The smoke of my own breath,
Echos, ripples, & buzzed whispers...loveroot, silkthread, crotch & vine,
My respirations & inspirations....the beating of my heart....the passing of blood
& air through my lungs.
— Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, 1855
-- MAY 15
Indian anti-colonial activist, freedom fighter.
Alternate patron Saint: CHARLES NORDHOFF
Early historian of North American utopianism.
Spain, Philippines, Columbia, etc.: CELEBRATIONS OF SAN ISIDRO,
the saint who got the angels to do all his plowing for him.
INTERNATIONAL CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS' DAY — what if they gave a war & nobody came?
1164 -- Héloïse dies in Paraclete Abbey. Student, & later wife, of French theologian/philosopher Peter Abelard, whose tragic love affair with him results in his castration.
1174 -- Death of Nur-ed-Din.
1527 -- Germany: End of the Earth! well... er, ah...Anabaptist Hans Huth predicted this to be final day of judgment; things didn't come down the way he expected, but the bright fellow had the prescience to postpone it to 1529. http://triggur.org/coqo/
1591 -- Murder of Dimitri Ivanovitch, son of Czar Ivan IV.
1618 -- Johannes Kepler discovers his harmonics law. http://www.appalachianbluegrass.com/
1705 -- Soggy Bottoms? French writer Charles Perrault dies (May 15/16). In the story of Cinderella, he mistranslated vair, the word for fur, as verre, glass, thus making her wear glass slippers. However it is easier to drink from a glass slipper than a soggy fur one.
1740 -- Encyclopedist Ephraim Chambers dies in London.
1753 -- French critic Freiherr von Grimm launches a cultural newsletter.Source: [Robert Braunwart] [Hereafter attributed with symbol: ]
North America: Red Tide? Surf's Up!! The Russians begin building Ft. Ross, California.
1823 -- England: Swedenbourgian Thomas Lake Harris lives, Fenny, Stratford.
1834 -- US: Cherokee Indians force-marched, in defiance of the US Supreme Court, on the Trail of Tears, reaches Little Rock, Arkansas. http://georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu/trailtea.htm
1843 -- François Malicet lives, Nouzon, Ardennes. French barber, lifelong anarchiste, member of "Les déshérités" group in Nouzon.
Met Fortuné Henry at a conference & in 1903 participated in Henry's founding of the libertarian communist colony at Aiglemont. Malicet left the colony over differences with André Mounier. Adhering to the notion "Et du boyau du dernier prêtre, serrons le cou du dernier flic" until his death, Malicet was killed September 7, 1927, by a burglar.
1855 -- Walt Whitman, having registered Leaves of Grass
, brings the copyright notice to the Brooklyn printing office of James & Thomas Rome, where he is working on the first, privately printed, edition. Brother George comments, "I saw the book, but I didn't read it at all — didn't think it worth reading. Mother thought as I did."
1856 -- L. Frank Baum lives (1856-1919). American journalist/writer, whose Indian-hating stories about the imaginary Land of Oz are classics of fantasy literature.
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1859 -- France: Pierre Fauvet lives, Saint-Etienne. French anarchiste militant, member of groups in Saint-Etienne & organizer of tours in the region for Sébastien FaureSebastian
. Convicted numerous times in both Switzerland & France for his activities. http://www.ephemanar.net/mai15.html#fauvet
1862 -- Arthur Schnitzler lives, Vienna. Austrian dramatist/novelist.
1869 -- US: Elizabeth Cady Stanton inherits $50,000 from her father & she & Susan B. Anthony form national Woman Suffrage Association.
The women's rights movement splits into two factions as a result of disagreements over the 14th & soon-to-be-passed 15th amendments. Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony form the more radical, NY-based National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA). Lucy Stone, Henry Blackwell, & Julia Ward Howe organize the more conservative American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA) in Boston.
Arthur Rimbaud writes the 2nd of his 2 "Lettres du Voyant."
