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Seattle Anarchist Bookfair, Emma Goldman, Eugène Dieudonne, Juan Portales Casamar, Maquis, Goliardo Fiaschi, Sacco & Vanzetti, Fortuné Henry, Jacques Roux, anarchist, libertarian, anarchiste, anarquista, on this day in recovered history, August 20, anarchiste, anarchist, anarquista

How well they flew together side by side
the Stars & Stripes my red & white & blue
& my Black Flag the sovereignty of no
man or law!

Paul Goodman, in Noam Chomsky,
For Reasons of State


"Warhellrider," "Joyrider." Rock musician & outsider artist.

Ath, Belgium: FESTIVAL OF GOLIATH. Parade of giants.

1598 -- Netherlands: Deed of Transfers proclaims independence of the (-8/22).
Source: [Robert Braunwart] [Hereafter attributed with symbol: Source=Robert Braunwart]

Package of Virginia Slims cigarettes
1621 -- New Old World: Roll Your Own? One widow & eleven maidens consigned to the Virginia colony are ordered to be sold at the rate of 120 pounds of tobacco for each.

Secondhand smoke is not a problem. If children don't like to be in a smoky room, they'll leave. (As for infants,) ... at some point, they crawl.

— Charles Harper, chairman, RJR Tobacco Company

1647 -- The bones of Picart, & the living body of Thomas Boulle, are burned.

1680 -- New Old World: Spanish survivors of the Pueblo Indian revolt abandon Santa Fe, flee to El Paso, leaving to native peoples an area that will eventually become known as New Mexico.

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Cover: Kropotkin's French Revolution
1752 -- France: Jacques Roux (1752-1794) lives, Charente. French revolutionist, known as the pitiless & sometimes cruel "Red Priest," but also a precursor of socialism & modern anarchism.

"So you would use us for bumfodder?

Not for Long!"

— Address of the Sansculottes of the Rue Mouffetard to the Convention, 9 December 1792

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1762 -- Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's last words: "It has all been very interesting."

1775 -- Source=Robert BraunwartPlug Your Ears?: A rain of earwigs occurs in Stroud, England.

1791 -- Black slave uprising in Santo Domingo.

1831 -- Nikolai Gogol visits the printers to oversee the production of Evenings on a Farm, finds the typesetters greatly amused by the proofs, & concludes he will be "an author entirely to the taste of the common people."

1831 -- US: Virginia slave Nat Turner leads slave rebellion, Virginia (crushed by the 23rd). Convinced by an eclipse it is time to deliver his people from bondage, he embarks with 60 followers on a raid resulting in the murders of 55 whites. In the ensuing manhunt, & not to be outdone, more than 100 blacks were slaughtered.

1831 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Portugal: An insurrection begins at Lisboa; 300 people are killed.

1841 -- History's First Blind Date?: John Hampson patents venetian blinds, claims "yuppies will be delighted."

1844 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: "Anti-Renters" commit outrages in Rensselaer County, NY.

1850 -- France: At the Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, Victor Hugo delivers a funeral oration for Honore de Balzac, who died three days ago:

"Monsieur de Balzac was one of the first among the greatest, one of the highest among the best.... All his books together make one book."

1851 -- US: New Orleans mob sacks the Spanish consulate when word reaches them that 51 Americans who set out from the city to 'liberate' Cuba were captured & executed (see 3 August). The Spanish consul is forced to seek protection in the city jail.

Colony of Aiglemont
1869 -- France: Fortuné Henry lives, Limeil-Brévannes. Militant anarchiste, orator, antimilitarist, founder of the famed Colony of Aiglemont, where his friend André Mournier ("The Agronomist") developed practical methods for large scale agriculture. Fortuné Henry was the French delegate to the founding congress of "l'Association Internationale Antimilitariste" (A.I.A.) in Amsterdam in 1904.

"Faisons donc des petits essais, qui eux-mêmes vivant l'intensive vie de l'alvéole, pourront plus tard se fédérer pour consacrer définitivement le succès de la démonstration." in Le Libertaire (1903).

1872 -- Decadent British illustrator Aubrey Beardsley lives.

