Our Daily Bleed...
The tree bleeds into the lines of my palms
& I am raised up in the hissing branches
above the Sunday traffic.
I can hear the atoms burning in the bricks
rose-gray ashes drifting from the cornices.
— excerpt, William Witherup
"On Campus in Kentucky," Uzzano Number Four, Winter 1977
MARY HEATON VORSE
Editor of The Masses, radical feminist, labor activist. Co-founder of the Provincetown Theatre Group.
IT'S MY PARTY DAY.
US: NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY.
NATIONAL BOOKKEEPER'S DAY. Good day for cooking?
FEAST OF REAL FAMILY VALUES
England: Traditionally, the very last day for blackberrying. Get baking.
In the Old Style / pre-Reform Calendar this was the date on which MICHAELMAS fell (see 29 September).
Today, the Devil is defeated in the War in Heaven by Archangel Michael & cohorts, & is cast out. He lands on Earth in a blackberry bush & curses the berries, blighting them each year with his piss & spit on this date.
"... It is pleasanter to eat one's own peas out of one's garden, than to buy them by the peck at Covent Garden," declares writer Charles Lamb today in 1802.
1424 -- Religious reformer, leader in the Bohemian Revolution, Jan Zizka dies.
1528 -- Puerto Rico: French sack & burn San Germán.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2003-2004
Swiss protestant radical rebel, emancipationist, humanist leveller.
1809 -- Meriwether (Don't ever call me Mary!) Lewis captain of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, dies at 35.
1856 -- American novelist Herman Melville sails from NY for Europe & Palestine.
Source: [Robert Braunwart] [Hereafter attributed with symbol: ]
1860 -- US: Lt. Col. Canby assembles 15 companies at Fort Defiance, Arizona, attacking numerous Navajo villages.
1865 -- Jamaican national hero Paul Bogle leads a successful protest march to the Morant Bay Courthouse.
1868 -- Electric voting recorder patented, Edison's first invention.
1869 -- Canada: The Red River Rebellion begins in Canada when half-breeds led by Louis Riel stop a survey team near Winnipeg.
Bleedster Pat Murtagh writes (2003):
Surveyors round up 18 men in what is now Manitoba, including Louis Riel. Riel points out that the captors are outnumbered & negotiates release.
1874 -- US: Masses editor Mary Heaton Vorse lives. Radical feminist, labor activist, author of Strike!, Labor's New Millions, etc. A 'proletarian' novelist, cited in Walter Rideout’s The Radical Novel in the US. Co-founder of the Provincetown Theatre Group.
1878 -- France: Eugčne Soullier lives, Lyas (Ardčche). Typographer, militant anarchiste & anarcho-syndicalist.
1878 -- US: Santanta "White Bear," Kiowa chief, commits suicide in prison.
1881 -- Been There, Done That?: Physicist & psychologist Lewis Fry Richardson lives, Northumberland, England. The first to apply mathematical techniques to predict weather accurately. Wrote Weather Prediction by Numerical Process (1922). Problem was, it took him about three months to predict the weather for the next 24 hours.
1884 -- Eleanor Roosevelt lives.
1885 -- Novelist François Mauriac, 1952 Nobel Prize winner, lives, Bordeaux. Also essayist, poet, playwright, journalist.
Writer, in the tradition of French Roman Catholic writers, who examined the problems of good & evil in human nature & in the world. Supported Algerian independence, & allied with Catholics on the left.
1893 -- Australia: Larry Petrie came out of gaol on or about today: "After this Petrie came to Melbourne where he had hard times with poverty & ill-health. He wandered about for a while & eventually made arrangements to join New Australia.
An anarchist & Australian Workers Union (AWU) Secretary-Organiser in Sydney,
"(He) used to sing in a good, baritone voice The Marseillaise to gather a good crowd around him ....
Raising his only arm when he sang 'to arms, my citizens' was always good for a laugh ....."
1897 -- Spain: Antonio Soto Canalejo lives (1897-1963), Ferrol, Galice. Militant anarquista & anarcho-syndicalist.
1901 -- Frank Wedekind play "The Marquis of Keith" premiers, Berlin.
1902 -- India: Jayaprakash Narayan, nonviolent campaigner, lives.
1906 -- US: San Francisco orders Oriental children segregated in schools until pressured by Beloved & Respected comrade Leader President Ted Roosevelt to rescind the order.
