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Away from this kingdom, from this last undefiled
place, I would keep our governments, our civilization,
& all other spirit-forsaken & corrupt institutions.

Kenneth Patchen, excerpt from
"There Are Not Many Kingdoms Left,"
The Love Poems of Kenneth Patchen




Superb Cameroonian novelist, biting social critic.


Celebrates three "stars" that moved to a spot over the forest in the 12th century & then stopped, marking the village's founding.



1520 -- Noblesse Oblige?: Montezuma & Aztec nobles murdered by Cortes. Aztecs counterattack the Spanish & their Tlaxcalan allies, killing two-thirds of them. See the former Memoria del fuego page, in Spanish,

1685 -- John Gay lives (1685-1732). English poet/dramatist, friend of Pope & Swift, remembered from his play The Beggar's Opera, a story of thieves & highwaymen, which also became the basis for Bertolt Brecht's The Threepenny Opera (1928). Gay also wrote the libretto for Händel's work Acis & Galatea.

1709 -- Edward Lhuyd dies. Celtic Scholar who first recorded many Hebridean folk stories.

1741 -- Traffic Jam?: Pope Benedict XIV encyclical forbidding traffic in alms.

1761 -- Scotland: Thomas Sheridan, famed Irish actor/teacher of elocution, commences a series of lectures on 'The English Tongue' in Edinburgh.

1803 -- Thomas Lovell Beddoes lives. Doctor, poet & dramatist, renowned for his interest in death & the macabre.

1839 -- High Seas: Cinque leads successful slave revolt on the ship Amistad.

1840 -- France: Pierre-Joseph Proudhon's Qu'est-ce que la propriété? ou Recherche sur le principe du droit et du gouvernement appears.

Proudhon dedicated this book What is Property?, now considered an anarchist classic, to the Academy of Besancon, causing a scandal; the Academy demands the dedication be withdrawn, & summons the upstart to come explain himself before them.

1841 -- US: Rain of fish, Boston, Massachusetts.

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1852 -- US: Duwamish tribe awarded $62,000 for the taking of their aboriginal lands, including the present-day site of the city of Seattle.

1857 -- Charles Dickens gives first public reading from A Christmas Carol at St. Martin's Hall, London.

1859 -- US: Emile Blondin crosses Niagara Falls on a 1100-foot tightrope as 5,000 watch. On his return he uses a tripod camera to photograph the huge crowd who have gathered; many faint.

1864 -- US: Secretary of the Treasury Chase resigns, charging speculators were plotting to prolong the Civil War for monetary gain. Legislator/historian Robert Winthrop notes:

"Professed patriotism may be made the cover for a multitude of sins."

1870 -- US: Ada Kepley becomes first female law college graduate.

Fritz Brupbacher
1874 -- Fritz Brupbacher (1874-1945) dies. A Swiss physician, studied medicine & psychiatry. An antimilitarist, revolutionary syndicalist & libertarian socialist, became in particular the friend of James Guillaume, Pytor Kropotkin, Vera Figner & Monatte. Practiced medicine with his wife Paulette Raygrodski, both active in the néo-Malthusian movement, for the right to abortion & a free sexuality. Fritz wrote the introduction to The Confession of Michael Bakunin (translated by Paulette), wrote Marx et Bakounine, Bakounine ou le démon de la révolte, & the autobiography 60 Years of Heresy, as well as numerous pamphlets.

"Bakounine redeviendra actuel le jour où l'homme commencera à trouver insupportables le despotisme bourgeois et le despotisme prolétarien."

1875 -- Italy: The Florence trial begins (June 30-August 30, 1875) — of which the republicans published a long report (Dibattimenti; Rome, 1875; 529 pp.). This is another in a series of monster trials (like those in Bologna, Perguia, Leghorn, Massa Carrara, etc.).

Errico Malatesta, Italian anarchist

This trial is simultaneous with Malatesta's trial at Trani. The good news from Trani (most acquitted) cheers up everybody at Florence.

See Errico Malatesta: The Biography of an Anarchist by Max Nettlau

1882 -- France: Robert Louzon lives (1882-1976). Engineer, revolutionary syndicalist, anarchiste.

