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Our Daily Bleed: Leo Huberman, Igal Roodenko, Asger Jorn, John Cage, Louise Michel, Emma Goldman, Orleneff troupe, Boris Vladimirovitch, Madrid Defense Junta, anarchico, anarchiste, anarquista, What Happened on this day, in recovered history November 9
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.

— excerpt,
M U S I C   S W I M S
B A C K   T O   M E

— Anne Sexton


British anti-imperialist journalist, noted Africa scholar.



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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: Source=Robert Braunwart]

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.
On his father Robert Owen, see Kenneth Rexroth's chapter in

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 -- Source=Robert Braunwart 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.

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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.

Paule Mink

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 -- Source=Robert Braunwart 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.

Louise Michel, anarchiste, in uniform
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 -- Source=Robert Braunwart 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.
Emma Goldman, anarchist feministRussia: Renewed pogroms of Jews. In the US the Orleneff troupe arranges benefit performances on behalf of Jewish victims. Emma Goldman accompanies Orleneff troupe on tour to Boston.

1914 -- England: Anti-imperialist Africa journalist Basil Davidson lives, Bristol.

1918 -- Germany: Berlin workers march on Reichstag during revolution. Philip Scheidermann declares a German Republic.
Its a busy day for Germany; Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicates after WW I defeat - republic is proclaimed; German barons establish a short-lived Duchy of the Baltic; Antiwar general strike in Berlin brings the administration to a halt; Battleship "Britannia" becomes last ship sunk by German WW I U-boats.

1921 -- England: Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir William Harwood, poisoned by arsenic-filled chocolates. Didna read today's Bleed, or he would no it's "No Cookies" Day.
Source: [Calendar Riots]

1923 -- American poet James Schyler lives.

1925 -- Argentina: Perez Millan (rightwing nationalist who killed the anarchist Kurt Gustav Wilckens in his prison cell), is killed in an asylum in Buenos Aires. Boris Vladimirovitch, a doctor & biologist doing time for an "expropriation," feigned madness so as to be transferred to Millan's asylum. Vladimirovitch was unable to get close enough (Millan was "protected"), so another internee killed him. See Daily Bleed,

1925 -- Oscar Micheaux's movie "Body & Soul" is released, marking the film debut of Paul Robeson. (see 16 September 1933).

Poetry in motion, animated
1928 -- Poet Anne Sexton lives, Newton, Massachusetts.

1928 -- France: Paul Gourmelon dies. "Maison du Peuple" de Brest qu'il découvre l'anarchie et rencontre les compagnons Jules Le Gall, René Martin, Jean Tréguer, René Lochu, etc. See René Lochu's Libertaires mes compagnons de Brest et d'ailleurs. (1983; foreword by Léo Ferré).

1928 -- Uruguay: At 4 am, in Montevideo, 300 stalwarts from the police force & the army encircle the house at 41-J.J. Rousseau street, trapping anarchist illegalists inside. Those sent to prison later escape, thanks to a tunnel built by anarchist comrades.

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1928 -- anarchist diamond; anarquistaSpain: Felipe Cortiella lives (1871-1937), Barcelona. Prominent Catalan author, poet, translator & dramatist. An anarquista militant & CNT fighter, the chief focus of his literary & cultural effort was the theatre (he founded the Agrupació Avenir company) which he sought to place in the service of the common people.

1932 -- Switzerland: Army opens fire on crowd where thousands gather for an antifascist demonstration, killing 13 & wounding a hundred others.

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We Are All Devo?
1933 -- US: 200 assembly-line workers at Nash automobile in Kenosha, Wisconsin, walk out to protest new piece rates. In response, owner Charles Nash locks out all 3,000 workers at his Kenosha & Racine plants.

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1934 -- Scientist & author Carl Sagan enters the Cosmos.

1935 -- US: Congress of Industrial Organization (CIO) forms under John L. Lewis to expand industrial unionism.

El Oso de Madrid...
1936 -- Spain: Formation of the Madrid Defense Junta. Varela switches attack to Carabanchel sector, & German forces reinforce & form the Condor Legion over the next week or so.

Al Frente

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1937 -- Author Roger McGough lives.

1937 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Canada: Quebec police take first action under Duplessis' anti-Communist Padlock Law, locking the doors of Montreal Communist newspaper Clart.

1937 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Samoa: Anthropologist Margaret Mead arrives to begin her book.

1938 -- Germany: Kristallnacht, "Crystal Night," a night of Nazi terror against Jews, marking the beginning of the Holocaust with the killing of 91 Jews & the deportation of 30,000 to concentration camps. This episode, coming on the heels of the Munich crisis, causes outrage in the Western democracies & also diverts attention from the revolution & civil war in Spain.

"Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion or political views, that place must, at that moment, become the center of the universe."

