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Portuguese novelist, Nobelist, libertarian communist.
FESTIVAL OF INVISIBLE PORNOGRAPHY.
1155 -- Coronation of Fredrick "Barbarossa," King of Germany, as Holy Roman Emperor; 1,000 Romans die in riots.
1178 -- "The moon split in two ... a flaming torch sprang up, spewing out fire, hot coals & sparks ... the body of the moon writhed, as it were, in anxiety": a meteor collision results in a violent explosion on the moon, so creating the Giordano Bruno crater.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1746 -- Amazon.com?: A group of London booksellers enters into a contract with Samuel Johnson for the projected 40,000-word Johnson Dictionary for 1,575 pounds. Heavy, man.
1812 -- Ivan Gontsharov lives (1812-1891). Russian writer, best known for his humorous novel Oblomov, a story of a Russian Hamlet with great dreams of progress but actually doing nothing.
1812 -- US: Congress passes declaration of war against England to protect "seamen's rights & free trade." Expansionists coveted British Canada and Spanish Florida & wanted to use British provocations as a pretext to seize both areas. Hostilities begin with a US attempt to conquer Canada. British Navy invades & sacks the new American capital at Washington, DC, sending Dolly & James Madison scurrying.
1815 -- Duke'n Cover?: Duke of Wellington defeats Napoleon near Waterloo. William Makepeace Thackeray marshals all his major characters in Vanity Fair (1847) in nearby Brussels, noting:
"We do not claim to rank among the military novelists. Our place is with the non-combatants. When the decks are cleared for action we go below & wait meekly. We should only be in the way of the manoeuvres that the gallant fellows are performing overhead."
1835 -- British journalist William Cobbett dies.
1871 -- Russian novelist Leonid Nikolaevich Andreev lives. Sympathetic to the revolution of 1905–07, protesting against the inhumanity of bourgeois society. His dramas were staged by both Stanislavski & Meyerhold.
1873 -- France: Marie Capderoque (Marion Bachmann) lives, Lyon. Syndicalist, feminist, anarchiste. Discovered anarchism through Sebastien Faure, in 1891; in 1893 Capderoque founded the "Comité d'études des femmes socialistes révolutionnaires" before she was forced by tuberculosis to cease her activities.
1875 -- Russia: By the middle of this year more political prisoners had been arrested & the fortress was becoming filled. The silence that had existed when Peter Kropotkin first arrived at the prison was now broken. The prisoners eventually worked out a system of communication through knocking.
About this time Peter received an unexpected visitor. One afternoon Grand Prince Nikolai Nikolaevich, the brother of the czar, entered Peter's cell totally unannounced. This was an unprecedented action. The Grand Prince had come to meet Peter in an attempt to understand why a man of such noble status would become involved in a revolutionary movement. The meeting did not go well as each man disliked the other, & felt the other was a danger to society. The Grand Prince left the cell without further understanding of Peter's reasoning.
By the end of this year, Peter was beginning to lose hope. The interrogations had continued, & the police resorted to all sorts of means to attempt to get Peter to confess. At this time, his health was beginning to deteriorate. The damp, warm conditions of his cell had led to Peter contracting rheumatism. In December, the Ministry of Justice ordered that Peter be moved to the St. Petersburg House of Detention since his trial was nearing. Peter had spent 21 months in the Peter & Paul Fortress.
1878 -- Polish deckhand Joseph Conrad steps onto English soil, age 20. Ignorant of the language & knows no one in the country.
1880 -- Mrs. Shakuntala Devi mentally multiplies two 13-digit numbers in 28 seconds.
1887 -- Start of the Sherlock Holmes adventure, "The Man With the Twisted Lip" (June 18-19th; Strand Magazine December, 1891).
1891 -- US: Emma Goldman addresses a mass meeting to protest the second imprisonment of Johann Most at Blackwell's Island after the Supreme Court rejects the appeal of his 1887 conviction for illegal assembly & incitement to riot following the Haymarket executions.
1898 -- The New York Times critic says George Bernard Shaw's career has no promise, describing him as a "voluble Jack-of-all-Trades . . . This carnivorous vegetarian."
"My main reason for adopting literature as a profession was that, as the author is never seen by his clients, he need not dress respectably."
— George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)
1899 -- Author A. E. Housman meets Thomas Hardy.
1903 -- Raymond Radiguet lives (1903-1923). French writer/poet, who published his best known work, The Devil in the Flesh, at age 17. Died at 20 of typhoid. Member of Dadaist & Cubist circles, & protégé of Jean Cocteau. Published in avant garde reviews. Count Orgel Opens the Ball was his last novel.
"Originality consists in trying to be like everybody else — & failing."
1916 -- Australia: 6,000 attend anti-conscription rally, Sydney.
1917 -- Offensive launched by Russia against Austria Hungary.
1921 -- Spain: José Martínez Guerricabeitia (aka Felipe de Orero) lives (1921-1986), Villar del Arzobispo (Valencia).
