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JUNE 3 ALLEN GINSBERG Great Beat poet, pot liberator, counter-cultural icon, OMnipresent radical, 3-foot high FBI file, gay. His old pal Jack Kerouac broke with him, Allen being too "political."
IMPERSONATE AUTHORITY DAY.
Japan: BROKEN DOLLS MEMORIAL: Girls attend Buddhist funeral ceremonies, bury old dolls.
Festival of GAPHI MAHSO.
INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR CHILDREN AS VICTIMS OF WAR.
713 -- Byzantine Emperor Philippicus is overthrown & blinded.
Source: [Robert Braunwart][Hereafter attributed with symbol: ]
1140 -- French scholar Peter Abelard condemned for heresy by a church court.
1391 -- England: Sir Simon de Burley charges a man with being a serf, in Gravesend; this touches off Wat Tyler's Rebellion the next day.
1461 -- Mystery play "L'etat du monde" is presented, Lausanne, Switzerland.
1651 -- Free Verse?: Ireton lays siege to Limerick.
1657 -- Vote With Your Feat?: The Parliamentarian Army kidnaps Charles I.
Note: This would have been a rather gruesome affair since they had beheaded him in 1649. The correct date is probably 1647. Incidentally, there are several good books on the English Revolution & related topics by Christopher Hill. See The World Turned Upside Down review,
1761 -- Henry Shrapnel, English inventor (shrapnel shell), lives. His annual birthday festivities will be held in Afghanistan this year. Occupying Nation is supplying.
1780 -- England: Gordon's "No Popery" rioters open the prisons & make serious moves on the Bank of England.
1820 -- US: Quakers open an apprentices' library, Carpenters Hall, Philadelphia.
1840 -- France: Jean-Louis Pindy lives (1840-1917), Brest. Member of the Internationale, communard, anarchiste, carpenter.
Arrested & sent to prison for a year in the third trial against the First International, April 1870, & released September 4, when the Republic is declared.
It was Pindy, an elected member of the Paris Commune, who ordered the l'Hôtel de Ville burned down during the Bloody Week.
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1850 -- US: Five Cayuse Indians ordered hanged in Oregon Territory for their part in Cayuse War of 1848. On this same date, in 1849, they attacked a Washington mission school (Whitman). They are found guilty of the murders there.
1851 -- US: First baseball uniforms worn. NY Knickerbockers wear straw hat, white shirt & blue long trousers; Knickerbockers beat Washington of NY, 22-20 in 10 innings.
1856 -- US: Cullen Whipple, of Providence, RI, patents the screw machine.
1867 -- Russian symbolist poet & translator Konstantin Dmitrievich Balmont lives (-1942). A major figure of the Silver Age of Russian poetry.Activist who greeted the February Revolution enthusiastically, but was against the October Revolution of 1917.
1873 -- US: Banker Dexter Horton is elected president of the Seattle Library Association. The library currently has 169 members & 278 books — almost as many as written by Danielle Steel.
1881 -- Japanese giant salamander dies in Dutch zoo at 55; oldest amphibian.
1886 -- France: Anarchiste Louise Michel
Louise, qui ne cesse de prendre la parole au cours de multiples réunions, participe au théâtre du Château-d'eau (Paris) à, un meeting en faveur des mineurs de Decazeville. Elle y prononce un discours, Jules Guesde, Paul Lafargue et Susini y interviennent à, ses côtés.
Source: [Michel Chronologie]
1888 -- "Casey at the Bat" first appears in print, in the San Francisco Examiner.
The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day;
The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play,
And then when Cooney died at first, & Barrows did the same,
A pall-like silence fell upon the patrons of the game.
A straggling few got up to go, in deep despair the rest
Clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast;
They thought, "If only Casey could but get a whack at that . . .
1888 -- Jim Tully lives, in a log cabin near St. Mary's, Ohio.
Who Was Jim Tully? Once one of America’s best-read & most-admired authors. Today his name is forgotten by contemporary readers, & his books are out of print. With Dashiell Hammett, a founder of the hard-boiled school of writing. Charles Willeford, a kindred spirit, has an essay ("Jim Tully: Holistic Barbarian") which provides an excellent social & literary context for Tully's work.
