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The skies they were ashen & sober;
The leaves they were crisped & sere —
The leaves they were withering & sere;
It was night in the lonesome October
Of my most immemorial year.
— Edgar Allan Poe, Ulalume
Martians, little grey men who now live in Texass (all calling themselves Dan Wirt), attack New Jersey.
According to the Washington Post, President Ronnie Reagan's attempts at conciliation with the Soviet Union in Geneva in 1985 included a vow that the US would join the USSR in case Earth was invaded by aliens from outer space.
Alternate Saint, from the Jubilee Saints Calendar:
Radical American cultural anthropologist, anti-colonialist.
Chan Kom, Mexico: At midnight the ANGELITOS, spirits of dead children (& you know who you are), come. Doors are decorated with flowers to welcome them. Offerings of food are left for them & they stay the night.
COVENENT OF GRACE DAY.
1820 -- John William Dawson lives (b. October 30, 1820, Pictou, Nova Scotia—d. November 20, 1899, Montreal).
Dawson was a geologist who made significant contributions to paleobotany & Canadian geology
Previous owner of one of Dawson's books, for reasons known only to him & to God, glued a label to front pastedown...& not just any old label, either...oh, no...this one is for The Lynn Valley Brand Cream Corn ("The Very Choicest" cream corn, at that.)
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1821 -- Fyodor Dostoyevsky lives.
1838 -- US: A mob led by three Missouri State Militia captains attacks a colony of Mormons at Huan's Mill & kills or wounds just about all of them.
1871 -- French philosopher, Symbolist poet, essayist, & critic Paul Valery lives, in Sčte. Noted for his sensuous writing style. Member of the 19th-century poetic school of Symbolism, & its last great representative.
"A poem is never finished, only abandoned."
1885 -- Ezra Pound — "humane, but not human", according to fellow poet e.e. cummings — lives, Hailey, Idaho.
Ezra Weston Loomis Pound, son of Homer Loomis Pound ("Euripides Weight") & Isabel Weston Pound ("Hermione"); after 18 months family moves to Pennsylvania. His pro-fascist sympathies get him in much hot water.
"Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree."
Kenneth Rexroth’s philosophical reveries are much more interesting than the comparable works of T.S. Eliot & Ezra Pound — two poets he heartily disliked & whose influence he combatted all his life.
At their best they may be “greater” poets (though even that is debatable), but Rexroth is certainly a saner & wiser one. He has none of Eliot’s snobbery or neurotic prissiness, & even at his crustiest he is far less cranky, obsessive & self-indulgent than Pound. You can take his reflections seriously without having to make allowances for some absurd reactionary ideology.
— Ken Knabb, The Relevance of Rexroth
1893 -- Atlas Shrugged?: Charles Atlas, the "World's Most Perfectly Developed Man". Gets a missile & a tire company named in his honor, & better yet, is the central character in a rather badly-writ fiction by Ayn Rand.
1899 -- Maria Kuncewicz, lives, Samara, Russia. Polish writer of novels, essays, plays, & short-stories. Escapes from Warsaw to Paris in 1939, then England & the US. Writes penetrating psychological portraits with subtle irony & poetical lyricism.
1904 -- France: George Navel lives. Self-educated author, anarchiste. Fighter with C.N.T. [Confederacion Nacional del Trabajo] during the Spanish Revolution of 1936. Lived for a time in a community of anarcho-naturists. Describes his life & odd jobs in such books as Travaux (Work, 1945), Sable et limon (Sand & Silt, 1952), etc. Died November 1, 1993.
1906 -- US: Scheduled to speak at a meeting to protest the Oct. 27 arrests of several anarchists for debating in the "Land of Free Speech" whether the assassin Leon Czolgosz was an anarchist,Emma Goldman is arrested for articles published in Mother Earth & for inciting to riot. Nine others also arrested. Emma also devoted the October issue of Mother Earth to the commemoration of the fifth anniversary of Leon Czolgosz's death, despite the objection of many of her political associates. Released tomorrow on $1,000 bail, a NY City grand jury will dismiss the case on January 9.
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1910 -- Spain: Congrés of Confederació Regional de Societats de Resistčncia "Solidaridad Obrera,"Solidaritat Obrera Barcelona (October 30-November 2). Many of the workers' societies unable to attend authorize delegates from Catalunya to represent them. (Thus it is not unusual to see Tomás Herreros Miquel, for example, heading multiple delegations).
Called by the reconstituted Catalan Labor Confederation, this gathering was an informal three-day exchange of views & experiences, leading to a decision to found a new labor confederation, the now famous anarco-sindicalista trade union, CNT, which first convenes in September 1911 & goes on to become the largest union in Spain.
