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Guatemalan Highlands: LOOKING AT THE BOUNDRIES.
A syncretic Mayan/Christian ceremony performed by the Cuchumatan Indians, involving the perambulation of the township boundary markers, with prayers for all people outside as well as in.
1626 -- New World: Fitting First? First patent in American history, for a device to restrain natives, to W. Claiborne, Jamestown, Virginia.
1639 -- New World: Milque-Toast? First prohibition law, outlawing the drinking of toasts, passed in Massachusetts. Repealed in 1645 as unenforceable. Inspires electric toasters.
1768 -- Vicomte Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand lives, Saint-Malo in Brittany. Writes Atala in 1801, recreating impressions from his trip to America in 1791.
1781 -- México: In an unassuming settlement near San Gabriel, California, 46 Spanish settlers settle on a tiny name for their tiny town: El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula.
Of the 46 settlers of California's second pueblo, (aka Los Angeles), 26 are recorded as blacks or mulattos.
Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.
— Thomas Jefferson
Director, Antonio Gusart; contributions from Cartaña, Espinal, Roig, Bergés, Cabús, Freixa & Ferrer. Not anarchist, but cooperativist & federalist, it championed workers' interests, favored federation & solidarity &, in its latter years, took a very positive stand on the IWMA (International Working Men's Association). // Il catalano Antoni Gusart i Vila fonda il periodico «El Obrero»: fu proibito nel 1866 e riapparve nel 1880 come portavoce delle Tres Classes de Vapor.anarquista; El Obrero e creato dall'anarchico Antonio Gusart
Geronimo had led a small band of men, women & children out of forced internment on the San Carlos reservation, successfully evading thousands of US & Mexican troops, regiments of Indian auxiliaries, & an unknown number of civilians, for over 18 months in the Southwest wilderness.
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"All writing is pig shit"
The Pain of Botched Adjustment
Artaud's credentials as a madman are impeccable. By age 21 he had already suffered a bout of meningitis, hereditary syphilis & a nervous breakdown. Furthermore, he spent approximately 15 of his 52 earthly years inside various mental institutions.
1900 -- Cyril Hare lives. British mystery writer, lawyer & country court judge, whose best known detective character is Francis Pettigrew. Wrote Tragedy at Law (1942), widely acclaimed as one of the great classics of detective novel.
Hare's Tragedy at Law fell in the hands of Michael Gilbert while he was a prisoner of war during WW II, & it inspired him later in his career as a mystery writer. Gilbert edited the posthumous Best Detective Stories of Cyril Hare (1959).
1903 -- US: Cripple Creek, Colorado, where mine owners are trying to bust the labor union, police & deputy sheriffs are relieved of their duties & all citizens are required to register their firearms.
Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Governor Peabody sends in the the militia.
In 1904 they seize the local sympathetic newspaper, & round up strikers into "bullpens" or take them to the Kansas border & abandon them. Dozens are arrested without warrants...
Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader General Sherman Bell of the Colorado National Guard shouts,
"Habeus Corpus, hell! We'll give 'em post mortems."
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1904 -- Italy: Repressione a Bugerru (Cagliari) di una manifestazione di minatori : 3 morti e 20 feriti.
[Source: Crimini e Misfatti]
1905 -- Novelist Mary Renault lives, London. Author of The Bull from the Sea.
1908 -- Richard Wright, novelist & short-story writer, lives, Natchez, Mississippi. Wright is among the first American black writers to protest white treatment of blacks, notably in his novel Native Son (1940).
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Allied invasion & intervention was continuous from 1918-20.
1920 -- US: Hundreds of miners assemble on Lens Creek in West Virginia in response to rumors women & children are being killed in Logan County by the anti-union mine owners & deputy sheriffs who are on their payroll.
"They trudged on over the hills & by the roads. Many of them carried guns; 5,000 miners had gathered by nightfall. There were no leaders..."
This was a prelude of the near civil war in the coal fields. Deputy sheriffs on company payrolls ran organizers out of town & arrested & beat up union sympathizers.
