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Greek philosopher, communist, resistance fighter.
TORTURE ABOLITION DAY.
Somebody call the CIA.
TROMBONE LIBERATION DAY.
362 -- Emperor Julian proclaims religious freedom in the Roman Empire (Gore Vidal).
1712 -- US: South Carolina slave traders unable to take Chief Hancock's Tuscarora fort.
1740 -- Carl Michael Bellman (1740-1795) lives. Swedish poet-musician, whose songs have remained very popular in Scandinavia. Gained fame for his drinking songs & biblical parodies, which circulated by word of mouth, & in handwritten copies & printed sheets.
1805 -- William Harrison Ainsworth, author of 39 popular historical romances, lives, Lancashire, England.
1818 -- At Leigh Hunt's, he, Keats, & Shelley vie in composing sonnets on the subject of the Nile. Hunt's is deemed best:
"It flows through old hushed Egypt & its sands, / Like some grave mighty thought threading a dream, / & times & things, as in that vision, seem / Keeping along it their eternal stands..."
Emperor Norton I, true ruler of these United States, lives...& well he lives!
He ate without paying at whatever restaurant, lunchroom, or saloon took his fancy.
Created his own money, which was honored all over Frisco Bay.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2006
Wobbly tough guy. Labor leader with an attitude. Always advocated violence against oppression. Convicted of sedition in 1917, sentenced to 20 years hard labor, he jumped bail to Moscow, the so-called workers' paradise, where he died penniless & alone.
holy horn with lids like beer
mug/ with phallic tail why did they invent you
before Coleman Hawkins was born ?
This curved shiney tune gut/ hanging lynched like/ J
shaped initial of jazz/ wordless without a reed when
Coleman Hawkins first fondled it/kissed it with Black
sound did COngo blood sucking Belges frown ?
This tenor/alto/bass/baritone/soprano/moan/cry &
shout-a-phone ! sex-oh-phone/tell-it-like-damn-
sho-isa-phone !What tremors ran through Adolphe
Saxe the day Bean grabbed his ax ?
This golden mine of a million marvelous sounds/black
notes with myriad shadows/or empty crooked tube of
technical white poor-formance/calculated keys that
never unlock soul doors/white man made machine saved
from zero by Coleman Hawkins !
This saxophone salvation/modern gri gri hanging from
jazzmen's necks placed there by Coleman Hawkins
a full body & soul sorcerer whose spirit dwells eternally
in every saxophone NOW & all those sound-a-phones
'The Sax Bit' by Ted Joans
This "good" would be called terrorism by any decent people.
Filipino historians like Agoncillo & Constantino estimate more than 300,000 Filipinos, mostly civilians, perished as a result of the American
The most barbaric forms of torture & interrogation as well as scorched earth military tactics & the brutal "reconcentration" of civilians were used.
"In November 1901, the Manila correspondent of the Philadelphia Ledger reports:
'The present war is no bloodless, opera bouffe engagement; our men have been relentless, have killed to exterminate men, women, children, prisoners & captives, active insurgents & suspected people from lads of ten up, the idea prevailing that the Filipino as such was little better than a dog...."
1900 -- Labor strikes in mining areas lead to riots, Belgium & Germany.
1904 -- MacKinlay Kantor, novelist (Andersonville) lives, Webster City, Iowa.
A little tidbit: Mackinlay Kantor also wrote the novel-in-verse Glory for Me, the basis for the movie The Best Years of Our Lives.
Bleedster Michael Ceraolo, Feb. 2005
1913 -- US: "Front of the Bus" Rosa Parks civil rights activist lives, Tuskegee, Alabama.
1913 -- First removable automobile wheel is used.
1914 -- Scotland: Suffragettes burn two mansions.
1917 -- US: In Cleveland, Emma Goldman speaks on "The Message of Anarchism" before a full assembly of the North Congregational Church. Tomorrow she addresses a free-speech meeting & is dismayed that other speakers have refused to attend the event if birth control is included among the issues addressed.
1919 -- US: The Seattle Union Record publishes Anna Louise Strong's General Strike editorial.
See Harvey O'Connor's Revolution in Seattle (Monthly Review Press, 1964; reprinted by Left Bank Books, 1980?, with new introduction by David Brown [yours truly, Auntie Dave]).
BETTY FRIEDAN Patron Saint 2005-2011.
Pioneer American feminist writer, critic, agitator.
1921 -- Chile: Massacre at San Gregorio leaves 565 nitrate miners dead. Hot on the heels of the 1920 post-war depression the employers are on the offensive & from 1921 to 1923 are successful in beating back the unions.
1922 -- US: Capablanca plays 103 simultaneous chess games, Cleveland (102-0-1).
1924 -- British release Mahatma Gandhi early, after two years in prison, due to ill health.
