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French individualist anarchiste, military deserter, writer, traveler.'AxaZo.htm

Provence, France: WORLD'S GYPSIES gather for two day religious festival.


592 -- Death of St. Simon Stylites the Younger.

1337 -- Blitzkrieg?: French King Philip VI announces confiscation of Gascony from England — Beginning of the Hundred Years War.

1530 -- England: A list of heretical books is drawn up in London; Tyndale's Bible is burned.
Source: [Robert Braunwart] [Hereafter attributed with symbol: Source=Robert Braunwart]

1583 -- Copernicus allegedly sees the first copy of De Revolutionibus, spaces out & dies.

1626 -- England: The House of Commons declares "Tunnage & Poundage" illegal.

1840 -- Samuel Morse taps out the message "What hath God wrought" in what is still called Morse Code. Can this be possible?: The first man to write in digital code didn't do it on a Mac? Question was sent from Washington to Baltimore, formally opening America's first telegraph line. The question, still being asked today, remains without answer.



1855 -- Arthur Wing Pinero, actor/dramatist lives, London. Wrote The Second Mrs. Tanqueray.

1856 -- US: Abolitionist John Brown, whose "truth goes marching on," leads six men in the killing of five pro-slavery Kansans at Dutch Henry's Crossing on the Pottowatomie River, Kansas.
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1860 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Wales: A coal-miners' union is formed in New South Wales.

1861 -- Leo Tolstoy, visits Turgenev, is shown proofs of Fathers & Sons. Tolstoy, after skimming a few pages, falls asleep as Turgenev looks on.

1861 -- US: Major General Benjamin Butler declares slaves "contraband of war."

1863 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Beginning of Jules Verne novel Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Zo D'Axa, anarchiste
1864 -- Zo D'Axa lives.

French lampoonist, publisher, writer & anarchiste propagandist. Published La Feuille, & ran an ass in the elections, which caused street brawls. See the Anarchist Encyclopedia page,'AxaZo.htm

1874 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Spain: Bull Algarrobo flees the bull ring in Cordova with a woman on one horn & a policeman on the other.

1879 -- US: American abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison dies.

1880 -- Louise Michel: Elle refuse sa mise en liberté provisoire parce que ses coinculpés ne bénéficient pas de la même mesure.
Source: [Michel Chronologie]

1881 -- Canada: About 200 people die as the Canadian ferry "Princess Victoria" sinks near London, Ontario.

1883 -- US: Brooklyn Bridge opened by Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Arthur Cleveland. World's longest suspension bridge, held together with 5,296 bound steel cables. Took 14 years to build, with 27 worker deaths (many from “the bends” after working in watertight caissons below the surface of the river). 1,595 feet long, cost $16 million, & is often sold for much less than that today.

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1884 -- US: Anti-Monopoly Party & Greenback Party forms People's Party.

1885 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Literary magazine La voz de la juventud begins publication, Oaxaca, Mexico.

1890 -- US: Geo Train & Sam Wall circle the world in record 67 days, Tacoma-to-Tacoma. Out of a coma, into a coma.

Soma coma, soma goa.

1899 -- Henri Michaux lives (-1984). Belgian-born French painter, journalist, & lyric poet, who revealed the inner world by dreams, fantasies & drugs. His poems show his interest in Surrealism & emphasize the impossibility to make sense of life.

I am writing to you from the end of the world. You must realize this. The trees often tremble. We collect the leaves. They have a ridiculous number of veins. But what for? There is nothing between them & the tree any more, & we go off troubled.

1900 -- Source=Robert Braunwart China: US troops land during the Boxer rebellion (-Sept. 28).

1905 -- Mikhail Sholokhov lives (1905-1984). Russian writer, 1965 Nobel Prize winner. World fame came with his novel Tichy Don. The Quiet Don is controversial, allegedly plagiarized from Fyodor Kryukov, according to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, among others.

