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ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF THE COWSHED (Orwell, 1984).
INTERNATIONAL MOMENT OF FRUSTRATION.
SCREAM DAY: 30-Second Global Scream at 1200 hours GMT.
Latin America: "DIA DE LA RAZA" celebrates Columbus' first landing as the beginning of a new 'race' from the fusion of Spanish & Indian blood.
"Have it Your Way" — McWendy's slogan
Columbus was the first economist. He didn't know where he was going. He deceived his men. & he travelled on government money.
— Victor Garcia, cited The Heretic's Handbook of Quotations, edited by Charles Bufe (See Sharp Press; 2nd edition, March 2001).
1492 -- New Old World: Arawaks discover Columbus: invader, slaver, thief, murder, liar, madman. He & his crew signal the start of the European invasion of the Americas with rape & pillage which continues to this day.
"We could subjugate them all..." Columbus wrote, at the start of European destruction of the American continent...much raping, looting, debauchery, division of spoils ... which continues to this day.
No holiday for the Lucayan tribe of Arawaks who lived there at the time, in the next 25 years all 50,000 of them had died or been shipped out as slaves.
1609 -- "Three Blind Mice" becomes the first secular song printed in English.
1694 -- Matsuo Basho, great Japanese haiku poet, dies.
1792 -- US: First Memorial to Columbus dedicated in Baltimore.
1808 -- France: Victor Considerant lives (1808-1893). French socialist who sought to develop & implement the theses of Fourier, in particular on the idea of the phalanstery.
1830 -- US: Moses Harman lives (1830-1910), Pendleton County, Virginia. Publisher/editor of the Kansas anarchist paper, "Lucifer, The Light-Bearer" (1886-1907).
1837 -- Canada: Patriots declare solidarity with the Chartists of Britain.
1844 -- Novelist George Washington Cable lives, New Orleans. Notable for his depiction of Creole life.
1845 -- US: First Industrial Congress of US (first US national labor congress) meets, NYC.
1859 -- US: HE abolishes Congress.
His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Joshua Norton I, has issued the following edict, which he desires the Bulletin to spread before the world. Let her rip!
It is represented to us that the universal suffrage, as now existing through the Union, is abused; that fraud & corruption prevent a fair & proper expression of the public voice; that open violation of the laws are constantly occurring, caused by mobs, parties, factions & undue influence of political sects; that the citizen has not that protection of person & property which he is entitled to by paying his pro rata of the expense of Government — in consequence of which, WE do hereby abolish Congress, & it is therefore abolished; & WE order & desire the representatives of all parties interested to appear at the Musical Hall of this city on the first of February next, & then & there take the most effective steps to remedy the evil complained of. — October 1859
1860 -- France: Émile Pouget lives.
Pouget gets an eight-year prison sentence for his participation with Louise Michel in unemployed activities when bakeries were plundered. Pouget also founded, February 24, 1889, "Le Père Peinard" (Lazy Father), one of the four most important French anarchiste papers in the period up to WWI. Author & signatory to the "Charte d’Amiens"Charter of Amiens (1906), endorsed by the CGT. Pouget wrote numerous books & pamphlets, including Direct Action (1910), Sabotage, & "Le Congrès syndicaliste d'Amiens", (1906 & since unpublished until 2006).
1860 -- China: 17,000 British & French troops capture Peking.
1863 -- US: Death of Lazarus, dog & faithful companion to Norton I, Emperor of the United States & Protector of Mexico, in October, exact day unknown.
Twain wrote to his editor, William Howells, suggesting that the Emperor would make a fine subject for a book. & a fit of writer's block removed itself & Twain was able to complete two novels: Huckleberry Finn which featured a lost Dauphin & The Prince & the Pauper, a story of confused identities.
Through these, he paid homage to the man he'd known.
Subject: Grrrr >1863 — Death of Lazarus...
Norton did not like being associated with these dogs — Bummer & Lazarus. They were hardly his "faithful companions." At most they were casual associates, &, more likely, they were inventions of his enemies.
"Defender of the Mad"
— Bleedster Ruhama V.
1870 -- Joshua Norton I, "Dei Gratia" Emperor of the US, He Forecloses on a Bank.
