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When your teeth decay you cannot
Grow new ones. When your hair falls
Out you cannot plant it again.
I get up at dawn & look
At myself in the mirror.
My face is wrinkled, my hair
Is grey. I am filled with pity
For the years that are gone like
Spilt water. It can't be helped.
I take a cup of wine and
Turn to the bookcase once more.
Back through the centuries I
Visit Shun & Yu the Great
& Kue Lung, that famous rowdy.
Across three thousand years I
Can still see them plainly.
What does it matter? My flesh,
Like theirs, wears away with time.

— Lu Yu (1125-1209), Get Up at Dawn

from Kenneth Rexroth's One Hundred Poems from the Chinese



Extreme "non-Church" Christian activist, pacifist.


France: FESTIVAL OF ST. ELOI. Gunfire & horse races;
among the Basques, mules & old automobiles are blessed.



Way Kool Bong

1216 -- Kamo Chomei dies, Kyoto. Poet & critic of Japanese vernacular poetry & major figure of Japanese poetics. The last years of his life were spent attempting a recluse lifestyle, & writing Hojoki, a Walden-like description of his life in a hut.

1534 -- New Old World: Jacques Cartier discovers St. Laurence River; claims Canada for France. Claim was settled out of court. He only gets Quebec. BleedMeisterDave's ancestors show up about century later, piloting boats on the river before turning traitor & joining up with the American rebels.

1568 -- Spain: Death of Don Carlos "the Mad."

"A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents & making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, & a new generation grows up that is familiar with the idea from the beginning."

— Max Plank

Concorde jet
1683 -- First settlers from Germany to the New World, leave aboard the Concord.

1701 -- New Old World: Seville Servant? Motown founded by Antoine Cadillac.

GoodOldDaysofSlavery in the South
1781 -- Georgia becomes a protectorate of tsarist Russia.

1783 -- Simon Bolivar lives, Venezuela.

1799 -- US: William Clark (of Lewis & Clark) is willed the slave York. According to the law, where there's a will, there's a nave.

1802 -- Alexandre Dumas, [DUM-ass] père, lives (1802-1870), Villers-Cotterêts, France. Using ghosts for his formula novels, it was thus said: "nobody has read everything of Dumas, not even Dumas himself."
Best known for the candy bar, The Three Musketeers & the mathematical swashbuckler, The Count of Monte Cristo.

Took part in the revolution of July 1830. In 1851 deported from France. Spent two years in exile in Brussels (1855-57), started to support Garibaldi & Italy's struggle for independence (1860-64).

1807 -- Ira Aldridge lives, NY City. One of America's earliest African-American Shakespearean actors whose fame comes only after escaping the racism of the US by emigrating to Europe.

1847 -- US: Brigham Young leads Mormons to Great Salt Lake. Groundbreaking ceremonies are held at the Great Salt Lick.

1857 -- Henrik Pontoppidan lives (1857-1943). Danish novelist whose realistic novels depict the social fabric of Denmark in his time. Shared, with Karl Gjellerup, a 1917 Nobel Prize for Literature. Wrote the eight-volume novel Lucky Peter & The Kingdom of the Dead.

1860 -- US: Dallas Cowboys? Dallas, Texass lynchings & beatings.

Filareto Kavernido, German anarchisten; source:
1880 -- Germany: Filareto Kavernido lives (1880-1933), Berlin. Pseudonym for Heinrich Goldberg. Gynaecologist, philosophical Nietzschean, pacifist, idiste & follower of "Milieux libres." With a command of languages (French, English, Italian), he is also a passionate advocate of Esperanto (Ido).

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1886 -- Junichiro Tanizaki lives (1886-1965). Japanese novelist whose writings are characterized by eroticism & irony. Wrote The Tattooer; Some Prefer Nettles; The Makioka Sisters.

Ammon Hennacy, Catholic anarchist
1893 -- Ammon Hennacy lives.

Best known for his work in operating the "Joe Hill Hospitality House" for transients in Salt Lick City, Utah. Ammon Hennacy was a self-described "Christian-anarchist-pacifist" who never paid taxes or went to war.

