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Rise Like Lions, by Percy Shelley, anarchist poet


Fifteen-year-old Greek anarchist street-riot martyr, murdered by police.

ST. NICHOLAS' DAY: Nicholas became a Bishop when quite young. From this fact arose the old European tradition of Boy Bishops, who reigned from December 6 to 28, in a cold Burlesque of church officials.

1240 -- Mongols under Batu Khan occupy & destroy Kiev.

1478 -- Baldassare Castiglione lives. Italian humanist/diplomat/courtier, famous for his The Book of the Courtier (1528), which was translated into many languages & made Castiglione the arbiter of aristocratic manners during the Renaissance. Wrote also Italian & Latin poems, & letters illustrating political & literary history.

Mercury in transit
1631 -- First predicted transit of Venus (Kepler) is observed.

1670 -- Near miss: the Duke of Ormond is pulled from his coach & dragged unconscious toward Tyburn with the intention of hanging him.
Source: 'Calendar Riots'

1712 -- Richard Steele & Joseph Addison publish the last issue of The Spectator.

1717 -- Elizabeth Carter lives. English poet, classicist, writer & translator, & a member of the Bluestocking Circle. Emma Hamilton, called Carter "[as] I imagine, the most learned female who ever lived" — though Hamilton's guardian's son wrote that Carter was "a fine old Slut..."

1788 -- Thomas Ingoldsby (Richard Harris Barham) lives. Novelist & humorous poet. A character of George MacDonald Fraser's novel Flashman's Lady, there is a pub near Canterbury cathedral named The Thomas Ingoldsby.

1797 -- Mme de Stael meets Napoleon, who takes an immediate dislike to her.

1810 -- México: Miguel Hidalgo issues a decree abolishing slavery.

1811 -- England: Curfew is declared in Nottinghamshire to try to stop Luddites revolt; in response, 36 frames are destroyed in the next six days.
Source: 'Calendar Riots'

1865 -- US: 13th amendment ratified, abolishing slavery. Sorry, does not include wage slavery.

1869 -- US: Meeting of first national black labor group, the Colored National Labor Convention, in Washington, DC.

Huge monster recording booth
1872 -- Rock Star Thomas Alva Edison records "Mary had a little lamb."

(Eat yer hearts out Led Zeppelin!!)

First sound recording made.

1882 -- Anthony Trollope dies, 67, Hastings, Sussex.

1882 -- Outer Space: Atmosphere of Venus detected during transit.

1884 -- US: An aluminum capstone completes the Washington Monument, Washington, DC.
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1886 -- Poet / tree-hugger Joyce Kilmer lives, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

@ red circle a; source
1889 -- US: Great trial of the Chicago Haymarket anarchists begins.

Again, national & international protest. When the Illinois Supreme Court rejects their appeal, George Bernard Shaw wrote (this is close to his exact words):

"If the world must lose eight of its people, it can better afford to lose the eight members of the Illinois Supreme Court."

1889 -- Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Jefferson Davis, President of Confederate States of America (1861-5), dies.

1893 -- Sylvia Townsend Warner lives, England. Self-proclaimed "accidental" writer whose career began when she was given paper with a "particularly tempting surface" & whose first novel, Lolly Willowes, or the Loving Huntsman (1926), was written because she "happened to find very agreeable thin lined paper in a job lot."

1893 --
Strange: December Fortean Events "[Fall of a] lump of ice weighing four pounds, Texass (Scientific American, 68-58); The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, 1974. [p.185]."

1896 -- Songster Ira Gershwin lives.

1900 -- Actress Agnes Moorehead lives. Appeared in more than 70 films beginning with "Citizen Kane". Appeared in a movie shot near St. George, Utah — downwind from the Yucca Flat, Nevada nuclear test site. She was one of over 90 (of 220) cast & crew members who developed cancer(s).

Seattle WTO
1904 -- US: "Roosevelt Corollary" to the Monroe Doctrine asserts the American right to serve as international policemen anywhere in the Western Hemisphere. Didna ask anyone else. To "projtect" US interests.

