Our Daily Bleed...
U. UTAH PHILLIPS
American folk singer, labor organizer, Wobbly, protest poet, exquisite bullshitter.
Ancient Roman rose festival, ROSALIA, dedicated to the flower-goddess Flora & the love-goddess Venus.
Rye, Sussex England: New Mayor throws red-hot pennies to the children from his balcony.
Marta, Italy: FEAST OF THE MADONNA OF THE MOUNTAIN, in which the tools of all trades receive the Madonna's blessing.
DISCORDIAN'S CHaoS HOLIDAY.A Discordian is Required during his early Illumination to Go Off Alone & Partake Joyously of a Hot Dog on a Friday; this Devotive Ceremony to Remonstrate against the popular Paganisms of the Day: of Catholic Christendom (no meat on Friday), of Judaism (no meat of Pork), of Hindic Peoples (no meat of Beef), of Buddhists (no meat of animal), & of Discordians (No Hot Dog Buns!).
1430 -- First Edition?: Joan of Arc captured by the Burgundians, who sell her to the English.
1510 -- Germany: Emperor Maximilian rescinds the order to burn Hebrew books in Cologne (Köln) & Frankfurt.
[Source: Robert Braunwart] [Hereafter attributed with symbol: ]
1701 -- No Kidding?: Captain William Kidd is hanged for piracy & murder.
1707 -- Sweden: Alarmed? Carolus (Carl) Linilaeus lives, Rashult. His Species plantarum (1753) founds modern botanical nomenclature. Creator of the flowerbed clock: Spotted Cat's Ear opens 6am o African Marigold opens 7am o Mouse-Ear Hawkweed opens 8am o Prickly Sowthistle closes 9am o Common Nipplewort closes 10am o Star of Bethlehem opens 11am o Passion Flower opens noon o Childing Pink closes 1pm o Scarlet Pimpernel closes 2pm o Hawkbit closes 3pm o Small Bindweed closes 4pm o White Water Lily closes 5pm o Evening Primrose opens 6pm.
1785 -- US: Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals. Reaction is skeptical, a wait & see attitude.
1799 -- In the 'Hood?: Thomas Hood — poet, humorist, founder of Hood's Magazine — lives, in Poultry (Cheapside) above his father's bookshop.
"Work — work — work
Till the brain begins to swim!
Work — work — work
Till the eyes are heavy & dim!
Seam, & gusset, & band,
Band, & gussett, & seam,
Till over the buttons I fall asleep,
& sew them on in a dream!"
— excerpt, The Song of the Shirt, Thomas Hood (1799-1845)
cited in Bowditch, Voices of the Industrial Revolution
1810 -- Transcendentalist writer Margaret Fuller lives, Cambridgeport, Massachusetts. American critic, teacher, woman of letters. Editor of The Dial.
Daily Bleed Saint 2003-2005
Transcendentalist, revolutionist, feminist activist.
"If nature is never bound down,
nor the voice of inspiration
stifled, that is enough."
— Sarah Margaret Fuller
1812 -- Mme de Staël secretly leaves France, fleeing Napoleon.
1827 -- US: First American nursery school established in New York City. Developed "to relieve parents of the laboring classes from the care of their children ... offering the children protection from weather, from idleness & contamination of evil example."
1832 -- Jamaican national hero Samuel Sharpe hung. Instigator of the 1831 Slave Rebellion which began on the Kensington Estate in Saint James & was largely instrumental in bringing about the abolition of slavery.
"We have been taught that the "Trail of Tears" started in the Carolinas, Georgia, & Florida & ended in Oklahoma but that simply is not true. The "Trail of Tears" began when the first canvas sail was spotted off the coast of Turtle Island, & it still continues.
"The Trail passes through Oklahoma & goes on to Leavenworth, where our brother, Leonard [Peltier], is but another landmark on the Trail. The Trail passes through the places called 'poverty', 'alcohol & substance abuse', 'desperation', 'lost culture'; you can stop & visit 'hunger' on your travels down the Trail. "
Hollywood leaves the impression that great Indian wars came in the Old West during the late 1800's, a period many think of simplistically as the "cowboy & Indian" days. But in fact it was a "mopping up." By then the Indians were nearly finished, their subjugation complete, their numbers decimated. The killing, enslavement, & land theft had begun with the arrival of the Europeans & perhaps reached its nadir when it became federal policy under President Andrew Jackson.
1839 -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow assesses Jane Austen:
"Her writings are a capital picture of real life, with all the little wheels & machinery laid bare like a patent clock. But she explains & fills out too much."
