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Masterful mime, French Resistance fighter.
INDEPENDENCE DAY — Republic of Mali.
Inuit FESTIVAL OF THE SEA GODDESS. Sedna the Shaman has to go to her abode at the bottom of the sea & make a deal for good hunting weather.
ICE CREAM CONE DAY.
AMERICAN INDIAN DAY.
FESTIVAL OF DISAPPEARANCES.
AUTUMNAL EQUINOX, 9:49 a.m. CDT (14:49 Universal Time) (UT). One of the four great solar days, is observed in all temperate regions of the world.
TAKE A FALL DAY
Rain, rain, & the clouds have gathered,
The eight ply of the heavens are
The flat land is turned into river.
“Wine, wine, here is wine!”
— Ezra Pound
— Tom Waits
SPRING EQUINOX — For those not under the thumb of Northern Hemisphere ethno-oppression.
296 -- Martyrdom of St. Maurice & the 6600.
1241 -- Icelandic poet, historian, & chieftain, author of the Prose Edda the Heimskringla, Snorri Sturluson dies in Reykjaholt.
1598 -- A Bad Actor?: Ben Jonson is indicted for manslaughter after killing another actor in a duel.
1609 -- Moors expelled from Spain. They resurface @speakeasy.org only to disappear again. Then at eskimo.com
Regular ETS! contributor Troy Skeels is one of the minds behind a cool new free quarterly newsprint publication, Instant Planet. It's around town; check it out!
— Eat the State, May 19, 1999
New Year's Day / 22 September in the French revolutionary calendar (operative 1793-1806), it being the date of the proclamation of the Republic in 1792: 10 day weeks, three week months & beginning at Year One. Today is the first of the month of Vindémiaire (fine wine).
Lincoln's declaration is only a political/military move, threatening to "free" slaves in any states who do not return to the Union fold, giving the South four months to stop its revolt. He promises to uphold slavery in states joining the North. The Proclamation has "all the grandeur of a a bill of lading." The principle is, you cannot own another person unless you are loyal to the US.
500,000 slaves flee plantations; many others practice go-slow, sabotage, & effect a general strike, taking over plantations for themselves. Robert Small & other slaves takeover the steamship The Planter. 200,000 join the Union army.
When Robert E. Lee proposes using blacks in the Confederate Army (& emancipating them if necessary), another General angrily retorts, "If slaves will make good soldiers, our whole theory of slavery is wrong."
Journalist, writer, one of the most outstanding figures of Japanese anarchism. Imprisoned for articles against the Russo-Japanese war, where he discovered Peter Kropotkin's works. Active in organizing the trade union movement before being arrested January 18, 1911 with 24 others for a plot on the emperor. Kotoku & 11 other anarchists were hanged, including his partner Kanno Sugako. Wrote Imperialism, Monster of the 20th century.
Chief George Yellow Horn, whose Blackfoot name is White Horse, is a hereditary chief, a direct descendent of three chiefs who allegedly signed Treaty 7 & other treaties that were used by the Canadian & US governments to take Blackfoot land.
According to Yellow Horn, "those chiefs never touched the pens & signed the treaties. The treaties were fraudulent. The chiefs were not told what was going on & did not have anyone to explain it to them. They have stolen our nationality from us. We are not Canadian or American. We are Blackfoot."
22 de septiembre. Se funda la Casa del Obrero. La integran las siguientes organizaciones: Grupo Luz, Unión de Canteros, Unión de Resistencia de la fábrica de textiles La Linera, Unión de Operarios Sastres y Unión de Conductores de Coches Públicos; posteriormente ingresaría la Confederación Nacional de Artes Gráficas dirigida por Rafael Quintero. Su domicilio inicial fue Calle 43 de Matamoros número 105.; http://cnparm.home.texas.net/Nat/Mx/Mx02.htm // The rise of syndicalism del anarcho anarcho-syndicalism in Mexico City: =Sep.22 > =Jan.1913 > The COM undermines the government’s Gran Liga union, & dominates organized labor in Mexico City
An amalgum of organizations such as: Unión de Canteros, Unión de Resistencia de la fábrica de textiles La Linera, Unión de Operarios Sastres, Unión de Conductores de Coches Públicos, & the anarquista Grupo Luz; later the Confederación Nacional de Artes Gráficas, headed by Rafael Quintero, also joins. By January COM has undercut the government’s Gran Liga union, & dominates organized labor in México City.
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1914 -- Ezra Pound meets T. S. Eliot, at Pound's flat in Holland Place Chambers, beginning a long-standing association between the two poets, later much-criticized for their fascist sympathies.
"Like Ford, Lindbergh, & others opposing manipulated events & Jewish controlled media, Ezra Pound paid the ultimate price. After the close of WWII, he was seized by US authorities & subjected to months of, at once, physical & psychological torture..."
And even I can remember
1914 -- High Seas: In the North Sea, one German submarine, the U-9, sinks three British cruisers, the Aboukir, the Hogue, & the Cressy, in just over one hour. The one-sided battle, during which 1,400 British sailors lost their lives, alerts the British to the deadly effectiveness of the submarine, which had been generally unrecognized up to now.