1906 -- anarchist diamond dingbat Brazil: First São Paulo State Congress, at Salão Excelsior, December 6- 8th.
Further details / context, click here[Details / context] Primeiro Congresso Estadual São Paulo Florêncio de Abreu, 29. 6 a 8 de dezembro 1906; Congresso Nacional Rio de Janeiro

Illustration: Injured coal miner on stretcher
1907 -- US: 361 coal workers killed. In West Virginia's Marion County, an explosion at a mine owned by the Fairmont Coal Company in Monongah is the worst mining disaster in American history.

1909 -- Russia: Moishe Tokar, a young Russian Jewish anarchist & exiled member of Judith Goodman's group in London before slipping back into Russia, attempts to assassinate Hershelman, the hated military commander of the Vilna Fortress.

Emma Goldman, Anarchist Feminist
1912 -- US: Anarchist-feminist Emma Goldman scheduled to lecture on syndicalism in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn.

1914 -- México: The troops of Pancho Villa & the anarquista Emiliano Zapata enter México City.

1917 -- Canada: The most devastating man-made explosion in the pre-nuclear age occurs as the S.S. Mont Blanc, a French munitions ship, explodes 20 minutes after colliding with a Belgian relief ship in the harbor of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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1917 -- Finland: Independence declared from Russia (National Day).

Seattle WTO
1918 -- US: Department of War abolishes the practice of manacling defiant prisoners to the walls of their cells in solitary confinement, used to torture conscientious objectors (COs) in US prisons during World War I.

1920 -- anarchist diamond; anarquistaUS: First issue of the fortnightly paper L'Agitazione, in Boston, Massachusetts, sponsored by the Comitato di Difesa Pro Sacco & Vanzetti (Sacco-Vanzetti Defense Committee). Edited by Aldino Felicani, the paper attained a circulation of 25 thousand copies, publishing until March 1925, then changing its title to La Protesta Humana, & appeared from June 1926 to April 1927.

[Sacco Vanzetti sources]

1921 -- Ireland: The Irish Free State, composing four-fifths of Ireland, is declared under an historic peace agreement. However, Eamon DeValera, the President of Ireland objected that his state remained part of the British Commonwealth. Not until 1949 did the Irish Free State sever all ties with Britain, as the Republic of Eire.

1922 -- William P. McGivern lives. American novelist, screenplay writer, who published over 20 novels covering the wide genre of thrillers — homicide detection, espionage, political corruption, the world of psychopath, & the crooked cop.

1928 -- Colombia: "Ciénaga Slaughter". After having broken a mass strike in the banana region in November, National Army troops today fire on a peaceful rally of thousands of strikers, killing over a thousand workers, in Ciénaga, the capital of the Colombian banana-producing zone in the 1920s.

1933 -- US: Ban on James Joyce's Ulysses lifted. You may ask how a country so proud of its "freedom" could have banned a book to begin with. Then again you may not...
Alternate Daily Bleed Patron Saint, Dec 6, 2001

Prophet of quantum mechanics, creator of cosmic puns.

Dorothy Day, anarchist
1933 -- US: Dorothy Day & others start the Catholic Worker newspaper, New York City.

"The greatest challenge of the day is how to bring about a revolution of the heart — a revolution which has to start with each one of us."

— Dorothy Day


1933 -- Germany: Kandinsky & Klee leave for France & Switzerland respectively; 60,000 other artists (authors, actors, painters, musicians) flee the wondrous Nazi regime between 1933-39.

Spanish Paper Logos, animated: Solidaridad Obrera, Sindicalismo, Hora Sindicalista, El Eco, Accio Sindical
1936 -- Spain: In Solidaridad Obrera Jaime Balius publishes an article entitled "Durruti's Testament" in which he claims "Durruti bluntly asserted that we anarchists require that the Revolution be totalitarian in character."

1937 -- anarchist diamond dingbatThe IWA meets in extra-ordinary congress in Paris (December 6 -17) to examine the CNT’s struggle in Spain, especially the problematic entry of anarchists into leading positions within the government.
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1942 -- Austrian novelist Peter Handke lives. Handke speaks of "history as the great fairy tale of the world, of mankind."

1949 -- Blues legend Leadbelly dies, New York City. Influenced Woody Guthrie, The Weavers, Bob Dylan, Martin Mull, myriad others.

Founding father of socially-conscious American blues.

