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JUNE 18

JOSÉ SARAMAGO

Portuguese novelist, Nobelist, libertarian communist.


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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]


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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.
http://www.samueljohnson.com/



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.
http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/ivangont.htm


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.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_1812


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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.
http://spartacus-educational.com/PRcobbett.htm


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.
http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Leonid+Nikolaevich+Andreev


1873 -- anarchiste diamond dingbatFrance: 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.

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Vietnam battlefield
1878 -- Polish deckhand Joseph Conrad steps onto English soil, age 20. Ignorant of the language & knows no one in the country.
http://www.lang.nagoya-u.ac.jp/~matsuoka/Conrad.html


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).
http://www.sherlockian.net/canon/stories/twis.html


1891 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministUS: 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.



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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.
http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/e-housman


Radiguet
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 -- anarchist diamond; anarquistaSpain: José Martínez Guerricabeitia (aka Felipe de Orero) lives (1921-1986), Villar del Arzobispo (Valencia).

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1923 -- Argentina: A nationwide General Strike, protesting the assassination of the anarchist Kurt Wilckens in his prison cell, paralyzes the country.

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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.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoffrey_Hill


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."


Maxim Gorky
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."

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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.
http://www.pbs.org/weta/apr/
http://www.aphiliprandolphmuseum.com/



Wings?
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.


Rosenberg
1953 -- US: Supreme Court considers vacating Rosenberg stay of execution (see yesterday).
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/FTrials/ftrials.htm



Ooopsie!
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.

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US Factoid
1954 -- Guatemala: The US-CIA supported invasion by Carlos Castillo Armas is completed.

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1961 -- England: Pacifist Fortnight Campaign begins.


1961 -- Low Seas: Radioactive leak on a Soviet nuclear submarine results in the deaths of 14 Soviet sailors.
http://www.sonic.net/~books/new.html


1963 -- US: 3,000 blacks boycott Boston public school as a protest against defacto segregation.


Masthead, Liberafederacio
1965 -- Japan: Last(?) issue, #110 of Free Association (Liberafederacio, esperanto; previously titled Kuro Hata (Black Flag)). Publication of the Japanese Anarchist Federation (JAF).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_Anarchist_Federation
http://recollectionbooks.com/anow/world/as/japan/

Source: http://www.ephemanar.net/juin18.html



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).

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1970 -- England: Lambeth Palace, home of the Archbishop of Canterbury, firebombed.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
http://recollectionbooks.com/siml/library/AngryBrigade/1970.html

1974 -- George Kelly, playwright/actor, dies in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. His popular comedy The Show-Off was filmed three times (1926, 1934, 1946).



Kentucky Fried Chicken
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:

Overhead slashed!*
Prices chopped!*

*no returns, puleez! Ugh!



John
1977 --

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.





people
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.
http://www.sonic.net/~books/new.html


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 Patron Saint 2005
Indefatigable muckraking journalist & autodidact: spoke truth to power.




Reclaim the Streets poster
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."

Monty Python Flying Circus

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On the bum?
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!


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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.


Saramago
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.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/21/books/a-whitney-ellsworth-new-york-review-publisher-dies-at-75.html?_r=3&
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_York_Review_of_Books
http://www.amnesty.org/



Yikes!
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"To be quite sure, to be set, fixed, & firm is to miss the point of life."

— Alan Watts, Beyond Theology




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