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Poet Kenneth Rexroth., when asked "Why do you write?" loves to tell people,
To overthrow the capitalist system & to get laid — in that order.
JUNE 2 — IDA METT
Little-known chronicler of the Kronstadt Rebellion.
Mons, Belgium: FESTIVAL OF THE GOLDEN CHARIOT.
FESTIVAL OF UTTER CONFUSION. (Who Me?!?)
455 -- First Rock Group Sacked?: Gaiseric & the Vandals sack Rome.
1070 -- More Sacking! This time the Sacking of Peterborough Abbey by the Danes & Hereward the Wake.
1567 -- Shane O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone, Irish rebel, assassinated.
1635 -- Poet John Milton joins the Honorable Artillery Company of England.
Source: [Robert Braunwart][Hereafter attributed with symbol: ]
1740 -- 30 Strikes & You're Out, or, A True Sadist?: Writer, sex deviate Marquis de Sade, lives (-1814), Paris. Just imagine his home page. By order of the king & at his mother-in-law's request, the 23-year-old bridegroom of five months is imprisoned, in theory for excesses committed in a brothel he was frequenting for a month, but probably because he is spending his wife's money too fast. Spent the next 27 years in prisons. To overcome boredom he started to write extreme sexually graphic novels & plays.
"What does one want when one is engaged in the sexual act? That everything around you give you its utter attention, think only of you, care only for you...every man wants to be a tyrant when he fornicates."
"Ce n'est jamais dans l'anarchie que les tyrans naissent, vous ne les voyez s'élever qu'à l'ombre des lois ou s'autoriser d'elles."
— Sade, Juliette
1780 -- England: The Great Proletarian Gin Festival (also known as the Gordon Riots, June 2-9th) begins as a pogrom against Catholics.
It overflows its sectarian beginnings & for several days London plebeians run amok — two thousand prisoners are liberated as every major prison in the city is destroyed; houses of establishment figures are trashed, toll houses & the Bank of England assaulted. The well-to-do flee the city in "the largest exodus since the plague."
The uprising includes Afro-Americans, ex-slaves, impressed sailors & debtors, & English, Irish, Italians, Germans & Jews — everyone.
Rebellious hordes storm & set fire to Newgate Prison in London while William Blake, inspired by The Declaration of Independence watches sympathetically. See the Daily Bleed Saints Gallery page,
1810 -- Sir Walter Scott's The Lady of the Lake goes on sale.
1835 -- US: P.T. Barnum's circus begins its first American tour.
1840 -- Thomas Hardy lives (-1928). English poet/regional novelist, whose works depict imaginary county "Wessex" & reflect his stoical pessimism & sense of tragedy in human life.
1857 -- Karl Gjellerup lives (1857-1919). Danish poet/novelist who shared the Nobel Prize in 1917. Wrote The Teutons Apprentice; The Pilgrim Kamanita. An atheist, but later became interested in Buddhism & Oriental religions.
1863 -- US: Harriet Tubman frees 750 slaves in raid.
This former slave & abolitionist James Montgomery lead 300 African American troops of the Union's Second South Carolina Volunteers on a raid of plantations along the Combahee River. Backed by three gun boats, Tubman's forces set fire to the plantations & free 750 slaves.
1868 -- England: Founding meeting of the Trades Union Congress (TUC).
1876 -- Christo Botev (Khristo Bôtef) (1848-1876) dies. Bulgarian poet & revolutionist, writer; early anarchist & propagandist.
Christo Botev is killed today in battle, age 28 — but his life & writings remain an inspiration for many Bulgarians.
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1890 -- France: Anarchiste Louise Michel... she's no crazy...
A la suite de cette manifestation, le médecin commis pour l'examiner demande son internement comme « folle ». Le gouvernement, qui craint des histoires, s'y oppose. Finalement, elle est libérée et quitte Vienne, le 4 juin, pour Paris.
[Source: Michel Chronologie]
1896 -- US: Guglieimo Marconi's radio is patented.
