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Voodoo High Priestess of New Orleans.
Hart & Shelby, Michigan: NATIONAL ASPARAGUS FESTIVAL.
FESTIVAL OF GOIBNUI, Smith of the Gods & Provider of the Ale of Immortality.
Canada: DAVIS DAY, Traditional Cape Breton holiday honoring Miners' Strike of 1925 in New Waterford, Nova Scotia.
LONG BARNABY / BARNABY BRIGHT: Longest day of the year (Old Style / pre-Reform Calendar).
671 -- [CE] -- Japan: Water clock invented (traditional date). Sheer torture in the wrong hands, in most hands.
1381 -- England: Priest "John Ball hath rungen his bell": Peasant revolt.
"Good people, things cannot go right in England & never will, until goods are held in common & there are no more villeins & gentlefolk, but we are all one & the same. In what way are are those whom we call lords greater masters than ourselves? How have they deserved it? Why do they hold us in bondage? If we all spring from a single father & mother, Adam & Eve, how can they claim or prove that they are lords more than us, except by making us produce & grow the wealth which they spend?"
1531 -- New World: The Spaniards defeat 20,000 Mayas near Campeche.
[Source: Robert Braunwart]
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1557 -- Portugal: Wise For His Years? 3-year-old Sebastian I succeeds to the throne (-1578). During toilet training he crawled up the throne on his own two Legos.
1572 -- British dramatist, poet Ben Jonson lives.
1742 -- US: Cookin' With Ben? Franklin invents his Franklin stove.
1770 -- Australia: Cookin' With James? Captain Cook, commander of the British ship "Endeavor," discovers the Great Barrier Reef off the coast as he runneth agroundth there.
1793 -- William Robertson, historian & central figure of the Scottish Enlightenment, dies.
1799 -- England: The Rev. Joseph Townsend, the Rev. Benjamin Richardson & William Smith, — the "triumvirate," as one historian later calls them, three of the leading players in the heroic age of geology, meet for dinner. An historic dinner, as Smith dictates by invitation a document still regarded as one of the classics in the annal of science. For the first time the earth has a provable history, a written record that paid no heed or obeisance to religious teaching & dogma...rejecting the blind acceptance of absurdity. The trio finished the resulting table of strata at midnight & made copies to be freely distributed. See Simon Winchester, The Map That Changed the World: William Smith & the Birth of Modern Geology (NY: 2002), page 128, 134-36.
1805 -- US: Pre-Ford: City of Detroit is destroyed by fire.
1829 -- The Book of Mormon is published. Joseph Smith claims to have translated it from "Reformed Egyptian" with the aid of the angel Moroni & 2 magic stones (Urim & Thummim). Yup. Amazing the stuff people believe. Another place & time religious believers might all thought to be crazy.
1832 -- Jules Vallès lives. French novelist, journalist, anarchist propagandist.
Jules Valles was involved in the Revolution of 1848 & a Proudhonist imprisoned in 1853 for a conspiracy against the Emperor. He launched the weekly magazine "The Street," on June 1, 1867, involving artists & writers such as Emile Zola & Gustave Courbet before it was suppressed.
1848 -- George Eliot writes a friend who recommended she read Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre: I "shall be glad to know what you admire in it . . . the book is interesting — only I wish the characters would talk a little less like the heroes & heroines of police reports."
1848 -- Czechoslovakia: Continental revolution continues with the uprising in Prague.
[Source: Calendar Riots]
1854 -- US: In less than four hours, the First San Francisco Vigilance Committee tries, convicts, & hangs their first victim, John Jenks, for stealing a safe, Frisco, California.
1872 -- Canada: Labor unions legalized.
1877 -- US: Great Railroad Strike begins.
1880 -- US: Jeannette Rankin, first women American senator lives, Missoula, Montana.
1882 -- Egypt: Anti-foreign riots led by Arabi Pasha begin in Alexandria — 50 Europeans massacred.
1888 -- Italy: Martyred Italian-American anarchist Bartolomeo Vanzetti lives. See 1920-21 below.
1889 -- Australia: Australian Labour Federation is formed by unions in Brisbane.
1894 -- US: At the first regular convention of the American Railway Union, delegates vote unanimously to urge a boycott of Pullman cars.
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1895 -- Charles Duryea patents a gas-driven automobile.
1898 -- Cuba: US marines land in Guantanamo during the Spanish-American War. Great place for the military to imprison, interrogate & torture prisoners & not have to answer to US laws.
1899 -- Yasunari Kawabata lives (1899-1972), Osaka, Japan. The first Japanese winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (1968).
1900 -- Leopoldo Marechal lives, Buenos Aires. Argentine writer/critic known for his philosophical novels. Employed modernists techniques, & his Adán Buenosayres (1948) is a precursor of the Latin-American new novel.
1903 -- William Ernest Henley dies. Poet, dramatist, editor, critic. An amputee, cared for by Joseph Lister. R. L. Stevenson was a lifelong pal. His most famous poem, "Invictus," contains the line:
"My head is bloody, but unbowed."
1906 -- US: The US Congress passes the Employer's Liability Act (later found unconstitutional).
1911 -- American poet Josephine Miles lives.
1912 -- England: A national strike of transport workers begins in Britain.
1913 -- US: 1 Strike & You're Out?: Cops shoot Black & White IWW (Industrial Workers of the World)/AFL maritime workers striking against United Fruit company in New Orleans, killing one, wounding two.
Oh the companies keep a sharp eye
And pay their respects to the army
To watch for the hot-blooded leaders
And be prepared for the junta to
crush them like flies.
