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Most beloved of the "barbudos" Cuban revolutionaries.
England, Italy, elsewhere:
FEAST OF SAINTS SIMON & JUDE,
saints long confused/entangled with Simeon & Judas. Simeon is considered a goblin-saint or saint of witches. Christian observances & occult ritual compete on this day in history probably due to proximity of Samhain/Halloween.
ST. JUDE'S DAY. Patron of desperate or hopeless cases. Heads Up! Bibliomaniacs, MoocHeads, Bleedsters.
FOLLY DAY. Not unlike the rest of the year for Bleeders.
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY.
1636 -- New Old World: Harvard College (now Harvard University) is founded.
1704 -- Surcease?: Empirical philosopher John Locke, 72, dies in High Laver, Essex His last words — "Cease now" — addressed to Lady Masham, who is reading him the Psalms.
1726 -- Irish satirist Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels published.
& he gave it for his opinion, that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, & do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together.
— Jonathan Swift, "Voyage to Brobdingnag"
1818 -- Ivan Turgenev lives, Russia; poet/playwright/novelist (Fathers & Sons).
1838 -- Two-For-One?: August Bebel lives. Leader in German socialist movement & founding member of two socialist parties.
1863 -- Scotland: Black Rain again at Slains.
The Rev. James Rust (sic) states a black rain fell at Slains, Jan 14, 1862 & another on May 20, 1862 & still another today.
1872 -- Spanish Basque author Pío Baroja lives. A key novelist in the Generation of '98.
1879 -- Luisa Capetillo lives (1879– 1922). One of Puerto Rico's most famous labor organizers. She was also a writer & an anarquista who fought for workers & women's rights. The first woman to wear pants in public in Puerto Rico, her struggles as a leader in the emerging labor movement & in a male dominated society made her a woman who was far ahead of her time. Sadly missing from contemporary historical documents which fail to mention her.
1886 -- US: Free Erections? Statue of Liberty dedicated — just two months after the show trial of the Haymarket anarchists — on Bedloe's Island in NY harbor. The island is later renamed Liberty Island.
1893 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Carter Harrison, Mayor of Chicago, is assassinated by Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Disappointed Office-Seeker Patrick Prendergast. Mrs. O'Leary's cow can't be blamed for this one — nor those anarchist terrorist bastards.
1898 -- US: Two mine workers killed in Virden, Illinois.
1902 -- Kate Austin (1864-1902) dies, Kingman, Kansas. Working woman, Universalist, feminist, anarchist, journalist.
1903 -- Titanic Event?: Evelyn Waugh (Decline & Fall; Brideshead Revisited) lives at 11 Hillfield Road, Hampstead. Involved in both gay & heterosexual romances. While some regard him a leading satirical British novelist of his day, Edmund Wilson finds, "His style has the desperate jauntiness of an orchestra fiddling away for dear life on a sinking ship."
"Evelyn Waugh concealed — beneath a camp façade of tweediness, snobbery, literary argumentantiveness, downright insulting behaviour — a tenacious insecurity, social, sexual, & aesthetic, which never left him."
— Philip Core, From Camp: The Lie That Tells the Truth (1984).
1904 -- François-Charles Carpentier lives. French anarchist, friend of LouisLuis Mercier Vega & fighter with the Durruti Column.
1910 -- Marie Dollinger lives, Germany. She dropped the baton in 1936 Olympic sprint.
1913 -- France: "Le Cinéma du Peuple," a co-operative film company, is created by a group of Parisian anarchistes.
The coop seeks to promote a true social cinema involved in the reality of workers' struggles, & raising "l'intellectualité du peuple" through the awareness that only they can emancipate themselves. The company produces & distributes several films (including the first full-length film on the Paris Commune), before WWI brought the project to an end.
[Details / context]
1914 -- Jonas Salk, medical researcher, who makes polio go away, lives, New York City.
1918 -- Separation Anxiety?: Krazy Kat becomes a separate comic strip. The bricks keepa flying.
