriage & Race Death, etc. Member of the New England Industrial Army. Like numerous progressives, Swift later soured & became a militarist & his interest in eugenics ultimately led him off into extreme anti-semitism.

"Religion . . . its time is up . . ."

— Morrison I. Swift (quoted by Thomas Hardy in his poem "God's Funeral")
(Exact dates of birth & death currently unavailable. — ed.)

"Every major demonstration of the unemployed that took place in Boston between 1894 & 1914 was led by Morrison Isaac Swift."

— Alexander Keyssar, Out of Work (1986)

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1947 -- France: French CP ministers expelled from the government.

1950 -- Edgar Lee Masters dies, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wrote the popular Spoon River Anthology, about small town America.

1955 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Move In Now? Way cheap housing available, will have your family glowing... Nuclear explosion atop a 150-m tower batters but does not destroy a model community built at the atomic proving grounds in Nevada.

1956 -- Source=Robert Braunwart New series of US nuclear tests at Eniwetok Atoll, Pacific.

1958 -- Source=Robert Braunwart James Branch Cabell, US novelist (Jurgen), dies at 79, Richmond, Va.

1960 -- US spokesman announces the spy plane shot down by the Russians on 1 May was a "weather research plane" & pilot Francis Gary Powers was a "civilian employed by Lockheed."

1961 -- Alan Shepard rocketed from Cape Canaveral, Florida, 116.5 miles above the earth in a Mercury capsule in the first US manned sub-orbital space flight.

1967 -- US: Grateful Dead, & the Paupers at Fillmore Auditorium, Frisco.

Dr. Cyclops
1968 -- Film actor Albert Dekker ("Dr. Cyclops," "Death of a Salesman") found handcuffed in his bathtub with a noose around his neck & obscenities scrawled on his body, dead of an autoerotic accident, Hollywood, California.

1968 -- France:

May Uprisings, 5 mai 68
Les manifestants du 3 mai sont condamnés ą des peines de prison.

Courts convict 13 demonstrators; give four jail terms.

1969 -- US: 231 military induction orders burned, Los Angeles.

1970 -- US: In response to Kent State killings, protests engulf campuses across United States. The first protest occupation of I-5 Freeway occurs in Seattle as 1,000 U.W. marchers spontaneously seize the freeway. Traffic backs up past Everett (30 miles north). BleedMeister be there, bullhorn & all.

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Uncle Sam flips the finger
1971 -- US: Nixon administration arrests the last of 14,000 anti-war protesters in three days. 18 are arrested in Seattle during a 2,000 person anti-war march downtown.

Under White House orders, Washington police arrest so many Vietnam War demonstrators that there isn't enough jail space.
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BleedMeister, College Press Service correspondent & staff member of the US Student Press Association, was there — on the outside looking in. Very spooky stuff.

1972 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Rev. Gary Davis, blues & folk singer, dies at 76.

1973 -- US: American Indian Movement (AIM) ends occupation of Wounded Knee, South Dakota.

1975 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Dominick Argento's "From the Diary of Virginia Woolf" wins the Pulitzer Prize for music; Garry Trudeau wins Pulitzer Prize in editorial cartooning (Doonesbury).

1976 -- orange diamond dingbat, added 2013, remove 2015Argentinean novelist & teacher Haroldo Conti is permanently disappeared following the military coup.

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1978 -- Enrico Arrigoni (aka Frank Brand) addresses a meeting at the New York Freespace Alternate U [University] on Max Stirner.

Let's make it clear that Stirner is not against society, nor does he preach isolation, since the “union of egoists” is also a society. He is only against certain kinds of societies, the forced, the codified, the authoritarian societies. To these he opposes the free, voluntary which is the union of egoists...

No individualism, no anarchy. Because then there would be no real freedom — only a flock of tamed, enslaved individuals, no matter what you called it.

— Enrico Arrigoni, “The Afflictions of the Critics of the Ego," Minus One (No. 36, 1975)

On Arrigoni, see Anarchist Voices: An Oral History of Anarchism in America by Paul Avrich.
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1979 -- US: 1,500 gather in Livermore, Calif. to protest nuclear research laboratory run by the University of California. Livermore becomes the focus of numerous rallies & direct actions in subsequent years.

Bobby Sands
1981 -- Ireland: Bobby Sands (1954-1981), Irish political prisoner & member of Parliament, dies, in Maze Prison near Belfast, after 66-day hunger strike asking the British government to grant political prisoner status to Irish Nationalist inmates, instead of treating them as common criminals.

