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Rather did each in his own fertile field
enspirit others than remain recluse
cowering under some convenient shield;
lovingly lilt their tones; the martial muse,
unbuckled of her armoured hate, must yield
sooner, because they lived her world to cleansing dews!
ROSE FLORENCE FREEMAN,
To Elie & Elisée Reclus
Élisée & Élie Reclus: In Memoriam
Compiled, edited & printed by Joseph Ishill (Oriole Press, 1927)
THE IDES OF MARCH
RUDE AWAKENINGS DAY.
EVERYTHING YOU THINK IS WRONG DAY.
Hinckley, Ohio: BUZZARD'S DAY.
Ancient Mesopotamia: MARDUCK'S FESTIVAL. A mock-king is selected from among condemned prisoners, feasted & executed. Masters & servants change places for five days.
INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY.
44 B.C. -- [BC] Roman strongman Julius Caesar assassinated. Author of Commentaries on the Gallic War.
Beware the ides of March.
Men at some time are masters of their fates:
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.
But, for my own part, it was Greek to me.
Think you I am no stronger than my sex,
Being so father'd & so husbanded?
These things are beyond all use,
And I do fear them.
Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come.
— Cæs. The ides of March are come.
Sooth. Ay, Cæsar; but not gone. Act iii. Sc. 1.
Et tu, Brute!
1649 -- England: John Milton appointed Secretary of Foreign Tongues by the new Commonwealth government.
1723 -- One of the important German lyric poets of the period, Johann Christian Günther dies in Jena, Germany.
1810 -- Aernout Drost, Dutch writer whose historical novels are the first important works of the 19th-century Romantic movement in The Netherlands, lives, Amsterdam. His first novel, Hermingard van de Eikenterpen ("Hermingard of the Oak Burial Mounds," 1832), portray the conversion of a Germanic woman to Christianity in 4th-century Holland.
1812 -- England: Luddites attack Mr Vickerman's establishment, Taylor Hill, Huddersfield destroyed.
1820 -- Plunk Your Magic Twanger, Froggie?: In his journal Lord Byron calls John Keats, "A tadpole of the Lakes."
1830 -- France: Radical geographer, anarchiste, Élisée Reclus lives (1830-1905), Sainte-Fay-la-Grande.
1830 -- Paul von Heyse (1830-1914) lives. German writer, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1910. Head of the Munich circle of writers, who refused to portray the realistic side of life.
1834 -- Happy Birthday (see 1810)?: At age 24, Aernout Drost, Dutch writer of historical novels, dies in Amsterdam. His posthumously published works include Schetsen en verhalen ("Sketches & Stories," 1835).
1844 -- England: Lord Ashley introduces Ten Hours' Bill into House of Commons.
1869 -- First federal women's suffrage amendment ever introduced in US Congress.
1873 -- Italy: The Italian Congress of the International meets, Bologna.
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1874 -- France assumes 'protectorate' over Annam (Vietnam).
1877 -- Ben Fletcher lives. Black IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) organizer of longshore locals in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1887 -- Painter's International Union formed.
1891 -- Italy: Aldino Felicani (1891-1967) lives, Tuscany. Italian-American anarchist, typographer, editor, & publisher ("Rompez les rangs," "Libertarian Youth," "The Social Question," "l'Agitazione," "The Lantern" &, until his death, "Controcorrente / Countercurrent").
1894 -- France: Belgian anarchist Jean Pauwels dies while attempting to blow up the Madeleine church in Paris. His bomb exploded prematurely. Pauwels is also suspected of being responsible for the explosions of February 19 on rue Saint Jacques & rue du Faubourg Saint Martin, using bombs made by Émile Henry.
1897 -- US: Fly-Trap? First indoor fly casting tournament opens, at Madison Square Garden.
1898 -- US: Mid-March, Emma Goldman (still on her speaking tour of Feb-June, addressing 66 meetings) delivers three lectures in Cleveland, including a well-attended meeting of the Franklin Club. (Also, just weeks before his death on March 31, Emma visits the ailing Robert Reitzel in Detroit.)
