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Imagine it. A radio playing
& everyone here was crazy.
I liked it & danced in a circle.
Music pours over the sense
& in a funny way
music sees more than I.
I mean it remembers better;
remembers the first night here.
It was the strangled cold of November;
even the stars were strapped in the sky
& that moon too bright
forking through the bars to stick me
with a singing in the head.
I have forgotten all the rest.
British anti-imperialist journalist, noted Africa scholar.
CHAOS NEVER DIED DAY.
NO COOKIES DAY.
1520 -- Noblese Oblige?: Swedish King Christian II ignobly executes 600 nobles.
1721 -- Author Mark Akenside lives.
1731 -- New Old World: American rights activist Benjamin Bannekar lives.
1769 -- England: First cooperative, the Weavers' Society of Fenwick, is formed, Ayrshire.
Source: [Robert Braunwart] [Hereafter attributed with symbol: ]
1771 -- Scotland: Robert Dale Owen, utopian, lives, Glasgow. American social reformer & politician. Son of the English reformer & utopian socialist Robert Owen, he was steeped in his father's socialist philosophy while growing up at New Lanark in Scotland.
1799 -- France: Napoleon Bonaparte, a popular young general, exploits political divisions & participates in a coup. He becomes dictator (First Consul) of France; 18 Brumaire VIII.
1803 -- Haiti: The remnant of the French army surrenders to Haitian rebels.
1813 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader General, & future president, Andrew Jackson defeats the Creeks at Talladega (US-Creek War). The Americans destroy the village & kill more than 500 Indians.
1818 -- Novelist Ivan Turgenev (Fathers & Sons) lives Orel, Russia.
1832 -- Émile Gaboriau, French novelist who became known as the father of the roman policier ("detective novel"), lives, Saujon. Gaboriau made his reputation with the publication in 1866 of L'Affaire Lerouge (The Widow Lerouge).
1839 -- France: Paule Mink (or Minck; nee Paulina Mekaraska) lives (1839-1901); friend of Louise Michel & Marie Ferré.
Daughter of Polish nobles, Communard, socialist, prominent feminist & the mother of the anarchiste Henri Jullien.
Source: [ L'Ephéméride Anarchiste ]
1853 -- Origin of Carrington rotation numbers for rotation of the Sun.
1855 -- US: Coast & Siletz Indian Reservations established in Oregon.
1862 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Union General & future President US Grant bars Jews from entering his military command.
1864 -- Canada: First export of goods from Burrard Inlet, British Columbia to a foreign country.
1872 -- US: One year, one month & one day after the "Great Chicago Fire," a fire in Boston razes more than 600 buildings, causing $75 million worth of damage.
1875 -- US: Indian Bureau reports that Plains Indians outside reservations are "well-fed . . . lofty & independent in their attitudes, & are a threat to the reservation system."
"Maybe we should not have humored them when they asked to live on reservations. Maybe we should have said, No, come join us. Be citizens along with the rest of us."
— (Bad)Acting President Ronnie Reagan during a trip to Moscow, when a student asks about US abuse of Native Americans
1877 -- Muhammad Iqbal lives (d.1938). Poet & Muslim activist. Widely regarded as having inspired the Pakistan Movement. Today (Iqbal Day) is a public holiday in Pakistan.
1880 -- France: Réception triomphale à la gare Saint-Lazare à Paris. French teacher & socialist, then an anarchiste, Louise Michel, freed by amnesty after nine years in prison, is met in Gare Saint-Lazare by an enormous crowd cheering her with cries of,
"Vive Louise Michel,
vive la Commune,
A bas les assassins!"
Louise Michel & the Paris Commune:
1886 -- Guy de Maupassant story "La Trou" (The Fishing Hole) is published.
1899 -- Portugal: Acácio Tomás de Aquino lives (1899-1998), Lisbon. Militant anarcho-trade unionist & life-long anarquista. Wrote O Segredo das Prisões Atlânticas, (Lisboa: Regra do Jogo, 1982; The Secret of the Atlantic Prisons), a personal testimony (he was imprisoned 1933-1949 in the Tarrafal concentration camp) which is also very much a history of the Portuguese anarchist movement. Lifelong companion of Luísa do Carmo Franco Elias Adão, a nurse & also a militant anarquista.
The hand that signed the paper felled a city;
Five sovereign fingers taxed the breath,
Doubled the globe of dead & halved a country;
These five kings did a king to death.
The mighty hand leads to a sloping shoulder,
The finger joints are cramped with chalk;
A goose's quill has put an end to murder
That put an end to talk.
The hand that signed the treaty bred a fever,
& famine grew, & locusts came;
Great is the hand the holds dominion over
Man by a scribbled name.
The five kings count the dead but do not soften
The crusted wound nor pat the brow;
A hand rules pity as a hand rules heaven;
Hands have no tears to flow.
— Dylan Thomas
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