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I’ve come this far to freedom
& I won’t turn back.
I’m changing to the highway
From my old dirt track.
I’m coming & I’m going
& I’m stretching & I’m growing
& I’ll reap what I’ve been sowing
Or my skin’s not black;
I’ve prayed & slaved & waited
& I’ve sung my song.
You’ve slashed me & you’ve treed me
And you’ve everything but freed me,
But in time you’ll know you need me
& it won’t be long.
— a student in the Mississippi Freedom Schools, 1964
MIDSUMMER'S EVE: Everyone into the woods at night; stay up all night, sing, dance, make love, worship the sun god in fire symbols, greet the rising sun.
Fairies speak in human tongues on this night; the flower of happiness blooms. Gather flowers & boughs. Large wheels bound with straw are set burning & rolled down hills, etc.
Brittany: PARDON OF THE FIRE. The pagan FEAST OF THE SUN, celebrated until a soldier displayed the finger of John the Baptist in the 16th century. Bonfires & romancing continues, & a "dragon" still lights fires.
England: ANCIENT DRUIDIC MIDSUMMER BALL.
New Orleans: Major Annual VOODOO CEREMONIES, since 1820, with ceremonies since the 1850's held at Lake Pontchartrain.
FESTIVAL OF THE PURPLE VOID.
286 -- Heads or Tales?: Decapitation of St. Alban, said to be first Christian martyr in Britain. & they can never take that away.
1415 -- Bohemian reformer/martyr Jan Hus wrote in a letter: 'It is difficult to...esteem it all joy in various temptations. It is easy to talk about...but difficult to fulfill it.'
1626 -- A large Codfish, split open at a Cambridge market, reveals a religious text inside, written by John Frith (imprisoned in a fish cellar for his Protestant beliefs). Horrified onlookers exclaim, "Cod damn!" Cambridge University later publishes the treatise as Vox Piscis.
1668 -- Philosopher Giambattista Vico lives.
1683 -- Penn Pals? William Penn signs friendship treaty with Lenni Lenape Indians in Pennsylvania; Voltaire once remarked that it was the only treaty "not sworn to, nor broken."
1776 -- New Old World: The final draft of the Declaration of Independence is submitted to the rebel congress.
1784 -- First US balloon flight: 13 year old Edward Warren gets it up.
1787 -- The Marquis de Sade begins writing his novel Justine.
1841 -- Benoît Malon lives. Founder of Société d'économie sociale in 1885.
1848 -- France: Paris Uprising. Hot on the heels of Prague, Paris burns in what is known as the "June Days"' workers' uprising. Lasts until the 26th.
1850 -- Beginning date of Vilhelm Moberg novel Unto a Good Land.
1871 -- France: Marc Pierrot lives (1871-1950). Doctor of medicine, anarchiste propagandist, publisher of the long-running libertarian review, "Plus Loin".
1876 -- Author Irvin S. Cobb lives.
1883 -- France: Louise Michel, arrested March 9th (when several bakeries were plundered during a popular demonstration), is today sentenced to six years réclusion (prison), along with 10 years of monitoring by haute-police.
1884 -- José Martins Fontes lives. Brazilian doctor, lecturer, poet, anarchist, militant activist in São Paulo & Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Some of his poems are online, in Portuguese,
[Details / links]
1888 -- US: Clallam Indian chief Chitsamakkan buried at Port Townsend, Washington.
1889 -- Anna Akhmatova lives (1889-1966), Bolshoy Fontan, near Odessa, Ukraine.
One of the great Russian poets, member of the Acmeist group.
Akhmatova entered a period of silence when her ex-husband, poet Nikolay Gumilyov, was executed. Publishing again in 1940, she was expelled from the Union of Soviet Writers in 1946; in the 1950s her poems eulogizing Joseph Stalin appeared — designed to gain the freedom for her son, who was in exile in Siberia.
After Stalin's death Akhmatova was slowly rehabilitated.
