Our Daily Bleed...
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, & everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned...
— W. B. Yeats
Hungarian Communist honcho, hung for supporting the Hungarian Uprising.
Imre Nagy with granddaughter; photo courtesy Bleedster Latzi K
Southwold, England: MAYOR'S DAY. Dignitaries mount merry-go-round horses, party.
FREEDOM OF THE PRESS DAY.
FESTIVAL OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS.
570 -- Birth of Muhammed.
1099 -- First Crusade reaches the walls of Jerusalem.
The first of eight excursions against the remote infidels of Islam.
Along the way the warriors of the faith take advantage to wipe other maps clean.
The holy war begins at home.
This First Crusade sets fire to synagogues & leaves not a Jew alive in Mainz & other German cities. paraphrases Galeano, Mirrors, p80
1381 -- England: Wat Tyler is chosen leader of the Kentish rebels (Peasants' Revolt).
Source: [Robert Braunwart]
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1391 -- Skin, Man?: Death of Robert I "The Bruce," (Braveheart) King of Scotland, of leprosy.
1494 -- New Old World: Treaty of Tordesillas; the Pope divides Spain & Portugal. The dissident Spanish chronicler, Las Casas, recording the actions of Spanish troops on the island of Hispaniola in the 16th century.
The arrogance of that treaty has always astounded me. (To imagine that you have the right & capacity to split the world among 2 nations is to imagine that you hold God by the shorthairs (can dictate policy.)
— Bleedster KalPal, 2009
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1557 -- England: Ally of Spain, thus declares war on France.
1631 -- Death of Mumtaz Mahal, wife of Shah Jahan of India. The Taj Mahal is her tomb.
1638 -- England: Jesse Glover, the first colonial printer, contracts to sail to the New World.
1712 -- New Old World: Pennsylvania State Assembly bans slavery.
1775 -- Not Anti-American? United Colonies change name to United States.
1801 -- US: American Company of Booksellers (trade association) is organized, NYC.
1830 -- England: First 'human beat-box' makes mouth music at the Egyptian Hall, Picadilly, to the delight & consternation of all in attendance.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1839 -- The Hawaiian Declaration of Rights is signed.
1843 -- Mad German poet Friedrich Holderlin dies.
1848 -- French drop-out painter Paul Gauguin lives.
1852 -- US: American Universalist Hosea Ballou dies.
1862 -- Kauppis-Heikki (1862-1920) lives, illegitimate son of his mother. Finnish self-learned author with rural worker's background. Kauppinen's stories are generally considered among the best of Finnish folk writers.
1862 -- US: Flush? Former gambler William Bruce Mumford, who tore down a flag flying over the US Mint, becomes first US citizen hanged for treason.
As the noose slowly tightened around his neck,
the hangman whispered in his ear,
"That flag was in mint condition!"
1862 -- France: Jules Alexandre Sadier lives (-1936). Franco-Argentine anarchist militant & propagandist, antimilitarist. (Pseudonym Alexandre Falconnet.)
"Nous ne faisons pas de programme, l'heure de discuter est passée...(...)
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1866 -- US: Death of Duwamish leader Chief Sealth at Port Madison Reservation, on Kitsap Peninsula, Washington state.
1879 -- New Zealand: The town of Hawera succeeds from NZ; it claims to be an independent republic under the leadership of local farmer James Livingstone.
1879 -- US: San Francisco Free Public Library opens on Bush St., with 5,656 books.
1891 -- Urho Karhumäki (1891-1947) lives. Prolific Finnish writer who won the first prize for novels at the Berlin Olympics of Arts who could run: wins in an international competition for the 5,000 meter run.
1892 -- John J. Doyle of Cleveland Spiders is first to pinch hit in a baseball game.
1896 -- Spain: A bomb explodes during a religious parade, killing a dozen people & wounding 30. In response the government totally represses the anarchist movement, torturing hundreds of people in the Montjuich Prison. Spanish authorities imprison over 400 people, including anarchists, suspected of involvement in the bombing. The severity of the punishment sparks international protests.
1896 -- High Seas: Two Tubs Up? G. Harpo & F. Samuelson . . . row, row your boat, across the Atlantic. . . only 54 days to go!
1898 -- US: In Chicago, Emma Goldman attends the first convention of Eugene Debs's Social Democracy movement; in her view it is a "fiasco." When she is at first prevented from speaking at the event, Debs personally invites the anarchist-feminist to address the convention.