1907 -- Italy: A Milano i carabinieri intervengono in uno sciopero degli operai del gas: 1 morto e 7 feriti.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1908 -- England: Suffragists hold a mass meeting in Trafalgar Square, London, inviting public to future demonstrations.
1910 -- Nicaragua: Three generals & a US company official form a governing junta.
1911 -- Italy: L'esercito di aggressione italiano sbarca sulle coste libiche.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1917 -- In her diary Virginia Woolf notes her first impressions of Katherine Mansfield: "I'm a little shocked by her commonness at first sight; lines so hard & cheap. However, when this diminishes, she is so intelligent & inscrutable that she repays friendship."
1917 -- France: Following a trial begun October 4th in Paris, anarchists involved in publishing a clandestine issue of the newspaper Le Libertaire are heavily sentenced for such impudence, receiving 1 to 3 years in prison.
1918 -- Choreographer Jerome Robbins, lives, New York City. One of the few modern choreographers to have conquered both classical ballet & the Broadway stage. His hits included West Side Story, Gypsy, & Fiddler on the Roof.
1919 -- Art Blakey, jazz drummer, lives, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Credited as one of the creators of bebop, best known as the founder of the Jazz Messengers. The band was a proving ground for some of the best modern jazz musicians, including Horace Silver, Hank Mobely, Freddie Hubbard Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis, & Branford Marsalis.
1924 -- Founding of the Bureau of Surrealist Research.
You so truly know your inner plankton, it is a revelation not unlike discovering an impacted toll booth upon the plains of Patagonia.
We won't admit to it, but evil machinations lurk at every corner.
1925 -- Elmore Leonard, mystery writer of the dark side, & great western pulps, lives.
Critics have compared his lean writing style to people like Ernest Hemingway & John Steinbeck. Leonard has said that he intentionally avoids style, stating, "When I go back & edit & something sounds like writing, I rewrite it. I rewrite constantly, four pages in the basket for every one that survives."
1927 -- Canada: Emma Goldman's ambitious lecture series, October 11-December 8, begins at Hygeia Hall, Toronto.
The series consists of 18 lectures & covers drama as well as social & literary topics...
[Details / context]
1929 -- Sean O'Casey play "The Silver Tassie" opens in London.
1929 -- Mao Tse-tung writes his poem "The 'Double-Ninth' Festival."
1930 -- Songster Ma Rainey does Coldwater, Mississippi.
1935 -- Argentina: Founding of Federación Anarco-Comunista Argentina (F.A.C.A.), October 11-14th. Realízase na Plata o Congreso Constituinte, onde se funda a FACA, its founders include Antonio Casanova. Having changed its name in 1955, now the Federación Libertaria Argentina (FLA). 11 e o 14 de outubro de 1935 realízase na Plata o Congreso Constituinte, onde se funda a Federación Anarco-Comunista Arxentina (FACA), contando con Antonio Casanova como un dos seus fundadores.
1938 -- Spain: Emma Goldman attends the CNT-FAI plenum (Oct. 16-30) & the trial of POUM militants charged with espionage & desertion (Oct. 11-22), charges on which they are found innocent; they are found guilty, however, of rebellious acts during the May events of 1937.
1939 -- Coleman Hawkins records his famous "Body & Soul" in NY City.
1945 -- China: Civil war begins, Chiang Kai-Shek vs. Mao.
Chiang beseeches his troops: "Hold the Mao!"
1958 -- US: Second attempt to send a rocket around the moon fails when its excessively high trajectory causes it to fall back to earth.
US space program will improve under von Braun & the 126 Peenemunders.
Most were dedicated German Nazis whisked out of Europe to continue their work for the US. At the time of their surrender they were working on a rocket to deliver warheads on New York City, as they had done to London with the V-2.
Under Operation Paperclip, these potential war criminals were slipped into the US & kept under wraps; they referred to themselves as "PoPs," prisoners of peace. At Fort Bliss, Texass, their responsibilities were to train military, industrial, & university personnel in the intricacies of rockets & guided missile & to help refurbish, assemble, & launch a number of V-2's shipped from Germany to the White Sands Proving Grounds in New Mexico. Furthermore, they were to study the future potential of rockets for military & research applications.
