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unserious-seeming goings-on,
& some seem to come by wing,
saying things as worms would,
putting stories between much railing,
& getting leather by language,
but some are always jumping
as if they were letting potatoes get bad
or seeing something that seems to be wax,
& some are being brothers to some others,
& some are doing waiting,
& some are being flies,
& some are putting in languages other than English.

Finally some give eggs to someone loose or seem to do so,
& some go about being units.

Jackson Mac Low, poet, anarchist

       — Jackson Mac Low, "20th Dance — Going About Between & Through Unserious-Seeming Goings-On," 2 March 1964, from The Pronouns — A Collection of 40 Dances — For the Dancers

Further details/ context, click here[About Jackson Mac Low]


Tootie Montana; source "TOOTIE" MONTANA
New Orleans carnival chief, political activist.

Alternate Saint from the Jubilee Saints Calendar:

Philip K. Dick

Neo-Gnostic sci-fi genius, cultural rebel.

Alternate Alternate Saint from the Jubilee Saints Calendar:

American anthropologist, guru of sex roles & culture.

Mexico: First of eight nights of Posadas, the children's Christmas festival. Processions, singing, & breaking piñatas.

Malinali Aztec Malinalli Day; The protector of day Malinalli (Grass) is Patecatl. This day signifies tenacity, rejuvenation, that which cannot be uprooted forever. Malinalli is a day for persevering against all odds & for creating alliances that will survive the test of time. It is a good day for those who are suppressed, a bad day for their suppressors.

1431 -- France: 10-year-old King Henry VI of England is crowned king of France, Paris. Not too confused...& to think, the lad hasn't even got a driver's license yet.
[Source: Robert Braunwart] [Hereafter noted with symbol: Source=Robert Braunwart]

1631 -- Mount Vesuvius erupts, destroys 6 villages & kills 4,000.

1689 -- England: Parliament adopts Bill of Rights after Glorious Revolution.

1770 -- Composer Lud Beethoven lives, Bonn, Germany.

1773 -- US: No WTO? Boston Tea Party celebration, Boston, Massachusetts — blatant terrorism & violation of property rights.

Glorifies the destruction of property by vandals — & inspire "Eugene anarchists" during WTO protests in Seattle 1999.

American vandals patriotic colonists, dressed as American Indians, sneaked aboard a British cargo ship & dumped its load of teas overboard, in protest of the heavy taxes placed by the British on their American exports.

1775 -- Jane Austen lives, the parsonage of Steventon, Hampshire.

1787 -- Mary Russell Mitford lives, Alresford, Hampshire. English dramatist/poet/essayist, chiefly remembered for sketches of English village life. The sketches published in The Ladies Magazine from 1819, fill five volumes of Our Village.

1811 -- US: At the Mississippi River Valley near New Madrid, Missouri, the greatest series of earthquakes in US history begins when a quake of an estimated 8.6 magnitude on the Richter scale rocks the region.

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1835 -- US: Most of New York City consumed by a fire which destroyed 650 buildings. The estimated $22 million loss bankrupted most NY insurance companies, precipitating the Depression of 1837.

1851 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Earliest specific date in Willa Cather novel Death Comes for the Archbishop.

1863 -- George Santayana lives. Philosopher, he supported Franco's fascist takeover of Spain.

History is always written wrong, & so always needs to be rewritten."

Emperor Norton
1869 -- US: Decree by US Emperor Norton I, historically America's greatest & most enlightened ruler, demands that Sacramento clean its muddy streets & place gaslights on streets leading to the capitol.

Louise Michel; source
1871 -- France: Louise Michel, a 36-year-old popular communard & teacher, is brought to trial by the Versailles Government. She is accused of:

1. Trying to overthrow the government.
2. Encouraging citizens to arm themselves.
3. Possession & use of weapons, & wearing a military uniform.
4. Forgery of a document.
5. Using a false document.
6. Planning to assassinate hostages.
7. Illegal arrests, torturing & killing.

anarchist Louise Michel loses her man!


For her heroic role in the Paris Commune, Louise was sent to a prison colony & spent four months locked in a cage on a prison ship with Natalie Lemel, who converted her to anarchism. Later she was allowed to educate the Kanak children of New Caledonia where she was exiled. France granted amnesty in 1880, but Louise moved to England when she discovered a plot to have her committed to an insane asylum.

