Cat Has Had the Time of His Life

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Our Daily Bleed...

& with memories
of a thousand old movies
he slid out of life
like a mechanic on castors
checking out a transmission

yellow stains on the fingers
at the end of gartered sleeves
blood on each of the eightyeight keys

— Douglas Fetherling, excerpt from
"Diffident Piano Player," from
Visions of Poesy

(Clifford Harper, et al, eds; Freedom Press, 1994)



Italian theoretician, poet, radical feminist.

England: ST. JAMES' DAY. Opening of oyster season.

Grotto / Oyster-Shell Day, London: Great phalli fashioned from piles of empty oyster shells are erected, on top of which a candle is lighted & strangers are hailed with "Mind the Ghetto" & accosted for money. (Sounds like any street in America on any given day).

London: ST. CHRISTOPHER'S DAY. Cars line outside Church of St. Michael Paternoster for royal "blessings" to guard against hazards of the road.

Belgium: PROCESSION OF PENITENCE, followed by Pleasure Fair.


Puerto Rico: FIESTA OF SANTIAGO, whose cult is somewhat fused with that of Yoruba warrior god Shango.

Michael John Thompson, Party Animal & Canadian antiquated bookseller FESTIVAL OF PICARESQUE ANIMALITY.

1248 -- Michael VIII recovers Constantinople — end of Latin Empire of Romania. Mikey VIII everything in site.

1570 -- Ivan IV, "the Terrible" Czar of Russia, attends public execution of most all of his advisers & ministers. A bad heir day.

1593 -- Henry IV, Protestant King of France, becomes a Catholic: "Paris is worth Mass!"

1648 -- New Old World: York county court upholds authority of colonists to kill on sight any free Indian they see in settled areas.

1734 -- Ueda Akinari lives, Osaka, Japan. Author best known for tales of the supernatural. Eight years in the writing, publishes Ugetsu monogatari (Tales of Moonlight & Rain). Calls for a revival of classical literature & language reform.

1832 -- US: First railroad accident in the nation, Granite Railway, Quincy, Massachusetts — one dies.

"You are not to board this train which has only stopped to let you know that it does not stop here on Sundays."

— Announcement from a train stopping at a British station on a Sunday (You can't there from here?)

1850 -- India: Rain of Frogs at Rajkote.

What's green & dangerous?

A frog with a hand-grenade.

[But so too, we suspect, is this guy,]

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1853 -- Author David Belasco lives.

1864 -- anarchist diamond; anarquistaKate Austin lives (1864-1902) La Salle County, Illinois. Working woman, Universalist, feminist, anarchist, writer.

1865 -- Dr. James Barry, Inspector General of the British Army, dies aged 73.

A post-mortem reveals him to have been a woman: Barry introduced vaccinations; was involved in a duel while stationed in Cape Town; & had several lovers & a child.

[Source: Calendar Riots]

Karl Marx
1867 -- Karl Marx's Das Kapital first appears in Germany.

Emperor Norton
1869 -- US: He Supports a Pioneer Aviator: Decree from Norton I, to advance money to Frederick Marriott for his airship experiments.

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1890 -- US: NY garment workers win the right to unionize & the firing of all scabs after a seven month strike.

Jack London
1897 -- US: Jack London, novelist/socialist, bitten by gold fever, heads for the Klondike aboard the steamer Umatilla.

1898 -- Puerto Rico: Terrorists BENEVOLENT Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Uncle Sam invades & colonizes this tiny country, overthrowing the autonomous government & recolonizing the island as one of the spoils of the Spanish-American War.

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Punk with spiked hair
1902 -- US: Danbury Hatters strike begins at D.E. Loewe & Co.

1904 -- US: 25,000 textile workers strike in Massachusetts.

1905 -- Elias Canetti lives, Rutschuk Bulgaria. Wrote Crowds & Power. Bulgarian-born English author, gets 1981 Nobel Prize for Literature.

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1907 -- Théodule Meunier dies, imprisoned in Cayenne, where he had made a failed to escape in a vain effort for freedom. French anarchiste & practitioner of "propaganda by the deed." He wrote Jean Grave in 1906 that he had no regrets for his acts.

1907 -- anarchist diamond; anarchisteFrance: The trial of François Ravachol begins.