1897 -- Mark Twain cables the NY Times, "The report of my death was an exaggeration." We suspect he might be right.
1899 -- Butch Cassidy's "Hole in the Wall Gang" robs
a Union Pacific train in Wyoming.
Now as the train bears west,
Its rhythm rocks the earth,
& from my Pullman berth
I stare into the night
While others take their rest.
Bridges of iron lace,
A suddenness of trees,
A lap of mountain mist
All cross my line of sight,
Then a bleak wasted place,
& a lake below my knees.
Full on my neck I feel
The straining at a curve;
My muscles move with steel,
I wake in every nerve.
I watch a beacon swing
From dark to blazing bright;
We thunder through ravines
& gullies washed with light.
Beyond the mountain pass
Mist deepens on the pane;
We rush into a rain
That rattles double glass.
Wheels shake the roadbed stone,
The pistons jerk & shove,
I stay up half the night
To see the land I love.
— Theodore Roethke, "Night Journey"
1904 -- John Weissmuller, swimmer, swinger, yodeler, lives.
1906 -- Spain: Mateo Morral dies.alternate spelling: Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia; anarquistas
On the 31st of May Morral tried to assassinate King Alphonse XIII. Today he is spotted by police & shoots himself. The government used Morral's attempt as a pretext to imprison Francisco Ferrer & shut down The Modern School.
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1906 -- México: US rangers arrive at Cananea, Sonora to control a miners' strike; they kill 22 miners at a demonstration & then skedaddle this night.
1907 -- Netherlands: Second International Peace Conference opens, The Hague.
1907 -- US: June 2-16: Buoyed by the success of her speaking engagements — "the first tour of any consequence I have made since 1898" — Emma Goldman travels to Portland, Tacoma, Home Colony, Wa., Seattle, & Calgary, Canada.
1910 -- Quentin Compson commits suicide, an attempt to "conquer" time.
His day had begun thusly:
"I was in time again, hearing the watch. It was Grandfather's & when Father gave it to me he said, Quentin, I give you the mausoleum of all hope & desire; it's rather excruciatingly apt that you will use it to gain the reducto absurdum of all human experience which can fit your individual needs no better than it fitted his or his father's. I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you might forget it now & then for a moment & not spend all your breath trying to conquer it. Because no battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly & despair, & victory is an illusion of philosophers & fools."
— William Faulkner, The Sound & the Fury
1916 -- US: IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) Mesabi Range strike. A precursor to the infamous labor deportations in Bisbee, Arizona in July, 1917 — with workers rounded up, forced into cattle cars, & dumped in the desert.
"How it could have happened in a civilized country I'll never know. This is the only country it could have happened in. As far as we're concerned, we're still on strike!"
— Fred Watson
1919 -- US: Galleanist anarchists carry out a series of coordinated bombings across the Eastern United States.
One of them includes Squirrel Hill house...
Writes one anarchist recently, "I grew up in Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh, & I never dreamed that anarchists had blown up a house there many years before..."
Explosions also damage the homes of Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer & Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt; the bomber is killed in the process.
Carlo Valdinoci, associate of Galleani on the paper "Cronaca Sovversiva," blew himself up outside the home of Attorney General Palmer.
Valdinoci had been in Mexico with Sacco & Vanzetti two years ago, & the latter are rumored to have taken part in the bombing. (See June 5).
1919 -- Switzerland: Luigi Bertoni & Italian anarchists, implicated in the "Plot of Zurich," appear in court today, after being held in detention the past 13 months. The so-called "plot" was a political pretext to arrest Bertoni, publisher of Le Réveil communiste anarchiste, & others opposing WWI. A nationwide protest movement agitated for their release.
En fait une machination politico-judiciaire qui se clôt par un acquittement général, après un impressionnant discours (de 2 heures) que Bertoni prononce pour sa défense.
1921 -- México: IWW hall at Tampico is raided. In response the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) calls a general strike in the area, winning the right to have their hall.
