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Our Daily Bleed: Gene Debs, Carlo Cafiero & Alberto Tucci, Will Durant, Guy Aldred, Ben Reitman, Emma Goldman, Jeanne & Eugene Humbert, Buenaventura Durruti, Julius Nolden, FAUD, Tuli Kupferberg, anarchist, libertarian, anarchiste, anarquista, What Happened on this day, in recovered history November 5

— back of the scene: the atomic stockpile; the vials
of synthesized diseases eager biologists have developt
over half a century
dreaming of the bodies of mothers & fathers &
children & hated rivals swollen with new plagues,
measles grown
enormous, influenzas perfected; & the gases of
despair, confusion of the senses, mania, inducing
terror of the universe, coma,
existential wounds, that chemists we have met at
cocktail parties, passt daily & with a happy "Good
Day" on the way to
classes or work, have workt to make war too terrible
for men to wage — raised this secret entity of
America's hatred of Europe,
of Africa,
of Asia ...

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IWW founder, jailed seditionist & perennial candidate.


GUY FAWKES DAY. The only man to enter Parliament with honest intentions.
See the Daily Bleed Guy Fawkes Gallery page,


A God-given American Right to Eat Fat even if it has holes in it.


"Vote early, Vote often."

Fuck the Vote!
— League of Empty Gestures & Self-Abdication

"Nobody represents you. . . . . .Vote Nobody!" APATHY SUCKS - REGISTER & VOTE? .... This is a story about four people: EVERYBODY, SOMEBODY, ANYBODY, & NOBODY. There was an important job to be done & EVERYBODY was sure that SOMEBODY would do it. ANYBODY could have done it, but NOBODY did it. SOMEBODY got angry about that, because it was EVERYBODY's job. EVERYBODY thought ANYBODY could do it, but NOBODY realized that EVERYBODY wouldn't do it. It ended up that EVERYBODY blamed SOMEBODY when NOBODY did what ANYBODY could have done. .... "Of all the choices, who can possibly represent YOU!?" ....NOBODY.... "Who lowered the taxes?" ....NOBODY.... "Who lowered the gas prices?" ....NOBODY.... "Who brought peace to our times?" ....NOBODY.... "Who balanced the budget?" ....NOBODY.... "Who lives forever & works for nothing?" ....NOBODY.... "Who stopped censorship on the net?" ....NOBODY.... "Who loves you when you're down & out?" ....NOBODY.... "Who bakes apple pie better than Mom?" ....NOBODY!!!!! & NOBODY will continue to do these things until SOMEBODY takes the responsibility to get the job done! " ....Don't Call us, & do it yourself ....Vote for NOBODY...."
Ballot box voodoo ... shall the left hand of the American oligarchy run this country, or the right??

1228 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Wu-Men Kuan (also known by the Japanese name, Mumonkan), a collection of 48 Zen koans, is compiled in China.

These 48 koans were gathered together & supplied with commentary by the 13th-century Chinese master Wu-men. Leading off with Chao-Chu's famous Dog koan (Mu), these 48 "fingers pointing at the moon" are basic building blocks of Zen training.

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1605 -- England: Gunpowder plot to blow up English Parliament detected, leader Guy Fawkes (the only man to enter Parliament with honest intentions) captured.

Fawkes is innocent: state-sponsored commemorations — intended to corral people into official versions of history — have throughout time been subverted by revellers who have turned the authoritarians' world upside down & engaged instead in pitched battles with those who would stop them taking celebration to its natural conclusion — see 21 November).

See Daily Bleed's Guy Fawkes Sinner page,

1644 -- Samuel Pepys writes in his Diary that he has been to see Macbeth, a "pretty good play."

1715 -- Author John Brown lives.

1735 -- Author James Beattie lives.

1779 -- US: Hollow Earth theorist John Cleves Symmes lives, New Jersey.

1836 -- Czech poet, Karel Hynek Mácha, dies in Litomerice. Initially coldly received when first published, Máj (1836, May) grew in prestige among Czech poets & critics in the 20th century.

