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Kenneth Patchen, Carlos Cortez, Hippolyte Havel, Eugene Vigo, Freiheit, Tom Wayman, anarchist, libertarian, anarchiste, anarquista, on this day in recovered history, August 13, Daily Bleed, A Calendar Better Than Boiled Coffee
anarchist poet Kenneth Patchen   
"I am the world crier, & this is my dangerous career . . .

I am the one to call your bluff, & this is my climate."

Kenneth Patchen (1911-1972)


Scholarly, notorious anarchist dandy, critic, activist.


People's Republic of Congo: Three-day NATIONAL FESTIVAL.

Antigua, Guatemala: FESTIVAL OF THE VOLCANO commemorates the 16th-century uprising of King Simicam. The re-enactment takes place on an artificial volcano built for the occasion. Traditional native music, dancing & food.


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-3114 -- [BC] The world is remade, the First Day of Creation of the world of human beings according to the Mayan calendar.

1422 -- William Caxton, lives, Kent. English printer.

1447 -- Death of Filippo Maria Visconti, Duke of Milan, leaving no heir.

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1521 -- México: Cuauhtemoc, last monarch of the Aztec, "fights rooftop to rooftop" before surrendering his starved & besieged city of Tenochtitlan; Cortes receives him with honors, then later has him hanged. The Spanish army has completed its "March of Death" (see 22 March), meaning the destruction & massacre of Tenochtitlan. Looting, rape & debauchery, befitting Good Christians, follows, as does branding natives & enforced slave labor. Christianity wins out over heathenism & paganism.

diego rivera, la conquista

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1660 -- England: Charles II issues proclamation calling for the suppression of John Milton's Latin pamphlets Defense of the English People.

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1673 -- Rhode Island Reds?: Rhode Island colony, founded by persons fleeing religious persecution in Puritan-controlled Massachusetts, exempts religious pacifists from military duty.

1818 -- Birth of Lucy Stone, feminist theorist.

Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2005-2008
Pioneer feminists, "Lucy Stoners", kept their maiden names.

1840 -- England: The good citizens of Calne in Wiltshire riot against introduction of the police constabulary. One copper killed & several more badly injured.
Source: 'Calendar Riots'

1868 -- A series of major earthquakes in central Perú & Ecuador kill an estimated 20,000 people.

1869 -- US: Joshua Norton I, Dei Gratia Emperor of the United States & Protector of Mexico, may have given Goat Island to Oakland, California.

Hippolyte Havel
1871 -- Austria: Hippolyte Havel (1871-1950) lives (appears to be some question of exact date), Thabor.

An active author & editor, Havel was a scholarly & notorious Bohemian — the original "anarchist dandy" — companion to Emma Goldman, a founder & participant in the first American "Modern School" (based on the ideas of Francisco Ferrer), & he adopted the now famous photographer Berenice Abbott.

Just before WWI he opened a restaurant in NY City which was a meeting place for artists & intellectuals.

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1872 -- Otto Manninen lives (1872-1950). Finnish writer, poet, highly acclaimed translator of world classics into Finnish. Along with Eino Leino in the beginning of the 20th century, a pioneer of poetry, who combined short expression with rich nuances, using the his wide store of words from old written language, to archaisms & his own neologisms.

1882 -- France: Tonight "Bande Noire" strikes up the band(!) in the Montceau-les-Mines. The famed "Bande Noire" — made up of anarchist mine workers — again attack clericalism by cleansing the countryside of the religious trinkets which encumber it.

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1889 -- England: London Dock Workers' Strike begins, headed by Ben Tillett & John Burns, with Eleanor Marx-Aveling as secretary of the strike committee.

1890 -- France: Lucien Barbedette (1890-1942) lives, Mayenne. Professor who wrote for a large variety of movement newspapers & journals, as well as contributing to Sébastien Faure's massive & famed four volume l'Encyclopédie anarchiste.

"La violence appelle la violence; les révolutions sont les contre-parties fatales de l'oppression légalement organisée."

1892 -- US: The first issue of the Baltimore Afro-American is published.

1898 -- Philippines: Admiral Dewey captures Manila; US takes seizes control of this country for next 50 years & thwarts it's efforts for democratic self-rule.

Alfred Hitchcock silouette
1899 -- Alfred Hitchcock lives (1899-1980), London, England.