1906 -- England: Suffragist Dora Montefiore protests lack of women's vote by refusing to pay taxes & barricading her house against bailiffs.

1909 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministUS: Anarchist-feminist Emma Goldman speaks at the Sunrise Club in New York City on "The Hypocrisy of Puritanism," sharply criticizing Anthony Comstock, the creepy anti-vice crusader.

1910 -- US: Emma Goldman begins lecture tour, visits San Diego, Portland, Seattle, & Spokane.

1915 -- Italy: Lo stato italiano entra in guerra contro l'Austria-Ungheria e ne invade baldanzosamente il confine in direzione dell'Isonzo. E' l'inizio dell'invio al macello di centinaia di migliaia di giovani, per lo più contadini.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1915 -- Ramón Garrido lives. Antifascist guerrilla. Interned at Argelès & Dachau. Toujours responsable clandestin de la compagnie, devient membre de la Commission d’information du camp.

1917 -- Canada: Mass demonstration against impending draft calls, Montreal, Quebec.

Passion of Sacco & Vanzetti by Ben Shahn
1921 -- US: Beginning of the trial of Sacco & Vanzetti, anarchist labor organizers, in Massachusetts. Their execution is the culmination of a five-year government campaign to crush political dissidents (particularly socialist & anarchist workers) in the "Land of the Free". (See April 9 & 22; May 5; August 21.)

The prosecution leaves a trail of doctored eyewitness accounts, altered testimony & false ballistics reports.

That trail appears to exonerate the victims while convicting the executioners.

Here's to you, Nicola & Bart
Rest forever here in our hearts
The last & final moment is yours
That agony is your triumph

"Here's To You"
(Lyrics by Joan Baez, Music by Ennio Morricone)

1926 -- Japan: Founding conference Zenkoku Jiren.

400 delegates, representing 25 unions with a combined membership of 8,400, particpate in the founding of The All-Japan Libertarian Federation of Labor Unions (Zenkoku Rôdô Kumiai Jiyû Rengôkai), generally abbreviated in Japanese to Zenkoku Jiren.

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1930 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Playland opens at Bitter Lake in north Seattle. Auntie Dave played there as kid in the 1950s. Alas, it is no more, else you know where you could find him now...

Jimmie Rodgers
1933 -- Jimmie Rodgers, knowing he only has a few days left to live, records 12 of the 24 songs for his last album.

"Tea for Texass, Tea for Thelma, Tea for Ice-Tea, gonna be the death of me..."

— Jimmie Rodgers (1897-1933)

1934 -- Italy: Mussolini si vanta che "i tre quarti dell'economia italiana, industriale ed agricola, sono nelle mani dello stato." La libera iniziativa è scomparsa già da un pezzo; lo statismo la fa da padrone.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1935 -- US: First Major League baseball game played at night, in Cincinnati, where the Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1.

1940 -- Poet Joseph Brodsky lives (1940-1996), Leningrad. Early poems earned him a reputation as a free thinking writer & he was convicted as a 'social parasite' & sentenced to five years hard labor — commuted in 1965 after protests. Expelled from the Soviet Union in 1972 & settled in the US. Awarded the Nobel Prize in 1987, where he named Osip Mandelstam, Marina Tsvetajeva, Robert Frost, Anna Ahmatova, & W.H. Auden, as more deserving poets.

Bobby Zimmerman
1941 -- Singer/songwriter, antiwar folkie, Robert Zimmerman lives.

1943 -- Bulgaria: March against anti-Semitism leads to stop in Jewish deportations.

Tower, concentration camp US
1944 -- US: Shoichi James Okamoto is shot to death at Tule Lake concentration camp by a guard after stopping a construction truck at the main gate for permission to pass. Private Bernard Goe, the guard, is acquitted after being fined a dollar for "unauthorized use of government property" — a bullet.

1945 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Japan: The US makes a massive bombing raid on Tokyo (WW II). This criminal act of terrorism, using weapons of mass destruction against a civilian population, is not called a war crime in the US nor in American school books.