1872 -- Julia Ward Howe declares the first Mother's Day as an anti-war holiday.
Canada: 1,500 workers demonstrate for the 9-hour day, Hamilton, Ont.
1885 -- Canada: Insurgent Louis Riel captured, following the "defeat" of the Metis at Batoche on May 12th, effectively ending the Metis Rebellion in Saskatchewan.http://www.metismuseum.com/main.php
1886 -- Recluse poet Emily Dickinson dies, Amherst, Massachusetts, having not left her house since 1865.
1890 -- Katherine Anne Porter lives (-1980) Indian Creek, Texass. American essayist, short story writer, & journalist, whose best known & only novel is The Ship of Fools
(1962). The title is from an old German satire Das Narrenschieff
(1494), by Sebastian Brant. Briefly involved with Mexican revolutionary politics, & also author of The Never-Ending Wrong
, an account of the infamous trial & execution of the anarchists Sacco & Vanzetti. http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/kaporter.htm
1891 -- Mikhail Bulgakov lives (May 3rd, Old Style).
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México: The anarchist Flores Magón brothers (Ricardo
& Enrique) organize an anti-reelection demonstration, DF.
1893 -- US: Founding of the Western Federation of Miners (WFM) (or the 13th?), the labor union of Big Bill Haywood, who was later head of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/haywood/haywood.htm
US: New Jersey becomes the first US state to prohibit employment discrimination against union members.
1897 -- Germany: Gay Liberation Society formed by Max Spohr in Munich.Source: [Calendar Riots]
1902 -- US: Anthracite miners' strike begins.
1904 -- Clifton Fadiman, man with a plan, lives, Brooklyn, New York. "For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed." http://www.infoplease.com/spot/fadiman1.html
Canada: Constipation Blues? Toronto plumbers go on a 4-month strike.
1907 -- India: Anti-colonialist, freedom-fighter Thapar Sukhdev lives (-1931), Ludhiana. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukhdev_Thapar
1912 -- France: Andre Rene Valet (1890-1912) & Octave Garnier (1889-1912) die in a shootout. Illegalist members of the Bonnot Gang, both are killed in the Paris suburb of Nogent-sur-Marne.
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US: In Los Angeles, Emma Goldman
continues delivering propaganda & modern drama lectures ( May 15-June 11), which includes discussion of Irish playwright Seamus O'Kelly.
Emma's propaganda lectures include "Revolution & Reform — Which?" & "The Place of the Church in the Labor Struggle." She reports to birth-control advocate Margaret Sanger that "Not one of my lectures brings out such a crowd as the one on the birth strike & it is the same with the W[oman] R[ebel]. It sells better than anything we have" (May 26, 1914).
1916 -- US: Alexander Berkman
publishes "The Only Hope of Ireland" in The Blast!
(vol.1, no.13, page 2). http://www.struggle.ws/hist_texts/berkman_ireland.html
First appearance of the term "DADA" in print, Zurich, Switzerland.
US: "Red" Library Cards? The Library Employees' Union (AFofL) is chartered.
Canada: Farmers stage a huge anti-conscription demonstration in Ottawa.
1919 -- Canada: Winnipeg General Strike
begins, involving 30,000 workers, lasting until June 26th when the Winnipeg Labour Council "officially" declares the strike over.
While other strikes took place during that same year in Canada, there has been much debate since about the violent methods used to attempt to repress the Winnipeg strike.
1921 -- England: Irish Republicans set fires all over London.Source: [Calendar Riots]
US: A Real Cat Fight? Felix the Cat animated cartoon "Felix Goes on Strike" is released.
Eugene O'Neill play All God's Chillun Got Wings
Shanghai: Japanese mill security fires on worker negotiators, killing one.
1928 -- Mickey Mouse premieres in "Plane Crazy," a silent cartoon parody of the Lindbergh craze.
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US: Krishnamurti gives his first public talk in America, to 16,000 at the Hollywood Bowl.
