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Wendo Kolosoy
MAY 25

Congolese rumba musician, prisoner, cultural activist.

FIRST DAY OF SUMMER. Middle Ages (& You Know Who You Are).



Coventry, England: LADY GODIVA'S DAY. Her famous ride re-enacted.

350 -- [BC] After disguising herself as a man & studying with the famous physician Herophilos, Agnodice becomes the first woman professional gynecologist. But rival doctors denounce her as "one that does corrupt men's wives."

Agnodice reveals her sex to clear herself of rape charges.

Rushing to her defense, female patients declare that if Agnodice is executed for practicing medicine, "they will all die with her."

Not only is Agnodice acquitted, but is allowed to continue her medical work & wear men's clothing. A change in Athenian law also allows women to study medicine.

1096 -- Jews under protection of bishop of Worms are massacred by Crusaders.
Source: [Robert Braunwart] [Hereafter attributed with symbol: Source=Robert Braunwart]

1241 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Germany: First pogrom in Frankfurt-am-Main — most Jews are massacred.

1621 -- Election of Stephen Bathory as Prince of Transylvania.

1774 -- New Old World: Black slaves in North America petition British government for freedom.

1776 -- US: Reds? Continental Congress resolves "highly expedient to engage Indians in service of the United Colonies," & authorizes recruiting 2,000 paid auxiliaries. Program was a dismal failure, as virtually every tribe refused to fight for the colonists.

Cliff Notes
1787 -- US: Better Late Than Never? Unable till now to muster the required seven-state quorum, the Constitutional Convention open in Philadelphia, 11 days behind schedule.

 Where's Waldo?
1803 -- US: Ralph Waldo Emerson lives (1803-1882). Major American poet/essayist. Founded the New England Transcendentalism literary circle, which included Nathaniel Hawthorne & Henry David Thoreau.

Transcendentalist, theorist of independent self-valorization.

"I could readily see in Emerson . . . the insinuation that had he lived in those days when the world was made he might have offered some valuable suggestions."

— Herman Melville

1803 -- Edward Bulwer-Lytton, dramatist/novelist lives, London. His novel Paul Clifford begins:
"It was a dark & stormy night. . . "

1807 -- US: Slave trade in the United States of America is abolished.

1844 -- US: Stuart Perry of New York City patents gasoline engine.

1852 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Songster Stephen Foster writes to E.P. Christy saying he would like to buy back the authorship of the song "Old Folks at Home" that he sold to Christy for $500; Christy refuses.

Paul Reclus (aka Georges Guyou), anarchiste
1858 -- France: Paul Reclus (aka Georges Guyou) lives, Neuilly/Seine. From the famed Reclus family, a French anarchist, engineer, professor.

1871 -- France: Defeat of the Paris Commune as "Bloody Week" (Semaine Sanglante) continues. Only Butte aux Cailles still resists. The Left Bank is now in the hands of the reactionaries of Versailles, which begins summarily executing the Communards with a machine-gun.
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1871 -- anarchist diamond; anarquistaSwitzerland: Ramón de la Sagra y Periz (1798-1871) dies (some sources say the 23rd). Spanish anarquista, politician, writer & botanist, who founded the world's first anarchist journal, El Porvenir ("The Future"). Elected member of the parliament four times (1838, 1840, 1845, 1854). After the French Revolution of 1848, he created with Pierre-Joseph Proudhon the Peoples' Bank of France.

1881 -- France:

Les 25-29 mai.- Organisation d'un congrès socialiste-révolutionnaire qui marque la naissance d'un "parti" anarchiste distinct.
Source: [Le Maitron]

1886 -- Scotland: Philip Murray lives, Blantyre. The American USWA's founding President & head of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) from 1940 until his death in 1952.

1895 -- England: Gay playwright Oscar Wilde convicted & jailed for homosexuality, of "acts of gross indecency."
Oscar Wilde Gross

"Each time that one loves is the only time one has ever loved. Difference of object does not alter singleness of passion. It merely intensifies it. We can have but one great experience at best, & the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible."

— Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

1895 -- Source=Robert Braunwart First US golf book is published — Golf in America by James Parrish Lee.