1982 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: The Unabomber's 6th bomb injures one at Vanderbilt University, Tenn.

1983 -- Sicily: Over 1 million Sicilians have signed a petition against the US base at Comiso (1/5 of the total population).

1984 -- Jacques Reclus dies. French anarchiste.

  • Le vendeur d'huile qui conquiert la reine de beauté de Feng Menglong.
    Récit traduit du chinois sous la direction de Jacques Reclus. Les amours d'un petit artisan sans le sou et de la plus convoitée des courtisanes : le romantisme ą la chinoise. Nouvelle édition illustrée. 86 p., éd. Philippe Picquier, 1990.

  • Clan Lockhart
    1986 -- Labor of Love?: After 72+ grueling hours of labor, Brandon Letsinger-Brown lives, Seattle. #1 Son of Sue Letsinger & Auntie Dave.

    Kind, curious, questioning, healthy, fun. Activities have variously included swimming, biking, chess, reading, collecting Hardy Boys books, Magic Cards & signed books of author Vonda McIntyre (a neighbor), fishing, camping, baseball, basketball, & The Simpsons, WWII, War Hammer, bowling, computer games (Civilization, EverQuest, Diablo), science fiction, architecture, antiwar-WTO-G8-BushCheneyJunta activities (certified paramedic) & book collecting & selling.

    Great grandson of folklorist Stith Thompson. Descendent of a long line of Clan Lockharts. & more.

    Still talks to his parents in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 (from under his car), 2010 (from atop his touring bike), 2011 Tunisia, 2013 from Beijing, 2014 from Cascadia Now. Good kid (Probly). No less stubborn now than then.

    1987 -- US: Iran-Contra Hearings begin.

    1989 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Sick? The World Freedom [sic] Institute registers in the US as an agent for Nicaraguan contra terrorists.

    1990 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Serial Killer? Jesse Tafero is executed, Florida; the electric chair malfunctions three times & flames leap from his head.

    1991 -- England: Last US cruise missile leaves Greenham Common Air Base, site of a decade of strident women's anti-nuclear protests.

    1991 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Cuba: Human-rights leader Elizardo Sanchez is freed from jail.

    1992 -- Serbia: Mothers of soldiers demand return of sons from extra-territorial fronts, Belgrade.

    1992 -- US: SpokesMen?: L.A. riots: 600 gang members meet to coordinate collective action against the police.
    Source: [Calendar Riots]

    1992 -- US: Two men break into the Rockwell International Facility & damage a $50 million NavStar satellite with axes, causing $2.8 million damage:

    "They will beat their swords into axes ... & none shall make them afraid."

    1993 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Irving Howe, US literary & social critic (Dissent magazine), dies at 72, NY.

    1993 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Amnesty International accuses Tajikistan of political torture & murder.

    1996 -- Germany: This month during the Squatter's Movement (under heavy government attack), raids a punk squat in the Kreutziger Strasse & the Samariterstrasse 31 are evicted.

    1997 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Crosby, Still & Nash perform their hit "Ohio" to mark the 27th anniversary of the Kent State massacre, Kent, Ohio.

    1998 -- Denmark: Mass strike continues into day nine. Today, 15 to 20,000 workers demonstrate in front of the employers federation building in Copenhagen as part of the national day of action called by the national meeting of shop stewards.

    2000 -- US: First Anarchist Film Festival in Chicago, Illinois, May 5-7, as part of "Matches & Mayhem".
    Anarchists riot

    If revolution can't be fun, then what's the point?"

    2001 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Cliff Hanger? Clifton Keith Hillegass, Cliffs Notes creator, dies at 83, Nebraska.

    2001 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Morris Graves, "Northwest Mystic" painter, dies at 90, California.

    2010 -- US: 10th Annual Chicago Anarchist Film Festival. Two weekends, 10 events. This years theme, "Crossing Boundaries," seeks to project voices that transcend borders & cultures — voices that normally do not get heard. Radical cinema from around the world with features, shorts, documentaries, animation, & found footage. "Anarchist films cross boundaries, take risks, & subvert passivity." Participants will also find humor, silliness & fun in the offerings.

    2013 -- US: Progress Comes From the Barrel Paper Tray of a Printer? The world's first gun produced by Defense Distributed using a 3-D printer is fired successfully in Austin, Texass. Security officials worry that such plastic weapons could evade detection at airport screenings. Alfred: "What, Me Worry?"

    photo, woman with black flag, by Tina Modotti
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    "La Injusticia en cualquier sitio, es una amenaza para la Justicia en todas partes"

    ("Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere")

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