Our Daily Bleed...
The day recounts itself backwards.
At the bus-stop this morning
I was thinking how simple it sometimes actually is
just to set things in motion
— Peter Didsbury, "The Seventeenth of June," That Old-Time Religion, (Bloodaxe Books, 1994)
Playwright, the original Nuyorican poet.
Milwaukee: HOMEBREWERS BEER COMPETITION.
WISH FULLFILLMENT DAY.
Iceland: REPUBLIC DAY. (Where the beer is always on ice...)
PIRATE RADIO DAY.
"Every animal knows, & humans are no exception, that when there is a stampede you must join in or get out of the way. Try to stop it, & you will be crushed."
1094 -- Valencia taken by Don Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar "El Cid."
1397 -- Union of Kalmar established between Denmark, Sweden & Norway.
1579 -- New Old World: Francis Drake opens at the Fillmore; lands at Frisco Bay, & claims New Albion (California) for England.
1719 -- Essayist Joseph Addison dies, London. Buried in Westminster Abbey.
1775 -- US: Battle of Bunker Hill (actually it was Breed's Hill).
1808 -- Henrik Wergeland lives. Norway´s national poet, symbol of independence who opposed pro-Danish "intelligentsija." Lectured, distributed books, founded journals, established lending libraries. Defender of the rights of Jews to settle in Norway, as typified in his poem "The Jew".
1823 -- Get Wet, Get Wild, Get Sexy?: Charles Macintosh patents his waterproof material for raincoats. Inspires Black Rain, Raining Frogs & Fishes, & brightly colored condoms.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1824 -- US: Bureau of Indian Affairs established, Washington, DC. Busy exterminating 'em, might as well loot 'em
1838 -- US: On or about today the first Cherokee Indians begin the Trail of Tears — a 1,200 mile forced march to Oklahoma. Further removal aborted until October because of drought & "sickly season."
Gold was discovered on their territory. 4000 Cherokees die when 17,000 of them are forced west by Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Jackson's Indian Removal bill — the culmination of his efforts to exterminate them. (Jackson was also a notorious land speculator, slave trader & bribe-artist.)
Evacuation was carried out, during the winter of 1838-9, by federal troops commanded by General Winfield Scott (who took command May 23 as his predecessor resigned rather than carry out Jackson's orders).
Along the way, 10% of the tribe was wiped out by disease, fatigue, & exposure.
1850 -- US: Paddle-wheeler "G P Griffith" burns off Mentor, Ohio (206 die).
1864 -- US: Washington, DC's worst civilian disaster during the Civil War. The US Arsenal Explosion Monument now stands in Congressional Cemetery — a towering spire marking the burial site of 21 female munitions workers killed in an explosion today.
1867 -- Henry Lawson lives, Grenfell, Australia. Sheep shearer & poet. Wrote short stories & ballad-like verse. Noted for realistic portrayals of bush life, based on his wanderings.
The ghost of a pause in the shed's rough heart,
& lower is bowed each head,
then nothing is heard save a whispered word,
& the roar of the shearing shed.
1871 -- Black American writer James Weldon Johnson lives.
1876 -- US: Encampment of Lakota & Cheyenne led by Crazy Horse attacked by US army soldiers who are subsequently routed; Rosebud, South Dakota.
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1876 -- Italy: Bologna anarchist trial ends, after three months' duration. Endless months of preliminary arrest had been followed by a series of monster trials, (Florence, Perguia, Leghorn, Massa Carrara, etc). But the Marches & the Abruzzi (Aquila) prisoners were tried with the Bolognese & Romagnols in the largest of all trials, that of Bologna — March 15 to June 17, 1876 — where Andrea Costa was the leading spirit.
Errico Malatesta had been tossed in prison, then tried, along with six others, at Trani (Apulia) in 1875 & acquitted.
On August 29 Carlo Cafiero wrote to Michael Bakunin,
"The effect of the trial of Malatesta & Co. in the three Apulias is incredible.
The jury — the richest men of the province even — immediately after the verdict shook hands with the accused who were received in triumph."
