Our Daily Bleed...
When there are no more memories of heroes & martyrs,
& when all life & all the souls of men & women are discharged from any part of the earth,
Then only shall liberty or the idea of liberty be discharged from that part of the earth,
& the infidel come into full possession.
— Walt Whitman
Argentine nueva cancionista, Voice of the Voiceless.
CALL OF THE HORIZON DAY.
FESTIVAL OF GRAND UNIFIED THEORIESUS: National POW/MIA Recognition Day.
695 -- 18-Rabbit becomes high King of Copan (Maya).
1504 -- Death of Pietro da Vinci.
1569 -- Rudolf II, Emperor of Bohemia, grants freedom of worship in his domain.
1595 -- Johannes Kepler inscribes geometric solid construction of universe.
1696 -- Polish author of a vigorous epic poem, Wojna chocimska ("The Chocim War"), Waclaw Potocki dies in Luzna. The poem, idealizing Polish heroes, is historically accurate & reveals his gift for poetic condensation.
1735 -- Samuel Johnson, 25, marries Elizabeth Jervis Porter, a wealthy widow 20 years his senior who thinks him "the most sensible man I ever saw in my life."
1764 -- Ann Radcliffe, Gothic novelist (The Mysteries of Udolpho), lives, London.
1797 -- Edmund Burke, British statesman / philosopher (Philosophical Inquiry into the Origins of Our Ideas of the Sublime & Beautiful), dies, 68, & is buried in the little church in Beaconsfield. Just a year before, he assessed himself candidly: "I possessed not one of the qualities, nor cultivated one of the arts, that recommend men to the favour & protection of the great."
1802 -- Anything's Possible?: Thomas Davenport, invents first commercially successful electric motor. Makes the banana daiquiri possible.
1811 -- France: Napoleon decides to keep the Marquis de Sade in a mental asylum, although he is not insane.
1831 -- England: Joseph Cowen, the 'Blaydon Brick', lives. English politician & journalist. His radical interests led to friendships with leading European revolutionaries, including Herzen & Bakunin.
1842 -- Plowshares?: Nathaniel Hawthorne & his bride, Sophia Peabody, move into the Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts, to find a garden already plowed for them by Henry Thoreau.
1852 -- American Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow visits Jewish cemetery of Newport, RI. Shortly thereafter he writes his poem "The Jewish Cemetery at Newport."
1856 -- Scientific genius Nikola Tesla lives, Smiljan, Yugoslavia.
Daily Bleed Saint 2008 Science genius/visionary, enemy of the creepy Thomas Edison. Died penniless, alone with his pigeons. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla
Nature & Nature's laws lay hid in night
God said, "Let Tesla be," & all was light.
1858 -- Franz Boaz lives.
1866 -- Russia: Ivan M. Sechenov is indicted for the materialistic explanations of psychic phenomena contained in his book Reflexes of the Brain frogs were used in many of his studies, & he proposes to let a frog testify in his defense.
1872 -- Songster Gaston Montehus (1872-1962) lives. French revolutionary socialist & antimilitarist. Author of a hundred well known songs.
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1872 -- Belgium: Jacques Mesnil (pseudonym of Jean-Jacques Dwelshauvers) lives (1872-1940), Brussel.
Militant, journalist, historian & art critic. Met his partner Clara Koetlitz, in Florence, where they lived for 10 years & shared a passion for Renaissance & art history. Mesnil contributed to the Italian, Belgian & French anarchist press, & wrote Le Mouvement anarchiste, le Mariage libre, Esprit révolutionnaire et syndicaliste, Frans Masereel, as well as several works on the Florentine Renaissance, Botticelli, Raphaël, etc.
See Marie-Noëlle Bonet, Jacques Mesnil, journaliste et critique d’art, 1872-1940.
1878 -- US: Improved corncob pipe patented by Henry Tibbe, Washington, Missouri. Inspires genetically modified hookas.
1887 -- Historian Samuel Eliot Morison, lives, Boston. Won Pulitzer prize, sailed a lot, & wrote the 15-volume History of the United States Naval Operations in World War Two (1947-62).
1887 -- Freud defends cocaine use in "Wiener medizenische Wochenschrift."
1894 -- Journalist Dorothy Thompson, lives, Lancaster, New York. The first journalist to be expelled from Germany by Hitler's Nazi regime. One of the most famous journalists of the 20th century, author of many books (New Russia (1928), etc.) & a column, "On the Record,," syndicated in 170 papers.
Daily Bleed Saint, May 3, 2008
Acerbic American wit, journalist, high-lifer.
1900 -- Louis Simon lives (1900-1980). French militant pacifist & individualist, mathematician, as well as a writer & poet. Organized the "Ligue d'Action Pacifiste" with Pierre Martin, & a propagandist for the ideas of Han Ryner.
