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While off the Isle of Cyprus in a boat,
I saw the head of Aphrodite afloat,
& told her I’m an Anarchist & do not vote.
She answered, “That’s alright”. I said, “0 figment of the classic mind,
There are some crucial concepts to which
you are blind!”
She only nodded so as not to be unkind,
& said, “Good night”.
“Oh, stay!” I cried, “There are so many things
We should discuss: The power of unnecessary kings,
The sexual oppression of which Sappho sings . . .”.
But she sank out of sight. — Judith Malina, LOVE & POLITICS
"This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land."
BASTILLE DAY: Tremendous festivity throughout France. Paris dances all night along the Seine & in the streets
DADA DAY. First Dada soirée: "... in the presence of a compact crowd Tzara demonstrates, we demand we demand we demand the right to piss in different colours."
PANDEMONIUM DAY. Sounds like most every other day of the week.
HUNGRY GHOST FESTIVAL: On this day, Buddhists feed the spirits of those who lived lives of hard-hearted greed & envy. They burn fake money & clothes for the use of the spirits.
160 -- Founding of the kingdom of Copan (Mayan Indians), which lasted for over 1,000 years.
1093 -- Death of St. Ulric of Zell.
1454 -- Angelo Poliziano Politian, lives, Montepulciano, Tuscany. Italian poet & humanist, friend & protégé of Lorenzo de' Medici, & a foremost classical scholar of the Renaissance.
1642 -- The first native white American poet, Benjamin Thompson ("New England Crisis"), lives, Quincy, Massachusetts.
1764 -- France: Jean-François Varlet lives, Paris. Revolutionary considered by many an anarchist precursor, involved with Enragés / Conspiracy of Equals. Held views close to Jacques Roux (author of "Manifeste des Enragés"), & denounced the dictatorship of Robespierre during the French Revolution, as well as the middle-class reactionary government which follows. Varlet is author of one of the first anarchist proclamations, "l'Explosion."
"Quelle monstruosité sociale, quel chef d'oeuvre de machiavélisme en effet que ce gouvernement révolutionnaire. Pour tout être qui raisonne, gouvernement et révolution sont incompatibles..."
1789 -- France: Storming of the Bastille heralds the French Revolution. Begun by Parisian crowds seeking arms & the liberation of political prisoners. Signals a new period in history with the taking of power by the nascent capitalist class, the French bourgeoisie.
1798 -- US: Federalist-sponsored Sedition Act made it a crime to write, utter or publish "any false, scandalous, & malicious" statements about the government, Congress, or the President. Leading Republicans throughout the country were promptly arrested.
1811 -- England: Luddites break machines at Sunnon-in-Ashuano.
"Life was better before sliced bread"
See the Antiauthoritarian Encyclopedia
1828 -- US: Lower Umpqua Indians attack 17-man party under Jedediah Smith seeking road from California to Oregon; 13 killed.
1841 -- Punch is founded. The illustrated periodical publishes until 1992. Early staff members include authors William Makepeace Thackeray & Thomas Hood & the illustrator-cartoonists John Leech & Sir John Tenniel.
1860 -- Owen Wister (The Virginian) lives, Philadelphia.
"When you call me that, smile!"
American writer whose Western stories helped to establish the cowboy as an archetypical folk hero.
1864 -- France: Pierre Quillard lives. He & Jean Grave sponsored the Parisian anarchiste "Ecole Libertaire," established at l'hôtel des Sociétés Savantes in 1899.
1865 -- First ascent of the Matterhorn.
1868 -- US: Alvin J. Fellows of New Haven, Connecticut, patents the tape measure. Alvin's measurements: 40-46-42.
Inspires tape worms on the internet.
1877 -- US: During the Great Upheaval of 1877, four years into a depression, a General Strike halts the movement of US railroads.
1881 -- US: Billy "The Kid" Bonney shot & killed by Pat Garrett.
while i've been going on
the blood from my wrist
has travelled to my heart
& my fingers touch
this soft blue paper notebook
control a pencil that shifts up & sideways
mapping my thinking going its own way
The Collected Works of Billy the Kid
1881 -- England: Today until the 20th, in London, an anarchist Congress of about 30 delegates representing a dozen countries meet with an aim of rebuilding the anti-authoritarian A.I.T. (International Workingman's Association). They adopt "propaganda of the deed," signaling an era of "attentats."
1887 -- Italy: La legge rafforza il potere dei prefetti come organi del governo per il controllo e la repressione dei cittadini. (1887-1900 Autoritarismo statale e avventurismo coloniale : trasformisti e reazionari al potere).
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1888 -- Satomi Ton lives, Yokohama (original name Yamanouchi Hideo). Japanese moralistic-idealistic writer, famed for his autobiographical novels. His older brother Takeo Arishima, also a writer, commits suicide in 1923.
France: In Paris, two congresses are held: the founding of the Socialist International & the congress of the "Possibilistes" (partisans of Paul Brousse). The anarchists attend both congresses.
