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The angel was flying through sky in midnight,
& softly he sang in his flight;
& clouds, & stars, & the moon in a throng
Hearkened to that holy song.
He sang of the garden of God's paradise,
Of innocent ghosts in its shade;
He sang of the God, & his vivacious praise
Was glories & unfeigned.
The juvenile soul he carried in arms
For worlds of distress & alarms;
The tune of his charming & heavenly song
Was left in the soul for long.
It roamed on earth many long nights & days,
Filled with a wonderful thirst,
& earth's boring songs could not ever replace
The sounds of heaven it lost.

      — Mikhail Lermontov (1814-1841), "The Angel"



Last of the Lacandón Mayan t'o'ohil, spiritual leaders.


Aztec logoAztec, QUIAHUITL DAY. The protector of day Quiahuitl (Rain) is Tonatiuh. Quiahuitl is a day of relying on the unpredictable fortunes of fate. It is a good day for traveling & learning, a bad day for business & planning.

1597 -- German poet/literary theorist Martin Opitz lives. Remembered for reforming German poetry.

Penis sculpture; source,
1617 -- Penal Envy?: First penal colony in North America established in Virginia. Sorry, Bill, that is p-e-n-a-l, not p-e-n-i-s.

'The soul is the prison of the body'

— Michel Foucault, Discipline & Punish

1761 -- ‘Pickle the Spy’ — Alestair Macdonnell, Scottish Jacobite — dies, pickled in his own juices.

1804 -- Charles Sailate-Beuve, critic/poet, lives, Boulogne.

1812 -- Help Wanted?: Samuel Smiles lives. Scottish author best known for his didactic work Self-Help, with Illustrations of Character & Conduct. The book is widely translated; one of the first nonliterary books to be translated into Japanese after the Meiji Restoration, a bible for young Japanese men eager to emulate Western ways.

Poetry Magazine cover
1860 -- Harriet Monroe, founder/longtime editor of Poetry magazine, lives, Chicago, Illinois.

1870 -- "Downtown" John Marin lives. Stableman in Alfred Stieglitz's "stable," second only to Georgia O'Keeffe.

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Luigi Fabbri; source
1877 --
Luigi Fabbri lives, Fabriano, Italy. Professor, Italian anarchist, theorist, writer.

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1880 -- US: Malheur Agency in South Oregon is closed, with all Indians successfully removed from region.

1888 -- Vincent Van Gogh cuts off his ear. Lost one of his earphones, so he didn't need it anymore.

1890 -- Spain: Salvador Segui Rubinat lives.
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Segui, "El noi del sucre," was an anarcho-syndicalist in the very active & popular CNT in Catalonia. He was assassinated in 1923 along with another trade unionist, Francesc Comes (murders financed by the governor of Catalonia). Fundacion Salvador Segui now exist in Barcelona, Valencia & Madrid.

1896 -- Sicilian Prince Giuseppe di Lampedusa, chronicler of the breakdown of the old order in The Leopard, lives, Palermo.

Louise Michel, anarchiste, La vierge Rouge cartoon
1899 -- France: Louise Michel

Fin 1899: Elle s'installe ŕ nouveau ŕ Paris et y donne une série de conférences.

23 décembre 1899: Louise Michel repart pour Londres.
[Source: Michel Chronologie]

1900 -- US: Today Emma Goldman speaks to the Italian group of New London, Connecticut. Emma Goldman, anarchist feminist

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Norman Maclean
1902 --
 " way all men are born equal is in being born at least a little bit crazy, some being born more equal than others."

Norman Maclean (1902-1990) lives, Clarinda, Iowa. Firefighter, fly-fisher, scholar, storyteller. Author of A River Runs Through It.

Eventually, all things merge into one, & a river
runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great
flood & runs over rocks from the basement of time.
On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under
the rocks are the words, & some of the words are

I am haunted by waters.

1908 -- US: Associate Justice Daniel Wright of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia finds labor honchos Samuel Gompers, Frank Morrison, & John Mitchell in contempt of court for violating the injunction in the Buck's Stove & Range case.

La Questione social logo; no. du 14 January 1899; source ephemeride anarchiste /
1908 -- Italy: Fortunato Serantoni dies in Florence. Internationalist & anarchist militant propagandist.
Graphic, courtesy: Ephéméride Anarchiste

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1912 -- The Nouvelle Revue Francaise rejects a portion of Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past: "I felt I had come into my own but my own received me not."

1913 -- US: Federal Reserve System is authorized in a major reform of US banking & finance.

Forgotten Prophet, book cover
1918 -- US: Randolph Bourne (1886-1918) dies. American literary radical, anarchist.

It is in literature itself that Randolph Bourne appears most unforgettably, in a haunting stanza from 1919 (1932), centerpiece of the U.S.A. trilogy by John Dos Passos:

This little sparrowlike man,
tiny twisted bit of flesh in a black cape,
always in pain & ailing,
put a pebble in his sling,
& hit Goliath squarely in the forehead with it.
. . . If any man has a ghost,
Bourne has a ghost,
a tiny twisted unscared ghost in a black cloak
hopping along the grimy old brick & brownstone streets
still left in downtown New York,
crying out in a shrill soundless giggle:

War is the health of the State.

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1923 -- Novelist Calder Willingham (End as a Man) lives, Atlanta, Georgia.

1925 -- 1937 During this month the Official Bulletin of the Sacco-Vanzetti Defense Committee begins publishing.

1926 -- American poet Robert Bly begins beating the drums of life.