1849 -- France: Louis Dejoux lives, Replonges. Militant et propagandiste anarchiste. Membre de la "Fédération révolutionnaire de l'Est." Participant in the Congrès de la Fédération Jurassienne (4 juin 1882). Le 5 novembre 1849, naissance de Louis DEJOUX à Replonges (Dép. de l'Ain). Membre de la "Fédération révolutionnaire de l'Est" et gérant du premier journal anarchiste lyonnais "Le Droit social" (1er numéro le 12 février 1882). Il est condamné le 25 mai 1882, à un an de prison et 200 francs d'amende pour un article faisant l'apologie du geste d'un jeune ouvrier qui avait tiré sur son patron. Mais il parvient à s'enfuir en Suisse où il participera le 4 juin 1882, à Lausanne, au "Congrès de la Fédération Jurassienne." Toujours en Suisse, il apprendra sa condamnation par défaut, à Lyon, à deux ans de prison dans le "procès dit des 66." Il aidera ensuite Jean Grave à Paris, à la publication du journal "La Révolte." Son frère François DEJOUX (né le 19 mars 1836), anarchiste comme lui, sera arrêté en novembre 1882, et condamné dans le même procès des 66, à un an de prison et 100 francs d'amende.

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1855 -- US: Eugene Debs, labor activist, socialist politician, lives, Terre Haute, Indiana. IWW founder, jailed seditionist, perennial presidential candidate.

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1857 -- US: Muckraker Ida Tarbell lives, Erie county, Pennsylvania.
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Muck-raking anti-capitalist American journalist.

1862 -- US: 303 Santee Sioux suspects in Minnesota uprising sentenced to hang. Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Abe Lincoln commutes many sentences, but 38 chose to hang at Mankato, singing their death song on their scaffold.

1870 -- US: One of the nation's first train robberies.

Six men, led by Big Jack Davis, hopped aboard the eastbound express for Reno, forced the train to a stop, & rode off to Virginia City with $40,000 in minted coin. 10 hours later, as the delayed engine chugged into Independence, six army deserters jumped aboard to take $4m490 that the Davis gang had overlooked. Within days, authorities captured all 13 bandits, who were sentenced variously from 10 to 15 years in prison.

1871 -- Italy: Carlo Cafiero & Alberto Tucci, at a workers' Congress in Rome (November 1-5), distribute a manifesto by Bakunin, opposing nationalism, republicanism & Marxist authoritarianism. Cafiero, with Errico Malatesta, was one of the main founders of the Italian anarchist movement.

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1872 -- US: Susan B. Anthony & friends arrested for illegally attempting to vote, Rochester, NY. This is before the US government made a mockery of her with a ridiculous one-dollar coin no one will use.

1885 -- US: Will Durant, historian (The Story of Civilization), lives, North Adams, Massachusetts. A teacher & a director at the anarchist Ferrer Modern School.

"I had been led to believe that most of these men & women were criminals, enemies of all social order, given to presenting their arguments with dynamite. I was amazed to find myself, for the most part, among philosophers & saints."

1886 -- England: Guy Aldred, British activist & anti-militarist, lives, London. At various points between 1910 & his death in 1963, Guy Aldred edited five Glasgow-based anarchist periodicals — The Herald of Revolt, The Spur, The Commune, The Council, & The Word.

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1893 -- Willa Cather, 20, begins contributing to the "Nebraska State Journal," for which she hauls in $1 per column.
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Coosje Van Bruggen / Claes Oldenburg, Lincoln, Nebraska
Torn Notebook, Coosje Van Bruggen / Claes Oldenburg

1895 -- Charles MacArthur, American journalist, dramatist, screenwriter, lives, Scranton, Pennsylvania. Much of his work was written with Ben Hecht, including The Front Page (1928), a farce about a star reporter drawn into his own story, & Twentieth Century (1932), a lively satire of the entertainment industry.

1895 -- Source=Robert Braunwart England: King Edward VII says "We are all Socialists nowadays".

