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SECONDARY IN BLEEDREF: 3rd Congrés de l'AIT(r)
MAY 21

Martyred Romanian historian of religion, philosopher, magic.

FEAST OF THE TRIPLE SCOOP. Yummy. Meet you there!

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Macedonia: ANASTENARIDES FEAST: barefoot dancing on hot coals. Hot Time on the Old town?

-1490 -- [B.C.] God commands Moses to take a census of the Israelites, according to Bishop Ussher's chronology (they come to 603,550).
Source: [Robert Braunwart] [Hereafter attributed with symbol: Source=Robert Braunwart]

1420 -- Betrothal of Henry VI, King of England, to Catherine de Valois of France; England & France swear perpetual peace; French King Charles VI recognizes English King Henry V as Duke of Normandy & heir to the French throne.

1471 -- German artist Albrecht Durer lives. Swell dresser.

1534 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Spain: The king authorizes Fray Juan de Zumárraga to form the first library in Mexico.

Utopia Massage
1568 -- France: Tommaso Campanella (1568-1639) dies, in Paris. Italian utopian author of The City of the Sun (1602), just after he was condemned to life imprisonment for sedition & heresy. A Dominican monk tossed into prison with Giordano Bruno. A precursor of egalitarian communism, when released he preached revolutionary insurrection & peasant seizure of the lands. A "hero" of the Russian Revolution.

1688 -- Alexander Pope lives (1688-1744). Mainly self-educated English essayist & one of the great Enlightment poets. Famous for witty satires & aggressive, bitter quarrels with other writers. After his edition of William Shakespeare was attacked he answered with the mock-epic The Dunciad (1728).

1690 -- John Eliot "Apostle to the Indians," dies.

1771 -- 3 Poems & You're Out?: Lunatic poet Christopher Smart dies in debtor's prison in London, aged 49. Wrote A Song to David.

1844 -- "Douanier" Henri Rousseau lives, Lavalle, Mayenne, France.

1846 -- Source=Robert Braunwart México: US fleet begins the blockade of Veracruz (US-Mexican War).

1856 -- US: Lawrence, Kansas captured, sacked by pro-slavery forces.

1856 -- Australia: Stone Age? The first eight hour working day is achieved, by stonemasons in Victoria:

We're still waiting on the four hour day of our Paleolithic ancestors though currently only a three hour 'working' week would be all it would take to produce our basic needs. As it happens, the length of the working week is actually increasing: the majority of Western workers now doing over forty hours as standard.

Source: [Calendar Riots]

1860 -- Willam Einthoven, inventor of the electrocardiograph, lives. All Bleeding Eventually Stops

Hutchins Hapgood
1869 -- US: Hutchins Hapgood lives, Chicago, Illinois.

Journalist, author & anarchist.

Chronicled the American progressive movement in fiction & journalism.

1871 -- France: Beginning of "Semaine Sanglante" (Bloody Week). Horrendous repression & butchery in the suppression of the Paris Commune begins.

The government massacres & summary executions leave 20,000-35,000 dead.

The Thiers butcher declares "the expiation will be complete. It will take place in the name of the laws, by the law, with the laws."

More to come tomorrow & in the following days.

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1881 -- American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton.

1894 -- France: "Courage camarades, vive l'anarchie": The last words of French anarchiste Émile Henry, executed at dawn, guillotined at age 21.

1894 -- Spain: Anarchists José Codina & Mariano Cerezuela executed. Believed responsible for the 1891 bombing of the Teatre Liceu, later determined to be the handiwork of Santiago Salvador Franch (executed on July 11th).

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No Wall Flower
1904 -- Jazz musician Fats Waller lives, New York City.

1908 -- The first horror film, "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde," is released in Chicago. Probably before the Killer Tomatoes ate Chicago.

1910 -- After a music-hall stage career & the break-up of her first marriage, Colette begins to serialize La Vagabonde in La Vie Parisienne.