"kontinue kuriousity to its illogical klimax"
"Another biography states that although Herriman was vague & often conflicting with information about his background, someone went through the trouble to search the 1880s census to find his parents enumerated as Mulatto & that his birth certificate lists him as Negro.
I decided I too can play this game of taking only the information I want out of reality & carefully wording my conclusions to make the point I want people to understand. I will latch onto the biographies that allow me to include George Herriman as a pioneering cartoonist of Color (since being of Color can be as non-specific as his star character's gender throughout the run of the comic strip Krazy Kat.)"
— Tim Jackson
See 1952 below
1919 -- US: Drink Up? Senate passes the Volstead Prohibition Enforcement Act over Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Woodrow Wilson's veto.
1919 -- US: "Reds" of Various Hue Light Up
Emma Goldman's Cheery 'Coming Out' Party. In [New York] Evening World (Oct. 28, 1919) Reel 63.
1920 -- England: Docked Again? Sylvia Pankhurst imprisoned for urging people to loot the docks.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1921 -- Argentina: In response to an employers' & government offensive, workers revolt & the anarchist flag of red & black flies. Isolated, the groups are encircled & destroyed by the army. Over 1,500 workers die, including all the leaders of the revolt.
In the late 1980s the labor force numbered about 11.8 million. Most of Argentina's 1,100 labor unions are affiliated with the Confederacion General del Trabajo (CGT; a Peronist-leaning umbrella labor organization).
The right to unionize, suspended in 1976, is restored in 1982, & the labor movement embraces some 3 million workers by the late 80s. In the early 90s, privatization programs result in the loss of several hundred thousand jobs.
1929 -- US: Stock Exchange collapses (Black Friday), starting the Great Depression, & world economic crisis. (This source suspect, since it also cites 29 October as "Blue Monday"; another "lost" weekend?)
1929 -- US: Bottoms Up? First child born in an airplane. Like many a drug smuggler, somewhere high above Miami, Florida.
1929 -- US poet & literary critic John Hollander lives.
1929 -- Italy: L'Accademia d'Italia, modelled on the Académie Française, is inaugurated in Rome, in an effort by the fascist government to win the favor of the intellectuals. Solo pochi (tra cui Benedetto Croce) sapranno resistervi conservando la propria indipendenza.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1932 -- US: Department of Interior removes Papago tribal land in Arizona from mineral exploration. This horrifying precedent is rescinded two years later by the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.
1942 -- US: Sixteen killed, 20 injured as a passenger train smacks into a bus full of schoolchildren & factory workers at a grade crossing in Detroit, Michigan.
1945 -- England: People's Peace Crusade launched by Peace Pledge Union.
1952 -- A No Show?: e. e. cummings, Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard, gives the first of six "non lectures."
"kontinue kuriousity to its illogical klimax"
"Ignatz Mouse & Offissa Pupp are opposite sides of the same coin. Is Offissa Pupp kind? Only in so far as Ignatz Mouse is cruel. If you're a twofisted, spineless progressive (a mighty fashionable stance nowadays) Offissa Pupp, who forcefully asserts the will of socalled society, becomes a cosmic angel; while Ignatz Mouse, who forcefully defies society's socalled will by asserting his authentic own, becomes a demon of anarchy & a fiend of chaos. But if — whisper it — you're a 100% hidebound reactionary, the foot's in the other shoe. Ignatz Mouse then stands forth as a hero, pluckily struggling to keep the flag of free will flying; while Offissa Pupp assumes the monstrous mien of a Goliath, satanically bullying a tiny but indomitable David. Well, let's flip the coin — so: & lo! Offissa Pupp comes up. That makes Ignatz Mouse "tails." Now we have a hero whose heart has gone to his head & a villain whose head has gone to his heart."
— e.e. cummings on Krazy Kat
1954 -- Enrique Flores Magón (1877-1954), Mexican revolutionary anarchist & brother to the better known Ricardo Flores Magón, dies.
Magon brothers pictured in a contemporary mural gracing the wall of Bound Together Books in San Francisco. Enrique Flores Magón is cited as 3rd from the left in the front row (to the right of Sacco & Vanzetti), but this is surely Ricardo, so Enrique must be 4th from the left.