1898 -- France: Benoît Perrier lives, dép. du Rhône. Militant, propagandiste anarchiste & pacifiste.

1902 -- US: Everett (Washington) Central Labor Council formed.

1909 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministUS: Prevented from speaking in a Brooklyn lecture hall, Emma Goldman addresses a crowd of 3,000 in an open-air meeting;
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Dr. Ben Reitman is arrested for failing to obtain a permit for this outrage.

1911 -- US: Few men have met & conquered the obstacles Calbraith Perry Rodgers (an "almost totally deaf" aviator) faced in accepting the challenge of a coast-to-coast flight across the US in 1911, fewer than 8 years after the Wright brothers made the first successful flights in an airplane.

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1912 -- US: Socialist candidate Eugene Debs receives over 900,000 votes, the largest percentage ever by a socialist, of the popular presidential vote — a whopping 6%!

1913 -- US: Los Angeles receives its first piped-in water from Owens Valley, 200 miles northeast of the city.

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1916 -- US: Everett Massacre, Washington state. Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) labor activists are killed by Everett's finest .
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1920 -- US: Eugene Debs, Convict #9653, receives nearly one million votes as Socialist Party presidential candidate while occupying a jail cell.

1921 -- France: Jeanne Humbert & Eugène Humbert, militant anarchistes, pacifistes, néo-malthusians & naturists are sentenced to prison. Under the terms of the new laws (voted in 1920) to repress anti-natalist propaganda, Jeanne & Eugene are each sentenced to one to two years in prison & fined 3000 francs. Jeanne is released on July 30, 1922. Eugene is not released until February 1924.

1923 -- US: In the Sacco & Vanzetti case, the Proctor motion for a new trial is made.

Prosecution expert witness Proctor admitted the use of the ambiguous phrase “consistent with” was prearranged by the District Attorny to allow the jury to believe he was testifying that Sacco’s gun was the gun that killed Berardelli.

Previously, on April 30, 1923, the Hamilton motion for a new trial was filed, based upon criminologist & gun case expert Hamilton who signed an affidavit stating the bullets at the scene & in Berardelli did not come from Sacco’s gun.

See Heroes & Martyrs: Emma Goldman, Sacco & Vanzetti, & the Revolutionary Struggle, an audio CD by Howard Zinn.
Sacco & Vanzetti Timeline

1924 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Simon & Schuster publishes the first US crossword puzzle book (It is also the publishing firm's first book).

1926 -- US: Negro History Week initiated by Carter G. Woodson.

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1927 -- Argentina: During this month Osvaldo Bayer lives [exact day remains elusive — ed.], Santa Fé. Journalist, film scenarist, pacifist, anarquista, historian. Forced into exile in 1975, returned in 1983. Among his books are Severino Di Giovanni: El idéalista de la violencia, Los anarquistas expropiadores, Radowitsky, marthyr ou assassin?, the four-volume Los vengadores de la Patagonia, etc.

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1928 -- Colombia: 5,000 banana workers strike against United Fruit Company. 1,000 killed.

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1930 -- Mock-Me-Not?: When Sinclair Lewis gets a phone call from a Swedish newspaper reporter telling him he is the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, Lewis thinks it is a prank & begins imitating the man's accent.

1933 -- Spain: Rogelio Madrigal Torres lives. Catalan anarquista guérrilla with Sabaté's group; trapped & shot down in 1960.
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1935 -- US: In the heart of the Great Depression, Parker Brothers introduces the board game "Monopoly." Favorite game at Microsoft/Amazon.

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1936 -- Spain: Buenaventura Durruti makes a radio broadcast from the Madrid front, in which he opposes the decree issued by the Generalidad militarizing the militias, & calls for greater commitment & sacrifice from the rearguard if the war is to be won.

"We make war & revolution at the same time. The militiaman has to know that he fights for the conquest of the land, the factories, culture ... the pick & the shovel are as valuable as the gun."

