Our Daily Bleed...
"Ask her to wait a moment —
I am almost done."
— Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855),
while working, when informed his wife is dying
American labor, oral historian, "common man" proponent.
Alternate Patron Saint:
Founded famed pirate utopia "Libertaria" in Madagascar.
Ghost of Chance ...returns us to territory familiar from Burroughs' 'Cities of the Red Night' trilogy. We are in 'Libertatia', a utopian colony of ex-pirates set up 'on the west coast of Madagascar'. Here 'Captain Mission' has established a community of free spirits: 'There would be no capital punishment, no slavery, no imprisonment for debt, & no interference with religion or sexuality.'
HALLOWEEN. Pagan festival of fall during which the dead can be communicated with & set to rest. Appropriated, but not totally demolished, by the churches.
All Hallows' Eve / Hallowe'en: "The original reason for disguise tonight, it being Mischief Night, was to prevent lonely spirits recognising you & snatching you away to their between-the-worlds home; & it was an additional bonus that the costumes allowed you to lead a mini-riot without being recognised ..."
THE WITCHES NEW YEAR.
Druid's SAMHAIN Autumn sun festival.
ANCIENT ROMAN FEAST TO POMONA.
Druids held human sacrifices & prayers...ALL HALLOW'S EVE, 10th century.
ALL SAINT'S EVE. Human sacrifice became cakes left out for the dead, thrown into the fire in the morning. In Brittany all wore black, etc.
OLD CELTIC NEW YEAR'S EVE. Struggle between old & new years.
FESTIVAL OF INNER WORLDS.
1517 -- Protestant Reformation begins as Martin Luther nails his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.
1620 -- England: Diarist John Evelyn, a founder of the Royal Society, lives. In The Common Reader Virginia Woolf notes: "He writes [a diary] supremely well. Even as we drowse, somehow or other the bygone gentleman sets up, through three centuries, a perceptible tingle of communication, so that without laying stress on anything particular, we are yet taking notice all the time."
1632 -- Jan Vermeer lives, Holland. Painter (Procuress, The Astronomer).
1756 -- Giacomo Casanova, in prison on charges of being a magician, makes a spectacular escape & makes his way to Paris, where he introduces the lottery in 1757 & makes a name for himself among the aristocracy.
1795 -- John Keats, renowned British lyric poet, lives (in a stable his father managed in Finsbury Pavement).
1857 -- Axel Munthe lives. Swedish physician, psychiatrist, & writer. Best-known work is his autobiography The Story of San Michele (1929), an account of being a doctor in Paris, Rome & the villa of San Michele on the island of Capri (Italy). Both realistic & mystic, it achieved immense popularity & has been translated into numerous languages. Often treated the poor without charge & an advocate of animal rights.
1858 -- France: George Mathias Paraf-Javal lives, Paris. Intransigent individualist.
A founder of "Ligue Antimilitariste" &, with Émile, the anarchiste colony at Vaux (1902-07, with 400 members [See also Armand's article, "A Visit to L'Anarchie", at the Stan Iverson Archives]). A prodigious author, Paraf-Javal also ran the Groupe d'Etudes Scientifiques (GES) of Paris. Wrote for Libertaire, & authored numerous booklets such as Les faux droits de l'homme et les vrais (1907), as well as math & physics materials (published in Spanish for Francisco Ferrer's Escuela Moderna).
1864 -- US: A Real Crap Shoot? Nevada is admitted as a state to the US, although its population was too low to meet legal requirements; Lincoln pushed the illicit action through Congress to help ratify the 13th (anti-slavery) Amendment to the Constitution.
1870 -- France: French gardes nationales revolt during the siege of Paris. Louise Michel, anarchiste, takes part in a massive demonstration supporting the Paris Commune in front of the Town hall.
1873 -- US: Oto chiefs, including Medicine Horse & Stand-By, come to Washington DC to ask for permission to hold one last buffalo hunt; they are denied.
1881 -- Brazil: Edgard Leuenroth lives (1881-1968), São Paulo. Important & influential figure in both the labor & anarquista movements. The most important research archives in Latin America are named in his honor (Arquivo Edgard Leuenroth).
