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"No man is an island entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind; & therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."

                            — John Donne

MAY 26

Compassionate photographer, champion of the poor.

Fred's Feast of Fools


FLITTING DAY in Scotland. Celebrate Mandrin's memory in style: it is traditional for residents to move house (particularly recommended if rent arrears appear to be mounting).

735 -- The Venerable Bede dies at Jarrow. His Historia Ecclesiastica Centis Anglorum.

946 -- Edmund I, King of the English, murdered by the outlaw Leofa at Puckleborough, Glos, in his palace. The Queen is elected to his seat on an "anti-crime" plank.

1096 -- Prussia: Crusaders massacre the Jewish community of Neuss.
Source: [Robert Braunwart] [Hereafter attributed with symbol: Source=Robert Braunwart]

1171 -- Source=Robert Braunwart France: Jewish men & women are burnt at the stake in Blois, in the firt ritual-murder case on the European continent.

1232 -- Spain: The Pope sends the first Inquisition team to Aragon.

"Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition"

Monty Python

1521 -- Source=Robert Braunwart New Old World: Cortes destroys the aqueduct carrying water to Tenochtitlan.

1608 -- Spain: Good Injun-Bad Injun? King Phillip III decrees non-Roman Catholic Indians can be legally enslaved.

1637 -- New Old World: English colonists under Captains John Mason & John Underhill attack & burn Pequot forts near Mystic, Connecticut, massacreing 600 Indians & starting Pequot War.

1703 -- Samuel Pepys, naval administrator/diarist, dies.

1755 -- Louis Mandrin — France's 'Robin Hood' — unfortunately caught & executed.
Source: [Calendar Riots]

1770 -- Oliver Goldsmith publishes The Deserted Village.
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Brain depository: (F)red's Left Nut
1788 -- A No-Brainer?: Mary Clark of England gives birth to a baby without a brain:
Ayn Rand, ProtoFascist

1791 -- Source=Robert Braunwart France: King Louis XVI is forced by the revolutionary French Assembly to relinquish his crown & state assets.

1822 -- France: Edmond Goncourt lives, Nancy. Collaborator with brother Jules on historical works, novels, & Le Journal des Concourt.

1831 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Polish revolutionaries defeat the Russians in the Battle of Ostrolenka.

1836 -- Gag Me?: US House of Representatives adopts what is called the Gag Rule.

1851 -- US: San Francisco Stevedores & Longshoreman's strike. One page in Frisco claims the first labor strike was June 6, 1852, but is no longer online.

1851 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Riot at Hoboken, NJ between Germans & "short-boy" rowdies from NY results in loss of life. No idea where the tall boys were.

1864 -- Francis Vielé-Griffin lives. American-born French poet who became an important figure in the French Symbolist movement. Francis Vielé-Griffin écrit dans La Phalange:

« La littérature depuis bien des années, s’était murée dans sa Tour d’Ivoire, désormais, elle se mêlerait activement aux problèmes quotidiens ».

1868 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Andy Johnson avoids impeachment by one vote. Eat yer heart out Dick M Nixon Bill Clinton....

1871 -- France: Paris Commune (Bloody Week). Battles at the Bastille & Villette, the Communards are defeated this evening at Belleville & Père Lachaise. The Versailles forces assassinate casualties in their ambulances; a crowd seeks revenge by executing 50 hostages on rue Haxo, despite the protests of Eugene Varlin.

Paris Commune 1871 illustration; source

I know too the last heavy maggot;
& know the trapped vertigo of impotence.
I have traveled prone & unwilling
In the dense processions through the shaken streets . . .

Kenneth Rexroth, excerpt, "From the Paris Commune to the Kronstadt Rebellion" (1936)

Technically Challenged
1876 -- HMS Challenger returns from 128,000-km oceanographic exploration.

1878 -- American modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan lives, San Francisco.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint, September 14.

Is Colorado in America?
1894 -- US: Western Federation of Miners (WFM) strike for eight-hour day in Cripple Creek, Colorado.

1894 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Lasker beats Steinitz 12-7 for the world chess championship.

Lange Photo
1895 -- US: Socially-aware photographer Dorothea Lange lives, Hoboken, New Jersey.

Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2003-2005
Compassionate photographer, champion of the poor.