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Luce Fabbri
1908 -- Luce Fabbri lives (1908-2000). Life-long anarchist, intellectual, teacher, poet & activist (& daughter of the famed Italian militant Luigi Fabbri).

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1914 -- The day before leaving Barcelona for the US, 11-year-old Anaïs Nin makes the first entry in her diary:

"I am sad to think we are leaving a country that has been like a mother & a lucky charm to me."

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1917 -- US: Emma Goldman is released from Jefferson City, Missouri, prison, sent to NY's Tombs prison; later released on $25,000 bail pending the appeal of her case before the US Supreme Court. Alexander Berkman is not released on bail until September 10.

1919 --
July 25 - 28 

Conferència the of reconstitució of the FIS.(Federació Sindical Internacional).

[Source: Congressos Obrers]

1920 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Will Rogers silent movie "Cupid, the Cowpuncher" is released. The sheep over ta the next ranch are gettin' very nervous.

1921 -- anarchist diamond; anarquistaFrance: Mécislas Charrier, French individualist & illégaliste, attempts to rob the Paris-Marseille train.

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1927 -- Spain: Congress of the União Anarquista Portuguesa (UAP; Portuguese Anarchist Union) secretly held, in Valencia (July 25-26th). Originally scheduled for June 20, 1926 in Lisbon, Portugal, a rightwing military coup in May of 1926 forced its cancellation & the move to Spain. This congress marks the founding of the FAI (Federación Anarquista Ibérica).
Further details/ context, click here; anarquista anarchiste, anarquismo, Anarquista, Anarchisten[Details / context] Attendees include Francisco Nobrea do Quintal, secretary of the União Anarquista Portuguesa (UAP; Portuguese Anarchist Union); the Portuguese CGT was represented by Germinal de Sousa 25-26 juillet Espagne. Constitution, à Valence, de la Fédération anarchiste ibérique (F.A.I.) pour lutter contre le réformisme de certains dirigeants de la C.N.T. // 25- July 26 Spain. Constitution, in Valence, of the Iberian anarchistic Federation (F.A.I.) to fight against the reformism of certain leaders of the C.N.T.

1928 -- Italy: In the provincial council scompaiono elected members are replaced by representatives of the fascist party.

1928 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Semi-Colon?: Robert Benchley movie short "The Sex Life of a Polyp" is released. (Another half-assed attempt at a colonoscopy gone awry?)

1930 -- US: 19-year-old Josh Gibson called out of the stands to substitute for the regular catcher for the Pittsburgh Homestead Grays, one of the best-known all-Negro professional baseball teams. From here he goes on to play 15 years with a variety of Negro teams. His lifetime batting average, a mere .423, he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1972.

1930 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: A white mob threatens to hang ranchers employing Filipinos, in Wapato, Washington.

1933 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Netherlands: Dutch live radio concert: Duke Ellington.

1934 -- Austria: Engelbert Dollfuss, Austrian chancellor, is assassinated by the Nazis. They missed Humperdink.

1935 --
Russia: Moscow,
July 25-August 25

Congress of the Third International.

[Source: Congressos Obrers]

@ man / anarchik!
1936 -- Spain: Camillo Berneri arrives in Catalonia with a cargo of rifles & ammunition.

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1938 -- Spain:
25 juillet 1938, en Espagne, début de la grande bataille sur le front de l'Ebre (fleuve qui sépare ? ce moment-l?, les forces républicaines (communistes et anarchistes) des troupes nationalistes (franquistes). Les troupes républicaines, apr?s avoir traversées le fleuve, réussissent dans un premier temps ? repousser les franquistes.

De ao?t ? novembre, le front se stabilisera avant une contre-attaque des franquistes qui mettra en déroute, le 16 novembre 1938, l'armée républicaine de Catalogne, provoquant des dizaines de milliers de morts et de blessés.

     November 16, 1938, the Republican army of Catalonia, made up of anarchist & communist forces, is defeated after three months by pro-Franco forces, leaving tens of thousands of casualties & dead.

The Republican forces had held for three months during the great battle on the front at the Ebre River.


1939 -- anarchist diamond; anarchisteNicolas Faucier sent to prison at the end of July [I don't have the exact day for this. — ed.] with a two-year sentence for inciting insubordination within the military. French militant trade unionist & a pacifist, active with Louis Lecoin.