1919 -- US: The "Great Steel Strike" begins. Ultimately, 395,000 steelworkers walk off their jobs to demand union recognition. The AFL Iron & Steel Organizing Committee call off the strike on 8 January 1920 — their goals unmet.
1922 -- Henry Lawson, Australian short story writer/poet, ends a life of wandering.
The gates are out of order now,
In storms the "riders" rattle;
For far across the border now
Our Andy's gone with cattle.
Poor Aunty's looking thin & white;
& Uncle's cross with worry;
& poor old Blucher howls all night
Since Andy left Macquarie.
1922 -- US: Martial law rescinded in Mingo County, West Virginia, where labor strikes in the coal mining industry have been quelled by a force consisting of the mine owner's hired-goons, police officials bought & paid for by the owners, & US troops.
See David Alan Corbin's Gun Thugs, Rednecks, and Radicals: A Documentary History of the West Virginia Mine Wars.
1926 -- Thomas Wolfe & James Joyce are on the same tour bus visiting the battlefield at Waterloo. They do not meet.
1928 -- Author Irving Feldman lives. "Irving Feldman-what kind of name is that for a poet?" an inebriated Gregory Corso — the youngest of Beat Poetry's inner circle — is reputed to have famously sneered at a literary party he crashed some 40-years ago.
1930 -- Russia: The Soviet OGPU announces it has uncovered a plot of 48 professors, agronomists & food administrators (they are shot tomorrow).
1933 -- Germany: Legislation for the founding of the "Reichskulturkammer" ("Reich Chamber of Culture") with sections for literature ("Reichsschrifttumskammer"), press, radio, theater, music, & art. Proclamation: 15 November 1933.
Grown out of resistance to modernization, German fascism was a counterrevolution against modernism. Expressions of modernism were most obvious in literature, music, & art, they became special targets of Nazi propaganda.
The Nazi regime declared all modernist art, music & literature "degenerate" & sought to rid the nation of these works & their producers. With the exception of the genocide of the Jews, the racist character of the Nazi state became perhaps nowhere else as evident as in its cultural policies. Modernism was defined in racist terms as a disease, threatening the "healthy body" of an "Aryan Germanic" nation.
1934 -- US: UTW strike Committee order strikers back to work, ending "the greatest single industrial conflict in the history of American organized labor." Southern employers continue their big counter-offensive to bust the textile strikes & agitation occurring along the Eastern seaboard.
An army of 10,000 National Guardsmen was mobilized in Georgia...martial law is declared & Guardsmen start mass arrests & jailings without charges, imprisoning strikers in a former concentration camp for WWI German prisoners...
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1935 -- US: 400,000 coal workers strike.
1937 -- China: Communist Party announces a United Front against the Japanese & declares the Soviet Republic of China dissolved.
1945 -- US: Baseball's Stan Musial gets 5 hits off 5 pitchers on 5 consecutive pitches.
1945 -- Vietnam: A Vietminh-led anti-French General Strike shuts down Saigon.
1946 -- Canada: 4,000 workers march in Valleyfield, Quebec to protest arrest of Medeliene Parent, a leader of the dominion Textile strike.
1949 -- Russia: First Soviet A-bomb exploded.
1950 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Truman vetoes the Internal Security Act (Congress overrides his veto tomorrow).
1951 -- Australia: A referendum to give the government power to ban the Communist party is defeated, 2,370,009 to 2,317,927.
1953 -- US: The AFL (American Federation of Labor) expels the International Longshoremen's Association for racketeering.
1956 -- Billboard runs an article which states, "with new experiences to their credit, such as calling riot squads & with scars such as damaged seats, some arena & stadium officials have turned their thumbs down to rock & roll.
Editing of Guy Debord's film On the Passage of a Few Persons through a Rather Brief Period of Time begins this month.
One reel (20 mins.), 35mm, black & white. Produced by the Dansk-Fransk Experimentalfilms Kompagni & Laboratoire GTC; cinematographer: André Mrugalski; editor: Chantal Delattre; assistant director: Ghislain de Marbaix; assistant cinematographer: Jean Harnois; script: Michèle Vallon; grip: Bernard Largemain.
Music: Georg Friedrich Händel, Origin of Design; Michel Richard Delalande Caprice no 2.
Voice-over: Jean Harnois, Guy Debord, Claude Brabant.
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1960 -- England: Psychoanalytic theorist Melanie Klein dies, London.
Daily Bleed Saint, 2006-2008
Psychoanalytic theorist of early childhood socialization.
Source: Autonomedia Calendar
1961 -- Antonio Albertondo (Argentina) at 42, completes the first "double" crossing swim of the English Channel in 43 hours 10 minutes.
1966 -- US: Got Steinbrenner? Only 413 show up at a Yankee Stadium baseball game.
1966 -- Canada: Cuban exile terrorists hit the Cuban embassy in Ottawa with a bazooka.