1895 -- Dorothy Gretchen Steeves lives. Founding member of the Canadian CCF & NDP. labor

1897 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Bram Stoker novel Dracula goes on sale, London.
Nancy Joyce Peters on Backyard Bombs, ...Horror Films on TV

1899 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Canada: French-Canadian poet Émile Nelligan reads his poem "Romance du vin" at the 4th (last) meeting of Ecole litteraire de Montreal.

1899 -- Source=Robert Braunwart England: Australian Lawrence Hargrave demonstrates his box kites in London. Harrrummmmmppphhh. Next thing you know it'll be his box shorts.

1903 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Start of Sherlock Holmes' "The Adventure of the Three Gables".

1907 -- Marion Morrison, Academy Award-winning actor, lives. As in John Wayne.

1908 -- Source=Robert Braunwart France: Abbe Gueniot of Remiremont, France & 107 other witnesses see vast quantities of hailstones bearing the likeness of a woman's face. This is pre-Bridget Bardot.

Emma Goldman
1914 -- US: In Los Angeles, Emma Goldman continues delivering propaganda & modern drama lectures (May 15-June 11), which includes discussion of Irish playwright Seamus O'Kelly.

Her propaganda lectures include "Revolution & Reform — Which?" & "The Place of the Church in the Labor Struggle."

Emma reports to Margaret Sanger, birth-control advocate, that "Not one of my lectures brings out such a crowd as the one on the birth strike & it is the same with the W[oman] R[ebel]." (May 26, 1914).

1914 -- US: Jacob Riis, Social Realist photographer lives, Barre, Massachusetts. Photojournalist whose tenement images initiated reforms.

1917 -- Author W. Somerset Maugham, bisexualist, marries Syrie Wellcome, mother of his 18-month-old daughter, Liza.

1918 -- May (late): The Czechoslovak legion mutinies against the Bolshevik government. Using the railways they are able to sweep away Bolshevik control from vast areas of Russia. The Socialist Revolutionaries support this uprising.

IWW sabo cat logo
1920 -- US: Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) Marine Transport Workers strike, Philadelphia.

The IWW Marine Transport Workers strike cited in:
The I.W.W. — Its History, Structure & Methods by Vincent St. John,
Police files:

1922 -- Italy: I fascisti chiedono la destituzione del prefetto Cesare Mori (che diventerà famoso durante il fascismo per la durissima repressione della mafia in Sicilia) accusandolo di aver contrastato le azioni delle squadre fasciste.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1924 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Pres. Calvin Coolidge signs the 1924 immigration bill into law, effectively ending Japanese immigration to the US.

1926 -- US: A motion is filed for a new trial for the anarchists Sacco & Vanzetti case based upon Medeiros’ confession & information about the Morelli gang, an Italian gang that robbed freight cars in Providence, R.I. & New Bedford, Mass.

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

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1927 -- Italy: In uniscorso, Mussolini sostiene l'inutilità delle opposizioni all'interno di un regime politico, riassumendo il suo pensiero nello slogan : "Tutto nello stato, niente contro lo stato, nulla al di fuori dello stato".
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1931 -- Sven Delblanc (-1992) lives. Swedish novelist, playwright, scholar.

Jimmie Rodgers stamp
1933 -- Jimmie Rodgers (1897 - 1933) dies.
"Tea for Texass, Tea for Thelma, Tea for Ice-Tea, gonna be the death of me..."

— Jimmie Rodgers

Battle of the Overpass
1937 -- US: Battle of the Overpass in Detroit Michigan, involving Walter Reuther & the United Auto Workers (UAW).

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National Guard at entrance, Youngstown
1937 -- US: "Little Steel" strike.

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Jaume Balius
1937 -- Spain: Issue No. 2 of El Amigo del Pueblo appears, having evaded the censor. Jaime Balius is jailed a few days later as the director of a clandestine publication, following a complaint from the PSUC.
Source: Anarchist chronology, Friends of Durruti Group 1937-39, Agustin Guillamon alternate spelling Jaume Balius

1938 -- US: Under the Bed Check?: House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) begins its (dirty) work, engaging in un-American activities. Martin Dies of Texass is the first chairman. Strange word that ("work"): Over the next 30 years its "legislative" function & record will be the most dismal in American history.

