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"The crows kep' flyin' up, boys!"
— Mary Gilmore
The Mother of Us All. American writer, lesbian, art patron.
TAKE YOUR HOUSEPLANTS FOR A WALK DAY, Lebanon, Pennsylvania: "… Enables them to know their environment, thereby providing them with a sense of knowing." Yup.
Cairo: CARAVAN OF PILGRIMS sets out for Mecca with the new Kiswa for the Kaaba. With cannon, kettle drums, camels dyed with henna, they proceed to the Lake of the Pilgrims, stay for a few days & then set out on the long road to Mecca.
Jewish TISHA B'AV.
479 -- The Awakening of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus.
1501 -- Copernicus formally installed as canon of Frauenberg Cathedral.
Years later he became a loose canon.
1568 -- USFDA Warning?: Sir Walter Raleigh brings first tobacco to England from Virginia.
1656 -- 24-year-old Benedict Spinoza excommunicated by Jewish authorities.
1689 -- Cranks?: Jacobite Scottish Highlanders defeat royal force at Killiecrankie.
1777 -- British poet Thomas Campbell lives, Glasgow. After Napoleon sentences the German publisher Johann Palm to death for printing subversive pamphlets, Campbell gives this toast at an authors' dinner: "To Napoleon" — murmurs of protest — "But, gentlemen, he once shot a publisher!"
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1794 -- Maximilien Robespierre arrested as new tyrant in French Revolution.
1824 -- Alexandre Dumas, fils, lives, Paris. Illegitimate son of Dumas, père & Catherine Labay, a seamstress. Wrote The Lady of the Camillas, which he adapted into a play. Giuseppe Verdi based his opera La traviata on the play, first performed in 1853. He underlined the importance of marriage & moral purpose of literature. Opposed the emancipation of women, adultery & prostitution. Mr. Fun.
1835 -- Giosué Carducci lives. Italian poet, winner of the 1906 Nobel, highly influential literary figure in his age. His political, rebellious & anticlerical views caused him much trouble, but later supported the monarchy & Italy's imperialist aims in Africa, & in 1890 was made a senator for life.
1837 -- US: Julips? US Mint opens in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1844 -- In Nancy, Guilbert de Pixérécourt dies. Prolific French dramatist: over 100 of his plays performed in the théatres des boulevards, patronized by a far less exclusive audience than the official theaters.
1844 -- US: Fire destroys the US mint at Charlotte, North Carolina. Pity . . . it was in mint condition.
1866 -- Atlantic cable completed between England & US.
1868 -- US & México in joint resolution outlaw enslavement of remaining Navajo.
1869 -- US: William Sylvis (1828-1869) dies. Head of the National Labor Union, the first such organization in US history.
"Capital blights & withers all it touches. It is a new aristocracy — proud, imperious, dishonest, seeking only profit & the exploitation of workers."
— William Sylvis, 1868
1870 -- Writer Hilaire Belloc lives.
1880 -- Battle of Maiwand, where Dr. Watson is wounded, breaks out.
1893 -- Australia: After telling Ernie Lane he was off to blow up a non-union ship, Larry Petrie booked a passage on the S.S. 'Aramac'. On board at midnight on 27 July near the entrance to Moreton Bay there was a tremendous explosion in the forecabin.
"The funny thing was," said Petrie some years later, "that the moment the bomb went off my first & only thought was to save people's lives."
"The crows kep' flyin' up, boys!"
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1894 -- France: Théodule Meunier is sentenced to "life" in prison in Cayenne. A French practitioner of "propaganda by the deed." Life in prison?:
"A perpétuité?" s'exclame-t-il "La société bourgeoise n'en a pas pour aussi longtemps! Courage, copains, et vive l'anarchie!"
The International Socialist Workers' & Trades Union Congress (July 27-Aug. 1).
The Marxists pass a motion requiring the recognition & need for "political action" (in legislative & parliamentary voting) & finishes up totally excluding anarchists, & all anti-parliamentary Socialists, from any future congresses (The latter convene their own antiauthoritarian Congress on the 29th).
Among the various delegations are many anarchists, including Errico Malatesta, Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis, Pietro Gori, Gustav Landauer, Kampffmeyer, Fernand Pelloutier, Paul Delesalle, Louise Michel, Peter Kropotkin, Élisée Reclus, & Jean Grave, etc.
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1898 -- Start of Sherlock Holmes' "The Adventure of the Dancing Men" (Collier's November, 1903; Strand Magazine December, 1903).
1908 -- Writer Joseph Mitchell lives.
