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                           I dig for my death
            in this thousand-watt dungheap.
            There isn't even enough clean air.
To die in.
            O blood-bearded destroyer!

           Kenneth Patchen, excerpt, Irkalla's White Caves

Jorge Amado

Brazilian people's novelist. One-time communist.

The charred bones of Lorenzo, in a reliquary shaped like his head, are carried throughout the streets amid giants, moors & hobby horses. Festive dances & bullfights held.

Wiltshire, England: TAN HILL FAIR is held on the highest peak of Wiltshire Downs, miles from any town, a survival from ancient times. Salt beef & beans eaten.


1498 -- Henry VII of England rewards John Cabot for the discovery of Canada with 10 Pounds.

"Americans are so benevolently ignorant about Canada, while Canadians are malevolently well informed about the United States."

— J. Bartlet Brebner

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1519 -- Spain: Magellan's five ships leave Sevilla to circumnavigate the Earth. (He doesn't actually put to sea until Sept. 20.) Only one returns.

1568 -- Source=Robert Braunwart México: Fray Toribio de Benavente, defender of Indians, is interred, México City.

1575 -- Source=Robert Braunwart England: Penny Wise, Pound Foolish? Calligrapher Peter Bales completes writing the Lord's Prayer, the Creed, the Decalogue, two short prayers, his own name, a motto, the date & the year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth, all on an English penny; everything is legible.

1600 -- Ferenc Nasady quells the mutiny at Papa.

1680 -- New Old World: Pueblo Revolt (or Popé's Rebellion). Popé (of the San Juan tribe) & other Pueblos attack the New Mexican capital of Santa Fe, killing 400; 11 days later, the Spanish abandon Santa Fe & begin a long retreat to El Paso, Texass.

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1784 -- Spectacle becomes festival as disappointed onlookers riot after the aristocrat De Moret's balloon flight ends in fire.
Source: [Calendar Riots]

1792 -- France: People of Paris march to Tuilleries.

1815 -- US: Senecan prophet Handsome Lake (Ganioda'yo) dies, Odondaga, NY. Famous last words: "I'm completely drained."

1824 -- Charlotte Brontë, 8-years-old, is packed off to Cowan Bridge School by her widowed father.

1833 -- US: Chicago, Illinois is incorporated, not as a city, but as a village. The Windy City had a population of less than 200 at the time.

1856 -- US: 400 drown at a ball on Last Island, Louisiana as winds drive huge waves over the island.

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1860 -- France: Jules Leroux lives (1860-1926). Militant anarchiste cooperativist. Founded a working coop of shoe makers in Amiens which began manufacturing in 1902 &, in 1906, became the "Société coopérative de production à bases socialistes." Forced to close in 1914, they resumed activity with the end of the war, animated by Jules Leroux.

1862 -- US: "Battle of Nueces." A massacre actually, in Texass.

1874 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Herbert Hoover lives, the first US President born west of the Mississippi River & first to have a telephone at his desk.

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1877 -- US: Army troops under Colonel Gibbon attack a sleeping Nez Perce encampment at Big Hole, Idaho, killing over 50 women & children. The "American Way".

1878 -- Alfred Döblin lives. German Expressionist novelist & essayist whose best-known work is Berlin Alexanderplatz.
Berlin Novels book cover

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1879 -- France: Paul-Eugene Trouiller (or Troullier) lives. Anarchist militant & antimilitarist.

Black cat on a crescent moon
Gardener, day laborer, jailbird, traveling singer...police deemed him very dangerous....
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Witter Bynner
1881 -- Witter Bynner lives, Brooklyn, New York. Poet (Crenstone Poems; The Beloved Stranger), playwright, translator.

1887 -- US: Engineer of a Toledo, Peoria & Western train notices, at the last possible moment, that the bridge at Chatsworth, Illinois is on fire, so he snaps the coupling on his locomotive & raced across to safety. Eighty-one die when the burning bridge collapses under the rest of the train.