1926 -- England: The London Evening News publishes a story entitled "Winnie-the-Pooh", eventually becomes the first chapter of the book Winnie-the-Pooh. Illustrations for this story are created by J.H. Dowd.
1929 -- John Giola dances the Charleston for 22 hours, 30 minutes in New York City. Apparently thought he was in Virginia.
1930 -- First tieless, soundless, shockless streetcar tracks, New Orleans. You can hear a pin drop.
1933 -- England: Emma Goldman's vacation in Bristol (February 4-16) at the home of English friends Thomas & Nell Lavers includes informal meetings with local anarchists.
During this month & next Emma also tries to interest London publishers in Alexander Berkman's proposed translations of German & Russian books.
'Emma Goldman Papers'
1933 -- Germany: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Hitler orders police to confiscate literature "endangering public security".
1939 -- Spain: Spanish Loyalist capital of Gerona falls to Franco's fascists.
1940 -- Kurt Weill cantata "The Ballad of Magna Carta" premiers over NYC radio. Text is by Maxwell Anderson.
1943 -- Bertolt Brecht play "The Good Woman of Szechuan" premiers, Zurich.
1944 -- US: Right-wing Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals is formed by Sam Wood, King Vidor & Walt Disney, Hollywood.
1949 -- Iran: A leftist assassination attempt on the Shah fails. The Shah is uninjured, but three bullets air-condition his hat.
1950 -- US: 12 prominent US scientists protest any future use of the hydrogen bomb.
1954 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Senator "Tail Bummer" Joseph McCarthy begins a cross-country speaking tour denouncing the Democratic Party's "20 years of treason".
1956 -- US: White student riot at University of Alabama against court-ordered admission of first Negro student.
1957 -- Writer, painter, book illustrator, Miguel Covarrubias dies.
1957 -- Hey, You Maroons!
Joseph Hardaway, creator of Bugs Bunny, dies at 66.
Talks by Ralph Rumney (L'Art brut de vivre [The Outsider Art of Living]) & Asger Jorn (Industrie et beaux-arts, extręmes de l'unité situationniste [Industry & Fine Art: The Two Extremes of Situationist Unity]), Taptoe Gallery, Brussels (a "monosonorous talk" is presented by Yves Klein two days later).
http://www.cddc.vt.edu/sionline/chronology/chronology.html | [Situationist Resources]
1961 -- Filming starts on Luis Bunuel movie "Viridiana," Mexico.
1962 -- Russia: Take Me Out to the Gulag? Newspaper Izvestia reports baseball is an old Russian game.
1963 -- Canada: Defence Minister George Harkness resigns over Canada's refusal to accept US nuclear warheads for Bomarc missiles.
1964 -- China: Communist government charges Khrushchev is seeking world domination through collaboration with the US.
1966 -- Bill Graham's first non-benefit show. Graham presents The Jefferson Airplane at the Fillmore Auditorium, 1805 Geary Street, in Frisco, California. Also, author Ken Kesey disappears (to Mexico).
1967 -- Ousmane Sembene movie "La Noire de..." premiers, Dakar, Senegal.
who poverty & tatters & hollow-eyed & high sat up
smoking in the supernatural darkness of cold-water flats
floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz ...
— aLLEN gINSBERG
October 27 Daily Bleed Patron Saint
American Beatnik poet, cultural renegade, your ultimate school bus driver.
1969 -- Lonnie Elder III play "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men" opens, NY.
1971 -- US: National guard is mobilized to quell rioting in Wilmington, North Carolina (-2/9).
1972 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Senator Strom Thurmond asks Attorney General John Mitchell to deport John Lennon as an undesirable alien.
1974 -- US: Patty Hearst, 19-year-old granddaughter of publisher Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader William Randolph Hearst, kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA). One member, Vietnam veteran Joe Remiro, remains in prison today. Their rallying cry was "Death to the fascist insect that preys upon the life of the people."
1976 -- US: Crime Pays: Senate subcommittee reveals Lockheed Aircraft Corporation made payments abroad of $22 million in bribes to sell planes. Lockheed admits payments in Japan, Turkey, Italy & Holland.
1976 -- Guatemala: Violent earthquake strikes Guatemala City, killing 24,000 people, injuring 50,000. The quake renders as much as one-sixth of the country's population homeless. Thousands more killed by aftershocks in the following days.
1979 -- Perú: Six workers are killed in the massacre of Cromotex, Lima.
1980 -- Guinean novelist Camara Laye dies (b.1928). Wrote L'Enfant noir (The Dark Child) & Le Regard du roi (The Radiance of the King, 1956). Among the very earliest major works in francophone African literature. The Radiance of the King is described by Kwame Anthony Appiah as "One of the greatest of the African novels of the colonial period."