Louzon was involved in the CGT, the CNT, helped found Pierre Monatte's journal, Révolution prolétarienne, joined the SIA (Solidarité Internationale antifasciste), signed Louis Lecoin's "Paix immédiate." During WWII he was arrested & interned in Algeria.

Front page from Frank Leslie's Illustrated magazine showing strikers in a street scene
1885 -- US: Chicago Streetcar Strike begins, Illinois (-July 7).

Many thousands of people living in the West Division of Chicago who have been accustomed to riding to & from their homes were forced to walk today. The strike of the West Side streetcar conductors began as a result of the discharge of several employees from the company.

1887 -- Italy: Nuovo testo unico delle leggi di pubblica sicurezza che attribuscono alla polizia poteri amplissimi di intervento quando è minacciato il potere dello stato da 'manifestazioni o grida sediziose'.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1888 -- Léon Metchnikoff (1838-1888) dies. Geographer, anarchist & secretary to Élisée Reclus.

1894 -- US: "Chicago Tribune" headlines from June 31 (????), 1894 described the events of the Pullman Strike with obvious yellow journalism. Headlines like,

"Debs Strikers Begin Work Of Destruction, Guns Awe Them Not, Drunken Stockyard Rioters Defy Uncle Sam's Troops, Mobs Invite Death"

Eugene V. Debs, the leader of the Pullman Strike, was also highly criticized.

Not to be outdone by the yellow sheets, the always venerable New York Times in an 1894 editorial calls Debs "a lawbreaker & an enemy to the human race."

1899 -- Italy: Tafferugli hanno luogo alla Camera. Alcuni deputati vengono alle mani. Sono rovesciate le urne per protestare contro il voto su questioni di procedura che mirano a porre il bavaglio ai deputati dell'opposizione. Un decreto reale chiude il Parlamento fino al 14 novembre.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

Zapata, Tierra y Libertad, illustration by Mendez
1902 -- Muralist Leopoldo Méndez (1902-1969) lives.

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1902 -- Italy: Un accordo segreto tra il governo francese e quello italiano prevede la reciproca piena libertà di aggressione nella Tripolitania, nella Cirenaica e in Marocco.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1906 -- US: Meat Your Maker? Pure Food & Drug Act & Meat Inspection Act adopted.

 Painting of the fireball
1908 -- Giant fireball impacts in Central Siberia (Tunguska Event).

Emma Goldman, Anarchist All Star
1909 -- US: Large meeting organized by the Free Speech Society is held at Cooper Union to protest harassment of speaker Emma Goldman & to win back the right of free speech. Speakers include former congressman Robert Baker, Alden Freeman, Voltairine de Cleyre, James P. Morton, & Harry Kelly. Telegrams from Eugene Debs & others are also read.

1911 -- Czeslaw Milosz lives, Szetejnie, in Lithuania then controlled by Russian czarist government. Polish-American author, translator & critic, 1980 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Active as a writer in the WWII Resistance movement, & witnessed the Holocaust.

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1912 -- anarchist diamond; anarquista México: A group formed by the Colombian anarchist Juan Francisco Moncaleano, takes the name of "Grupo Luz" (Light) & creates a school based on the Modern School model of the Spaniard, Francisco Ferrer, in México City. // Se funda el Grupo Luz, integrado por Juan Francisco Moncaleano, Luis Méndez, Pioquinto Roldán, Eloy Armenta y Jacinto Huitrón. Moncaleano propone crear la Escuela Racionalista semejante a la fundada en Barcelona, España, por Francisco Ferrer Guardia. manelaisa has this on the 22nd, but the socialist conference that split & led to the group was on the 23rd ;

Al parecer, la composición interna del Partido Socialista no era del todo homogénea, pues al celebrar una conferencia el 23 de junio de 1912 surgieron divergencias ideológicas debido a lo cual un grupo importante de ellos se escindió, dejando de asistir a las reuniones de dicho partido. Si de por sí el número de afiliados al Partido Socialista distaba mucho de ser numeroso, con esta división quedó prácticamente anulado. ... Esta división inspiró e impulsó a los idealistas de corte anarquista a formar su propio grupo, lo que llevaron a cabo el domingo 30 de julio, después de reunirse y tomar esta decisión ... grupo anarquista Luz.;