1893 -- US: Chinese are deported from San Francisco under the first Chinese Exclusion Act (passed May 6, 1882, to exclude Chinese workers from the US).

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1893 -- (During the month of Août) 3e congrès de la 2e Internationale tenu à Zurich (Suisse). Les anarchistes sont exclus du congrès.

Fernando Tarrida del Marmol; source l'éphéméride anarchiste
1897 -- France: Fernando Tarrida del Marmol expelled. An anarchist theoretician & militant, he had been jailed in 1896 & just barely able to gain release before escaping the terrorism of the Catholic clerics & the state authorities exacted against workers & militants.

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1901 -- US: Baseballs Chicago White Sox Frank Isbell strands record 11 teammate base runners, leaving pitcher Brandon Letsinger twisting slowly in the wind.

1904 -- Dorothy B. Hughes lives. American mystery writer/critic. Lived in New Mexico, which served as background to her novels. Among her best are Ride the Pink Horse (1946) & In a Lonely Place (1947), which were adapted to screen. Named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1978.

"In a Lonely Place," adapted to screen, directed by Nicholas Ray, starring Humphrey Bogart, is a story of a screenwriter suspected of murder.

1905 -- NY: New-York Tribune reports that a strike at Federman's bakery on the Lower East Side led to violence when Federman used scab labor to keep producing, &,

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1905 -- US: International Assn. of Bridge & Structural Iron Workers calls a national strike against the American Bridge Co., a subsidiary of the US Steel Corp. On May 1, 1906, the National Erectors Association declares that members, including the American Bridge Company, will only operate open shops, a decision that incites union resistance & results in widespread violence & the dynamiting of work sites.

1907 -- Prince Scipone Borchesi wins Peking to Paris, 7,500 mile auto rally.

1909 -- US: George C. Crockett, Jr. lives, Jacksonville, Florida. First African-American lawyer in the US Department of Labor, hearing officer for the newly formed Fair Employment Practices Commission in 1943, active labor & civil rights lawyer.

1909 -- Leo Fender, inventor of the electric guitar, liiiiiiives. Died tragically in a fender bender.

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1911 --

August 10-12, 1911

Setena Conferència prèvia a la creació de la FIS (Federació Sindical Internacional).

Source: [Congressos Obrers]

1912 -- Virginia Stephen, 30, marries Leonard Woolf, 31, at London's St. Pancras Registry Office.

1912 -- Author Jorge Amado lives (-2001), Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.

Amado invents a captain who scares off solitude....

The captain has never left Brazil, nor set foot on any kind of boat, because the sea makes him sick. He sits in the living room of his house & the house sails off, drifting farther than Marco Polo or Columbus or astronauts ever dreamed.

— Eduardo Galeano

source, Memory of Fire / Century of the Wind, p178

El Libertario masthead
1912 -- Spain: Premier issue of El Libertario, Gijón, (Asturia), replacing Acción Libertaria which ceased a year ago. El Libertario is also produced by Ricardo Mella & the same team, & runs until April 12, 1913, later reappearing in Madrid at the beginning of the Twenties & into the 1930s. (It should be noted that an unrelated newspaper with this title published in Barcelona in 1901-1903.)

Il remplace en fait "Acción Libertaria" qui a cessé de paraître un an auparavant à Gijón. Il est composé de la même équipe, pilotée par Ricardo Mella. Le journal sortira jusqu'au 12 avril 1913. "El Libertario" sera ensuite publié à Madrid au début des années vingt puis des années trente. A noter qu'un journal portant ce titre avait déjà été publié à Barcelone en 1901 et en 1903.

1913 -- Second Balkan War to end all Balkan Wars ends, Treaty of Bucharest. Bulgaria loses.

1914 -- India: Samar Ranjan Sen, pacifist writer, lives.

Grosz illustration
1914 -- Australia: The syndicalist union, Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies), greets the outbreak of war with a front page special:

"War is hell!

Send the Capitalists to hell & wars are impossible ...

