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driving the freeway while
listening to the Country & Western boys
sing about a broken heart
& the honkytonk blues,
it seems that things just don't work
most of the time
& when they do it will be for a
short time
well, that's not news.
nothing's news.
it's the same old thing in
only one thing comes without a
disguise & you only see it
once, or
maybe never.
like getting hit by a freight
makes us realize that all our
moaning about long lost girls
in gingham dresses
is not so important

Poem: "The Last Song," by Charles Bukowski
from Bone Palace Ballet (Black Sparrow Press).

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Bukowski, Solid Citizen!, source:


Rebel American Catholic priest, antiwar activist.

Cheshire, England: AUDLEM WAKES. Traditionally, the first person to get drunk at the event was proclaimed Mayor of Audlem for the coming year. Beats voting! Every saloon a voting booth!


REPUBLIC DAY (Portugal, Azores, Guinea-Bissau, Madeira).



1513 -- Source=Robert Braunwart New Old World: Spanish conquistador Balboa discovers what he claims is a colony of cross-dressing males in Panama; he reportedly massacres them.

1582 -- Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?: Pope Gregory, having annulled 14 days yesterday, makes today October 15th. But his Gregorian calendar is off 11 minutes every 100 years, creating even more complex problems. Not adopted in Protestant England & Orthodox countries.

1713 -- Got Encarta?: Denis Diderot, French encyclopedist & philosophe, lives. Voltaire, Montesquieu, Rousseau, et al, help in his 20-year endeavor to create his encyclopedia. He sold his private library to Catherine II of Russia in 1773 to raise a dowry for his daughter.

1789 -- France: Declaration of the Rights of Man.

1813 -- US: Shawnee Chief Tecumseh killed in the War of 1812.

1821 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Greek revolt against the Turks, take Tripolitza in the Morea & massacre 10,000 Turks.

1829 -- The Comédie-Française accepts Victor Hugo's Hernani.

Eugene Varlin, French anarchist
1839 -- France: Eugene Varlin lives, near Paris. Bookbinder, working militant, internationalist, anarchist. Forced into exile, returns with the fall of the empire, & during the Paris Commune of 1871, elected a member of the commune. Shot during the last week.

"The Commune is the end of the old governmental & clerical world, militarism, officialism, the exploitation, agiotage, the monopolies, of the privileges, to which the proletariat owes its serfdom, the Fatherland, its misfortunes & its disasters."

— Eugene Varlin, during the Paris Commune
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1840 -- John Addington Symonds, poet, essayist, & literary historian, lives, Bristol. Biographer of Ben Jonson, Shelley, & Walt Whitman.

Bakunin, anarchiste
1858 -- Russia: Mikhail Bakunin, in various prisons since his part in the Dresden uprising in 1849, & currently condemned to Siberian exile, today marries Antonia Ksaverievna Kwiatkowska.

In the spring of 1859 he leaves for Irkutsk where he effects his escape in June 1861. alt spellings: Michael Bakunin, Michel Bakounine, Mihail Aleksandroviç Bakunin; Aleksandrovic, Aleksandrovich, Mihkail

1864 -- India: Most of Calcutta destroyed by cyclone (approximately 60,000 die).

1864 -- Louis-Jean Lumiere, film pioneer, lives.

1871 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Canada: William B. O'Donoughue leads Fenian raiders into Manitoba at Pembina. He is followed by US troops & arrested. Louis Riel secretly returns to Manitoba to help the government put down a Fenian raid (he is later publicly thanked by the lieutenant governor).

1878 -- US: George B. Vashion dies of yellow fever in Rodney, Miss. First African-American lawyer in NY, an educator & poet whose most famous work was Victor Oge (1854), the first narrative, nonlyrical poem by an African-American writer.

