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& no one will work for the money.
-- JULY 23
Fine writer of class-conscious detective fiction.
MAYHEM NEW YEAR: Ceremony for transfer of power to the God of the new year. Five-day festival. Pottery, furniture, mats, clothing & implements of worship are destroyed & replaced.
Guatemala: FIESTA DE SANTIAGO. Grand party of drinking & dancing.
Nicaragua: CENTRAL AMERICAN STUDENTS DAY.
1253 -- Pope Innocent IV approves the expulsion of the Jewish community of Vienne, France.
1540 -- Beheading of Thomas Cromwell. A bit hacked off...if not mad.
1599 -- Italian painter Caravaggio receives his first public commission.
1620 -- Wee Hours?: RNI, Brooklyn pirate radio station, begins broadcasting at 1620 AM.
(1987, more or less...or so they say...)
1637 -- Scotland: Stool Pigeon? Jenny Geddes throws her stool at the Dean of St. Giles Church, in Edinburgh, protesting the forced introduction of the new Prayer-book of King Charles I. Jenny shouts,
"De'il colic the wame o'thee / Don't thou say Mass in ma lug"
1803 -- Ireland: Robert Emmet's insurrection begins in Dublin.
1808 -- Spain: 18,000 French troops surrender to Spain, Bailen (first surrender of a Napoleonic army); the Spanish slaughter the prisoners (Peninsular War).
1812 -- México: Insurgents break the royalist siege of Huajuapan, Oax.
1823 -- Coventry Patmore lives, Woodford, Essex. English poet / essayist. Best work is in The Unknown Eros & Other Odes (1877). While working in the library of the British Museum, a position he held for 19 years, he began his most ambitious work, The Angel in the House, a vast novel in verse telling the story of two marriages.
1827 -- US: First public swimming pool in the nation opens, Boston. John Quincy Adams is one of the first members of Wild Waves.
1846 -- US: Protesting slavery & US involvement in the Mexican War, Henry David Thoreau refuses to pay his $1 poll tax & is tossed into jail by his friend the Concord, Massachusetts town constable — an experience that moves him to write "Civil Disobedience." Ralph Waldo Emerson happened by & asked him what he was doing in jail; Henry David's response was to ask Ralph Waldo what he was doing out there.
1881 -- England: London socialist life is enlivened by the International Revolutionary Congress.
1886 -- US: Steve Brodie gains his fame, purportedly jumps off the Brooklyn Bridge & survives. What's the point?
1888 -- Detective writer Raymond Chandler lives (1888-1959), Chicago.
Master of the hard-boiled school of crime fiction. Best known character is the tough but honest private detective Philip Marlowe (from the violent tempered 15th century writer Christopher Marlowe). Wrote for Black Mask, which also published Dashiell Hammett.
Chandler also ridiculed classical puzzle writers for their lack of realism. His most famous target, in his The Simple Art of Murder (1944) was A.A. Milne's The Red House Mystery.
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Chandler was born in Chicago, & grew up in England. Returned to the US in 1912. Lost his job during the Great Depression & began writing for Black Mask Magazine. Wrote numerous screenplays. In 1946 he received Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for a screenplay & in 1954 for a novel. ... show more
Kenneth Rexroth on Chandler & Hammett:
"The secret of this kind of writing is that it isn't buying anything & it isn't selling anything.''
1892 -- Ethiopia: Beloved & Respected Comrade Emporor Haile Selassie, (1930-74), lives.
1892 -- BERKMAN SHOOTS FRICK
US: The Homestead Strike. Strikers battle Pinkerton thugs during the Carnegie Steel strike in Homestead, Pennsylvania. The Pinkertons, trying to import & protect scabs, opened fire on striking steelworkers. In the ensuing battle, three Pinkertons & 11 strikers & spectators were shot to death.
1895 -- Switzerland: Adémar Schwitzguebel (1844-1895) dies, Bienne. Anarchist & member of the Bakuninist "Fédération jurassienne" (Jura Federation) in l'Internationale.
1895 -- Freud dreams about a patient named Irma (or July 24); this becomes the first dream he analyzes.
1900 -- England: The Pan-African Congress meets in London (-July 25).
1903 -- US: A Well-Heeled Fag? Filming begins on E.S. Porter silent movie "The Gay Shoe Clerk," NY.