July 14 & 15, 1889
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Widely known as a film director, he is also a major figure of the modern Swedish theatre. For a very complete site for Ingmar Bergman see: Text in Swedish & Canadian(!).
1921 -- US: Senate Committee on Education & Labor begins a three-month investigation of the crises in West Virginia's coal mining industry. Home of massive miners' strikes & much company & government induced violence, including at Matewan, & three separate declarations of martial law. Mother Jones often visited the area in support of the striking mine workers.
1923 -- US: In New York the American Federation of Labor (A. F. of L.) is restrained from ever interfering with the country’s railroads by calling railroad employees out on strike.
1926 -- Actor Harry Dean Stanton lives.
1927 -- Peggy Parish, author of over a dozen books about the zany Amelia Bedelia, lives, South Carolina. Her stories' humor result from Amelia's actions as a maid, interpreting every direction in literal fashion, baking sponges into "sponge cake" & scattering dust when she "dusts a room." After Parish's death in 1988, her nephew, Herman Parish, continues the books.
1932 -- International Peace Garden established on US/Canadian border at Pembina, North Dakota.
1933 -- Author Raymond Roussel suicides himself. (France?)
1935 -- England: 7,000 "Peace Pledgers" rally in Albert Hall, London.
1935 -- US: Black Americans in Harlem, NY, begin demonstrations in support of Ethiopian struggle against Italian fascism. Organization of volunteer brigades begins.
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.
1935 -- France: "During the summer of 1934, the anarchists were involved in the setting-up of a Centre de liaison et de coordination des forces antifascistes de la région parisienne — a non-communist rival, more or less, to the communist-dominated Comité Amsterdam-Pleyel. Some felt a ‘profound distaste at having to associate with certain elements’.
Nonetheless, they decided that, as Sébastien Faure put it, ‘for the time being, the most important thing is to halt the progress of fascism’ & agreed to take part in the demonstration of 14 July 1935.
As the prefect of police refused to allow the anarchist black flag on the demonstration, they took part with their respective trade unions rather than as a separate anarchist contingent."
— David Berry, ‘Fascism or Revolution !’ Anarchism & Antifascism in France, 1933-39
1937 -- Emma Goldman, on or about this day, writes the introduction to a new commemorative edition of Alexander Berkman's ABC of Anarchism to be published by Freie Arbeiter Stimme. Emma also views "Fury Over Spain," a film by American Louis Frank; considers organizing a public showing of the film to raise funds for Mujeres Libres.
1937 -- Spain: Because of high casualties while fighting the fascists the Lincoln & Washington Battalions merge into one battalion.
1938 -- Italy: Il Manifesto degli scienziati razzisti viene pubblicato anonimo sul Giornale d'Italia. E' opera di un gruppo di docenti universitari che si faranno avanti il 25 Luglio dopo aver ottenuto l'approvazione del regime.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1942 -- France: Sébastien Faure (1858-1942) dies.
Studied to be a Jesuit priest; was a candidate for the Marxist Workers Party, but under the influence of Peter Kropotkin, Élisée Reclus, & Joseph Tortelier he moved towards anarchism. Closely associated with Louise Michel, he became a major figure in his own right, & one of the best-known anarchistes in the country.
Faure wrote for numerous papers & journals, & along with books he wrote, he initiated the important four volume l'Encyclopédie Anarchiste.
See also our modest online effort, the Anti-authoritarian Encyclopedia.
1948 -- The New Yorker publishes J. D. Salinger's intriguing short story of infidelity & self-deception, "Pretty Mouth & Green My Eyes."
1950 -- US: Indian Claims Commission upholds Indian claim for the first time in its history, awarding $3.5 million to the Choctaw & Chickasaw for lands illegally taken at the end of the Civil War.
1960 -- Guatemala: Fire raging through a Guatemala City insane asylum kills 225, severely injuring 300.
1960 -- ¶ During this month Beatster Jack Kerouac travels by train to San Francisco en route to Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Bixby Canyon cabin. July-August, at the cabin, Kerouac reviews galley's of Book of Dreams; reads Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde; has a reunion with Neal & Carolyn Cassady at their Los Gatos home; starts a week-long romance with Jackie Gibson in Frisco. He'll have a breakdown at the cabin in September.
1961 -- A report from Billboard says "The Twist" teenage dance craze is being picked up by the adult crowd in Philadelphia.
1967 -- The Who tour America for the first time — as the opening act for Herman's Hermits. Who?
1967 -- Steve Miller Blues Band & the Sunshine Company concert at California Hall in San Francisco.
1968 -- Bill Graham leaves the Fillmore Auditorium in Frisco to take over the Carousel Ballroom. Electric Flag & Blue Cheer closed out performances at the Fillmore at Geary & Fillmore streets.
1968 -- Soviet fiction writer Konstantin Georgiyevich Paustovsky dies in Moscow. His books reveal a lyrical interest in nature & an intense curiosity about people. They are noted for craftsmanship, & include Rasskaz zhizni (The Story of a Life, 1946-62), an autobiographical cycle of reminiscences published in six volumes.