— Elie Weisel, Nobel Prize laureate, survivor, author

Whirling cycles, animated
1939 -- Got Yours Yet?: Nobel for physics awarded to Ernest O. Lawrence (cyclotron).

1939 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader J. Edgar Hoover orders creation of an FBI list of possible political detainees — it ultimately includes Communists, labor leaders, journalists, poets, writers critical of the FBI & some members of Congress.

1939 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Novelist Thomas Mann speaks in NYC; the address is later published as "This Peace."

1943 --

US: Today, after Igal Roodenko's strike had reached the 12th day, he was arrested for refusal to work & held in the Denver County jail on $3,500 bail. He was tried & found guilty in Denver. It was thereafter decided to make of Roodenko & two others a Supreme Court"test case" in which the constitutionality of the Selective Service Act was argued, but the Court turned the case down. On June 6, 1944 a Denver judge found Roodenko guilty & sentenced him to three years in a federal penitentiary.

Censorship: Statue of Liberty gagged

On September 29, 1943, six war objectors imprisoned at Lewisburg, PA, started a hunger strike against censorship of mail & reading material by prison authorities. In October, Roodenko began his own hunger & work strike in support, stating: "My concern was [with] . . . censorship which occasionally reached preposterous depths of pettiness & stupidity, censorship of mail & reading matter which frequently denied men the opportunity of reading & writing about those very matters which made them sacrifice comforts & respect for the ignominy & disrepute of a prison record. & it should be noted that the opinions of such men were not treasonous, but those objections to warfare recognized by Congress in the Selective Service Act."

1949 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Mobs of up to 2,000 attack Negroes & Jews in Chicago.

1950 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Luis Bunuel movie "Los olvidados" premiers, Mexico.

Dylan Thomas
1953 -- Welsh poet Dylan Thomas dies, age 39, following a six-day coma brought on by drinking 18 straight whiskeys in a New York tavern. At the funeral parlor, a friend looking down at the body with its rouged face & garish suit, carnation in buttonhole, says: "He would never have been seen dead in it."

DYLAN THOMAS, Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2006-2010
Welsh Poet, drunk, high-liver, lifestyle libertarian.

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1953 -- Abdul-Aziz ibn Sa'ud, founder of Saudi Arabia, dies.

1955 -- US: Two whites recently acquitted of the murder of Emmet Till escape a kidnap indictment as well when they admit abducting the black youth, but solemnly swore they let him go unharmed (see 31 August; 23 September).

1961 -- England: Brian Epstein first sees the Beatles at The Cavern, Liverpool.

1961 -- SI dingbat Interview with Asger Jorn in the Danish journal Aften-Posten on the foundation of the Scandinavian Institute of Comparative Vandalism in Silkeborg. Situationist International anarchist art

Also today in München, Flugblatt, a tract in German by Sturm, Fischer, Zimmer, Kunzelmann & Prem denounces the seizure of all six issues of the journal Spur & the indictment of the Spurists — countersigned by another 31 individuals, mostly situationists.
Indictment of Uwe Lausen, a minor at the time, for contempt of court.

1962 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader JFK tells reporter Tad Szulc his advisers are pressuring him to order Castro's assassination.

1963 -- US: Polish Refugees Liberated? End of poll taxes in Texass.

1965 -- US: Roger Allen La Porte, Catholic Worker, immolates himself in front of UN.

1965 -- US: New York Blackout; biggest power failure in history occurs as all of NY State, portions of seven neighboring states, & parts of eastern Canada are plunged into darkness, affecting 30 million people (all pretending that they weren't in the dark before). Drooker: Reading in the Street
At 5:16 p.m., a 230-kilovolt-transmission line near Ontario, Canada, trips, causing several other heavily loaded lines to also fail, precipitating a redirection in the normal flow of electric power from its usual northerly direction, toward Toronto, to a southerly direction, toward Canada's interconnections with the US. The resulting surge of power from Canada overwhelms the transmission lines in western New York, causing a "cascading" tripping of additional lines & resulting in the eventual breakup of the entire Northeastern transmission network.

1966 -- Rumor & morbid speculation grows, from the "Paul is Dead" hoax of 1969, that Paul McCartney is fatally decapitated today in a car crash & replaced in the Beatles by a lookalike, one William Campbell — or is it Billy Shears?

1966 -- US: Ken Kesey & several Diggers (Emmett Grogan, Peter Berg, Kent Minault, Robert La Morticello, & Brooks Buchet) meet briefly in an elevator in the San Francisco Hall of Justice while going to separate legal appearances.

1967 -- First issue of rock oriented magazine Rolling Stone, which includes a free "roach clip," is published in Frisco. Published by Jann Wenner, with John Lennon on the cover.