CNT-FAI unitat victoriaIn July, 1936, Durruti was one of the most important leaders of the CNT masses that prevented the fascist military coup in Barcelona. After the uprising was suppressed, he immediately lead militia columns to retake Zaragoza, which was occupied by these nationalists. He spread his ideas about 'libertarian communism' as he marched into Aragon, as the doctrinal basis of the 'communes' recently established there.

1937 -- Germany: Julius Nolden, a car plant worker from Duisburg is sentenced by the "The People's Court" in Berlin to a 10 year prison term for "preparing an act of high treason with aggravating circumstances."

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1943 -- Sam Shepard lives. American playwright & actor, whose plays blend images of the Old West, pop culture & science fiction.

1944 -- France: In Montfort-on-Boulzane the communist Union Nationale Espagnole murder four militants for refusing to join their organization. Shot are the Spanish socialistas Pedro Perez & Jose Ibanez, & the libertarios Antonio Rodriguez (known as Victoriano Vonilla), & Miguel Gonzales Espada. Gonzales was a member of the Libertarian Youths of Calanda (Teruel), & a combatant with the Durruti Column. Taking refuge in France, he was a logger in Montfort at the time of his assassination by the Stalinists (not by the fascists, as is registered on his cemetery marker. Details, see "Les dossiers noirs d'une certaine résistance" Ed. du CES (1984) ou bien le Bulletin du Cira de Marseille n° 29-30. Le 5 novembre 1944, à Montfort-sur-Boulzane (Aude), un groupe de "l'Union Nationale Espagnole" (d'obédience communiste) fusille quatre militants qui avaient refusé d'intégrer leur organisation. Il s'agit des socialistes espagnols Pedro PEREZ et José IBANEZ, des libertaires Antonio RODRIGUEZ (dit Victoriano VONILLA), et de Miguel GONZALES ESPADA, ce dernier avait milité aux Jeunesses Libertaires de Calanda (Teruel) où il était paysan. Il avait ensuite combattu au sein de la "Colonne Durruti." Réfugié en France, il était bûcheron à Montfort au moment de son assassinat par les staliniens et non par les fascistes comme il est inscrit sur la plaque du cimetière. Lire à ce propos: "Les dossiers noirs d'une certaine résistance" Ed. du CES (1984) ou bien le Bulletin du Cira de Marseille n° 29-30.

1949 -- US: Twelve citizens of Camden, New Jersey shot dead as Harold Unruh, a berserk World War II veteran, goes on a shooting rampage.

Why does man kill? He kills for food. But frequently there must be a beverage.

1951 -- US: Paul Robeson speaks at Conference for Equal Rights for Negroes in the Arts, Sciences & Professions, in New York City.

1954 -- England: Seize the Time! Thomas Manners, the official London Law Courts clock winder, is caught in the mechanism of the law courts tower & crushed to death.
Source: [Calendar Riots]

1957 --
France: Potlatch #29, information bulletin of the Lettrist International, issued in Paris. | [Situationist Resources]

1960 -- Film comedy producer Mack Sennett dies.

1960 -- Johnny Horton, 33, who had a Number One smash "Battle of New Orleans," is killed in an auto accident. He had just played his last show, at the Skyline in Austin, Texass — where Hank Williams had played his last show as well. Horton's widow, Billy Joe, was also Hanks Williams' widow.

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1960 -- Denmark: Launch, at the Statsgymnasium in Århus, of the Ceramic Mural (27 meters long, 3 high), produced by Asger Jorn during the summer in Alba, Italy.

Difendiamo la libertà (In Defense of Freedom), Situationist tract by Guiseppe Pinot-Gallizio, Erwin Eisch, Lothar Fischer, Renée Nele, Heimrad Prem, Helmut Sturm & Peter Zimmer advocating public execration of the Spanish painter Cuixard, who, in order to increase his chances of securing the Grand Prize for painting at São Paulo, did not shrink from denouncing the communism of his compatriots Saura & Tapiés, at the risk of putting them 'in grave danger with political organizations in their country.'

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1962 -- United Nations General Assembly demands complete nuclear weapons testing ban.