1929 -- Paint It Black?: Soviet anarchist artist, Suprematist movement founder, Kazimir (or Kasimir) Malevich dies, neglected & in poverty, persecuted by the Stalinist regime. His painting "White on White"
drives 'em nuts; Black Square is even worse!
Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2006-2008
Russian designer, painter, Supremicist theorist.
Alexander Bruner, a young painter, stunned the art world in 1992 by entering an Amsterdam museum & defacing Kazimir Malevich's renowned "White Cross" [or "Suprematism 1922-1927"?] with a spray-painted green dollar sign in protest of the increasing commercialization of modern art.
Feb 11, 1997 — statement issued in support of Alexander Bruner for defacing Malevich's painting, is apparently no longer online.
1930 -- US: Ellen Church becomes first airline stewardess, on United, Frisco to Cheyenne.
1931 -- A Fighting Man of Mars
appears on earth. Don't panic, it's just a novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, published today.
1935 -- US: National Labor Relations Act passed, recognizing workers' right to organize & bargain collectively.
1935 -- Italy: Su delazione dello scrittore Pitigrilli vengono arrestati, a Torino, Vittorio Fao, Norberto Bobbio, Massimo Mila, Cesare Pavese, Franco Antonicelli, Carlo Levi, Ludovico Geymonat, Giulio Einaudi e altri componenti del gruppo di Giustizia e Libertà. Verranno condannati dal tribunale speciale a pene da 5 a 15 anni. Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1937 -- US: TWU (Transport Workers Union) wins bargaining rights on New York's IRT subway line.[Source]
Finland: Bertolt Brecht leaves for Moskva, Vladivostok & Santa Monica, California.
1942 -- Joltin' Joe DiMaggio begins his historic major-league baseball hitting streak which ended after 56 games.
1942 -- US: Death of great IWW labor songwriter T-Bone Slim, New York City. See Selected Writings of T-Bone Slim
, edited by Franklin Rosemont. "Wherever you find injustice, the proper form of politeness is attack."
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US: Congress appropriates $400 million to fight Communism in Greece & Turkey; meanwhile, Jack Warner & Adolphe Menjou gladly give names to HUAC.
US: Vigilantes prevent Alexander Peabody's ferry "Illahee" from landing on Vashon Island, Washington (it is in competition with state-owned public ferries).
1948 -- France: Conférence anarchiste internationale (15-17th) in Paris. http://web.archive.org/...libertaire.org/article137.html
1949? -- Spain: Bombs set off at the Bolivian, Peruvian & Brazilian (this explosive fails to ignite) consulates by the antifascist guerrilleros José Lluís Facerias
, Androver, El Quico (Francisco Sabaté
), Paco & others.
1953 -- US: As contract talks stall, Local 9 of the Brewery Workers International Union goes on strike against all Milwaukee beer companies to press demands that would make pay & hours consistent with brewery workers on the east & west coasts.
As the companies lose out on their busy summer months, they appear united against the labor union. But their uneven financial losses prove divisive. Schlitz & Pabst have large breweries in other cities, while Miller, Blatz & Gettleman have only their Milwaukee plants.
In late July, Blatz broke with the Employers' Bargaining Committee to reach a settlement. The other companies then quickly accept the terms of the Blatz agreement, resulting in a substantial pay increase, life insurance, pension improvements, a paid lunch period & more paid holidays.
Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charlie Mingus & Max Roach perform together at Massey Hall, Toronto.
University of Jena awards Thomas Mann an honorary doctorate.
1957 -- First British H-Bomb test.
1963 -- Last of the Mercury flights, the 'Faith 7', launches. First of the Mercury flights not broadcast live, because a fickle TV audience lost faith.
1964 -- Laos: US begins bombing — & effectively destroying — this country.
1964 -- México: Digna Ochoa y Plácido lives (-2001), Mizantla Veracruz. Abogada, human rights lawyer, de los Derechos Humanos, asesinada el 19 de octubre de 2001 en la Ciudad de México.
