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Clara Zetkin, Match Girls Strike, Jean Cocteau, Pullman Strike of 1894, Gene Debs, Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Carl Einstein, John Cage, Mitch Snyder, Gilbert Mers, anarchism, anarchist, Timeline, LABOR, CHRONOLOGY, on this day in recovered history July 5

Life looks to me like
a barricade of nothingness.
I am here to live
while the soul permits,
& here to die,
when the hour arrives,
in the veins of the people
now & forever.
Life is a lot to swallow,
death is only a gulp.

Miguel Hernández, 1910-1942
excerpt, Sitting upon the Dead


American-born co-founder of Greenpeace International.

Tomar, Portugal: FIESTA DO TAPULEIROS begins.
An elaborate harvest fiesta, featuring 600 girls wearing 30-pound headresses made of bread, as tall as the girls & decorated with flowers, with Maltese crosses on top.


The Church of the Subgenius, that Bob guy, has declared today the end of the world. The church has seemingly been cyberly deleted off the big server. Is losing one's web presence the same as death?


645 -- Flint-Sky-God K accedes to Mayan throne of Dos Pilas.

1436 -- Sigsimund recognized as King of Bohemia; agreement with the Hussites is confirmed.

1687 -- Isaac Newton's Principia published by Royal Society in England.

I have my principles. & if you don't like them, I have others.

— Groucho Marx

1794 -- Sylvester Graham, inventor of the Graham cracker, lives. Never attains a state of Vermont.

1803 -- George Borrow lives, East Dereham, Norfolk. English traveler, linguist, & one of the most imaginative prose writers of the 19th century. His adventures include many contacts with Gypsies, providing some of the material for Lavengro & The Romany Rye (1857).

1810 -- P. T. Barnum lives, Bethel, Connecticut.

"There's a sucker lives every minute."

1830 -- Algeria: The French take Algiers, beginning their 40-year conquest of the country.
Source: [Robert Braunwart] [Hereafter attributed with symbol: Source=Robert Braunwart]

1840 -- Source=Robert Braunwart China: Invading British fleet captures & pillages Tinghai, (Opium War).

1851 -- US: During this month (exact day unknown) two railroad strikers are shot dead & others injured by the state militia in Portgage, New York.

1854 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Fire destroys Maelzel's chess automaton (the Turk), Philadelphia.

1857 -- Clara Zetkin lives. An influential German Communist politician & a fighter for women's rights.

German Marxist writer, proletarian, feminist, communist activist.

Bakunin, anarchiste
1862 -- England: During this summer Mikhail Bakunin writes the brochures The People's Cause & To Russian, Polish, & All Slav Friends. alt spellings: Michael Bakunin, Michel Bakounine, Mihail Aleksandroviç Bakunin; Aleksandrovic, Aleksandrovich, Mihkail

1880 -- Not His Calling?: George Bernard Shaw, 23, leaves his job with the Edison Telephone Company. He points out:

"You must not suppose, because I am a man of letters, that I never tried to earn an honest living."

1881 -- George Borrow dies, Oulton Broad. Found himself at home in Spain where much of the material for his better work comes, especially The Zincali: An Account of the Gypsies in Spain & The Bible in Spain.

communiste-libertaire logo; source Ephemeride anarchiste
1881 -- US: Corning, Iowa, premier issue of the monthly Le Communiste-Libertaire, published by the Icarienne community. It follows upon La Jeune Icarie (publishing since May 1, 1878).

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1884 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Congress passes the 2nd Chinese Exclusion Act.

1885 -- Friedrich Engels, in his letter of reply to the German anarchist Gertrude Guillaume-Schak (London, about July 5, 1885), he notes,

It is my conviction that real equality of women & men can come true only when the exploitation of either by capital has been abolished & private housework has been transformed into a public industry....

1888 -- England: Three young women are sacked from the Bryant & May factory in East London for exposing the appalling working conditions there. The other 672 women laborers come out in solidarity. The 'Match Girls' Strike' itself is unsuccessful but solidarity generated nationally is unprecedented & galvanizes the working class movement.
Source: [Calendar Riots]

Jean Cocteau with gun
1889 -- Jean Cocteau lives (1889-1963), Maisons-Lafitte, near Paris. French artist & writer who worked widely in different arts — in poetry, fiction, film, ballet, painting, & opera — & whose works reflect the influence of surrealism, psychoanalysis, Catholicism & opium.

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Gene Debs
1894 -- US: The Pullman Strike of 1894. Federal government & troops interfere with a peaceful labor strike, led by Eugene Debs, against the Pullman Palace Car Company, which has drastically reduced wages. Federal troops killed 34 American Railway Union members in the Chicago area attempting to break the strike. Debs & several others are imprisoned for violating injunctions.

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1894 -- Italy: During this month 'antianarchiche' laws are passed, aiming to destroy all the movements of protest against the state.

1914 -- Brazil: São Paulo Libertarian Conference. One of six sessions convened to select two delegates in preparation for an upcoming anarchist Congress in London is held today. The London Congress was aborted due to the Great War That Ended All Wars.