1954 -- US author Ernest Hemingway, influenced early by Pío Baroja (1872 above), wins the Nobel Prize.
1958 -- Pope John XXIII elected, leading to long overdue Catholic Church reforms.
1959 -- Cuba: Camilo Cienfuegos dies when his small plane disappears. Raised in a family of anarquistas, he became a key figure of the Cuban Revolution, along with Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Raúl Castro & Huber Matos. Played on the same baseball team as Fidel Castro, close friend of Cuban author & historian Carlos Franqui.
Cienfuegos has the beard & mane of a biblical prophet, but where a worry-creased face should be, there's only an ear-to-ear grin.
The feat he is most proud of is that time up in the mountains when he fooled a light military plane by painting himself red with iodine & lying still with his arms crossed.
1962 -- Russia: The Cuban Missile Crisis effectively ends as Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Soviet leader Nicky Khrushchev announces his government's intent to dismantle & remove all offensive Soviet weapons from Cuba.
1965 -- Earl Bostic, popular jazz alto saxophonist & winner of the 1959 Playboy Jazz poll, dies in Rochester, NY. The Tulsa, Oklahoma native, after studying music & playing with bands in the South, landed with Lionel Hampton's big band, among others.
1965 -- Vatican: Pope Paul VI formally absolves the Jews of collective guilt for the crucifixion of Christ. Crucifucked up.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1967 -- US: Black Panther leader Huey Newton is arrested & charged with murder in Oakland.
5 a.m.: Huey Newton (25) questioned by police in Oakland "desolate district." One hour later under arrest at hospital with gunshot wound in stomach. Few weeks later indicted on murder of one officer (John Frey, Jr.), wounding of another, & kidnapping of bystander.
1967 -- Italy: Luca Pavolini, director of Rebirth, the only newspaper to have published the writing of don Lorenzo Milani, against the military & in favor of conscientious objection, is sent to jail for five months & 10 days for inciting civil disobedience. The (in)giustizia of the state once again reveals itself. (See also 1984 below.)
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1968 -- France: Publication of Enragés & Situationists in the Occupations Movement, signed by René Viénet, Gallimard, Paris.
1970 -- US: Fulbright, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, accuses Nixon administration of conducting an illegal war in Laos without congressional knowledge or approval.
For several years, US planes were engaged in an extensive bombing campaign of suspected Communist territory in Laos, including the Ho Chi Minh trail, where supplies moved from North Vietnam to forces in Laos & South Vietnam. In 1965, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) also set up a charter airline code-named Air America, to assist Laos' anti-Communist drug lords by transporting raw opium for sale outside of Indochina.
In 1970, despite congressional criticism, the US steps up its bombing of eastern Laos & its military aid to Laos' anti-Communist factions. See Al McCoy's The Politics of Heroin in SE Asia, still the best book on the subject.
1971 -- Canada: Alberta Indians begin sit-in at Indian Affairs office in Edmonton, to protest conditions at reserve schools. The sit-in lasts six months.
1973 -- Taha Husayn (or Hussein) dies. Outstanding figure of the modernist movement in Egyptian literature whose writings, in Arabic, include novels, stories, criticism, & social & political essays. His advocacy of educational reform & bold religious criticism enraged conservatives. An early influence on Nobelist Naguib Mahfouz.
1981 -- The play "Lennon" opens at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool.
1984 -- OPEC decides to cut oil production.
1984 -- Italy: Sicilian anarchist Pippo Scarso arrested in October of 1984 & imprisoned for 12 months for refusing to serve his masters in the military.
Esci dal Compromesso con le Istituzioni della Guerra!
(Avoid Compromise with the Institution of War!).The poster shows Pippo Scarso being released from his prison cell, against the silhouette of a solider. Originally distributed as a supplement to the Italian anarchist journal Senzapatria, a publication devoted to antimilitarist issues, the message: "Out with American nuclear bases!" & "Oppose all (military) maneuvers!"
Published by Antimilitaristi Anarchici. Offset lithography. 50 cm x 35 cm. Italy, 1985.
