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"Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake."

      — Chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower (1887-1956)


Fastidious avant-garde idea man. Gave up art for chess. Pawn e1-e4.


Brussels, Belgium: KERMESSE. A 600-year-old-spectacular parade featuring elaborate floats & enormous balloon creatures & characters.



MAYAN CALENDER: NEW YEARS DAY! Eighteen 20-day months (appended by five 'bad days'); beginning today with the Month of Pop.

1586 -- England: First potatoes arrive in Britain; landed in Plymouth from Colombia. Inspires Couch Potatoes, Potato Heads, & colonists to name a rock in the New World Plymouth.
Source: 'Calendar Riots'

1591 -- New Old World: Anne Hutchinson banished from Boston because of her independent religious views.

1667 -- Poet Abraham Cowley dies in Chertsey, Surrey, at 48, buried in Westminster Abbey.

1750 -- Fabre d'Eglantine lives, Carcassonne, France. Actor/poet, best known for his song, Il pleut, il pleut, bergčre, still sung by French children today.

1750 -- Warrant?: Composer J. S. Bach dies. Beatles release "Get Bach."

1794 -- France: Basket Case? French Reign of Terror architect Robespierre faces the guillotine himself.

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1814 -- Percy Bysshe Shelley, already married to the former Harriet Westbrook, elopes to France with Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin). Harriet's suicide in 1816 frees him to wed Mary.

1844 -- Gerard Manley Hopkins lives. Jesuit poet, wrote "The Wreck of the Deutschland."

1862 -- Émile Maurin (1862-1913) (aka Elie Murmain) lives. French anarchiste militant & photographer.

1866 -- Children's writer/illustrator Beatrix Potter lives, Bolton Gardens, Kensington. Created the characters Peter Rabbit, Jeremy Fisher, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, & others.

1866 -- US: Metric system becomes a legal measurement system. Yup.

1868 -- US: Caste System? 14th Amendment, giving equal rights to all non-Indian men, becomes part of the US Constitution. Back in the days when America had a constitution.

1869 -- US: Last Rites? Women shoemakers in Lynn, Massachusetts demand equal pay.

Émile Masson, French anarchiste; source
1869 -- France: Émile Masson lives (1869-1923), in Brest. Breton militant, professor, writer & libertarian socialist propagandist.

Masson frequented the revolutionary milieu of socialists, anarchists & antimilitarists while a student of philosophy & English at the Sorbonne. A passionate advocate of Breton language, culture & history, publisher of the bilingual monthly, Brug (Breton-Français).

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1887 -- Dada post-artist Marcel Duchamp lives, Blaineville, France.

"The individual, man as a man, man as a brain, if you like, interests me more than what he makes because I've noticed that most artists only repeat themselves."

1890 --

"Toutes les lois sont oppressives et criminelles. Elles ne protčgent que les riches et les heureux." "All laws are oppressive & criminal. They only protect the rich & happy. "

anarchist circle a       — Octave Mirbeau, 28 juillet 1890.

1892 -- US: Queen Emma placidly reads amidst de Choking Smoke of her Cobwebbed Tool Shed ...

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1894 -- anarchist diamond dingbatFrance: The last of the "lois scélérates" ("villainous laws") is passed, condemning any individual or publication using anarchist propaganda.

1898 -- Start of Sherlock Holmes' "The Adventure of The Retired Colourman" (Thur, July 28 to Sat, July 30; Liberty December, 1926 Strand Magazine January, 1927).

1900 -- US: Got Meat? The Hamburger is created by Louis Lassing in Connecticut.

1902 -- Kenneth Fearing lives (1902-1961) Oak Park, Illinois. American journalist, poet, & radical novelist.

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1907 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministUS: Labor honcho & IWW activist Big Bill Haywood acquitted; Emma Goldman & associates send telegram to Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Teddy Roosevelt to express their joy.

"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

1907 -- France: In Raon-l'Etape during a peaceful demonstration by strikers, the forces of "order" open fire on the procession, killing two workers. Barricades now appear high in the streets & the black flag is raised. Francis Boudoux (Jules Sellenet), anarchiste & secretary of the l'union des syndicats de Meurthe-et-Moselle, delivers a speech at the funeral services for the two workmen.

1909 -- Novelist & poet Malcolm Lowry lives, Birkenhead, Chesire, England.