1853 -- Buenos Aires gains independence from Argentina.
1863 -- Germany: General Workers' Association (Allgemeiner Deutscher Arbeiterverein) founded in Leipzig, based on the political ideas of Ferdinand Lassalle.
1866 -- Paraguay: Brazil, Argentina & Uruguay (the Triple Alliance) in the Battle of Tuyuyu in the War of the Triple Alliance, 1865–70, eventually crushing Paraguay.
1871 -- France: The "Bloody Week" (Semaine Sanglante) continues, the citizens of the The Paris Commune are bathed in blood by the troops of Thiers. Members of the Council of the Commune evacuate the town hall. Pindy gives the command to set fire to the building; Ferré orders the same for the court buildings & the police prefecture. In the evening, the Pantheon quarter falls into the hands of Versailles.
1880? -- Alissa Bucolin begins her journal (during this decade; exact year unknown — ed.), in André Gide's novel La Porte étroite.
1881 -- US: Heads Up, Florida Marlins! Baseball game played between one-armed & one-legged players. The one-arm guys win, 34-11, Philadelphia. Inspires the TV series, "The Fugitive" whose protagonist is always whining about a one-armed man.
1885 -- Canada: End of the North West Rebellion. Poundmaker surrenders with his Cree warriors & 150 Métis on hearing of Riel's defeat, Saskatchewan. (He is sentenced to three years in Stony Mountain Penitentiary.)
1887 -- Spain: Felipe Alaiz de Pablo lives (1887-1959), Belver de Cinca Huesca. Anarchist [anarquista individualista] & journalist. Director of Revista de Aragon, writer for El sol de Madrid, Heraldo de Aragon, La Revista Blanca, Solidaridad Obrera de Valencia & Sevilla, & Ruta. Published novels, translations & works on anarchism. Died in exile in France.
1891 -- Pär Lagerkvist lives. Major Swedish writer, 1951 Nobel Prize winner. Early works reflected socialistic/radical views, giving way later to religious & moral themes. Anguish, a politically disillusioned collection of poetry written during WWI, reflects the terrors of war, how a person can find a meaningful life in a world where war kills millions for very little reason.
"Anguish, anguish is my heritage / the wound of my throat / the cry of my heart in the world."
A story of timeless evil, The Hangman, (1933) is a condemnation of the threat of dictators & rising fascism.
1892 -- England: Broad gauge railways finally forced out as utilitarianism triumphs over style & comfort.
1899 -- US: Emma Goldman, on or about today, delivers two well-attended lectures in Seattle, Washington, following a debate on "Socialism vs. Anarchism" in Tacoma, Washington on the 20th (offered free use of a hall there, but after proposing to lecture on "Free Love," the offer is retracted.)
From here Emma visits the anarchist colony at Lakebay, Washington, before going to Oregon to lecture.
1903 -- US: Thousands of child textile mill workers in Philadelphia begin a strike.
1906 -- Dramatist, radical critic, Henrik Ibsen dies in Oslo.
"The State is the curse of the individual. . . The State must go! That will be a revolution which will find me on its side. Undermine the idea of the State, set up in its place spontaneous action, & the idea that spiritual relationship is the only thing that makes for unity, & you will start the elements of a liberty which will be something worth possessing."
1907 -- US: May 23-28, hundreds turn out on successive nights in Los Angeles to hear Emma Goldman, & debate, on one occasion, socialist Claude Riddle. She organizes a Social Science Club with 55 charter members to study social issues, literature, & art. Emma declares her intent to start a movement on behalf of México among US radicals.
1908 -- US: Fall Out?: A dirigible explodes over Frisco Bay; 16 passengers fall, none die.
1908 -- US: Part of the Great White Fleet arrives in Seattle, in Puget Sound, Washington.
1909 -- US: NY Police break up Emma Goldman's Sunday lecture series, claiming she did not follow the subject of her lecture on "Henrik Ibsen as the Pioneer of Modern Drama"; two arrests made.
Emma attempts give this talk in East Orange, N.J., at a meeting organized by Alden Freeman to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Thomas Paine's death; police prevent her from entering the lecture hall.
The crowd relocates to Freeman's barn, where the young anarchist finally delivers the lecture in the land of "free speech."
"Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins ... Society is in every state a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one."
— Thomas Paine, Common Sense; forgotten American & revolutionary whose remains are lost
1910 -- Margaret Wise Brown lives (-1952). Children's author of Good Night Moon.