The number one man on the number one gang on the number one farm in the state.

— Pete Seeger

Fascinating site, Leadbelly Web,

Jubilee Garden, James Koehnline collage
1955 -- James Koehnline, long-time (jubilee) gardener, lives, Columbus, Ohio. Collage artist par excellence, SaintMeister.

James Koehnline produced the animated film, Dogs Shall Eat Their Masters (premiered by Chicago Surrealist Group during their International Exhibition at Gallery Black Swan in 1976). Student & friend of Harry Bouras. Member of the band "Burden of Friendship" & the North Shore Industrial League. Librarian, author of Gone to Croatan, collage art collected in the book Magpie Reveries. Cooked up the fabulouso Jubilee Saints Calendar, published yearly by Autonomedia. Pumped out 600+ fabulous bookmarks for Recollection Books.

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Baseball & the coldwar, book cover
1956 -- Cuba: Fidel Castro's revolution. A vast improvement over the American & Mafia version, but ultimately just one authoritarian government replacing another.

Related interest, see Cuban Anarchism: the History of a Movement by Frank Fernandez (Tucson: See Sharp Press).

Lightning photo, source
1957 -- US: Got Viagra? The first American attempt to launch an artificial satellite, a sphere fully 6.4 inches in diameter, fails as the Vanguard rocket rises less than five feet before it topples over & explodes. Like many American males, except for the five feet & the exploding part.

1958 -- England: Forty-six enter Thor rocket site in order to prevent construction. North Pickenham, Norfolk.

1961 -- Frantz Fanon, 36, having completed Wretched of the Earth, dies, Washington, DC. The book appears in English in 1965.
Alternate Daily Bleed Patron Saint, 2002
Frantz Fanon
Radical psychiatrist & proponent of Third World revolution as response to colonial rule.

Fanon quote

1963 -- SI dingbat

"...a fake continuation of modern art..."

'Response to a questionnaire from the Center for Socio-experimental Art,' signed on behalf of the Situationist International by J.V Martin, J. Strijbosch, R. Vaneigem & R. Viénet

Also issued, On the Exclusion of Attila Kotányi, circular of the Situationist International, in Paris. | [Situationist Resources]

Rose Pesotta
1965 -- Rose Pesotta dies. Dressmaker, anarchist & labor activist, the only woman on the General Executive Board of the International Ladies' Garment Workers (ILGWU) from 1933-1944, engaged in a 10-year fight to organize workers, running up against the opposition of the communist faction. Her face was lacerated during a strike in 1937 with a razor.

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1965 -- SI dingbat

Address to the Revolutionaries of Algeria & All Countries

Reprinted as a brochure in French, German, Spanish, English & Arabic; reprinted in Internationale Situationniste #10, Paris. | [Situationist Resources]

1966 -- US: Rally at Madison Square Garden. SANE & 36 supporting organizations, Floyd McKissick, I.F. Stone, Pete Seeger participate. Hundreds of balloons with peace doves released. Where are they now when we need them?

1969 -- Rolling Stones play a free "thank you" concert for 300,000 fans at the Altamont Speedway in Livermore, California after they were denied use of Golden Gate Park. The hastily organized event rapidly falls into a disaster when four people die, including one who was stabbed by a Hell's Angel who was hired to act as a security guard. The murder is filmed & included in the film "Gimme Shelter" which premiers exactly one year later. Marked the end of the San Francisco Rock era.

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Taiji Yamaga, Japanese anarchist
1970 -- Japan: Taiji Yamaga (1892-1970) dies. Anarchist militant, born in Kyoto. Advocate of Esperanto & a long-time secretary of international relations for the Anarchist Federation of Japan.

TAIJI YAMAGA, Patron Saint 2004-2010
Japanese anarchist theorist, Esperantist.

1972 -- England: The Stoke Newington Eight trial ends. It began May 30, 1972, the longest trial in British history. Four defendants are sentenced to 10 years after a plea for clemency by the jury, & four are acquitted.

1973 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Gerald Ford sworn-in as first unelected Vice President, succeeding arrogant rightwinger Spiro T. Agnew (who?). Agnew was, surprisingly, a crook, got caught & lost the office of Vice. If the worn out part hadn't been replaced with a Ford, Agnew would have been the next President.

