Our Daily Bleed...
Must I name this
Time & know this season?
— Richard Howard, September Twenty-Ninth
Prominent Italian modernist filmmaker, political radical.
Mystic leader of the Ghost Dance Rebellion.
Royal Courts of Justice, London:
PAYMENT OF QUIT RENT,
ancient, solemn ceremony in which city pays the crown six horseshoes, 61 nails, a bill-hook & a hatchet.
Germany: GOOSE DAY, in which weather is forecast by the breastbone of a goose. There some other way?
Mexico: FESTIVAL OF TEZCATZONCTL, chief God of Intoxication.
MICHAELMAS: Originally placed in December by the Church to overwrite existing pagan celebrations. When, in the 12th Century, the fixed date of Christmas becomes a sufficiently important date (see 25 December), Michaelmas itself is re-deployed to overwrite other pagan celebrations around the autumn equinox.
1091 -- The sun is darkened for three days & many meteors fall, Europe.
Source: [Robert Braunwart] [Hereafter attributed with symbol: ]
1322 -- English author Sir John Mandeville begins his travels.
1547 -- Tilt?: Miguel de Cervantes lives, inspector of windmills, author of Don Quixote. Spanish novelist, playwright, poet, & the most famous figure in Spanish literature. Was briefly a slave of Turks, led a nomadic life, imprisoned because of fiscal irregularities while a tax collector. See Kenneth Rexroth's Classics Revisited.
"The truth lies in a man's dreams... perhaps in this unhappy world of ours a worse madness is better than a foolish sanity."
1634 -- John Milton's Comus is presented before the Earl of Bridgewater. His first dramatizing of his great theme, the conflict of good & evil. He wrote the text in honor of the Earl becoming lord president of Wales & the Marches at the suggestion of composer Henry Lawes, who wrote the music for the masque.
1642 -- New Old World: Missionary Rene Goupil killed by Mohawks, on whom he was spying for the French military.
1795 -- Perpetual Peace published by Immanuel Kant, Germany.
1810 -- British author Elizabeth Gaskell lives. Her novels often depict life in the manufacturing cities of the North. In 1850 she meets Charlotte Brontë, beginning a vital friendship culminating in the Life of Charlotte Brontë (1857).
1829 -- England: Scotland Yard forms in London.
1853 -- Emigrant ship "Annie Jane" sinks off Scotland, drowning 348.
1864 -- Miguel Unamuno lives, Bilbao, Spain. Writer/philosopher (predecessor of Existentialists, with Søren Kierkegaard) & educator, one of the foremost representatives of the movement Generation '98. Mastered 14 languages. Published poetry, plays, novels & essays. In hot water for opposing both Primo de Rivera's government & Franco's fascist one. His novel Abel Sanchez: una historia de pasion (1917), recreates the Cain & Abel story.
1879 -- US: A dozen Ute Indians kill all the white workers at Colorado's White River Agency.
The dead include agency head Nathan Meeker, who said it was his duty as a member of a superior race to elevate & enlighten the Utes.
When they did not elevate & bow to Meeker's wishes to change them from hunters to farmers, he called in the Army.
Earlier today, the white troops attacked a peaceful party of Utes along the Milk River — even after their chief, Nicaagat, frantically attempted to avert the confrontation by riding out to meet them. The attack prompted the Ute killings at Meeker's agency.
Before the fighting ends, 37 Utes die in a desperate stand to save their reservation from military seizure.
1883 -- English language publication of anarchist Johann Most's song The Hymn of the Proletariat.
1895 --29-30 septembre. Conférence nationale du POSR tenue à Paris.
1902 -- Forget Me Nots?: Scottish bard William McGonagall dies in Edinburgh, aged 72. His work has been distinguished as
"The worst poetry ever written, in any language, at any time."
1902 -- Émile Zola, 62, controversial French experimental writer dies, Paris, France. Poisoned? Dies under suspicious circumstance, some say in his sleep from inhaling smoke caused by a clogged chimney.
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French father of the novel as social "experiment."
Said "j'accuse" to French state power. Poisoned?
1906 -- Cuba: US Troops sent to Cuba to "protect US interests."
1909 -- US: The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) during this month (I don't have exact dates — ed.) attains the first victory in a strike by unskilled steel workers in the Pressed Steel Car Company strike at McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania.
1911 -- Italy: War is declared against Turkey.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1912 -- Italy: Influential film director Michelangelo Antonioni lives. His film "Blow-Up", a prize-winning film at the Cannes Film Festival, is seized by the District Attorney of Ancona in 1967.