WHEREAS, the First National Bank refused to honor a small check of $100, to pay the value of a model for a Railway Switch invented by us, thereby endangering our private personal interest to a large estate: AND, WHEREAS, it is publicly notorious that one or two of the Directors have large amounts in trust belonging to our personal estate; NOW, THEREFORE, we, Norton I, Emperor of the United States & Protector of Mexico, do hereby decree the confiscation to the State of all interest of said Bank as security for any losses we may sustain by reason of their acts.
— October 1869 (exact date unknown)
1873 -- US: Makah Reservation established, 18 years after signing treaty.
1873 -- Switzerland: The famed Russian revolutionary, Mikhail Bakunin retires
from the struggle & resigns from the anarchist Jura Federation.
1875 -- British occultist Aleister Crowley lives. Writer & occult figure, popularly known as "the Great Beast" or by the media "The Wickedest Man in the World," because of his fascination with sex, magic & degradation, drug-taking & hedonism.
1879 -- Jura Federation Congress is held. Kropotkin's anarchist communist ideas are being formulated & presented to the various Jurassic sections today. By the congress of 1880 these displace Bakunin's in the federation & eventually within the growing international movement.
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1881 -- Gerard Manley Hopkins writes to a friend: "Indeed I hold with the old fashioned criticism that Robert Browning is not really a poet, that he has all the gifts but the one needful & the pearls without the string."
1886 -- Norway: The anarkistiske author Hans Jæger, writing from prison during this month, describes his Munch picture "Hulda" in the first number of his periodical Impressionisten.
[Exact day unknown. — ed.] See: Johan H. Langaard, Edward Munch. Fra Ar Til Ar. A Year By Year Record of Munch's Life, (Oslo: H. Aschehoug, 1961)alt: Hans Jaeger
Jaeger was an important friend & influence on Edvard Munch. Munch's association with Jæger & his circle of anarchists was a crucial turning point in his life & a source of new inner unrest & conflict.
1896 -- Eugenio Montale lives, Genoa. Italian poet, prose writer, editor & translator who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1975.
1896 -- US: Johann Most, German-American anarchist, & Emma Goldman's former mentor, denounces her at an event in New York when she solicits funds for the commemoration of the execution of the Haymarket Martyrs.
1898 -- US: Fourteen killed, 25 wounded in violence resulting when Virden, Illinois mine owners attempt to break a labor strike by importing 200 nonunion black workers.
Repudiation of an agreement for the 8-hour day, a wage increase, abolishment of the company store & recognition of the United Mine Workers led to the "Virden Riot," when striking miners opposed the introduction of strikebreakers & armed guards. Ten miners & six guards were killed & about 30 persons wounded.
1902 -- US: Fourteen miners killed, 22 wounded by scabherders at Pana, Illinois.
1902 -- US: Ida Craddock is in court today on an obscenity charge. Found guilty of obscenity, the judge said her sex education pamphlet "The Wedding Night" was too obscene to show to the jury. On October 17th she slashed her wrists & turned on the gas, killing herself rather than returning to court for sentencing.
1903 -- Anton Chekhov completes work on The Cherry Orchard.
1905 -- ( Octubre 12 ) Represión a Regeneración; destrucción de la imprenta. Se interrumpe su publicación.
1908 -- Ann Petry lives, Old Saybrook, Conn. Author of The Street & the juvenile work Harriet Tubman, Conductor of the Underground Railroad.
1911 -- US: Society of American Indians formed in Columbus, Ohio, beginning of Pan-Indianism.
1912 -- Alice Childress, lives, Charleston, South Carolina. African American playwright, novelist, & actress, known for her realistic stories about the enduring optimism of black Americans. Performs on & off Broadway with the Negro Theatre from 1941 to 1952, where her work was met with hostility, resistance, & critical acclaim. She also wrote the adolescent novel, A Hero Ain't Nothing But a Sandwich.
1913 -- Francisco Ferrer Memorial meeting held in New York City. Emma Goldman is one of the speakers. The memorial meetings have been held every year in Spain since his murder by the government.
Ferrer is the Daily Bleed Saint, August 31.
"Francisco Ferrer pensait que nul n'est méchant volontairement et que tout le mal qui est dans le monde vient de l'ignorance. C'est pourquoi les ignorants l'ont assassiné et l'ignorance criminelle se perpétue même aujourd'hui à travers de nouvelles inquisitions. En face d'elles pourtant, quelques victimes dont Ferrer, seront toujours vivantes."
