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Allan Kaprow, Sacco & Vanzetti, Malvina Reynolds, Alfred Sanftleben, Mollie Steimer, Nicola Sacco & Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Camillo Berneri, Ernst Frick, Johannes Nohl, Emma Goldman, anarchist, libertarian, anarchiste, anarquista, on this day in recovered history, August 23
Between the freeway & the gray conning
towers of the ballpark, miles
of mostly vacant lots, once
a neighborhood of small
two-storey houses

— Philip Levine, excerpt, A Walk with Tom Jefferson



Executed Italian-American anarchists,
wrote stunning letters from prison.

Lithuania: HARVEST FESTIVAL. Ridiculous speeches, feasting & dancing. In the "Kirvis," a pretty maiden stands in the center of a circle of dancers, holding an axe. The circle sings, the axe is thrown, & the young man who catches it, often bleeding, gets a kiss & a dance.

410 -- [CE] Visigoths sack Rome, putting Roman civilisation to bed.
Source: [Calendar Riots]

1500 -- New Old World: Christopher Columbus, accused of mistreating the natives of Haiti, is arrested & sent back to Spain in chains.

Plunder continued to take precedence over conversion, but the Catholics continued to be embarrassed. Their ideology was not altogether suited to their practice. The Catholics made much of their conquests of Aztecs & Incas, whom they described as empires with institutions similar to those of the Hapsburg Empire & the religious practices as demonic as those of the official enemy, the heathen empire of the Ottoman Turks. But the Catholics did not make much of the wars of extermination against communities that had neither emperors nor standing armies.

Such feats, although perpetrated regularly, conflicted with the ideology & were less than heroic.

Fredy Perlman, The Continuing Appeal of Nationalism

1757 -- England: The first riot against the Militia Act occurs at Washingborough, Lincs, from where it spreads rapidly to Beds & Notts.

The Act is meant to conscript troops to fight a colonial war & quell a year of domestic food riots; it succeeds instead, in provoking prolonged & massive rioting across 11 more counties.

"We will not fight for what does not concern us, & belongs to our landlords; let the worst happen; we can but be laborers & tenants as we are at present."

The rioters' primary aims are destruction of militia lists & attacks on officials though they surpass themselves & set about invading the homes of the gentry (who are — surprisingly — exempted from service).

Source: [Calendar Riots]

1774 -- J.W. von Goethe play "Clavigo" is produced, Hamburg.
Source: [Robert Braunwart] [Hereafter attributed with symbol:Source=Robert Braunwart]

1799 -- William Blake writes to John Trusler: "You say that I want somebody to elucidate my ideas. But you ought to know that what is grand is necessarily obscure to weak men."
See Daily Bleed Saints Gallery page,

1834 -- England: British National Trades Union founded.

1837 -- France: Etienne Faure lives (1837-1911). Member of the Commune de Saint-Etienne, militant anarchiste & propagandist.

Balzac, rock group, album cover
1851 -- Honore de Balzac's Mercadet le Faiseur, his most successful play, opens at the Gymnase in Paris, one year & five days after his death.

"Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true."

— Honore de Balzac

1852 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Cuba: Spanish police arrest the staff of the underground newspaper The Voice of the People, La Habana.

1869 -- Edgar Lee Masters, lives, Garnett, Kansas. Author of Spoon River Anthology, epitaphs spoken by about 250 persons buried in the graveyard of a village in the Middle West.

1871 -- Germany: Alfred Sanftleben (aka "Slovak") lives (1871-1952), Thuringe. Militant German anarchist, also active in Switzerland & the US. Typesetter & translator, friend of Nettlau, Landauer, Rocker & the Flores Magón brothers, & greatly influenced by Giovanni Rossi.

[More on Sanftleben]

1876 -- Canada: Assiniboine cede 121,000 square miles (twice the size of Washington state) in Treaty #6.