1914 -- Arthur Machen story "The Bowmen" appears in The Evening News.
1920 -- US: Babe Ruth sets the then baseball home run season record at 54. No steroids or power bars, strictly cigars & alcohol fuels the Babe.
1921 -- Russia: The Cheka (Bolshevik Secret Police), execute Fanya Baron & nine other anarchist prisoners. (Fanya's execution was on the personal order of Lenin.) These executions follow that of the anarchist & poet Lev Chernyi on the 21st.
Leon Trotsky remarks at the time, "We do not imprison the real anarchists, but criminals & bandits who cover themselves by claiming to be anarchists."
Emma Goldman, a friend & fellow anarchist, was so outraged that friends had to dissuade her from chaining herself to a bench in the hall where the Third International was meeting to shout her protests to the delegates.
Fanya's husband Aaron met the same fate: after 18 years in imprisoned at Taganka he was briefly released before being arrested again in 1939 & executed in 1940.
It seems unbelievable that even today, after everything that has happened & is happening in Russia, there are people who still imagine that the difference between socialists & anarchists is only that of wanting revolution gradually or quickly.
— Errico Malatesta, Umanita Nova, September 3, 1921
"Anarchists ... are one of the few political forces to be taken seriously in the USSR."
— Anatoly Lukyanov, president of the Supreme Soviet, 1991
1922 -- First performance of Brecht play "Drums in the Night" is staged.
1925 -- Italy: Il prefetto fa sospendere la pubblicazione del giornale La Stampa fino al 9 Novembre.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1926 -- Russia: Nicolas Lazarevich, alternate spellingNicholas Lazarevitch (1895-1975) is expelled.
Lazarevitch, the son of Russian revolutionary émigrés, became an anarcho-syndicalist shortly before WWI. He went to Russia in February 1919 & was close to the Bolsheviks prior to his arrest.
1927 -- American author William Faulkner completes his novel Sartoris.
1930 -- No, Sir?: George Bernard Shaw, author, turns down a peerage.
1930 -- Maxwell Anderson verse play "Elizabeth the Queen" premiers, US.
1931 -- Canada: RCMP murder three workers, firing into a coal miners' parade. Biendfait, Saskatchewan; 400 miners & their families clash with police during the strike, in Estevan, Saskatchewan.
1934 -- Saturday Evening Post publishes the William Faulkner story "Ambuscade."
1936 -- US: 11 members of the Detroit "Black Legion" convicted for the murder of Charles Poole, a WPA organizer.
The Black Legion was founded in the mid-1920s as the Black Guards, a security force for the officers of the Ohio Ku Klux Klan. A Michigan regiment was established in 1931.
Organized along military lines, the Michigan Legion had five brigades, 16 regiments, 64 batallions, & 256 companies & probably numbered between 20,000 & 30,000 members, one third of whom lived in Detroit. It had a political front as well, the Wolverine Republican Club. The legion saw as its enemies not only blacks, Jews, & Catholics, but also welfare workers & recipients & labor union organizers.
Destroyed after this trial, its reputation, however, remained & reached all the way to Hollywood. One of Humphrey Bogart's least-known movies was entitled "The Black Legion," in which Bogart plays a factory mechanic whose expected promotion to foreman is instead given to a foreign-born worker. Bogart first joins, then stands up to the legion.
1938 -- Italy: A Monaco di Baviera, di fronte all'espansionismo nazionalista dello stato tedesco, i governi francesi e inglesi accettano la proposta di Mussolini che prevede la annessione dei Sudeti nel reich tedesco e la spartizione tra lo stato ungherese e quello polacco di altre porzioni del territorio cecoslovacco.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1939 -- France: Louis Lecoin is arrested for his part in distributing 100,000 copies of the anti-war leaflet “Immediate Peace.” In the days which follow several signatories suddenly discover their knees are weak & that they have no backbone, & thus disavow the leaflet.
Source: http://www.lelibertaire.net/article133.html Arrestation de Louis Lecoin. Dans les jours qui suivent plusieurs des signataires du tract « Paix immédiate » le désavouent. septembre leaflet distributed on the 12th
1941 -- Ukraine: Nazi death squad kills 30,000 Jews in Kiev.
1943 -- US: Six war objectors imprisoned at Lewisburg, PA, start a hunger strike against censorship of mail & reading material by prison authorities.In October, Igal Roodenko began his own hunger & work strike in support, stating:
"My concern was [with] . . . censorship which occasionally reached preposterous depths of pettiness & stupidity, censorship of mail & reading matter which frequently denied men the opportunity of reading & writing about those very matters which made them sacrifice comforts & respect for the ignominy & disrepute of a prison record. & it should be noted that the opinions of such men were not treasonous, but those objections to warfare recognized by Congress in the Selective Service Act."