1922 -- US: Baseball's Suffy McInnis (1st base) ends an errorless string of 1,700 chances.
1924 -- US: Law passes making North American Indians US citizens for the first time. Natives in the heartland of North America are granted "citizenship" in the state that largely exterminated them. First you snuff them, then you stuff them.
1924 -- Russia: This month, following her expulsion from Moscow, Angelica Balabanoff (who played a leading role in the internationalist movement & for many years was Lenin's collaborator) initiates correspondence with Emma Goldman.
1924 -- US: A child labor amendment to the Constitution is proposed; only 28 of the necessary 36 states ever ratify it.
June 2-6, 1924, Third Congress of the FIS (Federació Sindical Internacional), in Vienna. Hi van participar Francisco Largo Caballero, Antoni Fabra i Ribas i Andrés Saborit.
Source: [Congressos Obrers]
1925 -- Bulgaria: Gueorgui Cheitanov dies.
Anarchist militant captured & executed, along with his companion Mariola Sirakova & others, by the fascist government during a crackdown on leftists following a Communist bombing in Sofia.
1928 -- Matthew White, Jr. retires as editor of Golden Argosy magazine.
1930 -- Panama: Love Canal? First baby born on a vessel passing through Panama Canal.
1930 -- Beginning date of Gabriel García Márquez novel Love in the Time of Cholera.
1936 -- Nicaragua: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader US Puppet & General Anastasio Somoza takes over as dictator & premiere drug czar.
1938 -- Italy: La stretta di mano, indice di un comportamento poco virile, è vietata in tutti i luoghi di lavoro statali. Il fascismo sta strabordando e gli italiani stanno, come al solito, obbedendo.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1941 -- US: Lou Gehrig, Yankee baseball great, dies at 37 of ALS in Riverdale, New York.
En juin, 80 % des mineurs du bassin Nord-Pas-de-Calais sont en grève. C’est l’une des premières manifestations de résistance à l’occupant, bientôt relayée dans les autres bassins, 100,000 grévistes au total.
1942 -- US:
Little Tokyo took its tone from Martin Dies, chairman of the Special Committee of the House on Un-American Activities (HUAC). Dies charged that 15,000 Japanese nationals were involved in espionage against the US.
Actor Leonard Strong (born in Utah) specialized in Asian roles. From Little Tokyo, U.S.A. (1942) to the end of WWII, Strong trafficked in villainous "Jap" stereotypes, never speaking when hissing would do...
During this month the first official WRA resettlers from the camps arrive in Chicago, though others are said to have arrived as early as March.
Also the movie "Little Tokyo, U.S.A." is released by Twentieth Century Fox. In it, the Japanese American community is portrayed as a "vast army of volunteer spies" & "blind worshippers of their Emperor," in the film's voice-over prologue.
1944 -- France: Benoît Broutchoux dies (1879-1944). French anarchiste, adherent of neo-Malthusian ideas & a "free love" advocate.
Collaborated with Sébastien Faure. His son Germinal was killed by the police in 1931. It was Benoît Broutchoux & Charles Malato who spoke at the massive gathering at Louise Michel's final graveside ceremony.
October 2nd 1993, Lille, France: Meeting & discussion organized by F.A. Group "Humeurs noires," CNT, Centre Culturel Libertaire following the 2nd edition of the comics "Benoit Broutchoux." Centre culturel libertaire Benoit Broutchoux, Groupe May Picqueray 1-2, rue Denis-du-Peage 59800 Lille.
1948 -- Jean Paget leaves England to return to Malaya in Neville Shute's novel A Town Like Alice.
1952 -- US: Supreme Court rules government seizure of the steel mills is illegal; 600,000 CIO steelworkers begin a 53-day strike.
1953 -- Poet Dylan Thomas records again for Caedmon Records.
1954 -- US: A secret CIA report says Guatemalan President "Arbenz must go; how does not matter." They will assist his murder.