1892 -- US: ThumbsUp? Midget Mrs. Tom Thumb gives four performances in Seattle (-June 24).
1894 -- Alfred Kinsey entomologist/sexologist author lives.
1903 -- H. C. Branner lives. Leading Danish novelist of the post-World War II period. Also wrote plays, radio dramas & short stories.
1903 -- Frank Fraser Darling lives, England. Naturalist, worked in Edinburgh & the Highlands. Wrote the definitive "Natural History of the Highlands & Islands (1947).
1904 -- US: Joe Scott, a black man, is lynched by other blacks for murder in Bibb, Alabama.
June 23-24, 1905
Fourth conference leading to the founding of the FIS (Federació Sindical Internacional).
Source: [Congressos Obrers]
1908 -- México: Anti-Diaz Magonista rebels (anarchists) attack Viesca, Coah.
1910 -- Jean Anouilh lives (1910-1987). French playwright, achieved fame with his plays within the play & bringing poetry & imagination to the stage. Adopted some of Sartre´s existentialist views. Influenced by the theater of Louis Jouvet & Jean Giraudoux. Wrote The Ermine; Traveller Without Luggage; Thieve´s Carnivals; The Lark; Becket, or The Honor of God.
1912 -- México: Socialist Party conference. From this gathering emerges a group of anarchist idealists who, on the 30th, found Grupo Luz.
[Source: Casa Obrero Mundial] 23 de junio. El Partido Socialista celebra una conferencia, a resultas de la cual se escinde un grupo de idealistas de corte anarquista, quienes posteriormente participarán en la fundación del Grupo Luz.
1914 -- US: Charles Moyer wishes he had stayed home...during a contentious meeting, the Miner's Union Hall in Butte, Montana, is demolished with dynamite.
1915 -- Arnold Bennett meets André Gide, whom he pronounces "intellectually more than ever like an orchid."
1916 -- Cabaret Voltaire shut down by public outcry. Opened Feb 15th. In the same narrow alley, Spiegelgasse 14, where the Cabaret Voltaire played, lived a certain "Mister Uljanow" (aka Lenin). Authorities were much more suspicious about the chaotic dadaists than of the reserved Russian scholar ...
1917 -- Babe Ruth punches an umpire after getting the "Yer outta here, Bub!" in a baseball game between Boston & Washington. Ruth, pitching, had thrown four pitches, all called balls. Ruth stomped off the pitcher's mound to the plate & tongue lashed Brick Owens with a volley of cuss words. Ernie Shore replaces him & retires all 26 he faces for a perfect game. Only relief pitcher to do so.
1924 -- US: Marcus & Penny Westmoreland, a black man & woman, are lynched for "being argumentative" in Spalding County, Georgia.
1925 -- China: British warship fires on Hong Kong harbor strikers. (Strike in Hong Kong began on the 19th & boycott of British goods in Canton, lasting until October, 1926).
1925 -- China: British & French soldiers machine-gun Chinese demonstrators in Canton.
Source: [K.S. Karol]
1926 -- Langston Hughes's article "The Negro Artist & the Racial Mountain," appears in "Nation" magazine. In it, Hughes expresses African-Americans' bold new confidence to create a new art during the Harlem Renaissance.
"We younger Negro artists who create now intend to express out individual dark-skinned selves without fear or shame."
1929 -- American author Hart Crane is jailed after a bar fight. Harry Crosby helps arrange his release, & buys him passage home to NY.
Source: See Geoffrey Wolff, Black Sun (Random House, 1976).
1930 -- Bertolt Brecht play "He Who Says Yes" premiers.
1931 -- Canada: A plane piloted by Ruth Nichols, flying from New York in an attempt to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, crashes at St. John, New Brunswick.
1934 -- First British sci-fi magazine, "Scoops," publishes first issue [see 0210].
1937 -- Spain: Following the Communist suppression of the anarchists & the P.O.U.M., in which he served during the Spanish Civil War & Revolution, George Orwell flees with his wife.