After 12 days Roodenko was arrested for refusal to work. He was tried & found guilty in Denver. It was thereafter decided to make of Roodenko & two others a Supreme Court "test case" in which the constitutionality of the Selective Service Act was argued, but the Court turned the case down. On June 6, 1944 a Denver judge found Roodenko guilty & sentenced him to three years in a federal penitentiary.
"Getting kicked out of the American Bar Association is like getting kicked out of the Book-of-the-Month Club."
— Melvin Belli on the occasion of his getting kicked out of the American Bar Association.
1943 -- Italy: Badoglio firma a Malta la resa totale (il cosiddetto armistizio lungo in quanto prevede in maniera più dettagliata i termini della resa) nei confronti delle forze anglo-americane.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1946 -- The Adventures of Sam Spade, with Howard Duff playing Spade, becomes a big hit in the Sunday night radio lineup.
1946 -- The Portable Faulkner is published.
1947 -- Jazz great Dizzy Gillespie presents his first Carnegie Hall concert, NYC. Jazz trumpeter & bandleader, one of the founders of the bebop jazz style.
1955 -- Arthur Miller play "A View From the Bridge" opens, NY (149 performances).
Miller was under attack by rightwingers & liberals in the government, as well as abandoned by spineless critics during this period.
In 1950 Miller's "The Hook" (about the world of longshoremen; Miller refuses to make changes to the screenplay suggested by the FBI) fails to reach production due to pressure from HUAC; during this year HUAC pressured NY city officials to withdraw permission for Miller to make a film he'd been planning about New York juvenile delinquency.
On the day after the conclusion of the 4th conference of the Situationist International in London, strict measures are announced by the Gaullist government against the first 121 signatories of the Declaration on the Right to Insubordination in the Algerian War, produced & distributed by Maurice Blanchot & Dionys Mascolo.
Guy Debord & Michèle Bernstein co-sign the declaration, which eventually collects 200 signatures.
[Details / context]
1961 -- France: Publication of La Nuit (The Night), novel by Michèle Bernstein, in Paris.
1962 -- US: Teamster official Edward G. Partin tells the US Justice Department that Jimmy Hoffa is planning to murder Robert Kennedy.
1968 -- This date marks the 30th anniversary of Neville Chamberlain's Munich agreement ceding Czechoslovakia's Sudatenland to Hitler. This action widely seen as a major contributing factor to the devastation of World War II. The domino theory which underlay so much of American action in Vietnam can be seen as a direct response to the failure of international response to the German dictator.
[Source: WholeWorld is Watching]
1969 -- US: US army says it is dropping murder charges against eight Green Berets because of stonewalling by CIA, which ordered the murder in Vietnam. The CIA refused to allow its agents to testify against Colonel Robert Rheault & others for "terminating with extreme prejudice" the life of an alleged Vietnamese double agent.
1969 -- US: Capital Crime? 2,000 welfare protesters take over the state capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin.
1973 -- Poet W. H. Auden dies at 66 in Vienna.
"Leaning out over
The dreadful precipice,
One contemptuous tree."
1976 -- No Gun Control?: Jerry Lee Lewis, while shooting at bottles with a .357 magnum, accidentally hits his bass player, Butch Owens in the chest...then he accidentally shoots him again. Lewis is charged with shooting a firearm within the city limits.
1976 -- John Cage's "Renga" & "Apartment House 1776" premier, Boston Symphony.
1977 -- James Brown's band, complaining that the Hardest-Working Man in Show Business has been underpaying them, walk out on him in Hallendale, Florida.
1979 -- US: 200,000 participate in anti-nuke demonstrations, lower Manhattan, California & 11 other locations around the country.
1979 -- England: The Persons Unknown trial opens this month (I don't have exact date). Ladd jumps bail & does not surrender for three years, when he receives nine years on other charges. Carr, an outsider to anarchism, pleads guilty to anything the police require & is sentenced to nine years. All the others are acquitted. Carr's "confessions" are read out by the judge after the trial when they can no longer be challenged in open court & berates the jury as too sympathetic.
In what anarcho-context was the following said: "Unfortunately... I mean fortunately there have been no explosions yet."?
Answer: Allegedly said by a police officer during the PERSONS UNKNOWN trial in UK late 1970s. Basically six anarchists were charged with "conspiracy with persons known & unknown to cause explosions" hence PERSONS UNKNOWN. The state had nothing to go on (hence the quote). The six were found not guilty & a member of the jury became an anarchist.