Els pňsits de la CNT cal buscar-los en la FRE de l’AIT i les seves successores la FTRE i la Confederació Regional de Societats de Resistčncia, Solidaritat Obrera. / En el que es va es va prendre la decisió de constituir Confederació Nacional del Treball (CNT) list of anarchist congresses Anarconsindicalisme.
Así convocan para el 30, 31 de octubre 1 y 2 de noviembre de 1910 a un congreso de Solidaridad Obrera ampliado al resto de sociedades obreras del estado espańol donde muchas al no poder asistir delegan sus acuerdos a compańeros de Catalunya. (Así no es extrańo ver: por ejemplo Tomás Herreros Miquel tendrá varias delegaciones).
///Spain: Thus they summon for the 30.31 of October 1 & 2 of November of 1910 to an extended congress of Working Solidarity to the rest of working societies of the Spanish state where many when not being able to attend delegate their agreements to companions of Catalunya. (Thus he is not strange to see: for example Takings Miquel Blacksmiths will have several delegations).
The 19 of November of 1910 shortly after the congress this time with the pseudonym of Timoteo Herrer will be chosen to enter to comprise of the directive Council of the CNT (secretary Second) the Secretary General of this one committee would be Josep Negre.
Els pňsits de la CNT cal buscar-los en la FRE de l’AIT i les seves successores la FTRE i la Confederació Regional de Societats de Resistčncia, Solidaritat Obrera. Aquesta organització, convocŕ i organitzŕ per als dies 30, 31 d’octubre i 1 de novembre de 1910 un congrés a Barcelona, al qual hi van assistir 136 delegats de 119 societats (77 de Catalunya), i les Federacions Locals de Badalona, Sabadell, Terrassa, Valls, Vilafranca del Penedčs i Saragossa. En aquesta assemblea es prengué l’acord (per 84 vots a favor, 14 en contra i 3 abstencions) de constituir una nova Confederació General del Treball, aprovant-se un reglament provisional que s’havia de sotmetre a l’aprovació de les societats obreres representades i/o adherides. La pončncia que va dictaminar sobre el reglament provisional estava formada per Jerňnim Farrč, Juan Gil, J. Mora (de Saragossa), Josep Negre, Vicente Plaza i Pedro Sierra Álvarez. També es va aprovar que el Comitč federal residís a Barcelona. Aquest Comitč (elegit pels sindicats de Barcelona el 19 de novembre de 1910) va estar format per Josep Negre Secretari general, Timoteo Herrer secretari segon, Miguel Permanyer secretari tercer, P. Ferrer tresorer, J. (Just ?) Martí comptador, Joaquin Bueso encarregat de la confecció del periňdic “Solidaridad Obrera”, Rafael Ávila administrador del periňdic, i vocals: Emili Corominas, J. (Joan?) Esteve, Josep Fernández, J. Roca, J. (Joaquim?) Solŕ, M. (Miguel?) Vidal, J. Vives, i Francisco Ullod. // Els pňsits of the CNT lime to look for-in the FRE of successores ls' AIT i them seves FTRE i the Regional Confederació of Societats de Resistčncia, Working Solidaritat. Aquesta organització, convocŕ i organitzŕ to per als dies 30, 31 d' October i 1 of novembre of 1910 congrés to Barcelona, to the qual hi goes to assistir 136 delegats of 119 societats (77 of Catalunya), i them Federacions Locals de Badalona, Sabadell, Terrassa, Valls, Vilafranca of the Penedčs i Saragossa. In assemblea aquesta acord is prengué l' (to per 84 vots to favor, 14 against 3 is abstencions) to constitute one novates General Confederació of the Treball, aprovant-reglament provisional that s' havia of sotmetre to l' aprovació of them societats obreres representades i/o adherides. The pončncia that goes to consider on reglament provisional estava formed to per Jerňnim Farrč, Juan Gil, J. Moor (of Saragossa), Josep Negre, Vicente Plaza i Pedro Sierra Alvarez. També is goes to aprovar that the federal Comitč you reside to Barcelona. Aquest Comitč (elegit pels sindicats of Barcelona the 19 of novembre of 1910) goes to be format to per Josep Negre general Secretari, Timoteo Herrer secretari segon, Miguel Permanyer secretari third, P. Ferrer to tresorer, J. (Just) Comptador Martí, Joaquin Bueso encarregat of confecció of periňdic “Working Solidarity”, Rafael Avila administrator of periňdic, i vocals: Emili Corominas, J. (Joan) Esteve, Josep Fernandez, J. Rock, J. (Joaquim) Solŕ, M. (Miguel) Vidal, J. You live, i Francisco Ullod.