1898 -- Spain: Antonio Casanova lives, (1898-1966), in Betanzos. Emigrated to Argentina at an early age, anarquista militant, editor, translator. Returned & fought during the Spanish Revolution in the 28th Division under the command of Gregorio Jover, in a unit with fellow Galician Jose Maria Montego & the legendary Simón Radowitzky. Antonio established a warm friendship with Radowitzky, becoming drinking mates who enjoyed singing the tangos of Carlos Gardel. Naceu en Betanzos, provincia da Coruña, o 7 de xuño de 1898
1899 -- Novelist/short story writer Elizabeth Bowen is born in Dublin.
1902 -- France: Germaine Berton lives, in Puteaux. A trade union militant & anarchiste, she attempted to kill Leon Daudet (January 1923), a notorious rightwing extremist/propagandist of l'Action Française.
1905 -- Norway: Independence from Sweden obtained by nonviolence, dissolving a union in effect since 1814. The peaceful separation was impelled by their inability to resolve major religious differences (do you spell that with an "on" or "en"?).
1906 -- France: An airborne cloud of hay obscures the sun, Sprimont.
1907 -- US: State militia sent to Cripple Creek, Colorado to suppress a Western Federation of Miners (WFM) strike. Rockefeller owns the police & the state. He makes various promises of peace, then breaks them.
1909 -- US: Free-speech conference in New York City. Emma Goldman has had a dickens of a time exercising her free speech rights in the Land of the Free for years. She seems to have an odd interpretation of the Bill of Rights.
"To the daring belongs the future… when we run out of dreams, we die…
Emma Goldman said that. & it’s the truth."
— Federico Arcos
1913 -- US: The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW): Pageant of Paterson Silk Strike performed at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
1914 -- Italy: At the end of a meeting in Ancone, where Errico Malatesta appears, police open fire, killing three people & wounding about 20.
In response to this police violence, the U.S.I. proclaims a nation-wide General Strike, setting off insurrections.
It is the beginning of "The Red Week of Ancône," which lasts until June 14, & is only broken by the treason of the Socialists & their trade union.
Durante una manifestazione anti-militarista ad Ancona i carabinieri sparano sulla folla : 3 morti e 20 feriti. Inizia così la "settimana rossa" nelle Marche e in Romagna. Lo stato invia nella zona 100.000 soldati per far fronte alle manifestazioni. Il bilancio finale è di tredici morti fra i dimostranti e di uno tra i soldati, con decine di feriti e contusi.
Malatesta, escaping the police, is forced again into exile in London.
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1916 -- Ravel opposes the French campaign against performing German music.
1917 -- African American writer Gwendolyn Brooks lives.
1919 -- Spain: El 7 de junio el cenetista Miguel Villalonga atenta y da muerte al empresario ebanista Felipe Serrano, en la calle Valencia esquina Calabria. Años más tarde se averiguó que Serrano había roto con su socio y éste último había inducido a Villalonga para que se produjeran los hechos, pero sin embargo en aquel momento parecía claro que eran los sindicalistas los que habían provocado la muerte de Serrano.
1920 -- Erik Satie's "Socrate" in its full orchestral version premiers.
1924 -- George Leigh-Mallory disappears 775' from Everest's summit.
On the lecture tour, after the 1922 expedition, trying to raise money for the 1924 attempt: Everywhere they went, they were inundated with mundane questions. Was it cold? Where is Tibet? Why do you want to climb Everest? In exasperation, in a hurry, he spoke the words that will always be associated with Everest. "Because It's There!"
1924 -- Poet Edward Field lives, Brooklyn, New York.
Field grew up on Long Island, where he played cello in the Field Family Trio over radio station WGBB. Studied acting with Russian émigré Vera Soloviova of the Moscow Art Theatre. He applied the techniques he learned to reading poetry in public, & supported himself in this way throughout the 1960s & 1970s.
His aliases tell his history: Dumbell, Good-for-nothing,
Jewboy, Fieldinsky, Skinny, Fierce Face, Greaseball, Sissy.
Warning: This man is not dangerous, answers to any name
Responds to love, don't call him or he will come.
— excerpt, "Unwanted"
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1929 -- US: Striking textile workers in Gastonia, North Carolina, repel a vigilante attack on their union hall.
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1930 -- US: The Big 'N' Word?: "The NY Times" agrees to capitalize the n in "Negro."
1940 -- Science-fiction writers Catherine L. Moore & Henry Kuttner marry.