Conferência Libertária de São Paulo - Rua José Bonifacio, 39-2 floor. Sessions were held on Sundays — June 14, 21 & 28, & on July 5, 12 & the 26th. The main objective was to prepare & choose two delegates to represent Brasil in the anarchist congress in London that did not happen because of the war.
Source: [Arquivo de História Social]

Conferência Libertária de São Paulo - Rua José Bonifácio, 39-2º andar. Ao todo realizaram sessões nos domingos 14, 21 e 28 de junho, 5, 12 e 26 de julho de 1914. O objetivo principal era preparar e indicar dois delegados para representar o Brasil no congresso anarquista de Londres que não chegou a acontecer por causa da guerra.

1916 -- US: Hell's Angels? BikerMamas Adelina & August Van Buren start on the first successful transcontinental American motorcycle tour attempted by two women. The bikers left New York City on this day & arrived in San Diego, Ca. on September 12th.

1918 -- Russia: The left SRs assassinate the German ambassador & are in turn crushed by the Bolsheviks.

1921 -- US: Bartolomeo Vanzetti takes the stand. He is questioned at length about his political views during cross- examination.

1922 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Brazil: Uprising of social righteousness in Rio de Janeiro.

1923 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Canada: Sydney miners & steelworkers strike for wages & union recognition, Nova Scotia.

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1924 -- Nikos Kazantzakis returns to Crete to work on sequel to Odyssey.

1926 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Ivan Turgenev play "A Month in the Country" opens in London.

1932 -- Russia: First prisoners arrive at Kolyma — first major prison-labor camp in Siberia.

1932 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Seattle's Dugdale baseball park burns.

1934 -- US: San Francisco's "Bloody Thursday," as police shoot down striking longshoremen & supporters at Rincon Hill, killing two & injuring over 100. The governor had called in the national guard to suppress strikers, & rioting ensued. The known casualties include 43 clubbed, gassed, & stoned, 30 treated for bullet wounds.

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1935 -- US: National Labor Relations Act passes Congress, recognizing workers right to organize & bargain collectively.

Carl Einstein, anarchist
1940 -- Carl Einstein (1885-1940) dies, a suicide to prevent capture by the Nazis, Lestelle-Bétharram (Basses-Pyrenées), France (or July 3?).

Poet, writer, art historian & an anarchist combatant in the Spanish Revolution.

Nephew of the famous physicist, Albert Einstein.
alt; Karl Einstein

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1941 -- Source=Robert Braunwart C.S. Lewis publishes The Screwtape Letters in book form.

1942 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Ian Fleming becomes the first graduate from the Special 25 spy-training school, Port Hope, Ontario.

1943 -- Source=Robert Braunwart "The Adventures of Nero Wolfe" premiers on NBC Blue radio network. Based on the mystery novels of Rex Stout.

1945 -- Source=Robert Braunwart "Philo Vance" starring Jose Ferrer premiers on NBC radio.

Bikini bomb
1946 -- French designer Louis Reard parades a model down a Paris runway in a daring two-piece swimsuit. Uncertain of what to name it, Reard spontaneously dubbed it "bikini" during a week that nuclear tests are conducted by the US off the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Twenty three nuclear tests are conducted at Bikini. Quite skimpy when the risqué Americans are done.

In February of 1946 Commodore Ben H. Wyatt, the military governor of the Marshalls, traveled to Bikini. On a Sunday after church, he assembled the Bikinians to ask if they would be willing to leave their atoll temporarily so the US could begin testing atomic bombs for "the good of mankind & to end all world wars."

King Juda, leader of the Bikinian people, stood up after much confused & sorrowful deliberation among his people, & announced, "We will go believing that everything is in the hands of God."

The Bravo crater in the atoll reef had a diameter of 6510 ft, with a depth of 250 ft. The moral of the story?: God likes really big craters.

1947 -- Sony Labou Tansi lives (1947-1995). Congolese novelist, poet, & dramatist, a member of the African avant-garde, whose critical but hopeful satires met much censorship. Tansi's central themes were the corruption of power & the possibilities of resistance.

"They are blind, like the law. & equally brutal..."

1947 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Tex Williams #1 hit "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)" makes the Billboard country charts for 23 weeks (Capitol's first million-seller).

1948 -- England: War-ravaged Britain adopts National Health Service Act, which includes medical, unemployment, motherhood, widow, orphan, old age, & death benefits.

1950 -- Korea: Private Kenneth Shadrick of West Virginia, is first US fatality in Korean War.

1950 -- Italy: Sicilian bandit Salvatore Giuliano, who robbed from the rich to feed the poor, & evaded the 1,000+ troops & the police sent to catch him, betrayed & killed today. When he robbed the duchess of Pratameno, he borrowed a book she was reading; he returned it later with compliments. Mario Puzo's The Sicilian, is a dramatized version of Giuliano's life, filmed by Michael Cimino.