1969 -- Soccer Blue!? The "Futbol War" erupts between El Salvador & Honduras, the former invades the latter. We don't know the final score.
1969 -- US: Berkeley; park activists storm People's Park.
NOT PEOPLE'S PARK
PEOPLE'S PLANET, CAN THEY
FENCE THAT ONE IN, BULLDOZE IT
— Diane di Prima, Revolutionary Letter #38
1969 -- Bob Dylan makes a guest appearance as "Elmer Johnson" at a concert by The Band at the Mississippi River Festival in Edwardsville, Illinois.
1972 -- Vietnam: Jane Fonda makes first of 10 broadcasts to US troops over Radio Hanoi.
1975 -- Jehan Mayoux dies. Teacher, pacifist, antimilitarist, anarchiste.
[Details / context]
1978 -- US: Poet Allen Ginsberg completes "Plutonian Ode" & blocks a trainload of fissile material headed for Rockwell's nuclear bomb trigger factory, Colorado.
1979 -- Switzerland: Claude Le Maguet (aka Jean Salivas) (1887-1979) dies, in Geneva. French poet, anarchiste, & militant pacifist.
1979 -- A free Jean-Michel Jarre concert attracts 1 million, Paris, France.
1981 -- US: The Commission on Wartime Relocation & Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) holds a public hearing in Washington, DC as part of its investigation into the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
[Details / context]
1982 -- US: Maryland Poison Control Center reports 79 people have mistaken their free mailbox samples of the lemon-scented dishwashing liquid Sunlight for lemon juice. Says a Lever Brothers spokesman, "Any kind of cleaning product we introduce has a certain amount of ingestion."
1983 -- US: 3 Pages & You're Out? Cupla political Loose Leaves, Crane (Rep-R-Il) & Studds (Rep-D-Ma), admit to having sex with pages. Book'em?
Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow. The education of our youth about politics is critical to a healthy democracy.
— Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader William J. Bennett, Distinguished (sic) Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, a rightwing nuthouse influential in formulating American policy (many criminal) under the Nixon, Reagan, Bush & Shrub administrations
1983 -- US: Earth First! & the Oregon Natural Resources Council granted preliminary injunction against building of the Bald Mountain Road, after over 40 arrests.
1983 -- French freeze movement launched in meetings at Larzac.
1986 -- Jorge Luis Borges dies in Geneva. Argentine poet, essayist, short-story writer whose works have become classics of 20th-century world literature.
1987 -- US: American war criminal Ollie North concludes six days of Congressional testimony. At the mention of Nuremberg, he cracks (a smirk).
1991 -- England: Nicolas Walter delivers a talk on "Anarchism & Religion" at the South Place Ethical Society:
"We may yet end with Neither God nor Master!"
1993 -- France: Léo Ferré, legendary songster (1916-1993), sings no more.
1995 -- MP3 digital file format introduced. Inspires MTV, M13 machine, M3 (Great globular cluster Messier Object 3), Boston street gang M-13, BMW M3.
1997 -- Spain: 1 million marchers protest ETA terrorism, Madrid.
1997 -- A free Jean-Michel Jarre concert attracts 2 million, Paris, France.
1998 -- Australia: 118 people arrested at the site of the Jabiluka uranium mine in World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park, land of the Mirrar aboriginal people, in tropical Northern Territory.
1998 -- US: Free radio supporters rally in Eugene & Portland, Oregon & San Francisco, California, condemning the FCC/NAB/OAB media monopoly.
1998 -- US: 28 FNB ( Food Not Bombs ) & homeless activists arrested in San Francisco's United Nations Plaza during a non-violent, direct-action demonstration seeking to reclaim public space & parks which are increasingly being made inaccessible to homeless people.
1998 -- US: Crown Books files for bankruptcy.
2000 -- England: A 3-hour Tribute to Kenneth & Miriam Patchen is held at the Tate Modern, London, 'For Kenneth & Miriam: A Poet & His Muse'.
Miriam Patchen 86, a longtime Palo Alto resident & peace activist, died March 6th, peacefully, at her home in Palo Alto, California. Her life was dedicated to peace & justice & to the writing & art of her husband, fellow anarchist & poet, Kenneth Patchen.
"I am the world crier, & this is my dangerous career . . .
I am the one to call your bluff,
& this is my climate."
— Kenneth Patchen
2006 -- Austria: Anarchist Summer Camp, July 14-23. Buncha Half-Naked Savages, Atheistic Snowballs in Heaven.
2006 -- Maquis remembered, memory reconquered, July 14-16.
This song is almost always sung as a patriotic song, which is why the last three stanzas are usually deleted.
Most schoolchildren aren't even aware of their existence. Yet they are essential to Woody's meaning. This is not an ode to the US as a collective entity. It is an affirmation that the land is a sacred trust, whose purpose is the well-being of all its inhabitants.
(see the Sanibel chorus in 'Show details'.)
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