CNT anarquista banner
1903 -- Spain: Germinal Esgleas lives, Barcelona. Anarcosindicalista militant & companion of Federica Montseny. Collaborator on Revista Blanca, with Joan Montseny (Federico Urales). Secretary-general of the AIT, 1958-1963). During exile (in France) he was imprisoned by the fascist Vichy government. Anarchist, anarquista No Voting, CNT; source:

1908 -- US: Source=Robert Braunwart Israel Zangwill play "The Melting Pot" premiers, Washington, DC. Zangwill also wrote Children of the Ghetto (3 volumes), The King of Shnorrers & many other books. sometimes (not often) spelled Zangwell

The Melting Pot showed the fire of the American experience burning off human impurities, fusing all the best elements of each immigrant "race" into "a new & superior American nationality."

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1909 -- Canada: 32 workers die in Extension Mine, Ladysmith, British Columbia.

1910 -- Portugal: 1ª Republic proclaimed. Revolutionaries overthrew the monarchy yesterday (King Manuel II gracefully scurries to England at the outbreak).

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1911 -- Irish novelist, dramatist, 26-year Irish Times columnist, Flann O'Brien lives, Strabane, County Tyrone.

At Swim-Two-Birds, (1939), his best-known book, which sold poorly, was described by John Updike as "a fantastic parodistic stew of drunken banter, journalese, pulp fiction, & Celtic myth," & Dylan Thomas called it "just the book to give your sister if she's a loud, dirty, boozy girl."

1917 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministUS: Emma Goldman, her niece Stella Ballantine , & M. Eleanor Fitzgerald begin publication of Mother Earth Bulletin. Ben Reitman returns to Chicago, in sharp disagreement with Emma over the direction of the Bulletin.

Giliana Berneri
1919 -- Italy: Giliana Berneri lives (1919-1998), Florence. Second child of Camillo & Giovanna Berneri, sister of Marie Louise Berneri.

Giovanna Caleffi

Giliana studied medicine & specialized in pediatrics. A militant involved with the French anarchiste milieu, she also worked with the paper Le Libertaire.

Stig Dagerman; source:
1923 -- SAC, anarchist logoSweden: Stig Dagerman (1923-1954) lives.

Playwright, novelist, anarkosyndikalistiska.

Created the review 40-tal & wrote for the libertarian newspaper Arbetaren.

His works present a variety of themes which prefigure the French existentialists. His many writings include The Snake (1945), & Island of the Condemned.
(See also 4 November 1954).

Stig Dagerman committed suicide at age 31.

Dagerman quote

Stig Dagerman Blog
Stig Dagerman on Facebook
The anarcho-syndicalist S.A.C. (in English):

1923 -- US: Rebel Roman Catholic priest, anti-war activist & christian anarchist, Philip Berrigan lives (d.2002).

Along with his brother Daniel Berrigan, also a priest & anarchist, he was for a time on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list for actions against Vietnam war.

1928 -- Children's author/illustrator Louise Fitzhugh lives (d.1974).

1929 -- Nicaragua: National Guard garrison mutinies, murders its US Marine commander.

1931 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Elmer Rice play "The Left Bank" premiers, NY (242 performances).

1931 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Fascist Father Coughlin, a Catholic, makes his network radio premiere, on CBS.

Jean Vigo, anarchist filmmaker
1934 -- France: Surrealist/anarchiste filmmaker Jean Vigo (1905-1934) dies.

Son of the anarchiste Eugene Vigo.

Great filmmaker, social rebel — French authorities give him Zero for Conduct.

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1934 -- Spain: 40,000 miners & iron workers strike against the rightwing government, seizing towns around Gijon. 3,000 killed. The uprising in the mining districts of Asturias, Spain, October 5-18, is followed by severe repression; thousands of miners are executed, thousands more tortured, & 30-40,000 are imprisoned. anarchist, anaquista

1936 -- Václav Havel lives. Prominent Czech playwright, poet & statesman, one of the leading intellectual figures & moral forces in Eastern Europe.

Satirized the communist bureaucracy & supported the Prague Spring reform movement in 1968. A cofounder of the human rights organization Charter 77 & the Committee for the Defense of the Unjustly Prosecuted. His works were banned by the government, but the manuscripts circulated privately & printed in Western Europe.

The music of Frank Zappa & Lou Reed inspired Havel & other dissidents during their struggle against Soviet rule. During his 1998 visit in the US Lou Reed played at the state dinner in the White House at his request.