1900 -- Writer, sociologist, & leader of the Northeastern School, Brazilian Gilberto de Mello Freyre lives, Recife. His best known work is Casa-grande e senzala (The Masters & the Slaves, 1933), depicting the relationship between Brazil's Portuguese colonizers & their African slaves.
1908 -- Spain: José Peirats lives (1908-1989), Vall d'Uxó, Castellón. Wrote Anarchists in the Spanish Revolution & other books on Spain.
1911 -- Russia: Skriabin's The Poem of Fire performed at the Bolshoi.
1914 -- Matti Kuusi (1914-1998) lives. Finnish folklorist, writer, professor. Works include collection of poems, memoirs, studies of Kalevala, African popular tradition & other folk poetry.
1914 -- US: Emma Goldman, in Yiddish, among speakers at an afternoon celebration of the ninth anniversary of the publication of Mother Earth & a commemoration of the Paris Commune; other speakers include Alexander Berkman, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Harry Kelly.
Emma also (?) delivers a farewell lecture in New York City. American playwright George Middleton & actresses Fola La Follette & Mary Shaw speak on "What Drama Means to Me."
1916 -- US: Calvary mounts it's moral high-horse once again, gallops into México in pursuit of the ever-elusive Pancho Villa.
1916 -- Spanish poet Blas de Otero lives, Bilbao.
Not 10 people went to his final recitals, but when he died in 1979 many thousands went to the homage held in his memory in a Madrid bullring.
He had no idea.
— Eduardo Galeano Book of Embraces, p213
1917 -- US: Supreme court approves Eight-hour Act under threat of a railway strike.
1917 -- Russia: Czar Nicholas II abdicates as revolution sweeps his country. Marxist-Lennonists will predominate over the long haul despite all opposition.
1920 -- Russia: Mid-March, Emma Goldman & Alexander Berkman return to Petrograd to secure work in support of the revolution.
Ninth Congress of the All-Russian Communist party is held in Moscow; militarization of labor stirs much debate.
Source: Emma Goldman Papers
1929 -- D. H. Lawrence, in Paris looking for a publisher for Lady Chatterley's Lover, meets Harry Crosby of The Black Sun Press, with whom he has corresponded for more than a year; they disagree violently about everything they discuss.
Source: See Geoffrey Wolff, Black Sun (Random House, 1976).
1936 -- England: Emma Goldman speaks on "The Russian Theatre" to a 1,000 members of the Coventry Repertory Circle, one of the most successful meetings she has ever had in England.
1937 -- Crackpot fantasist H.P. Lovecraft dies, Providence, Rhode Island.
"The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind."
— H.P. Lovecraft
American poet & author of macabre short novels, whose cult following can be traced to the 60 or so 'Cthulhu Mythos' stories.
1938 -- Poet Dick Higgins lives (1938-1998), Cambridge, England.
Higgins studied at Columbia University, New York (where he received a bachelors degree in English, 1960), the Manhattan School of Printing, New York, & the New School of Social Research, 1958-59, with the anarchist John Cage & Henry Cowell. He attended Cage's composition class, where he met George Brecht, Allan Kaprow, Al Hansen & other future Fluxus artists....
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1938 -- Spain: Lincoln Brigadists retreat into Caspe, about 70 kilometers east of Belchite; of the 500 Lincolns who left Belchite, only 100 remain.
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1939 -- Hitler occupies Bohemia.
1940 -- Phil Lesh bassist, lives. A founding member of the Grateful Dead. Plays great, lesh philling!
(Thanks to Burt Cohen for providing the correct date of Lesh's birthday.)
1944 -- Sly Stone, guitarist/founder of Sly & the Family Stone, lives.
1945 -- Spain: Cenetista David Antona Domínguez (1904-1945) dies. Secretariado del Comité Nacional CNT. Militant anarcho-syndicalist, freed from prison in July 1936.