1939 -- Italy: Eugenio Curiel, giovane scienziato padovano, esponente del partito comunista, è arrestato dall'Ovra a Trieste.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1944 -- Author Heinrich Mann completes his memoirs.
1947 -- US: Anti-worker Taft-Hartley Act passed by the Senate, overriding Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Truman's veto. The Act greatly weakened the power of labor unions in collective bargaining.
[Details / context]
1949 -- US: First 12 women graduate from Harvard Medical School.
1951 -- US: Most expensive hailstorm in nation's history strikes 200-mile stretch of Kansas, causing about $1.5 million in damage to crops & another $14 million in property damage.
1953 -- International Socialist Parliamentary Group founded in the Common Assembly of the European Coal & Steel Community, Strasbourg.
1955 -- NY folk/calypso singer & civil rights activist Harry Belafonte first appears on television.
"The passion that we feel about the love of our homeland must never be misconstrued as the acceptance of oppression. Nor should one look upon oppression as being the only experience one has when you grow up in an environment like this."
— Harry Belafonte, 1988, "Global Carnival" concert"
1956 -- Egypt: Gamal Abdel Nasser elected president, as the voters decide to Gamal their lives away.
Vehemently anti-militarist & pacifist, an extremely gifted writer & jazz musician, & author of the song "Le déserteur" (a classic French chanson). After his death he became a hero to the '68 student revolution, especially in France, where his literary fame also grew. In English he is barely known.
1960 -- Leslie Caron/George Peppard movie The Subterraneans opens, US. Horrific attempt to translate the Beat mystique into Hollywood product. Peppard (later of 'A-Team') plays Kerouac, Jim Hutton is Allen Ginsberg, & Roddy McDowell (of 'Planet of the Apes') is Gregory Corso. Most incredibly, the black girl who the Kerouac & Corso characters fight over is played by Leslie Caron ('Gigi') who is, well, um ... she's white.... The "jazz" soundtrack supplied by Andre Previn.
1960 -- Roger Corman/Vincent Price movie "House of Usher" is released. Should have let Corman do the The Subterraneans film. Might have rivaled Buckets of Blood.
1961 -- First of Carlos Castaneda's conversations with Don Juan on peyote.
1963 -- Nicaragua: Sandinista Colonel Santos Lopez attacks & occupies the towns of Raiti & Walaquistán on the Coco river.
There is no moment but the fall of the sun. The day is day & the night, night, but the dusk an hour of agony & frightful solitude; & the Sandinistas are not nothing still, or almost nothing.
See the old Memoria del fuego page, in Spanish,
1964 -- US: Burned station wagon found, belonging to Freedom Riders Chaney, Goodman & Schwerner, murdered by the KKK near Philadelphia, Mississippi. No liberty bell here.
[Details / context]
1966 -- US: Month-long race riots begin in Cleveland, Ohio.
1967 -- US: Welfare Cutback?: Senate voted, 92-5, to censure Beloved & Respected comrade Leader Senator Thomas Dodd of Connecticut for "conduct contrary to the accepted morals" — using campaign & testimonial funds for his own personal benefit.
1967 -- US: Police battle with 10,000 anti-war protesters greeting President at a Los Angeles speech.
1968 -- US: Vietnam becomes the longest war in this nation's history.
1968 -- Pánico tras un partido de fútbol: 73 muertos y más de 100 heridos.
1969 -- US: Cook Inlet, Alaska, suffers its second massive oil spill in one year.
1970 -- Japan: On the 11th day of protests against a new US-Japan defense treaty, more than 750,000 take to the streets in numerous cities.
1970 -- Checkmate?: Twist King Chubby Checker & three others arrested in Niagara Falls after marijuana & unidentified drug capsules are found in his car. Charges are dropped; they'd been set-up for the big falls.
1970 -- USA: 100 women invade Conference on "Profit Possibilities in Childcare."
1970 -- US: KnowYourABCs? FBI cuts off liaison with NSA, DIA, SS, IRS & US military "intelligence." Next up CNN?
