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Anarchist, alternativist writer, bisexual, grew up absurd
Geneva, Switzerland: FLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL.
Victim to political ambitions of two lawyers & a burgomaster, Lemp was arrested with 12 other women. She was tortured five times before confessing. When she attempted to poison herself to avoid more torture, the lawyers added the charge of attempted suicide to her witchcraft charge. Lemp is among 32 highly respected women burned as witches in Nordlingen this year. Historians estimate that as many as 9 million European women were killed as witches in the 14th, 15th & 16th centuries.
"Any talented decadent can make unreality believable. To make reality convincing is another matter, a matter for only the greatest masters.
The startling thing about Tolstoy is precisely that he was completely unalienated & at the same time disbelieved utterly in all the principles that were the foundations of his society..."
— Kenneth Rexroth, Classics Revisited
In 1908 his admirers organize a Tolstoy fund & a grand jubilee to celebrate his 80th birthday; he responds angrily: "When there is nothing left to think about but death, they want to bother me with that!" The committee subsides, but the public is already aroused. Presents are received; messages of congratulation arrive from Thomas Hardy, Bernard Shaw, George Meredith, & H. G. Wells; crowds gather outside his house, along with a brass band & photographers.
1847 -- México: US army hangs 16 Irish soldiers who joined the Mexican army, San Angel.
1867 -- Luxembourg gains independence.
1867, septembre 9-12 Premier congrès de la Ligue de la Paix et de la Liberté à Genève.
1869 -- US: Anarchist, Haymarket martyr Louis Lingg lives. One of those convicted for the Haymarket bombing in 1886, he cheated his state executioners, blew himself up in jail.
"...I despise you. I despise your order, your laws, your force-propped authority. Hang me for it!"— Louis Lingg's last words in his address to the court in the Haymarket Trial
Lingg was one of eight men accused of the bombing in the notorious Haymarket Riot. He was found guilty (on very weak evidence) &, along with four others, sentenced to be hanged. Lingg however, had a dynamite cap smuggled into his cell & detonated it in his mouth, cheating the State of all its glory. (All the anarchists were posthumously pardoned.)
"The Words of this man seemed like deeds..."
— Frank Harris, author & editor
1870 -- Switzerland: The anarchist Mikhail Bakunin leaves Locarno for Lyons (arrives Sept 15) where he will be just in time for yet another uprising.
[Sources] alt spellings: Michael Bakunin, Michel Bakounine, Mihail Aleksandroviç Bakunin; Aleksandrovic, Aleksandrovich, Mihkail
1873 -- US: Swinomish Reservation created for Lower Skagit & other tribes.
During the next few years, Kropotkin became very involved in social congresses during this period, including the last meeting of the International....
Belgium: Universal Socialist Congress convenes in Ghent, from the 9th-15th. The 5th Congress of the anarchist Bakuninist section of the International Workingman's Association (IWA, the first Communist International), having concluded yesterday, today this Congress convenes, intent on reunifying the various fractions within the AIT, organitzat per partits polítics i associacions obreres. Representing the FRE (Federació Regional Espanyola de l'AIT), as in Verviers, are Trinidad Soriano & González Morago.
1883 -- Italy: 9-10 Settembre. La polizia di stato spara sulla folla che protesta contro l'arresto di alcuni giovani che hanno lanciato sassi contro lo stemma sabaudo.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1886 -- Poet Georgia Douglas Johnson lives, Atlanta, Georgia. Wrote Heart of a Woman, Bronze, An Autumn Love Cycle, Share My Love. Anthologized in Arna Bontemps's American Negro Poetry & Davis & Lee's Negro Caravan, among others. Her home, in Washington, DC, was a center for African-American literary gatherings.
1891 -- US: The first strike by African-American plantation workers, for $1 a day in Georgia & Arkansas, is lost.
See Explosive Acts: Toulouse-Lautrec, Oscar Wilde, Felix Feneon, & the Art & Anarchy of the Fin De Siecle by David Sweetman.
President of Mystery Writers of America in 1975 & named a Grand Master in 1988.
Other writers of Gothic romances: Virginia Coffman, Barbara Michaels, Daoma Winston.
Gothic romance: the stories have a woman as the main character, with elements of adventure, mystery, love & the supernatural. The genre dates from the 19th century, particularly the works of the Bronte sisters. Among modern representatives is Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca.
1910 -- Alice B. Toklas & Gertrude Stein (Saint, July 27) take up lifetime residence together.
In January 1935, after visiting them, Edmund Wilson writes John Dos Passos that their relationship is "The most complete example of human symbiosis I have ever seen."
