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Adin Ballou

With his distant cousin Hosea, an influential American utopianist.

Brittany Coast: BENEDICTION OF THE SEA. Going out in boats, priests bless the water over the sunken fairy city of Ys, to keep the waterlogged fairies from mischief.

355 -- Greece: Future Roman Emperor Julian arrives at Piraeus to study (Gore Vidal).
Source: [Robert Braunwart] [Hereafter attributed with symbol: Source=Robert Braunwart]

Lee Harvey Oswald
640 -- Death of St. Oswald, King of Northumbria, by the hand of Penda, King of Mercia.

978 -- Author Murasaki Shikibu lives.

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1391 -- Spain: Castilian sailors set fire to Barcelona's Jewish ghetto, killing 100.

1498 -- Got Kangaroos?: Columbus is the first recent European to land on a South American continent. Unable to get anything right, this time he thinks he's in Australia (this guy should be enshrined!). Must have been the Koala he drank.

1583 -- Gilbert claims Newfoundland — the first English colony in North America. He spent months agonizing, racked with indecision, over what to call this new found land.

1600 -- Near miss: the Gowrie conspirators attempt to stab King James VI of Scotland, having lured him away from his entourage with tales of a secret treasure.
Source: [Calendar Riots]

1608 -- Source=Robert Braunwart France: 3 luminous UFOs arrive at Nice, & humanoid creatures emerge. Politicians in limos no doubt.

1620 -- England: Loaded With Old Baggage? Mayflower & Speedwell sail away to the New Old World.

1796 -- Irish author Michael Banim lives. He & his brother John are considered the first national novelists of Ireland.

1842 -- England: "Plug Plot" riots. In response to economic crisis, high unemployment, high food prices & decreased wages; spontaneous strike wave of weavers & spinners, starting at Ashton under Lynn. Got its name when the plugs were pulled out of factory boilers.

1846 -- Italy: Anarchist organizer Emilio Covelli lives (1846-1915). Implicated in the "Gang of Matese" insurrection of 1877, member of the Fédération italienne de l'AIT, forced into exile.

1850 -- Guy de Maupassant lives, Chateau de Miromesnil, France. French author of the naturalistic school, generally considered the greatest French short story writer.

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1850 -- Got Poupon?: Herman Melville meets Nathaniel Hawthorne at a literary picnic in New Hampshire.

1851 -- US: Little Crow, chief of the Koposia division of the Mdewakanton Lakota, signs a treaty ceding most Minnesota land to the US... & he thought the winters harsh...

1858 -- US: QWest? Enron?: First transatlantic cable completed by Cyrus W. Field. Fails 26 days later.

1863 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: The Sioux massacre 59 Pawnee Indians, Massacre Canyon, Nebraska.

Andrea Costa, Italian  anarchist
1874 -- Andrea Costa is arrested.

Il 5 agosto viene arrestato Andrea Costa, in seguito ad un fallito tentativo insurrezionale degli internazionalisti. Arrestati anche Malatesta e Cafiero. Bakunin arrivato clandestinamente a Bologna riesce a fuggire vestito da prete. Alla repressione sopravvive il gruppo socialista raccolto intorno alla "Plebe" di Bignami e Gnocchi-Viani. 94 scioperi nel corso dell'anno.

1882 -- France: Shafted? or Dig This!? The evening of August 5/6 in the Montceau-les-Mines, Burgundy, the famed "Bande Noire" — made up of anarchiste miners — makes one of its first attacks against clericalism (supported by the mine employers against the workers), by throwing the Croix de Mission du Bois du Verne to the bottom of the mine where it belongs.
[Source: L'Ephéméride Anarchiste]

1883 -- Italy: 5-6 Agosto. La polizia di stato interrompe e scioglie il II Congresso del Partito socialista rivoluzionario di Romagna che si tiene a Ravenna.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1886 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Nicaraguan Rubén Darío publishes "El Manto," his first Chilean poem. Born in Metapa, now renamed Ciudad Darío in his honor, Darío revolutionized Spanish poetry, but remains little-known abroad.

1889 -- Author Conrad Aiken lives, Savannah, Georgia. Won the 1930 Pulitzer Prize for Selected Poems.

