Our Daily Bleed...
— from "Tom O'Roughley," William Butler Yeats
Radical American poet, activist, writer, Kayak publisher/editor.
FEAST OF INCANDESCENT REBELLION.
1665 -- "The Bare & Ye Cub," first European play staged in North America.
1770 -- German idealist philosopher G W F Hegel lives.
1776 -- US: General George Washington, with 10,000 troops, loses the Battle of Long Island.
1838 -- France: Constant Marie, "Le Père Lapurge," lives (1838-1910), Ste-Houvrince. Communard, militant & anarchiste songster.
1859 -- US: First oil well in the country is sunk.
1871 -- Theodore Dreiser, author, lives, Terre Haute, Indiana.
1890 -- Surrealist photographer, chess player MAN RAY lives, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1892 -- Italy: International Peace Bureau established, Rome.
1896 -- Zanzibar loses to England in a 38 minute war (9:02 AM-9:40 AM), 73 - 0. Inspires John Brunner's science fiction novel, Stomp on Zanzibar.
"How can I lose to such an idiot?"
— A shout from chessmaster Aaron Nimzovich (1886-1935)
1896 -- Spain: Fernando Tarrida del Marmol is released from the dreaded Montjuich prison, thanks to help from family members. Spanish free-thinker, Director of the Polytechnic Academy of Barcelona, translator, biographer, & anarquista theoretician, he was arrested July 21 following the Cambios-Neuvos street attack on June 7, & imprisoned along with many workers (the "crime" for the majority of them is failing to attend church) who, not so fortunate as he, were tortured.
1899 -- Historical novelist, creator of Captain Horatio Hornblower, C. S. Forester, lives, Cairo, Egypt.
1903 -- Lebanon: A squadron of US troops is ordered to Beirut "to protect US interests."
1910 -- Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu lives. Mother of all, mother of none.
1917 -- Australia: IWW is made illegal & membership rolls made available to employers. Despite widespread repression, the IWW helps lead the General Strike of 1917.
Source: Morgan Miller, A Brief History of the IWW outside the US (1905-1999)
1924 -- Italy: Italian Wireless Union, under the monopolistic control of the Mussolini's fascist government, is founded.
1927 -- Paris: Thousands turn out in violent protests over deaths of Sacco & Vanzetti.
1928 -- We Really Mean It This time!!:
Kellogg-Briand Pact, where 62 nations pretend to agree to pretend to outlaw war.
1930 -- American social critic H.L. Mencken, 50, marries Sara Powell Haardt, whom he met while delivering a lecture on "How to Catch a Husband."
We live in a land of abounding quackeries, & if we do not learn how to laugh we succumb to the melancholy disease which afflicts the race of viewers-with-alarm...
I do not believe in democracy, but I am perfectly willing to admit that it provides the only really amusing form of government ever endured by mankind.
1932 -- Netherlands: The International Anti-War Congress, Amsterdam (-29).
1934 -- US: Filipino lettuce cutters & mainly white packing shed workers (AFL) strike the powerful Salinas Valley growers & shippers, demanding union recognition & improved conditions.
1938 -- A jealous Robert Frost disrupts a poetry reading by Archibald MacLeish by setting fire to a stack of papers.
1950 -- US: General Foods blacklists Jean Muir of "Aldrich Family" as a communist.
"The only possible death is to lose belief in this truth simply because the great end comes slowly, because time is long."
About 4,000 gather at a rally in the Chicago Coliseum to hear Dellinger, Hoffman, folksinger Phil Ochs, novelist William Burroughs & others. A planned march to the Amphitheatre, site of the Democratic National Convention, is discussed. Bobby Seale address a crowd of about 2,000 in Lincoln Park. Seale's address is observed by undercover police officer Robert Pierson. At 11:20 p.m. in Lincoln Park, police charge & beat demonstrators. Some enraged demonstrators smash windows & streetlights. Violent encounters between police & demonstrators occur in the streets near Grant Park.
1968 -- México: 500,000 march in a protest for democracy, Zocalo, México City, demanding the government resign.
Por mi raza hablara el espiritu...
1969 -- Author Ivy Compton-Burnett, 77, dies in London. In an interview published three days later, she is reported to have commented on her life: "There's not much to say. I haven't been at all deedy."
1969 -- US: Bob Eaton jailed three years for refusing selective military draft, Philadelphia. (see 29 August 1970).
1971 -- US: Francis the Talking Mule is the mystery guest on TVs "What's My Line." Drinking heavily, he makes a complete ass of himself.
1971 -- US: Singer Freda Payne is awarded a gold record for "Bring the Boys Home," an anti-Vietnam War song.
1974 -- Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics founded in Boulder, Colorado by Allen Ginsberg & Anne Waldman, on or about this date. (Sorry, exact day unknown).
1975 -- Veronica & Colin Scargill (England) complete tandem bicycle ride, a record 18,020 miles around the world.
1975 -- Ethiopia: Haile Selassie, deposed Emperor, dies at 83.