Goodman was a pacifist & anarchist whose beliefs, expressed in prose, poetry, & social criticism, helped shape the doctrine of the New Left of the 1960s. He believed society's institutions inhibited innate human creativity, caring, & nonviolence. His writings covered a wide range of topics — education, city planning, psychotherapy, & literary criticism — reflecting some of the varied careers he had while working for social change.
1912 -- US: The NY Times says Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Nicaraguan President Estrada admits having received $1 million from US companies to finance his 1909 revolution.
1912 -- Beginning of Anatole France novel The Revolt of the Angels.
1913 -- US: Emma Goldman searches for a large apartment to combine the publishing offices of Mother Earth with a household comprised of Ben Reitman & his mother, Alexander Berkman, Mother Earth secretary M. Eleanor Fitzgerald, & French housekeeper Rhoda Smith.
By the end of the month, she moves from 210 East 13th Street, where she has lived since 1903, to 74 West 119th Street.
Once settled, Emma Goldman prepares her Modern Drama manuscript for publication & also organizes political support for IWW members arrested in connection with strike of Canadian miners, & for Jesus Rangel, Charles Kline & 12 members of the Partido Liberal Mexicano charged with murdering a deputy sheriff in San Antonio, Texass.
1917 -- US: Anarchist Antonio Fornasier is killed by Milwaukee police for heckling a priest.
His comrade Augusta Marinelli, wounded on the same occasion, dies five days later. Ten men & a woman are arrested for inciting the riot; later linked to a November 24 bomb explosion that occurs while they are still imprisoned; each found guilty & sentenced to between 11 & 25 years imprisonment. Emma Goldman later protests the injustice of their case, claiming a frame-up.
1918 -- Scottish & Anzac troops at the Etaples army base near Boulogne begin a successful five day mutiny (against harsh treatment & bad conditions) by attacking the military police & demonstrating daily through the town.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1919 -- US: Open Fire? Over 1,000 Boston police strike when 19 union leaders are fired for organizing activities. The National Guard is called up to restore order & all strikers are fired.
When the police commissioner refuses to allow Boston patrolmen to unionize, three quarters of the force goes on strike, precipitating widespread looting by the citizenry. Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Massachusetts Governor "Cool" Calvin Coolidge (CCC) put down the strike by calling out the entire state militia.
1920 -- Italy: Genova · Navire tsariste séquestré par les travailleurs. Large rôle des anarchistes.
Genova ° ship sequestered by tsarist workers. Broad role of anarchists.
1924 -- (Georg) Henrik Tikkanen lives. Swedish-language Finnish author & artist, depicted his own life, work & loves in satirical light. The character of the Grim Reaper, violence, & death were Tikkanen's recurrent motifs. A zealous patriot as a boy, he ended up writing pacifist novels, became heavily involved in drink & also with the left-wing poet Arvo Turtiainen.
1924 -- China: US marines begin fighting in Peking (-March 1, 1925).
1925 -- England: Emma Goldman's one-volume English edition of My Disillusionment in Russia, with an introduction by Rebecca West, is published early this month, by C. W. Daniel of London.
Emma borrowed $250 from Michael Cohn to underwrite its publication. Meanwhile, during this time, through the British Drama League, she solicits lecture dates from 250 affiliated local playgoers societies while she continues her reading of Russian dramatists in the British Museum.
1928 -- The Dunwich Horror breaks loose, in the H.P. Lovecraft story.
1929 -- Henri Cartier-Bresson given three days in the guardhouse. Cartier-Bresson was accused of disobeying the rules, flying out of bounds & turning somersaults above the clouds. When confronted, he protested, quoting Jean Cocteau, that,
“The sky belongs to all of us.”ANARCHIST / ANARCHISTE
The young aviator is brought to the office of the French general for interrogation. In the same office, Harry Crosby, the American poet & publisher of Black Sun Press, was taking a break from flying lessons. Crosby intervened & somehow got the young culprit incarcerated at the Mill, a villa where Crosby was staying.
Crosby had just taken up photography &, according to his wife, Caresse (The Passionate Years, [Echo Press, 1953]), Cartier-Bresson was fascinated with the new medium, so Harry gave him his first camera on the day he went back to military service.
1934 -- Sonia Sanchez lives, Birmingham, Alabama. Poet, playwright, short story writer & author of children's books. Most noted for her poetry volumes We a BaddDDD People, A Blues Book for Blue Black Magical Women. Also edited the anthology, We Be Word Sorcerers: 25 Stories by Black Americans.
. . . I write to keep in contact with our ancestors & to spread truth to people.
1934 -- China: US marines begin fighting in Shanghai (-September 24).