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1890 -- US: American utopianist Adin Ballou dies. Christian pacifist, perhaps the major theorist of nonviolence before Leo Tolstoy, & sympathetic to anarchist ideas. Ballou advocated, in Thoreau's words, "not at once for no government, but at once a better government." Wrote Christian Non-Resistance; Practical Christian Socialism; Autobiography of Adin Ballou.

1892 -- US: Harriet Tubman gets a pension from Congress for her work as a nurse, spy & scout during the Civil War. She, along with Sojourner Truth, Susie King & almost 200 other African-American women, served as nurses during the war at 11 hospitals in three states.

1895 -- England: Frederich Engels, industrialist & co-founder of International Workingmen's Association, dies.

1902 -- Italy: Una manifestazione contro le tasse a Cassano delle Murge (Bari) viene repressa con violenza : un morto e quattro feriti.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1910 -- Constant Marie, "Le Père Lapurge" (1838-1910), dies. French Communard, militant & anarchiste songster.

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1912 -- US: Got Mousse? Formation of the Progressive Party. Teddy Roosevelt thinks it a bunch of bull.

Luz Magon headline; source
1912 -- México: In today's issue of the libertarian newspaper Luz! the Colombian anarchist Juan Francisco Moncaleano defends & supports Ricardo Flores Magón, who is imprisoned in Los Angeles, California.

For this outrageous stance Moncaleano
is quickly expelled from México by
Querido y Respetado Camarada Lider Presidente
Francisco Madero
(owned by the Americanos).

Sources: [L'Ephéméride Anarchiste] & [Casa Obrero Mundial]

5 de agosto. Juan Francisco Moncaleano escribe un artículo en el periódico Luz defendiendo a Ricardo Flores Magón, preso en Los Angeles, California, E. U.

1914 -- US: First traffic light installed, Euclid & 105th, in Cleveland, Ohio.

The War Between Labor & Capital Continued
1916 -- Robert Minor’s drawing "Pittsburgh", published in The Masses (1916), depicts a worker bent backward from the thrust of a bayonet. It was powerful & ironic that the worker was killed by a tool his own work probably manufactured. Read more at Suite101, The Year Before America Entered the Great War The War Between Labor & Capital Continued Robert Minor revolutionized editorial cartooning in the years before World War I by introducing new media — crayon & ink brush — to a field dominated by pen-and-ink drawings. This technical innovation, derived from the work of such European masters as Francisco Goya & Honoré Daumier, enabled him to create spare, forceful drawings, including his masterpiece, "Pittsburgh", drawn for The Masses during a 1916 steel workers' strike.

1918 -- Virginia Woolf writes in her diary, of Christina Rossetti:

"First she starved herself of love, which meant also life; then of poetry.... Consequently, as I think, she starved into austere emaciation a very fine original gift."

1920 -- Source=Robert Braunwart England: The first issue of The Communist, British Young Communist Party weekly.

1925 -- anarchist diamond; anarquistaFrance: Georges Palante (1862-1925) dies. Philosopher preaching an aristocratic & libertarian individualism.

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1926 -- Per Wahlöö lives. Swedish writer/journalist, who created with his wife Maj Sjöwall detective character Martin Beck. Widely translated, with several adapted to screen. Their novels confront the abuses of power & the dark side of highly organized society.

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1928 -- Italian anarchico Gaetano Grassi dies. La costruzione della repubblica Gaetano Grassi (Milano, INSMLI, 1998).; Guida agli archivi della Resistenza Gaetano Grassi (a cura) - Prefazione di G. Quazza (Roma, Ministero per i Beni culturali e ambientali. Ufficio centrale per i beni archivistici, 1983).; Gaetano Grassi, "L'Istituto nazionale per la storia del movimento di liberazione in Italia"
// The construction of the republic Gaetano Grassi (Milan, INSMLI, 1998).; Guide to the archives of the Resistance Gaetano Grassi (ed.) - Preface by G. Quazza (Rome, Ministry for Cultural & Environmental Assets. Central Office for archival, 1983).; Gaetano Grassi, "The National Institute for the History of the Liberation Movement in Italy"

1932 -- Source=Robert Braunwart First specific date in Nikolay Ostrovsky novel How the Steel Was Tempered.

Durruti, Spanish anarchist
1936 -- Spain: Pierre Van Passen conducts an interview:
"You will be sitting on top
of a pile of ruins
even if you are victorious" . . .