1921 -- US: Federal troops march up Hewitt Creek in Logan County after gaining a cease fire the the Battle of Blair Mountain yesterday. Efforts to unionize the southern West Virginia coal fields are ended with the arrival of the 10th US Infantry.
1924 -- Joan Aiken (daughter of poet Conrad Aiken) lives, Sussex, England. A prolific writer of fantasy, adventure, horror, & suspense. Considered the inventor of a genre called the "unhistorical romance," she wrote for both children & adults.
1926 -- Germany: Ivan Illich (1926-2002) lives.
llich was a priest who thought there were too many priests, a lifelong educator who argued for the end of schools & an intellectual sniper from a perch with a wide view. He argued that hospitals cause more sickness than health, that people would save time if transportation were limited to bicycles & that historians who rely on previously published material perpetuate falsehoods.
His intellectual ordnance of anarchist panache, hatred of bureaucracy, Jesuitic argumentation, deep reverence for the past & watered-down Marxism, was applied to many targets.
Medical treatment is mistaken for health care, social work for the improvement of community life, police protection for safety, military poise for national security, the rat race for productive work.
— Deschooling Society
1933 -- Cuba: Coup against the provisional government.
Machado's tyranny fell on August 12th, brought down by a General Strike fomented & maintained by libertarian elements of the Transport Union, & then by the Streetcar Worker's Union &, ultimately, by the masses of people. 1930-33 was one of the most confused & bloody periods in Cuban history, & the Federacion de Grupos Anarquistas de Cuba (FGAC) were fully involved.
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1935 -- Simone de Beauvoir joins the bookstore Shakespeare & Company, & for the next six years borrows scores of American titles. Sharing her interest in Dos Passos & Faulkner with Sartre & André Malraux, the American writers win critical acclaim in Europe before they are accepted in America.
1937 -- "Contemporary Nationalism," by Crane Brinton appears in The Saturday Review, September 4, 1937, p. 17. A review of Rudolf Rocker's book, Nationalism & Culture.
1945 -- Blind Leading The Blind?: Reuben Fine wins four simultaneous rapid chess games blindfolded.
1954 -- England: Peace Pledge Union (PPU) organizes demonstration against H-Bomb, Trafalgar Square, London.
"Don't you hear the H-bomb's thunder /
Echo like the crack of doom?"
— John Brunner, CND marching song, 1959
According to Mace's book — which lists all applications to use the square, marking those that were refused, it can be presumed it went ahead — the PPU demo'd only on the 4th; the 5th was a demo by the National Council of Tenants' & Residents' Associations. No further info given.
— Bleedster Svejk
1954 -- US: Uplifting? Peter Cortese achieves a one-arm deadlift of 370 lbs; 22 lbs over triple his body weight, at York, Pennsylvania.
1955 -- First helicopter rescue of American pilot behind enemy lines.
1957 -- US: DOA? Ford Motor Company introduces the Edsel.
1957 -- WJZ-TV in Baltimore debuts "The Buddy Deane Bandstand." It's a rock & roll show running three to five, Monday through Saturday. Viewers go crazy for the show & when there's a chance to call in & talk to one of the celebrities, the phone lines are swamped. The phone company is forced to ask Deane to desist.
1957 -- US: Little Rock, Arkansas: Nine Negro students try to attend Central High; Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Governor Orval Faubus orders National Guard to prevent them.
1959 -- US: In the wake of stabbing deaths of two teenagers by a 17-year-old, & other similar incidents of violence in New York City, WCBS radio in the Big Apple bans all versions of "Mack the Knife." The tune is a chart climber for Bobby Darin.
1965 -- Equatorial Africa: Medical humanitarian Albert Schweitzer dies, Lambarene.
Daily Bleed Saint, 2003
Medical humanitarian, historian of the apocalyptic enigmas
of early Christianity & the end-times.
1966 -- US: National Guard confronts white supremacist mobs in Cicero, Illinois, outside Chicago.