1936 -- Italy: The Lira is devaluated 41%.

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1937 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Roosevelt delivers his Quarantine Speech.

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1942 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Ukraine: Nazis massacre 1,000 Jews in Dubno. German engineer Herman Graebe witnesses a Nazi mass execution in the Ukraine; after the war he writes a famous & terrifying testimony. Also today, all Jews in concentration camps in Germany are to be sent to Auschwitz.

1942 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Date of Sal's "party" in Joe Pesci movie .

1949 -- France: Madeleine Vernet dies.
anarchist diamond; anarquistaAnarchiste, radical educator. Gets a street named for her in Paris
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1955 -- A stage adaptation of "The Diary of Anne Frank" opens at the Cort Theatre in New York.

1957 -- US: Outer space "nation" of Celestia is formed.

Dancin' Bill Clinton
1958 -- US: Clinton, Tennessee high school, desegregated in 1956, is destroyed by segregationists in three predawn dynamite explosions.

1959 -- Architect Maya Lin, lives, Athens, Ohio. Best-known for her design of the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial. The war monument was inspired by the sense of peacefulness that she had experienced in her cemetery walks.

Duck'n'cover! artcar; source:
1966 -- US: Soda Jerks? Sodium cooling system malfunction causes a partial core meltdown at the Enrico Fermi demonstration breeder reactor near Detroit, Michigan (basis of the book We Almost Lost Detroit). Half the city looks like it was bombed already; the radiation was reportedly contained.

1966 -- Italy: Actors Gina Lollobrigida & Jean Sorel, together with director Mauro Bolognini & producer Gianni Hecht Lucari, are condemned for obscenity for film episodes in Le bambole.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1966 -- Source=Robert Braunwart High Seas: Haute Cuisine? A storm drops 2-cm maggots on Olympic yachts off Acapulco.

1966 -- Source=Robert Braunwart England: Janice Pepper marries Francis Salt.

1967 -- Beat advocate/writer Lawrence Lipton starts class at UCLA. Wrote the Holy Barbarians (1959), one of the first books to document the Beat experience. Married to an alcoholic mystery writer, whom he helped in writing them, under a pseudonym.
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1967 -- France: SI dingbatTwo fly-poster comics announcing the appearance of IS #11, one designed by André Bertrand, the other by Gérard Joannès, & both featuring the same text by Raoul Vaneigem, lead to Vaneigem & René Viénet being called before a police judiciary for incitations to theft, debauchery, rioting & murder (of rulers). No proceedings follow.
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1968 -- Cambodia: Vietcong allowed to seek sanctuary.

1968 -- Ireland: Police break up civil rights demonstration, trying to suppress a Catholic prodemocracy protest, Derry, Northern Ireland.

1968 -- US: Seattle police kill Black Panther member Welton "Butch" Armstead during an arrest for suspicion of car theft.

1969 -- US: Dianne Linkletter, daughter of TV personality Art Linkletter & an aspiring actress, leaps to her death from her West Hollywood apartment. Linkletter claims his daughter was under the influence of LSD at the time of her apparent suicide. He says "it isn't suicide, it's murder."

1969 -- US: In an embarrassing breach of the United States' air defense capability, a Cuban defector enters US air space undetected.

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1969 -- US: Crap Shoot? Blacks riot in North Las Vegas, Nevada.

Monty Python
1969 -- All Crossed Up?: Premiere of "Monty Python's Flying Circus." Mainstream anarchy & mayhem.

1971 -- US: Arctic Slope Native Association files suit against Alaska, claiming the 76,000 acre North Slope. Sumbody pleeze inform the oil companies.

1972 -- Serial killer Herbert Mullin begins his killing spree, to prevent earthquakes. Voted "Most Likely to Succeed" by his high school classmates.

1973 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: A CIA assessment calls war in the Middle East "unlikely." Someone please advise George Dubya.

1977 -- US: Taco Time, Texass? Mrs. Rubio notices the marks on her tortilla look like Jesus. Thousands of pilgrims have since visited the site.

