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They said we were lost, mad & immoral,
& interfered with the plans of the management.
& today, millions & millions, shut alive
In the coffins of circumstance,
Beat on the buried lids,
Huddle in the cellars of ruins, & quarrel
Over their own fragmented flesh.

Kenneth Rexroth, excerpt, "Between Two Wars" (1944)


"The People's Artist." Egyptian composer, activist.

LANTERN FESTIVAL: The dead revisit homes.

ST. VITUS DAY: Traditional day of revels for welcoming Spring in old Europe.

JUSTICE FOR JANITORS DAY. Someone has to clean up de political mess.

Global: NAKED BIKE RIDE. Free! Free at last!

Glowing neon face, animated


923 -- Robert I, Usurper of the French Crown, killed in battle with the real King, Charles "The Simple."

1215 -- British King John & contentious noblemen at Runnymede sign Magna Carta — from which certain squatters' rights still survive (hold a place for 12 years & it's yours: 'adverse occupation').

Squat the World!

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1300 -- A-Priori?: Dante Alighieri becomes Prior of Florence... despite his lack of prior experience.

Wings Clipped
1381 -- England: Radical poll tax protester Wat Tyler (1350-1381) & head of a peasant army of some 50,000 to 100,000, is murdered, Smithfields, London, during a parley with King Richard II. Richard reneged on his promises & hanged 1,500 of the rebels, including John Ball & Jack Straw.

"The number of illegal tax protesters — persons who, according to IRS, advocate and/or use schemes to evade paying taxes — has increased significantly in recent years. Since they represent a threat to our Nation's voluntary{3} tax system, IRS has taken some important counter measures, including the establishment of a high-priority Illegal Tax Protester Program..."

— IRS Document GGD-81-83

Daily Bleed patron Saint 2005-2008
Leader of the Peasants' Revolt of 14th-century Britain.

1520 -- Pope threatens to toss Luther out of Catholic Church.

1560 -- Will Sommers, "Poor Man's Friend," court jester to Henry VIII, buried.

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1605 -- Thomas Randolph lives. Poet, dramatist, friend of Ben Jonson.

1752 --

US: First American Hot Rodder?: American inventor, revolutionist Ben Franklin flies a kite in a thunder storm. Gets very wet. Proves lightning is composed of electricity. He subsequently invents the lightning rod.

1784 -- In discussing the advisability of finishing every book one begins, Dr. Johnson remarks to Boswell: "You may as well resolve that whatever men you happen to get acquainted with, you are to keep them for life."

1785 -- Two French balloonists die in the world's first fatal aviation accident.

1829 -- Beginning date of J.P. Kennedy novel Swallow Barn, in Richmond, Virginia.
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1834 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Palestine: Many Jews die in riots in Safed.

1842 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Author Thomas Mann's grandparents move into "Buddenbrook House," Lübeck.

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1844 -- Thomas Campbell dies. Scottish poet who first said, supposedly inspired by a view of Edinburgh,

"'Tis distance lends enchantment to the view."

1856 -- American historian Edward Channing lives.

1859 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: An American shoots a British hog, beginning the Pig War, San Juan Islands, (Washington state). An unusual American war — only the pig dies.

1878 -- First attempt at motion pictures (using 12 cameras, each taking one picture) done to see if all four of a horse's hooves leave the ground at the same time.

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1889 -- Mihai Eminescu, Romanian poet, dies in Bucharest, after a long period of mental disorders.

1889 -- Opening date, on a Saturday, in "The Adventure of the Stockbroker's Clerk" (Strand Magazine March, 1893; Harper's March 11, 1893).

1896 -- Japan: Tsunami strikes Shinto festival on a beach at Sanriku. 27,000 die, 9,000 injured, with 13,000 houses destroyed.

1896 -- France: Gérard Duvergé lives (also known as Fred Durtain, Chevalier à Monségur), (Gironde). Libertarian teacher, anarchiste & antifascist resistor.
Further details/ context, click here; anarchiste, anarchisme[Details / context]

1898 -- US: Anti-Imperialist League is founded in Boston & formally established on November 19. By February 1899 it claimed 25,000+ members. Opposed American colonial expansion, decrying "insane & wicked" colonial ambitions which was "driving the country to moral ruin." They sought to stop colonial expansion into Hawaii, annexation of the Philippines & the collapsing Spanish empire. Members included Ambrose Bierce, Finley Peter Dunne, Edgar Lee Masters, Mark Twain & Oswald Garrison Villard.