After an assassin attempted to take her life, she defended him in court, claiming "he was misled by an evil society."
Después de la derrota de los Comuneros de París Luisa Michel es juzgada el 16 de diciembre sexto consejo de guerra. Será deportada, otros correrán la misma suerte y por miles se contarán los fusilados.

1871 -- Dante Gabriel Rossetti responds to the anonymous attack, "The Fleshly School of Poetry," by publishing "The Stealthy School of Criticism."

1872 -- Spain: The Congress of Cordoue unanimously adopts the positions of the anarchist l'internationale Anti-autoritaire de Saint Imier, in opposition to the Marxist First International.

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1878 -- Karl Gutzkow dies in Sachsenhausen, Frankfurt am Main. First a journalist, he first attracted attention with the publication of Maha Guru: Geschichte eines Gottes in 1833.

Dunois; source
1878 -- France: Amédée Dunois lives. Anarchiste militant, communist, & then a revolutionary socialist trade unionist. Sent to Bergen-Belsen by the Nazis, he died in 1945. Historian (in particular on the Paris Commune) & the chapter "Marxism & Socialism" in Sébastien Faure's Anarchist Encyclopaedia.
photo courtesy Ephéméride Anarchiste
PLACEHOLDER TO DO: also add death date CONVERT THIS STUFF, MOVE TO BLEEDREF OR A PAGE IN ENCYCLOPEDIA; birth of Amédée Gabriel CATONNE, more known under the pseudonym of Amédée DUNOIS, in the department of Nievre. Anarchistic militant, communist & socialist revolutionary trade unionist then. Is born in a middle-class medium, it discovers on the bench of the college of Clamecy the social history to the reading of Lissagaray, Zola & Vallès, it is interested then in Kropotkine & Proudhon & obtains its licences of right & letters in the Sorbonne. It collaborates then in “New Times” of Jean Grave then to “the Battle trade unionist”. In 1907, it takes share with the international anarchistic Congress of Amsterdam where it decides there for the revolutionary trade unionism. But, influenced more & more thereafter by the Marxism it moves away from the anarchists & adheres in 1912 to socialist Party SFIO & enters to the newspaper “Humanity”. Mobilized to the hospital of Nevers, it does not condemn of it less “the crowned union” of the socialist organizations around the war. In 1920, in favour of International IIIe, it enters to the management Committee of the Communist Party, but it will be isolated in 1925, to have condemned certain exclusions. In 1927, it leaves the PC & joined in 1930, the SFIO. During the German occupation it takes share with resistance within the clandestine socialist Party. Stopped by Gestapo in October 1943, then in January 1944, it is off-set in Germany with the camp of Oranienburg. Then transferred to the camp from Bergen-Belsen, it succumbs to it on March 21, 1945. He is the author of several works of history (in particular on the Commune of Paris) & of the chapter “Marxism & socialism” in “the anarchistic Encyclopaedia” of Sébastien Faure. Naît dans un milieu bourgeois, il découvre sur les banc du collège de Clamecy l'histoire sociale à la lecture de Lissagaray, Zola et Vallès, il s'intéresse ensuite à Kropotkine et à Proudhon et obtient ses licences de droit et de lettres à la Sorbonne. Il collabore alors aux "Temps Nouveaux" de Jean Grave puis à "La Bataille syndicaliste." En 1907, il prend part au Congrès anarchiste international d'Amsterdam où il s'y prononce pour le syndicalisme révolutionnaire. Mais par la suite, de plus en plus influencé par le marxisme il s'éloigne des anarchistes et adhère en 1912 au Parti socialiste SFIO et entre au journal "l'Humanité." Mobilisé à l'hôpital de Nevers, il n'en condamne pas moins "l'union sacrée" des organisations socialistes autour de la guerre. En 1920, partisan de la IIIe International, il entre au Comité directeur du Parti communiste, mais il en sera écarté en 1925, pour avoir condamné certaines exclusions. En 1927, il quitte le PC et rejoint en 1930, la SFIO. Durant l'occupation allemande il prend part à la résistance au sein du Parti socialiste clandestin. Arrêté par la Gestapo en octobre 1943, puis en janvier 1944, il est déporté en Allemagne au camp d'Oranienburg. Transféré ensuite au camp de Bergen-Belsen, il y succombe le 21 mars 1945.
Il est l'auteur de plusieurs ouvrages d'histoire (notamment sur la Commune de Paris) et du chapitre "marxisme et socialisme" dans "l'Encyclopédie anarchiste" de Sébastien Faure.