1881 -- US: African-American baseball catcher Moses Fleetwood Walker of the Cleveland Whites is barred from minor league game against the Louisville Eclipses in Kentucky. Already present in baseball's National League, racial segregation soon becomes the rule in every league from the majors on down.

1887 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Philadelphia's Dan Casey strikes out in a game with the NY Giants (possibly the inspiration for Ernest Thayer's poem "Casey at the Bat").

William S. Burroughs
1888 -- US: William S. Burroughs awarded patent for adding machine. Burroughs' Adding Machine

1893 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministUS: Emma Goldman again leads a march of a 1,000 people to Union Square, where, speaking in German & English, she repeats her belief that workers have a right to take bread if they are hungry, & to demonstrate their needs "before the palaces of the rich"; about 3,000 gather to listen. Goldman's speech is characterized by the press as "incendiary" &, next week, is cited as the reason for her arrest.

Eat the Rich!


1894 -- US: Emma Goldman speaks on "The Right of Free Speech", in the land of the free, at a mass meeting called by the American Labor Union in Newark.

1896 -- US: Roark Bradford lives, Lauderdale County, Tennessee. Wrote fiction & folklore based on childhood contacts with African-American preachers, musicians, & storytellers on the plantations.

1901 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Baltimore loses a forfeit to Detroit when pitcher Iron Man McGinnity steps on the baseball umpire's toes, punches him & spits in his face. Inspires hockey & wrestling.

1901 --
Copenhagen, Denmark

August 21, 1901 


First Conferència prior to the founding of Union Federació the International (FIS), promoguda pels sindicats socialistes d'Europa. També is mentioned com the International d'Amsterdam.

Source: [Congressos Obrers]

Count Basie
1904 -- US: William "Count" Basie is born in Redbank, NJ. One of the most influential forces in jazz.
Count Basie

Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2004


Superb jazz
& big band
composer & conductor.

Mona Lisa, animated
1911 -- Cleaned Out?: On a cleaning day when the museum is closed to the public, Vicenzo Peruggia, a Louvre employee, steals the Mona Lisa by cutting it from its frame.

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1913 -- Ireland: Nearly 200 men & boys in the parcels office of the Tramway Company receive the following notice:

"As the directors understand that you are a member of the Irish Transport Union, whose methods are disorganising the trade & business of the city, they do not further require your services. The parcels traffic will be temporarily suspended. If you are not a member of the union when traffic is resumed your application for re-employment will be favourably considered."

This act precipitates The 1913 Lock-Out in Dublin which begins August 26th, when tram drivers took out their union badges & pinned them in their buttonholes. They then walked off their trams...

1920 -- Child Abuse?: Christopher Robin Milne lives, London, England. Son of A. A. Milne & model for the human hero of his father's Winnie-the-Pooh books.

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1920 -- US: In response to continuing violence by coal operators & their paid goons in the southern coalfields of West Virginia, a three hour gun battle between labor strikers & guards leave six dead. 500 Federal troops were rushed in, & a General Strike was threatened if the troops did not cease their strikebreaking activities.

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1921 -- US: During on-going labor disputes in the coalfields, such as Logan & Mingo Counties, the first unit of West Virginia National Guard — Company I, 150th Infantry — reactivated at Williamson. By the end of the year, 11 National Guard companies are organized — all but one situated in or near the nonunion coal fields.

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Sacco & Vanzetti logo
1927 -- US: Supreme Court Justice Brandeis refuses to hear request for stay of execution in the case of Nicola Sacco & Bartolomeo Vanzetti. (see August 23).
Sacco & Vanzetti montage Vanzetti quote

1930 -- anarchist diamond; anarquistaItaly: Goliardo Fiaschi (1930-2000), Italian partisan, anti-fascist & anarchist guerrilla in Spain, bookstore owner, lives.
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1932 -- Melvin Van Pebbles lives, Chicago, Ill. Writer & dramatist, produces some of the more important African-American feature films of the 1960's & 1970's, including Story of a Three Day Pass, Watermelon Man & Sweet Sweetback's Baadass Song.