1987 -- André Masson dies. French poet-artist (Labyrinth), age 91. One of the first of the Surrealist painters to pursue the use of automatism in his works. Friend of André Breton, Joan Miro & Max Ernst, Masson was too individualistic to bend under Breton's thumb, & had an on & off relationship with the "official" Surrealist movement.
1988 -- US: Jurors award $147,000 to Tacoma, Washington parishioner seduced by her minister.
1988 -- US: The Philadelphia Daily News says it "could have endorsed the 1980 George Bush," but not the 1988 version, "who pretends, despite all the evidence, that J. Danforth Quayle is not a callow moron."
1989 -- Czechoslovakia: Police attack 10,000 pro-democracy demonstrators, Prague.
Politieagenten Zijn ook Mensen (Police are People Too)This poster shows a young protester being beaten by policemen. The photograph is believed to have been taken during a confrontation between an anarchist group known as the Provos & police in March of 1966, but it speaks across the ages.
Published by the Society for the Rescue of Society. Photography & lithography. The Netherlands, c1970.
1989 -- Nicaragua: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Ortega announces he won't extend the cease-fire.
1989 -- US: Jennifer Campbell, Mark Haggerty, Carlos Garza, & Dennis Strong burn an American flag at a Post Office in Seattle's Capitol Hill district to protest a new federal law making flag desecration illegal.
On June 11, 1990, the Supreme Court struck down the law as unconstitutional (it had ruled in a 1984 Texass case that burning an American flag was protected by the First Amendment).
The charges against the four for destruction of government property are left intact.
1990 -- US: Novelist Salman Rushdie appears on the TV program "60 Minutes."
Rushdie eventually develops a fondness for the Pentagon's politics: the British "knighting of Salman Rushdie is the establishment's reward for a man who moved from being a remorseless satirist of the west to cheering on its criminal adventures in Iraq & Afghanistan." (Terry Eagleton, 2007)
1990 -- US: Beloved & Respected ReallyReallyYoung Comrade Leader Rep. Jesse Helms refers in a speech to gays & lesbians as "disgusting people marching in the streets demanding all sorts of things"; elsewhere today, in an unrelated event, Placido Domingo & Andre Watts raise $1 million at a fund-raiser for the Gay Men's Health Crisis.
1997 -- US: A doctor is injured by a bullet shot into his home by an antiabortionist, Perinton, NY. Most such assassination attempts are fueled by rightwing hate-groups whose hallmarks also includes murdering interracial couples, gays & lesbians, & Jews...all in the name of "God." Religiously fundamentalist, ideologically they borrow from groups such as the KKK & the Heritage Foundation.
1998 -- US: During this month the following, from the microradio movement & mainstream accounts, on the struggle to free the airwaves appear: "Microbroadcasters Zap the FCC & NAB! ("Mikey'Zine"); NY Free Media Alliance coverage (NY Free Media Alliance); "Hacking the airwaves: Outlaw broadcasters fight for America’s" (Brock Meeks, MSNBC).
Source: [Pirate Radio Kiosk]
2006 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader George Dubya Bush signs, in the dead of night, a rewrite of the Insurrection Act (10 U.S.C.331 -335) giving himself the power to declare a state of emergency anywhere at any time & to use federal troops to suppress any public disorder, as well as to take control of any state troops, forces, or national guard. Surprisingly, there is no outcry in the American media, & little reaction from elected officials.
2009 -- France: Court in France convicts Scientology of organized fraud. This sect, trying to pass itself off as a religion, has been prosecuted in multiple other countries as well.
Daily Bleed Saint 2000-04: JALALODDIN RUMI
Major Persian poet & Sufi mystic, Whirling Dervish.
Look at your eyes. They are small,
but they see enormous things.
Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
& frightened. Don't open the door to the study
& begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel & kiss the ground.
Rumi was (in the colloquial of our time) a bad-ass, mo-fo. I'd put him at the top of my list of favorite poets, slightly ahead of Walt Whitman.
— Bleedster Scott S, Oct 28, 2000
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