Related background on Spain, see
1910 -- Spanish poet, antifascist Miguel Hernández lives (d.1942). A traveling man, never wanting for a place to stay, occupant in many of Franco's prisons. His death sentence commuted to prevent a martyrdom ala Garcia Lorca, he is sentenced to succumb to tuberculosis in his cell.
excerpt, Sitting upon the Dead
1911 -- Italy: Augusto Masetti, a soldier in the Bologna barracks, shouting "Anarchy Lives!" as he floors the gas pedal, runs down Colonel Stroppa with a car as Stroppa exhorts his soldiers to depart for Libya. Stroppa is injured, & Masetti was committed to an asylum (to avoid trying him openly in court).
1916 -- US: IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) union members forced to run gauntlet by some of Everett, Washington's finest citizens.
1919 -- US: Baseball league presidents call for abolishment of spitball.
"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no sense being a damn fool about it."
— W.C. Fields
The basis of the anti-parliamentary communist critique of trade unionism was that trade unions organised workers within the capitalist system, as 'The Pimps of Labour' bargaining with the capitalists over the sale of the commodity labour power
— Workers' Dreadnought, 30 October 1920.
1922 -- Italy: Mussolini giunge a Roma e si presenta al re come suo "fedele servitore." D'ora in poi tragedia e farsa politica si mescoleranno in maniera ancor piů netta che in passato. // Mussolini is introduced to the king as his "faithful servant." Tragedy & farce prove even more pronounced than in the past.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1927 -- Spain: FAI National Plenum of Regionals held in Madrid (-31st).
Germinal de Sousa, a participant, along with other Portuguese delegates, was a member of the new Iberian Anarchist Federation (FAI).
The "F.A.I.," which includes both Portuguese & Spanish anarchists, was founded at a congress in Valencia back in July, & quickly became a significant revolutionary organization & played an important role in the Spanish Revolution of 1936.
1930 -- US: Duke Ellington records "Mood Indigo."
1931 -- Spain: Clandestine National FAI Plenum & a plenum of regionals held in Madrid (October 30-31st). Portuguese & Spanish delegates of the FAI (Iberian Anarchist Federation) attend.
1932 -- Louis Malle lives, France. Film director (Atlantic City, Black Moon, Viva Maria).
1937 -- Mexican-American author Rudolfo Anaya lives. Best known for his 1972 novel Bless Me, Ultima.
1937 -- Ooopsie!?: The population of the whole world narrowly avoids — by three seconds — complete obliteration off the face of the universe as the 500,000 ton planet Hermes fails to collide with this planet Earth.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1938 -- US: Martian UFOs land at Grover's Mill, New Jersey. Demonstrates the suggestive power of mass communications to create mass hysteria. Most intelligent people knew NJ was already populated with Martians, anarcho-commies who started the Green Party, & now fondly called "Greens."
On Halloween night (in 1938) Orson Welles & the Mercury Theater cause national panic. War of the Worlds in Welles' dramatization of the H.G. Wells novel, broadcast the adaptation by Howard Koch (HUAC witchhunt victim). Basis of classic argument for government withholding of Information on extraterrestrial intelligence from the public.
This radio broadcast causes widespread fears that Martian soldiers are landing in New Jersey. Drivers trying to escape the commie invaders clog highways, & one Pittsburgh woman, shrieking "I'd rather die this way," was saved only at the last moment from poisoning herself.
Film & radio genius, Welles would be broken by the Hollywood money men.
Orson Welles' radio broadcast demonstrates the suggestive power of mass communications.
1938 -- France: Emma Goldman arrives in Paris from Barcelona for the SIA congress, which meets at the same time as the IWMA (International Working Men's Association); Emma joins delegates from Sweden, Spain, & France.
1939 -- Grace Slick lives, Chicago, Illinois. Rock vocalist (Jefferson Airplane — White Rabbit).
1943 -- José Ester Borras arrested by the Gestapo. Deported to Mauthausen. He survived & worked with political refugees & those interned in concentration camps.
1945 -- US: At Last? The federal government, known for a little fancy footwork of its own, announces end of shoe rationing.
1945 -- Spain: Barcelona police begin a wholesale campaign of repression against opposition to Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Franco's fascist regime.
1948 -- US: Pre-bin Laden? 20 die & 6,000 made ill by smog in Donora, Pennsylvania.
1949 -- Italy: State police kill Melissa (Catanzaro) who, together with other militant workers, agitated for a just distribution of the land.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1950 -- Puerto Rico: Uprising against US colonial rule as Pedro Albizu Campos stages rebellion.
1954 -- US: Defense Department announces all units in the armed forces are now integrated, six years after Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President 'Nuke'em' Harry S. Truman issued Executive Order 9981.
Red Army tanks pull out of Hungary, as demanded in an ultimatum by the workers' councils.