"...& I discovered watching him that anarchy is not a noun, but an adjective. It describes the tension between moral autonomy & political authority, especially in the area of combinations, whether they're going to be voluntary or coercive. The most destructive, coercive combinations are arrived at through force. Like Ammon said, force is the weapon of the weak."

— Utah Phillips (about Ammon Hennacy)

1895 -- Robert Graves lives (1895-1985). English poet, classical scholar, novelist, & critic who wrote over 120 books. Met American poet Laura Riding, with whom he established the Seizin Press & published the journal Epilogue (1925-38).

1897 -- Aviator Amelia Earhart lives, Atchison, Kansas.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint for 2003, AMELIA EARHART
Pioneering aviator, adventurist.

1897 -- US: 23 bicycle riders — the Army's 25th Infantry — ride into St. Louis having pedaled 1,900 miles from Missoula, Montana.

The bicycle & pneumatic tires were fairly recent inventions, & the army wanted to see if bikes would be better than horses for moving soldiers or messages in the field.

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1900 -- Author Zelda Fitzgerald lives, Montgomery, Alabama. Save Me the Waltz she asks.

Monza-24-July-1900, by Flavio Costantini, anarchist illustrator
1900 -- Italy. Illustration,
by Flavio Costantini.

1901 -- US: 3 Short Stories & You're Out? Author O. Henry is released from the Ohio penitentiary after serving three years of a five-year sentence.

1903 -- US: Mother Jones delivers her famed “The Wail of the Children” speech during the "March of the Mill Children."

Kids on Strike!

On July 7 1903 Labor organizer Mary Harris ("Mother") Jones begins the "March of the Mill Children" from Philadelphia to Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Pres. Theodore Roosevelt's summer home in Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY to publicize the harsh conditions of child labor & in demanding a 55 hour work week.

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"The worst foe of the poor man is the labor leader...who tries to teach him he is a victim of conspiracy & injustice."

— Teddy Roosevelt


1904 -- Portugal: Virginia Dantas lives (1904-1990; maiden name Virginia Teixeira), in Porto. Seamstress, militante & Anarchy Too!feminist.

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1909 -- Spain: Uncertainty & confusion by left-wing unions following a call for a General Strike are dispelled, as a stalemate is suddenly broken today, when two Barcelona anarquistas, Jose Rodriguez Romero & Miguel Villalobos Morena, decide to constitute themselves as the nucleus of a Central Committee for a Strike.
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1915 -- US: Great Lakes excursion steamer Eastland turns over as it cast off from a Chicago dock, killing 812. Later reported the ship had almost toppled at its pier two days before the mishap, but that incident was hushed up so as not to hurt business.

1916 -- John D. MacDonald lives, Sharon, Pennsylvania. Author of the Travis McGee mystery series. Named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1972.

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1918 -- France: Anarchiste songster & actor Jean-Roger Caussimon lives (1918-1985).

I do not want to be a poet...
I try to write songs!

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1920 -- US: Birth of women's rights champion, hat-freak, Bella Abzug.

1921 -- Billy Taylor lives, Greenville, N.C. Jazz pianist, bandleader, noted jazz educator, & jazz correspondent for CBS's Sunday Morning.

1923 -- Italy: Mussolini riceve i vertici sindacali della CGdL cercando di trascinarli dalla sua parte. Non per nulla in Marzo il governo aveva introdotto con decreto legge la giornata lavorativa di otto ore.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1923 -- Italy: Il governo ripristina il dazio sul grano.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1925 -- John T. Scopes convicted in Tennessee of monkeying around in high school, fined $100 & costs.

"There's something I must tell you. It's worried me. I didn't violate the law ... I never taught that evolution lesson. I skipped it. . . I've been scared all through the trial that the kids might remember I missed the lesson. I was afraid they'd get on the stand & say I hadn't taught it & then the whole trial would go blooey."

— John Scopes

1928 -- D. H. Lawrence writes of Thomas Hardy: "What a commonplace genius he has; or a genius for the commonplace."