1934 -- England: Fascist & anti-Fascist demonstrations are held in Hyde Park, London.
1942 -- US: Global Warming? In a rare raid against the American mainland, Japan drops incendiaries over Oregon in an attempt to set fire to the forests of Oregon & Washington. The forests failed to ignite.
1943 -- Italy: The king, Badoglio & high figures of the state abandon Rome, scurry for Brindisi & protection of Anglo-American forces from the Germans & the mass population. Honor & duty & the moral bankruptcy of the state in all its manifestations (crown, army, bureaucrats) is revealed for what it truly is.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1943 -- Bertolt Brecht play "Galileo" premiers, Zurich.
1943 -- US: 60 striking Filipino workers are chased out of Yakima, Washington by state police & vigilantes.
1945 -- Uruguay: Elena Quinteros lives. Teacher, activist in the Federación Anarquista Uruguaya (FAU) Arrested, tortured, & disappeared by the Uruguayan government in 1976.
1947 -- Grace Hopper finds the first "computer bug," a 5-cm moth in the Mark II.
1950 -- Last Laugh?: First use of TV laugh track-Hank McCune. Whose Laughing Now?
1954 -- Italy: Bicycle Built for Two?? La polizia di stato arresta Giulia Occhini, compagna di Fausto Coppi, sotto l'accusa di adulterio. Dopo la scarcerazione viene inviata ad Ancona in domicilio coatto. Lo stato vigila sul comportamento di tutti, come padre, padrone, padreterno.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1957 -- Italy: La polizia di stato reprime una manifestazione di braccianti che, a San Donaci (Brindist), protestavano per la crisi vitivinicola : due morti e tre feriti.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1959 -- The Dalai Lama calls for UN action against the Communists in Tibet.
1961 -- Mao Tse-tung writes his poem "The Fairy Cave."
1964 -- US: Dynamite blast attributed to the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) rocks the home of a black minister in McComb, Mississippi.
& for those of you who don't know what the Ku Klux Klan is — that's the people who get outta bed in the middle of the night — & take the sheet with 'em!...
You always see pictures of them wearing those pointed hoods? Those hoods are flat!
It's the heads that are pointed...
— Dick Gregory, 1962
1966 -- San Francisco Oracle begins publication.
1968 -- England: Committee of 100, pioneer British anti-nuclear group of 1950's & early 60's, dissolves itself.
1968 -- US: In a press conference, Mayor Daley makes a now-famous slip of the tongue: "The policeman isn't there to create disorder, the policeman is there to preserve disorder."
1969 -- Vietnam: 250,000 attend the funeral of Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi.
1971 -- US: At the beginning of a four-day ordeal, prisoners riot & seize control of the maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility near Buffalo, New York. Nine prison guards are held hostage, perishing along with 31 of their captors when 1,500 state police & other law-enforcement officers storm the complex under a hail of indiscriminate gunfire.
Shifty Henry said to Bugs, "For Heaven's sake
No one's lookin', now's our chance to make a break"
Bugsy turned to Shifty & he said, "Nix nix
I wanna stick around a while & get my kicks"
Let's rock, everybody, let's rock
Everybody on the whole cell block
Was dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock
1971 -- Uruguay: Tupamaro rebels free the British ambassador after eight months.
1972 -- US: A special issue on productivity in Business Week appears today. The championed concept of "interdependence" between labor & business, "inseparably linked in the productivity quest" has a few minor problems.
Productivity-output per hour of work has fallen due to worker dissatisfaction & unrest. A basic indication of the continuing revolt against work are the joint campaigns for higher productivity, such as the widely publicized US Steel-United Steelworkers efforts. Notable too is the opposition workers have for union-backed drives of this kind.
By April 1974 the problems had worsened. Closely related to low productivity, it seems, is the employee resistance to working overtime, even during economic recession. The refusal of thousands of Ford workers to overtime prompted a Ford executive say, "We're mystified by the experience in light of the general economic situation." Also during April, the Labor Department reported that "the productivity of American workers took its biggest drop on record as output slumped in all sectors of the economy during the first quarter."
— John Zerzan, Organized Labor versus "The Revolt Against Work"
1973 -- Grass in the Splendor?: Todd Rundgren keeps his promise & records a thousand voices in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park for the left track of his song, "Sons of 1984." He had put 5,000 fans in NY on tape for the right track.
Howsomeever, the open-air recording session ends in a rumble as police move in to arrest a suspect for allegedly peddling cannabis. A melee erupts & 11 people are arrested.
1973 -- Beginning of Cynthia Moss nonfiction book Elephant Memoires.