1893 -- EG, anarchist feministUS: Emma Goldman lectures in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, before traveling to Philadelphia. While in Philadelphia, Goldman meets German anarchist Max Baginski & American-born anarchist Voltairine de Cleyre for the first time.

Malvina Reynolds / Country Joe McDonald
1900 -- Folk, protest singer Malvina Reynolds lives, Frisco, California. Was refused her diploma by Lowell High School because her parents were opposed to US participation in World War I.


1901 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Boer prisoners are executed, in the movie "Breaker Morant." Anglo-Australian folk hero, Morant, horseman, drover & poet, was court martialed & executed in South Africa in 1902. Scapegoat of the British Empire, subject of numerous poems, novels & histories.

1903 -- Muhammad Yamin lives. Indonesian writer & politician, member of the leftist Murba Party. One of the pioneers of modern poetry in Indonesia.

Ricardo Flores Magón, anarchist
1907 -- US: The arrest of Mexican anarchists Ricardo Flores Magón, Antonio Villarreal & Librado Rivera after their hiding place has been discovered.

IWW Clock
1909 -- US: A group of IWW strikers board a streetcar in McKees Rock, Pennsylvania looking for scabs. A deputy sheriff shoots at them & dies in the return fire. The ensuing battle leaves 11 people dead.

Despite today's battle the strikers hold solid & on September 8th, 1909 the company capitulates to their demands.

Tremors from today's victory shakes other steel towns, leading to more IWW gains.

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1911 -- US: Ishi — last member of his stone-age tribe — discovered in California.

The Last
of His Tribe

The region is known as the Land of Ishi because this is where the last survivor of the Yahi Yana tribe, a man named Ishi, escaped from settlers who exterminated the rest of the Yahis. They had lived here for at least 3,000 years before being killed off, along with the elk they had hunted, another dreadful moment in the settling of the West.

1911 -- Source=Robert Braunwart George Allan England receives $500 for his novel Darkness & Dawn.

1916 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Germany: A military court in Berlin sentences Marxist Karl Liebknecht to four years.

1917 -- US: Riot occurs in Houston, Texass, when the 24th Infantry seeks revenge on the city's white police after the brutal beating of two of the regiment's soldiers.

After two hours of violence, 15 whites, including four policemen, are killed & 12 more injured. Four soldiers die. 118 soldiers are charged in connection with the riots & 19 executed, most in near total secrecy, in one of the most infamous court-martials ever involving African-Americans.

1918 -- anarchist diamond; anarquistaUS: Mollie Steimer, along with several other members of her group, arrested for distributing leaflets against the landing of American troops in Soviet Russia. (Notable for their selective amnesia, American school books pass over this invasion.)

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1920 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Mary Roberts Rinehart play "The Bat" opens in NY for 867 performances. In 1933 RCA Victor released The Bat as one of the earliest talking book recordings. Her costumed supercriminal, "the Bat", is cited by Bob Kane as one of the inspirations for his "Batman." An immensely popular writer, Rinehart invented the "Had-I-But-Known" school of mystery writing & also helped her sons found the publishing house Farrar & Rinehart.

Sacco Vanzetti drawing
1927 -- US: Nicola Sacco & Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Italian-born anarchist labor militants, executed in the electric chair, in Boston, despite unprecedented protests worldwide. (see August 24). Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay is arrested outside Dedham Prison, Mass.

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1927 -- Allan Kaprow (d.2006) happens. "Happenings" event creator. American painter, assemblagist & pioneer in establishing the concepts of performance art. He helped to develop the "Environment" & "Happening" in the late 1950s & 1960s, as well as their theory. Fluxus, Performance art, & Installation art was, in turn, influenced by his work.
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1929 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Palestine: Arabs attack Jews throughout the country, killing many.

1932 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: The Seattle Library Board fires married women.

1933 -- US: Fine upstanding citizens Vigilantes assault 200 migrant workers in Yakima, Washington.

1933 -- India: British rulers release Mohandas Gandhi from jail after a one-week fast.