1910 -- US: Baseball's Dodgers & Pirates play to an 8-8 tie, both have 38 at bats, 13 hits, 12 assists, 2 errors, 5 strikeouts, 3 walks, 1 passed ball & 1 hit by a pitch.

Freiheit, masthead
1910 -- US: Freiheit ceases publication. Founded by Johann Most, it was influential in German anarchist emigrant circles. With Most's death in 1906, Max Baginski & Henry Bauer continue the paper until today. Hans Magnus Enzensberger über Most
Jan 3 ?? Jan 4??: >>with the help of members of the Rose Street club, the first issue of Freiheit, a paper designed for illegal distribution in Germany, was published on 4 January 1879. >>Le 4 janvier 1879, sortie à Londres (Angleterre) du premier numéro de l'hebdomadaire en langue allemande "Freiheit" (Liberté). D'abord social démocrate, le journal crée par Johann Most >>Motto: 1) "Proletarier aller Länder vereinigt Euch!" (4.1.1879-1881); Herausgeber: Johann Joseph Most (4. Jan. 1879 - Dez. 1880?); Ort: London (4. Jan. 1879 - 3. Juni 1882) Erscheinungsweise: 4. Jan. 1879 - Dez. 1879 Jan 3 >>Aber Most trumpfte auf, holte seine rednerischen Fähigkeiten heraus und "focht" - also erbettelte - so 10 Pfund Sterling für die erste Ausgabe, die dann bereits am 3. Januar 1879 erschien und dann auch drei Tage später auch in Deutschland von Hand zu Hand ging. Für eine geregelte >>Dort gab er das zunächst sozialdemokratische, zunehmend aber anarchistische Blatt „Freiheit“ heraus (erster Erscheinungstag: 3. Januar 1879).

1916 -- Australia: IWWs speak to 80-100,000 on Sydney Domain against the war effort.

Repression against workers & militant unions like the IWW leads to a raid in September & key members arrested. In December seven IWWs are sentenced to 15 years in prison for anti-war efforts. Others receive five & 10 year sentences. In August 1917 the Wobblies are outlawed & membership rolls made available to employers. Despite widespread repression, the IWW helps lead the General Strike of 1917.

Source: A Brief History of the IWW outside the US (1905-1999) by Morgan Miller

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1917 -- France: Eugene Vigo (1883-1917) dies in prison; also known as Miguel Almereyda (anagram: Y'a la merde). Father of French surrealist/anarchiste filmmaker Jean Vigo, now an orphan.

Like his son Jean, French authorities give Eugene a big fat Zero for Conduct for his militant activites, pacifism, & anarchiste publishing (founder & director of the extreme left-wing paper Le Bonnet Rouge; cofounder of the newspaper La Guerre Sociale with Gustave Herve & Eugene Vigo, aka Miguel Almereyda (anagram: Y'a la merde) Eugene Merle, etc.), founding member of "l'Association Internationale Antimilitariste" (A.I.A.) & co-secretary of the French section with Yvetot, active in the campaign to save Francisco Ferrer, & founder of "Les Jeunes Gardes révolutionnaires," action combat groups which clash in the street with the extreme right-wingers, & unmask spies within the labor movement.

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1917 -- Spain: General Strike throughout the country. Includes members from the Socialist Party, the UGT & cenetistas (anarchosyndicalist CNT members).
Further details/ context, click here; anarquista, anarquismo, anarquistas, anarquía[Details / context] In Barcelona the committee is formed by Seguí, Pestaña, Minguet, Aragó, Viadiu, Miranda, Barrera, Valero & Herreros.

1919 -- US: Nothing to be Upset about?: The previously undefeated racehorse, Man o' War, was upset — by Upset — at Saratoga, New York.

1922 -- Italy: Preparazione di una grande manifestazione fascista a Roma per protestare contro il clima di violenza esistente nel paese. I violenti protestano violentemente contro la violenza : è la bancarotta totale della logica e della morale.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1923 --

Carlos Cortez Koyokuikatl lives, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Graphic artist, poet, anarchist & Wobbly.

Placard for Carlos Cortez show

Researcher Archie Green tells us that Industrial Workers of the World artists "have been modest in telling their life-stories," & "within this laconic tradition, Carlos Cortez reports key facts."

— Archie Green, "Carlos Cortez & Wobbly Artistry," in Carlos Cortez, Where are the Voices & Other Wobbly Poems? Chicago: Charles H. Kerr, 1997, p. 5.