Lived & wrote in a squatter's shack near Vancouver. Chronic alcoholism & mental disorders were finally treated with lobotomy. Of his death, the coroner reported "death by misadventure." Gus Hellthaler & his ol' sidekick pre-BleedMeister Dave visited the location in the early 1970s. The shack was gone, we passed on the lobotomy, preferring to pass the bottle of Old OverCoat.

Under the Volcano is often called one of the great novels of the 20th century.

Further reading: Lowry: The Man & His Work by critic/anarchist George Woodcock; Lowry, a Biography by D. Day; Malcolm Lowry: a Preface to His Fiction by R.K. Cross.

War Against War
1914 -- Austria-Hungary attacks Serbia — WWI is off to a fine start, with most so-described "civilized" western nations joining in the festivities. This, of course, is the last war of the 20th century.

US Factoid
1915 -- Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Wilson sends Marines to Haiti, where Haitians are in revolt against the US-backed regime. Marines take benevolent control of the benevolent government & massive benevolent repression of grass roots organizations follows. Haiti thereafter is a virtual protectorate of the benevolent US under a benevolent treaty signed in September.

1918 -- US: National Mooney Day; Governor Stephens grants labor activist Tom Mooney a reprieve until December. Framed, along with Warren Billings, by the government, for the "Preparedness Day" bombing in San Francisco, July 22, 1916. ANARCHIST

1919 --
Amsterdam, Netherlands

July 28-August 2, 1919 

celebra la conferčncia de reconstitució de la FIS (Federació Sindical Internacional). Francisco Largo Caballero i Julián Besteiro, represent la UGT.

Source: [Congressos Obrers]

1920 -- Argentina & Uruguay: Congress of the Operários Chapeleiros Sul-Americano (South American hat-makers), held this month.

Anarcho-syndicalist participation &/or a marked presence at this congress is evident.
red & black arrowThroughout most of South America in the early 20th century, in addition to their own congresses, anarchists & anarcho-syndicalists are often on the front lines of the various workers' actions, meetings, unions, conferences & congresses.

[I don't have exact dates or details; not clear if two separate gatherings are held, or a joint congress — ed.]
Source: [Arquivo de História Social]
list of anarchist congresses Outros Congressos - Os trabalhadores anarco-sindicalistas brasileiros participaram ou marcaram presença no Congresso dos Operários Chapeleiros Sul-Americano, realizado na Argentina e Uruguai, em julho de 1920. As pesquisas deixam perceber que os anarquistas estiveram na linha de frente de todos os congressos anarco-sindicalistas e ainda realizaram os seus.

1920 -- Italy: Pasquale Binazzi is arrested in Spezio, charged with forming an armed gang during social disturbances in the city last month. Binazzi, as a trade union militant & director of the anarchist magazine Il Libertario, is often the target of exercised authorities. In response to his arrest workers initiate a General Strike.
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1927 -- US: In the Sacco & Vanzetti case, after being interviewed for several hours by Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Governor Fuller, Vanzetti writes a letter to him providing more complete answers to the Governor's questions & asking him to stop the scheduled executions. Fuller announces his refusal to intervene on Aug. 3rd.

See Heroes & Martyrs: Emma Goldman, Sacco & Vanzetti, & the Revolutionary Struggle, an audio CD by Howard Zinn.

1927 -- American poet John Ashbery lives.

1929 -- Jacqueline Onassis, redecorator, lives.

1932 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Herbie Hoover forcibly evicts bonus marchers from their encampment. Two killed when the US Army attacks an encampment of 20,000 World War I veterans gathered in Washington DC to demand their bonus benefit payments.

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1937 -- Joseph Lee, father of the "Playground Movement," cannot come out to play anymore.

1940 -- "The exploitation of the poor can be extinguished not by effecting the destruction of a few millionaires but by removing the ignorance of the poor & teaching them to noncooperate with the exploiters."

— Mohandas K. Gandhi, Haryan, July 28, 1940

1943 -- US: Johnny Come Latte? Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President FDR announces end of coffee rationing, effectively quelling the "Starbucks Riots."

1943 -- Italy: L'ex-fascista Pietro Badoglio emana un decreto per lo scioglimento del partito nazionale fascista.