If the politicians of Australia want war, let them take their own carcasses to the front line ... if they want blood,


Source: [Calendar Riots]

1923 -- US: Carlo Tresca, Italian-American anarchist, suddenly arrested. The charge was that he had printed an article, three months before, attacking the Italian monarchy & the the Fascists. No such crime, of course, is known to American law, but Tresca was nevertheless arrested.

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1929 -- US: Grover Cleveland of the St. Louis Cardinals, gets his final major-league baseball win as he defeats Philadelphia 19-16. Hall of Fame inductee, the only pitcher to win pitching's Triple Crown three years in a row.

It was Grover Cleveland Alexander, not Grover Cleveland, who got his last win on this date.

[Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader] Cleveland was dead by this time, & even while alive had a mediocre fastball (although he did sometimes get by with deception, as during the Pullman strike).

1931 -- US: Unemployed Citizens Leagues (UCL) are organized around Seattle during this month. The UCL locals cut wood for fuel from vacant land, harvested unsold crops, planted gardens, & caught fish, all with volunteer labor. An emergency health clinic was started by members who later found Group Health Cooperative.

1934 -- EG, anarchist feministUS: Anarchist conference at Stelton, N.J., August 10-11, organized to discuss the creation of an English-language anarchist weekly; Emma Goldman contributes in writing her ideas on anarchist's building alliances with other groups.

1935 -- US: Mike Quill & four other union men beaten up by company thugs & then arrested for assault. Charges thrown out of court.

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1937 -- Spain: The Council of Aragon is forcibly disbanded by the Republican government.

"[...] the 11th Mobile Division of Commander Lister (a Stalinist), supported by tanks, went into action against the collectives. Aragon was invaded like an enemy country, those in charge of socialized enterprises were arrested..."

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1942 -- US: The first inmates arrive at Minidoka, Idaho concentration camp. Some Americans are more equal than others.

1948 -- US: Gay rights activist Harry Hay organizes what later becomes the Mattachine Society, a groundbreaking 1950's gay rights organization.

Dada poster
1948 -- Emmy Hennings dies, Sorengo-Lugano, Italy. Writer/performer associated with the Dada movement in Zurich. Poems by Hennings & other Dadaists on John Buell's DaDa Online.

1949 -- England: "Acid Bath" murderer John Haigh, who confessed to killing & drinking the blood of nine people & dissolving the bodies with acid, hanged, Wandsworth Prison, London.

1953 -- Bulgaria: Alexander Nakov is released from prison.

In December 1948, Nakov & over 600 anarchists were arrested when the communists took power, & sent to a work & re-education camp. Still the recalcitrant anarchist despite his ill-treatment, Nakov immediately resumed his anarchist activities, opposing the existing powers, & demonstrating solidarity with his companions despite constant police surveillance.

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1954 -- US: Workers at the Studebaker auto plant in South Bend, IN, agreed to take pay cuts of from $12 to $20 weekly in an attempt to help the faltering automaker. Didn't help.

1959 -- US: The male members of the Platters, Tony Williams, David Lynch, Alex Hodge & Paul Rabi are arrested in a room at the Sheraton Gibston Hotel in Cincinnati. Detectives found the four black men in various stages of undress with four 19-year-old women — three of whom were white. Charged with aiding & abetting prostitution, lewdness & assignation. Everybody is acquitted in December, but the episode, in which many think is fueled by racism, takes its toll of the Platters' career.

1960 -- Discoverer 13 launched into orbit; returns first object from space (film of Mother Russia).

1965 -- Spain: CNT's General Congress held in of Montpellier (August 10-16).

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1966 -- Daylight meteor seen from Utah to Canada. Only known case of a meteor entering the Earth's atmosphere & leaving it again. (Some say it was in 1972.)

1966 -- Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs at the Fillmore Auditorium.

1968 -- Vietnam: Eight American GIs killed by US strafing error in.

"Vietnam was the first war ever fought without any censorship [of the media]. Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind."