1904 -- Charles Menches claims invention of the Ice Cream Cone. Inspires Cone Heads.
1908 -- US: Nazi sympathizer & Jew-hater Henry Ford sells his first model T. July 30, 1938 Hitler presents highest non-citizen award — "Grand Cross of the Supreme Order of the German Eagle" — to Henry Ford in Berlin. The US Senate, always the first to know, reports in 1974 on Ford Motor Co.'s aid to the Nazi war effort.
See Charles Higham's Trading with the Enemy: The Nazi-American Money Plot 1933-1949 (1983).
1912 -- England: English composer Ethel Smyth is arrested for attempted arson at a suffragist demonstration.
1913 -- US: Northern Michigan copper miners strike for 8 hours, higher wages, & union recognition (-Apr. 12, 1914).
Before the strike is lost in Apr. 1914, 600 strikers are arrested for inciting to riot, 500 for violating an injunction against picketing, & the WFM's president, Charles Moyer, is shot, beaten & forced out of town.
1914 -- Canada: Government forces a freighter with Sikh immigrants to leave Vancouver. Thousands of racists on the docks cheer.
1917 -- US: Birth of feminist, lesbian, pacifist, novelist & civil rights activist Barbara Deming.
1918 -- US: Roger Baldwin visits Emma Goldman in prison.
July 23 to August 7, 1920
2on. congrés de la Tercera Internacional. Hi van assistir Àngel Pestaña represents la CNT i Ramón Merino Gracia represents el Partit Comunista Espanyol.
Àngel Pestaña, Spanish anarcho-syndicalist, left Russia in September thoroughly disheartened with the Bolshevik Revolution...
[Details / context]
[Source: Congressos Obrers]
1923 -- México: Mayhaps revolutionary Pancho Villa (1878-1923) dies, Parral. Teamed up with the anarchist Emiliano Zapata to overthrow the corrupt conservative government of Mexico, then retired.
"Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something."
— last words of Pancho Villa (1877-1923)
1927 -- Germany: The anarchosyndikalistische "Gegenkultur" forms a network of the most diffuse currents & unions, branching out far.
1928 -- In NY, Hubert Selby, Jr. begins searching for the last exit to Brooklyn. American writer & drug addict whose works are frank treatment of lust, homosexuality, rape, brutality & drug dependence. Selby's best-known work, Last Exit to Brooklyn(filmed, 1989) was the subject of a obscenity trial in England & banned in Italy. His stories appeared in the 1950s in such magazines as Black Mountain Review & Kulchur.
1929 -- Robert Quackenbush lives, California. Author of the Miss Mallard Mystery Series & several books about an errant duck named Henry. Also does a series of wacky biographies of very famous historical characters including Once Upon a Time! A Story of the Brothers Grimm & Quick, Annie, Give Me a Catchy Line! A Story of Samuel F. B. Morse.
1929 -- Italy: Nella provincia di Bolzano viene imposto l'uso della sola lingua italiana per manifesti, avvisi, cartelli, insegne, etichette e altro ancora. Si vuole così ostacolare la popolazione di cultura tedesca.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1934 -- US: Sacramento, California cops arrest 22 farmworkers.
1940 -- John Nichols, lives. American author, in 1965, of The Sterile Cuckoo, the story of the college student, Pookie Adams; & in 1974 of The Milagro Beanfield War.
1943 -- Poet, editor, author Quincy Troupe lives. Among his works are volumes of poetry, most notably Watts Poets, & a biography of Miles Davis.
1943 -- Author Nancy Mairs lives, Long Beach, California. Besides several poetry collections, Mairs is best known for her autobiographical essays, Remembering the Bone-House (1989), & Carnal Acts (1990), about her struggle against multiple sclerosis.
1944 -- International Monetary Fund (IMF) & World Bank established as part of the Bretton Woods monetary agreements. Bretton Woods, New Hampshire.
1944 -- Max Nettlau (1865-1944) dies of stomach cancer in Amsterdam. Austrian anarchist, historian, bibliographer, philologist, insatiable collector. Edited & financed "The Anarchist Labor Leaf." Nettlau belonged to the Freedom Group & helped fund the "Torch for Freedom." Sold his immense collection of anarchist materials to the International Institute of Social History (IISG) in Amsterdam in 1935 making it one of the largest anarchist repositories in the world. Wrote Bibliographie de l'Anarchie (1897).