Archivo, anarchismo, anarchici, anarquista, sindicalistas, anarco-sindicalismo / Brasil
1892 -- Arthur Conan Doyle publishes The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
1894 -- France: In Paris, the "Procès des trente" (Trial of the Thirty), which began August 6, comes to a close.
1900 -- Ethel Waters lives, Chester, Penn. Blues singer, first woman to perform W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues," & actress known for roles in the movie Cabin in the Sky & such stage plays as Member of the Wedding, for which she was nominated for a New York Drama Critics Award.
1905 -- Russia: Great revolutionary demonstration for amnesty in St. Petersburg.
1905 -- US: The producer & players of Bernard Shaw's play, "Mrs. Warren's Profession," are arrested, NY.
1913 -- US: Historians Will & Ariel Durant, 27 & 15, are married at New York's City Hall.
Corto was working for the mysterious crime boss "the Monk" in the South Pacific.
Today Corto's crew mutinied (he was certainly unlucky in his crews!) & he was cast adrift in mid-ocean, tied to a crate. (He is rescued by Rasputin tomorrow).
1913 -- Spain: Jesús Guillen Bertolin (aka Guillembert) lives, Montán (Castellón). Spanish painter, draughtsman & militant anarquista.
1917 -- Eugene O'Neill one-act play "In the Zone" premiers, NY.
1918 -- Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Count Stephen Tisza, Hungarian Prime Minister, assassinated by soldiers.
1918 -- US: No Habla Espanol?: Spanish flu-virus kills 21,000 in one week.
1919 -- US: Judge Anderson enjoins miners from striking; war is blamed/justification.
1920 -- Dick Francis lives, Wales. Jockey/novelist (Whip Hand, High Stakes).
1921 -- James Joyce writes the last words of his novel Ulysses.
1921 -- Beginning date of the Poundian calendar, designed by poet Ezra Pound.
1922 -- Italy: Fascist Benito Mussolini (Il Duce) becomes premier (-1943); Head office of the anarchico paper Umanita Nova is again ransacked by Mussolini's fascists.
Costituzione del governo con l'inclusione oltre che di fascisti anche di popolari, nazionalisti, democratico-sociali, salandriani, giolittiani, militari e cani sciolti. Una manifestazione fascista per celebrare la vittoria si conclude con assalti a giornali, violenze, morti e feriti. Un inizio violento prepara fin d'ora una fine violenta.
1922 -- Karl Capek play "The World We Live In" (The Insect Comedy) opens in NY.
1924 -- Italy: Enrico Baj (1924-2003) lives, Milan. Controversial Italian painter & sculptor, best known for his collages of ridiculous-looking generals (sic) made from medals, shards of glass, scraps of flowery material & shells.
1925 -- Australia: Radio station 2KY begins broadcasting in Sydney, NSW; it later becomes the world's first labor-owned radio station.
1926 -- US: No Pain, No Gain? Magician Ehrich Weiss (Harry Houdini) dies after a punch to stomach, Detroit, Michigan.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint, 2005-2008
Broke out of every major prison in the world. Role model!
1926 -- Italy: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Benito Mussolini (a former anarchist-syndicalist) escapes an assassination attempt by the 15-year-old anarchico Anteo Zamboni. Lynched by the black-shirted fascistes. Son of anarchico Mammolo Zamboni, both parents are sent to prison with 30-year terms. Zamboni's effort follows on the heels of an earlier botched attempt on Il Duce's life by Gino Lucetti on September 11th.
31 Ottobre. A seguito di un attentato a Mussolini che viene attribuito ad un anarchico, Anteo Zamboni, linciato dai fascisti, si moltiplicano gli assalti a giornali dell'opposizione e ad abitazioni di personalità non fasciste (Benedetto Croce, Carlo Sforza). / inmediatamente es prohibida toda la prensa izquierdista en Italia.
1926 -- Canada: Emma Goldman gives her first lecture in Montreal before an audience of 700 at His Majesty's Theatre on "The Present Crisis in Russia."
1927 -- Lion Feuchtwanger play "Die Petroleuminseln" premiers, Hamburg.
1928 -- Andrew Sarris lives. American movie critic for the Village Voice.
1929 -- US: A little boy explodes some firecrackers on La Salle Street in Chicago & rumors quickly spread that gangsters who have lost heavily on the stock market are shooting up the street. Squad cars of police arrive to find a very bewildered little kid.