1964 -- US: Free Speech Movement (FSM) coalesces as thousands of University of California-Berkeley students rally & occupy Sproul Hall.

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1966 -- US: Walk for Love & Peace & Freedom: 10,000+ show up, including poets Allen Ginsberg, & Gary Snyder, Paul Krassner, & the Fugs (Tuli Kupferberg ["one of the Leading Anarchist Theorists of our time"], Ed Sanders, et al). The "first hippie style demo in NYC."
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1968 -- US: Shirley Chisholm is first black woman to be elected to Congress.

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1968 -- US: Dick M Nixon defeats "Dump the Hump" Humphrey by narrowest margin of victory since 1912: .7%. Many blame Humphrey's defeat on the rioting & division at the Democratic Convention.(43.4-42.7).

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1969 -- US: Chicago Eight Trial becomes Chicago Seven Trial. The trial of Bobby Seale is severed from the trial of what now becomes the Chicago Seven. Because of his courtroom outbursts (after being refused permission to act as or have his own defense counsel), Bobby Seale has been bound & gagged during the trial since October 29th. Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Judge Julius Hoffman cites Seale for contempt & sentences him to four years in jail; a retrial is ordered on Seale's case.

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1969 -- US: Spot surveillance of columnist Joseph Kraft, ordered by the Nixon administration, begins. The surveillance is discontinued on 12 December after proving to be "unproductive."

1969 -- High Seas: Hull of the ship Keo fails off the Massachusetts coast, spilling 8,820,000 gallons of oil in the Atlantic.

1970 -- US: Indians occupy federal land near Davis.

1971 -- UN votes to seat (Red) China (also seen as Oct 25).

1974 -- Italy: Nov 5-16 World Food Conference, Rome (Lappe?).

1974 -- US: Voters ban underground bomb tests, Colorado.

1975 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Aliens abduct humans from Arizona (movie "Fire in the Sky").

1976 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Gordon Lightfoot single "The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald" hits #1.
That good ship & true was a bone to be chewed / When the gales of November came early.

1977 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Peanuts Carter vetoes Tennessee Clinch River Breeder Reactor.

1978 -- Austria: Reactionaries? Voters agree to leave nuclear reactor unfuelled, Zwentendorf.

1980 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Canada: World's Biggest Bookstore (1« million books, 27.3 km of shelves) opens in Toronto (later part of the Chapters chain, which is in turn gobbled up by Indigo).

1982 -- US: Demo at Honeywell, Minnesota's largest defense contractor, 36 arrested.

1984 -- South Africa: Anti-apartheid General Strike by black workers.

1990 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Algeria: 150,000 leftists demonstrate against religious intolerance.

1990 -- Source=Robert Braunwart England: Guy Fawkes, a descendant of the original, sets fire to a replica of the houses of Parliament for a charity fund-raiser, Devon.

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1991 -- Alex Coughlin volunteers to give up drugs & alcohol, years before most people even start.

November 5, 1991...what a fuckin' day. See, I already agreed to go & there was just about no chance in backing out now. I needed to go anyway, I was a fuckin' wreck; 30 pounds underweight, suicidal, drunk, homicidal, outrageously's no way to be. I'd go out with a bang, though.

2001 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Turkey: At least four hunger strikers protesting Turkish prison conditions die in a police raid, bringing the total to 45 deaths in the last year. Hundreds of jailed left-wing militants have joined the death fast to protest being kept in isolation cells in “F-type” high security prisons, where torture, beatings & abuse have been a persistent problem.

2010 -- US: Radioactive rabbit trapped at Hanford Nuclear Waste Facility near Richland, Washington. The frisky critter is said to have been trying to corner the Glow-in-the-Dark Easter egg market. Officials quickly scented the perimeter of a Breeder(sic) Reactor with fox pis (WD-40?) to deter copycats wabbits.

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"A man that would expect to train lobsters to fly in a year is called a lunatic; but a man that thinks men can be turned into angels by an election is a reformer & remains at large."

— Finley Peter Dunne

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