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Daily Bleed, Peter Miller, Jurassic Federation, Harry Hooton, Camillo Berneri, Women In Black, Dario Fo; on this day in recovered history, October 9; anarchist, anarquista, anarchiste, What Happened on this day on this day in recovered history October 9
Si monumentum requiris, circumspice...

Take stock, citizen bacillus,
Now that there are so many billions of you,
Bleeding through your open veins
Into your bathtub, or into the Pacific,
Of that by which they may remember you.


No, no, citizen bacillus!
Here is your monument & it stands high!
The cars which you wore out, the clothes you tore,
The cans you emptied, furniture you broke,
& all the shit with which you clogged the drains.

Si monumentum requiris, circumspice...

John Brunner, Stand on Zanzibar


Russian poster: John Lennon


"Imagine." Martyr. Author, artist, musician. Working Class Hero.

"Gag me," responds Canadian Bleed recipient, Tadpole collector
& rumored sometime Bookseller James Mountain in 1997.












"We're all Christ & we're all Hitler. We are trying to make Christ's message contemporary. We want Christ to win. What would he have done if he had advertisements, T.V., records, films & newspapers ? The miracle today is communication. So Let's use it."

— John Lennon, '69

1000 -- Leif Erikson reaches Vinland (perhaps New England).

1547 -- Miguel de Cervantes, fourth son of an impoverished, deaf surgeon, is baptized in Alcalá de Heraves, Spain.

1635 -- New Old World: Red Herring?: Roger Williams, a member of the Massachusetts Bay Colony & outspoken critic of ill-treatment of Native Americans, is banished from Massachusetts for "religious heresy."

1776 -- San Francisco de Assisi mission started at the present site of Frisco, California. Probably corner of Haight-Ashbury.

1793 -- US: No Luck? Council at Buffalo Creek; Iroquois meet with representatives of US government to appeal for end to murder & thievery by whites after Peace of 1784.

1818 -- In a letter to a friend, John Keats avows: "I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest." (last of the great Romantic English poets, who dies of tuberculosis at age 25).

WHEN I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has glean'd my teeming brain,
Before high piled books, in charact'ry...

1823 -- US: Mary Ann Shadd lives, Wilmington, Delaware. Publisher of Canada's first anti-slavery newspaper, The Provincial Freeman, & the first woman in North America to publish & edit a newspaper.

steam wagon
1855 -- Joshua Stoddard gets a patent for steam calliope. Circus folk pronounce it "kally-ope," not "kuh-LYE-o-pee."

At the start of the parade, when the boiler was filled with water, the calliope America weighed nine tons. This spectacular wagon was pulled by eight Percherons.

1863 -- Edward William Bok lives. For 30 years editor of the Ladies Home Journal, which focused upon the social issues of the day. The first magazine in the world to have one million subscribers, it became very influential among readers by featuring informative & progressive ideas in its articles.

1864 -- US: 710 Klamath, 339 Modoc & 22 Snake (Paiute) Indians sign a treaty with the government agreeing to live on a new reservation on Klamath land. The Modoc & Snake Indians sign reluctantly, as they are to lose all their ancestral lands.
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1880 -- Switzerland: The last congress of the Jurassic Federation (Jura Federation), at La Chaux-de-Fonds, adopts anarchist communist goals, "conséquence nécessaire et inévitable de la révolution sociale." Previously there was no strong sympathy for anarcho-communism among the mainstream European anarchist movement despite previous efforts in this direction by Reclus, Malatesta, Cafiero, Brousse, etc.

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1899 -- US Civil War historian Bruce Catton lives, Petoskey, Michigan.

1906 -- Léopold Senghor, poet & cofounder of the Negritude movement in African art & literature, lives, Senegal, French West Africa. Spent two years in Nazi concentrations camps where he wrote some of his best poetry. Inducted in the Académie Française in 1984, the first black member.

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1908 -- Australia: Harry Hooton (1908-1961) lives to waste paper. Poet & anarchist. Hooten's last book was It Is Great To Be Alive, published by Margaret Elliot just before he died.

Language is not eternal. It will be replaced. We are not going to talk for ever.

1910 -- US: Forest fires in Minnesota destroys six towns, killing 400 people & destroying $100 million worth of property.

1916 -- US: Babe Ruth pitches & wins the longest World Series baseball game (14 innings) 2-1.

1919 -- US: Cincinnati Reds defeat Chicago White Sox, 10-5, to win the baseball World Series, five games to three, in an outstanding upset. It is later revealed that eight key Chicago players, subsequently dubbed the "Black Sox," conspired with gamblers to "throw" the series in response to working for one of the cheapest/sleaziest owners in the biz. (see 28 September).