1955 -- 9 Strikes & You're Out?: Mrs. Nannie Doss, confessing she murdered the last four of her husbands with rat poison, gets life imprisonment. First hubby divorced her after becoming suspicious when their young daughters died of "food poisoning." Five of Mrs. Doss' other relatives also perished mysteriously.
1959 -- Allen Ginsberg writes his poem "Lysergic Acid," Frisco, California.
1959 -- Tom Graeff movie "The Teenagers From Outer Space" is released. Bit redundant title.
1959 -- Lydia Lunch (born Lydia Anne Koch) lives, Rochester, New York. American singer, poet, writer, & actress whose career was spawned by the New York No Wave scene in 1976. Her work typically features provocative & confrontational delivery & maintains an anti-commercial, do-it-yourself (DIY) ethic, operating independently of major labels & publishers. ANARCHIST
1962 -- Vita Sackville-West, author of The Edwardians, All Passion Spent, & a long poem evoking the beauty of the English countryside, "The Land," dies in Sissinghurst Castle, Kent. Vita was the chief model for the character Orlando, in the novel of the same name, by Virginia Woolf, & her son, Nigel Nicolson, writes in Portrait of a Marriage (1973) of her sexless but loving friendship with his father & her intense love affair with another woman.
1962 -- Russia: 7,000 Russian workers march to protest wage cuts & price increases, Novocherkassk. The military kills at least 24.
1964 -- The Rolling Stones play their first show in the US, in Lynn, Massachusetts, as part of a tour including The Chiffons, Bobby Goldsboro & Bobby Vee.
1964 -- The Palestine Liberation Front (PLO) is founded.
1964 -- US: Beloved & Respected President "Hey, Hey" LBJ says he knows of no plans to extend the war to North Vietnam (a lie).
1965 -- US: Poet Robert Lowell rejects a White House invitation, in protest against the Vietnam War.
1967 -- US: Riots begin in black sections of Boston (-June 5), 100 are injured.
1967 -- Germany: Riots in West Berlin protesting the visit of that bouncy guy, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader US Puppet, the Shah of Iran. One person dies. Unfortunately not the peacock.
1967 -- Pepper Spray?: Sgt. Pepper is released in the US.
1967 -- US: KFRC Fantasy Fair & Magic Mountain Music Festival at Mt. Tamalpais to benefit the Hunters Point Child Care Center. "Trans-Love Buslines" carries participants from the parking area to the festival.
[SF History Archive]
1967 -- US: Captain Howard Levy, MD is court-martialed for refusing to give medical instruction to Green Berets headed for Vietnam.
& in France, no one would have believed that in a matter of days the suffocating atmosphere of De Gaulle's Fifth Republic would be tossed into the air & the entire society would be in the middle of a revolutionary upsurge.
Le général de Gaulle fustige la "chienlit", mais la chienlit compte, en ce jour, plus de six millions de grévistes!
Thirty years later, the story of the "Days of May" continues to astonish — & challenge — us.anarchistes
1970 -- Spain: Lucia Sanchez Saornil (1895-) dies in Valence. Spanish poet, painter & militant anarchist-feminist. A founder of the famed ""Mujeres Libres."
"Soñar, soñar siempre (...) Porque un nuevo entusiasmo nos transporta a otro ensueño entrevisto en lontananza y en la vida, el soñar, es lo que importa."
(Rêver, toujours rêver (...) Pour qu'un nouvel enthousiasme nous transporte dans un autre rêve entrevu dans le futur et dans la vie, le rêve, c'est ce qui importe.)
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1970 -- Placed on the Endangered Species List: Orangutan & lowland gorilla; cheetah & Bengal tiger; Central American spider monkey; Humpback whale & woods bison; Central American tapir; slender-horned gazelle.
1971 -- US: Army announces Brigadier General John Donaldson is charged with murdering six South Vietnamese civilians.
