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Was it all true once? Just like
It says? I cannot find the past.
It is only anecdotes
For the company & the parching
Of a few more hidden nerves
1815 -- George Boole mathematician, lives. Creator of Boolean algebra, the numbers numbing your mouse hand.
1837 -- US: Someone in Winslow, Maine didn't like Mr. Wood; his tombstone reads:
In Memory of Beza Wood
Departed this life
Nov. 2, 1837
Aged 45 yrs.
Here lies one Wood
Enclosed in wood
The outer wood
Is very good:
We cannot praise
1841 -- Akbar Khan successfully revolts against Shah Shuja in Afghanistan. First known demonstration of the "Power of Positive Thinking," Akbar chanting his mantra, "I think I Khan ..."
1847 -- France: Georges Sorel, one-time socialist, direct-actionist, writer (Reflections on Violence), lives (-1922), Cherbourg. Sorel was a convert to Marxism in 1893, but by 1902 turned altogether against government, even under communism. He adopted revolutionary syndicalism as the means of social change, which influenced anarchists & numerous unions such as the I.W.W. (Industrial Workers of the World) & the C.N.T. [Confederacion Nacional del Trabajo].
Daily Bleed Patron Saint, 2007-2010
French anarcho-communiste, theorist of "Direct Action."
Militant anarchist, writer, advocate of libertarian naturalism (anarchists were pioneers of naturism / nudity).
1879 -- In a six-day footrace a Mr. Weston loses to a horse, 559.26 to 549.94 miles.
1882 -- Austro-Hungarian fabulist novelist novelist Leopold Perutz lives, Prague.
1883 -- Novelist/playwright Martin Flavin lives, San Francisco. Journey in the Dark snags a Pulitzer Prize in 1944.
1890 -- Moa Martinson lives. Novelist, among the first to depict landless agricultural workers in Swedish countryside. Married proletarian novelist Harry Martinson (Nobel Prize 1974). Most successful work is her autobiographical trilogy (Mother Gets Married (1936), Church Wedding (1938), The King's Roses (1938)). http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/moamar.htm http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/harrymar.htm
1902 -- Gyula Illyes, poet, novelist, dramatist, dissident, leading 20th-century literary figure in Hungary, lives, Racegres, Austria-Hungary.
1903 -- Columbia: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Ted Roosevelt sends warships to protect the American right to "free & uninterrupted transit" across the then Columbian province of Panama.
1906 -- US: Emma Goldman pleads not guilty to criminal anarchy charges before the NY City magistrate. We cannot imagine how anyone might think the young lass an anarchist...
1909 -- US: I.W.W. (Industrial Workers of the World) free-speech fight, Spokane, Washington.
Local organizer James P. Thompson was yanked from his speaker's platform by Officer Friendlies. Other Wobblies swarmed to take his place, & 150 men & women are arrested & the IWW Hall raided before the night is over.
Apparently ignorant laborers have to help American business & corporate interests figure out the meaning of free-speech, democracy, & the Bill of Rights.
1911 -- Greek poet, winner of the 1979 Nobel Prize for Literature, Odysseus Elytis, lives, Iráklion, Crete. After a 15-year period of silence following WWII, in 1959 "To Axion Esti," a long poem reminiscent of Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself," is published.
Inspired by French Surrealism, & especially Paul Éluard, his first poems appeared in 1935 in the magazine Ta Nea Grammata, which also published George Seferis's works. During WW II when Nazis occupied Greece, Elytis joined the resistance movement. After the war he was critic for the newspaper Kathimerini & worked also for the National Broadcasting Institute. In 1948 he moved to Paris, where he studied literature at the Sorbonne & became acquainted with Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse & others of the Paris art world.
See: Odysseus Elytis: Analogies of Light by I. Ivask (1981); Modern Greek Poetry by E. Keeley (1983).
1913 -- US: Emma Goldman conducts Sunday evening lectures series in NY City, November 2-December 28; topics include "Our Moral Censors," "The Place of Anarchism in Modern Thought," "The Strike of Mothers," "The Intellectual Proletarians," & "Why Strikes Are Lost."
1920 -- US: Imprisoned anti-war & labor activist Eugene Debs receives over one million votes for President. Not bad for a jailbird.
1920 -- US: The first radio station begins regular broadcasting, East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, KDKA. Break out your crystal sets kids!
1921 -- Eugene O'Neill play "Anna Christie" opens in NY (at the opening of the Vanderbilt Theatre).