1931 -- US: Hoover Settles in Seattle? Led by unemployed lumberjack Jesse Jackson, he & 20 others start building shacks on vacant land owned by the Port of Seattle located a few blocks south of Pioneer Square.
1937 -- Tom Paxton lives, Chicago, Illinois. Folk singer/songwriter. His songs have been recorded by hundreds of artists as diverse as Pete Seeger, Willie Nelson, John Denver & Placido Domingo. Ramblin' Boy, The Last Thing On My Mind, Bottle of Wine, Goin' to the Zoo & The Marvelous Toy are just a few of his songs.
Oh lay me down in Forest Lawn in a silver casket
put golden flowers over my head in a silver basket
While the drum & bugle corps
play taps while cannons roar
while sixteen liveried employees
Sell souvenirs from the funeral store...
Today more than ever, VICTORY.
Signed: Renau, 1938. SubPro. Graf. Ultra, SA, Córcega, 220, Barna. Lithograph, 7 colors; 99 x 138 cm.
Poster issued during Spanish Civil War by the Subsecretaría de Propaganda (Undersecretariat of Propaganda), an office headed by the renowned architect Manuel Sánchez Arcas. It was printed in Barcelona, where the government of the Republic had moved after leaving Valencia on October 31, 1937.
1941 -- High Seas: While escorting a convoy of war material across the North Atlantic to Britain, the US Clemson Class destroyer Reuben James is torpedoed by a German submarine. The blast pierces the ship's magazine, & the boat quickly sinks, becoming the first US warship to be sunk by hostile action during World War II. Forty-four men are saved, but the other 96 crew members perish in icy waters.
1941 -- US: Mount Rushmore is completed.
1947 -- Bertolt Brecht, having fled Nazi Germany years ago, now flees the US during the American witchhunts.
1950 -- US: Earl Lloyd is the first African-American to play in National Basketball Association (NBA) game when he plays with the Washington Capitols.
1952 -- US successfully detonates "Mike," the world's first hydrogen bomb, on the Elugelab Atoll in the Eniwetok Proving Grounds in the Pacific Marshall Islands.
1955 -- François-Henri Jolivet (1875-1955) dies. French working poet, libertaire & pacifist songster.
1956 -- France & Britain begin air offensive at Suez Canal in support of Israeli attack of Sinai peninsula. Tensions develop between US & European allies over Suez Canal.
1958 -- Writer Boris Pasternak (Dr. Zhivago) is expelled from the Soviet Union.
1959 -- Russia: Trust Me? Former US Marine from Fort Worth, Texass announces in Moscow that he will never return to the United States. His name?: Lee Harvey Oswald.
1960 -- After careers as cowboy, typesetter, surveyor, reporter, & writing of problems faced by frontier men & women, American novelist/poet, H. L. Davis dies in San Antonio, Texass. Encouragement from H. L. Mencken led to his work appearing in "American Mercury."
1961 -- Augustus John dies. Welsh painter, draughtsman, & etcher, a Bohemian with numerous connections with the anarchist movement. He never voted in his life & his dislike of politicians began to grow even more in the 1950s. A member of the Committee of 100, he joined the mass sit-down in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 17 September, 1961, just a month before his death at the age of 83.
1963 -- US: Leaking propane gas explodes kills 64 at "Holiday on Ice" (Indiana).
1964 -- First Chinese A-bomb explodes.
1966 -- Ken Kesey's Acid Test Graduation.
1966 -- Adam Horowitz lives, rocker (Beastie Boys-You Gotta Fight).
1966 -- Bob McKendrick presents "Dance of Death" costume ball at California Hall. Performers are Grateful Dead, Mimi Fariña, & Quicksilver Messenger Service.
1967 -- US: Well Ring My Bells? Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader California Acting Governor Ronnie Reagan denies press reports that a "homosexual ring" is operating out of his office in Sacramento.
1968 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Pres. Lyn "Hey! Hey! LBJ" Johnson, trying to get his Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Vice President (Hubie "Dump the Humph" Humphrey) elected to succeed him, orders an end to bombing of North Vietnam.
1968 -- Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell (WITCH) forms.
1968 -- US: NY WITCH stages "Up Against the Wall Street" women's liberation demonstration.