1921 -- Eubie Blake all-Negro revue "Shuffle Along" opens on Broadway.
1923 -- US: A NY city acting group is convicted of presenting an immoral play, Sholem Asch's God of Vengeance.
1929 -- México: Students at Universidad Nacional de México strike for academic freedom.
1929 -- US: Filipino workers die as an overloaded truck crashes, California.
1934 -- In the Battle of Toledo, 10,000 strikers at Ohio's Auto-Lite plant drive away police.
The company hires its own guards & today's battle begins when one of them beats an old man.
Tomorrow National Guard machine-gun units evacuate scabs & the troops open fire on demonstrators, killing two strikers & wounding 15.
1934 -- The brief, hardscrabble lives of the robber duo Bonnie & Clyde comes to an end, killed in a Louisiana ambush headed by a one-time Texass Ranger.
1937 -- England: Emma Goldman speaks on the Spanish revolution in Norwich at a well-attended meeting sponsored by the Norwich Freedom Group, the ILP, & the Labour League of Youth.
1938 -- Time, Inc. acquires the Literary Digest magazine.
1940 -- México: Mexicans led by David Siqueiros attack Trotsky's villa with machine guns — Trotsky is not injured.
1941 -- Wanna Fight?: Buddy Baer disqualified at the beginning of the seventh round as Joe Louis defends his heavyweight boxing title for the 17th time. Baer's manager refused to leave the ring when the round was ready to begin.
1943 -- Thomas Mann begins his novel Dr. Faustus, wherein Serenus Zeitblom begins his biography of Adrian Leverkühn today.
1946 -- Back Draft Prequel?: US railroad strike starts, later crushed when Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader "Buck" Truman threatens to draft strikers.
1947 -- The first Prime Press book appears, The Mislaid Charm by A.N. Phillips.
1955 -- England: A dock strike begins (-July 6).
1955 -- Soviet novelist Mikhail Sholokov receives the Order of Lenin.
1956 -- Spain: Antifascist guerrillero Francisco Sabaté (El Quico) & a companion rob the Central Bank in the Calle Fusina.
1958 -- US: Charles Starkweather, who, accompanied by his girlfriend, shot &/or bludgeoned 11 people to death in two days, is convicted of murder in Nebraska.
| US: A truck overturns, spilling elephants on Phinney Ridge, Seattle. No doubt the driver lost control while eating the elephant's peanuts & listening to Dizzy Gillespie!
1962 -- US: Joe Pepitone, NY Yankee, sets a major-league baseball record, hitting two home runs in one inning.
1963 -- US: Rash Act? Congress passes first bill intended to ensure women equal pay for equal work. The legislation was originally submitted in 1947.
1965 -- Greece: 300,000 in the Third Marathon March for peace & justice.
1965 -- Bolivia: General Strike crushed.
1965 -- Dominican Republic: An "Inter-American Peace Force" takes over the US invasion of the country; it includes troops from the US, Brazil, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay & Costa Rica (countries under the US thumb).
1966 -- The Beatles release "Paperback Writer." Inspires Danielle Steel & the Bodice Ripper genre.
1968 -- France: Paris Uprising '68, new confrontations with the Latin Quarter, between students & CRS with government attempts to shut down or muzzle radio stations.
To brighten things up, the combatants,
Fucking set fire to cars:
One match &, Forward!
Poetry written in petrol.
And you should have seen the C.R.S.
Really get their asses burnt!
—- excerpt, "The Commune's Not Dead," Song by the Council for Maintaining the Occupations (C.M.D.O.), May 1968
1969 -- Jorge Luis Borges publishes The Book of Imaginary Beings.
1970 -- The Grateful Dead plays its first British concert at the Hollywood Rock Festival.
1970 -- US: Bombings in Seattle cause Pres. Nixon to cancel nerve-gas shipments through Puget Sound; Meanwhile, the first University District Street Fair is held, (-May 24).
1972 -- Shooting starts on Luis Buñuel's film, "La Charme discret de la bourgeoisie."
1981 -- US: 30th black youngster found dead in Atlanta, Georgia.
1982 -- England: 10,000 march against the Falklands War, London.
1982 -- England: The Central London chapter of the British Musicians Union resolution proposed to ban synthesizers & rhythm machines from all recording sessions & live engagements. Defeated.
1982 -- Spain: Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) wins its first majority in Andulusian Autonomous Parliament since the Revolution.
1984 -- US: Right-wing Contra Eden Pastora admits receiving illegal CIA aid from the Ronnie Reagan/Oliver North administration.