1943 -- African American Nikki Giovanni, poet, lives.
1943 -- Ken Osmond (Eddie Haskel) lives.
1943 -- Dr. Karl Clauberg reports 1,000 women are sterilized a day at Auschwitz.
1945 -- The fourth draft of Under the Volcano is destroyed when Malcolm Lowry's shack on a beach in British Columbia burns to the ground.
BleedMeister & Bleedster Gus did visit the site of his shack, armed with a bottle of Old OverCoat (if memory serves me) back in the early 70s in one of our many circuitous trips hither & dither & yon, this time from Seattle to Detroit. Believe this was the time we got detained at the border, entertaining Canadian Customs with a huge pile of a large "Fuck Authority" poster we had silk screened. They wanted one for their wall.... They let us into Canada once we assured them we wouldn't sell any in Canada.
We immediately went to Vancouver & sold them to a radical co-op bookstore.
1945 -- Bertolt Brecht play "The Private Life of the Master Race" premiers, Berkeley.
1946 -- Author/actor Antonin Artaud released from Rodez (mental institution).
1954 -- Rod Serling teleplay "The Strike" premiers, on "Studio One."
1956 -- France: Julien Benda dies. Novelist & theorist of the traitorous nationalist intellectual. Sociologist & historian, leader of the anti-Romantic movement in French criticism, persistent defender of reason & intellect against the philosophical intuitionism of Henri Bergson. Author of The Yoke of Pity, The Youth of an Intellectual & A Regulator in His Century. Best remembered for his 1927 book La Trahison des Clercs (The Treason of the Intellectuals; Richard Aldington translation, with intro by Herbert Read, published by Beacon Press, 1955).Daily Bleed Saint 2006-2008
Intellectual conscience of mid-century France & the treason of its "intellectuals".
Accused French & German intellectuals of lacking the will to reason dispassionately about political & military matters, & becoming apologists for crass nationalism, warmongering & racism.
1965 -- US: A Real Sex Act? Supreme Court holds "right of privacy" covers use of contraceptives.
1966 -- Artist/sculptor/dadaist Jean Arp dies, Basel, Switzerland.
The air is a root . . . the stones woke to eat the exact hour
See Daily Bleed Sinners page,
1966 -- US: Martin Luther King, Jr. (SCLC), Floyd McKissick (CORE), Stokely Carmichael (SNCC) announce larger march on same route following shooting of James Meredith. They had ignored his one man "march" until he was shot.
1966 -- US: A mechanics' strike shuts down five major US airlines (-Aug. 19).
1967 -- Israel captures Wailing Wall in East Jerusalem.
The holy city breathed
Like a dying man
It moved with hopeful tears
With the tears of the blind
And on & on as the night drew in
Through broken streets
That sucked me in
My feet were bare & cut with stones
With walking to the promised land
I pushed through crowds
Through seas of prayer
Through twisting hands & choking air
A vulture at the wailing wall
1967 -- US: Moby Grapes are arrested for contributing to the delinquency of minors. No more smoking grape peels.
1967 -- Dorothy Parker joins her friends. American short story writer, poet, & critic, noted for her acid quips (mistress of the verbal hand grenade) & wry comebacks, a legendary figure in the NY literary scene. Part of the nucleus of the Algonquin Round Table, a now-famous informal luncheon club held at New York City's Algonquin Hotel. Her time as drama critic for "The New Yorker", was a self-described "Reign of Terror."
Acid-tongued Algonquin Round Table wit, journalist.
When told of the death of the taciturn US President Calvin Coolidge, she is said to have asked, "How can they tell?" Of Katherine Hepburn's performance in a 1934 play, Parker said she "ran the gamut of emotions from A to B." She also is responsible for the couplet "Men seldom make passes / at girls who wear glasses."
On her 70th birthday she notes:
"If I had any decency, I'd be dead. Most of my friends are."
1968 -- France: Violent clashes occur between French workers & police at Renault plant.
"This explosion was provoked by groups in revolt against modern technical & consumer society, whether it be the communism of the East or the capitalism of the West. They are groups, moreover, which have no idea at all what they would replace it with, but who delight in negation, destruction, violence, anarchy & who brandish the black flag."
— Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Besieged General De Gaulle, June 7th 1968
1968 -- US: Grateful Dead & The Airplane at the Carousel Ballroom, Frisco, California.