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1919 -- Netherlands: International Fellowship of Reconciliation founded, Bilthoven.

1922 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Karl Capek play "R.U.R." opens in NY.

1922 -- France: International Anarchist Congress held in Paris (9-10th).

Beat Baldness, Lenin/Stalin
1932 -- Russia: Stalin expels two of Lenin's colleagues from Politburo, extending his clamp-down on rivals. Gone are Kamenev & Zinoviev from the Communist party, sent to Siberia to play in the snow for the second time in as many years.

Like horseshoes he forges decree after decree —
Some get it in the forehead, some in the brow,
some in the groin, & some in the eye.
Whatever the execution — it's a raspberry to him
& his Georgian chest is broad.

— Osip Mandelstam, "We Live, Not Feeling," (1934?)

Camillo Berneri
1936 -- Anarchist journal Guerre de classe appears. Founded by Camillo Berneri. In 1936, Berneri also published the bilingual anarchist & antifascist paper Italia Libera/Free Italy in collaboration with Vernon Richards. His daughter Marie Louise Berneri was a member of the group that edited Revolt, War Commentary & Freedom (still currently publishing), which were issued by the Freedom Bookstore (originally co-founded by Peter Kropotkin) in London.

Red Flag over July Column, Paris; source:
1936 -- US: During a lettuce strike in Salinas, California, red flags appeared around town, specifically at intersections & on power poles.

Fearing communists, the local authorities took down the flags, only to discover later that they were "part of a traffic check being made by the state highway division."


1936 -- Source=Robert Braunwart First New Directions literary anthology is published.

1938 -- anarchist diamond; anarquistaSpain: Libertarian Movement Congress in Oct. 1938. Pura Perez Arcos reports:

We were tremendously excited & ready to argue the case for Mujeres Libres on the floor of the congress. But they would not even allow us into the meeting....

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John Lennon
1940 -- Future Beatle John Lennon lives, Liverpool, England. Wrote A Spaniard in the Works (1965) & In His Own Write (1964).

"I'm a moldy moldy man..."

In His Own Write, (1964)

Other pop or rock stars with literary merits (novels, collections of poems, short story collections): Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison, Nick Cave, Ulf Lundell, Leonard Cohen, Ray Davies.

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1944 -- Reggae legend Peter Tosh lives.

1946 -- Pig in a Blanket?: First electric blanket manufactured.

1948 -- Songster Jackson Browne lives.

Edna St. Vincent Millay
1950 -- Edna St. Vincent Millay, poet, dies at 58 in Austerlitz, New York.

Conscientious Objector

I shall die,
but that is all that I shall do for Death.
I hear him leading his horse out of the stall;
I hear the clatter on the barn floor.


With his hoof on my breast, I will not tell him where
the black boy hides in the swamp.
I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death;
I am not on his pay-roll…

— Edna St. Vincent Millay, excerpts

One-time companion of free-love radical & novelist Floyd Dell (1887-1969; Saint July 22).

1961 -- Nunnally Johnson writes Groucho Marx: "some drunk dame told [James Thurber] at a party that she would like to have a baby by him. Jim said, 'Surely you don't mean by unartificial insemination!'"

1964 -- Source=Robert Braunwart The play "Philosophy in the Boudoir" (based on de Sade) opens, Paris.

1965 -- Important date in musical history — Jimmy Dickens' song "May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up your Nose" begins it's climb to number one.

Che Guevara
1967 -- Bolivia: Revolutionist Ernesto "Che" Guevara captured & summarily executed, age 39, in the Bolivian highlands (by troops trained in the US). Argentine doctor, who rejected both capitalism & orthodox communism.

Che Guevara

Hero of the Cuban revolution, iconic hero of 60's culture. Patron Saint, June 14.

"Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man."
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1969 -- Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young opened at Fillmore West, Frisco, California.

1969 -- US: 2,500 National Guard called in, Chicago, Illinois, the 9th to the 11th, during the Weather Underground's "Days of Rage."

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1970 -- Alexander Solzhenitsyn turns down Nobel Prize for Literature.

1970 -- England: Italian Trade Centre, Exhibition Building, Cork Street, London, bombed. Attacks simultaneously in Manchester, Birmingham & Paris against Italian State buildings. The attacks are claimed on behalf of Giuseppe Pinelli, the anarchist murdered by Italian police in 1969. Part of large series of bombings this year, attributed to the Angry Brigade.