Voltairine de Cleyre
1893 -- US: At a benefit concert & ball held in New York City for Emma Goldman & others imprisoned for speaking at an August 21 demonstration, Voltairine de Cleyre delivers a speech , "In Defense of Emma Goldman & the Right of Expropriation."

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1893 -- 'The assault of Pas-de-Calais'.

From Le Chambard Socialiste,
December 16, 1893.

In the department of Pas-De-Calais
in Northern France,
where 800 miners were fired.

Here's the score
1899 -- Songwriter Noel Coward lives, London, England.

1900 -- V.S. Pritchett, British novelist, literary critic, lives. Known for ironic style & lively portraits of middle-class life.

1900 -- US: National Civic Federation established to deal with confrontations between labor & management.

1901 -- Radical anthropologist Margaret Mead lives, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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1902 -- Rafael Alberti lives. One of the major Spanish poets of the last century.

1902 -- US: Aisle See You There? Majestic Theater, New York, ushers in a new era by becoming first in US to employ women ushers. Labor

1906 -- EGUS: Emma Goldman lectures on "False & True Conceptions of Anarchism" before the Brooklyn Philosophical Association.

1907 -- The "Great White Fleet," comprising most of the US Navy, is sent by Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Ted Roosevelt on a world cruise, principally to show Japan, whose laborers he just excluded from the US, how powerful & large his is.

1908 -- Spain: Remedios Varo lives (d.1963). Surrealist artist & anarquista. Member of the art group Logicophobiste, active in the Spanish Revolution, companion of poet Benjamin Péret with whom she escaped to Mexico, & later became the companion of the surrealist painter Gunther Gerzso.

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Sidney Street (Siege), by Flavio Costantini
1910 -- England: "Houndsditch Murders," in London's East End.

Three policemen are shot dead & two others seriously wounded by a gang of Latvian anarchists who bungle a jewellery shop burglary. Investigators focus on the Anarchist Club in Jubilee Street & Malatesta is wrongly implicated. Prelude to the "Sidney Street Siege" in January.

Sidney Street Illustration by Flavio Costantini

1912 -- anarchist diamond dingbatFrance: General Strike against the War To End All Wars, organized by CGT.

Charlie Chaplin
1913 -- Charlie Chaplin begins his film career at Keystone for $150 a week. [More than BleedMeister makes almost a hundred years later...but I'm catching up.]

1913 -- EGUS: Despite warnings by the Paterson, N.J., police forbidding Emma Goldman from speaking, she addresses members of the IWW on "The Spirit of Anarchism in the Labor Struggle." Emma is forced off the platform.

Audience members engage in battle with the cops to release her. Just like a rock concert!

Kurt Vonnegut once wrote, "Labor history in the US is treated like pornography."

Turk at Earthquake McGoon's
1915 -- Melvin Edward Alton “Turk” Murphy lives, Palermo, California.

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1916 -- Grigori Rasputin, a powerful Russian monk, is murdered.

1916 -- Writer Theodore Weiss lives.

1917 -- Arthur C. Clarke, science-fiction author (2001, Childhood's End), lives.

1917 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Cuba: Government declares war on Austria (WWI). Österreicher fangen shakin in ihren Aufladungen/Austriacos comienzan el shakin en sus cargadores/Austrians begin shakin in their boots.

1918 -- Germany: First National Congress of Workers & Soldiers Councils held in Reichstag in Berlin, votes in favor of parliamentary democracy.

1920 -- China: One of the deadliest earthquakes in history hits the Gansu province of western China, causing massive landslides & the deaths of over 200,000 people. The earthquake, which measures an 8.5 magnitude on the Richter scale, affects an area of some 25,000 square miles, including ten major cities.

1922 -- USSR: Strip-Tease Party? Lenin has a stroke that leaves him partially paralyzed. After recovering somewhat, Lenin plans a Party congress scheduled for April 1923 in which he plans to denounce Stalin publicly & strip him of all power.

1922 -- US: Yellow Pocahontas Chief Allison "Tootie" Montana lives, New Orleans.

Blade Runner movie poster
1928 --
Science-fiction great Philip K. Dick lives. American science fiction writer par excellence.

Author of Flow My Tears the Policeman Said, Crack in Space, Man in the High Castle, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Time Out of Joint, etc.

"I always feared that my own TV set or iron or toaster would, in the privacy of my apartment, when no one else was around to help me, announce to me that they had taken over, & here was a list of rules I was to obey."