J. Edgar Hoover, cross dresser
1929 -- Beloved & Respected Comrade Lover & Champion of the Working Stiff President Herbie Hoover proclaims Kellogg-Briand Pact — which renounces war. So it is said...

1929 -- US: NY to San Francisco footrace ends (after 2 months); the winner is 60 years old.

Makhno & family
1934 -- Nestor Makhno dies this evening of July 24-25, in exile in Paris, age 44, from tuberculosis.
alternate spellings: Nestor Ivanoviè Machno; Nestor Ivanowich Machno Above: Makhno with daughter & wife, 1925. Nestor Makhno

Ukrainian anarchist guerrilla leader who fought authoritarian reactionaries on the left & the right (both the Bolshevik Red Army & the White armies).

Stomping on swastica
1936 -- Spain: The Durruti Column, made up of 2,000 militiamen leaves Barcelona towards Zaragoza.alternate spelling: Saragossa

Federación Anarquista Ibérica armored vehicle

"We make war & revolution at the same time. The militiaman has to know that he fights for the conquest of the land, the factories, culture ... the pick & the shovel are as valuable as the gun."

Buenaventura Durruti, Interview , 1936

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Scottsboro boys
1937 -- US: Alabama drops charges against five black persons (the "Scottsboro boys") falsely accused of rape in Scottsboro. The others are found guilty.
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1940 -- American author William Faulkner grumbles in a letter to Bennett Cerf:

"There are no young writers worth a damn."

Juan Peiro Belis, Spanish anarchist
1942 -- Spain: Juan Peiro Belis (1887-1942) dies, executed by the fascists, in Valencia.

A Spanish anarcho-syndicalist, Peiro became Minister of Industry in the Republican government in the late 30s.

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1943 -- US: Camp Van Dorn massacre. Today Inspector General Peterson's clamp-down order of July 24, 1943 calls for strict military censorship.

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1943 -- Italy: In un discorso al direttorio del partito nazionale fascista, riferendosi all'eventualità di uno sbarco anglo-americano in Sicilia, Mussolini afferma:

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1950 -- German V2 became the first rocket to be launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Big surprise...given the US provides safe haven for thousands of Nazis following WWII, including known war criminals & hundreds of scientists who developed Nazi Germany's rocket program.

"In U.S. intelligence, there was no prohibition of hiring anyone in the Gestapo & SS," said historian Timothy Naftali. "This was a 'don't ask, don't tell' culture."

1959 -- Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Vice Dick M Nixon argues with Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Khrushchev, known as "Kitchen Debate."

1961 -- Grace Bumbry debuts in Richard Wagner's Tannhauser at the Bayreuth Festival in Bavaria. Much controversy & the German press protests the role of Venus being sung by an African-American. Her 42 curtain calls during a 30-minute ovation put a damp diaper on all that.

1964 -- Bob Dylan performs new material at the Newport Folk Festival (24th-26th). Many folkies express regret at his departure from protest material to songs of a more personal & introspective nature.

1965 -- Out of the Ghetto?: Bob Dylan performs at the Newport Folk Festival (24th-25th). On day two he plays his new "electric" songs, backed by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band — & now he really pisses off the crowd & festival organizers. Outraged folk purists accuse him of selling out to the Top 40 & pop music stardom.

1965 -- During this month Beatster Jack Kerouac writes Satori In Paris in seven nights.

Worm, animated
1966 -- US: Beatster / poet / dramatist Michael McClure's The Beard busted at Fillmore, Frisco, California.

1967 -- US: Boston Bruins? Three days of rioting begin in Cambridge, Maryland, the site of a 1963 confrontation between civil rights demonstrators & white segregationists.

1969 -- US: Nuclear missile production comes to a temporary halt by a serious fire at an Atomic Energy Commission plant.

1974 -- US: House Judiciary Committee debates Nixon's articles of impeachment. Got Tricky Dick on three: obstruction of justice, abuse of Presidential powers (using CIA, FBI, IRS & other federal agencies to violate citizens' constitutional rights, & creating a 'Plumbers' group to engage in illegal acts) & failure to supply subpoenaed materials to the committee.