1973 -- Sister Rosetta Tharpe dies. Pioneering American singer, songwriter, guitarist & recording artist. Her gospel recordings were a unique mixture of spiritual lyrics & early rock-n'-roll accompaniment that kept the Saints rejoicing.

1975 -- Ireland: Noel & Marie Murray arrested & charged with murder. Prisoners' rights activists jailed for explosions. Irish activities, on the same lines as those in the UK (see above), become prominent during the campaign to free the Spanish freedom fighter, Salvador Puig Antich.
Source: Chronology from Albert Meltzer's, I Couldn't Paint Golden Angels.

1977 -- Japan: 20,000 farmers, students & workers demonstrate against construction of Narita airport on scarce farmland. (or 1971?)
See David Apter & Nagayo Sawa, Against the State (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1984) — the violent anti-airport movement at Narita.

Peace logo; source:
1977 -- Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Amnesty International, also to Mairead Corrigan & Betty Williams, militants of the Peace People movement in Northern Ireland.

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1978 -- Not "Alive & Well in Paris"?: Jacque Brel dies.

1981 -- US: American Writer's Congress, New York City, October 9-12.

Solidarnosc logo
1982 -- Poland: Trade union "Solidarity" (SolidarnoϾ/Solidarnosc) declared illegal.

1983 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader James Watt resigns as Reagan's Secretary of the Interior after referring to his appointment of "a black... a woman, two Jews & a cripple." Devastation of natural resources continues unabated.

1985 -- England: All-out rioting develops in Highfields, Leicester after cops are pelted with shoes stolen from a city centre store following a football match.
Source: [Calendar Riots]

1987 -- US: Thousands march on Washington, DC for Lesbian & Gay Rights.

1988 -- Felix Wankel, developer of the Wankel, dies.

1989 -- US: Kosher? Penthouse magazine's Hebrew edition hits the newsstands.

1989 -- Germany: 80,000 in a nonviolent march for freedom, Leipzig, East Germany.

1989 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Russia: Tass reports an alien spaceship carrying giant hominoids has landed. Commie hoax no doubt.

1990 -- US: The first nine redress payments to made to Japanese-American victims of American racism during WWII at a Washington, DC ceremony. One hundred seven year-old Rev. Mamoru Eto of Los Angeles is the first to receive his check.

Stereotyped Anarchist; source:
1991 -- Serbia: Women In Black founded, Belgrade. "Every Wednesday since then we have stood on the streets or squares of Belgrade."

We dressed in black. We knew that despair & pain needed to be transformed into political action. Our choice of black meant that we did not agree with everything that the Serbian regime was doing. We refused their language which promotes hate & death. We repeated:


1994 -- Italy: Florence, Extraordinary Congress of the Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici (FdCA); members of the Livorno, Lucca & Pisa branches leave. The magazine Comunismo Libertario goes with the branches which leave, the majority of whose members join the Federazione Anarchica Italiana (FAI - Italian Anarchist Federation) over the next few years.

1997 -- Dario Fo receives Nobel Prize for Literature, for emulating

"the jesters of the Middle Ages in scourging authority & upholding the dignity of the downtrodden."

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Glowing neon face, animated
1998 -- US: Main Coarse?: Nobel Laureate neoliberal economist Milton Friedman gets just desserts at the Marriott Hotel in Frisco, during the "School Choice & Corporate America" conference. BBB Field Agents Custard & Lemon Meringue approached him & let fly with tofu creme & sweet potato pies.

Up next, WTO gathering, Seattle, Washington, November 1999.
Biotic Baking Brigade group photo

"The Biotic Baking Brigade doesn't just promise pie in the sky, we deliver"

1999 -- England: Peter Miller (1943-1999), labor activist, militant anarchist, dies of cancer. A Trotskyite until he met Albert Meltzer. Involved with Anarchist Black Cross (ABC), Leicester Secular Society; wrote for Black Flag, Freedom, Cienfuegos Press Anarchist Review, Anarchy Magazine & editor, in the 1970s, of the anarchist cultural zine Z Review.

2007 -- England: The government drops plans to ban the mixing of sperm & eggs from different species. Now you can safely go back to eating your favorite green eggs & ham on the same dish spermatozoa omelet!!

2010 -- Hungary: The town of Kolontár evacuated as the Ajka alumina plant toxic red sludge reservoir emergency worsens.

3000 --

A springful of larks in a rolling
Cloud & the roadside bushes brimming with whistling
Blackbirds & the sun of October
On the hill's shoulder

— Dylan Thomas, "Poem in October"
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