1930 -- US: Run on New York's Chelsea Bank forces it to close. Reopens as a famous hotel, right?
audioChelsea Hotel # 2

Mujeres Libres poster; source
1936 -- England: Emma Goldman arrives in London & finds the propaganda bureau of the Generalitat in a shambles. CNT-AIT-FAI poster, Campesinos a las armas para conquistaria la libertad y abrir los surcos de la sociedad futura; source Bolerium Books

Earlier in the month, while in Barcelona, Emma was named official representative in London of the CNT-FAI & of the Generalitat of Catalonia. Vernon Richards's twice-monthly Spain & the World appears to be her most reliable vehicle for communicating about the conditions & aspirations of the Spanish anarchists.

1938 -- Spain: Franco's fascist forces launch an offensive in Catalonia.

1944 -- US: Architect to the poor Samuel "Sambo" Mockbee lives (1944-2001), Meridian, Mississippi. Educated young designers about the social responsibilities of architecture. Posthumously awarded the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) Gold Medal.

Selfless, inspired architect to the "Other America."

1946 -- US: University of Tennessee refuses to play Duquesne University, because they may use a black player in the basketball game.

1947 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Truman pardons 1,523 of the 15,805 World War II draft resistors.

1947 -- Transistor invented by Bardeen, Brattain & Shockley in Bell Labs. Tomorrow, MPG3 & iPod...

1948 -- Japan: Tojo hanged as a war criminal along with a few others.

France leaves vietnam cartoon; source
1950 -- Downhill Racing?: US signs an agreement with France, Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia to provide military assistance in Indochina.

1952 -- Russia: Vasily Eroshenko (1890-1952) dies. A blind Russian anarchist, novelist, translator, & an important activist in the Esperanto Movement, he lived much of his life in Asia.

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1953 -- North Korea: 21 American POWs refuse to come home.

1954 -- England: Bertrand Russell broadcasts on "Man's Peril" — the H-bomb.

"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important."

       — Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

1955 -- Keyboardist Bruce Hornsby lives.

1961 -- US: The Saturday Evening Post publishes an article, "Youth — The Good Generation" (in response to an article in Look magazine?). Little did they know...

1965 -- Slash lives.

1966 -- Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Catholic Cardinal Spellman arrives in Vietnam for a five-day Christmas visit, stating US troops were there for the "defense, protection, & salvation not only of our country, but...of civilization itself." Who says there is no shame?

1966 -- Austrian novelist Heimito von Doderer dies. Noted for his 1956 study of the society & mood of Vienna in 1926 in Die Damonen.

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1968 -- Outer Space: First US case of space motion sickness. Borman, Lovell & Anders become first men to orbit the Moon, unphased, in the first manned test flight of the Saturn/Apollo vehicle.

1972 -- US: About 350 anti-war protesters march through stores in the downtown Seattle, Washington shopping district.
Seattle Radical Timeline

1972 -- Australian Labour Party elected government, defeating the 23-year-old Liberal-Country Party Coalition.

Atlas Missile?
1972 -- The Real Dirt?: Charles Atlas, body builder, dies at 79. In a rather bizarre ceremony, he was buried by 90 pound weaklings who added insult to injury burial, kicking sand in his face.

1972 -- 16 plane crash survivors rescued after 70 days, surviving by cannibalism. Rescuers were horrified by their macabre twist to the old line about "a good piece of ass."

1975 -- US: The Passamaquoddy & Penobscot tribes of Maine win a court decision upholding principle that the US has an obligation to protect the land rights of all tribes, whether recognized by the federal government or not.

1987 -- US: Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, serving a life sentence for attempted assassination of Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Geraldo Ford, escapes from Alderson Prison. Claimed her jury was jerry-rigged.

1988 -- Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader acting President Ronnie Reagan — whose tenure oddly coincides with a huge increase in the homeless population — uses his last interview to again claim many of the unfortunates are homeless by "their own choice," as must be many of the jobless, since Sunday papers are full of want ads. (Asked how an actor could handle the Presidency, Reagan says he wondered "how you could do this job & not be an actor.")

1991 -- Yugoslavia: Prayers for peace in all churches, but a planned interfaith peace rally is banned by Yugoslavian authorities.

1992 -- France: The Journal Officiel publishes the abrogation of the "Exceptional Laws" (lois scélérates).

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1996 -- México: Mayan shaman, Lacandónista Chan k'in Viejo dies, age 104, Chiapas. Old Son of the Sun.
video Chan K'in Viejo, 1980 (Quicktime, 18 mb)

See also the film Chan K’in Viejo: The Last of the Mayans

2006 -- anarchist diamond dingbatSpain: Protest. Sentčncia escandalosa del judici als feixistes que van matar en Roger ... El judici als dos nazis que varen matar al jove veí de Grŕcia Roger Albert. Novembre 18, 2006 manifestació roger ; membre del moviment okupa de la Vila en uns incidents que van passar la festa major de l’any 2005, el dia 15 d’agost, es va acabar la setmana passada amb l’absolució d’un dels dos acusats i una condemna de l’autor material de l’apunyalament del jove anarquista amb un ganivet d’escorxar animals. En Roger, després de passar mesos en estat crític a l’hospital, va morir el passat mes de gener. La condemna perň no serŕ superior a 15 anys de presó per al feixista, després d’un judici en quč el mateix jutge mostrŕ la seva simpatia amb els agressors, suggerint al tribunal que no considerés el cas un “assassinat sinó un homicidi”, i dificultant la tasca de l’advocat de l’acusació particular

2012 -- Great benchmark in Mayan calendar: "The Long Count cycle will return to the symmetry of the beginning."

3001 --

"Whenever people agree with me, I always feel I must be wrong."

       — Oscar Wilde

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