Melvin Van Peebles Sweetback is the first American film with a black protagonist who refuses to adapt to the daily humiliations of racism. He is neither passive nor good: He is a brother who dares to get "the Man's foot out of his ass."

Der Untertan, poster
1935 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Czechoslovakia: German writer Heinrich Mann becomes a citizen. Attacks on militarism, nationalism, & the authoritarian social structure of German society led to his exile in 1933 by the Nazis. His younger brother, novelist Thomas, was also forced to flee.

1935 -- Source=Robert Braunwart The Benny Goodman Orchestra opens at the Palomar Ballroom, Los Angeles. This concert is generally regarded as the beginning of the Swing Era.

1936 -- Italy: During this month, Il mensile comunista "Lo stato operaio" pubblica un manifesto indirizzato a tutti gli italiani, anche "ai fratelli in camicia nera" invitando all ''unione del popolo italiano, fascista e non fascista." Con notevole ritardo i comunisti si accorgono che tutto il popolo è con Mussolini. Altro che espressione del capitalismo imperialista!
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1937 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministEmma Goldman travels to Nice & later in the month to St. Tropez for her final stay at Bon Esprit, which is sold shortly after her departure for Spain the following month, temporarily freeing Goldman from financial worries & allowing her to continue her work for the anarchists in Spain.

1938 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Italy: Government bars Jewish teachers from the public schools.

1940 -- México: Leon Trotsky dies of wounds inflicted by a Stalinist assassin yesterday.

1941 -- Source=Robert Braunwart México: Workers successfully strike the Compania Telefonica de Mexico.

Little Foxes, poster
1941 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Bette Davis movie "The Little Foxes," based on Lillian Hellman's play involving the corrupt machinations of a wealthy Southern family, opens, NY.

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1944 -- France: Over 4,000 Spaniards take part in the Maquis uprising in Paris that begins today.

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Eugène Dieudonné, anarchiste
1944 -- France: Eugène Dieudonné (1884-1944) dies. Individualist, illegalist & member of the Bonnot Gang ("Bande à Bonnot").

Arrested & sentenced to death along with André Soudy, Antoine Monier & Raymond Callemin on February 28, 1913. Callemin's efforts on his behalf managed to save Dieudonné from the guillotine which took their lives on April 21, 1913. Dieudonné's sentence was commuted to life. After several escapes, & following a campaign for his release headed by Albert London, he was pardoned in 1925.

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1952 -- US: Strike against International Harvester by the United Electrical Workers.

1954 -- Malcolm Cowley in a Saturday Review article refers to Jack Kerouac's unpublished novel On The Road & calls Kerouac the man who invented the Beat generation.

1961 -- Source=Robert Braunwart First US edition of Thomas Mann's The Story of a Novel is published by Knopf.

1963 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Vietnam: Beloved & Respected Comrade Puppet South Vietnamese President Diem closes universities & attacks Buddhists.

Michael John Thompson Rare Books, backroom
1965 -- Canada: Anti-Vietnam war protesters stage a sit-in in Vancouver, B.C., during visit by Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Prime Minister Lester Pearson.

Theodorakis conducting »Epiphania-Averoff« in jail.
1967 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Greece: Mikis Theodorakis, poet, & its greatest living composer is arrested. Jailed, banished to Zatouna. He had been arrested numerous times during & since WWII by right wing governments, & beaten & tortured, so this is not a new experience. During 1948-49, at the Makronissos Camp, where some 5,000 prisoners are murdered, he contracted tuberculosis, as did his fellow-prisoner, poet Yannis Ritsos.

Illustration: Theodorakis conducting »Epiphania-Averoff« in jail.

1968 -- US: Dean Johnson shot dead by Chicago police.
You will remember Chicago: city that does not know it has been
described by Norman Mailer
slag city, city dropped on the Middle West like a stone
in the armpit of dying Lake Michigan
on the plains of darkest America...

— excerpt, Todd Gitlin, Chicago: Remember?

1968 -- Pinito del Oro, gravemente herida al caer del trapecio.

1970 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Black Panther Huey Newton publicly supports the "Gay Power" movement.