So heavy the price that they pay
As daily the fruit it is stolen...
— Phil Ochs, "United Fruit"
500 Moro built a stone fort during the first months of 1913, at Bud Bagsak.
Today the American military attacked. John Browning, inventor of the Colt 0.45 pistol tested his new pistol here. After four days, armed mostly with kris, barongs, spears & few guns, every warrior, woman, & child fell.
Reminiscent of the Battle of Bud Dajo (March 7, 1906), when the
Emma's propaganda lectures include "Revolution & Reform—Which?" & "The Place of the Church in the Labor Struggle."
She reports to birth-control advocate Margaret Sanger 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]."
Margaret Sanger participated in the Patterson Textile Strike of 1913 which she wrote about in Hippolyte Havel's "Revolutionary Almanac." She also contributed articles to Havel's "Revolt," Emma Goldman's "Mother Earth," Alexander Berkman's "The Blast" & "The Modern School" magazine.
Daily Bleed Saint, February 16, 2004. Innovative "documentary" cinematographer, activist.
1922 -- Spain: The anarcho-syndicalist CNT withdraws its provisional affiliation with the Third International in favor of the International Workers Association (IWA).
National Congress of the CNT convenes at Saragossa (June 11-12) & decides to withdraw from the Red Trade-Union International & to send delegates to an international anarcho-syndicalist conference held in Berlin in December, from which resulted a "Workers' International Association."
From the time of this breach Moscow bore an inveterate hatred for Spanish anarchism. Joaquin Maurin & Andres Nin were disowned by the CNT & they founded the Spanish Communist Party. In 1924 Maurin published a pamphlet declaring war to the death on his former comrades, a threat carried out during the Spanish Revolution when the Communists began assassinating anarchists.
A company president had sneered,
"We hold the cards,
they will crawl back to work..."
The collieries are not worked & today, now called Davis Day, because of the murder of a New Waterford coal miner William Davis today by these same thugs, is observed as a civic holiday in the area mining towns. A monument in Davis Square tells the story of the 1925 strike.
"Pornographic, smutty, obscene, & filthy."
US: Anti-segregation demonstrations. In Cambridge, Maryland, 25 arrested outside courthouse. Previous demonstrations & arrests took place in Tallahasee, North Carolina, & Danville, Virginia where 40 of 65 demonstrators are sent to the hospital; today 200 in Danville protest the police brutality.
"Don't Compromise Yourself — It's All You Got!"
I'm buried alive, oh yeah, in the blues,
I'm buried alive, somebody help me, in the blues.
I beg for mercy, I pray for rain,
I can't be the one to accept all this blame,
Something here trying to pollute my brain,
I'm buried alive, oh yeah, in the blues.
11 juin 68 Manifestations après la mort de Gilles Tautin.
Réoccupation de Flins par les grévistes. au quartier Latin.
"It is forbidden to forbid.
Freedom begins by forbidding something:
interference with the freedom of others."
An election campaign started on 10 June, & there are still some violent incidents, especially today as 400 are hurt, 1500 arrested & a demonstrator is shot & killed at Montbéliard. Tomorrow, demonstrations are forbidden in France. The day after, students are evicted from the Odéon & two days later, from the Sorbonne.
In the first round of the elections, the federation of leftist parties & the communists lose ground. In the second round a week later, the parties of the right win an overwhelming majority. Leftist groups lose 61 seats & the communists 39. Pierre Mendés-France is not re-elected in Grenoble.[Sources]
Paul Dorpat & associates published the first edition of "Helix" & readers quickly snapped up the first 1,500 copies of the 12-page, multi-colored "counter culture" tabloid.
"Helix" grew out of discussions at the Free University of Seattle, an alternative college in the University District, & reflected the rapid rise of "underground newspapers" such as "The Berkeley Barb," San Francisco's "Oracle," & New York's "East Village Other."
In addition to Dorpat, author Tom Robbins (Another Roadside Attraction), Gene Johnston, Ray Collins (illustrator), Bleedster Scott White, & Gary Finholt are contributors to the first issue.
"Helix" published a total of 125 biweekly & weekly editions before folding today.
See former staffer Walt Crowley's Rites of Passage: A Memoir of the Sixties in Seattle (University of Washington, 1995).
The 67 day strike at General Motors in the Fall of 1970 is a classic example of the anti-employee nature of the conventional strike....
See John Zerzan's "Organized Labor versus 'The Revolt Against Work'"
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Originally, the Cigarette-Smoking Man was to have killed the alien who survived the West Virginia crash of Christmas 1991.
But he flipped a coin & Deep Throat lost, so he had to do it.
Coosje Van Bruggen / Claes Oldenburg, Lincoln, Nebraska
"Since marijuana is the gateway drug, elimination of the *bong toke* will mean the end of all drug use by Monday."
A Federal jury returns a stunning verdict in favor of Judi Bari & Darryl Cherney in a landmark civil rights lawsuit.
Daily Bleed Saint Nov. 4
Ecological activist, fiddler, labor radical, Earth-First warrior.
"Ten jurors got a good, hard look at the FBI & they didn't like what they saw."
The jury unanimously finds six of the seven FBI & OPD defendants framed the two militants in an effort to crush Earth First! & chill participation in Redwood Summer, awarding them $4.4 million in damages. See the award-winning documentary The Forest For The Trees, detailing Judi's 12-year lawsuit to clear her name of false charges of carrying a bomb (she was nearly killed her when a planted bomb exploded under her driver's seat).
'In a society where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles.
Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation.'
— Guy Debord, Society of the Spectacle
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