1898 -- US: Congress passes Newland's Resolution to annex Hawai'i. Part of the spoils of the Spanish-American War in an aggressive US global expansion.

L'Education Libertaire
1900 -- France: First issue of L'Education Libertaire, in Paris. A monthly international review sponsored by libertarian educational libraries, in conjunction with efforts, in February 1899, to found a "libertarian School". The review folded in March-April 1902.

Masthead, Le Réveil des Travailleurs
1900 -- Belgium: Premiere issue of Le Réveil des Travailleurs (The Worker's Alarm Clock; semi-monthly, then weekly until April 1903) in Liège. Among those who ran the paper was George Thonar.

1901 -- Source=Robert Braunwart México: Jesus & Ricardo Flores Magón, anarquistas, are arrested for subversive articles.

1902 -- Justin Clark of Corsicana, Texass baseball minor-league team hits eight home runs in one game.

1904 -- US: Fire destroys the steamer General Slocum in New York Harbor, a disaster with a loss of 1,031 lives.

1911 -- Dutch government adopts anti-gay law, provoking establishment of Dutch chapter of German gay rights group Scientific Humanitarian Committee.

1912 -- Red Hot Pepper! Red Emma Goldman, anarchist feministUS: Emma Goldman travels to Spokane & Colville, Washington, & Butte, Montana, to lecture.

1913 -- US: American terrorists troops finally end the Moro Uprising in the Philippines. The Moros had refused to submit to American colonization. Last major engagement in the Moro campaign by US forces (heroically exterminating some 500 men, women & children in an assault on the crater at Bud Bagsak where an entire community was liquidated (similar to the Bud Dajo massacre on March 7, 1906)).

". . . To Protect American Interests . . ."

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1914 -- Steinberg illustration, Taxi


Daily Bleed Patron Saint June 16, 2003-2005
"I think, therefore Descartes exists."

"People who see a drawing in the New Yorker will think automatically that it's funny because it is a cartoon. If they see it in a museum, they think it is artistic; & if they find it in a fortune cookie they think it is a prediction."

Romanian-born American cartoonist & illustrator, best known for his work for The New Yorker.

Cabaret Voltaire
1916 -- First & only edition of the magazine Cabaret Voltaire is published, containing work by Hugo Ball (Daily Bleed Patron Saint), Kandinsky, Jean (Hans) Arp, Modigliani, & the first printing of the word Dada.

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Emma & Al Drink Up?
1917 -- Emma Goldman & Alexander Berkman arrested & charged with conspiring to "induce persons not to register" for World War I military service. Both were sent to prison, then deported & banned from the land of the free.

A group circulated an anti-war manifesto to over 100,000 people; today the anarchists Goldman & Berkman are arrested by US Marshal Thomas McCarthy, charged with conspiracy to obstruct the draft.

Found guilty, the judge sentences them to two years in prison & recommends deportation once they have served their sentence.

Conscription article from Mother Earth magazine; source

Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Liberal President Wilson, elected for opposing the war, signs an Espionage Act, setting penalties of up to 20 years imprisonment & fines of up to $10,000 for persons aiding the enemy, interfering with the draft, or encouraging disloyalty of military members; also declares non-mailable all written material advocating treason, insurrection, or forcible resistance to the law.

1918 -- France: The anarchiste Jules Durand, sentenced to death in November 1910 — a victim of corrupt witnesses & vilification by the local press for a crime he did not commit — is found innocent in a new trial.

1919 -- Bulgaria: Founding of the Federation of Anarchist Communists of Bulgaria (F.A.C.B.), in Sofia, June 15-17th. Federation members included Ivan Nicolov, one of its most popular speakers & polemicists, & Gueorgui Cheitanov, a popular speaker & guerrilla. (Both murdered by the fascist government in 1925.) The Federation published the theoretical review, "Free Society."
[Source: Le Libertaire Chronologie]

1920 --
The Hague, The Netherlands,

June 15-20, 1920 

   1st Congrés of the Confederació the International of Sindicats Catòlics (CISC).