1968 -- The Rolling Stones latest tune, "Street Fighting Man" is banned in Chicago & other American cities where authorities fear it will "incite riots & other forms of public disorder."
1970 -- Vietnam Veteran's Against the War (VVAW) begin Operation RAW (4 September through 7th).
1970 -- Chile: Salvador Allende gana las elecciones presidenciales en Chile. The US government, CIA, corporate business & labor unions will take care of him soon enough, kill him & install a ruthless dictatorship friendly to
democracy & freedom"US interests."
No veo por qué tendríamos que quedarnos de brazos cruzados, contemplando
cómo un país se hace comunista debido a la irresponsabilidad de su pueblo.
— Henry KissingerHow long did he lie in the river?
How long did he stay in the morgue before
his family found him? It would take at least
two policemen to lift him — one at the feet,
one at the shoulders — to heave him over the wall.
How they must have laughed at such a crazy splash.
— Stephen Dobyns, excerpt from "Pacos"
1973 -- US: Flush? John Ehrlichman & G. Gordon Liddy are indicted along with two White House officials for the burglary of a psychiatrist's office two years ago.
The four members of Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Dick M "I am Not a Crook" Nixon's "White House plumbers unit," hoped to steal incriminating information on Daniel Ellsberg, who had leaked Pentagon documents to the press.
"If it's Yellow it's Mellow,
"If it's Brown Flush it Down!"
1977 -- Paul Simonson of the Clash tells the "New Musical Express" the Clash shouldn't be labeled a political band, saying, "I didn't even know who the Prime Minister was until a few weeks ago!"
1978 -- Simultaneous demonstrations against nuclear weapons & power in Red Square, Moscow, & the White House lawn, Washington D.C.
Tweedledum & Tweedledee
Agreed to have a battle;
For Tweedledum said Tweedledee
Had spoiled his nice new rattle...
1980 -- US: Congress establishes reservation for reinstated Siletz tribes of Oregon.
1982 -- Germany: 10,000 dance on nuclear reactor site, Gorleben, West Germany.
1986 -- US: "When the chapter on how America won the war on drugs is written, the Reagans' speech is sure to be viewed as a turning point."
— White House announcement of an upcoming anti-drug speech amusingly billed as the Reagans' first "joint address"
1987 -- Russia: Lenin is My Co-Pilot? Soviet Union convicts West German pilot Mathias Rust for his daring landing of a small plane in Moscow's Red Square, after flying undetected into the heart of Russia. Gets four years in a labor camp, but is released after serving a year.
Den 19-årige vesttysker Mathias Rust landede midt på Den Røde Plads i Moskva med sit lille et motores Cessna 172 B fly den 28. maj 1987.
1989 -- Switzerland: Georges Simenon, Belgian author, creator of Inspector Maigret novels, dies in Lausanne. Though not activist, during an interview he states he has considered himself an anarchist from the age of 16, adding,
"Je me considère comme un anarchiste non violent, car l'anarchie n'est pas nécessairement violente, celui qui s'en réclame étant un homme qui refuse tout ce qu'on veut lui faire entrer de force dans la tête ; il est également contre ceux qui veulent se servir de lui au lieu de lui laisser sa liberté de penser."
1991 -- US: Drive-By Shooting? Route 35 Theater in Hazlit — the last drive-in in New Jersey — closes.
1995 -- US: Radical lawyer William Kunstler (1919-1995) dies.
1996 -- US: Scattered protests around the country greet the latest gratuitous US bombing of Iraq. About 100 gather at the Federal Building in Seattle; in Washington DC, eight are arrested for dumping buckets of rubble on the White House lawn.
1996 -- Yusaf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, emerges from seclusion in London to sign copies of his first album in 18 years — which is 80% yak-yak-yak.
I am the joy of the desiring flesh— Kenneth Patchen
The days of my living
are summer days
The nights of my glory
outshine the blazing wavecaps of the heavens
at their floodtide
Mine is the confident hand shaping this world.
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