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Leader of the Munich "soviet" of 1919. Playwright, poet, bohemian, anarchist,
hounded to death by the Nazis.
INTERNATIONAL PRISONERS FOR PEACE DAY. In recognition of war resistors in all countries imprisoned for opposition to war & conscription.
WORLD AIDS DAY.
SAINT ELOI'S DAY. He tried to stop the ritual burning of cats. You've been warned.
& for Gosh Sakes, please keep uppermost in mind, this month is:
Hi Neighbor Month.
National Closed Caption TV Month.
National Stress-Free Family Holidays Month.
& most important of all, the 3rd week of the month is:
Tell Someone They're Doing a Good Job Week.
355 -- Julian Caesar leaves Milano for Gaul, according to Gore Vidal, reckoned while eating a Caesar salad & doubtlessly according to the Julian calendar...
Source: [Robert Braunwart] [Hereafter attributed with symbol: ]
1590 -- Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene is registered for publication with the Stationers' Company.
1662 -- England: Jeepers Pepyers? Samuel Pepys notes the first recorded ice-skating in Britain.
1663 -- Papa Bear?: John Dryden, 32, marries Elizabeth Howard, the daughter of the first Earl of Berkshire. She bears him three sons.
1817 -- Walter Scott, oft considered both the inventor & greatest practitioner of the historical novel, sees anonymous publication of Rob Roy. Demand was huge & a whole ship from Leith to London bulged with nothing but an entire edition of the book.
1827 -- Australia: Subscription Library begins with 1,000 volumes, Sydney.
1828 -- Brasil: Brazilian War veterans revolt against Argentina over peace terms. Probably too much peace, not enough war.
1830 -- This is the due date for Victor Hugo to turn over the manuscript of The Hunchback of Notre Dame to his publishers; he misses it.
1831 -- US: Erie Canal closes for entire month due to cold weather. Locals tremble, with the erie silence.
1835 -- Hans Christian Andersen publishes Tales, Told for Children (his first).
1842 -- Philip Spencer, first US naval officer condemned for mutiny, hanged.
1847 -- Julia Davis Moore lives. A “mortuary poet” & competitor for the most famous bad poet in the history of US literature. Drawn to themes of accident, disaster, & sudden death she was said to be "worse than a Gatling gun". Hopefully “The Sweet Singer of Michigan” had a better voice. A favorite of Mark Twain, who was inspired by her to create the character of Emmeline Grangerford in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
1860 -- The first installment of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations is published in All the Year Round.
1868 -- US: Luther Standing Bear, writer (My People, the Sioux) (exact day unkknown).
1870 -- France: Victor Hugo obtains the release of Louise Michel.
1885 -- France:This month, Formation d'un " groupe ouvrier " de députés socialistes comportant dix-huit membres.
1891 -- Switzerland: International Peace Bureau launched, Berne.
1893 -- Germany: Ernst Toller lives, Samotschin (now Szamocin, Poland). Playwright, poet, pacifist, Expressionist, anarchist, Munich "Soviet" leader. His 1920 play Masse-Mensch (Man & the Masses, 1920) brings widespread fame.
1895 -- Henry Williamson, lives, Bedfordshire. English novelist best known for his sensitive but unsentimental handling of nature themes. Best known for four novels published under the title of The Flax Dream (1936), but it is Tarka the Otter, however, that establishes his reputation.
1896 -- Rex Stout lives, Noblesville, Indiana. American author & radical, who wrote over 70 detective novels, 46 of them featuring eccentric, chubby, beer drinking gourmet sleuth Nero Wolfe, whose wisecracking aide & companion in crime solving was Archie Goodwin. Helped start the radical magazine New Masses.
"Compose yourself, Archie.
Why taunt me?
Why upbraid me?
I am merely a genius, not a god."
— Nero Wolfe, in Fer-De-Lance (1934)
1899 -- US: Robert Welch sees Red, discovers there is a Red under every American bed, grows up to invent that wacky John Birch Society.
1904 -- US: W. A. "Tony" Boyle, United Mine Workers (UMW) president, lives.
1905 -- Charles Finney lives. American author (Circus of Dr. Lao).
