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— William Faulkner
Legendary Grateful Dead guitarist/singer\songwriter, counter-culture hero.
Indian communist leader, prisoner, independence fighter.
FESTIVAL OF XIUHTECHUHTLI: Ancient Aztec celebration of the god of the calendar.
Southern California: LAUGHTER DAY.
Ghana: HOMOWO, or "Hooting at Hunger," in which the Ga people feast & mock famine.
LAMMAS, a druid Harvest Feast/Feast of the Wheat Harvest/Gule of August/Loafmas: First-baked bread of new harvest blessed, effigies of corn spirit, called maiden corn, carried in a procession. Lammas brothers & sisters take a lover for the duration of this 11-day festival.
Portland, Maine: POD BODY DAY.
Important to Remember:
AUGUST is . . .
Foot Health Month, National Catfish Month, National Water Quality Month, Romance Awareness Month
1st Week 2nd Week 3rd Week Last Week National Psychic Week
Manwatcher's Compliment Week
Beauty Queen Week (1st-7th)
Turtles International Awareness Week
National Smile Week
Don't Wait — Celebrate Week
National Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Week
Weird Contest Week
National Hot Lava Week
Air Conditioning Appreciation Week
National Religious Software Week
Carpenter Ant Awareness Week
August Movable Daily Holidays Day Holiday 1st Sunday Canoe Joust (Maryland)
Scottish Bagpipe & Highland Dance Festival
1st Monday Bahamas Emancipation Day
Civic Holiday (Canada)
Grenada Emancipation Day
Jamaica Independence Day
Shop & Office Workers' Holiday (Iceland)
1st Saturday Feast Day of St. Wilfred (Yorkshire, UK)
Festival of Nations (Red Lodge, Montana)
2nd Saturday National Hobo Convention (Britt, Iowa) 2nd Monday Carnival Monday (Grenada) 2nd Friday No Man's Land Celebration 3rd Thursday Sour Herring Premiere (Sweden)
3rd Saturday (every other year) Hopi Snake Dance 4th Sunday Wedding of the Giants (Belgium) Last Sunday Plague Sunday (Gloucestershire, UK) Last Monday Summer Holiday (UK (except Scotland))
Last Tuesday Lammas Fair Day (Ballycastle, Ireland)
8 -- Beginning of the first August — month of Sextilis renamed by the Roman Emperor Augustus.
My father —
— Robert Sund
How many beautiful August evenings
surround an ear of corn.
— Robert Sund
1137 -- Death of Louis VI, "the Fat," King of France.
1743 -- Richard Savage dies in Bristol. Subject of one of the best short biographies in English, Samuel Johnson's Account of the Life of Mr Richard Savage . A quarrelsome, impecunious man. Friends, Alexander Pope prominent among them, eventually provided money to get him out of London.
1744 -- Lamarck lives.
1758 -- New World: First Indian reservation in North America established by New Jersey Colonial Assembly.
"Maybe we should not have humored them when they asked to live on reservations. Maybe we should have said, No, come join us. Be citizens along with the rest of us."
— acting President Ronald Reagan during a trip to Moscow, when a student asked about US treatment of Native Americans
1765 -- England: After a notice is posted in the Northampton Mercury inviting "well-wishers to the Cause now in Hand" to a football match at West Haddon, a tumultuous mob assemble on the designated day, pull down & burn the fences in defiance of the Enclosures Act.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1775 -- New World: Thomas Paine publishes an article supporting women's rights in the "Pennsylvania Gazette."
Dick Gaughan — Tom Paine's Bones (song):
1790 -- US: First Census completed, showing a population of nearly 4 million people in 13 states.
1790 -- US: Spaniards under Quimper first sight Neah Bay, Washington.
1815 -- Mast Head? Richard Henry Dana lives, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Wrote Two Years Before the Mast.
1819 -- American novelist Herman Melville lives, New York.
1834 -- England: Emancipation Bill outlaws slavery throughout the British Empire — although slave trade was outlawed in 1772.
1870 -- US: Consensus? Norton I is listed by the US Census taker with the occupation of “Emperor,” living at 624 Commercial St.
1875 -- François-Henri Jolivet lives (1875-1955), Paris. French working poet, anarchiste & pacifist songster.
Jolivet joined the revolutionary singers, "La Muse Rouge" (at age 17), participated in the worker festival, "Vache Enragée" of Montmartre, the pacifist "La Patrie Humaine," etc.