1910 -- The underground & influential journal Min-pao, a Chinese language publication based in Paris, publishes its last issue, devoting it almost entirely to Wang Ching-wei (influenced by the anarchist writings of this period). See the Anarchist Encyclopedia page,

1916 -- US: Enrique & Ricardo Flores Magón go on trial. Arrested at their "Community Farm" near Los Angeles, California, Enrique was beaten by police & hospitalized. The Mexican anarquista Magon brothers are charged with mailing articles inciting "murder, arson & treason."

1916 -- England: Clocks go forward for the first Daylight Saving Day, originally sold to the public as a wartime emergency measure.

Workers of the world, go back to bed!

Source: [Calendar Riots]

1918 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Liberal Pres. Wilson signs the Sedition Act, making it a crime to hinder the war effort by making false statements, obstructing enlistment or speaking against production of war materials or the US government, constitution or flag.

1921 -- Andrei Sakharov lives (1921-1989), Russia. Atomic scientist, political/peace activist, 1975 Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2006-2008
Soviet peace activist, theoretical physicist, refusenik.

1922 -- The cartoon, "On the Road to Moscow," by Rollin Kirby wins a Pulitzer Prize. It is the first cartoon awarded the prize.

1923 --
Germany: Founding Congress of the Labor & Socialist International, in Hamburg.      May 21-25 congrés de reunificació de la Segona Internacional i la Internacional de Viena sota el nom d'Internacional Obrera Socialista (IOS). Participants include Andrés Saborit, representing the Partit Socialista Obrer Espanyol (PSOE).

Source: [Congressos Obrers]

1929 -- US: A Shocker?: Automatic electric stock quotation board installed, Wall Street, New York City. Software glitches in the sign triggers the crash of '29. Unaccountable, Microsoft claims it is not responsible.

1930 -- Babe Ruth hits three consecutive homers.

"If I'd tried for them dinky singles I could've batted around six hundred."

— Babe Ruth

1934 -- US: The General Strike by Teamsters Union in Minneapolis culminates today in a battle against business goons. One source for labor events this month also notes "Police stormed striking truck drivers in Minneapolis who were attempting to prevent truck movement in the market area"; possibly this refers to today(?).
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Addams Family Logo
1935 -- US: Jane Addams dies, Chicago, Illinois. Founder of Settlement House Movement & an opponent of World War I. First US woman named co-recipient of Nobel Peace Prize.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2003-2005
Founder of Chicago's Hull House, social activist.

1938 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Anxiety Attack?: The Gestapo ransacks Sigmund Freud's apartment & destroys his books.

1938 -- Source=Robert Braunwart The first performance of eight scenes from Brecht's "Fear & Misery," Paris, France.

1943 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Henry Fonda movie The Ox-Bow Incident is released. One of the essential Westerns, directed by William Wellman. Based on the novel by Walter Van Tilburg Clark. A realistic presentation, with its cattle rustlers, bar room brawls, shootings, & lynchings — a far cry from the early romantic visions of the West. Many critics consider his book the masterpiece written on the American West.

1944 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Earl Browder dissolves the Communist Party - USA. He was the head honcho, but in a dialectical tit-for-tat, the party will soon dissolve him.

1945 -- Lauren Bacall & Humphrey Bogart get hitched.

1945 -- US: The "Little Wagner Act" is signed in Hawaii (a colony, it isn't a star on the US flag just yet), guaranteeing pineapple & sugar workers in Hawaii the right to bargain collectively.

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1946 -- US: The US government seizes all the bituminous coal mines hoping to break a coal miner's strike. [see April 1 & May 29]

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1946 -- Immemorable Best selling fiction in the US this year is ample testimony; readem & weep:
The King's General, Daphne du Maurier - This Side of Innocence, Taylor Caldwell - The River Road, Frances Parkinson Keyes - The Miracle of the Bells, Russell Janney - The Hucksters, Frederic Wakeman - The Foxes of Harrow, Frank Yerby - Arch of Triumph, Erich Maria Remarque - The Black Rose, Thomas B. Costain - The Snake Pit, Mary Jane Ward - B.F.'s Daughter, John P. Marquand

& at the movies, it is
The Best Years of Our Lives - The Big Sleep - The Postman Always Rings Twice - It's a Wonderful Life - To Each His Own - Gilda - My Darling Clementine - Notorious - The Killers

1947 -- US: "Justice has been done — both ways," said white taxi cab driver Roosevelt C. Hurd, Sr., after an all-white jury acquitted him & 27 codefendants of dragging from jail, shooting, beating, & lynching Willie Earle, a black prisoner awaiting trial in Pickens, South Carolina. The acquittal verdict was rendered despite the confessions of 26 of the 28 defendants & the testimony of nine witnesses that Hurd shot Earle.

