Our Daily Bleed...
Time does not bring relief; you all have lied
by Edna St. Vincent Millay from Collected Poems
American surrealist poet, radical historian,
anarchist activist, publisher.
England: OLD MAN'S DAY: A 16th Century man's lucky escape from premature internment is still celebrated in Braughing, Herts. It's good to be alive.
Spain: FEAST OF GUARDIAN ANGELS, Bonfire on steps of church, sword dancing, & mock duel with constant interruptions from "Devil Fool" & "Boy Angel." Devil's tail explodes at finale. The girls' skirts are pinned up to reveal panties. Much music & feasting.
"Villon is the very archetype, the poet laureate of 500 years of the counterculture. So clearly does he speak for a way of life that his name has become a common noun & adjective in European languages."
— Kenneth Rexroth, Subversive Aspects of Popular Songs
Daily Bleed Saint
American revolutionist, beer brewer.
More truly radical than the current
history textbooks dare allow.
A major leader & activist in the American Revolution, led protest against the Stamp Act, founder of the Sons of Liberty, principal organizer of the Boston Tea Party, member of the Continental Congress, signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Visiting such diverse places as Brazil, the Galapagos Islands, & New Zealand, Darwin acquired an intimate knowledge of the flora, fauna, wildlife, & geology of many lands. This information is invaluable in the development of his theory of evolution, first put forth in his groundbreaking scientific work of 1859, The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
[Note: Shortly after the transcontinental railroad opened, a pair of trains ran head on due to a switchman's faulty timepiece. Ambrose Bierce discovered a notice which read thusly:
Hereafter, when two trains moving in opposite directions are approaching each other on separate tracks, conductors & engineers will be required to bring their respective trains to a dead halt before the point of meeting, & will be very careful not to proceed until each train has passed the other
Norton claimed to have invented a switch which would work itself.]
The Emperor desires that there should be a thoroughly practical & mechanical Switch, & his ideas improved upon so that Europe will be glad to pay America for the patent.
— October 1869 (exact date unknown)
1871 -- Mormon leader Brigham Young arrested for polygamy.
1879 -- Poet Wallace Stevens lives, Reading, Pennsylvania. US poet. Not until late in his life was he read widely or recognized as a major poet. Stevens, drunk at a dinner for the Harvard junior class, recites his class ode & passes out. Didna return for his senior year.
Taste of the blood upon his martyred lips,
O pensioners, O demagogues & pay-men!
This death was his belief though death is a stone.
This man loved earth, not heaven, enough to die.
The night wind blows upon the dreamer, bent
Over words that are life's voluble utterance.
— excerpt, The Men That Are Falling
1883 -- Louis Laurent (1883-1972) lives, Paris. Libertarian militant & revolutionary trade unionist, member of the Revolutionary Anarchist Union & the Anarchist Federation of Languedoc in the 30s. Helped publish various libertarian journals, worked with league of conscientious objectors & the CGT-SR (revolutionary trade union). Helped found Libertarian in 1968.
1890 -- Great Marxist?: Groucho Marx, great film comedian, lives.
"I've worked myself up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty."
1898 -- US: Otis J. Rene lives, New Orleans, LA. With his younger brother Leon, he establishes Exclusive & Excelsior Records in L.A. in the 1930's. By the mid-1940's, the brothers are leading independent record producers whose artists include Nat King Cole, Herb Jeffries, & Johnny Otis.
1901 -- Roy Campbell lives. Poet whose vigorous extrovert verse contrasted with the uneasy self-searching of the more prominent socially conscious English poets of the 1930s.
His novels treat life's moral ambiguities in the context of contemporary political settings. Wrote Our Man in Havana, Third Man, Brighton Rock, & one of the best novels of the Vietnam War, The Quiet American.
One of the most widely read novelists of the 20th-century, a superb storyteller. Many of his books have been filmed. A Nobel Prize candidate several times, but never received the award
See: Graham Greene: The Man Within by Michael Shelden (1994).
1910 -- Italy: First two-aircraft collision, Milan.
1920 -- US: Baseballs' only tripleheader of the century (Reds win 2, Pirates win 1).
1921 -- Edmund Crispin lives. British mystery writer, a blend of John Dickson Carr, Michael Innes & Marx Brothers.
Pals with Kingsley Amis. Crispin's nine Gervase Fen novels are among the most individualistic works of the genre, making fun of literary conventions. Composed (as Bruce Montgomery) choral & orchestral works, songs & film music. Edited numerous mystery collections. Also a science-fiction anthologist with no apologies or excuses for presenting it as a legitimate form of writing — an uncommon attitude in the 1950s.
1926 -- Author Jan Morris (originally James Morris) — author of Conundrum — lives, Wales.
1928 -- Spanky McFarland, actor ("Little Rascals"), lives.
1934 -- US: American Federation of Labor (AFL) takes official stand in support of the six hour day, five day work week.
1934 -- Canada: Emma Goldman delivers a series of eight lectures at Forester's Hall, Toronto, on literary & political topics, including George Bernard Shaw, munitions manufacturers, Russian literature since the revolution, & German literature & the Nazi book-burnings.