The case was variously dubbed the Persons Unknown trial or the Anarchists trial — we were all voluble if unsophisticated young enemies of the state, all states. We also had absolutely nothing to do with any explosions. After several months in custody, this charge was dropped & a different conspiracy charge preferred. Opening the Crown's case at the Old Bailey a year later, the prosecutor said we had conspired "to overthrow society". The jury acquitted us on all counts.
— Ronan Bennett, filmmaker
Source: Albert Meltzer, I Couldn't Paint Golden Angels
1982 -- US: Think You Got Headaches? Tylenol scare; a "new" extra-strength pill claims its first victim (from deadly tampering) in Chicago. Hundreds of copy-cat commodity poisonings occur across the US.
1982 -- Lebanon: US Marines land in Lebanon as part of multinational force. To "protect
1983 -- England: Stop the City protests against military-financial complex, London; International arms trade convention prematurely closed by nonviolent activists, Brussels, Belgium.
1985 -- England: More than 200 loot shops in Walworth, South London.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1987 -- US: Defending a fundraising letter attacking the "homosexual lobby" trying to recall him, Evan Mecham is asked for the "true version" of several different explanations about the letter. Says the angry Arizona governor, "Don't ever ask me for a true statement again."
1987 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Admiral John Poindexter resigns his US naval commission because of his involvement in Iran-contra crimes.
1987 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Crooked Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham (R) tells reporters, "Don't ever ask me for a true statement again"
1988 -- Cartoonist Charles Addams dies.
1988 -- Germany: 80,000 in West Berlin protest International Monetary Fund (IMF) policies, 400 arrested.
1988 -- US: Veteran's Peace Convoy wins lawsuit banning Executive Branch from regulating or prohibiting aid to a foreign country intended to relieve suffering.
1989 -- Check-up?: While taking a motorcycle trip from L.A. to the Grand Canyon, Bruce Springsteen stops in a small saloon in Prescott, Arizona & jams with the house band, The Mile High Band. They play "Don't Be Cruel," "I'm On Fire," "Route 66" & others. One of the barmaids, Brenda Techanec, was talking about her problems paying her hospital bills — & a week later gets a check for $100,000.
1989 -- Zsa Zsa Gabor convicted for slapping Eddie Murphy or some other Beverly Hills Cop.
1990 -- Vatican: Catholic Church confirms the discovery of a plot to kill Pope John Paul II.
1992 -- US: The GSA says Patriot missiles were 9% effective in shooting down Iraqi Scuds in the Persian Gulf War (Pentagon claimed 100% effectiveness).
1996 -- At US insistence, the OSCE formally certifies the Bosnian elections, in spite of massive fraud that apparently changed the outcome.
1998 -- Germany: Berlin Street Party; political theme:
Resistance has no vote!
1999 -- US: NY's Beloved & Respected Comrade
CensorHizzoner Rudy Giuliani threatens to revoke city support to the Brooklyn Museum of Art. The Museum is planning to open the British art exhibition "Sensation," which is causing a big stink due to its controversial subject matter. See October 2.
1999 -- US: Associated Press reports evidence of a massacre of civilians by US soldiers in the Korean War.
2001 -- US: The Russian paper Pravda reports:
ANARCHISTS TO RIOT ON 16TH STREET TODAY WILL MEET AT UNION STATION, HOPE TO CATCH POLICE UNAWARES
Washington, DC -- Anarchist members of the Anti-Capitalist Convergence hope to catch DC Police unawares when they stage a riot on 16th Street between Union Station & Malcolm X Park today, starting at 11 AM.
Organizers, who decided to march without a permit, separately from the communist-organized marchers, figured that while the bulk of the DC Police force, & the associated armed security forces of the city, were focused on Freedom Plaza, they would take the opportunity to seize several blocks between the two landmarks & launch a strike back at "capitalism."
One of the march organizers, who is currently serving probation for assault with a deadly weapon & burglary, decided to drop out of the march at the last minute & inform LSN of the group's plans.
2006 -- US: "Renewing the Anarchist Tradition Conference," Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont (29th-1st).
2008 -- Brazil's government is named as the worst illegal logger of the Amazon rainforest.
2009 -- Perú: Former Beloved & Respected Comrade Terrorist President Alberto Fujimori pleads guilty to charges of bribery & spying on his old rivals during his presidency.
2010 -- Tens of thousands of workers across Europe protest & strike against austerity measures being taken by their governments.
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