George Jackson poster
1971 -- US: Black liberation activist George Jackson, 29, & five others are assassinated by prison guards, San Quentin, California. Killed during a supposed escape attempt, while about to face another trial on charges of murdering a white guard.

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Here's the score
1972 -- US: Following a chaotic show in Akron, Ohio, Grace Slick is maced in the face when a band official calls cops "pigs," & Paul Kantner has his head slammed to the floor by authorities.

A phoned-in bomb threat put police on edge. When fans toss rocks at a squad car, police respond with tear gas. Jack Cassidy objects from the stage. He's arrested & taken to the basement. When Slick & Kantner go downstairs to check things out, that's when the cops begin to seriously "protect & serve."

1973 -- anarchist diamond dingbatFrance: Juan Portales Casamar (1922-1973) dies, near Paris. Spanish militant, member of the Spanish anarchist youth organization, along with his brothers & sister, in "Juventudes Libertarias" (JJLL). Named secretary of the peninsular defense committee of the Federación Ibérica de Juventudes Libertarias (FIJL) in 1947, he was soon arrested, but escaped to France in January 1948 where he helped found a branch of the CNT near Paris, in Cachan.

1975 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Bombs are planted under LAPD squad cars, allegedly by the SLA (-8/22).

1976 -- US: Beginning of two days of occupation of Seabrook nuclear power plant construction site, Seabrook, New Hampshire.

Sex Pistols poster
1976 -- Source=Robert Braunwart France(?): The First French-European Punk Rock Festival, without the Sex Pistols, who are not invited.

1983 -- Philippines: Opposition leader Benigno Aquino assassinated upon return from exile, Manila.

1986 -- Cameroon: Lake Nios Volcano kills 1,746.

1987 -- US: Clayton Lonetree, the first Marine court-martialed for spying, convicted.

1989 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Czechoslovakia: Police beat & arrest protesters shouting "Freedom!."

1991 -- Russia: Mass demonstrations overcome attempted coup, Moscow. US rightwing calls it a Commie trick.

1995 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Croatia: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Tudjman seals the borders of Krajina after it has been "cleansed" of Serbs.

1996 -- Former Talking Heads lead singer David Byrne sues to prevent the rest of the group from touring as "The Heads." The suit is settled out of court.

Active Resistance poster
1996 -- US: Active Resistance Counter-Convention begins in Chicago for 10 days — before, during, & after the 1996 Democratic National Convention. The gathering seeks to unite individuals & collectives to create sustainable communities of resistance.

1998 -- Korea: Second East Asia Peace & Human Rights Academic Conference held in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Cheju April 3rd Massacre, today through the 25th. Keynote speaker is Dr. José Ramos Horta, the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize laureate from East Timor.

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2003 -- Wesley Willis (b.1963) dies. Busker, musician & artist from Chicago. Gained a sizable cult following in the 1990s after releasing several hundred songs of unique but simple music, with emphasis on his humorous, bizarre, & frequently obscene lyrics. In addition to his large body of solo work, Willis fronted the punk rock band the Wesley Willis Fiasco.
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Hempfest 2003
2004 -- Seattle Hempfest 2004. 13th annual gathering. HemoMeisterRick, turning over a new leaf, swears again.
Hempfest '95 poster

21st & 22nd, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Seattle Hempfest is FREE!

2010 -- US: Seattle Anarchist Bookfair August 21-22, 2010

2013 -- US: Whistle-blower Bradley Manning gets 35-years for doing its citizenry many, many a great favor.

Solar eclipse
2017 -- See You there!: Next total solar eclipse visible from North America.

3000 --

"The murder business & sport by saint & sinner alike has been pushed ruthlessly, merrily on, until at last protective measures are being called for, partly, I suppose, because the pleasure of killing is in danger of being lost from there being little or nothing left to kill, & partly, let us hope, from a dim glimmering recognition of the rights of animals & their kinship to ourselves.

— John Muir (1838-1914), pacifist, tramp, farmer, poet. Translated 19th century Transcendentalist thought into action & demonstrates what one person can do in the battle for ecological integrity.

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