In the 1920s he frequented the "Musée du Soir" of Henry Poulaille, who wrote the preface to his collection, Chansons Sociales et Satiriques (1956).
Encouraged by Edith Piaf, Jolivet continued appearing in the cabarets of Montmartre until the end of his life, on October 31, 1955.
"PAPIERS A CUL
Un jour souffrant et tout pâle
D'une colique autoritaire,
Je me suis servi de mon livret militaire.
N'allez pas m'accuser ici
De façon trop peu délicate,
Ils usent à peu près ainsi
De leurs traités, les diplomates." (...)
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1881 -- Rose Macaulay lives, Rugby, Warwickshire. Author of novels / travel books characterized by intelligence, wit, & lively scholarship. First attracts attention as a social satirist with a series of novels, Potterism; Dangerous Ages; Told by an Idiot; Crewe Train; Keeping Up Appearances.
1885 -- France: Pierre Mualdes lives (1885-1966). Militant activist, collaborated on "Libertaire," "La Revue anarchiste", "La Revue internationale anarchiste", etc. A victim of Parkinson disease.
1889 -- Italy: During this month, Salvataggio governativo (coi soldi dei contribuenti) della Banca Tiberina e del Banco sconto e sete di Torino. L'immissione di 50 milioni evita il fallimento, che sarebbe stato l'esito giusto e inevitabile per le massicce speculazioni delle banche nel settore edilizio a Roma.
1889 -- US: "Der Anarchist" first appears today, in St. Louis. German language anarchist-communist paper, published by Claus Timmermann. In 1891 he moved to NY City, where it publishes until 1895. Emma Goldman is among its contributors.
Le 1er août 1889, sortie à St-Louis (USA) du premier numéro de "Der Anarchist" journal anarchiste-communiste" en langue allemande, publié par Claus Timmermann. En 1891, il est édité à New York et ce jusqu'en 1895; Emma Goldman collaborera au journal.
1892 -- US: Over 300 anarchists meet to discuss Alexander Berkman's bungled attempt to assassinate the much despised anti-labor honcho Henry Clay Frick. Speakers include Autonomie group leader Josef Peukert, Dyer D. Lum, editor of the Alarm, Italian anarchist Saverio Merlino, an editor of Solidarity & Berkman's sidekick, Emma Goldman, who chairs the meeting.
1897 -- France: André Daunis lives, à Bages, (Aude). Militant & propagandist in southern France.
Active with the group "Élisée Reclus" de Narbonne, & a proven propagandist, he organizes many meetings to distribute booklets & spread anarchist ideas. Daunis even presented himself on several occasions in elections but, as an abstentionnist, he withdrew before the voting. He was arrested & interned with other anarchists in September 1939, in the camp of Saint-Sulpice-la-Pointe in the Tarn, where he was kept until October 1941.
1901 -- US: Day of the Living Dead? Burial within San Francisco City limits prohibited. (Inspires the Grateful Dead!)
1902 -- Spain: Lola Iturbe lives (1902-1990; pseudonym, Kyra Kyralina, in tribute to the famous novel of Panait Istrati). Militant anarcosindicalista, member of Mujeres Libres, secretary of Sindicato del Vestido de Barcelona, editor of the collection, La mujer en la Lucha Social y en la Guerra Civil de España (Editores Mexicanos Unidos, 1974).
"Su vida fue la de un ser entrañable, entregada, sin reservas, al bienestar común enraizado en el respeto a la dignidad y a la libertad del ser humano."
— Antonina Rodrigo Mujer y exilio, 1939 (Compañía literaria, 1999)
1903 -- US: Calamity Jane dies.
She's the fast-shootin', tough-talkin', cross-dressin' (real-life lesbian cowboy) Calamity Jane! Saddle up & come on down for lots of rootin'-tootin' fun for the whole lesbian & gay American family.
1907 -- Angelo Sbardellotto lives (1907-1932). Italian anarchist & antifascist, executed by a fascist firing squad on June 17, 1932, having admitted before a Tribunal Spécial (fasciste) of his intention to assassinate Mussolini.
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1909 -- Spain: Revolt in Catalonia leaves over 1,000 dead.
1910 -- Pulp publishing maven Ray Palmer lives.