1971 -- Louis Lecoin (1888-1971) dies. French antimilitarist, pacifist, anarchiste.
"One does not create human society on mounds of corpses."
— Louis Lecoin
1972 -- US: Life magazine publishes photos of South Vietnamese children running from napalm. The "American Way," How to Win Friends & Influence People.
1972 -- High Seas: New Zealand yacht Grant Davidson, attempting to enter nuclear test site, rammed by French Navy, Mururoa, South Pacific.
1972 -- US: From the Dick M & Bob — Best of the Watergate Party Tapes: The infamous smoking gun tape that destroys Dick M Nixon. Nixon & Haldeman agree to use the CIA to cover up Watergate. He blamed his downfall on "eager beavers."
Nixon: "Play it tough. That's the way they play it & that's the way we are going to play it.
.... the president believes that it is going to open the whole Bay of Pigs thing again ... & that they should call the FBI in & (unintelligible) don't go any further in this case, period!"
1973 -- International Court of Justice grants injunction, requested by Australia & New Zealand governments, against French nuclear testing in the South Pacific.
1973 -- US: Writ in Stone?: The last person drafted into the Armed Forces prior to the expiration of the Selective Service Act is Dwight Eliott Stone.
1974 -- First extraterrestrial message deliberately sent from Earth into space. No reply; instead, a busy signal.
1975 -- John Joseph Akar dies, Kingston, Jamaica. Actor, journalist, wrote the music for Sierra Leone's national anthem.
1983 -- US: 19-year old Lisa Collins attempts suicide by jumping off the Tacoma Narrows Bridge; instead of the span's 50th suicide, she is the first to survive the plunge, Tacoma, Washington.
1984 -- Australia: Bad Kitty? 2,000 protest against arrival of nuclear warship USS Kittyhawk in Fremantle.
1984 -- Beginning date of Umberto Eco novel Foucault's Pendulum.
1988 -- Canada: Toronto Board of Education committee rules William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies is racist & recommends its removal.
1990 -- Fly in the Ointment?: Fly-fisher Norman Maclean dies. Firefighter, fly-fisher, scholar, storyteller. Author A River Runs Through It. Spent his last 14 years researching the Mann Gulch fire.
1993 -- UK & Iran ask the UN Conference on Human Rights to recommend creation of a UN criminal court; meanwhile Iran announces the arrest of 9,400 for "drug offenses" in five days.
1994 -- The UN says about 20,000 Muslim women have been raped in three years of fighting in ex-Yugoslavia. The United States, not wanting to "get involved" (it's bad timing') closes its eyes to the atrocities occurring in the former Yugoslavia.
"Unpopular ideas can be silenced & inconvenient facts kept dark, without the need of any official ban ...
— George Orwell, Animal Farm
See David Watson's "The Balkan Wars & the New World Dis/Order," (Fifth Estate, Spring 2002)
& also his "Empire & Exterminism."
1995 -- CBS News anchor, Dan Rather, joins R.E.M. onstage during a soundcheck to perform "What's The Frequency, Kenneth?" referring to a bizarre incident years before when Rather was beaten up by thugs demanding the answer to the question. Asked to join the tour, Dan demurred; "I'd rather not."
1997 -- US: Betty Shabazz dies.
BETTY SHABAZZ, 1998 PATRON SAINT
Radical educator, civil rights activist, widow of Malcolm X.
2000 -- US: Experience Music Project museum opens, Seattle, Washington.
2001 -- México: In the Hen House? Demonstrators take to the streets in México City wearing only towels & sheets. They are protesting the government purchases of towels costing $433 apiece & $4,000 sheets for the mansion of Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Presidente Vincente Fox.
Seattle Times, 6-24-2001
2003 -- Canada: Three Grannies blockade against the Working Forest — Weyerhaeuser's logging halted yet again in the Upper Walbran Valley.
"When will I learn? The answers to life's problems aren't at the bottom of a bottle — they're on TV!"
— Homer Simpson
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