1965 -- The Byrds enter the Hot 100 for the first time with an electric version of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tamborine Man." Its success prompts Dylan to go electric as well. Guitar that is...
1965 -- US: National teach-in to oppose the war in Vietnam held in Washington, DC.
1966 -- US: American Friends Service Committee, SANE, & Women March for Peace sponsor a 10,000+ person anti-war picket at White House & 63,000+ rally at the Washington Monument with four other organizations.
1966 -- Vietnam: Buddhist altars placed in streets to stop troops arresting dissidents, South Vietnam.
1968 -- France:
The French Prime Minister appeals to the population to resist 'anarchy'. Occupation of the théâtre de l'Odéon.
During the first three or four days of the Sorbonne occupation (1417 May) the Situationists & Enragés express & develop one of the more lucid approaches to the situation, particularly in the face of numerous labor unions, bureaucrats & leftist groupsicles (Maoist, Trotkyites, etc) who are trying to catch up with ideas & events in hopes of either containing the movement or gaining control or power.
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1968 -- Germany: Students clash with police over imposition of new "emergency laws" curtailing public demonstrations.
1968 -- US: Students sit-in at the University of Miami.
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1969 -- US: Battle for People's Park, fought against the University of California & the police in Berkeley, California, who had fenced the area off in the middle of the night:
Beloved & Respected Comrade Bad Actor Governor & Future President of the United States Ronald Reagan sends in National Guard to reclaim People's Park in Berkeley, California.
Police gunfire kills a bystander, James Rector, & wounds 60, including Alan Blanchard, blinded for life.
17 days of street fighting ensue, capped by a march of 30,000, where another 150 demonstrators are shot & wounded.
'If there has to be a bloodbath then let's get it over with'.
— Ronald Reagan
NOT PEOPLE'S PARK
PEOPLE'S PLANET, CAN THEY
FENCE THAT ONE IN, BULLDOZE IT
— Diane di Prima, Revolutionary Letter #38
1969 -- US: As Reagan orders armed police to carry out a dawn raid against hippie protesters who had occupied People's Park near the Berkeley campus of the University of California,
the 'straight' world & the "counter-culture" appeared to be implacably opposed.
On one side of the barricades, Governor Ronnie Reagan & his followers advocated unfettered private enterprise & supported the invasion of Vietnam.
On the other side, the hippies & students championed a social revolution at home & opposed imperial expansion abroad. In the year of the raid on People's Park, it seemed that the historical choice between these two opposing visions of America's future could only be settled through violent conflict. As Jerry Rubin, one of the Yippie leaders, said at the time:
'Our search for adventure & heroism takes us outside America, to a life of self-creation & rebellion. In response, America is ready to destroy us...'
1969 -- US: Abe Fortes is the first Supreme Court Justice to resign under fire, after Life
magazine disclosed financial transactions between him & a financier convicted of securities law violation.
Australia: Clarrie O'Shea, secretary of the Victoria Tram & Bus Employees' Union, is jailed in Australia for his union's failure to pay fines.
1970 -- US: Several million students hold a strike to protest the Vietnam War.
US: Around or just after midnight last night, the Mississippi Highway Patrol kills 2, wounds 11 at Jackson State College in a barrage of gunfire. See the entry for yesterday.
1971 -- US: Native American Rights Fund files suit on behalf of Hopi to prevent strip mining on sacred Black Mesa, Arizona. Dispute over access to Black Mesa deposits eventually leads to Big Mountain forced relocation of thousands of Navajo.
1971 -- US: Second anniversary of People's Park demonstration, "instigated" by the University of California student paper, Daily Cal,
leads to the paper moving off the Berkeley campus. http://www.peoplespark.org/
1972 -- Rolling Stones' 1972 US tour encounters problems three weeks before it starts. A ticket computer for the San Francisco show overloads, leaving thousands waiting — taking 12 minutes to process each order.