1909 -- Starting date for Sherlock Holmes' "The Adventure of The Lion's Mane" (Tues, Jul 27 to Thur, Aug 3; Liberty November, 1926 Strand Magazine December, 1926). Proves Retirement is Hell.
1913 -- Vittorio Sereni lives, Luino, Italy. Italian poet, author, editor, & translator known for lyric verse & translations into Italian of works by Pierre Corneille, Guillaume Apollinaire, Paul Valéry, René Char, Albert Camus, Ezra Pound, & William Carlos Williams.
1918 -- Canada: United Mine Workers organizer Ginger Goodwin is shot by a hired private cop outside Cumberland, British Columbia. His murder sparked Canada's first General Strike.
'GINGER' KNEW WHAT SIDE HE WAS ON
Albert "Ginger" Goodwin didn't look like much, but he had a towering moral presence. His short life was spent fighting for people who work hard for little reward — & it ended with a bullet & immortality as a labour martyr.
His remains are buried in the Cumberland cemetery: nearby, a section of the Island Highway has been named "Ginger Goodwin Way." He won't be forgotten. The rough sandstone marker on his grave says, "Lest we forget, Ginger Goodwin, shot July 27th, 1918, a workers' friend."
The grave is well kept & always has fresh flowers.
"Ginger Goodwin led the first strike in Canada for an eight-hour workday. I'm trying to promote it as a Canadian holiday. I had never heard anything about the guy, & then my brother — who works for the Canadian Auto Workers — mentioned him, because they go to his grave site every year for a memorial."
— Joe Keithley
"Ginger Goodwin" by Joe "Shithead" Keithley, D.O.A., Sudden Death Records
[Thanks to Bleedster Dave in British Columbia for supplying references!]
1918 -- US: Socony 200, first concrete barge in the nation, launched to carry oil, New York.
1919 -- US: Chicago race riots; violence erupts when a black youth on a raft crosses an unseen "color line" at the 29th Street Beach & he is drowned by rock-throwing whites. 38 people eventually die & at least 500 are injured.
The year after the Great War ended in 1918, 26 riots exploded across the length & breadth of the country as several forces joined to signal a growing crisis in race relations in America.
African-American soldiers were returning from a war in which they expected significant gains; instead, race violence & lynchings escalated. The year 1919, marking 300 since Africans had come ashore in Jamestown, also had enormous symbolic significance: not enough had been gained in the intervening three centuries.
The riots of 1919 were only the climax of racial tension that had been festering for some time.
1921 -- France: Léon Prouvost (the "Libertarian Philanthropist") is raided. A few days from now he ends his life, a suicide, after having bequeathed part of his fortune to his fellow anarchist publisher André Lorulot.
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1924 -- Holland: 20th anniversary of the creation of the A.I.A. (Association Internationale Antimilitariste). In the Hague an international meeting is held at the "House of the People." Many well-known militants attend, such as Rudolf Rocker, Emma Goldman, Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis, Barthélemy de Ligt, & Pierre Ramus.
1932 -- US: Army assaults an encampment of 20,000 World War I veterans who had camped in Washington asking Congress to speed up bonus payments.
1936 -- Spain: In Catalonia, in the enthusiasm of the revolution throughout Spain of the past few days, a new rationalist school — "Nouvelle Ecole Unifié" — is founded, based & run upon the "Modern School" principles of Francisco Ferrer.
1940 -- Novelist Bharati Mukherjee lives.
1942 -- US: Toshiro Kobata, a California farmer, & San Pedro fisherman Hirota Isomura are shot to death by camp guards at Lourdsburg, New Mexico enemy alien "internment" camp. The men were allegedly trying to escape. It is later reported, however, that upon their arrival to the camp, the men had been too ill to walk from the train station to the camp gate.
1946 -- Poet Gertrude Stein dies, Paris. Her last words to Alice B. Toklas — "What is the answer?" — receiving no reply, Gertrude supplies her own answer:
"In that case, what is the question?"
1946 -- US: Susan Glaspell dies, Provincetown. Co-founder of the influential Provincetown Players.
1947 -- France: Reunion of regional federations of FAI (Federación Anarquista Ibérica) as Spanish/Portuguese militants in exile meet up in Toulouse (July 27-29th).
[Source: Le Libertaire Chronologie]
1949 -- France: Jean Roumilhac dies in car accident. Fought in the Spanish Revolution. First president of the French section of the S.I.A. (International Solidarity Antifascist). In the 1940s Roumilhac created an agricultural company in the Rhone delta, enabling Spanish anarchist refugees to obtain legal residence permits.