1934 -- Nicaragua: Congress decrees an amnesty for all the crimes committed by the National Guard.

1934 -- Canada: Emma Goldman presides over a poorly attended meeting at Hygeia Hall organized by the Libertarian Groups of Toronto to commemorate the 7th anniversary of the executions of Nicola Sacco & Bartolomeo Vanzetti; Heiner also speaks at the meeting.

The prosecution left a trail of doctored eyewitness accounts, altered testimony & false ballistics reports. That trail appears to exonerate the victims while convicting the executioners.

Sacco & Vanzetti Timeline

1935 -- "He's In The Ring (Doin' The Same Old Thing)" released, by Memphis Minnie (on McCoy).

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Paper clipping, Italian anarchists killed in Spain
1936 -- Spain: Camillo Berneri, after organizing an Italian column within the Francisco Ascaso Column in the Pedralbes barracks (renamed "Bakunin"), takes part in the harsh engagements on the "bare mountain," where the anarchists Mario Angeloni, Vincenzo Perrone & Michele Centrone died, Angeloni singing the Internationale.

After defeating the Nationalist troops, because of problems with his vision & hearing, Berneri was sent back from the front & returned to Barcelona to do propaganda work (& was murdered there by Stalin's communist agents).

1936 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Thomas Mann completes his novel Joseph in Egypt.

Stalin's Smile
1939 -- Germany/USSR: Pen Pals? Hitler-Napoleon Non-Aggression Pact signed in preparation for Germany's September visit to Poland. The pact confirms the structural homogeneity of the two regimes. The nations later called "Allies" had refused to sign any protective pact with Russia, hoping the Nazis would bring down the Bolshevik regime.

Why this determination to show "everything" in pictures? A word, a glance, silence itself communicates more & better... the Holocaust is not a subject like all others. It imposes certain limits.

— Elie Wiesel

1943 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Workers strike the Brewster fighter plant at Warminster, Pa. for four days. The head of the local union is quoted as saying,

"If I had brothers at the front line who needed the 10 or 12 planes that were sacrificed in the strike, I'd let them die... to preserve our way of life."

1943 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Life magazine spotlights the US dance craze the Lindy Hop. Buncha hop-heads.

1944 -- England: US bomber crashes into an English school & explodes in flames. Seventy-one, 51 of them children, lose their lives.

1946 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Three white men are fined $10 in Collins, Mississippi for the attempted rape of three young black women at gunpoint.

1946 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Humphrey Bogart movie "The Big Sleep" opens. Based on the novel by Raymond Chandler.

1948 -- France: Adrienne Montegudet (née Victorine Valdant) lives (1885-1948). Militante communiste et syndicaliste révolutionnaire puis libertaire. Frequenter of Monatte's circle.
Involved in anarchist activities in 1936, she became secretary of the Comité des femmes libertaires & also assisted Italian & Spanish refugees. During WWII, in contact with Célestin Freinet, she aided & helped hide Czech refugees (primarily Jewish).

Frick painting, sailboat sailing away; source
1956 -- Ernst Frick (1881-1956) dies. Swiss anarchist, artist, archaeologist & scholar of primitive languages.

Frick was involved with the circle around Erich Mühsam, Johannes Nohl (anarchist & one of Hermann Hesse's analysts), & the anarchist Freudian Otto Gross.

1958 -- Source=Robert Braunwart China: Shell Game? Communists begin an artillery blockade of Quemoy (-Sept.). A compromise is subsequently worked out, whereby China can shell the islands on odd dates & the KMT can resupply them on even dates.

1962 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: JFK's administration approves a massive sabotage effort against Cuba.

1964 -- Beatles do Hollywood Bowl concert.

1966 -- Australia: 200 Gurindji people begin struggle for reclamation of tribal land, Northern Territory.

Gurindji cattle workers began a nine-year strike for wage improvements which developed into a successful claim for return of traditional Gurindji lands.

They treated us like dogs ... we walked off.