1907 -- France: sortie à Limoges (France) du premier numéro du bimensuel Le Combat Social, sous-titré "Organe révolutionnaire des Syndicalistes, Socialistes antiparlementaires et Libertaires." Le journal, dirigé par Jean Peyroux s'arrêtera (pour raisons financières) le 21 avril 1909, après 35 numéros. Il sera remplacé par "L'Insurgé" qui paraîtra en 1910. ANARCHISTE 1er décembre 1907, Il porte en épigraphe : "Détruire l'ignorance, combattre tous les préjugés, lutter sans trêve pour plus de liberté et de mieux-être, faire des individus véritablement conscients, forts de leur droit et sachant l'exiger. Voilà à quoi tendent tous nos efforts."
1908 -- While the politicos in Brazil & Argentina threaten war between the two countries, worker's organizations & anarcho-sindicalistas of these two Latin American countries express their cross-border solidarity, & jointly organize a day of protest against the possibility of a conflict.
1911 -- US: John & James McNamara plead guilty to bombing the Los Angeles Times building; admission of guilt creates controversy among their supporters who believed them to be innocent. Emma Goldman defends their action in a Mother Earth editorial.
1911 -- Edgar Rice Burroughs begins writing his novel Tarzan of the Apes.
1911 -- France: sortie du premier numéro de "L'Idée Libre," Revue Mensuelle de Culture Individuelle et de Rénovation Sociale. Son principal animateur en sera André Lorulot. Les thèmes abordés y sont variés: hygiène, alimentation, sociologie, littérature, anticléricalisme, etc.
La Revue s'arrêtera en 1940, mais reparaîtra après la seconde guerre mondiale, mais sera alors essentiellement centrée sur l'anticléricalisme.
anarchiste 1er décembre 1911, Il porte en épigraphe : "Détruire l'ignorance, combattre tous les préjugés, lutter sans trêve pour plus de liberté et de mieux-être, faire des individus véritablement conscients, forts de leur droit et sachant l'exiger. Voilà à quoi tendent tous nos efforts."
1912 -- US: Rustling card system put in place by the Anaconda Mining & Smelter Company. "Agitators" identified by spies are refused cards & therefore work.
1913 -- US: First drive-up gasoline station opens, Pittsburgh.
1914 -- US: Famed labor song "Solidarity Forever" written by IWW songwriter Ralph Chaplin for a hunger march to be lead by anarchist Lucy Parsons in Chicago (on January 17, 1915). aka Lucy Ella Gonzales Parsons
1919 -- US: Alexander Berkman, Emma Goldman & 200+ anarchists, labor militants, & radicals are forced to leave the "Land of the Free," deported to Russia on the rust-bucket Buford. Shades of B. Traven's The Death Ship. In America it is axiomatic that we have free speech only if no one practices it.
1919 -- A.A. Milne play "Mr. Pim Passes By" premiers, Manchester.
1921 -- Russia: Under the pretext of representing the Kropotkin Museum at an anarchist conference in Berlin, Emma Goldman, Alexander Berkman, & Alexander Schapiro are authorized to leave Russia.
1921 -- Silent movie serial "The Adventures of Tarzan" is released.
1921 -- Tanizaki Jun-ichiro plays "Haru no umibe" & "Jugoya monogatari" are produced, Tokyo.
1922 -- US: Capt. Turner, RAF, produces the first skywriting over the US (NYC). It sez:
"Keep a Smile on Your Face & a Song in Yer Heart
While Yer Smashing the State!"
Well, ok... We were just funning you. In "real" life it lamely said, "Hello USA"
1925 -- Joseph Tortelier dies. A carpenter, anarcho-syndicalist, ardent proponent & speaker for the General Strike.
1931 -- Russia: With the failure of Nepreryvka, the five-day week, the Soviet authorities attempt ... the six-day week!  - see 26 August & 23 November. Like the five-day week, this measure is sabotaged by workers & peasants taking both the banned Sundays & the new rest days off.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1934 -- Russia: Sergei Kirov, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Uncle Josef Stalin's collaborator, assassinated in Leningrad.
1935 -- American filmmaker Woody Allen lives.