1927 -- T. S. Eliot becomes a British subject.
1928 -- Australia: Police fire on striking dock workers in Melbourne, killing one man.
1930 -- Ras Tafari Makonnen is crowned Negus of Ethiopia, taking the name Haile Selassie. Signifies to thousands of Jamaicans & Garveyites in the US the fulfillment of the prophesy of their leader, Marcus Garvey.
1936 -- England: First high-definition TV broadcast service, by BBC in London. Inspires football fans the world round to rush out & buy 70-inch TVs. Quite disappointed when they discover they have to stand in line for 65 years or so.
1937 -- Maryse Condé lives, Point-à-Pitre (some sources say Feb.11, 1937). Guadeloupean playwright & author of epic fiction, best-known for her historical novel Ségou (1984-85). Married Guinean artist Mamadou Conde. Awarded the Grand Prix Littéraire de la Femme in 1986. She has also published children's books & essays on literature & politics. http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/conde.htm
1950 -- At home in Ayot St. Lawrence, George Bernard Shaw, 94, dies from complications following a fall. His last words: "You're trying to keep me alive as an old curiosity, but I'm done, I'm finished, I'm going to die."
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW Playwright, music critic, alphabet reformer, socialist wit. Daily Bleed Patron Saint, 1998.
Theaters around the world are darkened in his honor. In his will he continues his fight for a new English alphabet of 42 characters, each with one specific sound, leaving money in trust to research the proposal.
"To be in hell is to drift; to be in heaven is to steer."
1950 -- Puerto Rico: All known Puerto Rican nationalists & communists are arrested in this American colony.
1955 -- Tennessee Ernie Ford's "Sixteen Tons" first appears on the charts. It is one of the biggest selling singles of its time. Seems to have hit a sympathetic chord. ("Another day older & deeper in debt, St. Peter don't you call me cause I can't go, I owe my soul to the company store..." ad libbing, from Auntie's memory hole, who also seems to recall the flip side being a very odd tune about monkeys swinging in the moonlight, just a picture on his wall...)
1959 -- US: Columbia professor Charles Van Doren testifies before a House Committee that he wanted to leave the "fixed" NBC-TV quiz show "21," but producer Albert Freedman wouldn't let him. (Van Doren was supplied answers by the staff of the quiz show; No congressman asked him the $64,000 question: why he didn't simply muff a question & lose the game.)
1960 -- England: In a trial, D.H. Lawrence's novel Lady Chatterley's Lover is found not obscene. After a very close reading, no doubt.
1961 -- James Thurber, American humorist & short story writer, dies.
"It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers."
1965 -- US: (Election day) Norman Morrison, 32 year-old Quaker, father of three, immolates himself below Secretary of Defense McNamara's Pentagon window to protest the Vietnam War. Pentagon workers yawn, see a window of opportunity & do lunch.
32-year-old Quaker Norman R. Morrison douses himself with kerosene & sets himself on fire. Friends at the Stony Run Friends Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, say his suicide was preceded by months of grieving over the escalating US war in Southeast Asia.
Earlier today, while having lunch with his wife, Morrison read an article from Paris Match magazine about a French priest whose church had been bombed by US planes. The priest buried at least seven of his parishioners.
Morrison became a national hero in North Vietnam, an Hanoi street being named after him & a postage stamp issued in his honor. As a gesture in honor of Morrison, the Vietcong released a P.O.W., Special Forces Sergeant George E. Smith, who came home to oppose the war [See P.O.W.: Two Years with the Vietcong. (Ramparts, 1971.)
1967 -- US: Selective Service reveals it preferentially drafts draft protesters.
1971 -- US: 18 to 20 year olds vote for the first time. Part of Beloved & Respected Dick M Nixon administration's concerted efforts to defuse youth rebellion & opposition to his Vietnam War activities. Jean pool diluted?
1972 -- US: 500 Native American protesters from "Trail of Broken Treaties" Native American march occupy Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) offices, Washington DC, for six days.
1972 -- US: Asian-American protesters from nearby International District sling mud at the ground-breaking ceremony for a new domed stadium (the Kingdome) in Seattle, Washington.
1979 -- France: Political bank robber, & France's public enemy number one, Jacques Mesrine machine-gunned by flics, Paris.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2005-2008
French action-directe anarchiste, bank robber.
The daring & audacious publicity-hungry bank robber & kidnapper became one of the all-time greatest prison escapees.