1977 -- anarchist diamond; anarquistaSpain: La CNT convoca un mitin contra las elecciones sindicales en el Palacio Municipal de Deportes de Barcelona con la asistencia de más de 8000 personas y a favor de la libertad sindical en las fábricas, talleres, oficinas, etc.

1978 -- US: Sid Vicious, out on bail from Riker's Island Detention Center in New York after being charged with the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, smashes glass in the face of Patti Smith's brother Todd during an altercation at New York rock club Hurrah. Damn anarchists.

1979 -- anarchist diamond; anarquistaSpain: En Madrid se inician los comicios del V Congreso de la CNT. Distintos posicionamientos de los sindicatos o de las corrientes del anarcosindicalismo provocarán una ruptura de la central anarcosindicalista que darán pie al desmembramiento del movimiento libertario español, originando el nacimiento de CGT.

1980 -- US: Help Yourself?! "When you help the shepherd, you're helping the sheep."

— Religious TV evangelist Jim Bakker to disciple Jessica Hahn in a Florida motel room.

1981 -- Japan: 2,000 women march in Tokyo in remembrance of the day Japan bombed Pearl Harbor with a banner, "We Will Not Allow The Way To War."

1982 -- Ireland: Eleven soldiers & six civilians die by bomb planted by Irish National Liberation Army exploded in a pub in Ballykelly, Northern Ireland.

1984 -- Philippines: Children picket the Mendiola Bridge in Manila, demanding release of their parents, who are being held as political prisoners by the US-supported Marcos regime.

Self portrait, Hugo Gellert; xource:
1985 -- Hugo Gellert (1892-1985) dies, Freehold, New Jersey. Radical illustrator/artist.

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1986 -- Spain: C.O.'s (conscientious objectors) occupy government office for conscientious objectors, Madrid.

1986 -- France: Riot in the Latin Quarter of Paris: cars trashed & shops looted for fun; a newspaper kiosk is torched —

"Don't do that! It belongs to a worker."

Up runs a guy:

"I work here ... burn it, burn it!"

Source: [Calendar Riots]

Roy Orbison
1988 -- Songster Roy Orbison dies of cardiac arrest at the age of 52.

1989 -- Canada: Fourteen female students are assassinated at a L'ecole Polytechnique in Montreal by a man vowing to kill feminists. Worst Canadian mass murder wouldn't even earn the McDonald's McMass McMurder title in the McUSA.

Congressional Investigation Kit: Tons of Bucks & you too can investigate Congress
1990 -- US: Police in Oakland, California waste two hours attempting to subdue a gunman who is barricaded inside his home.

After firing 10 tear gas canisters, officers discover the man is standing beside them, shouting

"Please come out & give yourself up!!"

1992 -- India: Riots follow Hindu attack on Ayodha Mosque.

Humphery Bogart from Malteste Falcon; source
1994 -- Maltese Falcon auctioned for $398,590.

CNT/AIT 1995 Congress poster; source
1995 -- Spain: VIII Congreso Confederal, Granada, del 6 al 10 de diciembre.

2000 -- Italy: More than 50,000 people demonstrate in Nice, for ''a Europe of full employment & social rights.'' The "euromanifestación'' takes place the day before the opening of the European summit, organized by the European confederation of trade unions.

2002 -- US: Philip Berrigan (1923-2002) dies. Radical Roman Catholic priest, anti-war activist & christian anarchist.

Along with his brother Daniel Berrigan, also a priest & anarchist, he was for a time on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list for actions against Vietnam war.

Manchester Radical Bookfair poster
2003 -- England: The 5th Manchester Radical Bookfair, Manchester. A day of Anarchism, Peace, Direct action, Social change; Books, Stalls, Ideas, Discussions, Workshops...

2008 -- Greece: In Athens, 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos is murdered by police, sparking massive riots across the country. Two cops are tried & one is imprisoned for life for the killing. Still, however, police violence goes on.
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2009 -- Greece: Police riots & indiscriminate violence in Athens & Salonica occur during first anniversary demonstrations commemorating the death of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos who was murdered by police.
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Seattle WTO;  source Seattle Times
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