1981 -- Guatemala: 68 campesinos are killed in the massacre of Chimaltenango.
1982 -- US: Indoor distance record for a paper airplane (47m), Tacoma, Washington.
1982 -- Erica Roe, a busty bookseller from Petersfield, streaks topless at Twickenham at the rugby international between England & Australia, capturing headlines with her 40-inch bust during the height of the Falklands War.
I was supposed to be at work in my bookshop...
Her streak has been voted into the top (sic) 100 Greatest Moments in Sports.
1983 -- Karen Carpenter dies of heart failure brought on by anorexia nervosa. She teamed up with her brother Richard to form The Carpenters. Karen was 32 years old.
1985 -- New Zealand: Visit by U.S.S. Buchanan refused. ANZUS naval exercises are canceled when the US refuses to tell NZ of possible nuclear weapons on the Buchanan.
1985 -- 20 countries (but not the US, under the Ronnie Reagan regime) sign a UN treaty outlawing torture.
1987 -- Gay pianist, fashion victim Liberace dies.
1987 -- Stars & Stripes beats Australia's Kookaburra 3, sweeps America's Cup fewest in a period since introduction of 24 second shot-clock in 1954.
1987 -- Portugal: Francisco Quintal (b.1898) dies. Important militant, propagandist, & anarcho-syndicalist.
1988 -- Russia: Nikolai Bukharin, a victim of Stalin's purges, is officially rehabilitated by the Soviet Communist Party.
1990 -- Colombia: Government recognizes native rights to half its forest, 69,000 square miles (slightly larger than area of state of Washington in Amazon Basin, home to 55,000 indigenous tribal peoples.
1991 -- Canada: Eleven arrested for spraying blood on war supplier Litton Systems, Toronto. Damn terrorists!
1995 -- Australia: Barricade Bookstore opens, 115 Sydney Road, Brunswick, Melbourne.
Just five months later, on July 3, police raid the store & seize a pamphlet & two t-shirts & charge a worker with selling 'obscene’ materials. A week later, on July 11, neo-Nazis, apparently jealous of the cops sporting the great t-shirts, smash the shop’s windows.
Moved in January, 2003 to make way for a yuppie cafe...yup, rightwingers couldn't move them but .....
1996 -- Former Milli-Vanilli member Rob Pilatus is hospitalized when a man hits him over the head with a baseball bat in Hollywood. Pilatus was attempting to steal the man's car.
1996 -- Chechnya: Start of week of marches for peace by thousands, Grozny.
1998 -- Brussels: International Pie Brigade commandos, created by pie-throwing anarchist Noël Godin, delivers a pie to Bill Gates (Seattle boy makes good: "the richest man of the world") to the cries of:
"Entartons, entartons le polluant pognon!"
— Noël Godin, the "entartor anarquista" of celebrities (alias Gloupier), is also the author of "Anthologie de la subversion carabinée (1988).
1999 -- US: In NYC plainclothes police officers fire 41 shots at Amadou Diallo (22), a Bronx street peddler & immigrant from Guinea, who was unarmed in front of his Bronx home.
2003 -- Yugoslavia: National government is formally abolished, replaced by Serbia & Montenegro, a loose confederation.
2005 -- US: We can't make stuff up like this department:
Its fun to shoot people... It's a hoot...
"You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil," Mattis said. "You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them."
Adopt a sniper...shot down:
The college Republican students were selling bracelets bearing the motto "1 Shot 1 Kill No Remorse I Decide."
2007 -- US: Memorial for Bleedster Scott White (1950-2006). Formerly of firstname.lastname@example.org, now residing in a small box, ashes to be scattered: Helix newsboy, Venceremos brigadista, chef, investment advisor, collector of beer cans, books, costumes, hats, & a world-wide traveler. Of his many activities & projects, most valuable to him were the many people he met & cultivated for their friendship; many are we whom he took into his food gardens or brought to his table for feasting (days or weeks in the making), able to collect together the people he knew & loved. Like the many children agog at all the crazy toys, oddities & wonderments in his home — or the stories to entertain kids & adults alike — he never quite grew up. His memorial, replete with many wonderful & goofy recollections, reminds us of a life well-lived. Thank you, Scott White!
2010 -- France: Greek philosopher, resistance fighter, communist, journalist, editor, publisher, Kostas Axelos dies, Paris. Advocate of "Open Marxism" to transcend the political-ideological role of Marxism & to "pose fruitful questions & demystify 'existing realizations'," arguing, like Marx, that the opposition between work (necessity) & play (freedom) needs to be abolished.
“We always have to think, still more deeply, & search for a style of living which exhausts itself in neither conformism nor unreflective revolt.”
"When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint.
When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist."
— Archbishop Helder Camara, Brazilian liberation theologist
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