Of five other meetings this month, only a lecture to a mostly unemployed workers' organization on "The American Labor Movement & the General Strike" today gives Emma much satisfaction; attendance is mostly disappointing, & even a free anarchist meeting on October 31 fails to draw a good crowd.
Emma worries about financial survival if refused permission to reenter the US; she even considers the possibility of dramatizing Living My Life for theater or film.
Civil libertarian Roger Baldwin discusses Emma's application for a new US visa — & Rudolf Rocker's application for an extension of his stay — with the authorities in Washington, who advise Baldwin they will deny Goldman's request; only Rocker's application is approved.
e have always lived in slums & holes in the wall. . . We will know how to accommodate ourselves for a time. For, you must not forget, we can also build. It is we the workers who built these palaces & cities, here in Spain & in America & everywhere. We, the workers. We can build others to take their place. & better ones. We are not in the least afraid of ruins. We are going to inherit the earth. There is not the slightest doubt about that. The bourgeoisie might blast & ruin its own world before it leaves the stage of history.
e carry a new world here, in our hearts, & that world is growing in this minute.
— Buenaventura Durruti
1936 -- US: Drinks On the House?: First alcohol power plant established, Atchison, Kansas.
1936 -- Spain: The CAMC (Central Anti-Fascist Militias Committee, founded July 21, 1936 in Catalonia) is wound up.
1936 -- Italy: During this month, Il comitato centrale del Partito comunista dichiara di fare proprio "il programma fascista del 1919." Il ceppo comune (socialismo burocratico parolaio) finisce per dare gli stessi frutti (fascismo e comunismo) e gli stessi programmi.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1937 -- Historian David W. McCullough lives, Canonsberg, Pennsylvania. Wrote Brooklyn & How It Got That Way.
1937 -- US: Two showings this evening of the Louis Frank film, "Fury over Spain," in Detroit, Michigan.
1937 -- US: Police raid Denver hotel, arrest Sam Caldwell for possession of two joints.
1939 -- Birdbaths installed in Union Square, San Francisco.
1942 -- Queen Mary slices cruiser Curacao in half, killing 338.
1942 -- Chain Mail?: First self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction demonstrated, Chicago. The nuclear chain reaction is still going... & going... & ...going.
1943 -- Machine Gun Franklin Rosemont (1943-2009) loaded this a.m., armed & dangerous.
Author, poet, editor, primary figure of the Surrealist movement in the US, publisher of Black Swan Press, director of the Chicago publishing house, Charles H. Kerr & Co. Companion of artist Penelope Rosemont.
1944 -- Poland: The 63-day Warsaw revolt against Nazi occupation is finally crushed by German forces, at the cost of 250,000 Polish lives.
Organized by Polish General Tadeusz Bor-Komorowski on August 1 — the same day the Red Army reached the Vistula River — the uprising was a Polish attempt to assist in the Allied liberation of their country. But Beloved & Respected Comrade Soviet Leader Uncle Joe Stalin, knowing Soviet capture of Poland was a given, delayed his army's advance while Nazi's purged Polish society of its militant elements. The Soviet army lurked along Warsaw's borders during the two-month ordeal, & Stalin strongly discouraged any outside assistance to the Polish rebels from the Western allies.
1947 -- US: Ward Churchill lives, radical Native American author & activist.
1956 -- US: Power Lunch? First atomic power clock exhibited, New York City.
"Don't you hear the H-bomb's thunder / Echo like the crack of doom?" — John Brunner, Scifi author, CND marching song
1963 -- US: Dupont Company holds a press conference to introduce Corfam to the public. Yummie!
1966 -- England: Eight arrested for heckling British Prime Minister Harold Wilson in church regarding Vietnam War, Brighton.
1967 -- US: Thurgood Marshall is first African American appointed to Supreme Court.
1967 -- US: All six members of the Grateful Dead are busted by California narcotics agents for possession of marijuana. It happens at the groups' 710-Ashbury Street House, across the street from where the mother of Nummer One Son, & other Daily Bleed recipients once lived, in Frisco.
After six hours, they are released on bail. Neighbors complain of uniformed riff-raff hanging around, looking suspicious.
1968 -- Mexico City: Tlatelolco Massacre, student demonstration is drowned in blood.
At the Plaza of Three Cultures, some 15,000 students attempted to protest against the army’s occupation of the University.
In what amounts to an ambush, the army responds with firepower, killing close to 300 & arresting several thousand. After nine weeks of student strikes, the Mexican military opens fire on 6,000 gathered in the plaza for a march on National Polytech Institute to protest army occupation of the campus.
Linked, arm in arm, singing & laughing. The students cry out against Diaz Ordaz & his ministers, & against all other usurpers of the revolution of Emiliano Zapata & Pancho Villa.
In Tlatelolco plaza, where long ago Conquistadors slaughtered & conquered the Indians, the army blocks all exits with tanks & machine guns. The students are jammed in this corral — a continuous wall of guns with sharp bayonets closes the trap.
The flare lights — a green one, another red, a signal...
Hours later, a mother looks for her young. Her shoes leave tracks of blood in the ground...