1949 -- US: Victor Reuther is shot & nearly killed at his Detroit home by a cop. His brother Walter was previously victim of an attempted abduction in April 1938, a shotgun blast in 1948 & in 1949 the UAW’s headquarters in Detroit was bombed . Walter later died in a plane crash in 1970 (only one paper addressed the possibility that he may have been murdered; In October 1968, both Walter & his brother Victor were almost killed in a small private plane near Dulles Airport).

1950 -- 'Sweetwater' (Nat) Clifton's basketball contract purchased by the NY Knicks. Played for the Harlem Globetrotters & the first black player in the NBA.

Sweetwater Clifton was the first black player to be under contract to an NBA team. Chuck Cooper was the first black to be drafted by an NBA team (before Clifton's contract was purchased), & Earl Lloyd was the first black to play in a regular-season NBA game later that year. All three should probably be mentioned, as all three played from the start of 1950-51 season.

— Bleedster Michael Ceraolo, 2009

1954 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Supreme Court says aliens may be deported for being Communists. Take that! You dirty little Red Martians!

1956 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Brendan Behan play "The Quare Fellow" opens, London.

1959 -- US: First house with built-in bomb shelter, Pleasant Hills (sic), Pennsylvania.


1961 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Freedom Riders are arrested minutes after arriving in Jackson, Miss; meanwhile Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Pres. JFK appeals for contributions to a committee to buy tractors to exchange for Bay of Pigs prisoners held in Cuba.

1963 -- Elmore James suffers a fatal heart attack in Chicago at age 45. Born in Chicago & probably the most influential electric blues guitarist of all time.


1964 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Barry Goldwater, running for President, proposes using nuclear weapons in Vietnam. He sees a brighter light at the end of the tunnel.

1964 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Perú: 318 die in a stampede to kill a soccer referee, Argentina vs Perú, Lima.

1967 -- March-May: Beatster Jack Kerouac completes his novel, Vanity of Duluoz.

1968 -- May Days: Belgium, Germany, Italy, Chile, France, US, & elsewhere: University occupations & confrontations with authorities.
The University of Frankfurt & the University of Santiago are occupied.
Further details/ context, click here; anarchism, anarsizm, anarþizme, Anarþist, anarquismo, anarchismus, anarchia, anarchisme, anarchizm[Details / context]

In France during the "May Days" such occupations have led to a General Strike of 10 million workers. As one person noted,

"On Wednesday the undertakers went on strike . . .

"Now is not a good time to die."

Bloodied protester, Columbia University

Paris UPRISING 1968
1968 -- France: Paris '68: By today — barely two weeks after the great demonstration of May 13 — approximately 10 million workers are on strike. Immense demonstrations continue to occur, while the government plans to call out the army.

In the evening battles break out in the streets & on the barricades near the Lyon Station in the Latin Quarter. In the provincial towns brawls break out.


Louise Michel, anarchiste poster
1968 -- France: In Nantes the whole movement & events of 1968 reach a pinnacle. For a week the city & surrounding area is controlled by workers themselves.

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1968 -- US: Four protesters, including Reverend Philip Berrigan & Tom Lewis, are jailed six years each for pouring blood on draft cards, Baltimore, Maryland. Meanwhile the blood senselessly pours in SE Asia.

1968 -- US: Charlie Musselwhite & Dan Hicks & his Hot Licks appear at the Straight Theatre in Frisco.

1968 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Canada: FLQ terrorists bomb the US consulate in Quebec City.

1969 -- US: Haight-Ashbury Festival in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle, Frisco.

1970 -- US: San Francisco Chronicle reports that Yevgeny Yevtushenko's poem, "Flowers & Bullets," dedicated to 19-year-old Allison Krause, one of four students killed by the National Guard at Kent State University on May 4, has been printed in Pravda, the Russian Communist party newspaper. Its theme is based on her having put a flower on a National Guardsman's rifle the day before her death, foolishly claiming that

"Flowers are better than bullets."