— Gen. William C. Westmoreland, US military commander, 1982

1970 -- US: House of Representatives passes the Equal Rights Amendment by a vote of 350 to 15.

UPC bar code as prison bars
1975 -- Canada: Prison Justice Day (PJD) originates in Millhaven penitentiary today
when prisoners there commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Eddie Nalon,
who committed suicide while in solitary confinement in Millhaven's SHU.
This first observance took the form of a hunger strike & day of mourning.

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1977 -- US: Postal employee David Berkowitz arrested in Yonkers, NY, accused of being "Son of Sam" the 44 caliber killer. They put the dog on prozac.

1978 -- US: Rehabilitated? Robert Bronson held up a store, was caught & sentenced to 20 years. He had just been released from prison yesterday, after doing 26 months for grand larceny.

1981 -- US: Got Newts? Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting Prez Ronnie Reagun approves work order for the neutron bomb.

1981 -- US: Coca-Cola Bottling Co. agrees to pump $34 million into black business.

1981 -- US: Wee-Wee?: Limited public response results in the closing of the Nixon museum. Says manager Peter Mitchell, "If nothing else, it's been a good stopping point for people to use the restrooms between LA & San Diego."

1982 -- Six Greenpeace protesters chain themselves to nuclear-waste dumping ship, The Gem.

1984 -- US: John Henry? Two Plowshares activists, Barb Katt & John LaForge, damage a Trident submarine guidance system with hammers at a Sperry plant in Minnesota. Later sentencing them to six months' probation, the judge in the case comments:

"Why do we condemn & hang individual killers, while extolling the virtues of warmongers?"

1988 -- US: Post Haste? American government offers apologies & reparations to Japanese-American citizens interned during World War II. H.R. 442 is signed into law by Beloved & Respected Comrade Leading Actor President Ronald Reagan. It provides for individual payments of $20,000 to each surviving internee & a $1.25 billion education fund.

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1997 -- US: Nine activists detained but not charged after throwing red paint on the Trident nuclear submarine U.S.S. Ohio at Seattle's waterfront.

1998 -- US: Microradio movement news accounts on the struggle to free the airwaves: — They Want the Airwaves —
Source: [Pirate Radio Kiosk]

2001 -- US: Berkeley Critical Mass bike ride.

2002 -- "Seaturtles" — a performance-work by Séamas Cain — performed at dawn by Mary Roe O'Neill at the sea-level megalith of Creevykeel in County Sligo, Ireland. Mary Roe O'Neill spoke the words of the script. Then — ritually, throughout Creevykeel — she guides the audience in a hunt for seaturtles!

[Source: Charlatan Stew]

2011 -- Philip Levine appointed US Poet Laureate. Gave up his anarchist principles, he declared with disappointment some years ago, when he bought a little house up on the hill.

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2012 -- Larry McMurtry auctions off the bulk of his used bookstore, Archer City, Texass. 'The Last Book Sale' for Booked Up Books. Where there once had been a notable absence of books but plenty of Texass space, the sudden release of hundreds of thousands of volumes that had taken years to assemble has created rivulets of books, ideas, & people. 350,00 volumes gone, with a mere 150,000 being hogged (kept).

3000 --

Daily Bleed Saint, 2002

Leader in the struggle for Indian independence from Britain.

3500 --


In these hands, the cities; in my weather, the armies
Of better things than die
To the scaly music of war.

The different men, who are dead,
Had cunning; they sought green lives
In a world blacker than your world;
But you have nourished the taste of sickness
Until all other tastes are dull in your mouths;
It is only we who stand outside the steaming tents
Of hypocrisy & murder
Who are "sick" —
This is the health you want.

Yours is the health of the pig which roots up
The vines that would give him food;
Ours is the sickness of the deer which is shot
Because it is the activity of hunters to shoot him.

In your hands, the cities, in my world, the marching
Of nobler feet than walk down a road
Deep with the corpses of every sane & beautiful thing.

Kenneth Patchen

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