Source: [Congressos Obrers]

Liberto Sarrau Royes; source:
1920 -- Spain: Liberto Sarrau Royes (1920-2001) lives, in the province of Huesca. His father, Antonio Sarrau (1893-1939), was a miner & a member of the anarcho-syndicalist CNT. Liberto was a writer, member of the Juventudes Libertarias (JJLL), & the famed Durruti Column. In 1946 Liberto, a member of the antifascist resistance movement in Barcelona, & his compañera Joaquina Dorado, met Raúl Carballeira, & the three were part of the group 3 de Mayo. Arrested in 1948, tortured & sent to prison.
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1921 -- US: In the Sacco & Vanzetti trial, the final identification witness, Goodridge, testifies he had seen Sacco shooting from the car. The defense tries to impeach his testimony by implying a larceny charge had gone unpunished in return for his testimony. Judge Thayer refuses to allow the defense to introduce its impeaching evidence.

1922 -- US: About this time, [I don't have exact day —ed.]: Eleanor Roosevelt joins the Women's Trade Union League, a group founded almost 20 years earlier to help women workers organize for better working conditions. There she meets Rose Schneiderman & Maude Schwartz. Schneiderman, a Polish immigrant, was responsible for bringing emotions "to a snapping point" (New York Times) over the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911.

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Corto Maltese
1927 -- Hugo Pratt lives. Italian artist, cartoonist, whose graphic novels have been translated into several languages. Best known character is existentialist adventurer Captain Corto Maltese, whose world travels follows him from his youth to the 1930s, when he disappears during the Spanish Revolution. Fictional characters intermingle with real historical persons.

1932 -- US: The House of Representatives passes the bill giving WWI veterans their bonuses early.

The Senate is less reluctant to do much for these "lobbyists" dressed in tattered Army uniforms & having no favors to pass out. They view passage of the bill to be giving in to a mob.

Thousands of veterans gather outside the Capitol building.

"Comrades, I have bad news . . . .

Comrades, let us show them that we are patriotic Americans.

I call on you to sing 'America'."

— Pelham D. Glassford, superintendent of Washington's Metropolitan Police Force, retired Army officer

1933 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Outer Space: Asteroids Kenya & Uganda (#1,278-79) are discovered by C. Jackson. Among the civilized West, these two countries have always been somewhere in outer space. Obviously two countries taking to heart William S. Burroughs lament:

"We gotta find a way off this goddamn cop-ridden planet."

1934 -- Hitler & Mussolini meet for the first time, Venice, Italy.

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1939 -- Italy: Cercando di compiere una 'pulizia etnica' indolore, lo stato italiano magnanimamente concede agli abitanti di cultura tedesca che vivono in Alto Adige, che sono stati italianizzati, di trasferirsi in Germania con tutti i loro beni a patto che il trasferimento avvenga entro tre anni.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1940 -- France: Government surrenders to Hitler.

Instrument in God's hand? Toy in Thyssen's hand!

A prominent Nazi spokesman stated, "In the fulfillment of his task, the Fuhrer perceives himself as God's instrument."

John Heartfield mocks this by showing the puppet Hitler in the hands of Fritz Thyssen, a leading Industrialist & head of Germany's largest steel trust. Thyssen joined the Nazi Party in 1931.

Vera Figner
1942 -- Russia: Revolutionary anarchist Vera Nikolaevna Figner, who plotted to explode the Tsar & later directed the Kropotkin Museum, dies in Moscow at age 89.

Further details/ context, click here; Anarþist, ANARÞÝZM, Anarþizmin, anarþizme, Anarþist[Details / context]

1943 -- US: Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) founded in Chicago.

1947 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: The CIO expels the Fur & Leather Workers & the American Communications Association for suspected "communist" activities.

1950 -- US: Cold War Hysteria... Senate opens investigation of 3,500 alleged "sex perverts" (homosexuals) in the federal government.

Wait til they get a tweetin' Internet account.

1950 -- South Africa: General Strike against apartheid.
Beware that policeman,
He'll want to see your pass,
He'll say it's not in order,
That day may be your last!

      — Beverly Naidoo, Journey to Jo'burg

1953 -- Chicana poet Ana Castillo (1953-1990) lives.