The HUAC hearings were degradation ceremonies... The anti-Communist hysteria of the cold war provided an ideal environment.

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1944 -- Source=Robert Braunwart France: Insurrectional General Strike against the Nazis is called in Marseille; A US bombing raid on Marseille kills 6,000 civilians in the workers' districts. More than die during the terrorist 9/11, but hey, who is keeping score?

1945 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Japan: 50 km of Tokyo are ablaze after US B-29 bombing raids (WWII).

1946 -- Henri Philippe Pétain writes in the Observer:

"To write one's memoirs is to speak ill of everybody except oneself."

1946 -- US: Snake Oil? Janos von Neuman & Klaus Fuchs file for a patent on the H-bomb. America of course corners the market in yet another sub-category of "Weapons of Mass Destruction." Cost, financial or human, is of no consequence.

1953 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: HailToTheChief? Radioactive hail falls in Washington, DC. Politicians now glow in the dark.

1954 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Joint Chiefs of Staff recommend use of atomic weapons in Indochina.

1957 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Labor honcho Dave Beck says he will not seek reelection as Teamsters' president.

1958 -- England: Jerry Lee Lewis plays the third & last of what should have been a 37-date tour. The London Morning Star runs an editorial calling him "an undesirable alien" & demands his deportation. That night, Lewis is booed from the stage. The next day, gone.


1960 -- Italy: "The Italian political tendency of Bordiga whose arguments we combat here (IL Programma Communista, May 26, 1960) defends the conservative union tactic from the most revolutionary point of view. But many Trotskyist & anarchist groups (if not all) fall into the same error with an opportunist flavor. Even those who claim to be against the unions, like "Socialisme ou Barbarie," in fact fall into the same old routine practices."

— G. Munis, Unions Against Revolution

1962 -- anarchist diamond; anarquista René Darsouze dies (1876-1962). French typographer. Co-founder, in 1908, of a community, "Le Phalanstère du Clos-des-Brunes," near Limoges. Member of the l'Association des Fédérations Anarchistes founded by Sébastien Faure, & from 1929 to 1932 a writer for that organization's newspaper, La Voix Libertaire.

1962 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Hat Trick? Anton Webern's "Three Poems for Voice & Piano" premiers, Seattle; Webern's "5 Songs After Poems by Richard Dehmel" premiers, Wash.; Webern's "3 Songs After Poems by Avenarius" premiers, Seattle.

1962 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Songster Willie Nelson makes his country chart debut, with "Touch Me."

1963 -- Voted Down With Tires?: Gregory Lambrakis, pacifist & member of Greek Parliament, is run down & killed by military police in Salonika.

1966 -- England: Bob Dylan & the Hawks rock the Royal Albert Hall in London. Attendees include the Stones, some Beatles, etc. The concert, heard on various bootleg albums, substantiate claims of this concert being one of the high-water marks of live rock & roll.

For All Time; graphic of soldiers raising peace flag; source
1966 -- US: Second day of International Days of Protest: 20,000 march on Fifth Ave, NY City; called by the "National Coordinating Committee to End the War in Vietnam."

1967 -- US: The Charlatans, The Salvation Army Banned, & Blue Cheer at the Avalon Ballroom in Frisco, California.

1968 -- France '68: The May Days continue. A General Strike has essentially paralyzed the government which is on the verge of collapse.

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1968 -- Beatster Jack Kerouac jailed for carrying an open bottle of beer on the street, spends night in jail.

1969 -- US: Seattle police arrest 34 during clashes at Garfield High School & Seattle Central Community College. A few years before BleedMeister's tenure at SCCC, where he became editor of the City Collegian (to the chagrin of an administration which twice tries to fire him).

1969 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Canada: John & Yoko begin their 2nd bed-in for peace, Montreal.

1969 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Newsweek publishes an article on the novel The Andromeda Strain.

1971 -- US: Labor contractor Juan Corona arrested after police dig up a grave holding the bodies of nine migrant workers in an orchard near his house; later convicted of 25 murders, Yuba City, California.

1972 -- Anti-Ballistic Missile (SALT I) Treaty signed by US & USSR.

Inside Nixon'/s Head...Don't Go There
1972 -- 911?: First "Watergate break-in" attempt by agents of Dick "I am not a Crook" Nixon's Committee to Re-elect the President (CREEP) fails.