1951 -- US: Junction transistor invention announced, Murray Hill, NJ. Traffic jams invented as a by-product.

1952 -- US: Early in July 1952, composer & anarchist John Cage performs a series of his sonatas & interludes in a large tent.

Charlip had printed programs on tiny pieces of toilet paper & placed these programs on a table next to the entrance. Also on the table was a large bowl of tobacco. During the concert, the audience was invited to roll cigarettes with this tobacco, using their programs as cigarette papers...

I was with some Vietnamese recently, & some of them were smoking two cigarettes at a time.

That's the kind of customers we need!

— Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader US Senator Jesse Helms, on meeting with the Vietnamese ambassador designate at a dinner given by the R J Reynolds Company

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[Now that you have read this entry, you are prepared to answer at least one of the questions the Daily Bleed's Auntie Dave poses in The 2002 Quiz Music & Anarchists for the Research on Anarchism list...let's see how good your memory is now...or try your hand at some of the others!]

1958 -- Beatster Jack Kerouac does an interview about the Beat Generation with Lucien Carr for the UPI wire service.

1958 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Jazz purists are in a snit after Ray Charles performs at the Newport Jazz Festival (they consider him a rock 'n' roll act).

1960 -- Italy: La polizia di stato interviene duramente a Licata (Agrigento) nel corso di uno sciopero generale contro la disoccupazione : 1 morto e 24 feriti.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1961 -- US: Seattle City Council & state legislature announce probes of incidents of local police brutality.

1961 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Algeria: 80 Muslims are killed during demonstrations & a strike.

Bring the troops home now!
1965 -- US: Congress Of Racial Equality (CORE) national convention adopts & then rescinds resolutions calling for US withdrawal from Vietnam & Dominican Republic.

1965 -- US: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), federal agency which investigated discrimination charges, becomes operational. Essentially rendered useless by Reagan administration.

1968 -- John Lennon sells his psychedelic painted Rolls-Royce.

1969 -- Walter Gropius, architect, founder Bauhaus school of design, dies at 86.

1969 -- Max Klinger, German graphic artist/painter/sculptor, dies at 63.

1969 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Border incident leads to the Futbol War (breaks out on the 14) between Honduras & El Salvador.

1971 -- US: The 26th Amendment to the Constitution lowers the voting age from 21 to 18. Old enough to die in America's wars, old enough to vote for the clowns who send us ... finally.

1975 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Warren Klope throws a stone that skips 24 times, Lake Huron.

1983 -- US: Baby girl born in Roanoke, Virginia., to a mother brain dead for 84 days.

1985 -- US: Baseball history is made: NY Mets finally beat the Atlanta Braves, 16-13. A five-run rally for the Mets, in the 19th inning, seals the win at 3:55 a.m. E.D.T. The line score: 46 hits, 29 runs, 19 innings, two rain delays & game length was 6 hours, 10 minutes. A Fourth of July fireworks show follows (at 4 a.m.).

1987 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Australian Pat Cash upsets #1 seed Ivan Lendl to win Wimbledon (proves the theory that Cash is Better Than a Czech).

e-mail skeleton
1987 -- Source=Robert Braunwart You've Got E-Mail: Spam lunch meat celebrates its 50th anniversary. People still eat the stuff. Always a famine somewhere.

Gimme Shelter
1990 -- US: Mitch Snyder homeless advocate, commits suicide at 46 by hanging.

1991 -- Howard Nemerov, US poet laureate (Pulitzer), dies.

1993 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Canada: Protesters erect a blockade to protect Clayoquot wilderness, Vancouver Island, BC.

1993 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Thailand: Longman Dictionary of English banned over its "Bangkok" entry.

1995 -- US: Justice Department opts not to take antitrust action against Ticketmaster, ending a 13 month long fight with Pearl Jam. The band had used a rival ticket service in retaliation of Ticketmaster's tactics, & ironically, it was the use of that service that proved that Ticketmaster didn't have a monopoly.

1998 -- Rebel Longshoreman Gilbert Mers (1908-1998) joins the One Big Union in the Sky...

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2000 -- US: Detroit demonstration to protest of the killing of Frederick Finley.

Sharpton, Anthony & Conyers, along with the rest of Detroit's officialdom, were frightened by the substantial turnout at the July 5 rally. They do everything in their power to keep the situation under control.

The killing of Finley evoked considerable outrage among workers & youth in Detroit, & today some 7,000 people, mostly young & predominantly black, rallied outside the Dearborn mall to demand the arrest of Finley's attackers.

Tomorrow involuntary manslaughter charges are brought against the guard Richardson. Another rally to protest the killing is held outside the federal building in downtown Detroit on July 17, attended by about 1,000 people.

2000 -- Canada: Greenpeace co-founder Jim Bohlen dies, Comax, British Columbia. Well-aged at 84 — Green no more.

3000 --

"Better to go hungry than to feast on lies."
"Better, on lies to enjoy, to go you famished."

Death skeleton, writing
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