1953 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Germany: Construction workers strike in East Berlin.

1954 -- US: Wash & Spin?: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Tail Gunner Joe McCarthy declares physicist Robert Oppenheimer a security risk.

"I have here in my hand," he states, "the names of 205 men that were known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist party & who nevertheless are still working & shaping the policy of the state department."

Some years later, he confides the paper was actually an old laundry list.

Duck! & cover
1955 -- US: 3 Ignores & You're Out?:

28 arrested for ignoring compulsory civil defense drills, New York.

1960 -- Italy: Viene reso noto il testo di una lettera che il ministro del turismo e spettacolo Umberto Tupini ha inviato al presidente dell'Associazione industriale cinematografica in cui avverte che si rifiuterà di firmare permessi di proiezione per films con soggetti "scandalosi e morbosi," negativi "per la formazione della coscienza civile degli italiani." Come se spettasse allo stato decidere quali opere gli artisti devono produrre e quali quelle che gli spettatori possono vedere.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1962 -- US: Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) meeting prepares the "Port Huron Statement," a manifesto which helps inspire much of the US 1960's student protest movement.

1963 -- US: "Bob's" face & "999" miraculously appear on a tortilla being prepared by a woman in Plano, Texass.

Civil rights demonstrators
1963 -- US: Rev. Mance Jackson leads 1,000 from Mt. Zion Baptist Church to Westlake Mall in Seattle's first civil rights march.

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1966 -- Holland: End of three days of Dutch Provo rioting, Amsterdam.
Roel Van Duyn, & other anarchist-provo demonstrators; source

Beatles album cover with decapitated babies
1966 -- Heads Up?: The Beatles album, "Yesterday & Today" is released by Capitol in the controversial "butcher" sleeve, with the Beatles smiling amongst a group of decapitated baby dolls.

The original photo quickly became a problem for Capitol, so it was pulled & replaced by a more conventional cover.

3 Stooges & Reagan
1967 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting Governor Ronald Reagan signs liberalized California abortion bill.

"Facts are stupid things."

— Ronnie Reagan, 1988
(misquote of John Adams: 'Facts are stubborn things.')

1967 -- CATCH THE WIND 2:38 From the Joan Baez box set Rare, Live & Classic recorded today.

1968 -- Japan: Violent demonstrations in Tokyo & Osaka, hundreds injured.

1968 -- John Lennon & Yoko Ono plant an acorn at Conventry Cathedral. Reporters insinuate: "They've gone nuts."

1968 -- ''One truly amazing aspect of May '68 was the way the protest encircled the globe..."

After May, "On June 1, protests spread to Denmark & Buenos Aires. The next day the Yugoslav insurrection began. In Brazil, 16,000 students went on strike on June 6, followed by a large protest march in Geneva for democratization of the university.

"Even in Turkey, 20,000 students occupied the universities in Ankara & other cities.

"Beneath the cobblestones is the beach" ?

"The chronology just keeps going as occupations, protests, scandals & barricades continued throughout the summer in Tokyo, Osaka, Zurich, Rio, Rome, Montevideo, Bangkok, Dusseldorf, México City, Saigon, Cochabamba, La Paz, South Africa, Indonesia, Chicago, Venice, Montreal, Auckland.

"What," people seemed to be asking, "if the entire world were transformed into a Latin Quarter?"

— Len Bracken, Guy Debord, Revolutionary

1970 -- US: Supreme Court rules any individual may object to military service on ethical & moral grounds — & need not base their moral beliefs on an organized religion — if such convictions "are deeply felt," giving more responsibility to local draft boards.

1970 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Alexei Panshin's "A Basic Science Fiction Collection" is published in Library Journal.

1971 -- US: Government obtains a four-day prior injunction to prevent the New York Times from printing the Pentagon Papers (see 13 June).

1974 -- England: Red Lion Square police riot, coppers kill student demonstrator Kevin Gately, during an anti-Nazi rally.

1978 -- US: Supreme Court rules TVA may not complete Tellico Dam (based on the endangered Snail Darter).

1982 -- Australia: 450 occupy uranium mine for three days in anti-nuclear protest, Honeymoon, South Australia.

ChernobylFriedChicken, (F)red's Eats!
1986 -- Russia: Pravda announces high-level Chernobyl staff fired for stupidity.