1900 -- Italy: Francesco Carmagnola lives. Carried out effective subversive propaganda & was a leader of strikes & agitations. Compelled on 23 February 1922, for his radical ideas & very bad political record, to emigrate to Australia. Pivotal anarchist/anti-fascist in the Italian community in Australia, Carmagnola led the 1934 Canecutters' strike. ANARCHIST Carmagnola arrived in Sydney on 13 May 1922, with the vessel San Rossore, & went immediately to work in the sugar canefields of Ingham, North Queensland

1901 -- Argentina: Buenos Aires: On the initiative of the Italian Pietro Gori (1865-1911; see January 8, 1911), the founding congress of the Federación Obrera Argentine (FOA) is held (-26th).

Fifty workers, socialists & anarchists, participate, representing 30 different groups; the congress concludes with an address: "salut au prolétariat universel qui lutte pour son émancipation, il se solidarise avec ses luttes et fait un voeux pour le salut du genre humain au moyen de la révolution sociale."

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1904 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Australia: Five miners die in a mine-shaft fall at the Great Boulder gold mine, East Coolgardie.

1905 -- Source=Robert Braunwart George Bernard Shaw play "Man & Superman" opens in London.

1908 -- American poet Theodore Roethke lives, Saginaw, Michigan.

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Emma Goldman
1908 -- US: Mid-to-late May, Emma Goldman delivers five lectures in Portland — including "Why Emancipation Has Failed to Free Women" & "Direct Action a Logical Method of Anarchism" — following an initial free-speech battle.Wood

Emma's success is attributed in part to support received from Charles Erskine Scott Wood, Portland attorney & author. Local Portland anarchists organize protest against the court-martial & imprisonment of William Buwalda.

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1910 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Claude Debussy's 1st book of piano Douze preludes premiers in excerpts.

1911 -- Following the death of Gustav Mahler, Thomas Mann visits the Lido & conceives the idea for his novel Death in Venice.

1911 -- Source=Robert Braunwart México: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Porfirio Díaz resigns after a popular uprising.

1913 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministUS: Emma Goldman delivers a series of propaganda lectures, May 25-June 8, in Frisco, California, followed by several talks on the modern drama, including Stanley Houghton's "Hindel Wakes," John Galsworthy's "The Wheels of Justice Crush All," & Charles Rann Kennedy's "The Dignity of Labor."

1913 -- México: Meeting Casa del Obrero Mundial results in the arrests of Luis Méndez, Pioquinto Roldán, Jacinto Huitrón & deportation of José Santos Chocano, Eloy Armenta & José Collado.
Source: [Casa Obrero Mundial] 25 de mayo. anarchists (?) Mítin de la Casa del Obrero Mundial, a consecuencia del cual son arrestados Luis Méndez, Pioquinto Roldán, Jacinto Huitrón y deportados José Santos Chocano, Eloy Armenta y José Collado.

German recruitment poster
1915 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Belgium: The 2nd Battle of Ypres ends, with 105,000 casualties (WWI).

1917 -- Source=Robert Braunwart England: German Gotha heavy bombers make the first mass bombing raid on the country.

Popova: Birsk Landscape; source
1924 -- Russia: Politically committed avant-gardist Liubov Popova dies, Moscow.

Daily Bleed Patron Saint, 2009-2010
Engaged Russian avant-gardist, Suprematist, Constructivist.

labor graphic, coal mine accidents
1925 -- US: Two company houses occupied by non-union coal miners blown up & destroyed by labor "racketeers" during a strike against the Glendale Gas & Coal Company in Wheeling, West Virginia.

1926 -- Milestone?: Jazz great Miles Davis lives, Alton, Illinois.

1926 -- France: Times Up? Simon Petliura (Petlyura) assassinated in Paris by Samuel Schwartzbard, a young Jewish anarchist poet & watchmaker, to avenge the Ukraine pogroms of 1919-1920 against Jews (directed by Petliura, a rightwing nationalist & former Hetman of Ukrainian armies) & the murder of his own family members. anarchist diamond; anarquista

Schwartzbard was set free October 26, 1927 by a sympathetic jury & to the acclaim of a sympathetic public.