1976 -- China: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Mao Tse-Tung, Chinese communist party chairman (1949-76), dies at 82.
"I dance on the heads of punks."
1977 -- US: Tanked Again? Delivery of first Space Shuttle External Tank to NASA. We spend gajillions — & these are the tanks we get?
1979 -- Guatemala: Maya writer Rigoberta Menchu's brother is tortured & later murdered by the Guatemalan army.
1980 -- US: Eight activists, including Phil Berrigan, from the Atlantic Life Community hammer nose cone of missile at GE plant in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, in the first of what becomes an international movement of many dozens of "Plowshares" anti-nuclear direct actions.
1981 -- Nicaragua: Sandinista government bans all strikes.
1985 -- US: Hard to Swallow? G. Gordon Liddy says the story about him eating rats as a child is exaggerated; "I only ate the left hind quarter. Of one rat.
1987 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Presidential Hopeful Senator Gary Hart admits to cheating on his wife on TV's "Nightline." The Governor of Arkansas calls in & opines, "he should resign!"
1990 -- England: Gulf War Resisters paint No War slogans at Air show, Farnborough.
1991 -- England: The Joy Riots — urban & suburban youth take on the cops in Newcastle (Meadow Well Estate), Cardiff, Birmingham (Handsworth, following a blackout), Oxford (Blackbird Leys) & Bristol.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1993 -- Somalia: UN helicopters fire on women & children, killing 100.
1994 -- US: Department of Labor announces it will step up enforcement of the FSLA "Hot Goods" provision.
The Fair Labor Standards Act’s "Hot Goods" clause allows the DOL to fine & seize the goods of those manufacturers & retailers knowingly selling merchandise manufactured by companies violating the FLSA. A powerful weapon, it was rarely enforced in the past.
During the Clinton administration, as sweatshops gained more media attention, Labor Secretary Robert Reich enforces the provision more stringently.
And we gave new courage to the men
Who carried on in nineteen-ten
And shoulder to shoulder we'll win through
Led by the ILGWU
hail the waistmakers of nineteen-nine
making their stand on the picket line,
Breaking the power of those who reign
Pointing the way, smashing the chain
— The Uprising of the 20,000, dedicated to the Waistmakers of 1909
1996 -- US: Washington Post says Saddam's incursion into Kurdish territory thwarted a CIA plot to overthrow him.
1998 -- Korea: People's International Conference in Seoul, September 9-12, billed as "Challenging The IMF: Neoliberalism, The IMF, & International Solidarity."
1998 -- US: Peeping tom Kenneth Starr delivers his report on Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Wee Willy Clinton to Congress.
1999 -- All computers self-destruct, racked with indecision, between today's date & the traditional 9999 shut-down code. Human civilization, as such, ends.
If you can read this ... please disregard the above notice...
You are simply on Doomsday Hold ... a mere hostage in Time.
Mankind's only hope is for YOU to click on the following Link to Salvation:
2000 -- US: Seattle Leonard Peltier Clemency March & Rally, meet at First & Yesler at the Chief Sealth Statue, rally at Steinbreuck Park near the Pike Place Market.
2000 -- Chile: The Antarctic ozone hole extends over Punta Arenas (-September 10).
2000 -- Bolivia: The sucre goes out of circulation, replaced by the US $$$$$$$$$. Dirty Sucre replaced with Good Clean Filthy Lucre (GCFL). Tomorrow, the World!
2000 -- US: Earth Liberation Front sets Monroe Co. GOP HQ on fire, Indiana.
2002 -- Nelson Mandela calls the US "a threat to world peace". Can't imagine why.
2005 -- Italy: 60th Anniversary of the Liberation. A remembrance is held for the anarchist partisan commander, Emilio Canzi (“Un padre della Resistenza”)
The local Piacenza branch of the partisans' association, ANPI, together with other organizations, sponsor this first annual gathering. Canzi was a leading figure of the resistance movement in Piacenza & northern Italy. (Underground name, Ezio Franchi; Comandante unico XIIIa Zona; "Unione volontari della Libertà" con Presidente Emilio Canzi).A.N.P.I. Associazione nazionale partigiani d'Italia Comitato provinciale di Piacenza
Is it possible that the beast is not one but many, that Ur is not in Sumer but wherever people gather, that Leviathan is as natural to human beings as hives to bees?
Anything is possible, but the admission of such a possibility is cynically misanthropic & it precludes envisioning any exit from the trap.
Such a possibility cannot be admitted into a song of freedom, because its admission is a prognostication of Earth's doom.
— Fredy Perlman, Against His-story, Against Leviathan!
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