King Kong
1945 -- US: Going Down? Army twin-engined B-25 light bomber crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building, setting it afire, killing 13, & injuring 26.

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1945 -- England: 6,000 at 'Peace & the People' rally, Trafalgar Square, London.

1949 -- Marilyn Quayle, backbone of Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader US Vice President Dan, lives.

1958 -- Billboard reports on a claim from the Esso Research Center:

"...tuning in rock & roll music on a car radio can cost a motorist money," because the rhythm can cause a driver to unconsciously jiggle the gas pedal, thus wasting fuel.

1958 -- US: Saxe Commins (1892-1958) dies, New York.

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1959 -- Author William T. Vollmann lives.

1962 -- Wet Aliens?: Mariner I launched to Mars falls into Atlantic Ocean, injuring I mariner.

bridge in Vietnam
1965 -- US: Double or Nothing? Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Johnson announces that draft calls for the Vietnam conflict will be doubled.

1966 -- US: Riots break out in black sections of Baltimore.

1973 -- One of the largest rock festivals of all time is held at the Watkins Glen raceway. More than 600,000 show up for one day of music with the Grateful Dead, the Band & the Allman Brothers.

1976 -- China: 242,000 die in 8.2 earthquake, Tientsin-Tangshan.

1981 -- England: American astrologist Nancy Reagan — giddy to be in London for the Royal Wedding — announces, "I'm off to see the King & Queen!" — though there hasn't been a King of England in 27 years. British press detests her on sight. Writes one paper of the First Lady's propensity for toppling over, Chesire cat grin

"Maybe she'll fall again & break her hair."

1983 -- US: Hatchet Job? Robert Paul Yarrington, who collected $210,000 for the loss of his left foot in a motorcycle accident, is convicted of insurance fraud in San Jose. He had hired two pals to stage the accident & hack off his foot with a hatchet.

missile flyout
1986 -- US: NASA releases transcript from doomed Challenger; pilot Michael Smith's famous last words, as the spacecraft disintegrates:

Nike shoe: Riot! Just Do It
1987 -- Fit To Be Tied?: The Beatles sue Nike to stop the shoe company from using their song "Revolution" in it's sneaker ads.

1988 -- Jordan: Government cancels $1.3 billion development plan in the West Bank. Don't know how Michael's fellow golfers Charles Barkeley or Dennis Rodman feel about this.

1995 -- A settlement returns the rights to Jimi Hendrix's estate to his father. Includes unmastered tapes, concert recordings, photographs & other personal possessions.

2000 -- Perú: Riot police in Lima fire bullets in the air, use water canons, & fire tear gas canisters into crowds of anti-government demonstrators as pitched street battles mar the inauguration of President Alberto Fujimori to an unprecedented third term.

The protesters eventually bring the terrorist Fujimori down & send him fleeing to Japan.

2002 -- anarchist diamond dingbatFrance: A No Borders camp organized by Autonomes, in Strasbourg, to protest against anti-immigration policies, closes.

2006 -- US: American anarchist illustrator Richard Mock dies, Brooklyn, New York. Best known for his linocut illustrations on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times from 1980 through 1996. Mock's art frequently appeared on the covers of the magazines Fifth Estate, Alternative Press Review & Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed. His work has been cited as an influence by a number of contemporary American printmakers.

Wendo Kolosoy
2008 -- Papa Wendo Kolosoy dies.

Daily Bleed Patron Saint May 25, 2011
Congolese rumba musician, prisoner, cultural activist.

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n. A by-product of the arts of peace. The most menacing political condition is a period of international amity. The student of history who has not been taught to expect the unexpected may justly boast himself inaccessible to the light. "In time of peace prepare for war" has a deeper meaning than is commonly discerned; it means, not merely that all things earthly have an end — that change is the one immutable & eternal law — but that the soil of peace is thickly sown with the seeds of war & singularly suited to their germination & growth.

It was when Kubla Khan had decreed his "stately pleasure dome" — when, that is to say, there were peace & fat feasting in Xanadu — that he

heard from afar
Ancestral voices prophesying war.

One of the greatest of poets, Coleridge was one of the wisest of men, & it was not for nothing that he read us this parable. Let us have a little less of "hands across the sea," & a little more of that elemental distrust that is the security of nations. War loves to come like a thief in the night; professions of eternal amity provide the night.

— Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

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