1953 -- Russia: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Uncle Joseph Stalin dies in his sleep, Moscow.
1955 -- Colonel Tom Parker becomes Elvis Presley's manager. Parker manages Presley all his life & after his death. Some people die more than others.
US: Hot Hand? Atomic Energy Commission admits that an unplanned release of radiation from an underground nuclear test spewed fallout over Las Vegas.
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1966 -- US: Teens riot. Arrest of a black high school student for throwing bricks & stones at passing cars touches off a wave of looting & burning in Watts, California. Two killed & 25 injured in the riot, the second major disturbance to break out in the Los Angeles ghetto in less than a year (see 11 August).
After a morning inspection tour (of the 1965 Watts LA riots) one investigator said that he had found the "holiday atmosphere" among the looters most repelling.
“These rioters don’t have any leaders.”
1966 -- Jean Biso (1881-1966) dies. Anarcho-syndicalist, Secretary of the Syndicat des Correcteurs in Paris, participant in support groups for Sacco & Vanzetti, Spanish Revolution of 1936.
1966 -- US: Thomas C. Lynch, Attorney General of the State of California, condemns the use of LSD & other drugs in a statement to the State Senate Judiciary Committee in Sacramento. Except for alcohol, of course.
Source: [Frisco History Archive]
1968 -- Diocese of Rome announces it deplores but won't prohibit "rock & roll masses" at the Church of San Lessio Falconieri.
1968 -- England: Six protesters ejected from shipyard at launch of Britain's 4th Polaris nuclear submarine, Birkenhead.
1968 -- US: Blood, Sweat & Tears opens at the Avalon Ballroom in Frisco.
Source: [Frisco History Archive]
1968 -- Choque entre un tren y un tractor en Santa María de la Alameda. 26 muertos y 80 heridos.
1969 -- England: Alan Barlow (1928-2004) & Phil Carver arrested immediately following a powerful explosion at the Francoist Banco de Bilbao, Covent Garden, London. In their possession is a letter claiming the action on behalf of the "1st of May Group."
1970 -- US: 78 protesters arrested during a second attempt by Native American activists to occupy Fort Lawton, demanding that Seattle give the unused facility back to Native Americans.
1970 -- Tarjei Vesaas (1897-1970) dies, in Vinje. Norwegian novelist/short story writer.
1971 -- Chatrooms make their debut on the Internet.
1971 -- Louis Louvet (1899-1971) dies. Anarcho-syndicalist, in the Syndicat des Correcteurs d'imprimerie since 1937.
1972 -- Los Angeles Radio station KHJ raided by police after calls from listeners who feared there'd been a revolution at the station from 6:00 to 7:30 in the morning. DJ Robert W. Morgan had played Donny Osmond's "Puppy Love" over & over. The police left without making any arrests.
1980 -- Penobscot Indians in Maine win major land claim.
1980 -- Hélio Oiticica (1937-1980) dies. Brazilian painter, performance artist, & anarchist. Grandson of the anarchist Jose Oiticica, whose ideas & activities were an important influence.anarchismo, anarchici, anarquista / Brasil
Created environmental, participatory events—among them Parangolé (1964), Tropicália (1967) & Apocalipopótesis (1968)—either in art centres or in the street.
One of the leading exhibitors in the exhibition Nova objetividade brasileira (Rio de Janeiro, 1967), which reactivated Brazil's avant-garde.
1982 -- Nicaragua: CIA-trained & equipped terrorist forces dynamite bridges.
1982 -- Italy: Agenti dei NOCS (Nuclei operativi centrali di sicurezza) sono accusati di torture e violenze nei confronti di persone arrestate con l'accusa di terrorismo.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1983 -- Irish-born British novelist Rebecca West, 91, dies, London, England.
"I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat, or a prostitute."
1985 -- US: Two-to-one vote against construction of new nuclear power plant, Bakersfield, California.