1987 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Chile: Government security forces assassinate 12, Santiago.

1989 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Bush's drug czar William Bennett proposes beheading drug dealers. This will make them easy to spot in the future, no doubt.

1990 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Romania: Hundreds injured & arrested in street fighting.

1990 -- US: Battle of Century City, as police in Los Angeles attack some 500 janitors & supporters during a peaceful Service Employees International Union demonstration against cleaning contractor ISS. Public outrage results in recognition of the workers' union & spurs the creation of an annual June 15 Justice for Janitors Day.

1990 -- orange diamond dingbat, added 2014, remove 2015George Rawick, libertarian socialist & one of America's most influential historians, dies. Martin Glaberman, George Lipsitz & Paul Buhle follow Rawick in refusing to separate the realities of the past from the possibilities of the future. George Rawick examines examples of history of the self-activity of the American working class.

1991 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: ALF (Animal Liberation Front) activists burn a furrier supply warehouse, Everett, Washington, north of Seattle.

1994 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Egypt: Officials cancel a Peter Gabriel concert near the border with Israel, fearing trouble.

1994 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Switzerland: Government prohibits those under 15 from seeing the film "Schindler's List."

1995 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Bosnia: Muslim counteroffensive against Bosnian Serbs begins.

1996 -- US: In response to an underpublicized nuclear accident the previous month, six people are arrested at a protest demanding the shutdown of the Point Beach nuclear power plant near Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Squat: Economy decline
1996 -- Germany: During this month [I don't have exact day. — ed.] riot police attack a party in the Kreutziger Strasse because there was "too much noise" — at 9 p.m.! This is part of heavy & concerted government attacks on the Squatter's Movement this year. The squatters, like Junkyard Dogs, live in many of the empty & dilapidated buildings otherwise wasting away.

2000 -- Ecuador: Police tear gas protesting teachers & health workers trying to march on the government palace during the first day of a 48-hour General Strike in the Andean nation.

2000 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Canada: Antipoverty demonstration turns violent, Queen's Park, Toronto.

g8 graphic; source
2001 -- Sweden: Street clashes greet the 'Toxic Texan' (Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President George Bush) — Swedish police on high alert as thousands protest against US stance on defense & climate change. Cops open fire & shoot three at the European Union summit. See also Genoa G8 summit.

2001 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Villagers in NE Congo begin hacking to death 800 alleged witches. Witch of course proves they aren't witches at all.

Enrico Baj, Italian anarchist
2003 -- Italy: Enrico Baj — controversial anarchist Italian painter & sculptor, best known for his collages of ridiculous-looking generals made from shards of glass, scraps of flowery material & shells — dies, at age 79.

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2006 -- Laos: "Living fossil" found. The Laotian rock rat was thought by scientists to be extinct for 11 million years, though someone forgot to tell local meat markets who were selling them. Resembling a squirrel, it walks like a duck & has angled feet that allow it to climb trees.

2008 -- London: Hundreds of cyclists take part in the London Naked Bike Ride. Police officers riding bikes — suitably attired (presumably) — help them enroute. Part of the World Naked Bike Ride, intended to protest against oil dependency & celebrate cycling & the human body.

2011 -- China: Mario Vargas Llosa, last year's recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, speaks out against authoritarian governments, calling on all citizens to participate in political life. State-controlled media did not carry his comments.

2011 -- Greece: Unions initiate a general strike, with protesters (calling themselves the "indignants") vowing to surround the Hellenic Parliament as it prepares to discuss plans for financial cuts. Greek & Spanish flags fill parliament square with banners reading "Resist" & ¡no pasarán! (they shall not pass), dating from the Spanish Civil War. call themselves Police descend in droves, blocking the protesters from forming a human ring around it.

2012 -- Paraguay: Police officers attempting to evict landless farmers occupying a property in the department of Canindeyú turn into clashes, killing 16.

2012 -- US: An Apple a Day? An Apple I computer, originally sold for $666.66, sells at auction in New York for $374,500, setting a new record.

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"Men fight & lose the battle, & the thing they fought for comes about in spite of their defeat; & when it comes, turns out to be not what they meant; & other men have to fight for what they meant under another name."

— William Morris

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