1953 -- Korea: Korean War ends after 575 meetings, Panmunjon. The war lasted three years, 32 days. Truce negotiations lasted two years, 17 days. MASH 4077 keeps operating for another 8 years, then goes into re-runs. Like the Cold War itself & US global interventions to make the world safe for
1955 -- Chuck Berry's first hit record, "Maybellene" enters the R&B chart.
1956 -- England: Plane crashes into nuclear store, Lakenheath, Suffolk.
1957 -- US: Jimmy Wilson, a black farmhand from Marion, Alabama is sentenced to death for stealing $1.95 from a white woman.
1970 -- Netherlands: Albert de Jong (1891-1970) dies the evening of the 27/28th, Heemstede. Dutch militant, antimilitarist writer & speaker.
Associated with Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis, Bart de Ligt, Arthur Lehning, & the "Bureau international antimilitariste."
In the 1930s he helped members of the F.A.U.D. (Freie Arbeiter Union Deutschland, anarchosyndicalist union with about 125,000 members), such as Dr. Gerhardt Wartenberg, escape Nazi persecution. De Jong went to England during the war, where he continued his work with the aid of his son Rudolf de Jong. Albert, both a witness & a significant actor in the social history of Holland, remained committed to the libertarian ideal until his death.
1974 -- Lightning Slim, blues singer, dies at 61.
1974 -- US: House Judiciary Committee votes 27-11 recommends Nixon impeachment.
On June 17, 1972, & prior thereto, agents of the Committee for the Re-election of the President:
Committed unlawful entry of the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in Washington, District of Columbia, for the purpose of securing political intelligence.
Subsequent thereto, Richard M. Nixon, using the powers of his high office, engaged personally & through his subordinates & agents in a course of conduct or plan designed to delay, impede, & obstruct the investigation of such unlawful entry; to cover up, conceal & protect those responsible; & to conceal the existence & scope of other unlawful covert activities.
Wherefore Richard M. Nixon, by such conduct, warrants impeachment & trial, & removal from office.
1976 -- US: Ecologist? John Lennon receives his Green Card.
1976 -- US: Ray Brennan becomes first to die of "Legionnaire's Disease."
1976 -- China: 8.2 Tangshan earthquake kills estimated 240,000.
1979 -- Alice Cooper's Indian art store in Scottsdale, Arizona is firebombed. Gone are $200,000 worth of artifacts & some of Cooper's gold records, which were stored in the back. Cooper said maybe a "disco-music freak" was responsible because he had been making some anti-disco remarks.
1979 -- US: Supreme Court upholds Boldt Decision, affirming the right of Washington tribes to half the salmon catch. State legislators have been seeking ways to circumvent the decision ever since.
1979 -- US: Bottomless Pit?: 13 banks in NY City are robbed today.
1980 -- Egypt: Deposed Shah of Iran dies in exile, Cairo. The Ayatollah cracks a smile.
1984 -- US: Anne Burford dismisses the job she has been appointed to as insignificant. "It's a nothing-burger," she says. "They meet three times a year. They don't do anything. It's a joke." Having so blurted, she has no choice but to have her nomination withdrawn.
1989 -- US: NY state police close all roads to the NY portion of the St. Regis Mohawk reservation, in a dispute over freedom of Mohawks to cross the international border between the US & Canada.
1995 -- US: Beloved & Respected comrade Leader President Clinton signs into law the salvage logging rider, which mandates clearcutting of federal forests regardless of any environmental laws. He later claims he "didn't know what he was doing," but takes no action to slow the resulting devastation (& profits).
1996 -- US: Four women arrested for a Plowshares action, pouring their own blood on weaponry at the Naval Submarine Base at Groton, Conn. the morning of the launch of the last new Trident submarine, the U.S.S. Louisiana.
1996 -- Indonesia: Protesters riot through downtown Jakarta after security forces storm the headquarters of the Indonesian Democratic Party, driving out the supporters of the PDI leader, Megawati Sukarnoputri, the daughter of Indonesia's founding President Sukarno. The riots leave millions of dollars of damage in Jakarta's commercial district.
1999 -- "Only someone completely distrustful of all government would be opposed to what we are doing with surveillance cameras."
— NYC Police Commissioner Howard Safir, 27 July 1999.
2002 -- Russia: Bakunin Celebration Readings, Priamukhino, Tver.
Held at the estate of the Bakunin family, July 27-28, for the cause & also as a tribute to Natalya Pirumova, the well-known Russian historian, who organized the Bakunin readings of 1994 (& numerous similar events). Organized by the Bakunin Fund.
2004 -- US: TeaPartyers?: The Bl(A)ck Tea Society organizes its largest event, a Really Really Democratic Bazaar during the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
2005 -- US: Arsonists identifying themselves as the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) damage two homes under construction in Whatcom County, Washington.
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