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1940 -- US: John Sigmund begins swimming for 89 hours 46 minutes in the Mississippi River. Long muddy.

1941 -- US: A Presidential Order freezes Japanese assets in the United States & causes a run on Japanese banks. UK & US freeze the assets over Japan's claim to Indochina bases. Also today, FDR bans selling benzene & gasoline to Japan.

1942 -- Norway: Manifesto of nonviolent resistance to Nazi occupation.

1943 -- Italy: Breve colloquio di Mussolini con il re che gli annuncia la sua sostituzione a capo del governo con il maresciallo Pietro Badoglio, un militare totalmente coinvolto nel fascismo e diretto responsabile delle operazioni in varie guerre di aggressione (Etiopia, Grecia). All'uscita del colloquio Mussolini viene arrestato dai carabinieri.

1944 -- Source=Robert Braunwart In the Government Slaughterhouse: Today the Red Army's First Ukraine Front surrounds Lvov, Poland; Hitler decrees a total mobilization of the Reich ("Volkssturm"); Gen. Bradley's 12th Army Group breaks out of its beachheads for Paris; Canadians begin an offensive near Caen...with 450 dead & 1,500 wounded, it is the 2nd bloodiest day of WW II for Canada...

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1946 -- First underwater atomic explosion. Bikini Atoll, South Pacific, at 8:34 am local time, in the Marshall Islands, is rocked by the underwater detonation. Worthy attempt to destroy the commie "Red Tide" before it washes over America? (See also Domino Theory; A Red Under Every Bed; Uncle "Tail" Gunner Joe McCarthy, etc.)

1946 -- The Crime... Two young black couples — Roger & Dorothy Malcom, George & Mae Murray Dorsey — were killed by a lynch mob at the Moore's Ford Bridge over the Appalachee River connecting Walton & Oconee Counties. The four were tied up & shot hundreds of times in broad daylight by unmasked men; murder weapons included rifles, shotguns, pistols & a machine gun. The Tuskegee Institute called it a "lynching."

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1953 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Jean Shepard/Ferlin Husky #1 country hit "A Dear John Letter" hits the charts.

1956 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: HUAC asks the House to cite dramatist Arthur Miller & songster Pete Seeger for contempt.

1958 -- "Sensational" Sherri Martel wins wrestling's WWF woman's title.

1958 -- England: International Anarchist Federations (IAF) Congress meets (July 25-August 1st) in London. Among those present are André Prudhommeaux & Clément Fournier, delegates of the Fédération anarchiste française. list of anarchist congresses

1963 -- Limited nuclear test ban treaty agreed upon by the US, Great Britain, the USSR, barring all but underground nuclear tests.

1963 -- US: Police arrest 23 young blacks in a sit-in at Seattle City Council chambers protesting appointment of only two blacks to the city's new Human Rights Commission.

1965 -- Los Angeles street artist & lovable eccentric Simon Rodia dies.

Scaduto book cover
1965 -- Bob Dylan — Plugged! He shocks crowd at the Newport Folk Festival by plugging the instruments in. People yell "Sellout!" & Pete Seeger later said he was "ready to chomp the microphone cord." Now called a turning point in the world of Folk Rock.

1966 -- Source=Robert Braunwart China: Wet Look? Mao Tse-tung swims the Yangtze River. (Because it was, dialectically, there.)

1967 -- US: H. Rap Brown, chairman of SNCC, suggests to black residents of Cambridge, Maryland that they "burn this town down." They oblige by rioting & setting fires in Cambridge's black business district.

MLF by Jim Koehnline
1967 -- The Beatles & U.K. rock groups urge the British government to legalize marijuana, in a London Times advertisement signed by all four of the mopheads.

1967 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Race riots in Detroit force postponement of a Tigers-Orioles game.

1968 -- Germany: Peppermint frappé, de Carlos Saura, gana el Oso de Plata del Festival de Berlín.

1969 -- US: Suspension Bridge? Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the driver of the car in which Mary Jo Kopechne was killed on 18 July, receives a two-month suspended sentence for leaving the scene of an accident. (See also 18 July; 1 August.)

Otto dix painting
1969 -- German social critic, painter Otto Dix dies, Hemmenhofen, Germany.

