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The real miracle is not to walk on water
or in thin air,
but to walk on earth.
Thich Nhat Hanh,
Zen master, scholar, poet & peace advocate
"Bird." Likely to remain the most brilliant jazz artist ever.
Vevey, Switzerland: SWISS WINEGROWERS' FETE, a revival of the Roman Festival of Ceres, Goddess of the Earth, complete with Ceres, Pales, Bacchus, Old Silenus, satyrs & fauns — & Swiss yodelers. (See Footnote)
30 -- Beheading of St. John, the Baptist.
284 -- Origin of Era of Diocletian.
"You were here?" the children will ask.
"No. None of our people who were here survived."
The poet will point to the moving clouds & the sway of the treetops.
"See the lances?" he will ask. "See the horses' hooves? The rain of arrows? The smoke? Listen," he will say, & put his ear against the ground, filled with explosions.
& he will teach them to smell history in the wind, to touch it in stones polished by the river, & to recognize its taste by chewing certain herbs, without hurry, as one chews on sadness.
— Eduardo Galeano, Memory of Fire
"Maybe we should not have humored them when they asked to live on reservations. Maybe we should have said, No, come join us. Be citizens along with the rest of us."
— Bad acting President Ronald Reagan during a trip to Moscow,
when a student asked about US treatment of Native Americans
Maurice Maeterlinck lives.
Belgian Symbolist playwright & poet
awarded the 1911 Nobel Prize for Literature.
His work represents an outstanding example
of Symbolist poetry & theater. The play
Pelléas & Mélisande, with
musical setting by Claude Debussy & also by
Jean Sibelius, & the allegorical fantasy for
children, The Blue Bird are among
his better known works.
The jury was composed of the richest landowners & there was military display. The public prosecutor told the jury verbatim:
If you do not find these men guilty, they will come some day to abduct your wives, violate your daughters, steal your property, destroy the fruits of the sweat of your brows, & you will be left ruined, miserable & branded with dishonor.
The jury after the verdict mixes with the cheering crowd & publicly & privately in Trani the acquitted meet with the most cordial expressions of sympathy. If only the government would multiply the trials, Cafiero concludes, they may cost years of prison to some of us, but they will do the anarchist cause immense good.
See Daily Bleed, June 17.
1877 -- US: Mormon strongman Brigham Young is young no longer.
The attentat was in retribution for the Milan massacres of 1898.
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During the fear & government repression following WWI, the Klan makes an astonishing comeback. The group's platform attacks African Americans, Catholics & Jews. By 1924, the Klan has 4.5 million members & enormous political clout in some states. At Indiana's Republican convention in 1923, the state Klan head struts down the aisle with a pistol strapped to his waist. Georgia's Klan chief, Hiram Wesley Evans, runs for president. In Texass, the Klan controls two-thirds of the state's county conventions.
Emma Tenayuca, a labor activist, is scheduled to speak at a small meeting of the Communist Party at the Municipal Auditorium. Her husband, Homer Brooks, & Elizabeth Benson are also to speak. Mayor Maury Maverick had granted the auditorium meeting permit.
"Don't you hear the H-bomb's thunder / Echo like the crack of doom?"
— John Brunner, author
1952 -- John Cage composition "4 Minutes 33 Seconds" premiers, Woodstock, NY. It is scored for piano or "any group of instruments" (It is 4 minutes 33 seconds of silence; damn anarchists...).
1956 -- US: Republican National Committee announces the GOP will henceforth refer to the opposition as the "Democrat" party instead of "Democratic" party, because "'Democratic' is not descriptive of the party as it exists today."
1957 -- US: Congress passes the Civil Rights Act, the first since 1875. The bill establishes a Civil Rights Commission & a Civil Rights Division in the Department of Justice. Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond sets the all-time filibuster record — 24 hours, 19 minutes — as he attempts to prevent his colleagues from adopting the bill.
1957 -- US: 2,300 people watch Nevada Nuclear test on-site, so US Army can test the effects. Some observers later develop cancer.
1958 -- Michael Jackson lives. Performs with the family group the Jackson 5 & later, as a solo artist, becomes one of pop & R & B's foremost stars. His solo album Off the Wall (1979) sells 7 million copies — surpassed only by Thriller, his largest-selling album.
1961 -- US: SNCC voter registration drive begins in the South. Bob Moses beaten while trying to register two voters in Liberty (sic), Mississippi.
1961 -- US: An 867-kg leatherback turtle is caught off Monterey, Calif. (the largest known turtle).
1962 -- Permafrost?: At age 88, Robert Frost departs for a goodwill tour of the USSR sponsored by the US State Department.
1965 -- Beatles go bowling, Hollywood Bowl.
1966 -- The Beatles perform their last public concert. It's in front of 25,000 faithful at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The boys played 11 songs in just over a half an hour, opening with "Rock & Roll Music" & closing with "Long Tall Sally."
Beatlemania swept Frisco as the "Fab Four" performed in concert at Candlestick Park. It was the Beatles' last public appearance together. Also appearing were The Cyrkle, The Ronettes, & the Remains. Ticket purchases by mail were available from KYA, No. 1 Nob Hill Circle, San Francisco.