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1936 -- Spain: The POUM is excluded from the Generalidad government.

1939 -- China: Mass demonstration against the Japanese by the students of Peking.
[Source: K.S. Karol]

1944 -- General Ike D. Eisenhower's clerk Rickey marries corporal Pearlie.

German soldier
1944 -- Belgium: Nazi forces create a large bulge in the Allied front of the Ardennes Forest with a surprise counter-attack. Hitler masterminded the attack against his general's advice, in the hope of splitting Allied ground forces near Germany's border.

Le Rebelle masthead; surce
1944 -- On or about today the first number appears, of the newspaper Le Rebelle, organe de combat et d'expression libertaire. Published without authorization, it changes its name to L'Insurgé (The Insurrectionist) in December 1945.
En-tête du numéro 7 de juin-juillet 1946 ANARCHISTe; to take again its initial title at the time of its last number in June-July 1946. // En décembre 1944, sortie (probable) à Epinay-sur-Seine, du premier numéro du journal Le Rebelle Organe de combat et d'expression libertaire. Publié au début sans autorisation, il change son nom en L'Insurgé en décembre 1945, pour reprendre son titre initial lors de son dernier numéro en juin-juillet 1946.

1955 -- NATO decides to equip forces with nuclear weapons.

1956 -- US: Cardinal Francis Spellman, the Archbishop of New York, personally denounced the yet-to-be released movie "Baby Doll," saying Catholics would be committing a sin if they saw it. The flock flocks.

1960 -- SI dingbat

L  o  n  g    Voyage...

16 to 26 Exhibition of the tapestry The Long Voyage (14 x 1.8m) by Asger Jorn & Pierre Wemaëre, Quatre Saisons Gallery, Paris. | [Situationist Resources]

1961 -- US: Martin Luther King, Jr., 266 others arrested in Albany, Georgia.

1962 -- US: Only man ever to reach the mainland alive after an escape from Alcatraz Prison emerges from San Francisco Bay, immediately captured by waiting authorities.

1965 -- US: Long Arm of the Law? In Seattle, Washington Juvenile Court, Judge Stanley C. Soderland orders haircuts for three boys accused of burglaries. The young men, two aged 17, one 15, are chastised by the judge, who likens their looks to that of young girls.

"If you think you're being cute with that long hair," bellowed the judge, "you're wrong!

You may think you are showing yourselves as rebels but you just look ridiculous. Why don't you go all the way & wear skirts & paint your faces?"

Did anyone point out the silly dressing gown the judge was wearing?

1966 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: The Diggers' "Death of Money & Rebirth of the Haight Parade," Frisco, California. Anarchists don't have no money nohow anyhow...

1967 -- Second annual Grope for Peace at the Straight Theatre, Frisco.

1968 -- Spain: Hasty Decision? The order expelling Jews from country imposed by Queen Isabella in 1492 is revoked.

1970 -- Poland: Pacification of Polish coastal cities where workers rebel against high prices; the Communist army & police shoot shipyard workers, killing over 50 (among the victims are soldiers who refuse to shoot people): officially, 47 are killed; independent sources claim 147 are killed in Szczecin (ger. Stettin) alone.

1976 -- US: Government flu inoculation program halted after 535 cases of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (& numerous deaths) result.

Stuffed Goose Co. logo painted on side of building
1976 -- George, a goose that lived to 49 years 8 months, dies returning from the evening meal. His last mortal words: "I'm stuffed."

1977 -- Italy: Nell'ottobre 1975 il processo si conclude senza né suicidio né omicidio ma con l'allucinante verdetto di malore attivo. Il Pinelli secondo la giustizia si sarebbe sentito male e avvicinatosi alla finestar con attorno 6 persone sarebbe inavvertitamente scivolato. Cosa impossibile perchè il baricentro della sua altezza(1,67 m) era inferiore all'altezza della ringhiera (97 cm). In pochi credono a quella sentenza il 16-12-77 con un corteo i democratici e dli antifascisti milanesi portano per ricordare Pinelli una lapide in piazza Fontana dove si trova tuttora.

1980 -- Harland "Colonel" Sanders, McChickens out, slow-roasted to perfection at 90. Dies returning from the evening meal.

His last (im)mortal words: "I'm stuffed."

See 1976 above.