1914 -- Italy: 1-2 Agosto. Dopo la dichiarazione di guerra alla Serbia da parte dell'Austria (28 Luglio) il consiglio dei ministri italiano dichiara la propria neutralità ma al tempo stesso mette in atto dei provvedimenti economici da stato di guerra (chiusura delle borse, divieti all'esportazione, etc.).
[Source: Crimini e Misfatti]
1916 -- Anne Hébert (1916-2000) lives. French-Canadian novelist, poet, playwright, & short-story writer, noted for her examination of the lives of the Quebeçois. Hébert combined realism & symbolism, & reworked the tradition of the historical novel. In her poems Hébert used free verse with dense, closely packed images, achieving an almost surrealistic effect. Her novels show influence of the French nouveau roman & postmodern narrative techniques.
Years later the writer
would recall his days in
Butte as an armed
mercenary being paid
by the Pinkerton
detective agency &
the mine companies.
One night, as he sat in
a Butte bar, Hammett
said he was approached
by a mine company
offered him $5,000 to
kill Frank Little.
Beating Wobblies with clubs
was one thing . . . murder was
another, & Hammett said he
quit on the spot.
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1919 -- Alexander Nakov lives, Kosatcha, Bulgaria. Militant activist & esperantist.
Nakov was arrested & sent to prison, along with five others, for his militant activities. Following his release in 1941 he was a founder of the "Elisee Reclus group" (with Dimitri Vassiliev, Bojan Alexev, Laserman Asenov Minev, Maria Duganova, Kotze Zacharinov & others).
When the communists took power, all anarchist activities were outlawed, & Nakov & over 600 anarchists were arrested in 1948.
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1920 -- US: National convention of Marcus Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement Association opens in Harlem, New York City.
"We represent peace, harmony, love, human sympathy, human rights & human justice...we are marshaling the four hundred million Negroes of the world to fight for the emancipation of the race & for the redemption of the country of our fathers."
1920 -- Gandhi begins Indian non-cooperation movement.
1921 -- US: Sid Hatfield & Ed Chambers murdered by the Baldwin-Feltz death squad agency for their part in the Matewan labor battle a year ago, when two Feltz family thugs were killed by Hatfield & his deputies.
Matewan Chief of Police Hatfield & Chambers were executed on the Welch County court house steps in front of their wives.
This incident is what lead to the Battle of Blair Mountain where up to 20,000 pissed coal miners marched on anti-union stronghold Logan County to overthrow Sheriff Dan Chaffin, the coal company tyrant who murdered miners with impunity.
The Battle of Blair Mountain started more or less on September 1st of 1921; Coal company thugs drop bombs on the miners from planes on the 2nd of September. It takes the combined efforts of the US Army & the coal company thugs to quell the uprising.
- The book Bloodletting in Appalachia, by former Attorney General of West Virginia is a good resource
- Life, Work & Rebellion in the Coal Fields: The Southern West Virginia Miners 1880-1922, by David Alan Corbin.
- for The Battle of Matewan, see our Stan Iverson Archives, http://recollectionbooks.com/siml/library/BattleOfMatewan.htm
1923 -- Carter Brown lives. Australian paperback writer Alan G. Yates, who published between 1953-68, under the name Carter Brown, about 150 crime stories, with sales in the tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of copies. Also wrote as Caroline Farr."Do you go to the movies often, Lieutenant?" she asked politely.
"Once," I said, "to get in out of the rain. A thing called Birth of a Nation. I figured it was about sex, but I got gypped."
— The Dame, 1959
1923 -- Spain: Regional Plenary Session of the Catalunya CNT.
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1925 -- Bennett Cerf & Donald Klopfer become independent publishers, buying The Modern Library imprint from Boni & Liveright.
Three years later they launch Random House, issuing Voltaire's Candide in a new edition designed & illustrated by Rockwell Kent (socialist/anarchist sympathizer).
August 1-6, 1927
4th Congress of the FIS (Federació Sindical Internacional).
Source: [Congressos Obrers]
1932 -- Canada: Co-Operative Commonwealth Federation founded, Calgary.
1938 -- US: Workers Paradise?: The Hilo Massacre. 200 peacefully demonstrating workers are attacked by 70 cops. 51 longshoremen, racially mixed, & union supporters in Hilo, Hawaii are bayoneted & shot in the back by police. Inspires the expression, "Fun in the Sun."
PUA MANA NO
A 'ai'e au i ka hale ku'ai,
A 'ai'e au i ka hale ku'ai.
