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Helio Gomez, Italo Calvino, Attilio Bortolotti, Mary Jemison, Louise Michel, Alexander Berkman, Emma Goldman, Gus Hellthaler, anarchist, anarchiste, radical history, What Happened on this day in recovered history, SEPTEMBER 20
"Poetry is when you can't afford the "v" in poverty."

— Doug Haning, Portland Jazz Musician

Marijuana Liberation Front, by Jim Koehnline

American doctor, medical marijuana advocate & activist.

Poland: FEAST OF ZYWIE, goddess of longevity.

Scandinavia: FEAST OF ORLOG, Deity of Destiny.

Sun Flare

Incas, in Perú: BIRTHDAY OF THE SUN. All fires, including the sacred fire of the Temple of the Sun, have been extinguished for three days. Now a priest, using a special mirror & consecrated cotton, helps the sun rekindle the temple flame, from which all fires in the empire are relit. Animal sacrifices are made, followed by eight days of feasting.

622 -- Muhammad changes the name of Yathrib to Medina. Later, Bill Gates installs his new digs.

American flag book icon
1575 -- New Old World: First inter-colonial war begins, in Florida.

1664 -- New Old World: Maryland enacts first anti-amalgamation law to prevent widespread intermarriage of English women & black men.

Red Herring magazine, Bill Gates on cover
1828 -- Scotland: Rain of herring in Rosshire.
Source: [Calendar Riots]

1830 -- US: National Negro Convention, a group of 38 free African-Americans from eight states, meets in Philadelphia, Pa., with the express purpose of abolishing slavery & improving the social status of African-Americans. They elect Richard Allen president & agree to boycott slave-produced goods.
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fish eye
1839 -- India: Rain of assorted fish in Calcutta.
Source: [Calendar Riots]

1859 -- US: Home? Patent granted on the electric range.

1870 -- France: Establishment of the Lyon Commune sparks the revolutionary upsurge throughout the Rhone valley, giving the impetus to the Marseille & Paris Communes.
Source: [Calendar Riots]

1873 -- US: New York Stock Exchange closed its doors for 10 days in response to the financial chaos engendered by the Panic of 1873.

Upton Sinclair
1878 -- US: Birth of Upton Sinclair, Baltimore, Maryland. Novelist, muckraker & socialist. Winner of the 1942 Pulitzer Prize for the novel Dragon's Teeth. His best-known novel was The Jungle, an expose of the appalling & unsanitary conditions in the meat-packing industry.

Edmund Wilson, says: "Practically alone among the American writers of his generation, [Sinclair] put to the American public the fundamental questions raised by capitalism in such a way that they could not escape them."

Dragon fire, animated
Daily Bleed Saint 2004
Crusading American anti-capitalist writer, social reformer.

See also 1906 below

Worker-writer pinned beneath a huge pencil
1882 -- Leon Bonneff lives, in Gray (Haute-Saône), France. Proletarian writer. With his brother Maurice, wrote La vie tragique des travailleurs (1908), Les métiers qui tuent (1905), Aubervilliers, etc. They publish their investigations of the conditions of the workers & their lives in various newspapers of the left, such as Guerre Sociale & l'Humanité.

1882 -- Switzerland: Jura Federation's annual Congress of 1882 [I don't have the exact date. — ed.]
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1884 -- Literary editor Maxwell Perkins lives. Discovered &/or assisted a plethora of writers including F.Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Ring Lardner, Erskine Caldwell, Edmund Wilson, Alan Paton, James Jones, & especially Thomas Wolfe

Jelly Roll Morton
1885 -- Jelly Roll Morton, goes on a roll.

Anarchy circle, Red & Black
1895 -- Italy: A successful protest movement leads to the amnesty of Luigi Molinari.

A military tribunal, on January 31, 1894, condemned Molinari to 23-years imprisonment for instigating an insurrection in Lunigiana, where anarchist bands armed themselves in support of the Sicilian victims of a "State of Siege" (a repressive attempt to put down revolts against increased flour prices).

Further details/ context, click here; anarchismo, anarchici, anarchico, anarchica, Libertaria[Details / context]

1898 -- Brazil: Italian Polenice Mattei, Brazil's first anarchist martyr, assassinated in São Paulo. During this period more than a thousand workers are expelled on charges of being foreign agitators, & dozens die fighting with the police.
Source: [Arquivo de História Social] 20 de setembro anarquistas anarquismo Brasil Em 20 de setembro foi assassinado Polenice Mattei, o primeiro mártir do anarquismo, em São Paulo, Brasil.

1906 -- Upton Sinclair's The Jungle published. [The Progressive Calendar states it was published on 2/28/1906 — ed.]

1914 -- Italy: 20-21 September, the Socialists condemn the militarist & interventist pushes. Among the voices strongly opposed to the militarism of WWI is that of the then Socialist Benito Mussolini.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1915 -- Hughie Lee-Smith lives, Eustis, Florida. Known for such surrealistic landscapes as "Man with Balloons," "Man Standing on His Head" & "Big Brother."