Active in the Spanish underground 1945-1947. Anarquista & founder of the Ruedo Ibérico publishing house in 1961, of which he was the undisputed heart & to which he devoted most of his life for the next 25 years. Committed suicide in Madrid, March 12, 1986.
See Miguel Ińiguez, Cuadernos para una enciclopedia histórica del anarquismo espańol, No. 42, November 1986, Vitoria, Entry No 637.
1923 -- Argentina: A nationwide General Strike, protesting the assassination of the anarchist Kurt Wilckens in his prison cell, paralyzes the country.
In Buenos-Aires a protest demonstration turns into a shoot-out when police attempt to raid the local offices of the anarchist union (FORA (Fédération Ouvričre Régionale Argentine). Two workers are killed, 17 wounded (including the Spanish anarchist Enrique Gombas) & 163 arrested; one policeman is killed & three wounded. See the Daily Bleed,
1924 -- Italy: Giovanni Marinelli, segretario amministrativo del partito nazionale fascista, č arrestato con l'accusa di complicitŕ nel delitto Matteotti.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1932 -- British poet Geoffrey Hill lives.
1934 -- US: Chapter 11? Indian Reorganization Act passed against virtually unanimous opposition of Native Americans, who felt they've already been reorganized enough.
1935 -- Egypt: Declared a republic by the "Army Council of the Revolution."
1936 -- Poisoned Pen?: Maxim Gorky dies at 68, allegedly poisoned by internal enemies of the Soviet regime.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2006-2010
Great Russian novelist, God-building left-wing Bolshevik.
"In the carriages of the past, you can't go anywhere."
— Maxim Gorky, The Lower Depths
1940 -- Hey Kids! What Time Is It?: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Winston Churchill urges perseverance so that future generations will remember that "this was their finest hour."
Sounds like a lot of blood is about to be spilled (again).
This is the same lion who earlier declared, "Your movement [fascism] has abroad rendered a service to the whole world...Italy has shown that there is a way to combat subversive forces."
Churchill was also, of course, a champion of terrorism against innocent civilians (gassing) in Iraq, & again during WWII (fire bombing civilians).Source: Richard Ménec's book blog, no longer online (originally quoted at the page bottom without attribution).
1941 -- US: A. Philip Randolph & others meet with President Roosevelt about their proposed March on Washington on July 1 to protest discrimination in war industries. A week later, Roosevelt orders their desegregation.
1942 -- Sir Paul McCartney, singer/songwriter/composer/insect, lives, Liverpool. As one youngster recently put it: Who? Oh, isn't he the dude that played with Wings?
1952 -- US: Got Anthrax? Government denounces Soviet suggestion that it ratify the 1925 Geneva Protocol against bacteriological warfare.
1953 -- Japan: USAF C124 Globemaster crashes near Tokyo killing 129 servicemen, including Lt. Colonel Henry Blake.
1953 -- US: Supreme Court considers vacating Rosenberg stay of execution (see yesterday).
1954 -- US: Albert Fuller, former sheriff of Russell County, Alabama, murders Alfred Patterson, the Democratic nominee for Alabama State Attorney, after Patterson vows to rid Phoenix City of vice.
A Bleedster writes, November 2002:
The man that was shot had just won the State Attorney General race, & his name was Albert L. Patterson.
The man accused of the shooting was Albert Fuller. Fuller was the chief deputy not the Sheriff.
To update this, new evidence has been brought forward to the District attorney showing that the witnesses to this murder at the trial in 1955 in Birmingham, Al had been bought by John Patterson, the murdered man's son who was, by the way, elected Attorney General in 1954 & a resident of the state of Georgia. This was illegal by the Constitution of Alabama 1901, which reads that a man qualifying to run for Att. or Gov. must be a resident for not less than five years.
1954 -- Guatemala: The US-CIA supported invasion by Carlos Castillo Armas is completed.
The democratically elected Arbenz, whose government made the mistake of nationalizing United Fruit Company's property, fled to the Mexican Embassy. With its success in Guatemala, the CIA had the confidence that it could now take on anyone who interfered with American "interests."
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"
1961 -- England: Pacifist Fortnight Campaign begins.
1961 -- Low Seas: Radioactive leak on a Soviet nuclear submarine results in the deaths of 14 Soviet sailors.
1963 -- US: 3,000 blacks boycott Boston public school as a protest against defacto segregation.
1965 -- Japan: Last(?) issue, #110 of Free Association (Liberafederacio, esperanto; previously titled Kuro Hata (Black Flag)). Publication of the Japanese Anarchist Federation (JAF).
1968 -- US: Supreme Court bans racial discrimination in the sale & rental of housing.
1969 -- US: The ninth — & last — Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) national conference begins at the Chicago Coliseum (June 18-22).Federal, state & local undercover agents added to the uniformed police force total at least as many as the delegates in attendance, some 1,500.
The organization splits into at least two factions—the Progressive Labor Party & the Revolutionary Youth Movement (RYM).