Nuclear fireball, WMD
1956 -- First aerial test of an H-Bomb makes Bikini Atoll unlivable. The first hydrogen fusion bomb dropped from an airplane explodes over Namu Atoll at the northwest edge of the Bikini Atoll. The fireball is four miles in diameter. It is designated as "Cherokee," as part of "Operation Redwing."

Playing the Dozens?: CBS News reports on "60 Minutes" that the former Commander of the Soviet Union's defunct nuclear forces stated that at least 100 or more suitcase size nuclear bombs are unaccounted for.

A Former adviser to Russian President Boris Yeltsin, summoned to investigate controls on 142 suitcase sized nuclear weapons produced by the KGB during the cold war, is quoted as saying,

"I won't say how many I think have gone missing. You will publish it & scare the whole world. It is a question of units, not dozens."

State terrorism
1960 -- Italy: Un commissario della polizia di stato di Bologna interrompe un comizio del deputato comunista Giancarlo Pajetta perchč criticava la politica estera del governo.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1964 -- Glows in the Dark?: First nuclear-powered lighthouse begins operation.

1965 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Bolivia: Clashes between striking miner workers & troops leave 48 dead.

1967 -- US: Followers of Malcolm X riot in Chicago.

Hey, hey! Smiley Face
1968 -- China: At a protest demonstration in Peking the group Sheng Wu Lian calls for the people to govern themselves directly, as in the The Paris Commune. The Red Guards, good Marxists they, accuse them of being anarchists!

Old Victrola
1968 -- US: Ten weeks after walking out on KMPX-FM, Frisco's striking DJs, Tom Donahue, et al, find work on the city's KSAN-FM, starting a new format with the formerly classical station. (See 18 March.)

Car barricades, streets of Paris, May 68
1968 -- France: May Days '68: The 'Workers-Students Action Committee-Citroen', forms. See the Anarchist Encyclopedia page,

21 mai 68

   Cohn-Bendit est interdit de séjour en France.

Ginsberg, Krassner news clip re speaking on campus
1968 -- US: Second mass arrest at Columbia University; 138 arrested in "Hamilton II" + bystanders. Meanwhile, police in helicopters drop tear gas on a University of California campus rally in Berkeley [or tomorrow?].
Students clash with cops

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1968 -- Germany: Beginning of the Occupations of the University of West Berlin, demanding university reform, & in sympathy with the student occupations & demands in France.
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1971 -- US: Members of American Indian Movement (AIM) occupy Naval Air Station near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

1971 -- US: More than 170 protesters are arrested in Washington, DC, as 7,000 rally against the war Vietnam War & Southeast Asia.

1972 -- Catholic Lithuanian youth immolates himself during a week of uprisings against Soviet troops.

Daily Bleed Literary Event
1973 -- Carlo Emilio Gadda, essayist, short-story writer, & novelist, dies in Rome.

1975 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Laos: Pro-Pathet Lao students seize the US AID compound in Vientiane. The US AID, then as now, is understood to be a front for the CIA.

1977 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Joanie Caucus (of "Doonesbury") graduates from UC-Berkeley law school.

1978 -- US: Chumash tribe ends protest at ancient burial ground, Little Cohu Bay, Point Conception, California, a proposed location for importing liquid natural gas.

1978 -- US: 4,300 rally at Bangor Naval Base, Washington, to protest against nuclear sub USS Trident.

1979 -- US: Dan White riots in Frisco, California.

No Apologies! Poster, San Francisco, May 21, 1979
1979 -- US: Frisco Bay Area agit-prop group called the Union of Concerned Commies (UCC) begins in early 1979 as a left-libertarian intervention into the anti-nuke movement, then at the height of its strength & militancy.