1920 -- Dan Andersson dies in Stockholm. Popular Swedish poet of working-class literature. His early woodsman & charcoal burner experience were background for his popular volumes of poetry Kolarhistorier (1914, Charcoal Burner's Tales) & Kolvaktarens visor (1915, Charcoal Watcher's Songs), published in English as Charcoal Burner's Ballad & Other Poems in 1943.

1920 -- Russia: Russian Expedition stops in Odessa; advancement of Polish troops prevents them from traveling further. EG, anarchist feminist

In Odessa, Emma Goldman meets with local officials & again polls members of the Jewish community about their experience with & views about anti-Semitism. She meets the famous Jewish poet Hayyim Nahman Bialik. Attends a gathering of anarchists in Odessa.

Later in the month, on the way to Kiev, Alexander Berkman is robbed of a large amount of his & Emma's savings. The Expedition spends a few days in panic-stricken Kiev as residents brace for a potential attack by Polish forces.

1922 -- Italy: Mussolini fa cadere la pregiudiziale repubblicana e rassicura i gruppi padronali. I voltafaccia ideologici sono stati effettuati, la scalata al potere è quasi compiuta.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1923 -- An anonymous reviewer in the Times Literary Supplement pans T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land:

"He can no longer refuse to recognize the limitations of his medium; he is sometimes walking very near the limits of coherency."

My friend, blood shaking my heart
The awful daring of a moment's surrender
Which an age of prudence can never retract
By this, & this only, we have existed
Which is not to be found in our obituaries
Or in memories draped by the beneficent spider
Or under seals broken by the lean solicitor
In our empty rooms

— excerpt from The Wasteland

1923 --
Joseph Spivak (1882-1971) is being watched...we think we're not too paranoid...

[Agent Report In re:] Joseph Spivak — Anarchist Activities,
Los Angeles, 1923 Sept. 20

  • Informant report on Spivak at

  • 1926 -- US: O'Banion gang, upset over leaders murder, spray Al Capone's headquarters in Chicago with gunfire. Capone barely escapes.

    1931 -- Canada: Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) delegates meet in Port Arthur. They vote to form a Canadian administration to coordinate specifically Canadian industrial activity.
    Source: Morgan Miller, A Brief History of the IWW outside the US (1905-1999)

    1932 -- India: Rabindranath Tagore urges resistance to practice of "untouchability."

    1933 -- American medical marijuana activist Tod Mikuriya lives, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

    1934 -- US: Southern employers continue their big counter-offensive to break the textile labor strikes & agitation current along the Eastern seaboard.

    10,000 National Guardsmen mobilized, supplemented by 15,000 armed deputies, in an effort to stampede some 421,000 strikers back to work.
    Further details / context, click here[Details / context]

    Large paperclip
    1945 -- US: Rocket scientist Von Braun arrives in the U.S.A. under the auspices of "Operation Paperclip" — a program that was supposed to exclude Nazis, but in fact became a cover for "rehabilitating" them.

    Von Braun's dossier is rewritten so he is no longer the ardent Nazi.
    See the NASA site for the Sanitized Werner,
    Operation Paperclip casefile

    "In U.S. intelligence, there was no prohibition of hiring anyone in the Gestapo & SS," said historian Timothy Naftali. "This was a 'don't ask, don't tell' culture."

    1946 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Truman dismisses Secretary of Commerce Henry Wallace for being "soft" in his policy toward the U.S.S.R.

    Well, you brush your hair & you dress real pretty,
    You got a date with the Un-American Committee;
    Take the stand, they swear you in,
    Old Man Wood is wearing a grin.
    He thinks he's got you, got a short memory.
    Can't recall what happened when they stuck a
    Union label on his cantankerous investigation.

    "Are you now, or have ever been,
    Were you ever sympathetic or interested in...
    When did you start, how long did it last,
    Tell us all about your interesting past.
    Answer yes or no."

    "Did you go to a meeting, did you sign a petition,
    Did you ever hold an executive position?
    Did you make a speech, carry a card,
    Did you ever hold a conference in your back yard?"
    Fifth Amendment!


    Kill a Commie for Christ

    1953 --


    Under the pseudonym Gilles Ivain, Ivan Chtcheglov completes his 'Formulary for a new Urbanism.'

    [During this month; I don't have the exact day — ed.]

    [Situationist Resources]

    1958 -- US: In a Harlem department store autographing copies of his book Stride Toward Freedom, Martin Luther King is stabbed in the chest with a letter opener wielded by a deranged woman.

    1959 -- First FORTRAN computer program runs, on what must have been an apple.

    1961 -- During this month [I don't have the exact day — ed.]:

    The Hamburg Theses by Guy Debord, Attila Kotànyi & Raoul Vaneigem, worked out, with later contributions from Alexander Trocchi. These theses, which were never committed to writing, & whose conclusions would deliberately be kept secret, could be summed up in a single phrase:

    'Now, the Situationist International must realize philosophy.'