1976 -- New Zealand: Aukword?: Labor strike against the visit of potentially nuclear-armed US warship closes docks for a week.
1979 -- High Seas: Earl Mountbatten, British Admiral of the Fleet, goes deep-sea fishing in Sligo with the help of the IRA (assassinated).
1983 -- US: 300,000 march in Washington on 20th anniversary of Civil Rights March originally headed by Martin Luther King, Jr. The second "March on Washington for Jobs, Peace, & Freedom" held. NYT estimates 200,000, Almanac sez 250,000.
1984 -- US: Beloved & Respected Acting Comrade Leader President Ronnie Reagun announces the "Exploding Teacher in Space" project. He was also big on building a Neutron bomb.
1986 -- US: Congress reinstates Klamath, Modoc & Yahuskin band of Snake Indians of Oregon.
1988 -- US: 55,000 attend 25th anniversary of Washington DC Civil Rights March.
1988 -- US: George Bush says atheists should not be considered US citizens.
1990 -- Blues-rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan dies in a helicopter crash, along with three members of Eric Clapton's band, Alpine Valley, Wisconsin.
1992 -- Guatemala: Catholic church apologizes to Indians for the Spanish conquest. Rush to judgment.
1994 -- China: Dissident Wang Dan re-detained by Chinese secret police.
1998 -- US: Pacifist David Dellinger, aged 83, is arrested while demonstrating at a nuclear reactor.
1999 -- Brazil: Dom Hélder Câmara, 90, dies, Rio de Janeiro. Archbishop whose campaigns against human-rights abuses won him four nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize — but the liberation theologist could never match up to the likes of that other nominee, Beloved & Respected Komrade Leader Henry Kissinger. Scathing in his criticism, from 1968 to 1977, the military dictatorship blacklisted him & his name disappeared from the press & his voice from the air waves.
"When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint.
When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist."
1999 -- Belgium:
2001 -- Juan Gómez Casas (Bordeaux, 1921-Madrid 2001) dies. A prominent Spanish militant syndicalist, Secretary General of the CNT in two periods, & author of numerous writings. His work included detective fiction (using the nom de plume of Jacques de Gaulle) & anarchist history. A military court sentenced Gómez Casas to 30 years' imprisonment. He was badly beaten by the guardia civil during an escape attempt from San Miguel de los Reyes prison in 1956, sustaining severe blows to the head which were to cause him health problems in later life.
Released in 1962, & following Franco's death & the CNT's legalization in 1977, he became its first legal secretary general since 1939.
2003 -- Outer Space: Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in a gazillion years. Said to be a Martian waste-cutting move to reduce the cost of UFO flights (damn Reds!), preparing for a probable attack on a loving non-warlike Earth People....
In 2006 George Bush declares War On Mars,
2008 -- US: Cops from three agencies raid Long Haul Infoshop in Berkeley, California, broke down every door, & confiscated all computers including those used by the Slingshot Collective & East Bay Prisoner Support. Police also broke into cabinets, cut locks, & went through mail. Conducted by the UC Berkeley Police, Alameda County Sheriff, & the FBI, the rationale was that some computer equipment "may have been used to commit a felony."
2010 -- American literary editor, poet George Hitchcock dies at 96, Eugene, Oregon. Actor, poet, playwright, teacher, labor journalist & activist, painter (as Jorge Hitchcock), founder of the influential small press literary magazine Kayak — a one-man boat from 1964 to 1984. Developing an interest in poetry which was fostered by Kenneth Rexroth. Under the "Kayak" imprint he published Charles Simic, Philip Levine, Raymond Carver, W.S. Merwin, Robert Bly, James Tate, Sharon Olds, Diane Wakoski, Wendell Berry, Hayden Carruth & hundreds of others.
Philip Levine, winner of the Pulitzer Prize & National Book Award, collected a series of rejection slips from Hitchcock before gaining acceptance for what has become his best-known poem, "They Feed They Lion."
Also a one-time merchant seaman, novelist, professor & even, famously, a gardener...
Working at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 1957 when called before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee, he is asked his occupation & profession: "Gardener," he replied,
"I do underground work on plants."
In 1968, when Hitchcock received an unsolicited grant from NEA for $10,000, "to advance the cause of the unknown, obscure or difficult writer..." he used some of the money for a competition "for the best poem in English on...Che Guevara."
Now, & without any doubt more than ever, the derealizing flux of media images runs away with our powers of discernment, our conscience, our lives, & of course our writing. It forces us to surrender to what can only be called, in a strict sense, the fabulous & seductive grasp of spectacle. It bars us from a simplified representation of the real. It educates us in the dazed distrust of what is there in front of our eyes — those eyes that have been overfed with icons. But despite our embittered submission to the charm of these icons, despite our willing servitude to the spectacle, we know very well that it is all false, that it is nothing but a theater of shadows that exhausts our sense of the real in its emptiness, & teaches us nothing, nothing but a mythology custom-made for a new breed of savages.
— Raymond Federman, Novelist / Poet / Critic / Translator
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