1966 -- England: During this month the Situationist "Heatwave" #2, appears, London. Edited by Christopher Gray & Charles Radcliffe.
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Source: [Situationist Resources]
1967 -- Soviet Foreign Minister Gromyko tells the UN "the most serious threat to peace in the world is the United States."
1967 -- England:
Charles Radcliffe of the Situationist International's English section is charged in London with counterfeiting; he has in fact been printing & distributing an anti-Vietnam War tract on a facsimile of a US Dollar.[I don't have the exact day — ed.]
Source: [Situationist Resources]
Illinois University newspaper, The Northern Star runs an article with the headline "Clues Hint At Beatle Death," citing the Sgt. Pepper album cover & the line "I buried Paul."
John Lennon later claims it was "I'm very bored" in the fadeout of "Strawberry Fields Forever."
(Actually he says "cranberry sauce.")
It sparks one of the hypes of the decade: the Paul Is Dead controversy. Paul tells journalists from his Scotland farm,
"If I were dead, I'd be the last to know."
1970 -- US: Mercury Rising?: Fishing is prohibited in Virginia's Holston River after a chemical plant dangerously contaminates the river's fish with mercury.
1970 -- US: Arrested Childhood?: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Nixon requests 1,000 new FBI agents for college campuses. Teach your children well.
1971 -- US: American Indian Movement (AIM) activists attempt to arrest the deputy director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) in Washington, D.C.
1973 -- Spain: Salvador Puig Antich arrested.
A young anarchist militant in the guerrilla MIL (Iberian Liberation Movement) fighting the yoke of Francoism, he had slipped back into the country in 1972. Despite international protests, Antich is executed March 2, 1974. Extensive militant reaction to Spanish government targets follows throughout British, Irish & European cities.
1975 -- US: Miss-Informed?: In the second assassination attempt made against Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Jerry "Bubble Gum" Ford in less than three weeks, the president is shot at in Frisco, California, by Sara Jane Moore, who was also a police & FBI informer.
1980 -- Iraq: Troops seize part of Iran in a border dispute; war begins, after 10 months of skirmishes, halting 60% of world's oil traffic.
1981 -- West Germany: Cops oust squatters. Thousands in various cities fight back.
1985 -- France: Government admits planting the bombs that sank the Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand.
1989 -- Irving Berlin begins decomposing, at 101.
1992 -- Diane di Prima interviewed.
"The place where I was lucky in my own life was that I had a grandfather who was an anarchist....
"He would tell me these really weird fables about the world. He would read Dante to me & take me to the old peoples anarchist rallies, & all this showed me these other possibilities...."
1996 -- Australia: Robert Dent, suffering from terminal cancer, becomes the first person in the world to commit legally assisted suicide under a voluntary euthanasia law. Dent dies from a painless lethal injection.
As for automobiles,
they come to reflect & sum up the marvels of consumption.
They mirror a society without history, except when they are burning.
— Jean Baudrillard
1999 -- Only 100 shopping days left until Y2K.
1999 -- Euro-San Francisco Poetry Festival, September 22-23.
2000 -- Bolivia: Thousands of demonstrators participate in a rally in the principal square of Cochabamba.
Some 10,000 protest against the Banzer government policies & demand an increase in the wages of teachers, while in other regions of the country, road blockades are thrown up & maintained.
2001 -- France: IVèmes RENCONTRES LIBER TERRE, Bieuzy-les-Eaux 56, 22-23 septembre. Le programme peut également être consulté sur le site "Recherche sur l'anarchisme."
2001 -- US: New York City announces a $9-million settlement with Abner Louima for police torture in 1997.
2002 -- England: 350,000 demonstrate in London for support of rural areas.
2007 -- France: Famed mime, Resistance fighter Marcel Marceau dies, Cahors. Offstage, he was famously chatty. "Never get a mime talking. He won't stop," he once said.
2009 -- Spain: Chess match between former world champs Garry Kasparov & Anatoly Karpov, a 25-year anniversary 12-game love-fest to mark their first World Championship meeting which dragged on for months without a winner. (Kasparov, as a political activist & nemesis of putzer Vladimir Putin, gave up chess in 2005).
2010 -- US: Chicano activist Roberto Maestes dies, Seattle, Washington. A founder of El Centro de la Raza which played a prominent role in local solidarity campaigns with Central America during the 1970s & 1980s. A fellow member of the "Gang of Four" with activists Bernie Whitebear, Larry Gossett, & Bob Santos.
Daily Bleed Saint 2003-2004: ETIENNE CABET
Founder of the 19th-century utopian community, New Icarus.
Do You Believe In Life Before Death?
But it is precisely modernity that is always quoting primeval history. This happens through the ambiguity attending the social relationships & products of this epoch.
Ambiguity is the pictorial image of dialectics, the law of dialectics seen at a standstill. This standstill is utopia & the dialectical image therefore a dream image.
Such an image is presented by the pure commodity: as fetish. Such an image are the arcades, which are both house & stars. Such an image is the prostitute, who is saleswoman & wares in one.
— Walter Benjamin, Reflections
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