Paul Oliver BLUES
1927 -- Author, producer & researcher of the blues, Paul Oliver lives, Nottingham, UK.

1928 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministFrance: During this month Emma Goldman tries to organize a small gathering of anarchist writers & theoreticians in to discuss the future of anarchism & especially its propaganda, circulating an agenda & soliciting comments. Though the meeting does not occur as planned, Emma is gratified that the effort generates ideas & discussion.

1929 -- Source=Robert Braunwart William Faulkner completes his novel Sanctuary.

1931 -- US: Douglas Macintosh & Marie Averill Bland denied US citizenship for refusing to bear arms on behalf of the state.

Cliff Notes
1932 -- US: Bonus Marchers arrive in Washington, DC to protest unemployment. Thousands of WWI veterans march, demanding promised bonus benefits.

1933 -- Source=Robert Braunwart First issue of the Surrealist magazine Minotaure appears.

1935 -- US: Ticket to Ride? Babe Ruth, of the Boston Braves, hit home runs 713 & 714 — the last round-trippers for The Sultan of Swat.

1935 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Grow Your Own? Federal government dedicates United States Narcotic Farm, Lexington, Kentucky. Wow! That Blue Grass is the best!

Raymond Carver
1938 -- Raymond Carver lives (-1988) Clatskanie, Oregon. American short-story writer/poet, a major force in the revitalization of the short story.

Worked as a janitor, gas-station attendant, & deliveryman. Established his reputation in 1976 with Will You Be Quiet, Please? Carver depicts in unadorned tales the life of white & blue-collar workers, salesmen, waitresses, & their sense of betrayal & inability to communicate with others.

Carver & Tess Gallagher were sometime visitors to Left Bank Books when BleedMeister Dave worked there.

1943 -- US: Riot at Mobile, Alabama shipyard over upgrading 12 black workers.

1945 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Japan: Most of composer Koscak Yamada's musical manuscripts are destroyed in an Allied air raid on Tokyo. Critical military target, score one for the Brass. Yup.

1946 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: The Train Stops Here? Railroad strike is settled on terms imposed by Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Harry Truman.

1948 -- France: Holy Cow? Garry Davis, ex-US GI, renounces US citizenship to become Citizen of the World. 400,000 join the movement (C.O.W.!)

1951 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Panama: Former Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Arias is declared guilty of abusing his constitutional powers while in office.

Atomic mushroom
1953 -- US: Road Kill Ribbit? First atomic cannon electronically fired, Frenchman Flat, Nevada.

A 280mm artillery gun fires the 15 kiloton nuclear shell.

This is the only time a nuclear artillery shell is ever fired...

(But Hey! — there's still time!)

Capa photo; source
1954 -- Vietnam: Action-photographer, documentarian of the horror of war, Robert Capa dies.
Daily Bleed patron Saint 2005-2008

Instrumental in forming the photographer-owned outfit (Magnum) to aid photographers & distribute their work cooperatively without getting ripped-off.

Capa took some of the most famous war photos ever, including anarchists & Republicans during the Spanish Revolution of 1936. He also shot numerous famous photos of D-Day in the Second World War.

Shortly after taking this photograph in Vietnam, Capa stepped on a land mine & was killed.

1954 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Surrounded by Reds? Author Mickey Spillane, aka Ayn Rand, portrays himself in the movie "Ring of Fear."

1955 -- Source=Robert Braunwart MacKinlay Kantor finishes his novel Andersonville.

Fire Ball, book burning
1956 -- US: Wilhelm Reich, discoverer of what he calls "the life energy," is sentenced to prison for two years for contempt of court. His associate in his research into "orgone energy," Dr. Michael Silvert, is given a sentence of a year & a day for the same offense. Both appealed to the US Circuit Court.

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Blue Moon Tavern, Seattle
1961 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President John Kennedy commits US to putting a man on the moon by 1970. Can't get enough of that Blue Cheese.

1961 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Morocco: 45 unions meet to form the All-African Trade Union federation.