— Albert Camus
1915 -- Edith Cavell, British nurse, executed by German firing squad, Brussels, Belgium.
1920 -- Italy: Armando Borghi, general secretary of the Unione Sindicale Italiana (USI) & militant anarchico, arrested in Milan by some order dating from July 20, but which had not been executed before.
Armando Borghi's arrest is meant to cripple the union, which represents some 300,000 workers.
Despite nationwide protests over 80 arrests occurred in Milan by the 17th, & even the veteran jailbird Errico Malatesta is nabbed.
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1924 -- Anatole France dies at 80 in La Béchellerie, near Tours, three years after receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature. His funeral is the first national one accorded a writer since that of Victor Hugo in 1885.
1925 -- Panama: 600 US marines land & take over police duties in Panama City during a strike & rent riots to — okay, altogether now, say it with me — "to protect US interests."
1932 -- Dick Gregory lives. Comedian, activist, civil rights supporter, & nutrition advocate.
1936 -- Spain: A Generalidad decree dissolves the (revolutionary) Local Committees. These are shortly to be replaced by new, Popular Front-style town councils.
1937 -- Lebanon: James Marriner, US consul at Beirut, assassinated by an allegedly "crazed" Armenian.
1944 -- BleedMeister lives. More or less.
1950 -- US: American Legion convention calls for concentration camps for US Communists & the atom-bombing of the Soviet Union.
1958 -- US: Reform Jewish Temple in Atlanta is firebombed in retaliation for Jewish support of local black civil rights activists.
1960 -- Sole Brothers?: Khruschev bangs shoe on desk at the U.N.
1961 -- US: To Protect & To Serve?: FBI launches Socialist Worker Disruption Program.
1961 -- Japan: Inejiro Asanuma, socialist pioneer of the Japanese labor movement, assassinated, sparking mass demonstrations in Tokyo.
1962 -- Charlie Mingus punches trombonist Jimmy Knepper in the mouth, knocking out a tooth & permanently ruining his embouchure.
1964 -- 00-666: Ian Fleming dies.
1964 -- Resignation of novelist Alexander Trocchi from the Situationist International (no section).
[Internationale Situationiste Resources]
1967 -- US: "A Call to Resist Illegitimate Authority," appears in NY Review of Books. In response to the Vietnam War, 2,000 sign it, including academics, clergymen, writers.
1968 -- US: 1,000 GI's & Vets march for peace, leading 7,000 antiwar protesters, from Golden Gate Park to San Francisco Civic Center.
1968 -- "Hey Jude" is the #1 single in the US for the third week in a row.
1968 -- México: Se inauguran los XIX Juegos Olímpicos en México. Se hace patente el dominio negro en las pruebas de velocidad y se reivindican los derechos de los negros.
The Summer Olympic Games open in México City. The games have been boycotted by 32 African nations in protest of South Africa's participation. On the 18th Tommie Smith & John Carlos, US athletes & medalists in the 200-meter dash will further disrupt the games by performing the black power salute during the "Star-Spangled Banner" at their medal ceremony.
1969 -- US: Navy nurse Susan Schnell drops anti-war leaflets from plane onto military base in California.
1970 -- US: Lt. William Calley court-martialled for the massacre of 102 civilians in My Lai during Vietnam War. He gets his wrists slapped with a year of house arrest.
He too fought under television for our place in the sun.
— Poet Robert Lowell on Lieutenant Calley, 1971
1970 -- US: Stephen Gaskin's caravan leaves Frisco, California.
1970 -- Eugene O'Neill National Historical Site, Danville, Calif. is established.
1971 -- Jesus Christ Superstar debuts, Cherry Lane theatre in New York.
1971 -- US: Air Force grounds its C-5A cargo planes after cracks are found in one of the craft's engine mountings.
1971 -- Cuba: A CIA-sponsored terrorist attack on Boca de Sama, machine-gunning the village, kills two & injures four; one of the four, a 15-year-old girl, lost her leg as a result of gunshot wounds.
1973 -- James Baldwin finishes his novel If Beale Street Could Talk.