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1936 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministJames Colton, who married Emma Goldman in 1925 to provide her British citizenship, dies of cancer. Colton, an elderly anarchist from Wales, married Emma so she would be free of the problems of travel & speech which plagued her friend Berkman until his death.

1938 -- Italy: Una Nota dell'Informazione Diplomatica afferma che il "razzismo italiano" deve diventare "patrimonio spirituale del nostro popolo, base fondamentale del nostro Stato, elemento di sicurezza del nostro Impero."
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1940 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Canada: RCMP arrests Montreal Mayor Houde for sedition (draft resistance).

1941 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Russia: Germans liquidate Soviet forces in Smolensk pocket (700,000 soldiers).

Boris Vian
1946 -- Boris Vian begins writing J'irai cracher sur vos tombes (I'll Spit On Your Graves), which he completes in 15 days, on the 20th of this month. J'irai cracher sur vos tombes sold in excess of half a million copies. (Also included among Favorite Anarchist/Libertarian Novels compiled on the anarchy-list in July 1998.) Boris Vian

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Democracy, plutocracy, despotism
1948 -- US: America grants Puerto Rico power to elect its own Governor. "Democracy" — but not freedom or independence. Wonder who owns the ballot boxes?

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1949 -- US: Mann Gulch Fire. A crew of 15 Smokejumpers, the US Forest Service's elite airborne firefighters, jump into a remote forest fire in the Montana wilderness. Less than two hours later all but three were dead or fatally burned.

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1955 -- Movie actress / hat-rack Carmen Miranda dies.

1961 -- US: Rose Bowl? America promises latrines for the poor of Latin America to counteract Communismo.

Not revolution, not reform, not a new future, but Porta Potties!

¡La letrinocracia!

1962 -- Good-bye Norma Jean. Hollywood sex symbol Marilyn Monroe found dead of an overdose of sleeping pills. (See 17 August.)

1962 -- Source=Robert Braunwart South Africa: Nelson Mandela is arrested for incitement, near Howick (see 4 August). He is later sentenced to life in prison.

1963 -- US: Clarence Earl Gideon walks out of the Panama City, Florida, Courthouse a free man the Bay Harbor Poolroom robbery June 3, 1961. The story of this extraordinary case, from the robbery to the moment Gideon is freed, & the telling of the complex issues involving Gideon vs. Wainwright, is the basis of Anthony Lewis's book Gideon's Trumpet.

Operation Linebacker II collage
1964 -- US:

Vietnam War
Vietnam: US begins bombing North Vietnam. To protect US interests, of course.
Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Lyndon Bane Johnson asks Congress for a resolution against North Vietnam following the Gulf of Tonkin "incident" hoax. Congress "debates," in their favorite position, the missionary position.

1964 -- Moa Martinson dies. Novelist, one of the first to depict the landless agricultural workers in Swedish countryside. Married proletarian novelist Harry Martinson (Nobel Prize, 1974). Most successful work is her autobiographical trilogy (Mother Gets Married (1936), Church Wedding (1938), The King's Roses (1938)).

1966 -- US: Everyone Must Get Stoned? Martin Luther King, Jr., stoned as he leads a march through Chicago's South Side. (With rocks, we suspect we mean).

1967 -- Flamin' Groovies open at the Matrix (Frisco's first folk night club, opened in 1965, at 3138 Fillmore in the Marina District).

1968 -- Jazzman Ornette Coleman in concert at Bill Graham’s new Fillmore West.

1968 -- US: Sleepless in Chicago?: Deputy Mayor Stahl indicates his unwillingness to grant permit application for sleeping in Chicago parks.

1968 -- Spain: Se declara durante tres meses el estado de excepción en Guipúzcoa.

Vietnam: Apocalypse Now icon
1969 -- Judge Dredd?: Army discloses that Colonel Robert B. Rheault, former commander of the Special Forces in Vietnam, & seven other Green Berets were arrested for "terminating with extreme prejudice" the job (read: the life) of a "dangerous South Vietnamese double agent."

1969 -- US: Founding meeting of the Illinois Labor History Society.

1977 -- US: Hey Saddam!? Nuclear Regulatory Commission audit cannot account for 4 tons of enriched uranium.

1981 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Ronnie Reagan orders FAA to fire 12,700 striking air traffic control workers, busting PATCO, & setting the tone for a decade of government complicity in corporate union-busting.