1977 -- US: Native American activist Leonard Peltier sentenced in Fargo, North Dakota, to two consecutive life terms for the killing of two FBI agents, in one of the most corrupt trials in recent US history. Still in jail in 2004 as the FBI vehemently opposes his release. (Fondly known as the Federal Bureau of Fabrication &/or Cross-Dressing, it still holds 6,000+ pages on his case which they refuse to release for "National Security reasons".)
1977 -- Short-story writer Raymond Carver quits drinking, after being hospitalized four times in 1976.
1980 -- Hard Day's Night? The Sex Pistols eject bassist Glen Matlock for liking the Beatles.
1981 -- Green Thumbs?: Barbara Walters, interviewer renowned for getting to the root of important issues, asks Katharine Hepburn & Lauren Bacall what kind of trees they would be if they were trees.
Toilet catches fire on Air Canada's DC-9,
23 die in Cincinnati.
1983 -- Songster Stan Rogers is unfortunately among those who die in this fire on Air Canada flight 797 at the Cincinnati, Ohio airport.
He was returning from a folk festival in Kerrville, Texass.
Memorials & honors were numerous in the months that followed & in May, 1984 he was posthumously awarded the Diplôme d'Honneur by the Canadian Conference of the Arts.
Great Stan Rogers page,
1985 -- US: Hello, I Must Be Going? Tommy Sandt, major-league baseball player, is one of the few ever told, "Yer, outta here!" — before the national anthem is played. Got the heave-ho by the home plate ump while turning in his team's lineup card & taking a moment to complain about an umpire's call the night before.
1987 -- Celebrated Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia, the old fascist Guitar God, dies.
"Andrés Segovia died this year, leaving Ted Nugent pretty much the undisputed living master of the guitar."
— P.J. O'Rourke
1988 -- Higher Than A Kite?: Singer James Brown's wife Adrienne claims diplomatic immunity while fighting numerous traffic violations on grounds that she is the wife of the Official Ambassador of Soul.
1989 -- China: Block Party?: 10,000 soldiers are blocked by 100,000 citizens protecting students demonstrating for democracy in Tiananmen Square, Beijing.
1989 -- Twist & Shout?: Rolling Stone bassist Bill Wyman, 52, marries 19 year old model Mandy Smith. Divorced two years later. & in a twisted side note, Wyman's son dated Mandy's mother.
1991 -- Bulgaria: Procession in Sofia to the monument of Christo Botev, the first Bulgarian anarchist & national hero, who perished in the struggle for liberation of Bulgaria from Turkish power today in 1876 (noted above).
1997 -- US: Richard (Tet) Tetenbaum dies. Frisco anarchist activist, cofounder of Bound Together Anarchist Books, where he worked for 20 years.
200 attend his memorial.
See Howard Besser's tribute,
1999 -- Pope John Paul II blesses the Vatican Parking Garage. A miracle of modern technology! From rotten.com's TODAY IN ROTTEN HISTORY.
2002 -- China: 2002 Tien An Men Concert in Hong Kong. Includes Clash Theatre, Alien, Noisebox, Nelson Hui & Ling Lee, Icestone II, Silence, Paul Meredeth, Gruppo Catalysta, Linda Tong, Shoko Fujioka.
2003 -- US: 1,000 protesters greet LEIU (another rogue alphabet soup secret police resource funded by federal tax dollars) conference in Seattle. Prepublicity already caused Tom Ridge, Herr Direktor der Homeland (in)Security, to cancel his appearance. LEIU also removed all of its Internet pages & canceled a planned golf outing (Exploding Golf Balls?). A little tear gas, pepper spray & rubber bullets by cops who can't control themselves (as usual) liven things up.
Black Cross medical collective trains more than 30 people in basic first aid & eye flushes just before the event. The use of extreme ordinance leads to the creation of the Seattle Street medical collective.
Daily Bleed Saint 2003, SERGEI EISENSTEIN
Soviet filmmaker, theorized that film montage is ideographic writing with revolutionary potential.
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