1986 -- England: The most successful picket at Wapping in the News International dispute: forty yards of fence are torn down, lorries are held up for five hours & parts of the country have to do without their Murdoch Sunday papers.
1991 -- US: Local 234 begins successful 19-strike preventing introduction of part timers.
1993 -- United Nations "Truth Commission" concludes most of the human rights abuses in El Salvador during its civil war had been committed by the US-backed Salvadoran government.
1994 -- Novelist Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. lectures at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. A rare pirated pamphlet was produced shortly afterwards, including his question & answer session, by SpiFFinG Books, with drawings from Breakfast of Champions. His novel Slaughterhouse Five is based on his experiences as a prisoner-of-war at Dresden, & its total destruction in 1945. Vonnegut uses fantasy & science fiction to highlight the horrors & absurdities of 20th century "civilization."
Daily Bleed Patron Saint, 11-11 2008-2010VONNEGUT, Kurt March 15th 1994 [SpiFFinG Books], 1994. A piracy, printing a lecture Vonnegut gave at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City on March 15, 1994 & also including the text of the question & answer session that followed. 52 pages, illustrated, mostly with drawings by Vonnegut taken from his book Breakfast of Champions. Fine in stapled wrappers. Rare: we have never seen another copy of it. [#027144] $1,500
Beloved American novelist, sardonic social critic.
"This is what I find most encouraging about the writing trades: They allow mediocre people who are patient & industrious to revise their stupidity."
— Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Tiger got to huntNo damn cat, & no damn cradle.
Bird got to fly
Man got to sit & wonder "Why, why, why?"
Tiger got to sleep,
Bird got to land,
Man got to tell himself he understand.
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— Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle
1995 -- Jean Meckert, aka Jean or John Amila, (1910-1995) dies. Libertarian novelist & antimilitarist.
In 1971, his novel La vierge et le taureau denounced military misdeeds in the South Pacific (atomic & bacteriological experiments). Jean Amila was violently attacked, possibly by government agents, & left for dead. He suffered amnesia afterwards, regaining his memory, little by little, thanks to his continued writing.
His books are all stamped with his antimilitarist/anarchist spirit, tackling the army, the church, the family & the State, & often include characters who are spontaneously libertarian, their anarchism deep & visceral.
" I do not know if I am an anarchist, but I know the ideas. My father was an anarchist & a deserter..."
— le monde libertaire, December 3, 1987
1995 -- US: The New York Times publishes 50,000th edition today.
Source: ’Robert Braunwart’
1997 -- England: Activists across Britain stage supermarket protests against genetically engineered foods.
1997 -- Switzerland: First International Day Against Police Brutality [DAPB].
2001 -- Germany: Fermin Rocker Show closes, Berlin.
Paintings by Fermin Rocker (1907-2004), at Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Franz Mehring Platz.
Fermin Rocker's paintings convey the memory of his father, the famed anarcho-syndicalist parents, Rudolf Rocker & Milly Witkop Rocker.
Too modest to be called a working-class hero, Rudolf fought against the Nazis in Germany & militated with the workers in England & later in the United States.
Fermin's powerful characters convey a sense of the conflicts & sufferings of the age, carrying their grief with dignity.
2002 -- Finland: 5th Black & Green days, 15th-17th.
2003 -- US: Hundreds of demonstrations across the nation in opposition to Beloved & Respected Comrade President Bush's relentless pursuit for a war against Iraq. In Seattle, protesters surround the Federal Building. TV news broadcasts later in the day include focus bits on the Singing Grannys (singing!) & long-time anti-authoritarian Robbie Barnes (wrapping the building with "crime scene" tape, anarcho-Christo-fashion).
2003 -- Spain: In Madrid, CNT & antiwar groups protest the US recolonization war in Iraq.
2009 -- US: Kabbalist, hippie mystic, visionary poet Lionel Ziprin dies, New York City.
"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."
— Anais Nin
(also attributed to the Talmud, as Bleedster Leonard F. advises us.)
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