Inauguration Pig button
1968 -- US: Yippies sponsor the "Festival of Life" at the Democratic Convention & get national headlines by nominating Pigasus the Pig for President & threatening to spike the Chicago water supply with LSD.

10,000 unarmed Yippies are attacked by 23,000 armed soldiers, national guardsmen, & police.

Today classes are held in Lincoln Park on karate, snake dancing & other means of self-defense. Police litter the park, posting "11 p.m. curfew" signs in park trees (in some cities they would go to jail for such acts of vandalism).

1970 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Lou Reed & the Velvet Underground play their last gig together.

1973 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Chile: Mass murderer-to-be Augusto Pinochet is appointed Chilean army head. This is the sort of terrorist the US enthusiastically support.

1974 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: John Lennon reports seeing a UFO in NYC. Another ho-hum day in the Big Apple...

Sacco Vanzetti plaque
1977 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Liberal Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis proclaims "Nicola Sacco & Bartolomeo Vanzetti Day" on the 50th anniversary of their deaths.
[Timeline, links, details, references on Sacco-Vanzetti]

Die alternative, Bahro book cover
1977 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Germany: Marxist philosopher Rudolf Bahro is imprisoned in East Germany.

Released from prison in 1979 & came to West Germany, aligned with "Deep Ecology" & Green Party movements, calling for new synthesis of a revolutionary cultural movement to dismantle the industrial system (the "exterminist megamachine") & reconstruct human society & cultural reproduction on a communitarian basis. Called an "ecoanarchist theorist," Bahro's vision was extra-parliamentary, that is, Greens should focus their organizing outside of parliament. Watermelon Man...Green on the outside, Red on the inside.

1978 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Nicaragua: FSLN leaves the National Palace after its demands are met.

1978 -- Source=Robert Braunwart El Salvador: France & México recognize the FMLN as a "representative political force."

1983 -- US: Back-to-the-Earth advocate Scott Nearing dies, Maine. Daily Bleed Patron Saint, August 6.

1987 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Lithuania: Protesters demonstrate against the Hitler-Stalin pact of 1939. In 1989 East German historian Heinz Kuehnrich confirms the existence of secret protocols to the Hitler-Stalin pact. Time wounds all heels.

1987 -- Source=Robert Braunwart England: First strike in its 195-year history shuts down the London Times.

1989 -- R.D. Laing, radical anti-psychiatrist, dies.

1989 -- Over one million join hands across three Baltic States in 400-mile-long chain of resistance to USSR, on the 50th anniversary of the secret agreement which made them part of the Soviet Union.

1990 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Ecuador: A sit-in at Conoco Ecuador HQ protests road development thru Yasuni NP.

1991 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Nicaragua: National Assembly votes to return property Sandinistas distributed.

1991 -- Source=Robert Braunwart High Seas: A computer error sinks a Norwegian offshore oil platform; damages are nearly $1 billion.

1993 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Detroit cops are convicted of beating Malice Green, an African American, to death.

1996 -- 'Today the net worth of the world's 358 richest people is equal to the combined income of the poorest 45 per cent of the world's population — 2.3 billion people.'

— James Gustave Speth, administrator UN Development Programme, International Herald Tribune, 23 August 1996

Artis the SpoonMan
1998 -- US: Seattle HempFest; includes Artis the Spoonman. An estimated 35,000 people, according to the Seattle Police Department, came to Myrtle Edwards Park to display their affection for the ever so popular garden weed. By 2006 the crowds number 150,000 & includes former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper, an advocate for legalization of drugs, calling America's "Drug War" a racket.

poster, HempFest '98

2001 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: French Toast? Thierry Devaux, a Frenchman using a motor-driven parachute, is arrested after becoming snagged on the Statue of Liberty.

2009 -- US: Morningtown Pizza & Subs 40th Anniversary picnic, Carkeek Park, all day long. Who brought the pizza oven?

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75th Anniversary Poster, Sacco/vanzetti

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