"There are only two things that you can control in life: art & masturbation."
1947 -- Aleister Crowley dies at 74.
1948 -- Costa Rica: The army is disbanded. All the other peace-loving nations follow suit.
1951 -- Benjamin Britten opera "Billy Budd" premiers, Covent Garden, London.
1955 -- US: Rosa Parks, an African American, gets busted, refusing to give her bus seat in front to a white man & sit in the back, in Montgomery, Alabama. Sets off a successful year-long bus boycott by blacks & sparks the Civil Rights movement of the next decade.
1955 -- US: Wilhelm Reich "Orgone Energy Contempt Trial" begins. Reich refused to appear in court on the decree motion but did respond in a letter to the Judge regarding the courts unclear jurisdiction of scientific discovery. While the Orgone box is thoroughly discredited, Book Burning remains alive & well, today, as then.
1958 -- US: Our Lady of Angels School burns, killing 92 students & three nuns, Chicago.
1960 -- SCOTS "SCARLET PIMPERNAL"
Scotland: Ethel MacDonald (b.1909) dies. Glasgow-based anarchist activist &, during the Spanish Revolution, a prisoner aid militant, & a propagandist on Barcelona Loyalist radio, captured by the fascists.
"COME & GET ME"
For an online film on her life, see An Anarchist's Story: Ethel MacDonald at ChristieBooks,
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1963 -- France (?): After having established the new clandestine structure of the youth organization Federación Ibérica de Juventudes Libertarias (FIJL), the "provisional" Commission of Relations began preparations for today's extraordinary Congress.
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1964 -- US: Martin Luther King speaks to J. Edgar Hoover about his slander campaign. (Edgar is secretly thrilled at this "dressing down.")
1966 -- Prisoners for Peace Day first observed.
1966 -- US: Comedian Dick Gregory is convicted in Olympia, Washington, for his participation in Native American fishing rights protests.
1966 -- US: Seattle, Washington, police shoot & kill a black youth suspected of car theft.
1966 -- Print Mint store in the Haight-Ashbury opens at 1542 Haight St., Frisco, California.
1966 -- US: Nursing Grievances? The Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association (YGDNA) becomes the first nurses in Ohio to engage in a mass resignation or "strike," & according to the American Nurses Association it may be the first concerted action by nurses in a labor dispute in the nation. Nearly 350 of the 400 nurses sign resignations.
1967 -- US: Wilt "The Stilt" Chamberlain sets National Basketball Association (NBA) record of 22 free throws misses. Apparently not tall enough to reach the basket.
1967 -- Mad River & the Santana Blues Band appeared at the Straight Theatre, San Francisco.
1968 -- Vietnam: American C-123 develops engine trouble, lightens its load by spraying a full tank of defoliants over two South Vietnamese towns, causing "deaths & widespread birth defects."
1968 -- US: Public release of Rights in Conflict, commonly called the Walker Report.The National Commission on the Causes & Prevention of Violence, charged with studying & reporting on urban riots, formed a Chicago Study Team headed by Daniel Walker, to investigate the Convention Week disturbances.
They reviewed over 20,000 pages of statements from 3,437 eyewitnesses & participants, 180 hours of film, & over 12,000 still photographs. The Walker Report attached the label "police riot" to the events of Chicago '68. Read an excerpt—the summary to Rights in Conflict.
1969 -- "Magic" Sam Maghett, the Chicago bluesman best known for his 1964 recording of "High Heel Sneakers," dies after suffering a heart attack in Chicago. He was 32.
1969 -- US: First Draft Lottery, making the Vietnam War look more & more like a crap shoot.
1969 -- US: Black Panthers open the Sidney Miller Free Medical Clinic, Seattle, Washington.
1970 -- Independent People's Republic of South Yemen becomes the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen. In honor of this auspicious occasion, twice the number of the usual suspects have been rounded up we suspect.
1970 -- 5,000 protest South Vietnamese Vice President Ky's visit to San Francisco.
1971 -- Muhammed Ali sees a UFO while jogging in New York's Central Park. (Jogging will do that to you?)
"It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up."