Carlos Cortez, Wobbly artist Carlos Cortez, son of Alfredo Cortez, a Mexican partisan of the Industrial Workers of the World (acronym, IWW, popularly known as "Wobblies"), & a German socialist-pacifist mother, Augusta Cortez.

Cortez spent two years in federal prison (Sandstone, Minnesota) during World War II as a conscientious objector "because he did not want to kill living things."

— Eugene Nelson, Introduction to Carlos Cortez, Crystal-Gazing the Amber Fluid & Other Wobbly Poems, (Charles H. Kerr, 1997), p. 6.

Upon his release from federal detention in 1947 he joined the IWW & has remained active for five decades as a graphic artist, poet, & adviser within that organization. In 1985 at the Gato Negro Press [Black Cat Press] he printed a catalog for a touring exhibition of cartoons, Wobbly: 80 Years of Rebel Art.

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Mencken at the piano
1925 -- US: H. L. Mencken accused by the Baltimore Chamber of Commerce of damaging the city's trade with the South because of his dispatches covering the Scopes Trial.

1930 -- Ho, Ho, Ho? Mama Ho gives Don Ho the Heave Ho, Hawaii (American colony).

1931 -- New Custom?: US Customs closes border to keep citizens from gambling in Mexico.

1931 -- Mary Austin dies, Santa Fe, New Mexico. American novelist, poet, & essayist noted for her writing about Native American culture.

1935 -- US: Transcontinental Roller Derby begins, Chicago Coliseum.

1942 -- US: Manhattan Project to make atomic bomb begins, Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Bambi vs. Godzilla poster
1942 -- Walt Disney classic, "Bambi Meets Godzilla," opens, Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Marv Newland ’s animated spoof of film credits, an underground cult favorite, culminates in a fateful encounter between the little fawn & Big G.

1945 -- H.G. Wells dies. Novelist, socialist, alien lover.
'One's dreamland perfection is Anarchy . . . .
All men who dream at all of noble things are Anarchists in their dreams. . . .'

Socialism & the Family (1906)
(cited in Ben Beck's Anarchism & science fiction)

H.G. Wells

Tom Wayman, poet, Wobbly
1945 -- Poet Tom Wayman lives, Hawkesbury, Canada. Co-founder of the Vancouver Industrial Writers' Union (IWW), a work-writing circle, & participant in a number of labor arts ventures.

Worked as a laborer in various industries, & the workplace is a central
thematic concern of his poetry.

BleedMeister & Tom go back a few years, with a few weird stories to tell in the aftermath of the '60s, as the FBI
is poking about for various underground radical boogeymen.

But even when I quit
the numbers of the minutes & hours from this shift
stick with me: I can look at a clock some morning
months afterwards, & see it is 20 minutes to 9
— that is, if I'm ever out of bed that early —
& the automatic computer in my head
starts to type out: 20 minutes to 9, that means
30 minutes to work after 9: you are
50 minutes from the break; 50 minutes
of work, & it is only morning, & it is only
Monday, you poor dumb bastard....

& that's how it goes, round the clock, until a new time
from another job bores its way into my brain.

      — Tom Wayman, excerpt from "Factory Time" in Did I Miss Anything? Selected Poems 1973-1993.

1948 -- Kathleen Battle lives, Portsmouth, Ohio. Operatic soprano, winner of Grammy awards in 1987 & 1988, & considered by many one of the finest modern opera singers.

1948 -- Cleveland Indians rookie pitcher Satchel Paige throws his first complete game in the major leagues. Allows only five hits in a 5-0 shutout. Incidentally, the "rookie" is a black 42-year-old.

& yet as I left, my eye caught the faintest gleam of red, a Soviet remnant I first thought.

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1954 -- US: Government terminates trust relationship with Klamath tribe. Trust in God, as the $1 bill advises...

1955 -- US: Lamar Smith, a WWII vet who organized black voters in Brookhaven, Mississippi, is shot to death in front of the Lincoln County Courthouse. Three men — Noah Smith, Mack Smith & Charles Falvey — are charged, but a grand jury finds no witnesses to testify against them, despite a large number of people near the courthouse during the shooting.

1956 -- US: Ralph Bunche's brother-in-law found strangled to death in his Washington office.

1956 -- US: Termites?: Grande Ronde reservation, Oregon, terminated.