This intervention involves a serious attempt to present a radical critique with attention-grabbing style & innovative use of media. For instance, the same cartoon graphics (usually by Jay Kinney & Paul Mavrides of Anarchy Comix) appeared on leaflets, posters, & T-shirts distributed at antinuke events. Some of the UCCers settle in for a sustained effort within the movement, mostly through the Abalone Alliance newspaper It's About Times.

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1979 -- Russia: Elton John is the first rock star to perform in the USSR, with a concert in Leningrad, totally sold out. He ends with the Beatles’ "Back In The USSR".

1980 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Carter announces state of emergency at Love Canal.

George Bush, I've Nothing to Hide!
1981 -- US: Senate approves $20 billion program to return US to full-scale production of chemical & nerve-gas weapons (aka Weapons of Mass Destruction). Eatcher heart out, Saddam!!

1982 -- US: Discussing Soviet weaponry at a National Security Council meeting, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Reagan asks CIA deputy director Bobby Inman,
Red Missile

"Isn't the SS-19 their biggest missile?"
"No" says Inman, "that's the SS-18."
"So," exclaims the Prez, "they've even switched the numbers on their missiles in order to confuse us!"

Inman explains to an extremely bright & perceptive Prez that the numbers are assigned by US intelligence (sic).

1984 -- US: May 21-26 First North American Bioregional Congress meets in Excelsior Springs, Ozarkia bioregion, Missouri.

1984 -- US: First union activists fired by LTV.

1990 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Congressional report accuses top Salvadoran military commanders, supported by the US, of murder, torture & cover-ups.

1991 -- US: Romanian religious historian Ioan Culianu assassinated, Chicago, Illinois.

1993 -- Kyrgystan announces plans to dismantle its army. Now the US can confidently invade grow it's Empire...if it's intelligence isn't too awfully fawlty...

1996 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Algeria: Muslim terrorists murder seven elderly French monks held hostage for two months.

1997 -- Germany: About 50 activists occupy & prematurely harvest a trial field of genetically engineered maize (corn), ruining the test, in Schonfeld.

Squat: Economy decline
1997 -- Germany: The Squatter's Movement, (long under under heavy government attack), today sees The Niederbarnimstrasse 23 evicted. By the end of July the squatters are pretty much crushed, & Germany has returned it's many empty buildings back to empty & the rabble back into the street where they belong.

Jaime Cubero, Brazilian anarchist
1998 -- Jaime Cubero, Brazilian anarchist, author, teacher, dies. anarchismo, anarchici, anarquista, sindicalistas / Brasil

There ought to be limits to Freedom -- George Dubya Bush, May 1999
1999 -- US: Image text: "There ought to be limits to Freedom" — quote, George Dubya Bush, May 21, 1999

2001 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Egypt: Court convicts 28 human-rights campaigners (including Saad Eddin Ibrahim, 61, who gets 7-years in prison).

2001 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Center for Urban Horticulture is burned by Earth Liberation Front (ELF), University of Washington in Seattle.

ascii celebration poster; source
2004 -- Netherlands: Five years of ASCII, that means five years free internet access, running totally on open source software & donated hardware.

But it also means five years of crazy projects, climbing on roofs to provide wireless access, squatting new locations, setting up media points for activists at antiglobalist gatherings, drinking beer & coffee, giving courses & workshops, trash-hunting for new building materials, writing software, complaining about customers, bitching on the mailing list, meeting wonderful fellow activists from all over, ranting about politics — in short, endless hours of fun & frustration :-)

Decorative Black & Red branches
2005 -- Canada: Montreal's 6th Annual Anarchist Bookfair Montreal's 6th Annual Anarchist Bookfair logo; source

2010 -- US: The Texass Stone-Age State Board of Education adopts a social conservative textbook agenda, affecting all of America's children — evolutionary proof positive the Neanderthal Age is alive & well.

2011 -- Everywhere: World comes to an end once again. Rupture occurs at 6pm. Holy Cow! Be here (or not!!)...

2013 -- Canada: Montreal’s 8th International Anarchist Theatre Festival, May 21st & 22nd, featuring 28 artists from Belgium, Quebec & Montreal.

graphic from Processed World, Issue 11
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