Mexico: Founding meeting of the anarquista Grupo Luz. Participants involved are Eloy Armenta, Luis Méndez, Juan Francisco Moncaleano, Jacinto Huitrón, Pioquinto Roldán, Rodolfo Ramírez, J. Trinidad Juárez y Fernando González. The decision to form their own group is inspired & impelled by divisions & ideological divergences in the Partido Socialista, as revealed during its conference of June 23rd.

1914 -- South Africa: Gandhi's first arrest, in campaign for Indian equal rights.

1917 -- Lena Horne lives, Brooklyn, NY. Began her career at 16 as a chorus girl at the Cotton Club in Harlem, appeared in the movies Cabin in the Sky & Stormy Weather & has Broadway career culminating in her one woman show.

Horne was a strong civil rights advocate, refusing to perform in clubs where African-Americans were not admitted & marching during the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

Lena Horne, 1943:

"All we ask is that the Negro be portrayed as a normal person. A worker in a union meeting, a voter in the polls...or an elected official. Perhaps I'm being naive. Perhaps these things will never be straightened out on the screen itself, but will have to wait until... [they're] solved in real life."

1917 --

Bern, Switzerland.

June 30  
Conferència of the FIS (Federació Sindical Internacional).

Source: [Congressos Obrers]

1918 -- US: Militant socialist leader Eugene Debs arrested in Cleveland for interfering with army & navy recruiting practices. Debs' anti-war activities are not appreciated by Wilson's government.

Red Hot Pepper! Emma Goldman & Alexander Berkman
1920 -- Russia: Emma Goldman & sidekick Alexander Berkman travel to Moscow to collect permits necessary for their museum expedition through Russia to gather historical material.

1922 -- Mollie Hunter lives, Longniddry. Wrote exciting Scottish children's stories, incorporating a lifelong exploration of Scottish folklore & history.

1922 -- US: One million railway shopmen strike.

Francisco Saverio Merlino, anarchist
1930 -- Francisco Saverio Merlino (1856-1930) dies. Lawyer, theorist, propagandist of Italian anarchism, then a socialist. He continued to defend the anarchists as needed — which was often.

1932 -- Mongo Beti lives. Acerbic African novelist/political essayist, depicted the conflict of traditional modes of African society with the system of colonial rule. His political novels include Remember Ruben & Perpetua Et l'Habitude De Malheur.

1934 -- Germany: "Night of the Long Knives" — Hitler stages bloody purge of the Nazi party.
Young Men, Serve the Fuhrer Germany is Free! Germany Awake!

1934 -- US: America's greatest ruler, Emperor Norton I, reburied in Woodlawn Cemetery (Colma Cemetery?) by citizens of San Francisco.

1935 -- Viagra?: The first ten Penguins (books) are published. All very gay, but they cannot be married in the US of A.

1936 -- Margaret Mitchell's racist Gone With the Wind published by Macmillan. Fastest-selling novel in US history sets a record in October when 50,000 copies sell in one day. Thomas Dixon wrote high praise to Margaret Mitchell about how great Gone with the Wind was; Mitchell responded with great praise for Dixon’s extremist Klan-praising books. A 2008 survey found it the second most popular book in the country; “In truth, the film Gone with the Wind is Birth of a Nation without the bed sheets and hoods of the Klan.”

1936 -- Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie pleads before League of Nations for help against Italian fascist invasion of his country.

Poet Langston Hughes, observing the invasion of Ethiopia by Mussolini, writes simply:

The little fox is still.
The dogs of war have made their kill.

1936 -- Red Hot Pepper! Red Emma Goldman, anarchist feministFrance: Alexander Berkman is buried in Nice. Lifelong pal Emma Goldman is in attendance.

Dave Van Ronk, anarchist, songster
1936 -- Dave Van Ronk lives. American songster, Mayor of MacDougal Street. Unfortunately better known for nurturing & helping Bob Dylan get his music career off the ground than for his own music.