1944 -- Lisa Alther lives, Kingsport, Tennessee. Best known for the 1976 novel Kinflicks, about a Tennessee girl, Ginny Babcock, who is coming of age in the 1960s while her mother is dying.
1947 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Harry S. Truman makes first Presidential surprise visit to Capitol Hill since 1789. "Give 'Em Hell Harry" slipped into the Senate seat that he formerly used when representing Missouri. Vote early, vote often he urges. Don't know how he voted.
1950 -- England: "Out" gay British educator, LGBT activist Paul Patrick lives, South Shields.
1953 -- Lynn Lauber lives, Dayton, Ohio. Author of the short-story collection White Girls (1990) about the teenaged Loretta Dardio growing up in the small, fictional Ohio town of Union: a setting & a character she brought back for her novel, 21 Sugar Street.
1961 -- Anthony Newley musical "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off" opens, London (485 performances).
1964 -- Algeria: Egyptian munitions ship "Star of Alexandria" explodes at dockside in Bone. 100 die, 160 injured, $20 million damage.
1965 -- Merce Cunningham / John Cage modern dance "Variations V" premiers, NYC.
1966 -- Napoleon XIV releases "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha! Ha!."
1967 -- US: Start of Detroit upheavals, seven days of social unrest, fighting with cops, anti-business & anti-government actions, including looting. Results in 43 dead, 2,000 wounded & 5,000 made homeless. Largest US riot of the century, sparks additional riots throughout US.
LOOTING is a natural response to the unnatural & inhuman society of commodity abundance. It instantly undermines the commodity as such, & it also exposes what the commodity ultimately implies: the army, the police & the other specialized detachments of the state's monopoly of armed violence.
"Watts 1965: The Decline & Fall of the Spectacle-Commodity Economy,"
Situationist International Anthology, Ken Knabb, (ed.)
1967 -- Beatster Neal Cassady in performance with "Straight Theatre Rap" at the Straight Theatre.
American Beatnik poet, cultural renegade, your ultimate school bus driver.
1967 -- Scotland: Pirate Radio Swinging Scotland closes down for financial reasons.
1967 -- Puerto Rico: First plebiscite on the political status of this country, long occupied by the US, freedom-loving advocate of democracy & self-determination for all peoples...referendum favors continued association with the US.
1967 -- Earliest date in John Hersey's book The Algiers Motel Incident.
1967 -- US: Rioting breaks out in Spanish Harlem, NYC; meanwhile, a Black Power conference at Newark, New Jersey adopts antiwhite, antichristian & antidraft resolutions.
1967 -- England: Beatles & 51 others publish a London Times petition to legalize LSD.
1967 -- The film "Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon" is released.
1968 -- US: Police kill seven in standoff with black nationalists in Cleveland, Ohio, triggers a day of riots & four more deaths. Cleveland black uprising, July 23-24.
1968 -- México: Student demonstrations for university & political reforms. They continue for the next three days, & on July 26 (anniversary of the Castro takeover in Cuba) demonstrate in support of the Castro regime, in México City. Police charge the demonstrators: several are killed & 500 injured. (See also 2 October 1968.)
The Cuban Revolution: A Critical Perspective, by Sam Dolgoff,
1968 -- Un comando argelino desvía un avión a Argel.
1969 -- US: Bohemian free-love advocate, American novelist Floyd Dell dies.
Alternate Daily Bleed Patron Saint for 2004, FLOYD DELL
Classic Greenwich Village Bohemian, novelist, free-love radical, cultural rebel.
"Now the biggest gang I know they call the government, & a gang is a weapon that you trade your mind in for."
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& who would live in rooms like these?
Who but the men of paint & rhyme?
Here, out in space & out of time
They dreamed their dreams & had their day
Such as it was, of work & play...
1969 -- James Brown walks out of Hizzoner Sam Yorty's office when the Los Angeles mayor fails to show up at 10 a.m. as promised. Yorty was going to present Brown with a proclamation declaring James Brown Day. The Godfather of Soul declares: "It's got to be funky!"
1969 -- Hallie Flanagan dies. American theatrical producer & director, playwright, & author, best known as director of the Federal Theatre Project, a part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA).
HALLIE FLANAGAN 1997 PATRON SAINT
Purveyor of Depression-era, socially-conscious theater.