Daily Bleed Patron Saint, 2004 OTTO DIX
German social critic, painter.

1970 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Vatican: Cloak & Dagger? Catholic church confirms its condemnation of homosexuality, calling it "a moral aberration that cannot be approved by human conscience." Meanwhile the Church conscienciously winkswinkswinks as priests around the world bugger the kiddies.

1972 -- US: Health officials concede blacks were used as guinea pigs in 40 year syphilis experiment.

1978 -- Louise Brown, first test-tube baby (born under the sign of Pyrex?).

1978 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Johnny Rotten forms the rock group Public Image Ltd.

1981 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Raleigh? Can't Miss! Jeff Barker spits tobacco juice 10.2 m, Raleigh, Miss. Inspires "no spitting" laws around the world.

1983 -- US: First nonhuman primate (baboon) conceived in a lab dish, San Antonio, Texass. They name her Petri.

Hanford wagon
1983 -- US: State of Washington Public Power Supply System defaulted $2.25 billion. Boondoggle, lovingly referred to as WHOOPS!

Hey, it's only money.

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1983 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Nicaragua: The US / American rightwing-funded contras torture & kill 15 at San Francisco del Norte. Reagan compares them to Abraham Lincoln.

1987 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Half Price Books opens a branch in Berkeley, Calif.

1990 -- US: Comedian Rosanne Barr causes quite the stir when she sings the National Anthem in San Diego before a baseball game. After the anthem she spit & scratched herself — just like the boys do. The crowd booed.

1990 -- US Ambassador tells Iraq, US won't take sides in Iraq-Kuwait dispute. We're as good as our word, yup, yup, yup...(or 29th?)

1991 -- Yugoslavia: March for Peace, Belgrade.

1991 -- Source=Robert Braunwart South Africa: Government admits secret funding of right-wing Namibian party.

1993 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Lebanon: Israel begins blasting targets in southern Lebanon; 130 die by the end of the month. 500,000 flee the bombardment. Tune-in again in 2006 as Israel & Hezbollah go at it.

1993 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Brazil: Rio de Janeiro policemen are arrested for massacre of street kids.

NBA: gotta love this game
1994 -- Israel & Jordan sign end-of-hostility declaration. Yep.

1994 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Doctors Without Borders says 13,000 Rwandan refugees have died near Goma, Zaire in the last six days.

1995 -- Source=Robert Braunwart An international tribunal accuses Bosnian Serb leaders Radovan Karadzic & Ratko Mladic of genocide.

1996 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Government begins increased airline anti-terrorism precautions. Yep.

2001 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Listen Up, Saddam!?! Bush administration, high on image, short on principal, rejects a draft treaty on enforcement of a biological weapons ban.

2001 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Amnesty International says US federal & state justice systems are "riddled with racial discrimination."

2001 -- France: In Dijon, 40 anarchistes occupy the Italian consulate to protest police violence at the G8 Summit in Genoa, Italy. A streamer proclaiming: “G8 kills to bury the anger of the street” is hung above the entry. They issue a statement, part of which declares

"We fight, we will fight to build another world, rid of the dominations & power which characterize yours."
"Nous luttons, nous lutterons pour construire un autre monde, débarrassé des dominations et du pouvoir qui caractérisent le vôtre." extrait du communiqué des anarchistes.

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi, source
2001 -- India’s "Dacoit Queen" Phoolan Devi shot dead by avengers, New Delhi.

2010 -- Germany: A panicked crush of partygoers in an overcrowded tunnel serving as the sole entrance the world's largest techno music party (1.5 million) leaves 19 dead, & over 300 injured.

2010 -- WikiLeaks, online publisher of anonymous, covert, & classified material, leaks to the public 90,000+ internal reports about the United States-led involvement in the War on Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010.

Daily Beast website reports the Obama administration asked Britain, Germany, & Australia among others to consider bringing criminal charges against Julian Assange for the Afghan war leaks & to help limit Assange's travels across international borders.

All US federal government staff have been blocked from viewing WikiLeak, remaining, as usual, in the dark.

“But what is primarily secret is what is a secret & what isn’t; that is perhaps the actual state secret.”

Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Politics & Crime

headline: Man Eats Underwear to Beat Breathalizer
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