Gather round while I sing you of Wernher von Braun
A man whose allegiance
Is ruled by expedience
Call him a Nazi, he won't even frown
"Ha, Nazi schmazi," says Wernher von Braun
— Tom Lehrer, "Wernher Von Braun"
1958 -- During this month: 10 jaar experimentele kunst: Jorn en zijn rol in de theoretische inventie ('Ten years of experimental art: Jorn & his role in theoretical invention'), a text by Guy Debord, appears in Dutch in Museumjournaal, series 4 issue 4, Otterlo, the Netherlands. Also Walter Korun, of the Belgian section, is relieved of his functions.
[Exact days not given — ed.]
1958 -- Maurice Vlaminck (b. 1876) dies. Artist & a founder of Fauvism. A racing cyclist as a young man. In 1900 he met André Derain & began to paint seriously, earning his living by playing the violin. At this time he also contributed to anarchist magazines, but later became a Nazi collaborationist.
"Many modernists — including Pablo Picasso, Frantißek Kupka, Maurice Vlaminck, & Kees van Dongen — thought anarchist politics to be inherent in the idea of an artistic avant-garde & created new formal languages expressive of their desire to effect revolutionary changes in art & society. Yet while Fauvism, Cubism, & Orphism radically altered the art of this century, the social-esthetic theories that nurtured some of their most significant manifestations were discredited by the decline of the anarchist movement after 1914, the rightward swing of political discourse during & after the war, & the concurrent advent of a resolutely apolitical formalist art criticism. Thus a "revolutionary esthetics" — a "politics of form" — played a crucial role in the development of modern art in prewar France, but its significance was first suppressed & then forgotten."
1961 -- US: Tom Hayden & Paul Potter beaten on visit to voter registration activities.
1963 -- Blood of the Poet: Jean Cocteau, surrealist poet, filmmaker, dies, Milley-la-Floret, Paris, France.
Surrealist filmmaker, painter, secret Masonic bigwig. Daily Bleed Saint, 1998.
1963 -- Edith Piaf, French singer, dies at 47, near Paris.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint December 19, 2005.
Edith encouraged a number of anarchiste songsters like Léo Ferré & François-Henri Jolivet. Jolivet was a working poet, anarchist & pacifist songster & member of the "La Muse Rouge" (at age 17). In the 1920s he frequented the "Musée du Soir" of Henry Poulaille. Jolivet continued appearing in the cabarets of Montmartre until his death in 1955.
Today "marks the death of another saint: Édith Piaf. If her life wasn't anarchy, then I misunderstand the term."
— Bleedster Larry
Ten years, & its still on the
Radio. La Vie en rose
Spills out of a dozen windows
Onto the canal. A woman
And her son in a vegetable
Barge sing it. A man polishing
The prow of his gondola
Sings it while his dog wags its tail.
Children playing hopscotch sing it.
Grimy half washed clothes hang overhead.
Garbage floats in the narrow canal.
More radios join in. Across
The canal, beyond the iron windows
Of the Women's Prison, a hundred
Pure voices of pickpockets
And prostitutes start to sing it.
It is just like being in church.
The next number is Ciao, ciao, bambina.
— Kenneth Rexroth, "Rose Colored Glasses"
("La Vie en rose," a popular Piaf song)
1965 -- "Roll Over Beethoven" released by the Beatles.
1967 -- US: Teach-in at UCLA, on 11th & 12th, attended by pacifist, draft-resistor & anti-Vietnam War militant David Harris.
1967 -- US: Benefit for the Haight-Ashbury Medical Clinic at the Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco.
1969 -- Bluesman Muddy Waters is seriously injured & three other people killed in a car crash near Chicago.
1972 -- US: Prison uprising at Washington DC jail.
1972 -- US: In Seattle, Washington, Roberto Maestes leads Chicano activists in occupying the abandoned Beacon Hill School, which they propose converting into a Chicano community center, El Centro de la Raza. The city eventually cedes the school to them, & the center continues to operate there today.
1972 -- Chile: Truckers strike against the Allende government, assisted by the US CIA to help topple the democratic government.
1974 -- US: It is reported that General S. Brown, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had informed a Duke University Law School audience that a second Arab oil embargo might make Americans "tough-minded enough to set down the Jewish influence in this country..."
1975 -- TV premiere of Saturday Night Live, guest host Language Arts Teacher George Carlin.
"It's called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe in it"
"As funny as an Elephant taking a shit on a clown."