1968 --

A US Army captain tells Rolling Stone magazine,

"Rock & Roll music contributes to both the usage of drugs & the high VD rate among listed men in the army today."

The Bleeders - American Rock n Roll; source www.thebleeders.comEvil Monkey

1968 -- Entra en vigor la libre circulación de trabajadores entre los países de la CEE.

1968 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Germany: Premiere of Hans Werner Henze oratorio "The Raft of the Medusa" is canceled in Hamburg because the chorus objects to its dedication to Che Guevara.

1968 -- US: Leo Huberman, cofounder of the socialist magazine Monthly Review, dies.

1969 -- USA: 78 Indians land on Alcatraz Island in Frisco Bay to "hold the rock" — occupied for 6 months. Site of an abandoned military base & famous prison.

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1970 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Nixon White House promulgates an economic-warfare plan against Chile.

1970 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Trial of the Seattle 8, Vietnam anti-war protesters, begins.
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Faith Ringgold flag art
1970 -- NY: "The People's Flag Show," with a massive contributions by various artists, is held at NYC's Judson Memorial Church. The show was shut down by the Attorney General's office & Faith Ringgold, Jon Hendricks & Jon Toche — dubbed the Judson 3 — were convicted for violating federal flag desecration legislation. They justified their actions by claiming, "If the flag can be used to sanctify killing, it should be available to people to stop killing".

1971 -- US: Feeling Listless? John List kills family & moves to Colorado.

1979 -- US: Computer error causes six-minute "nuclear war alert." US Air Defense Command computer reports that Russia is attacking.

Obscene Donkey & Elephant Electoral graphic: Same Fucking Difference
1982 -- Zonker Harris receives one vote for the governorship in Illinois.

"Reader, suppose you were an idiot. & suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. "

— Mark Twain: Manuscript note, c.1882.

1982 -- Acting President Ronnie Reagan is asked if he'll be visiting the new Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

"I can't tell until somebody tells me," he says,

"I never know where I'm going."

1984 -- Nicaragua: US peace activists sail shrimp boat into Port of Corinto to confront US warships threatening Nicaragua.

1985 -- US: Carpetbagger? Toasting Princess Diana on her first visit to America, Acting President Ronnie Reagan refers to her as "Princess David."

Better yet, observes a BBC correspondent,

"President Reagan greeted the Prince & Princess wearing a plaid jacket that was remarkably similar to the carpet at Balmoral Castle."

1988 -- anarchist diamond; anarquistaUS: John Cage's reading 'On Anarchism' at the Cooper Union in New York.

"...We have no need for imaginary mountain ranges between separate nations."

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Porcelin Humpty Dumpty
1989 -- Germany: Berlin Wall comes tumbling down, signaling end of half-century-long Cold War. Wall opens in response to nonviolent action.

Wall grafitti

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1992 -- Italy: Anti-racist protests held in 30 cities.

1992 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Thailand: Thai military officers are granted amnesty for massacre of civilians.

1992 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Germany: 180,000 demonstrate against racism on the anniversary of Kristallnacht.

1993 -- Bosnia-Herzegovina: The Old Bridge, symbol of unity since 1567, destroyed by shellfire, Mostar.

Clinical studies show there are No Answers
2000 -- US: Ballots reviewed in Florida after Bore loses to Gush by margin of 666 votes. Meanwhile, Cuba offers to send poll watchers to Florida, apparently to observe first hand how rigged elections work. Vote to Destruct

2000 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Malaysia: Opposition leaders in are imprisoned for leading protests.

2000 -- Source=Robert Braunwart UN General Assembly censures the US for its Cuba embargo, 167-3.

2001 -- US: Berkeley Critical Mass bike ride.

2001 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Masterbatus Interuptus? Star Wars test rocket has to be destroyed seconds after launch when controllers lose contact with it, Kodiak, Alaska. The bears are not amused.

"We have a better-than-zero chance of successfully intercepting, I believe, an inbound warhead."

—Lt. Gen. Henry A. Obering III, director of the United States Missile Defense, July 2005

2002 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Italy: 500,000 people protest war on Iraq in Firenze.

2004 -- Sweden: Stieg Larsson, author & journalist, dies. Editor of the magazine Expo, a member of the Communist Workers' League, & editor of the Trotskyist journal Fjärde internationalen. A leading expert on antidemocratic right-wing extremist & Nazi organizations. He died in 2004, shortly after delivering the manuscripts for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, & The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.

2012 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade CIA Honcho David Petraeus — caught with his pants down — resigns, admitting he "screwed up royally" by having an affair with his biographer.

2346 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Outer Space: The Khitomer Massacre — the Romulans slaughter over 4,000 Klingons on an agricultural colony; Worf & Kahlest are the only two survivors.

Vote Satan, George Bush (choose your evils!
3500 --

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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