The confrontation between Progressive Labor (PLP) & the SDS national office under the leadership of Bernardine Dohrn brings down the whole organization. The Dohrn group brings the document "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows" to attempt to thwart the ideological pressures brought by PLP. In two days, Dohrn & her group, the Weathermen, march out of SDS forever.
1970 -- England: Lambeth Palace, home of the Archbishop of Canterbury, firebombed.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1974 -- George Kelly, playwright/actor, dies in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. His popular comedy The Show-Off was filmed three times (1926, 1934, 1946).
1974 -- According to Road Kill Quarterly (now dead meat extinct), Rare Earth drummer Peter Hoorelbeke is arrested after throwing his drumsticks (sic) into the crowd.
1975 -- Shop Till You Drop?: Faisal Ibn Mussed Abdul Aziz, a Saudi prince, beheaded in Riyadh shopping center parking lot for killing his uncle the king. Signals start of a Big Sale:
*no returns, puleez! Ugh!
Sex Pistols lead singer Johnny Rotten slashed on his face & hands by kids armed with knives. Apparently the thugs object to the song, "God Save the Queen."
The next day guitarist Paul Cook is beaten up.
The high costs of patriotism.
1981 -- Europarliament calls for abolition of death penalty throughout Europe.
1982 -- Russia: USSR renounces first use of nuclear weapons. (Peace-loving America is jealous?)
1983 -- US: Puget Sound Women's peace camp established at Bangor nuclear submarine base in Kitsap County, Olympic Peninsula, Washington State.
1983 -- Outer Space: Ride, Sally, Ride!?: Sally Ride becomes first US woman in space. Asked about "sex in space" she demurred, "The anti-gravity wet spot..."
1984 -- England: On the 100th day of the strike, more than two hundred miners stone Maltby police station.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1985 -- Japan: Brokerage chairman Kazuo Nugano, suspected of defrauding investors of millions, hacked to death by two men with bayonets in front of a crowd of journalists who make no move to interfere, Osaka.
1987 -- Crue Cut? A woman sues Motley Crue for $5,000 claiming that she lost her hearing because a Crue concert was too loud.
1989 -- US: Muckraking journalist I. F. "Izzy" Stone dies.
Daily Bleed Saint 2005
Indefatigable muckraking journalist & autodidact: spoke truth to power.
1999 -- Global Carnival Against Capital continues. Reclaiming the streets.
2001 -- England: Today's UK Guardian reports:
Travel ban to block 'anarchist' leaders
Street clashes greet the 'Toxic Texan'...
Beloved & Respected Comrade Leaders Tony Blair & Jack Straw,
both dismiss the protesters as
an "anarchists' traveling circus."
Governments of leading industrialised states are to use a detailed police dossier to prevent key organisers from entering countries hosting future meetings.
"Everybody their own Football?"
After three days of rioting in Sweden's second city, ringleaders are likely to be treated like football hooligans — & kept at home.
Ironically, many leading EU politicians, including Mr Straw & Peter Hain, are veterans of student protests though without the extremist links admitted by both Joschka Fischer, the German foreign minister, & Lionel Jospin, the French prime minister.
____________Now old woman .... you are accused of heresy on three counts ... heresy by thought, heresy by word, heresy by deed, & heresy by action .... four counts. Do you confess?
Old Woman : I don't understand what I am Accused of.
Ximinez : Ha ! then we shall make you understand ! Biggles ! Fetch .... THE CUSHIONS !
2001 -- MASS-MOONING 'PISSES OFF' WHITE HOUSE'
Bad Moon Risin? This is the photo American news editors do not want citizens to see: over 1,000 Europeans mooned Beloved & Respected Comrade US President Shrub during his overseas trip!
Anti-American protesters gathered outside of Bush's hotel in Gothenburg, Sweden late last week for the mass-mooning.
One report from Europe captured the protest: "At precisely 4.08pm, amid smirks & bemused giggles from a row of watching policemen, a small brass band burst into sound & gave the signal for about 2,000 naked buttocks to be pointed in the direction of the SAS Radisson hotel....
Bush laughed off the incident, claim White House insiders, but at least one official traveling with the president had a furious reaction to the insulting act."
2003 -- Finland: Iraqgate topples Jaeaetteenmaeki's centre-left government, inaugurated on April 17. Finland's first govmint to be led by a woman, lasted only 63 days. Her government falls amid claims she lied to parliament about her use of leaked secret government documents, becoming the first ever prime minister to resign amid a scandal. Transparency & openness are highly regarded in a country which consistently tops the list of least corrupt nations.
2010 -- José Saramago dies, Canary Islands. Portuguese writer gets Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998. The Nobel committee praised his "parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony", and his "modern scepticism" about official truths. Originally trained as a car mechanic, his first publishing success came at age 60.
2011 -- A. Whitney Ellsworth, first publisher of The New York Review of Books & a former chairman of Amnesty International, dies.
"To be quite sure, to be set, fixed, & firm is to miss the point of life."
— Alan Watts, Beyond Theology
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