CUNT. If this offends you, remember where you were when you first saw the light of day. At birth, you had a cunt stretched across your head. Just like a little hat.
1976 -- Germany: Gang of Four arrested in Berlin. Chinese bandits or rock'n'roll?
1978 -- Nancy Spungen, the girlfriend of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, is found dead in her NY City hotel room. Vicious is arrested for murder, but overdoses on heroin before the trial begins.
1980 -- Billy Thomas dies of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California. An actor most notable as the third child to portray Buckwheat in the Our Gang comedies. Appeared in some 80 episodes of the popular film series.
1981 -- Opening for the Rolling Stones at the Los Angeles Coliseum, a short skinny black musician (the artist formely known as Prince) wearing only bikini briefs, is forced to leave the stage when the overwhelmingly white audience begins throwing garbage at him.
1981 -- Pin-Up For PushOvers? Comedian Andy Kaufman defends his World Intergender Wrestling title against "Playboy's" Miss September, whom he pins in 18 minutes.
1982 -- Where's my cue card!?
"You can't drink yourself sober, you can't spend yourself rich, & you can't pump the prime without priming the pump. You know something? I said that backwards ... You can't prime the pump without pumping the prime ..."
— Acting President Ronnie Reagan spews Words of Wisdom in Texass
1982 -- England: Dead in the Water? English ship Mary Rose, which sank during an engagement with France in 1545, raised at Portsmouth.
1983 -- US: Last hand-cranked telephone goes out of service as 440 telephone customers in Bryant Pond, Maine, were switched over to direct-dial. Cranks are left holding the phone? Now only Cranks have Phones?
The new seven-digit numbers must have been a particular shock to the customer whose phone number had been 666 until then.
1983 --Collage by SaintMeister James Koehnline
"I'd tell them to just say no."
— Beloved & Starstruck Comrade Leader Acting First Lady Nancy Reagan, introducing the magic words that will make the nation's drug problem go away.
1985 -- International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War wins Nobel Peace Prize.
1987 -- US: Objective? 200,000-750,000 gays, lesbians, bisexuals & supporters march for civil rights in Washington. Second Lesbian Gay March, again generally goes unreported by press. Now celebrated each year as National Coming Out Day.
1987 -- High Seas: Undersea volcano erupts beneath research ship "Melville" SE of Tahiti.
1990 -- Mexican poet & essayist Octavio Paz is awarded the Nobel Prize.
1991 -- US: Anita Hill testifies Clarence Thomas, soon to be a Supreme Court Justice, sexually harassed her, publicly.
1991 -- Redd Foxx comedian (Sanford & Sons), dies at 68, of the "big one" (see yesterday). When he collapsed & complained of chest pains, everyone at the scene laughed, thinking he was doing his, "I'm coming Elizabeth" shtick.
Della Reese (the star of CBS's 'Touched by an Angel') prayed over him & begged, "Don't die Redd, don't die!" — alas to no avail, as he was "touched" by a massive myocardial infarction. Calendar of SubGenius Saint, October 2nd.
1993 -- Norwegian publisher of Satanic Verses is shot & seriously wounded.
1994 -- Guatemala: Jennifer Harbury begins hunger strike at National Palace to demand release of her husband, Efrain Bamaca.
It is later revealed that CIA-paid Guatemalan military officials kidnapped, tortured & murdered Bamaca. "To protect US interests" we suspect.
1996 -- Georges Balansky, militant anarchiste, dies.
1997 -- Friendly Neighborhood Narco Agent — Jef Jaisun on the Dr. Demento Show life, (last played on 1997-10-11)
2002 -- US: Senate joins the House in approving US force in recolonizing Iraq, 77-23. Like a high school football score...never complete without its cheerleaders & pom-poms.
2007 -- Turkey recalls its US ambassador, angered over an upcoming House of Representatives vote recognizing Turkey's Armenian Genocide.
2007 -- British writer Doris Lessing wins the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature.
2010 -- Greece: Police officer Epaminondas Korkoneas is convicted of the "culpable homicide" of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos which sparked the 2008 Greek riots & demonstrations & riots in over 70 cities around the world.
"You can't be a Real Country unless you have a BEER & an airline.
It helps if you have some kind of a football team,
or some nuclear weapons,
but at the very least
you need a
— Frank Zappa
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