1970 -- US: A Powder Keg?: Pressure from the community & local government persuades a New Haven, Connecticut court to rule against the Powder Ridge Rock Festival. Worried the festival would create a public nuisance, banned despite 18,000 tickets already sold. Acts like Chuck Berry, Led Zeppelin & Janis Joplin are notified when they arrive to play. The crowds come anyway.
1972 -- US: New York City set a new record for murders in a seven-day period: 57 (26 knifings, 24 shootings, & 7 more exotic crimes). The victims include one defenestrated baby & one person set on fire.
1972 -- US: Selective Service drops requirements for conscientious objectors to perform alternative service.
1973 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Short-timer Dick M. Nixon refuses to release tapes of White House conversations concerning the Watergate break-in. Some tapes were turned over to the court on 26 November.
1973 -- International Court grants injunction against French nuclear testing after petition by Australia & New Zealand.
1980 -- US: Terrorist? Billy Carter, brother of Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Peanut Farmer Jimmy Carter, admits to being paid by Libya.
1980 -- US: River of No Return Wilderness Area designated by Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Jimmy Carter. Billy sent "down the river"?
1980 -- México: Mollie Steimer (1897-1980) dies, at her home in Cuernavaca. Russian-American-Jewish-Mexican anarchist & labor agitator.
1982 -- Heads Up?: Vic Morrow killed during filming of "Twilight Zone" by a helicopter blade. He too is seriously hacked off.
1983 -- Poland: Martial law lifted (or 21st?). "Anarchy will not return," says the communist Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader dictator.
1983 -- Canada: Mass protest of US cruise missile tests in Canadian subarctic, Cold Lake, Alberta.
1984 -- US: Vanessa Williams, first black Miss America, resigns her crown after publication of nude photographs taken before her entry in the pageant.
1987 -- US: John Poindexter is reported to have used the phrase "I can't recall," — or some variation thereof — 184 times during his five days of testimony. This was pre-Daily Bleed's email address (firstname.lastname@example.org); obviously he was drumming up future subscribers for his future favorite fun source of the real facts (FFFSORF).
1989 -- American author Donald Barthelme dies, Houston, Texass. Short-story writer known for modernist "collages" marked by melancholy gaiety, much of his work, collected in such works as City Life (1970), Sadness (1972), & Overnight to Many Distant Cities (1983), first appeared in The New Yorker magazine.
1990 -- Joe Turner jazz pianist, dies at 82 of arrest.
1994 -- Gambia: Military coup.
1996 -- Jessica Mitford, "queen of the muckrakers, scourge of American funeral directors, obstetricians, prison administrators & anyone else whose misdeeds piqued not only her sense of outrage but her sense of humor," dies, Oakland, California. Her most famous book is The American Way of Death (1963) which she continued to research until her own death.
1998 -- Korea: Following government repression & massive job dismissals, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) launches a general strike & converge in Seoul for all day sit-in strike action. Over 50,000 KCTU members hold an indefinite sit-in at major public centres in Seoul, including the Seoul Railway Station Plaza, where thousands of unemployed homeless workers have made their home last few months.
1999 -- US: Firebrand Emma Tenayuca, leader in the pecan shellers strike, San Antonio, Texass, dies.
In February , low wages in the pecan industry lead to a month-long strike at the Southern Pecan-Shelling Company. Emma Tenayuca, a charismatic young leader, helps to organize the walkout that wins wage increases. Luisa Moreno recruits many of the workers for the United Cannery, Agricultural, Packing, & Allied Workers of America (UCAPAWA) union.
2004 -- US: The FBI's anti-terrorism task force goes Info-shopping.
FBI comes looking for 21-year-old Nate Hoffmann, of the Crossroads Infoshop.
If a radical bookstore's success can be measured in how soon it gets a visit from the FBI, then the Infoshop, which opened July 2, is doing well.
The FBI also question anarchists in Denver (two are ultimately charged with failure to pay bike tickets), Lawrence, Columbia, Kirksville, Topeka & St. Louis. In Kirksville, agents served several anarchists with subpoenas, ordering them to report to a grand jury on the same day they were planning to go to Boston to protest the Democratic National Convention.
"Life is like a sewer. What you get out of it depends on what you put in."
— Tom Lehrer, mathematician/philosopher
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