1961 --
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We don't need no education.
We don't need no thought control.
No dark sarcasm in the classroom.
Teacher, leave those kids alone.
Hey, Teacher, leave those kids alone !
All in all it's just another brick in the wall.
All in all you're just another brick in the wall.

— Pink Floyd

wall graffiti
1961 -- Germany: East German border guards begin construction of Berlin Wall.

It was early in the morning when Berlin was divided by a barbed wire fence. The East Berlin government was adamant in its effort to keep those in the eastern sector from moving into the non-Communist western sector. Regular telephone & postal service between the sectors was stopped. Several days later, the barbed wire was reinforced with a concrete wall between official crossing points. The Berlin wall stood until November 9, 1989.

1962 -- Mabel Dodge Luhan, dies, Taos, New Mexico. American writer, pacifist, famed for her salons in the Bohemian heyday of NY's Greenwich Village, contributor to the famed magazine, The Masses. Her autobiographical work, including Background (1933), European Experiences (1935), Movers & Shakers (1936), & Edge of Taos Desert (1937), are peopled with many well-known American radical authors, including Gertrude Stein, John Reed, & Walter Lippmann. The main character in D.H. Lawrence's short-story, "The Woman Who Rode Away," is based on Dodge.

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1963 -- A. Philip Randolph, noted civil rights & labor leader, strongly protests the AFL-CIO Executive Council's failure to endorse the August 28 "March on Washington."

1965 -- Marty Balin/Jefferson Airplane opens Matrix; Beatles at Shea Stadium: 55,000 girls screaming; & Owsley meets author Ken Kesey at a Merry Prankster party at La Honda.

The Matrix, Frisco's first folk night club, opens at 3138 Fillmore in the Marina District. New band called The Jefferson Airplane performs.

One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, was a vehicle for Ken Kesey’s anarchist rant against the oppressive conformism imposed by society’s institutions, immortalised in Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.

1966 -- Vietnam: South Vietnamese Beloved & Respected Comrade American Puppet Premier Nguyen Cao Ky predicts:

"In two or three years, or even before, the Communists will accept defeat."

1967 -- Ooopsie! Bullet HoleBonnie & Clyde released — the film, that is. Directed by Arthur Penn, starring Warren Beatty & Faye Dunaway. The original brief, hardscrabble robber duo were killed killed in a Louisiana ambush headed by a one-time Texass Ranger, May 23, 1939.

1971 -- Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Attorney General John Mitchell announces there will be no grand jury investigation of the May 4, 1970 Kent State murders by the National Guard.

An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, stays bought.

— Simon Cameron (Lincoln's Secretary of War)

1971 -- John Lennon & Yoko Ono check in to St. Regis Hotel, NY.

1971 -- Legendary saxophonist King Curtis, 37, is stabbed to death outside his NY home. He appeared on many hits in the 50's & 60's, including the Coasters hit, "Yakety Yak."

1980 -- Todd Rundgren's home in Woodstock, NY invaded by four masked men. He, his girlfriend & three guests bound & gagged while the house is stripped of valuables. Reportedly, one of the thieves hummed Rundgren's "I Saw the Light" during the heist.

1982 -- R&B soul singer Joe Tex, 44, dies of a heart attack, Navasota, Texass. His biggest hit was "I Gotcha." Reportedly, the grim reaper was humming the song...

1987 -- Italy: Lo stato italiano ha autorizzato la vendita di mine all'Iran.

Adesso si scopre che l'Iran ha disseminato le mine italiane per tutto il golfo Persico, rendendo pericolosa la navigazione. Due stati, uno più criminale dell'altro.

Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1988 -- Canada: Pedaling Drugs? Ronald J Dossenbach sets world record for pedaling across Canada from Vancouver, BC to Halifax, NS in 13 days, 15 hr, 4 min.

1989 -- US: New York state returns 12 wampum belts to Onandaga. Real 'Indian givers'.

1998 -- Alle Avec Le Vent?: American novelist Julien Green, the first foreigner elected to the elite Académie Française (in 1971), dies in Paris. Famed for six decades of tales usually set in French provincial towns but with an influence of the American Southern gothic.

2012 -- Helen Gurley Brown, author of Sex and the Single Girl & editor of Cosmopolitan, dies, age 90 — though parts of her were said to be considerably younger. "Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go everywhere."

3000 --

Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience & through rebellion.

— Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism,
in Fortnightly Review (London, Feb. 1891; reprinted, 1895)

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