See Flowers & Bullets & Freedom to Kill (City Lights Books, 1970)

1971 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: 29 US military officers publish an antiwar newspaper ad, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.

1972 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Explosions in a Kiln, Mississippi ammunitions plant kill five women workers.

1973 -- US: Beginning of 11-day strike at state prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

1973 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: NY Times reveals a Nixon White House plan for massive domestic espionage that was abandoned because of opposition from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover (A secret White House intelligence unit was set up instead).

1974 -- Duke Ellington dies. Duke Ellington; Piano Reflections album cover

Big band composer, bon vivant, jazz genius.

Duke Ellington in top hat

1976 -- Source=Robert Braunwart 28-ton mobile "White Cascade" by Alexander Calder is installed, Philadelphia. No lightweight he...

1978 -- England: Iris Mills & Ronan Bennett are arrested in Bayswater. They, together with Vince Stevenson, Trevor Dawton, Dafydd Ladd & Stewart Carr are charged & become known as "Persons Unknown."
; British anarchists; Further details / context, click here[Details / context]

1980 -- US: Hundreds arrested in occupation of Seabrook, New Hampshire, nuclear power plant construction site.

1981 -- First International Women's Day for Disarmament.

1982 -- Heaviest known viable baby, South Africa. (10.2 kg . . . that's 22lbs 6ozs of joy, for the metric impaired.)

1982 -- Japan: Over 200,000 people participate in massive anti-nuclear demonstration in Tokyo.

1983 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Robert Toye, a blind man, is arrested for 17 bank robberies, New York.

1984 -- New Zealand: Largest national gathering of women in anti-nuclear demonstration, Aukland.

1984 -- Source=Robert Braunwart El Salvador: A Salvadoran court convicts five enlisted men of 1980 murder of four US nuns.

1985 -- Source=Robert Braunwart México: Strip Mining?? Miners in Hidalgo strip naked & strike for 75 minutes; the company agrees to their naked demands.

1988 -- Source=Robert Braunwart John Moschitta sets a Guinness world record for fast talking, 586 words per minute. A born politician.

1990 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Bomb injures Earth First! members, Oakland, California — police arrest the victims.

1990 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: The largest paper airplane (5-m wingspan) flies 26 m, Indiana.

1991 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Kahlil Gibran Garden is dedicated, Washington, DC. We believe the caretaker is Chance the Gardener.

"Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpetings, & farewells him with hootings, only to welcome another with trumpetings again."

— The Garden of the Prophet, 1934

1991 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Daddy Freddy raps 528 syllables in one minute, New York City.

1992 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Thailand: Democracy protesters force out Suchinda Kraprayoon as PM.

1993 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Tibet: China uses tear gas on 2,000 antigovernment protesters, Lhasa.

1993 -- Source=Robert Braunwart A bookstore confirms it has found the diary of Grigory Rasputin.

1993 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Cuba: Dissident poet María Elena Cruz Varela is released after 1« years.

1995 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Brazil: The army takes over four oil refineries during a strike.

1997 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Burma: Oppositionists say the government has just arrested 193 of its members.

2000 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Canada: 10,000 Alberta health-care workers begin an illegal strike.

2013 -- Balkan Anarchist Bookfair

Balkanski anarhisticki sajam knjiga 2013.
Deset godina Balkanskog anarhistickog sajma knjiga 24-26. maj 2013, Ljubljana - Slovenija

2014 -- Canada: Montreal Anarchist Book Fair: May 24th-25th in Montreal

3000 --
The More Things Change, The More They Remain The Same Department:

"Corrupted by wealth & power, your government is like a restaurant with only one dish. They've got a set of Republican waiters on one side & a set of Democratic waiters on the other side. But no matter which set of waiters brings you the dish, the legislative grub is all prepared in the same Wall Street kitchen."

— Huey Long

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