1968 -- US: American headlines report:
Yevtushenko: "You Shoot
at Yourself, America"
Poem, Printed in Pravda, Is
Response to Assassination
U.S. Is Depicted as Nation
Going 'Dangerously Insane'
The poem, titled "Freedom to Kill," was published today in "Pravda," MOSCOW, June 7 ...
("Pravda"'s printing is reported also in the "NY Times," Saturday, June 8)
See Flowers & Bullets & Freedom to Kill (City Lights Books, 1970)
1968 -- Spain: ETA se cobra su primera víctima: un guardia civil en Villabona (Guipúzcoa).
1969 -- US: Arts & Letters wins Belmont, ends Majestic Prince's Triple Crown bid.
1970 -- In Coventry, Warwickshire, novelist, essayist, social & literary critic E. M. Forster (A Passage to India; Howard's End) dies. His 1927 classic discussion of aesthetics & the creative process, Aspects of the Novel, is still read today.
1971 -- US: Supreme Court rules 5-4 that wearing a jacket that reads "Fuck the Draft" is protected by the First amendment.
1974 -- Two Liars?: Former Attorney General Richard Kleindienst, who pleaded guilty to charges that he lied before the Senate Judiciary Committee, was called a man of "highest integrity" by Judge George L. Hart, & was sentenced to a $100 fine & one month of unsupervised probation.
1977 -- US: Dade County, Florida vote repeals anti-gay ordinance (singer Anita Bryant is active in campaign to oppose the repeal). (or 1976?)
1977 -- England: Deep 6d? London police break up a floating Sex Pistols concert on the Thames.
1979 -- 3 Strikes & You're In?: Chuck Berry charged with three counts of tax evasion — this coming one day before the Chuckster performs on the White House lawn in front of President Jimmy Carter at the Black Music Association gala.
1980 -- Free-living sex novelist Henry Miller dies, Big Sur, California.
“WHATEVER THERE BE OF PROGRESS IN LIFE COMES NOT THROUGH ADAPTATION BUT THROUGH DARING, THROUGH OBEYING THE BLIND URGE.”
— Henry Miller, Reflections on Writing
1981 -- India: At least 268 (possibly as many as 500) people died when an overloaded passenger train is swept off a railway bridge into the flood-swollen Bagmati River near Mansi, making this one of the worst rail disasters in history.
1981 -- Iraq: Israel bombs alleged Iraqi plutonium production facility.
1982 -- Beloved & Respected Comrade Acting President RonnieReagan & Beloved & Respected Comrade Jedi Pope John Paul II agree on a secret anti-Communist "holy alliance." Don't know which episode of Star Wars this appears in.
1985 -- South Africa: Date on a secret army report on assassinating black leaders.
1988 -- Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) announces its willingness to recognize Israel's right to exist.
1991 -- US: Government estimates 100,000 Iraqis were killed in the Gulf War, & 300,000 injured. How's that silly Layabouts song go? Oh, yeah, "Governments Kill!."
1991 -- Albania: Three-week General Strike ends, having brought down the government.
1994 -- South Africa: Plans to grant amnesty for political crimes committed during apartheid era unveiled.
1997 -- US: Seven activists arrested outside the pro-nuclear Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos, New Mexico, for passing out copies of the Bill of Rights. They are protesting the prior arrest of anti-nuclear activists for leafleting outside the museum.
1999 -- Cuba: Dissidents begin a hunger strike, La Habana.
2000 -- The Layabouts play at Concert of Colors, Chene Park, on the Detroit River in East Detroit. Alan Franklin chats up Buffy Sainte-Marie, whom he has long admired.
2001 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader George Bush signs a $1.35-trillion tax cut, mostly for the rich; supposed to stimulate the economy, which quickly goes further into the tank; "Balanced Budget" & other "Free Market" rightwingnuts have federal & state deficits sinking to new heights. Not to worry, they do it again in 2003, with 85% of the cut going to the filthiest of the filthy.
2001 -- Argentina: Ex-Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Carlos Menem is arrested for arms trafficking.
Razors pain you; Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you; & drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren't lawful; Nooses give;
Gas smells awful; You might as well live.
— Dorothy Parker, Résumé
On Dorothy Parker (nee Rothschild, but not the... Irish Catholic mother, American pop), I just read a biography of her.
She would have fit right into the [Blue] Moon a few years back. With wags like [Stan] Iverson et al, she could have soared.
Of course, anyone making $5,000 per week as a writer back in the thirties wasn't doing too bad.
"Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words." — Paris Review, 1956.
When she died she left all her assets to the NAACP.
— Bleedster Gus, 2001
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