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1936 -- Italy: L'imperatore d'Etiopia Hailè Selassiè chiede, di fronte all'assemblea della Società delle Nazioni, che la comunità internazionale non riconosca l'occupazione italiana del suo paese.

Contro la richiesta i giornalisti italiani inscenano una gazzarra indecente. La mozione dell'imperatore viene respinta. E' la fine della Societá delle Nazioni.

[Source: Crimini e Misfatti]

1939 -- José Emilio Pacheco lives. Mexican critic, novelist, short story writer, translator & poet.

1944 -- US: Jerome becomes the first concentration camp for Japanese Americans to close as the last inmates are transferred to Rohwer.

1947 -- US: District Judge Louis E. Goodman orders that the petitioners in Wayne Collins' suit of December 13, 1945 be released; native-born American citizens could not be converted to enemy aliens & could not be imprisoned or sent to Japan on the basis of renunciation.

Three hundred & two persons are finally released from Crystal City, Texas & Seabrook Farms, New Jersey on September 6, 1947.

1951 -- Germany: First & founding convention to reconstitute the Socialist International, Frankfurt.

1952 -- Let Freedom Ring?: Congress passes McCarran-Walter Immigration Act, to screen out "subversive" aliens & deport them, even if they have become US citizens. Follows up on the McCarran Act (Internal Security Act of 1950) — one of the more bucolic provisions being its authorization of concentration camps "for emergency situations."

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1953 -- Russia: Vsevelod Pudovkin (1893-1953) dies.

Daily Bleed Patron Saint June 26, 2003-2006
Pioneering Soviet experimental filmmaker, writer.

1955 -- James Thurber writes in the New York Post of the ravages of age:

"With sixty staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure & a definite hardening of the paragraphs."

1957 -- Brazil: José Oiticica (1882-1957) dies. Lawyer, student of medicine, teacher, & an influential figure in the Brazilian anarchist & labor movement.

Grandfather of the Brazilian artist & anarchist, Hélio Oiticica (1937-1980).

anarchismo, anarchici, anarquista, sindicalistas / Brasil

1959 -- US: During a baseball game at Wrigley Field, two balls are in play at same time. Double your pleasure?

1964 -- United Nations intervention ends civil war in the Congo, Africa.

1965 -- Vietnam: First US military ground actions begin in South Vietnam.

1966 -- Scotland: Lochness Monster Sighted?: US Polaris submarine base opens, Faslane.

Stop War, Bring the Boys Home button
1967 -- Vietnam: 448,800 American troops in the country.

1968 -- Petition for recognition of conscientious objection as a basic human right is presented to United Nations Human Rights Commission.

1968 --

30 juin 68    Raz-de-marée gaulliste aux élections législatives.

Los gaullistas obtienen mayoría absoluta en Francia.

Life is elsewhere.

1969 -- US: Seattle City Council approves a plan to purchase Kiker Island, off Deception Pass (Whidbey Island), as a site for a future nuclear power plant.

1969 -- Vigilantes cut down trees in Kew Gardens in Queens, NY. The park is a gathering place for area gays.

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1970 -- US: 35,000 protest nuclear power at Diablo Canyon.

1970 -- Dylanologist?: Bob Dylan accepts an Honorary Doctorate of Music at Princeton University. June through July, Dylan records his next LP, New Morning at Columbia Studios in NY.

1970 -- England: Army depot, Kimber Road, London, firebombed.

1970 -- anarchist diamond; anarquistaEngland: Ian Purdie is released from Albany prison (Isle of Wight).

1971 -- Three cosmonauts die on re-entry over the USSR from depressurization of their space craft. After completing a 23 day mission on the Salyut space station, all three Soyuz 11 cosmonauts suffocate when an air valve in their capsule opens prematurely during re-entry. See Volkov, Patsayev & Dobrovolsky at

1971 -- US: I Am Not a Crook Dick m Nixon orders felony burglary of the Brookings Institute, where Daniel Ellsberg, Leslie Gelb & Morton Halperin work. This comes during a meeting with National Security adviser Henry Kissinger, Defense Secretary Melvin Laird, Attorney General John Mitchell & Haldeman. Colson later proposed a firebombing. When this meeting was later exposed, future Nobel Peace Prize winning war crimes hero Henry Kissinger claimed he couldn't recall the meeting:

"I have no such recollection."