A noho ho'i he pua mana no,
A noho ho'i he pua mana no.
SURE A POOR MAN
I fell in debt to the plantation store,
I fell in debt to the plantation store.
& remained a poor man,
& remained a poor man.
1942 -- Cherry (Jerry) Garcia, vocalist & guitarist of the Grateful Dead, lives.
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Legendary Greatful Dead guitarist/singer\songwriter, counter-culture hero.
Joel Selvin's Tour of San Francisco Rock Shrines Bibliography of the Grateful Dead Jerry Garcia's Wikipedia page An Homáge to Jerry Garcia http://www.benjerry.com/flavors/our-flavors/#product_id=8
1943 -- US: Race-related rioting erupts in New York City's Harlem section, resulting in several deaths. (AP, 8/1/97)
1944 -- US: Wildcat strike (-17th) against the P.T.C. as a result of the Company's plan to employ Negro operators on streetcars. Company-instigated strike in Philadelphia tries to bar 8 African-American trolley operators from working. TWU (Transport Workers Union) members stay on job in support of minority trolley men. Copies of leaflets concerning the strike distributed by the Transport Workers Unions Communist Party, strikers, & other organizations, see
1946 -- US: Atomic Energy Commission established.
1950 -- Jim Carroll lives, (12:03 AM) Bellevue Hospital, New York City.
Poet, diarist, musician, performer, actor 1963-present Critic, Art News, 1969 Teacher at poetry workshops in NYC, 1968-71 Writer for Andy Warhol/Paul Morrissey films, 1970-71? Teacher at Naropa Institute, 1986-? Appears in several films & on many albums. Regularly gives poetry readings across the USA & Canada.
1970: Random House Young Writers Award for excerpts from The Basketball Diaries published in Paris Review
1973: Living at the Movies nominated for Pulitzer Prize
1953 -- US: Arnold? House Concurrent Resolution 108 ends the status of certain Indian tribes, called "termination."
1955 -- France: Confrontations ( -17th) between labor strikers & the police in Nantes & Saint-Nazaire.
1957 -- Harvey Glatmin, first bondage-photo victim, dies.
1957 -- Glen Gorbous throws a baseball a record 136 m (445'10").
1960 -- US: "Billboard" reports the findings of a Seventeen magazine survey...the average teenage girl listens to the radio two hours & 13 minutes a day & plays records two hours & 12 minutes a day.
1960 -- Germany: Elvis Presley is named Public Enemy #1 by the East German newspaper, "Young World."
1963 -- Poet Theodore Roethke dies. Hung out at the Blue Moon Tavern, sucking suds, near Recollection Used Books first location.
What's madness but nobility of soul
At odds with circumstance? The day's on fire!
And everything comes to One,
As we dance on, dance on, dance on.
— Theodore Roethke
Most of the old gang
is gone. Sol Katz is aging. Who isn't? It's close now
to the end of summer & would you believe it
I've ignored the Blue Moon....
— Richard Hugo, excerpt, "Letter to Kizer from Seattle," Selected Poems
1966 -- US: Texass Tower Massacre. Architectural honor student Charles Joseph Whitman murders his wife & mother, climbs to the top of a tower at the University of Texas & sprays the campus with bullets for one hour twenty minutes. Kills 12 & shot 33 others before being shot by police.
1966 -- Jazzster Bud Powell dies.
In 1945, then 21, he received a beating by police after he tried to help his pal & mentor Monk from being harassed.
Taken to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation, he wrote on the admittance form under occupation: “Pianist & composer of over 1,000 songs.”
To which the attending doctor wrote, “delusions of grandeur” & put him in a straitjacket.
1969 -- US: Massachusetts Superior Court judge rejects a D.A.'s request for an inquest into the death of Mary Jo Kopechne (see 18 July; 25 July).
1970 -- US: Puyallup Indians set up camp on Puyallup River & begin fishing to re-establish tribal fishing rights.
1971 -- US: Concerts for Bangladesh held at Madison Square Garden. The two shows are put together by George Harrison out of concern for the starving people of the Bangladesh nation. Highlights include Ringo Starr flubbing the lyrics in his hit "It Don't Come Easy" & an unannounced appearance by Bob Dylan.
1971 -- France: 2nd Congress of the International of Anarchist Federations (IAF-IFA) held in Paris, August, 1-4 1971. This follows the founding Congress in Carrara, Italy, in August 1968.