1962 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Anton Webern symphonic poem "Im Sommerwind" premiers, University of Washington, Seattle.

1963 -- Organization for African Unity formed by 30 participating African countries. Works real well.

1965 -- Cymbolic Gesture?: Kinks guitar player Dave Davies is knocked unconscious when he careens into drummer Mick Avory's cymbal during a London concert. The remainder of the U.K. tour is canceled.

1968 -- A No-Show?: 1968 Monterey Pop Festival canceled because of pressure from the local government & citizenry. $52,000 is discovered missing from the previous festival's profits & the bookkeeper, Sandra Beebe, can't be located.

Paris Uprisings 1968
1968 --

France: May Uprisings 1968. Beginning of the negotiations of Grenelle between the government & the trade unions.

Fearing the soldiers will fight side-by-side with the workers & students, & fearing radicalization of the military, the government had called up reservists & kept the soldiers in isolation.

FRANCE 1968 UPRISINGToday the government, employers' federation & unions met to negotiate a country-wide pact called the Grenelle accords...

France's state radio & television — the ORTF — goes on strike: no TV-news at 20:00. Prime Minister Georges Pompidou negotiates with everybody.

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1968 -- Canada: Protests in Vancouver in front of the French Embassy.

1968 -- England: Protests in London in front of the French Embassy.
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1969 -- During this month Beatster Jack Kerouac is dependent on dexedrine; begins work on his novel Pic (published posthumously in 1971).

1978 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: The Unabomber's first bomb injures one at the University of Illinois.

1979 -- US: Worst air disaster in US aviation history: American Airlines DC-10 jetliner loses its left engine & crashes shortly after takeoff in Chicago, killing 273.

1981 -- US: From the High Crimes File: Dan Goodwin wanted fun.

With three suction cups & a Spiderman cartoon costume, Dan begins scaling the world's tallest building — the Sears Tower — in Chicago.

He climbs for six hours, with Boys in Blue hoping to stop his perilous climb. At the 50th floor, he assures them of his safety, & crested about an hour later.

Bad Dan is arrested for trespass.

1986 -- US: Handicap? 95-year-old woman scores a hole-in-one in Florida.

1990 -- Italy: Congresso USI, May 25-27th, in Rome.

1991 -- Angola: Last Cuban troops leave.

1992 -- US: 500 march on Leavenworth (Kansas) federal prison demanding freedom for Native American activist Leonard Peltier. The FBI framed him many years ago.

1994 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Boutros Ghali says 200,000 Rwandans have died in the recent violence. He condemns the killings as "genocide."

1998 -- Canada: Hundreds of activists blockade the posh Sheraton Center Hotel, site of the $1000 per delegate Conference de Montreal. The annual capitalist confab attracts an assortment of local & international business, political & bureaucratic elites. Guest of honor at this high-level corporate globalization conference dubbed the "Conference de Montreal on Globalized Economies" is Donald Johnston, an unabashed proponent of the MAI — dubbed "NAFTA on crack" — & the head of the OECD at which the agreement was then being negotiated in secret.

Midwest Anarchist Bookfair 2001 Poster
2001 -- US: Second Anarchist Film Festival in Chicago, Illinois, May 25-27, as part of "Matches & Mayhem", which includes a bookfair, soccer tournament (Revolution With Balls!? Sock It To Em!), debates & Variety Show. Anarchists riot

If revolution can't be fun, then whats the point?!"

2001 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Let'er Rip? 11th Circuit court allows publication of novel The Wind Done Gone. Sum kind of Sailing-Bodice thing.

Leonora Carrington painting
2011 --

"I am an old woman, 'seated' in Mexico"

Leonora Carrinton dies, aged 94, in México City.

LEONORA CARRINGTON, Daily Bleed Patron Saint, 2004

“Do you believe,” she went on, “that the past dies?”
said Margaret. “Yes, if the present cuts its throat.”

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“But what is primarily secret is what is a secret & what isn’t; that is perhaps the actual state secret.”

Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Politics & Crime

George Dubya Bush on TV
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Freddie Baer collage
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Collage by Freddie Baer

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