Tricky Dick giving 'Checkers' speech
1974 -- US: Supreme Court unanimously rules Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Dick M Nixon must turn over Watergate tapes. However Tricky Dick is allowed to keep Checkers (Trish), Jeanne Dixon (Pat) & Henry Kissinger (Dick).

Oriol Sole, anarchist
1974 -- Spain: In Barcelona, the militants & MIL (Iberian Liberation Movement) members Oriol Solé Sugranyes & José Luis Pons Llobet (arrested near the French border on September 17, 1973 after a run in with the "Guardia civil") are condemned to 48 & 24 years of prison, respectively.

Oriol Solé is later gunned down, on April 6, 1976, following an escape involving 30 Resistance prisoners (all ETA members but him) from a Segovia jail as he tries to cross the border into France.

See the Anarchist Encyclopedia,

1978 -- US: Billy Martin resigns as Yankee baseball manager after "the one is a born liar, the other a convicted one" — comment about Steinbrenner & Jackson.

Chauncey, in Tanguey spoof
1980 -- Peter Sellers dies at 54. Critics cry "Sell-out."


— Chance

1983 -- England: Women tag US warplane with graffiti at Greenham Common.

1983 -- 10,000 form a human chain for a cleaner North Sea, West Germany.

1990 -- "Looking Glass," US flying nuclear command post, ends its 24-hour-a-day flights.

Tweedledum & Tweedledee
Agreed to have a battle;
For Tweedledum said Tweedledee
Had spoiled his nice new rattle.

Just then flew down a monstrous crow,
As black as a tar-barrel;
Which frightened both the heroes so,
They quite forgot their quarrel.

'I know what you're thinking about,' said Tweedledum: 'but it isn't so, nohow.'

`Contrariwise,' continued Tweedledee, 'if it was so, it might be; & if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic.'

1990 -- US: Pray Tell? Wrongful death trial involving Judas Priest in Reno, Nevada. Parents charge their "Stained Class" album contains subliminal messages that drove two teen-agers to attempt suicide.

1991 -- Isaac Bashevis Singer dies in Miami, Florida. Polish-born American writer of novels, short stories, & essays in Yiddish. Snags the 1978 Nobel.

1991 -- University of Manchester scientist announces finding a planet outside of the solar system.

"It's time for the human race to enter the solar system."

— Your next American President, Dan Quayle

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2001 -- Uruguay: Heber "Monje" Nieto (1971-2001) murdered.
Assassinated by a police sniper during government repressions, "Monk" Nieto was a student, worker, & militant of ROE & FAU (Federación anarquista uruguaya). Volante distribuido por FAU en que hace fecha del asesinato del compañero Heber "Monje" Nieto 1971-24 DE JULIO-2001 Hace 30 años caía asesinado el compañero Heber Nieto, estudiante, trabajador, militante de la ROE y FAU. Mientras varios compañeros (gurises entre 12 y 14 años) realizaban un peaje en apoyo al gremio de CICSSA en conflicto, fueron reprimidos fuertemente por la policía. Se trasladan a la IEC donde él junto a otros compañeros estaban trabajando en la construcción de salones, que habían conquistado tras larga lucha. La represión no cesó y desde el edificio del BPS que estaba en construcción, uno de los 4 francotiradores, traídos especialmente, dispara y asesina a Heber Nieto.

2002 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Effort to weaken a UN convention against torture fails; the Bush administration is now proudly on record on the side of global warming, racism, war crimes & torture. The list of great rightwing principle grows...

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Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
With your terror, might, & fright
What immortal hands or eyes
Could expose your fearful lies?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burns the hot fire of your eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art
Could twist the sinews of your heart?
And what could stop your heartbeat?
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? What the chain?
In what furnace was your brain?
What the anvil? What dead grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

Could our dear Founding Fathers
Arise from their restful graves,
Would they smile their work to see?
Or cackle with deadly glee?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
With your terror, might, & fright
What immortal hands or eyes
Dare expose your fearful lies?

— William Blake (edited & expanded)

Bad spellers of the world Unight!
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