    [Situationist Resources]

    1963 -- US: 63 arrested for blocking bulldozers in Syracuse, NY, urban renewal project.

    1967 -- Hong Kong: Best night of rioting so far this year against British rule, in the agitation which began on 10 July.
    Source: [Calendar Riots]

    Mickey Mantle
    1968 -- US: Baseball's Mickey Mantle hits his final career homer, #536.

    1969 -- "Sugar, Sugar," by the Archies, hit number one in "Billboard" this day. Sat at the top of the heap for four weeks.

    1972 -- Police find cannabis growing on Paul & Linda McCartney's farm.

    1973 -- Singer Jim Croce, his lead guitarist Maury Muehleisen & four others die when their plane crashes into a tree while taking off for a concert in Sherman, Texass.

    End War
    1974 -- US: Kootenai Nation in northern Idaho declares war on the US government, with the objective of gaining a reservation & tribal housing, roads, & a community center.

    Shannon Wolfe
    1975 -- BleedMeister's Nummer 2 (currently demoted) daughter, Shannon Wolfe (now Ghassemieh), lives.

    Cut off all contact with her dad circa 1995. Brute...

    1976 -- US: Playboy releases Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Jimmy Carter's interview revealing that he lusts for women. What a guy.

    1977 -- Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been A...?: Vietnam finally admitted to UN.

    1984 -- Lebanon: Suicide car bomber attacks US Embassy annex in Beirut.

    Steve Goodman Concert Poster
    1984 -- Songster Steve Goodman (1948-1984) can no longer fulfill a Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request.

    The Chicago folk ambassador, began performing at the famous Earl of Old Town in 1967. Songs include "City of New Orleans" (a minor hit for Arlo Guthrie), "Daley's Gone," "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request," & "Lincoln Park Pirates." He believed in traditional folk music. His songwriting ranged from blues to protest, & was characterized by fine melodies & clever lyrics.

    Many of his songs were recorded by his friend John Prine, as well as Joan Baez, Johnny Cash & others, which allowed him to survive as singer himself. Died of leukemia at the age of 36.

    See the Who's Who pages mentioning Steve Goodman:
    video icon

    1986 -- Sri Lanka: Workers strike against construction of "counter-guerrilla" base.

    Iverson flag burning; photo by Eric Lacitis
    1988 -- US: "I've never been to a flag factory!"
    — George Bush in New Jersey, visiting his first one

    "Wouldn't working here lift your spirits?"
    — Senate candidate Pete Dawkins to Bush as they leave the actually quite grim workplace

    "I've never been to a flag factory!

    1990 -- Iraq: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Saddam Hussein demands US networks broadcast his message, of peace & love & harmony for all the children of planet earth.

    Way Cool......

    Make that a Double Chocolate Mocha!!

    "Wow! Free Pit Bulls ...!"


    "Unattended children
    will be given an espresso &
    a free puppy!"

    Just like the Daily Bleed Motto...

    1990 -- Italy: La commissione parlamentare di inchiesta sulle stragi, presieduta da Libero Gualtieri, punta il dito su aeronautica militare, servizi segreti, magistrati e politici per aver ostacolato le indagini sulla tragedia del DC9 Itavia, precipitato nel 1980 ad Ustica (Palermo).
    Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

    1992 -- Kurdish writer Musa Anter is assassinated by a Turkish death squad.

    1997 -- Germany: 3,000 protesters help to rip up the railroad tracks leading from Krummel nuclear power station to the main Hamburg-Berlin line.

    Riot police
    2000 -- Bolivia: Riot police launch tear gas while pedestrians pass in the center of La Paz. The strike of teachers continues in its sixth day, while thousands of demonstrators participate in a rally to demand Banzer government increase in their wages.

    2001 -- Canada: The Anarchist, Surrealist, Hallucinatory Film Festival, Toronto.

    2002 -- US: "Shareware" pioneer & psychonaut Bob Wallace dies, San Rafael, California.

    Dragon fire, animated
    Psychonaut of inner space.

    Northeastern Anarchy logo
    2003 -- US: Anarchy Rules!

    Boston NEFAC Soccer Tournament hits the field as a fundraiser for the Anarchist People of Color (APOC) Conference being held in Detroit in October.

    Soccer Tournament to Benefit the Anarchist People of Color Conference, Tufts University, Fletcher Field, Saturday, 10:30a.m.

    This game follows shortly on the heels (sic) of the second game in the San Francisco Bay Area Revolutionary Soccer Tournament, where the Kronstadt FC (KFC) whupped the communist Left Wing (Communists Vs. Anarchists: An Anti-Imperialist Soccer Match... Because Imperialism is Off-Sides!; The first game was left (sic) tied 2:2...)
    Further deatils or context, here[Anti-Details]

    3000 --

    "The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind."

    — H.P. Lovecraft

    Illustration by Josef Renau

    Illustration by Josef Renau

    Stepford Wives; source
    4500 --

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