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1958 -- Rose Macaulay dies in London. English novelist/critic. Among her best criticism are Some Religious Elements in English Literature (1931) & a study of poet Robert Herrick, They Were Defeated (1932).
1961 -- Russia: Soviet Union tests a 58 megaton hydrogen bomb, removing Josef Stalin's body from Lenin's tomb in Red Square. Largest explosion to date.
1967 -- US: Martin Luther King, Jr., is arrested & jailed in Birmingham, Alabama, on charges stemming from demonstrations in 1963.
"I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can't agree with your methods of direct action;" who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by the myth of time & who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."
— Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from the Birmingham Jail," 1963
1967 -- Benefit at the Fillmore for KPFA radio station. Pink Floyd & the Sopwith Camel performed.
...& please remember,
"no dark sarcasm in the classroom"
Sometime during this month, Abbie Hoffman arrested while attempting to measure the Pentagon. A nasty job, but someone has to do it. Anyone with 4,100 pages in the FBI files can't be all bad. Abbie Hoffman, 1960s & 70s militant anarchist, was co-founder of the Youth International Party (YIP, a.k.a. Yippies) & one of the "Chicago Seven." Advocate of the creative disassembly of American society, Hoffman was subjected to FBI security investigations & intense surveillance due to his political activities & anarchist actions.
1969 -- US: Very White of You? Supreme Court orders immediate desegregation throughout the country.
1972 -- Worst US rail accident in 14 years; 45 die in Chicago.
1975 -- US: The New York Daily News ran the headline "Ford to City: Drop Dead" a day after President Ford said he would veto any proposed federal bailout of New York City.
1980 -- Iran: Negotiations with Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Peanut Prez James Carter, over hostages, abruptly halt. Carter eventually gets his chops busted for negotiating, & his successor, Actor Ronnie Reagan will create a shadow government to illegally trade weapons for hostages.
1982 -- Canada: Joint Canadian & US protests against cruise missiles, Ottawa.
1983 -- Netherlands: 500,000 Dutch in anti-missile rally, the Hague.
1986 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Attorney General Ed Meese urges employers to begin spying on workers in "locker rooms, parking lots, shipping & mail room areas & even the nearby taverns" to try to catch them using drugs.
"My supervisor at Boeing informed us at a crew meeting, "security is bitching again about you guys smoking that wacky weed in the parking lot. Now, can't ya wait until you're out on the freeway?"
1988 -- Poland: Going My Way? 'Anarchist Interurban' network is founded.
1989 -- A courageous calico cat with a badly mistaken sense of right & wrong, with a flying leap, sends a pit bull dog running when it tries to beat up a poodle.
1990 -- Back to the Future?: Engineers digging a rail tunnel under the English Channel link up between England & France at a point forty meters beneath the seabed, & the island of Britain is connected with the European mainland for the first time since the Ice Age.
1993 -- Northern Ireland: In reprisal for a bombing seven days previous, British Loyalists shoot seven dead in a village pub in Greysteel.
1995 -- Canada: Citizens of the province of Quebec vote to remain within the federation of Canada by a narrow majority of 50.6 percent to 49.4 percent in a referendum. Majority of Quebec citizens are French-speaking — while Canadian is understood by no one.
1995 -- US: Over 80 people, including former US Rep. Jim Jontz, arrested at Sugarloaf Mountain in southern Oregon during a massive direct action to prevent corporate clear-cutting of old growth forests on public land.
1998 -- John Glen pops up, spaced out for over 24 hours.
I celebrate myself, & sing myself,
& what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
I loafe & invite my soul,
I lean & loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass
My tongue, every atom of my blood, form'd from this soil, this air,
Born here of parents born here from parents the same, & their parents the same,
I, now 77 years old in perfect health begin,
Hoping to cease not till death.
— Lines taken, & slightly modified from a Walt Whitman poem.
2006 -- US: Radical cultural anthropologist Clifford Geertz dies, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A founder of interpretive, or symbolic, anthropology whose influence extended to many of the social sciences. Wrote with a literary flair distinguishing him from most theorists & ethnographers.
2013 -- Stig Dagerman's body of work is being published in the US, with four new volumes to date. The Swedish embassy today hosts a panel— including novelist Alice McDermott, non-fiction writer Mark Kurlansky, & Steven Hartman, translator & Professor of English Literature at Mid-Sweden University — exploring his current popularity. His daughter, Lo Dagerman, introduces the short documentary, "Our Need for Consolation" (directed by Dan Levy Dagerman), based on Dagerman's classic text of the same name.
"We've been invaded...
but don't panic!"
A fine page is The Planet Mars in Popular Culture:
Read all about it, in your Martian Sun-Times: http://www.ucls.uchicago.edu/students/projects/martiansuntimes/index.html
Psychological Power of Radio: http://www.irdp.co.uk/hoax.htm
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