1981 -- Source=Robert Braunwart El Salvador: Salvadoran government massacres 96 villagers (46 children), Chaparral.

1982 -- anarchist diamond; anarquistaSwitzerland: Albert Guigui-Theral (1903-1982) dies, in Thonex. Algerian-born French militant anarchiste, syndicalist & WWII partisan.

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1987 -- South Africa: 23 conscientious objectors deliver collective letter of resistance to South African Defense Forces (SADF) headquarters, Cape Town.

1990 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Bush sends US marines to Liberia to "protect American citizens."

1991 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Australia: Qld. Police Commissioner Sir Terrence Lewis is sentenced to 14 years. Kangaroo court no doubt.

1992 -- South Africa: 100,000 march for multi-racial rule.

1994 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Cuba: Antigovernment riots break out in La Habana.

1994 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Seattle's Elena Donaldson wins the US women's chess championship.

1995 --
John Brunner cover

uthor John Brunner dies. Science fiction writer, wrote Shockwave Rider, The Sheep Look Up & Stand on Zanzibar, distopian forerunners of cyber-punk. At his best, he conveyed the daunting complexity & mounting insanity of modern life with great verve & incomparable fidelity.

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"For all the claims one hears about the liberating impact of the data-net, the truth is that it's wished on most of us a brand-new reason for paranoia."

— John Brunner, The Shockwave Rider, 1975.


1995 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Krajina: Croatia takes Knin, the capital of Krajina, from the Serbs; thus begins the greatest example of ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia to date; US military officers serve as advisers.

1995 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Bill Clinton Leader orders an end to the Cold War-era prohibition against granting security clearances to gays.

Orgone box
1997 -- "A few days after William S. Burroughs died (August 2, 1997), I sent poet Robert Creeley an email asking if he had any memories of Burroughs to share. He sent this back the next day.

The photo of Burroughs' famous orgone box, inspired by the Orgone Energy Accumulator designed by alternative psychologist Wilhelm Reich, is by Lee Ranaldo."

— Levi Asher

1999 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Alan Miller shoots two coworkers & one other person to death, Pelham, Alabama.

2000 -- Indonesia: Jafar Hamzah, student activist, murdered in Medan, while conducting human rights work. His bound & tortured body is found September 3 in a ravine with four other victims.

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2002 -- France: Léo Voline (Eichenbaum) dies. Third son of Voline, he shared the libertarian ideal of his father & fought in the Spanish Revolution. In 1986 when the elder Voline's classic The Unknown Revolution is republished, it includes the conclusions found by Léo.

2009 -- Gerald A. Cohen dies. Political philosopher who produced an important contemporary reinterpretation of Marxist theory, taking on the likes of rightwing libertarian Robert Nozick & liberal John Rawls, with his "Non-Bullshit Marxism". Provided an extensive critique of the Lockean principle of self-ownership & the use of that principle to defend right — as opposed to left — libertarianism.

2010 -- Russia: Moscow chokes on smoke & smog during a record heat wave (35C+; 102 vs. a seasonally normal 75 degrees) while 1,000+ fires plague the countryside. Radioactive contamination threatens as well, as areas polluted by the Chernobyl nuclear plant accident of 1986 are burning.

2010 -- England: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Winston Churchill ordered a UFO cover-up, & the government took the threat of UFOs in the 1950s so seriously that UK intelligence chiefs met to discuss the issue, according to National Archives files released today. During WWII Churchill & Eisenhower got together to cover up a phenomenal UFO sighting, witnessed by an RAF bombing crew. Churchill feared it would cause mass panic & (God forbid) shatter people's religious views.

Robert Aitken
2010 -- US: Robert Aitken, 93, an influential American Zen master & writer who emphasized a path to enlightenment through social action, dies. Known for his strong commitment to social justice, Aitken counseled draft resisters during the Vietnam War, helped found the Berkeley-based Buddhist Peace Fellowship & was particularly fond of a photograph of himself at a protest holding a sign that read "The System Stinks."

2010 -- Chile: 33 miners trapped underground for the next two months following today's mining disaster at the notorious 121-year-old San José copper–gold mine near Copiapó.

Riot, by Eric Drooker
3000 --

"Whatever the apparent cause of any riots may be, the real one is always want of happiness.

It shows that something is wrong in the system of the government that injures the felicity by which society is to be preserved."

— Thomas Paine, 1792

Illustration by Eric Drooker

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