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1972 -- anarchist diamond US: Publication of Emmett Grogan's seminal work, Ringolevio: A Life Played For Keeps, his story of the Diggers, is first reviewed today in The New York Times, by C. Lehmann-Haupt, p. 33.

1974 -- Critical Mass?: England: A teenage girl dies, three others hospitalized, over 1,000 treated after a David Cassidy concert. Head of the British Safety Council calls the show the "suicide concert." Cassidy says "I do feel responsible, but I can handle critics."

1976 -- Nazi sympathizer/philosopher Martin Heidegger dies.

1977 -- US: Spare Change Artist? George Willig climbs World Trade Center, New York City. Three & a half hours to climb, it costs him $1.10 in fines — a penny per floor. See also yesterday's Bleed for a similar climb of Chicago's Sears tower.

1978 -- US: 15,000 demonstrate for disarmament in New York City.

1978 -- Ecuadorian Jorge Icaza, playwright & novelist who ran a bookstore, dies. Renowned for his social protest novel Huasipungo (1934, definitive edition 1960; The Villagers) — one of the best-known examples of the early indigenista literature & of Latin American socialist realism, & translated into 40 languages.

1981 -- High Seas: Marine combatant aircraft crashes during a nighttime landing on the U.S.S. Nimitz during maneuvers off Florida. Three fliers on the plane & 11 crewmen die; 45 others injured, some critically.

1983 -- Source=Robert Braunwart $110,000 is paid for a Frank Lloyd Wright stained-glass door, NYC. How much would it have fetched if the door hadn't been so badly stained?

1984 -- US: Frisbee kept aloft for 1,672 seconds in Philadelphia.

1989 -- US: To illustrate the power of radio, over 8,000 stations nationwide go silent for 30 seconds at 7:42am. However, since the average listener has an attention span of 6.9 seconds, no one noticed.

1991 -- Israel: 20,000 in Arab-Jewish peace rally, Tel Aviv.

1992 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Taiwan: 100 environmental protesters are injured by police, Taipei.

1993 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Ecuador: A general strike begins.

1994 -- Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie marries the self-proclaimed "King Of Pop" Michael Jackson in the Dominican Republic.

Jim Page, radical folk musician
1996 -- US: Seattle songster Jim Page plays the Speakeasy Cafe (burned out in May 2001 — the cafe, not Page). Staunch supporter of Real Change & the StreetLife Art Gallery, Page also led the move to legalize street singing when the city government tried to outlaw busking. Jim Page, Busker extraordinaire

Jim Page is acerbic, powerful, poignant, clever & very funny — & can improvise a song in a flash. He reveals the nuances, twists & turns of political & everyday life in songs that are crafted to be engaging, one interesting lyric at a time.

Two songs can be heard online:
Whose World is This
Stranger In Me

Page links:
Interview from Real Change't_we.htm

Of Seattle songwriter Jim Page, the Grateful Dead's Robert Hunter has said, "If Jim Page ain't the bastard son of Woody Guthrie, I'm T-Bone Walker!"

One of a number of Eco-warrior Minstrels listed at

1997 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Australia: PM Howard publicly apologizes to the "Stolen Generation" of Aborigine children forcibly removed from their families.

1998 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Greenpeace sues Argentina over endangered jaguar habitat.

2001 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Congress approves a $1.35-trillion tax cut bill. Former "Balanced Budget" Republican Voodooers, now in control of the White House, change their tune, send the American economy deeper into the tank.

2001 -- Source=Robert Braunwart NY artist Spencer Tunick photographs 2,000 naked people on a Montreal street. Strip Malls have nothing on this town.

2010 -- Iraq: Whistle blower Bradley Manning arrested for passing restricted material (250,000 diplomatic cables) to WikiLeaks (communicating national defense information to an unauthorized source). Twenty-two charges are added on March 2011, including "aiding the enemy," a capital offense (death penalty). Held in maximum-custody solitary confinement until Amnesty International publicized concern & 295 American legal scholars sign a protest letter in April 2011.

2013 -- R.I.P. Jack Vance. He had a long life (96 years young) Legal name John Holbrook, but used Jack Vance & other pseudonyms. Vance was an award-winning fantasy, science fiction, mystery author who wrote more than 60 books.

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"The reward of a thing well done is to have done it."

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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