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1888 -- The Jewish Publication Society of America is organized.
1896 -- Spanish anarquista Isaac Puente lives (-1936).
Three aspects made him famous in his day: his activities as a rural physician in support of the neediest, his educational work (preventive medicine, sexual education, nutrition, wholesome living, etc.) & his theoretical & militant contributions to anarquismo.
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1900 -- US: International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) founded.
And we gave new courage to the men
Who carried on in nineteen-ten
And shoulder to shoulder we'll win through
Led by the ILGWU
hail the waistmakers of nineteen-nine
making their stand on the picket line,
Breaking the power of those who reign
Pointing the way, smashing the chain
— The Uprising of the 20,000, dedicated to the Waistmakers of 1909
1901 -- Canada: Ottawa carpenters strike for higher wages & union recognition.
1906 -- Belgian King Leopold II calls Congo his private possession.
1906 -- Jazz dancer, actress, stripper Josephine Baker lives, St. Louis, Missouri.
By age 15, Baker ran away from home, left her first husband, & joined Clara Smith in a travelling show. After a short stay in Harlem, Baker left for Paris to appear in La Revue Negre. Her nude dance with Joe Alex will tantalize audiences. Eclipsing every other performer in Paris, Josephine Baker represents Europe's new black music following WWI. During WWII, Baker spied in German-occupied France for the resistance.
Daily Bleed Alternate Saint (2003), JOSEPHINE BAKER Saint of the Sinuous Sensuous. Stripper, Jazz Dancer, Rummager, Civil Rights Activist.
Returning to the US in 1951, Baker refused to perform at segregated venues. She housed the first black troupe in any Las Vegas hotel. But in the 1970s, Baker was forced to wander the streets begging for her adopted children. In 1975, her funeral drew 20,000 people. Josephine Baker became the first American woman to receive a 21-gun salute from the French government.
1916 -- "It must have been a little after three o'clock in the afternoon that it happened — the afternoon of June 3rd,
1916. . .
Rather might I have experienced a cosmic cycle, with all its changes & evolutions for that which I have seen with my own eyes in this brief interval of time — things that no other mortal eye had seen before, glimpses of a world past, a world dead, a world so long dead that even in the lowest Cambrian stratum no trace of it remains. . ."
— Edgar Rice Burroughs, beginning date, the opening of The Land That Time Forgot
1917 -- First All-Russia Congress of Workers & Soldiers Soviets opens.
See Maurice Brinton's The Bolsheviks & Workers Control 1917-1921: The State & Counter-Revolution
1918 -- US: During this month, while Emma Goldman is in prison in Missouri for exercising free speech...
Emma is granted permission to write two letters every week, in addition to letters to Harry Weinberger. Contemplates writing about the situation of women in prison. Receives news that William Marion Reedy & attorney Clarence Darrow are interested in the League for the Amnesty of Political Prisoners, but believe that nothing can be done until after the war. Anticipating orders for her deportation, Emma begins investigating her citizenship status. Following suspension of the Mother Earth Bulletin, her niece Stella Ballantine publishes a mimeographed newsletter, Instead of a Magazine.
1918 -- US: A Federal child labor law, enacted two years earlier, is declared unconstitutional. A new law is enacted 24 February 1919, but this one too is declared unconstitutional (on 2 June 1924).
1920 -- Russia: During this month, Emma Goldman nurses John Reed, in poor health following his release from a two-month prison term in Finland for unauthorized travel.
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1920 -- Italy: 3 Giugno. Il comitato di difesa albanese chiede lo sgombero delle truppe italiane che occupano Valona (Albania).
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1921 -- US: A sudden cloudburst kills 120 near Pikes Peak, Colorado.
1921 -- Russia: Alexander Berkman sustains a foot injury, delaying his departure with Emma Goldman from Workers' Paradise.
The veteran anarchists are thoroughly disillusioned with the Bolshevik "counter" revolution...
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1921 -- US: In the Sacco & Vanzetti case, after several days of voir dire, only seven jurors have been selected & the entire panel of 500 people exhausted. The Court directs the Sheriff to bring in 200 more potential jurors to try "those anarchist bastards."
See Heroes & Martyrs: Emma Goldman, Sacco & Vanzetti, & the Revolutionary Struggle, an audio CD by Howard Zinn.