— Muhammed Ali, Butterfly
1976 -- The Sex Pistols, following their first single, "Anarchy in the U.K.," appear on British TV's "Today Show," a replacement for Queen. Interviewer Bill Grundy, taunts them for their "nasty" reputation, provokes bass player Glenn Matlock to say "fuck" on the air. In the resulting uproar, they are banned from all but five cities of their first U.K. tour. By next month, no club or concert hall in Great Britain will book them, after he fucked up.
1987 -- In Saint-Paul de Vence, France, American essayist, novelist, & playwright James Baldwin dies. Said little about his childhood, commenting only that it "is the usual bleak fantasy, & we can dismiss it with the unrestrained observation that I certainly would not consider living it again."
"Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent."
— James Baldwin, "Autobiographical Notes" from Notes of a Native Son, 1955
1987 -- England: Department of Trade inspectors are ordered into the giant Guinness company to investigate allegations of misconduct which ends up with four arrests being made, including the chairman Ernest Saunders.
1988 -- Switzerland: World AIDS Day founded by World Health Organization, Geneva.
1989 -- Germany: Boardwalk? In an off the wall (sic) (street) gesture, East Germany drops the communist monopoly from its constitution.
1994 -- A Bad Rap? While recovering from gunshot wounds suffered the day before, Tupac Shakur is convicted on charges of sexually abusing a woman in a hotel room.
1995 -- Argentina: Fifteen (mostly soldiers) arrested for the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires.
1997 -- Stephane Grapelli, jazz violinist, dies, age 89.
1997 -- US: Basketball's Latrell Sprewell attacks his coach P. J. Carlesimo. NBA players cancel the 1998 season, & walk the picket line, for the right to choke.
1997 -- Sudan: A silent march of women, protesting conscription, is met by a police attack & the arrest of 37 women. Khartoum.
Swimming through the pages of her prose, crude drawings & the poetic license of profanity, Kathy Acker gutted every sacred cow; politicians, pimps, feminists, men, her dreams, slabs of the autobiographical, emotional self-mutilation & self-loathing. She sometimes appeared like a lost child teetering on the abyss & at others the winged avenging angel with a scythe for a tongue.
1998 -- US: Microradio movement news accounts on the struggle to free the airwaves: "Broadcasts from Tree Radio Berkeley" — Radio4All
Source: [Pirate Radio Kiosk]
US: WTO Day Two: World Trade Organization delegates, after a "warm" welcome yesterday in Seattle, ("It was a gas") unable to meet because of protesters, attempt to meet again.
2000 -- US:Florida...
2001 -- Spain: Los organizadores de la marcha alternativa celebrada en Madrid cifran la asistencia en 15.000 personas.
2001 -- Turkey: Got AAA insurance?: Two anarchists arrested by the Ushak police (in western Anatolia), after distributing 'illegal' leaflets at a trade union meeting. Later, another three are arrested. All are charged with 'membership in an illegal organization' — in this case, the Autonomous Anarchists of Ankara.
2002 -- Australia: PM John Howard says Australia will preemptively attack terrorists in foreign countries. In response, & fearful of a pummeling attack of Kangaroos, it is believed Beloved & Respected Comrade Leaders George W. Bush, Richard Perl, Don Rumsfeld, Condalesa Rice, Robert Novak, Dick Cheney & Co. go into hiding in an oil pipe under the White House. Butchering the truth, bombing the town.
2002 -- US: 500,000 attend the Hollywood Christmas parade, which is interrupted by an evacuation while police check out a transient's backpack. Damn Terrorists hide in the strangest places!
2006 -- US: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles settles 45 lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by priests for $60 million. Gotta love these guys....
2009 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Barack Obama announces he is sending 30,000 extra American troops to Afghanistan within the next six months & start withdrawal in 19 months. Yup.
2010 -- SoylentBrown? Google Earth unveiled at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, allowing users to view the effects of deforestation, impacts & videos on global warming & climate change.
"Hard work is the novocaine of the soul."
— Barbara Hambly, The Armies of Daylight
"I had been . . . crossing & recrossing the line between sanity & madness so many times that I had all but rubbed it out."
— Corwin, Prince of Amber, in The Guns of Avalon, by Roger Zelazny
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