1969 -- Yikes!?: "Something" is released in England. Still loose, still wreaking havoc.
1969 -- US: Wheeler's Ranch invaded by 25-man army of
Gestapopolicemen, narcotics agents, juvenile officers, FBI agents, etc., without search warrant; when one female resident is arrested Bill Wheeler objects & is attacked; he & four others are arrested for assault; all later found not guilty.
1970 -- US: 2,000 march from the Seattle Center to downtown to protest war in Southeast Asia.
1970 -- Joyce Post publishes sci-fi chronology "Let's Drink to That."
1978 -- Canada: Government & Inuit sign pact granting control of 37,000 square miles in western Arctic to Inuit. Not bad, considering the Inuit used to have all of it.
1978 -- Iran: 30,000 oil workers strike against repressive rule of the Shah, US pal for democracy, civil & human rights.
1979 -- México: No Habla Espanol? Western Airlines DC-10 crashes at México City airport trying to land on a closed runway, killing 71 on board & three on the ground.
1981 -- England: Six-month occupation of nuclear power site ends, Luxulyan, Cornwall.
1982 -- Pray Tell? Accusing his foes of "cruel scare tactics," Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Bad-Acting President Ronnie Reagan attacks the "big spenders" for causing inflation, adding, "They even drove prayer out of our nation's classrooms." A White House aide refuses to clarify whom Reagan is talking about, saying only, "They know who they are." (His fund-raisers?)
"The first President I shook hands with was Calvin Coolidge. In those days the President would shake hands with any high school class that arrived in Washington. There was so little for him to do.
Reagan is very similar to Coolidge."
— I. F. Stone
1983 -- Round One?: Ron Grant completes a 217 day, 8,316 mile run around Australia. That's 38.32 miles a day if you'd like to give it a go.
1983 -- US: Fox Loose In Henhouse? Conference on "The Long Term Worldwide Biological Consequences of Nuclear War," Washington, DC: Nuclear Winter? Scientists from the US, USSR & other nations participate.
1984 -- India: All in the Family? Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is shot to death by Sikh members of her own security guard while walking in the garden of her New Delhi home. Gandhi's son, Rajiv, was sworn in as Prime Minister.
(ps: Rumor has it; there's a new deli in New Delhi.)
1984 -- China: "Reports in the official press acknowledge that there have been work stoppages, sit-ins & heated confrontations between workers & factory managers."
— Jim Mann, "Why China's Factory Workers Are Unhappy," San Francisco Chronicle, 10/31/84, p. C6
1987 -- England: Elbow Macaroni? A pair in Coventry, ties the world record for the longest singles tennis match at 80 hrs 21 minutes.
1987 -- Joseph Campbell, 83, is now a myth. Mythologist.
1988 -- Odd Couple?: Singer Debbie Gibson holds a seance at her Halloween party to contact the spirits of Liberace & Sid Vicious.
1989 -- El Salvador: Bomb kills 10 trade leaders at union headquarters. Major FMLN offensive follows.
1993 -- Last (G)asp?: Actor River Phoenix dies after collapsing outside The Viper Room on Hollywood's Sunset Strip.
1993 -- 25 people killed during Ghana-Ivory Coast soccer match.
1997 -- US: Hallowe'en "Hell House" (presented by bible-thumpers) opens for teens in Vacaville, California. Displays include a gay man dead of AIDS, a teenage "grunge" suicide & a bloody mock abortion.
1999 -- US: EgyptAir Flight 990 crashes off the Massachusetts coast, killing all 217 aboard.
2001 -- Folk-Legacy celebrates it's 40th anniversary!
The corporation, not deliberately, established on a folkloristic date!
— Bleedster Sandy Paton (1929-2009)
(Inspires the famed song, "Aging Grace" — eds. note)
2002 -- US: Hey! Saddam! Pentagon admits it conducted sarin nerve-gas experiments in Hawaii's rain forest in 1967.
2008 -- US: American oral historian, labor journalist Studs Terkel dies, Chicago, Illinois.
2011 -- Scotland: Who Left A Tree, Then A Coffin In The Library?
& yet more in November....when The Library Phantom Returns....
"Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies."
— Voltaire (1694-1778) on his deathbed
in response to a priest asking that he renounce Satan
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