Source: Max Nettlau, Errico Malatesta: The Biography of an Anarchist.
| Stuttgart, Germany
June 17-18, 1902
|Segona Conferència prèvia to creació of the FIS (Federació Sindical Internacional).
Source: [Congressos Obrers]
|Button in Philadelphia,
Locust Walk beteen 34th & 36th
The Brotherhood of the Co-operative Commonwealth, Equality, Washington, 1895-1906.
This community was founded by Socialists who hoped to "capture the state of Washington for socialism." The leader was J. E. Pelton. It had a resident membership of 160 & 3000 dues-paying non-resident members. On the whole its members were high class educated people, who for ten years worked hard to build up a self-sustaining community. Rivalry for position & authority marred their peace, however, & in 1904 they changed from communism to a group system of limited cooperation advocated by Theodore Hertzka. At this time the name was changed to Freeland. Two years later the company dissolved & the 40 remaining members returned to the individualistic system."'
Among those getting away is the famous Wobbly songwriter Joe Hill. Commander Mosby, head of the famous Magonista "Foreign Legion," was arrested & executed for refusing to incriminate Magon in court via the infamous "ley de fuega" (law of fire), a deceitful phrase for police murder, alleging the prisoner was attempting to escape.
As Ricardo Flores Magón's power began its serious decline, someone told him, "It would take a forest of trees to hang all the Judases."
Magon had hoped that Baja California would become the launching ground of an International Anarchist revolution...
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|German anarchist, member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), pacifist, responsible for the attack on Varela (known as the "Killer of Patagonia").||
5th Congress of the of the Third International.
Source: [Congressos Obrers]
|Harry & Caresse Crosby publish The Black Sun Press edition of the "Tales Told of Shem & Shaun" section of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake (a work in progress).
The printer discovers the final page has but two lines & begs Caresse for more, but she says she could never approach Joyce with such a request. The next day the printer had eight more lines:
Harry once sent a telegram to Boston:
PLEASE SELL 10,000 WORTH OF STOCK.
WE HAVE DECIDED TO LEAD A MAD & EXTRAVAGANT LIFE.
Angelo Sbardellotto (1907-1932), is executed at 5:45 am.
Italian anarchist & antifascist, he is executed by a fascist firing squad, having admitted to the Tribunal Spécial (fasciste) his plan to assassinate Mussolini.
|Anarchico bellunese, è condannato a morte e fucilato avendo confessato l'intenzione di uccidere Mussolini.
Viene fucilato anche il genovese Domenico Bovone per alcuni attentati dimostrativi in varie parti d'Italia.
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1932 04/06 Roma · Angelo SBARDELLOTTO Arrêté pour attentat manqué contre MUSSOLINI. 1932 17/06 Près de Roma · Angelo SBARDELLOTTO (1907-1932) Fusillé en application du Tribunal spécial.
1936 -- US: The Steel Workers Organizing Committee founded in the Grant Building in Downtown Pittsburgh, by Philip Murray, John L. Lewis & nine other labor organizers.
1939 -- Gives Good Head?: Winner of the Dubious Lifetime Achievement Award: Eugene Weldman is the last guy ever guillotined in France.
1942 -- American author Ron Padgett lives.
1944 -- Iceland, with the oldest Parliamentary Assembly in the world, proclaims itself an independent republic.
1947 -- Scribner's editor Maxwell Perkins dies, Stamford, Connecticut. Discovered &/or assisted a who's who of writers including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Ring Lardner, Erskine Caldwell, Edmund Wilson, Alan Paton, James Jones, & especially Thomas Wolfe. He advises: "Editors are extremely fallible people, all of them. Don't put too much trust in them."
1953 -- US: Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas stays executions of spies Julius & Ethel Rosenberg scheduled for tomorrow — their 14th anniversary. A temporary reprieve.
1953 -- Germany: Workers Uprising in East Berlin & Leipzig & sparks revolt all over East Germany; workers strike for democracy; revolutionary currents oppose Russian imperialism; USSR invades, sending in tanks "to restore law & order."
In this "Workers Paradise" construction workers march to Communist headquarters chanting,
“We are not slaves!”
Though upheavals have been occurring over the past couple days, today is generally marked as the anniversary of this uprising.