1972 -- First leap second day; also 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985.

1973 -- Nancy Mitford dies in Versailles, France. Novelist/essayist. Wrote The Pursuit of Love; Love in a Cold Climate; The Blessing.

1973 -- Observers aboard Concorde jet observe a 72-minute solar eclipse, eclipsing the old record.

1974 -- US: Martin Luther King's 69-year-old mother is shot & killed as she plays the organ in Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Kenneth Patchen, anarchist poet
1974 -- US: Selective Service law authorizing the draft expires, marking the official end of conscription in the US. Part of the Nixon strategy to undercut the strength of the Vietnam anti-war movement.

1976 -- An Ounce of Prevention?: Responding to a supposed burglary at Neil Diamond's house, police enter with a search warrant. A 3-hour inspection turns up a less than one ounce of marijuana.

1977 -- US: Jimmy Carter cans B-1A bomber, later "B-1's the B-52."

Sex Pistols logo
1978 -- The Sex Pistols' "My Way" is released.

1980 -- US: Supreme Court upholds $122 million judgment to the Lakota (Sioux) Nation for illegal taking of Black Hills, South Dakota.

1984 -- Lillian Hellman playwright & screenwriter, dies of cardiac arrest at 79. Her dramas bitterly & forcefully attacked injustice, exploitation, & selfishness. Long-time paramour of Dashiell Hammett.

1986 -- US: SodBusters? Georgia sodomy law upheld by Supreme Court (5-4): Sodomy, 1 to 20 years. Upheld as to homosexuals on the grounds that there is no fundamental federal constitutional right to "engage in sodomy."

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1987 -- US: ACT UP demonstration at Federal Plaza in New York city. Silence = Death.

1989 -- England: Court seizes about $7,000 withheld war taxes from Peace Pledge Union's bank account.

1998 -- anarchist diamond; anarquistaFrance: In Paris a group of 100 people manages to enter the buildings of the Constitutional Council. One of them seizes an original specimen of the constitution, tears it, declaring: "The dictatorship of capitalism is abolished. The workers declare anarchist-communism."

1998 -- France: "Sans-papiers," undocumented immigrants seeking asylum, begin a hunger strike. Thirty begin fasting because their request for "regularization" & legal residence papers has been refused.

1998 -- US: In NYC some 20,000 construction workers rally to protest the city's use of a nonunion contractor.


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2006 -- US: Hells Angels? County law enforcement crack some heads—or at least a bike helmet, in Seattle, Washington.

Detectives wheel two bruised bikers into custody, after a confusing tussle between Critical Mass bicyclists blocking a Belltown intersection & two plainclothes undercover King County cops who were startled when one of the bikers tried prevent their van from driving through 200 bicyclists whizzing through an intersection.

Jumping out to whup on a few bikers, the cops found themselves outnumbered & smartly bespoke themselves:

"Stop! You're under fucking arrest! I'm a fucking cop!"

Critical Mass is a ragtag group of bike messengers, students, anarchists, & families riding to remind drivers, via peaceful civil disobedience, to respect bike riders' rights on the road.

2006 -- US: Mid-Atlantic Radical Bookfair & Infoshop gathering ( - July 2), Baltimore, Maryland. Keynote speaker Ward Churchill. Fair Kickoff Concerts last night featured Jello Biafra, & a night of Radical Hip-Hop, featuring Baltimore's Son of Nun, DJ Malatesta & Drowning Dog of Entartete Kunst (Bay area anarchists making their East Coast debut), & DC's Head-Roc. Organized by volunteers from Red Emma's Books & Coffeehouse, Wooden Shoe Books, Alternative Press Center, & others.

3000 --

Daily Bleed Saint 2003:

Iconoclastic, sardonic theorist of profit, status & class, he understood the irrational forces of capitalist culture.

Punk is not dead!
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"It takes a village to raise the dead."

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