"It wasn't a shark attack, but a shark accident. More than likely he ran into the swimmer's leg & got it caught in his mouth."

— Town spokesman Joe Rubio, explaining away rumors that a woman had been attacked by a shark while swimming off South Padre Island, Texass

1978 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Isaac Bashevis Singer wins a Nobel Prize for literature.

1979 -- US: 2,000 activists demonstrate against development of uranium mines in Black Hills, South Dakota.

solidarnosc logo
1983 -- Poland: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Lech Walesa, labor militant & SolidarnoϾ trade union honcho, wins the Nobel Peace Prize. alt sp; Solidarity, Solidarnosc

1986 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Nicaragua: An illegal American CIA contra resupply plane is shot down; Eugene Hasenfus is the only survivor.

Leonard Peltier
1987 -- US: Supreme Court refuses to hear Leonard Peltier appeal in one of the most corrupt trials in recent US history. Still in jail in 2012 as the FBI vehemently opposes his release. (The Federal Bureau of Fabrication still holds 6,000+ pages on his case which they refuse to release for "National Security reasons".) He remains the "Shackled Eagle."

Dan Quayle for Pope in 2000; height of American mediocrity; source:
1988 -- US: 50 million watch the Dan Quayle-Lloyd Bentsen VP debate on TV. Obviously nothing on the other channels.

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1988 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Chile: Beloved & Respected Comrade Butcher General Augusto Pinochet, running unopposed for president of Chile, loses (!).

1988 -- Source=Robert Braunwart India: Salman Rushdie novel The Satanic Verses banned.

1989 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Television preacher Jim Bakker is found guilty of fleecing his flock.

1989 -- Source=Robert Braunwart InGen files for bankruptcy...end of Jurassic Park (in the novel).

1990 -- Meir Kahane, founder of the right-wing Jewish defense league, assassinated at 58.

1990 -- US: Cincinnati jury acquits an art gallery of obscenity (Mappelthorpe photos).

1990 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: "Henry & June," first movie rated NC-17 (replacing X), is released. The primary characters are based on Anais Nin & her husband Hugo Guiler & Henry Miller & his wife June.

1991 -- Yugoslavia: "Stop the hatred to stop the war" demonstration, Belgrade.

1992 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader General Schwarzkopf is splattered with blood at a book signing, just across the lake from Seattle, in Kirkland, Washington.

1994 -- Italy: 54th country to abolish the death penalty.

1995 -- US: In a protest of proposed Medicare & Medicaid cuts, 31 people are arrested for occupying King County Republican Party headquarters in Seattle, Washington. Related demonstrations occur in Bellingham, Tacoma, Everett, & Yakima.

1995 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Northern Irish poet Seamus Heaney wins the Nobel Literature Prize.

1996 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Why Bother? Argentina: A top general says the junta should have legalized torture.

1998 -- US: FCC shuts down pirate radio station in Memphis, Tenn. — Boston Globe
"Radio Pirates" is also broadcast on NPR - All Things Considered today.
Source: [Pirate Radio Kiosk]

2000 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Yugoslavia: Opposition demonstrators seize parliament & the TV station.

2000 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Two physicists who magnetically levitate a frog & an Australian author who believes people don't need to eat, win the 2000 Ig Nobel Prizes.

2002 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: 15,000 rally against war with Iraq, Portland, Oregon.

2006 -- US: Seattle Police Arrest Two, Crush Anarchist Near-Revolution in Seattle.

3000 --

All our political forms are exhausted & practically nonexistent. Our parliamentary & electoral system & our political parties are just as futile as dictatorships are intolerable.

Nothing is left. & this nothing is increasingly aggressive, totalitarian, & omnipresent. Our experience today is the strange one of empty political institutions in which no one has any confidence any more, of a system of government which functions only in the interests of a political class, & at the same time of the almost infinite growth of power, authority, & social control which makes any one of our democracies a more authoritarian mechanism than the Napoleonic state.

— Jacques Ellul, Anarchie et Christianisme

Wow!! sez the hedgehog
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