1976 -- US: Mesquakie tribe awarded $6.6 million for lands taken in Kansas, Iowa, Missouri & Illinois between 1804 & 1867.
1976 -- US: Three elderly deaths halt swine flu vaccination program.
1977 -- US: "University of California vs Bakke" trial starts; filed September 19.
1978 -- Punk rocker Sid Vicious arrested for killing his girlfriend Nancy. What's in a name?
1980 -- US: Maine Street? Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Jim Carter signs legislation settling claim of Pascamaquoddy, Penobscot, & Maliseet to two-thirds of Maine.
1982 -- "You don't tell us how to stage the news, & we don't tell you how to report it."
— Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader White House Press Secretary Larry Speakes, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Reagan's mouthpiece, to the press
1984 -- England: Near Ms.? Margaret Thatcher untouched as Brighton's Grand Hotel is redecorated by the IRA.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1985 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Disgraced Leader Dick M Nixon is chosen to arbitrate a dispute between baseball owners & umpires. "The game will not survive," he says "unless the American people continue to have confidence in qualified, competent ex-Presidents."
1987 -- US: On the day that Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader George Big Bush announces his candidacy, Newsweek runs a cover on him with the headline "Fighting the Wimp Factor." He is reportedly so upset that he counts the number of times the word "wimp" appears in the article (nine times).
Half of the American people have never read a newspaper.
Half never voted for President.
One hopes it is the same half.
— Gore Vidal
Humiliated by Bush aides describing their job as having to "potty train" him, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Dan Quayle declares independence from his handlers.
1990 -- UN Security Council condemns Israel's killing of 21 Palestinians, 15-0.
1992 -- Nicaragua: Continental Congress of Indigenous Peoples meets in Managua.
1992 -- Rallies, protests & arrests throughout the Western Hemisphere mark the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the European invasion of the Americas & genocide of its native peoples.
1992 -- Russia: Greenpeace ship investigating arctic nuclear-waste dump is seized by the government.
1994 -- Canadian writer Michael Ignatieff wins the Gelber Prize, for his book Blood & Belonging.
1995 -- East Timor: Indonesian troops are ordered to "restore order" after major protest riots & demonstrations in the capital of Dili.
1997 -- US: Songster John Denver's plane crashes in to the Pacific Ocean off Monterey Bay. Denver was 53.
1997 -- Post-Summer of Love in Frisco.
1998 -- US: Matthew Shepard dies, result of injuries sustained when beaten & tortured in a gay hate crime in Laramie, Wyoming. Three previous attempts to pass an anti-hate crime bill have been defeated, as "not necessary — those kind of crimes don't occur in Wyoming." Those accused of killing him deny it was a hate crime.
1998 -- Iran: An Iranian organization raises its bounty for the murder of author Salman Rushdie from $2.5 million to $2.8 million.
2000 -- Perú: Teachers fight with Perúvian police in front the building of Congress, in Lima. Protesters demand Fujimori's resignation.
2000 -- Chinese exile novelist & playwright Gao Xingjian wins the Nobel Prize.
2002 -- Bangladesh: Feminist author Taslima Nasrin is sentenced to one year in jail in absentia for criticizing Islam.
2009 -- "¿Dave¿ Dave's Not Here, Man!" — Out back having his birthday cake & eating it too. Big 65. Re-tired.
Auntie Dave has his cake & eats it too......plunges head-long into the ice cream...
2009 -- Birthday boy Bleedmeister asleep at the wheel.
2009 -- Germany: A man mooning a departing Berlin train got his pants caught on the train's door & was dragged about 700 feet half-naked, dangling by his ... trousers.
The cheeky 22-year-old student pulled his pants down & pushed his butt against the window of the train as a parting farewell to the ticket inspector who threw him off for not having a ticket. Service for 23 trains were delayed for over an hour. We're thinking this kind of thing only happens once in a blue moon...
2009 -- Time To Go? Hello, I Must Be Going?: Edgar Allan Poe receives a funeral in Baltimore, Maryland, 160 years after his death. He was na looking so well, nevermore.
illustration by Don Coker
2010 -- Chile: The first of 33 miners retrieved after being trapped underground for over two months following the Copiapó mining disaster at the notorious 121-year-old San José copper–gold mine.
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