Günter Grass's play "The Plebeians Rehearse the Uprising" is based on the revolt in East Berlin...
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1954 -- Guatemala: Making the World Safe For Democracy? US-CIA supplies & directs forces in overthrow of democracy, destroying the constitutionally elected government of Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán when it nationalizes United Fruit Co. property, & murdering many of his supporters.
Decades of government-sponsored genocide against Guatemalan Indians follow.
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"
1955 -- US: Disneyland opens, Anaheim, California. Looks like the rest of California.
1958 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Eisenhower's assistant, Sherman Adams, testifying about a vicuna coat given him by Boston industrialist Bernard Goldfine, before a House panel:
"I think perhaps somewhat more prudence would undoubtedly have perhaps obviated some of the questions that have come before your committee."
1960 -- US: First convention of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), New York City.
1962 -- Author William Faulkner thrown from a horse. He dies a few weeks later (July 6) of a coronary occlusion.
1963 -- US: Supreme Court rules, 8-1, that laws requiring the recitation of the Lord's Prayer or Bible verses in public schools are unconstitutional. Amen!
1966 -- US: 19-year-old Guy Cleveland is the second person killed at Disneyland after he is struck by a train & dragged 30 feet trying to sneak into the park on the monorail track, Disneyland, California.
1967 -- China: Red Chinese explode an H-bomb, joining the club of nuclear-terror states.
1967 -- Moby Grape releases five singles simultaneously. Critics dismiss them as "sour grapes."
1968 -- The Ohio Express get their first gold album for "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy."
"It's not true (the congressman was sleeping during the debate). He was just taking a few moments for deep reflection."
— aide to Rep. Martin Hoke, R-Ohio
1969 -- US: Woody Herman & His Orchestra at the Fillmore West in Frisco, California.
1972 -- US: CREEP(y) break-in Watergate complex, Washington DC. Five clowns (ie, CIA-related pros), in this their fourth attempt to get into Democratic Party headquarters, are rudely arrested. This badly bungled burglary (BBB) was the beginning of the end for the dreaded Tricky Dick 'I Am Not a Crook' Nixon gang.
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1977 -- US: EPA approves Seabrook.
1977 -- International Indian Treaty Council announces its intention to provide Soviet Union with a list of US human rights abuses against its indigenous peoples.
1980 -- US: Montana mine workers strike today, until November 21, 1980; their third longest strike, lasting four & a half months.
1982 -- US: National Marine Fisheries Service, after 14 month SAM-SCAM investigation of illegal fish sales on the Columbia River — using wire taps, body microphones, aerial reconnaissance photography & river patrols, & zeroing in on the 147-mile stretch between the Bonneville & McNary Dams where only Indians fish under the 1974 Boldt decision based on the 1855 treaty, raids camp of, & arrests David SoHappy, 50, Howard Jim, 65, & 73 other Indians.
1982 -- US: Low-Wattage? Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Interior Secretary James Watt warns the Israeli ambassador that if "liberals of the Jewish community" oppose his plans for off-shore drilling, "they will weaken our ability to be a good friend of Israel."
1983 -- Italy: La cosiddetta giustizia di stato ordina l'arresto del presentatore televisivo Enzo Tortora con l'accusa (che risulterà totalmente infondata) di associazione mafiosa. Enzo Tortora sarà tenuto 22 mesi in carcere. Ancora una volta, ingiustizia è fatta.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1991 -- Northern Ireland: Half the population is under 28; all parties but Sinn Fein meet about home rule ("after 17 years of England's involvement since troubles started").
1997 -- US: Washington state voters narrowly approve public financing of a new football stadium for billionaire Paul Allen's Seahawks, in the first US election ever directly financed by an individual for the direct financial benefit of that individual; Allen paid the state for election costs.
2006 -- France: Salon Livre Libertaire & Libr Media, sponsored by Radio Libertaire & Librarie Publico, in Paris.
2007 -- China: A massive police investigation into enforced labor in Shanxi province leads to the discovery of at least 468 slaves, as young as 14, press-ganged into working in brick kilns.
"He who joyfully marches to music in rank & file has already earned my contempt.
He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice."
— Albert Einstein
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