1901 -- Recycle?: Barbara Cartland lives. British author of more than 550 books, mostly novels of romantic love set in the 19th century. Listed in the Guinness Book of Records for writing 26 books in 1983.
1904 -- Illustrator Warren Chappell, lives, Richmond, Virginia.
1906 -- Gabriel-Constant Martin (1839-1906) dies. Teacher, elected a member of the Paris Commune & First International, Blanquist, anarchiste. Martin wrote for Sebastien Faure's paper, "Le journal du peuple" until his death.
1908 -- Minor White, American photographer, lives.
1917 -- US: Strike for Freedom? Federal troops raid IWW hall in Yakima, Washington.
1917 -- US: When Emma Goldman & Alexander Berkman, charged with conspiracy to defeat military registration under the conscription law, are sentenced today to serve two years in prison, to pay fines of $10,000 each, & likely deportation to Russia at the expiration of their prison terms, US Marshal McCarthy states:
"This marks the beginning of the end of Anarchism in New York."
1917 -- Brazil: Antonio Martinez, shoe-maker & anarchist, is killed by the Săo Paulo cops at a demonstration during a textile strike (or on the 11th?).
Brazil's anarcho-syndicalist movement was the second largest in Latin America during the first quarter of the 20th century. His killing sets off a 3-day General Strike on the 13th. It soon spreads to Rio de Janeiro, & all of industrial Brazil is stopped & under control of the workers by the end of the month.
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1918 -- US: Worst rail accident in US history occurs with head-on collision of two trains at Nashville, Tennessee, taking the lives of 101 & injuring another 171.
1918 -- India: Anti-guru U. G. (Uppaluri Gopala) Krishnamurti (1918-2007) lives, Machilipatnam, India.
Daily Bleed Saint 2009-2010
Indian philosopher, radical anti-guru.
1920 -- André Devriendt lives. Directeur de publication du "Le Monde Libertaire".
alt; anarchiste Andre DEVRIENDT
1921 -- Russia: Emma Goldman & Alexander Berkman persuade some of the foreign delegates, including Tom Mann, to protest the imprisonment of Voline, G. P. Maximov, & others who have begun a hunger strike.
A delegation meets with Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Lenin today; Lenin is only willing to deport the anarchists, upon penalty of death if they return to Russia. Offer is accepted.
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1922 -- Mori Ogai, a modern Japanese novelist, dies in Tokyo. Despite abandoning fiction in favor of historical works depicting the samurai code, Mori's most popular work remains the novel Gan (The Wild Goose).
1922 -- One of the most talented of the younger French West African poets of the 1950s, David Diop, lives, Bordeaux, France.
Although he grew up & lived most of his life in France, Diop's only surviving collection of poems, Coups de pilon ("Pounding," 1956), is an angry protest against European cultural values. He spent the last few years of his life, before a tragic early death in an airplane crash in Africa, teaching in Senegal & later in Guinea.
1923 -- Russia: Mollie Steimer & photographer Senya Fleshin deported; arrested November 1922 for propagating anarchism — that is, "aiding criminal elements" (Mollie had earlier been arrested & booted out of the US for such dastardly activities); they were released soon after they begin a hunger strike to publicize their situation. See Paul Avrich's Anarchist Portraits.
1929 -- William Charles Owen (1854-1929) dies. Anglo-American militant & individualist propagandist.
1929 -- France: Cartoonist, novelist, radio scriptwriter, songster, & editor Georges Blondeaux, aka Gébé, lives (1929-2004). Published in La Vie du Rail Magazine, Paris Match, Le Journal du dimanche, Hara-Kiri, Zéro & "Le Monde libertaire".
1933 -- Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, lives, in London.
1935 -- US: First Transport Workers Union (TWU) strike, protesting dismissals of six car cleaners at IRT Jerome Avenue barn who refused work speed-up. All were reinstated.
1935 -- Argentina: Folk singer Mercedes Sosa, known as "La Negra" & "voice of the voiceless ones", lives, San Miguel de Tucumán.
1936 -- June Jordan, African American poet, lives, in Harlem. Author of the collections Who Look at Me (1969), & Things that I Do in the Dark: Selected Poetry (1977).
1936 -- US: Alexander Berkman Memorial Meeting sponsored by the Jewish Anarchist Federation in NY City.
1937 -- Artist David Hockney, lives to swim, Bradford, England. Grew up in a working-class Yorkshire family. Painted a series of California swimming pools, which established his international reputation.
1937 -- Spain: Lincolns charge the Romanillos Heights & Mosquito Crest ("Mosquito Hill"); over 135 casualties; they dig in & are bombarded by the German Condor Legion.
1942 -- Anne Frank, 13, goes into hiding with her family & four other Jews in the Amsterdam warehouse behind her father's business.
1943 -- Italy: Gli anglo-americani sbarcano in Sicilia e avanzano senza difficoltŕ verso Trapani e Palermo. Solo gli inglesi incontrano qualche resistenza a Catania nella loro marcia verso Messina.