In the 60s & 70s he became a folk hero in his native France, known as ‘the Robin Hood of the Paris streets’ for his daredevil raids & for the inability of the entire French police force to catch or hold on to him.
He kidnapped & robbed the rich & powerful & gave away some of the wealth he stole to the homeless.
See Mesrine: The Life & Death of a Supercrook by Carey Schofield (Penguin, 1980) &, in French, the video Jacques Mesrine: Les Bulles des Cardinal (90 min.); also see the two-part film starring Vincent Cassel Public Enemy Number One (2007) & The Death Instinct (2006).
1983 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Ron Reagan signs a bill to establish a federal holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. Culmination of the efforts by many civil rights organizations & entertainers to name King's birthday as a national holiday, despite opposition of many states.
1984 -- US: After a last meal of Cheez Doodles & Coca-Cola, 51-year-old Velma Barfield is executed in North Carolina for murdering her boyfriend by poisoning his beer. Nine minutes after she is declared dead, her body is brought to a waiting ambulance, where a donor-transplant team tries in vain to restart her heart in order to save her kidneys.
Announces the New York Post,
"GRANNY EXECUTED IN HER PINK PAJAMAS."
1986 -- Lebanon: Pro-Iranian Lebanese terrorists free David Jacobsen (US) after 17 mos. after Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Ronnie Reagan pays ransom to Iran with weapons for his release.
While shipping arms to Iran criminally violates an American embargo, dealing with terrorists also violates Reagan's campaign promise never to do so.
Ironically, Reagan's election win over Carter (& the start of the Iran-Iraq war in September 1980) got their release, which occurred the day of Reagan's inauguration, when he released $8 billion in Iranian assets.
1987 -- Russia: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Soviet General Secretary Mike Gorbachev, addressing 6,000 party officials & visitors in the Kremlin, admits the late Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Soviet dictator Uncle Joe Stalin had committed enormous crimes, & says a commission will investigate the possibility of rehabilitating the reputations of his innocent victims.
1988 -- US: Computer virus strikes Pentagon, SDI research lab & six universities.
Disease writes its atrocious modifications, the endless sentence,
that tears fibers, burns in its net, overwhelming,
spreading in the body's intimate passageways, making alveolae burst
— David Huerta, from "November Notebook, 1976"
Torn Notebook Coosje Van Bruggen / Claes Oldenburg, Lincoln, Nebraska
1989 -- Guatemala: How's This One? American nun Diana Ortiz is kidnapped, beaten, raped & tortured near Guatemala City by US-backed Guatemalan terrorists military. The US Embassy claims Ortiz staged her own abduction & rape.
1991 -- Burmese Nobelist Aung San Suu Kyi enters a coma from a hunger strike.
1993 -- Iran: Government increases its earlier reward for Muslim terrorists to kill author Salman Rushdie.
1994 -- M.G. Vassanji wins the 1st Giller Prize for Canadian fiction, for his book The Book of Secrets.
1999 -- Spain: Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon issues international arrest warrants for 98 of the most infamous leaders of Argentina's Dirty War.
1999 -- US: Bad Copy? Byran Uyesugi shoots seven Xerox coworkers to death, Honolulu.
2000 -- Al Grierson, a close friend of Songster Utah Phillips, storyteller, poet, former Buddhist monk, a singer & a member of the Rose Tattoo, is killed in a flash flood accident near his home in Texass.
Did "A Candle for Durruti," the title of which "comes from Dave Van Ronk, who told me once about a friend of his who would never pass by a Catholic Cathedral without stopping in to light a candle in memory of Buenaventura Durruti, leader of the Anarchist Militia during the Spanish Civil War."
2005 -- US: Secret American CIA prisons in Europe belatedly reported in the mainstream media. Part of the US pattern of kidnappings, torture & abuse — surprisingly denied by the Bush junta. Notable in this chapter from Orwell is Secretary of State Condalessa Rice, who states with a straight face, during a mission to Europe to heal rifts over the US recolonization of Iraq, that,
the American government does not commit illegal acts.
2006 -- Zambia: A court grants bail to two Chinese managers accused of attempted murder for shooting & wounding 11 coal miners during a protest over pay & working conditions. Previously, in 2005, five Zambians were shot & wounded by managers during pay-related riots at the Chinese-owned Chambishi mine. http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE6A10E320101102
or the erect king-cobra crest
to show how the worm turns.
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