1924 -- Dystopian allegorist & anarchist sympathizer Franz Kafka dies, Kierling, Austria, leaving a plea to his friend Max Brod to destroy all his unpublished manuscripts — including The Trial, The Castle, & Amerika.
Illustration by Flavio Costantini
1924 -- Bernard Safran lives (-1995). See John Malyon's very nice site, which I came across when searching for Rockwell Kent & John Sloan material; a well-thought out & nice for "depth"/linked material/subjects. [& thanks to John for providing Safran dates of birth & death.
Beat poet, auntie-authoritarian activist, pedophile &, according to the FBI, god forbid (!),
an "Internal Subversive-Cuba" risk.
Branded by de FBI,
in his 3-foot high file,
as a displayer of
Kicked out of Cuba & Czechoslovakia for chanting to Commie Cops.
The court rules that Negro passengers can not be forced to sit at the back of buses; in 1947, April 9-23, Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) sponsors an interstate bus ride to test the ruling — Bayard Rustin, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Igal Roodenko, & Joseph Felmet get arrested & serve 30 days on a chain gang. This is a particularly dangerous period in the US: lynchings in the south approach 1918 levels as Negro G.I.s return, talk of getting the rights they fought for.
In 1800 its import was forbidden by the imperial government. Despite this restriction, the opium trade continued to flourish. Privately owned vessels of many countries, including the United States, made huge profits from the growing number of Chinese addicts. The government in Peking noted that the foreigners seemed intent on dragging down the Chinese through the encouragement of opium addiction.
The death is officially listed as suicide(!).
Poem to Billy Sol:
"The picture of you in the newspaper saying that, amongst other reasons, you have come to London to see me has greatly enhanced my credit line in the neighborhood, & particularly with the greengrocer across the street."
1967 -- René-Louis Lafforgue dies (b.1928) in a car accident in southern France. Singer, typesetter, interpreter, anarchiste.
With his anarchiste parents in the Basque country during the fighting in Spain, the Lafforgue family was forced into exile in France, where his father was killed in the Resistance.
Lafforgue was an actor & singer, & in the 1950s his talent gained him a place in Georges Brassens' shows, where songs such as "Julie la Rousse" assured his popularity. He & his companion Claudie then opened their own Parisian cabaret on rue Mouffetard, "L'Ecole Buissonnière," which soon becomes a gathering place for many pacifists & libertarians.
In French, see
1968 -- US: Author of the SCUM Manifesto Valerie Solanas makes art, air conditions Andy Warhol, illustrator of the 1954 edition of the Joy of Cooking. Momentarily punctures his ego & pokes a hole in his shoulder.
The image bank is wide open. Copy & tweak. Cut & paste. More & more people are going to play at art & image, text & subtext. It's happening because the technology is getting cheaper, smaller (more easily handled & transported by an individual) & better & because there's nothing else to fucking do!
— excerpt from The Importance of Being Andy
"The death of art spells the death of artists ..."
[Source: WholeWorld is Watching]
1968 -- Germany: Manuel Santana gana el torneo internacional de tenis en Berlín.
1968 -- SciFi authors Robert Bloch & Harlan Ellison appear on the Les Crane TV show.
1969 -- US: Black students stage a sit-in at Seattle's Franklin High School.
1970 -- Kinks' lead singer Ray Davies makes an 11,000-km round trip from NY to London to change a single word in the song "Lola" - "Coca-Cola" becomes "cherry cola" because the BBC bans commercial references in songs.
1970 -- US: Santa Barbara Grand Jury indicts 17 Isla Vistans on charges of burning the Bank of America. They face a total of 609 1/2 years on 72 counts. Bail is set at $120,000 for one of the 17 — & he was in the County jail the night the bank burned!
1972 -- US: Army admits the entire command of the Americal Division suppressed My Lai Massacre information.
1973 -- France: At Paris air show, Tupolev 144, a Soviet supersonic airliner, crashes.
1974 -- Tobacco maker tests marijuana-scented cigarettes.
Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp., seeking ways to cash in on the popularity of marijuana, developed a cigarette that mimicked the drug's smell. A company chemist noted that mixing Virginia & Turkish tobaccos, pekoe teas, alfalfa & oregano produced "a foreign taste, liked by some, with a sidestream aroma easily mistaken for marijuana.'' "A marketable product of similar aroma should have great appeal to marijuana smokers,'' the chemist wrote. The memo was among confidential industry documents made public as a result of Minnesota's $6.6 billion legal settlement with the cigarette makers.
1979 -- Ex-president Idi Amin of Uganda flees to Libya.
1979 -- Mexico's worst oil well blowout starts. Not capped until 24 March 1980, it spews 3.1 billion barrels, at the Bay of Campeche, near the Yucatan Peninsula, (twice as big as the 1978 Brittany [Amoco Cadiz] spill).
1979 -- Spain: Gladys Gogoan, anarquista, murdered by the Civil Guard during Earth Day protests, in Tudela. Ironically the Civil Guard wears green uniforms. Gladys was 23-years old.
1980 -- Computer malfunction — specifically, failure of a 46 cent computer chip — signals a Soviet nuclear attack on US. US forces are called back in the nick of time. Just to prove how good it is, it happens again on the 6th.
Gentlemen! You can't fight in here, this is the War Room!
— President Merkin Muffley
1982 -- US: Peek-a-Boo? House votes to make it illegal to identify US spies or informers, even if their identities are already publicly known. & damn good spies they must be to need such protection...
1985 -- England: Appeal court rules war tax resistance unlawful.
1987 -- US: Representative Jack Brooks tells Iran-Contra lackey Elliot Abrams he takes "more pride in not knowing anything than anybody I ever saw." Replies Abrams,
"I never said I had no idea about most of the things you said I said I had no idea about."
1989 -- Stevie Wonder, Bob Geldof, Sting, Elton John & Diana Ross participate in a global telecast to heighten awareness about the environment.
1990 -- China: Students & police clash at the University of Peking.
1991 -- Willie Nelson releases his "Who'll Buy My Memories — The IRS Tapes" LP. The album is compromised of tunes seized by the feds & will go towards paying off his $16 million tax bill.
1991 -- Daniel Quinn wins the $500,000 Turner Tomorrow prize for his novel Ismail.
1994 -- Panama: Weary Walkers? US begins withdrawing its troops (again!?!).
Project for the New American Century, is the pressure group established by, among others, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Jeb Bush, Paul Wolfowitz, Lewis Libby, Elliott Abrams & Zalmay Khalilzad, all of whom (except the president's brother) are now senior officials in the US government....
Statement of principles issued by Project for the New American Century, signed today by these men cited on the left, asserts that the key challenge for the US is "to shape a new century favorable to American principles & interests".
2009 -- Poet William Witherup (1935-2009) barks no more. Raised in Richland, Washington in the shadow of the Hanford Atomic Energy facility. Author of Down Wind, Down River: New & Selected Poems; Black Ash, Orange Fire: Collected Poems 1959-1985; Men at Work. Bill Witherup, aka Bear Dog. Here's barking atcha, 000r00r0000r0000roooo. Anti-prison activist, founder of the Gene Debs Labor Ensemble.
He cleans himself; rests,
But keeps a wary eye—
The bone is now "just right."
— excerpt, "The Poet as Hornet"
"Skeptical of civilization, disgusted with its discontents, in him the reformist vein in West Coast writing finds outlet through an occasional tirade against polluters of every stripe…."
— William Everson
“No poet writing today catches the complexity, the valence, the hysteria of being alone, of being up against it, of being driven by forces little understood; this feeling of isolation is Witherup Country, & that well may be the most significant emotion of these past decades.”
— James B. Hall
2009 -- Honduras: Organization of American States (OAS) lifts 47-year-old suspension of Cuba. Formerly a rubber-stamp organization for US imperial policies, Latin leaders overwhelmingly signal a new-found independence. Former Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Fidel Castro says Cuba has no interest in rejoining the OAS, which Cuba previously described as a criminal organization. Human Rights Watch & others decry the move, citing Cuba's dismal record on human rights (jailings of journalists, labor leaders & dissidents).
2011 -- US: 83-year old Dr. Jack Kevorkian, sepulchral face of the 'Death with Dignity' movement, passes away. Militant advocate of assisted suicide, nicknamed "Dr. Death".
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