See also 1998 below
1970 -- Coach Fare?: An illegally operated charter plane carrying part of the Wichita State University football team crashes in the Rockies, killing 29, including 13 players & the coach.
1970 -- US: Environmental Protection Agency established.
1970 -- US: Black Panthers come out in public support of the General Motors wildcat strike.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1971 -- Martha?: Homing pigeon averages 133 KPH (record) in 1100-km Australian race.
1973 -- The best of the Bay area's rock talent stage a benefit for a "friend" named Badger. Promoter Bill Graham is ticked because Badger turns out to be a member of the Hell's Angels who needs legal aid. Graham is well-known to be no fan of the outlaw motorcycle gang.
1976 -- John Belushi comes out during the second verse of Joe Cocker's rendition of "Feeling Alright" on TV's "Saturday Night Live." Belushi performs his exaggeratedly spastic imitation of Cocker. The crowd goes nuts & Cocker, familiar with Belushi's "tribute" to him, claims that so long as his band likes it,
"I'm as happy as a pig in shit."
1977 -- After a month of numerous attempts to steal the body of Elvis Presley from Forest Hill Cemetery, both Presley's & his grandmother's bodies are moved to Graceland.
1985 -- US: National Center of Health reports the suicide rate on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming is almost 20 times higher than the national average.
1985 -- "The Rock" dies of AIDS. Shirley (wife of Pat) rushes into his home, grabs his legs & speaks in tongues for a half hour in a futile effort to resurrect him.
1986 -- US: Congress overrides Reagan's veto & passes South African sanctions. This is a culmination of efforts by Trans-Africa's Randall Robinson, Rep. Mickey Leland & others, begun almost two years earlier with Robinson's arrest in front of the South African Embassy in Washington, DC.
1986 -- "Jump Start" premiers in 40 newspapers in the US. The comic strip creation of 26-year-old Robb Armstrong, the youngest African-American to have a syndicated comic strip. He follows in the footsteps of Morrie Turner, the creator of "Wee Pals," the first African-American syndicated comic strip.
1987 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader George Bush continues his loose-lipped trek across Europe, telling a Brussels audience Soviet tanks are so well built that the mechanics should be sent to Detroit "because we could use that kind of ability."
1990 -- Germany: Radio Berlin International's final transmission (links to Deutsche Welles of West Germany); final song is "The End" by the Doors.
1990 -- US: 30 protesters delay old-growth tree cutting on sacred Mount Graham, Arizona; seven arrested.
1990 -- US: Radical psychoanalytic critic & philosopher Norman O. Brown dies, Santa Cruz, California.
1991 -- Henry Le Fèvre dies. French vegetarian, pacifist, anarchist, & publisher of Le Néo Naturien, «revue des idées philosophiques etnaturiennes». See the Anarchist Encyclopedia,
1992 -- US: Bloomington, Indiana, Midwest anarchist gathering.
1998 -- México: 200,000 commemorate the victims of the 1968 México City massacre, when students, workers & supporters were slaughtered wholesale in October, in La Noche de Tlatelolco.
The largest march ever to protest the Tlatelolco Massacre assembles in México City's Plaza de las Tres Culturas to demand a full accounting of the killing & disappearance of hundreds of students on October 2, 1968.
Tens of thousands overflow the historic plaza at Tlatelolco, carrying red carnations & chanting political slogans.
On October 2, 1968, 5,000 students & workers rallied at this same plaza, demanding democratic reforms, including autonomy for the country's universities, the freeing of political prisoners & social justice.
1999 -- US: The controversial art show "Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection" opens at the Brooklyn Museum of Art & causes a big stink. The show includes Chris Ofili's "The Holy Virgin Mary" fashioned with some elephant dung.
Beloved & Respected Comrade Mayor "Is This A Photo Op?" Rudy Giuliani withholds the museum's monthly city subsidy & starts eviction proceedings.
On November 1, 1999, US District Judge Nina Gershon rules that Hizzoner Photo Op has no right to cut off subsidies to the Brooklyn Museum of Art for displaying art that he opposes.
2001 -- "When the Layabouts play, people dance!"
US: The Layabouts play, Rock Against Profiling!
2004 -- Italy: Enzo Santarelli dies. L’historien marxiste de l’anarchisme italien.
2004 -- US: Books Against Borders: St. Louis Independent Bookfair. Free, all-day celebration & exhibition.
2007 -- US: IWW Starbucks Workers Union baristas at the Wealthy St.(!) Starbucks in East Grand Rapids, Michigan win their grievances against the world's largest coffee chain. Starbucks, notorious for poor treatment of workers, chooses to settle after the NLRB nails them for anti-labor violations.
2010 -- France: Millions demonstrate on the streets for a third day in more than 200 protests against Beloved & Respected Comrade President Sarkozy's plans to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62.
"Despair is the price one pays for setting oneself an impossible aim. It is, one is told, the unforgivable sin, but it is a sin the corrupt or evil man never practices. He always has hope. He never reaches the freezing-point of knowing absolute failure. Only the man of goodwill carries always in his heart this capacity for damnation."
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