[Source: Crimini e Misfatti]
1945 -- US: Three black members of the US Women's Army Corps are beaten in the Elizabethtown, Kentucky bus terminal for sitting in the "white" section when the "black" section is full; the policeman involved is acquitted.
1947 -- Greece: Government orders the arrest of 11,500 persons on charges of plotting a Communist revolution. Big Ol' Plot.
1951 -- US: American "hard-boiled" novelist Dashiell Hammett, poet laureate of the dispossessed, sentenced, choosing six months' imprisonment rather than co-operate with the US House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities' (HUAC) inquiries into domestic "subversion," refusing to kow-tow to the anti-communist witchhunters.
Hammett was President of the League of American Writers in 1942, & of the Civil Rights Congress of New York, 1946-47.
1953 -- US: McCarthy aide J.B. Matthews resigns after he says the largest group of Communist supporters in the US consists of Protestant clergymen.
1955 -- England: Russell-Einstein Manifesto on danger of nuclear war published, London. Bertrand Russell, Albert Einstein & seven other prominent scientists warn a nuclear war could "put an end to the human race." Basis for the Pugwash Conferences of scientists. (see 7 July 1957).
"Only two things are infinite, the universe & human stupidity, & I'm not sure about the former."
— Albert (1879-1955)
"Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so."
— Bert (1872-1970)
1957 -- US: Washington State Labor Council formed.
1958 -- Lebanon: First US invades with 14,000 troops, armed with nuclear-capable rockets to "protect" US interests.
1958 -- A Minneapolis-based Catholic youth magazine, "Contacts," launches a campaign for "clean lyrics in pop songs."
Songs they target include Elvis Presley's "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck" because it promotes going steady.
1958 -- Giant splash caused by fall of 90 million tons of rock & ice into Lituya Bay, Alaska washes 1,800 feet up the mountain.
1962 -- Bob Dylan records Blowin in the Wind.
1966 -- US: United Farm Workers benefit at the Fillmore with Quicksilver Messenger Service & the San Andreas Fault Finders.
1977 -- US: Alice Paul dies. Leading feminist & author of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Alice Paul was the founder of the National Woman's Party & an organizer of women who lobbied the US Congress for passage of the Susan B. Anthony Amendment (1920) guaranteeing all women the right to vote.
1977 -- Elvis Costello quits his day job as a computer operator at a cosmetic factory.
1978 -- US: 100,000 march in Washington, D.C. for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
1979 -- Outer Space: Voyager II flies past Jupiter. A neat trick that, flying in the vacuum of space.
1980 -- Brazil: Seventh Heaven? Seven die in a stampede to see the Pope.
1980 -- El Salvador: Salvadoran security forces massacre 22 children & many adults (San Pablo Tacachico).
1982 -- England: Michael Fagan, 31, invades Queen Elizabeth's bedroom & has a drunken conversation with her for 10 minutes. We can only guess what she was drinking.
1986 -- US: Ed Meese's Commission on Pornography links hard-core porn to sex crimes, & hard-pore corns to suicide. Wonder what the Big Ed thinks of pornographic links now, as masturbation pumps the internet.
Standing in front of a naked woman at the Justice Department, Ed accepts the 1,960-page report from his $500,000 porno commission.
Available in two volumes from the government for $35, the report becomes something of a cult item for its 100-plus-page of book, movie & magazine titles (Teenage Dog Orgy, Cathy's Sore Bottom, Lesbian Foot Lovers — The Movie) & 200 pages of detailed descriptions & excerpts from said material.
1987 -- Brazil: O Grupo Anarquista José Oiticica, formado por novos militantes libertários, realizaram, no Instituto de Filosofia e Cięncias Sociais da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, nos dias 9, 16, 23 e 30 de julho de 1987, um curso de anarquismo envolvendo Problemas Atuais do Socialismo; Anarquismo Hoje e Movimentos Alternativos; Movimento Sindical e Anarco-Sindicalismo; e O Estado Hoje.
[ Source: Arquivo de História Social ]
1987 -- Korea: One million South Koreans demonstrate against the Chun Doo Hwan regime.
1991 -- Peru: Police shoot down a commercial airplane & kill 12.
1995 -- High Seas: France seizes "Rainbow Warrior" near its Pacific nuclear testing site.
2005 -- China: Daredevil skateboarder Danny Way jumps the Great Wall of China; rolling down a massive ramp at nearly 50 mph, Way botched the landing on his first attempt but then successfully completed the jump across the 61-foot gap four times, adding 360 degree spins on his last three tries.
2006 -- Michael Zinzun (1949-2006) dies. American anti-police brutality activist of African-American & Apache descent.
In 1939 the skylark had nothing to say to me.
— John Hollander, The Ninth of July
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