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French individualist anarchiste, military deserter, writer, traveler.
Provence, France: WORLD'S GYPSIES gather for two day religious festival.
WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL DISARMAMENT DAY.
French lampoonist, publisher, writer & anarchiste propagandist. Published La Feuille, & ran an ass in the elections, which caused street brawls. See the Anarchist Encyclopedia page,
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.
1909 -- US: 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.
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.... show details
1930 -- 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...
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.
1941 -- Singer/songwriter, antiwar folkie, Robert Zimmerman lives.
1943 -- Bulgaria: March against anti-Semitism leads to stop in Jewish deportations.
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 -- 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 -- US: Supreme Court says aliens may be deported for being Communists. Take that! You dirty little Red Martians!
1956 -- Brendan Behan play "The Quare Fellow" opens, London.
1959 -- US: First house with built-in bomb shelter, Pleasant Hills (sic), Pennsylvania.
1961 -- 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.
DUST MY BROOM!
1964 -- 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 -- 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.
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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."
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.ANARCHISTE
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.
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 -- 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 -- US: 29 US military officers publish an antiwar newspaper ad, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.
1972 -- 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 -- 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.
Big band composer, bon vivant, jazz genius.
1976 -- 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."
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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 -- 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 -- El Salvador: A Salvadoran court convicts five enlisted men of 1980 murder of four US nuns.
1985 -- México: Strip Mining?? Miners in Hidalgo strip naked & strike for 75 minutes; the company agrees to their naked demands.
1988 -- John Moschitta sets a Guinness world record for fast talking, 586 words per minute. A born politician.
1990 -- US: Bomb injures Earth First! members, Oakland, California — police arrest the victims.
1990 -- US: The largest paper airplane (5-m wingspan) flies 26 m, Indiana.
1991 -- 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, 1934http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khalil_Gibran
1991 -- Daddy Freddy raps 528 syllables in one minute, New York City.
1992 -- Thailand: Democracy protesters force out Suchinda Kraprayoon as PM.
1993 -- Tibet: China uses tear gas on 2,000 antigovernment protesters, Lhasa.
1993 -- A bookstore confirms it has found the diary of Grigory Rasputin.
1993 -- Cuba: Dissident poet María Elena Cruz Varela is released after 1« years.
1995 -- Brazil: The army takes over four oil refineries during a strike.
1997 -- Burma: Oppositionists say the government has just arrested 193 of its members.
2000 -- 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
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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