The Carrara Congress & those following, are based on the groundwork laid back in 1958, at the International Anarchist Congress London (July-August 1st). The 3rd Congress of the IAF - IFA was again in Carrara ( March 23-27, 1978) & the 4th staged again in Paris (October 31-November 3).
1972 -- US: Post to Pillory? First article exposing Wategate scandal (Bernstein-Woodward) & eventually leading to the impeachment of a drunk used car salesman occupying the White House.
1975 -- Helsinki Accords on human rights & East-West relations formed.
1975 -- Julian "Cannonball" Adderly jazz sax player, dies of a stroke.
1976 -- US: First occupation of Seabrook, New Hampshire nuclear reactor site.
"To the Village Square we must carry the facts of Atomic Energy. From there must come America's Voice."
— Albert Einstein
1977 -- Elvis: What Happened?, about his drug problem, presents him as an overweight recluse obsessed with religion & the supernatural. Written by ex-bodyguards who say the reason for the book is not money, but to save Presley from himself.
1977 -- Chrissie Hynde almost marries Sid Vicious. She offers him 2 quid to do it, so that she wouldn't be deported.
1981 -- A new era begins: MTV is launched in an estimated 2.1 million homes. The first video shown is The Buggles tune "Video Killed the Radio Star."
1982 -- Germany: Blockade of nuclear missile site begins, Grossenstringen, West Germany.
1983 -- US: Eatcher Heart Out Saddam!? America resumes making chemical weapons after a 14-year suspension. A tug of the suspenders, & America gets back down to what it does best, creating, selling & housing the world's greatest collection of Weapons of Mass Destruction; a virtuous re-commitment to "Taking the High Moral Road."
"Get Out Now!"
1984 -- US: Stymied by a reporter's question about arms control during a Santa Barbara photo-op, acting Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Ronnie Reagan stands silently for several seconds, grunting & shrugging, until Nancy, beside him, shielding her mouth with her hand, mutters, "We're doing the best we can."
Says the august leader of the free world, instantly: "We're doing the best we can."
1986 -- Touring the Middle-East, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Big Bush makes small talk with Jordanian commander in chief Lt. General Zeid Bin Shaker.
"Tell me general," he asks, "how dead is the Dead Sea?"
Replies Shaker, "Very dead, sir."
Jeanne Humbert (1890-1986) dies. French pacifist, anarchiste militant who devoted her life to fighting for sexual freedom & birth control rights.
Jeanne worked with "Génération consciente", a neo-Malthusian movement paper. Closely identified with the struggle for women's liberation & sexual freedom, this movement was repressed by the government for decades, & Jeanne did prison time for her propaganda work.
Jeanne Humbert wrote a novel & numerous biographies, & is the subject of a Bernard Baissat film.
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1994 -- US: Trading on the NASDAQ stock market is halted for 34 minutes after a squirrel commits suicide by gnawing through a power line near the organization's computer center in Trumbull, Connecticut. Systems in place to perform automatic switchover to standby generators didn't exactly, uh, work.
1995 -- England: A pier is squatted for the first time, Brighton.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
2000 -- US: NY City trial of Errol Maitland, WBAI/Pacifica's award-winning radio producer, who was singled out & physically attacked, then arrested by NYPD officers last March for reporting live during the Patrick Dorismond funeral.
Afterwards, the African American media veteran found himself in the hospital for 11 days, charged with disorderly conduct for having dared to report on the police attacks on anti-police brutality demonstrators. Maitland was handcuffed to his bed in the intensive care unit for 2 days.
2003 -- US: The Earth Liberation Front (ELF) burn down a 206-unit condominium being built in San Diego, California causing damage in excess of $50 million.
2008 -- India: Communist leader Harkishan Singh Surjeet dies.
His Spirit in smoke ascended to high heaven.
His father, by the cruelest way of pain,
Had bidden him to his bosom once again;
The awful sin remained still unforgiven.
All night a bright & solitary star
(Perchance the one that ever guided him,
Yet gave him up at last to Fate's wild whim)
Hung pitifully o'er the swinging char.
Day dawned, & soon the mixed crowds came to view
The ghastly body swaying in the sun.
The women thronged to look, but never a one
Showed sorrow in her eyes of steely blue.
And little lads, lynchers that were to be,
Danced round the dreadful thing in fiendish glee.
— Claude McKay
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