1985 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Ronnie Reagan & Senate agree to compromise, limiting MX missiles to 50.
1985 -- Pope & MafiaWed?: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Ronnie Reagan bestows the Medal of Freedom — America's highest civilian award — on the otherwise rarely paired Latin duet: Mother Teresa & Frank Sinatra.
1989 -- China: Pro-democracy protests extend to 20 cities.
1990 -- US: The New School for Social Research in New York City takes the "clean art loyalty oath" to court.
1991 -- US: TV's "Nightline" says CIA aided illegal US arms exports to South Africa, 1984-88.
1996 -- Spain: Gen. Enrique Gonzalez is arrested for death-squad activity.
1997 -- US: The CIA releases secret documents on its 1954 overthrow of Guatemalan President Arbenz, including lists of Guatemalans slated for execution.
1997 -- Bleedster Robert's database reaches 258,000 entries (4,300 pages); by this time in 2003 the database nummers 450,000+, some 7,000+ pages; now to find a publisher... & put him in the Guinness Book of Records while we're at it...
1997 -- Alan Harrington dies. He was with Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs & others at ground zero of what became the Beat Generation. (Harrington aka Hal Hingham in the later pages of On the Road.) Author of The Immortalist, most of his books are now out of print.Illness eventually caught up with Alan, but not until he had reached the age of 79. It came in the form of a leukemia diagnosed early in April, & it came fast; Alan died just six weeks later, on May 23.
"What am I supposed to do?" he asks.
Harrington dies, calling for ice cream.
His headstone says it all: Get me out of here.
Hal lurked at the window...he heard clocks. They were chiming up & down the street.
Altogether, it was fifty-six o'clock.
He was not exactly of the Beat Generation, although he was certainly allied with the likes of Kerouac & Cassady, Ginsberg & Huncke, and, yes, Leary. They are all gone now, some very recently. Gone, too, is Alan Harrington's friend William Eastlake, the quiet bard of Bisbee, also 79, who died just a week after Alan.
Orion dipping into the Catalinas, poised for another immaculate desert sunrise. — Doug Peacock
Alan Harrington. Almost all of his books are out of print, & when he died he was something of a well-kept secret, recalled most often for having been the character Hal Hingham whom Jack Kerouac's & Neal Cassady's alter egos visit under "the snowy Catalinas" in the later pages of On the Road.
He faced his impending death gracefully & even bravely, calling for ice cream,
His headstone tells it all: Get me out of here.___
Am I supposed to die
What are we going to do today
Where are we going today
What are we going to do with all these books
— excerpt, Margo Burwell
1998 -- US: Love & Rage Revolutionary Anarchist Federation dissolves itself in New York City. Love & Rage began as a continental anarchist newspaper at a conference in Chicago in 1989.
1998 -- Russia: Striking miners remove barricades from the Trans-Siberian railway.
2000 -- Cuba: Government releases a third dissident from jail early, Rene Gomez Manzano.
2001 -- US: Jack S. Zucker dies, aged 91, in Philadelphia. Former labor organizer famous for sparring with Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Senator TailGunner Joe McCarthy during the bitter 1950s anti-commie witch hunts.
2003 -- From: Jesse Walker
To: Yahoo Moors
Discordians will note that today is 5-23-2003. & on this day, by "coincidence," my magazine's website published not one but two pieces that allude to the Discordian saint Philip K. Dick. I just circulated one of them...
2006 -- Bangladesh: Fire Your Boss? "Bangladeshi Workers Torch More Factories." Angry garment workers set fire to seven textile factories in & around the capital after news that an employee, shot in the back during recent protests over better pay & working conditions, has died. The 20-year-old man, was one of about 100 people injured yesterday when thousands of textile workers clashed with factory guards & security forces.
2008 -- US: U. Utah Phillips (1935-2008) leaves the stage, Nevada City, California. A modern day working class hero.
American folk singer ("One of the most important songwriters to be found in North America." — Rolling Stone), anarchist & labor organizer, Wobbly, protest poet, exquisite bullshitter ("My God! That's Moose Turd Pie — Good, Though!"), host of Pacifica Radio's "Loafers Glory".
His mentor was Ammon Hennacy founder of the Joe Hill House), often recorded with Ani Difranco, & a close friend of songster Al Grierson's before his tragic death.
Utah Phillips, a man who once ran for president of the U.S.A.
on the "Sloth & Indolence" ticket.
2010 -- Russia: Notable anti-Stalinist playwright Mikhail Shatrov dies, Moscow.
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