1967 -- US: Final TV episode of "The Fugitive." The one-armed-man done did it!
1967 -- England: Chinese Communist "diplomats" battle with London police.
1968 -- US: Chicago police brutally attack demonstrators, reporters & bystanders at the Democratic national convention: Antiwar protesters clash with police & national guardsmen in the streets outside, & hundreds of people, including innocent bystanders & members of the press, are brutally beaten by Chicago's finest.
"The whole world is watching." The official investigation later terms this a "police riot."
Meanwhile, Senator Eugene McCarthy & Dick Gregory are among others who address a crowd in Grant Park.
Anarchist Yipster Abbie Hoffman allegedly proposes kidnapping Superintendent Rochford.
Today 27,508 Americans have died in Vietnam since Jan. 1, 1961.
1968 -- Cream & Electric Flag open at Fillmore West in Frisco.
1968 -- Guatemala: State of Emergency declared.
1970 -- US: Police attack 10,000 Chicano antiwar demonstrators after a march against the Vietnam draft; three are killed, & Chicanos set Los Angeles on fire, occupying many parts of the city for seven days.
Three die in East Los Angeles when an anti-war march turns into a riot during Chicano National Moratorium. Thousands of Chicanos gathered at Laguna Park in East L.A. to protest disproportionate number of deaths of Chicano soldiers in Vietnam.
LAPD attack & one shot, fired into Silver Dollar Bar, kills Ruben Salazar, LA Times columnist & commentator on KMEX TV (accused by LAPD of inciting the Chicano community.)
1970 -- US: Selective Service Systems reports prosecutions for draft evasion have increased 10 times over 1965 level.
1970 -- US: Huey Newton offers Black Panther troops to the Vietnamese National Liberation Front.
Source: 'Calendar Riots
1971 -- England: Military wing of Edinburgh Castle bombed.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1976 -- Jimmy Reed, the "Big Boss Man" of the blues, a major influence on Pete Townshend, the Rolling Stones & others, dies in Frisco. He was 50.
1976 -- Anissa Jones dies at 18.
1977 -- Three people are arrested in Memphis after trying to steal Elvis' body. As a result of that incident, the King's body is moved to Graceland.
1982 -- Ingrid Bergman, academy award winning actress, dies on her 67th birthday.
1983 -- Italy: "Radio Libertaria" is torched during the night of the 28 & 29 in Trieste (au moment où "Radio Libertaire" Paris est saisie par le pouvoir socialiste), a case of arson perpetrated by fascists.
1987 -- An American liquor company reports a 200% sales increase of its Brass Monkey cocktail mix, thanks to the Beastie Boys hit, "Brass Monkey."
1987 -- South Korea: After she is charged with swindling $8.7 million from followers, police find the bodies of cult leader Park Soon Ja & 31 followers in a factory, evidently the result of a suicide pact.
1990 -- Seattle Mariners becomes the first baseball team to have father-son teammates, signing Ken Griffey to play with son Ken Griffey, Jr.
1990 -- UN Security Council agrees to settlement to end 20-year civil war in Cambodia.
1991 -- Bosnia: Women call on women worldwide for peace. European Peace Caravan, Sarajevo.
1992 -- Radical analyst & schizo-theorist Felix Guattari dies, Paris. From his gravestone:
"There is no mark in the absence / the absence is a presence in me / — the Club of Borders."
"One cannot escape the feeling, despite his supposedly radical intention, of an embrace of alienation, even a wallowing in estrangement & decadence."
— John Zerzan, "The Catastrophe of Postmodernism"
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1992 -- A news report says that 500 Latin American journalists have been assassinated in the last 10 years. All assigned to the Obit Page — on it rather than writing it — to "protect US corporate interests" no doubt, if history teaches us anything about who owns the Americas.
1992 -- Iraq: Saddam Hussein declares the US can't beat Iraq.
1993 -- Brazil: Police murder 21 people at random in a Rio de Janeiro shantytown.
1996 -- Isaac Hayes, who co-wrote the Stax classic "Soul Man," sends protest letter to presidential candidate Bob Dole requesting he stop using his song, which his supporters had changed to "I'm A Dole Man."
"I believe the second half of the 20th century will be known as the Age of Nixon."
— Bob Dole
2000 -- Panama: Panama University students & teachers burn likenesses of President Mireya Moscoso, Education Minister Doris Rosa de Mata & Supreme Court Justice Eligio Salas. The university protest opposes the government decision to abolish a law protecting the school budget.
2000 -- Australia: Government says it will restrict visits by UN human-rights inspectors because of criticism of its treatment of Aborigines.
2005 -- US: Hurricane Katrina hits the south, destroying much of New Orleans (thanks to the Army Corpse of Engineers), where upwards of 50,000, mostly poor African Americans, are unable to escape. At least 28 government agencies, from local Louisiana parishes to the Bush White House reported New Orleans levees were breached, the Bush administration in the know as early as 8:30 a.m. EST.
"If it's not forbidden, it's mandatory..."
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