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"I am the world crier, & this is my dangerous career . . .
I am the one to call your bluff, & this is my climate."
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.
FESTIVAL OF ISIS.
BLAME SOMEBODY ELSE DAY.
Suddenly, all at once, the cries & the drums cease. Gods & men have been defeated. With the gods' death, time has died. With the men's death, the city has died....
A stunning silence reigns. & the rain begins to fall. Thunder & lightning fill the sky, & it rains all through the night...
Fire burns the soles of Emperor Cuauhtemoc's feet, anointed with oil, while the world is silent, & it rains.
— Memory of Fire: Genesis, Eduardo Galeano
1660 -- England: Charles II issues proclamation calling for the suppression of John Milton's Latin pamphlets Defense of the English People.
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 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.
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.
[Details / context]
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.
Following in the grand tradition of the Croix de Mission du Bois du Verne (tossing it down a mine shaft to its proper resting place the night August 5/6), & the Alouettes (the night 11/12), on this night the Croix du Bois Roulot receives the same just fate.
The reactionary clerics have earned such admirable fealty from these rascally "noires" by siding — surprisngly — with the mine owners against the workers.
The religious community is very upset, & authorities are especially worried with the upcoming Feast of the Assumption (August 15).
[Source: L'Ephéméride Anarchiste]
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.
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.
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
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
1917 -- France: Eugene Vigo (1883-1917) dies in prison; also known as Miguel Almereyda (anagram: Y'a la merde). Father of French surrealist/anarchist 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, & anarchist publishing (founder & director of the extreme left-wing paper Le Bonnet Rouge; cofounder of the newspaper La Guerre Sociale with Gustave Herve & 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.
Zero De Conduite
Jean Vigo was born to Eugene Bonaventure de Vigo, a militant anarchist, & Emily Clero, another young militant, on April 26, 1906 at rue Polonceau in Paris in an attic full of cats. He was nicknamed Nono, after the hero of Jean Grave's children's stories. Eugene Vigo died in suspicious circumstances, probably murdered by authorities, in the Fresnes prison on 13 August 1917.
1917 -- Spain: General Strike throughout the country. Includes members from the Socialist Party, the UGT & cenetistas (anarchosyndicalist CNT members).
[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]
Carlos Cortez Koyokuikatl lives, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Graphic artist, poet, anarchist & Wobbly.
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, Chicago: Charles H. Kerr Publishing Co., 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.
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)
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.
& yet as I left, my eye caught the faintest gleam of red, a Soviet remnant I first thought. But no, as I approached the umbrella stand off in the corner, peering out was a red felt cloth. As I looked closer, I couldn't recognize what was plain for me to see, so incongruous did it seem. But there it was: a crumpled old baseball pennant that read: Cleveland Indians.
Even conventional biographies of Trotsky admit that he visited the US: he was in New York briefly before returning to Russia for the revolution. But what connection could this, or anything else, have provided him to Cleveland & the Indians?
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.
In the years shortly before World War I, NY's Greenwich Village was a vibrant community of mostly young intellectuals enthralled with what Max Eastman called a "universal revolt or regeneration, of the just-before-dawn of a new day in American art & literature & living-of-life as well as in politics."
A tenuous sense of coherence united a wide spectrum of people, including such luminaries as John Reed, Emma Goldman, Randolph Bourne, Walter Lippmann, & Margaret Sanger, who congregated at the offices of exciting little magazines like "Seven Lively Arts" & "The Masses" or met at the famous salon of Mabel Dodge Luhan to debate socialism, birth control, feminism, free love, Freud, modern art & literature.
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 -- Bonnie & 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.
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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