1980 -- Poland: Leaders of the workers' union, SolidarnoϾ, leaders of a new government, & representatives of the Catholic Church + 150,000 gather in Gdansk to recognize the dramatic change which has come to Poland.
alt sp; Solidarity, Solidarnosc

1981 -- Poland: ZOMO riot police shoot miners defending their occupied 'Wujek' mine in Katowice, Upper Silesia; 9 killed, 21 wounded.
Source: Piero/

1983 -- Columnist Lars-Erik Nelson after checking the citations on all 434 Congressional Medal of Honor awarded during World War II, reveals that not one of them matches the story acting President Ronnie Reagan told the other day. "It's not true," writes Nelson. "It didn't happen. It's a Reagan story . . . The President of the United States went before an audience of 300 real Congressional Medal of Honor winners & told them about a make-believe Medal of Honor winner."

Responds Reagan's man, Larry Speakes, "If you tell the same story five times, it's true."

1988 -- US: Political cult leader Lyndon LaRouche convicted of tax, mail fraud. Set up, like a bowling pin, by the Queen of England.

1990 -- Haiti: Populist priest Jean Aristide elected President despite extensive US assistance to his opposition.

1991 -- Canada: Indian Affairs Minister announces "final" agreement with the Inuit of the eastern Arctic, creating the new native-run Territory of Nunavut.

When details are worked out three years later, it develops that natives will only control land deemed not to be of commercial or military value to Canadian government.

1991 -- Belgium: Papal Bull...? Activists in Brussels, protesting Vatican funding for an observatory desecrating sacred Apache site at Mount Graham, Arizona, pull a bulldozer up to a prominent local cathedral.

1991 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: A drunk driver hits a truck carrying five tons of nuclear fuel, Massachusetts. Should have used this guy to find Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) in Iraq.

1994 -- Russian General Babichev refuses orders to kill Chechen civilians.

1996 -- Thailand: The torching of two Sanyo Universal Electric PLC buildings after negotiations over year-end bonuses broke down stirs fears about Thailand's record of "harmonious" labor relations.

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1996 --

"I am looking to the day when I will not have my personal identity celebrated as one of a handful of revolutionaries selected to be on a calendar, but will be honored as one among countless thousands, whose contributions will be continually evaluated & repeated."

— Herman Bell, Black Liberation Army prisoner; statement for the North American Anarchist Black Cross calendar, 1996.

[Source: Calendar Riots]

Black lab
1997 -- Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Billy Clinton names his Labrador retriever, "Buddy" (after his penis "Good Buddy").

1998 -- William Gaddis dies. His first novel The Recognitions (1955), rich in language & imagery, was met with controversy, & Gaddis published nothing for 20 years. A second novel, JR (1975), uses long stretches of cacophonous dialogue to depict greed, hypocrisy, & banality of the American business world. Gaddis' third novel, Carpenter's Gothic is even more pessimistic in its depiction of moral chaos in modern American society.

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1998 -- US: Microradio movement news accounts on the struggle to free the airwaves: FCC Shuts down 19 micropower stations in Miami, Florida. [Source: Pirate Radio Kiosk]

Uncle George Wants You! (To forget...)
2000 -- US: The president of the Florida Holocaust Museum recently noted that George Dubya Bush's grandfather derived a portion of his personal fortune through his affiliation with a Nazi-controlled bank.

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2005 -- US: Another rough day for Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President George Dubya Bush: He is persuaded to accept a ban on cruel, inhuman & degrading treatment of detainees; he refuses to comment on whether the National Security Agency spied on American citizens without a legal warrant; Congress requests details on any secret detention facilities overseas; the Senate rejects the extension of the PATRIOT Act (Critics claimed it infringed on civil liberties & made the government too powerful).

2009 -- US: Environmental activist, tree-hugger Jeff Luers, initially sentenced to 22 years, 8 months in prison, released after serving 9.5 years, for torching three light trucks in Eugene, Oregon as a protest against excessive consumption & global warming.

2011 -- US: Some 27+ protests today & tomorrow in support of whistle-blower Bradley Manning, jailed by the military. Justice being swift & sure, this is Bradley's first appearance before a judge, for a pre-trial hearing, since his jailing a year & a half ago — including nine months in a 6x8 ft cell in solitary conditions described as "degrading & inhuman" by the UN Chief Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez.

3000 --

"The streets are safe in Philadelphia, it's only the people who make them unsafe."

— Frank Rizzo, Philadelphia Police Chief, Philosopher King
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