Can you say "Ticketmaster sucks!" Knew it.
1972 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Alabama Governor George Wallace shot & seriously wounded. Arthur Bremer was sentenced 63 years (later reduced to 10) for shooting Wallace & three bystanders. According to the FBI, Bremer had previously stalked Dick m Nixon & Hubert Humphrey.
US: A permanent publishing injunction is issued against author Victor Marchetti at the request of the CIA.
1973 -- US: Who's Minding The Kitchen?: Bobby Seale's campaign for Oakland mayor ends in defeat.
Bobby Seale's Homepage:
Seale was prosecuted in the Chicago 8 Conspiracy Trial (David Dellinger, Rennie Davis, Thomas Hayden, Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, John Froines, Lee Weiner, Bobby Seale).
1973 -- US: "Strange Bedfellows From Labor, Business' Own Dominican Resort" article appears on the front page of the May 15,1973 Wall Street Journal
, by Jonathon Kwitney:
Among the leading stockholders in the 15,000 acre Punta Cana, Dominican Republic resort & plantation are George Meany & Lane Kirkland, president & secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, & Keith Terpe, Seafarers' Union official, as well as leading officers of Seatrain Lines, Inc., which employs members of Terpe's union.
Not seen for what they are, the striking cases of mounting business-labor-government collusion & cooperation have largely been overlooked.
— John Zerzan, "Organized Labor versus 'The Revolt Against Work'"
1974 -- Frank Zappa & wife announce birth of their third kid, a boy named Ahmet Rodan — named after the Japanese movie monster who lived on a diet of 707 jets.
1978 -- US: Congress reinstates relations with 1,500 members of Modoc, Wyandot, Peoria & Ottowa tribes in Oklahoma.
1982 -- Germany: 40,000 demonstrate against military electronics fair, Hanover, West Germany.
1984 -- Give 'em Time?: Undamaged Mayan tomb discovered by archaeologists.
1985 -- US: Following his release from jail after her recantation of her six-year-old rape charge, Gary Dotson & Cathy Crowell Webb make the rounds of the network morning shows:
"What were the first things you said to each other?"
— Joan Lunden, ABC
"Who would you like to see play you in the movie?"
— Jane Pauley, NBC
"How about a hug?"
— Phyllis George, CBS
1986 -- US: "When the Layabouts play, people dance."
South End, May, 15, 1986
The Layabouts (Detroit): B-Movie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPUPWkOO1Ok
1988 -- Afghanistan: USSR begins withdrawal of troops. Now the US can move in & get the heroin trade going again.
1988 -- US: Joseph Smith ordains Robert Braunwart, according to Bleedster Bob. Miracle of Miracles, on this very day in 1829 John the Baptist ordains Joseph Smith (according to Joseph Smith).
1988 -- Italy: Spanish Embassy in Rome occupied by USI & CNT-AIT anarchist militants.
1989 -- Domino Theory?: Russians persuade Vietnamese to pull out of Cambodia, by September, as Gorbachev talks with China today.
1991 -- US: Defense Department releases documents confirming Drug kingpin Manuel Noriega was the "CIA's man in Panama."
Tune in, Radio Noriega, or the Many Moods of Manny
1994 -- England: Stone commemorating conscientious objectors (COs) unveiled, Tavistock Square, London.
1995 -- China: Although all other nuclear powers are observing a testing moratorium, China tests a nuclear device. France & US both announce plans to resume tests shortly afterwards.
1995 -- Russia: Chechen terrorists kill five Russian officials & threaten 1,000 hostages, Budennovsk.
1997 -- United Nations cites Australian human-rights violations in detaining Cambodian boat people from 1989.
1998 -- Congo: Human-rights activist Pascal Kambale is arrested.
2000 -- US: Microradio movement news accounts on the struggle to free the airwaves: "Low-Power Meets High Static" — Washington Post
[Source: Pirate Radio Kiosk]
2000 -- United Nations Committee Against Torture issues its first report on the US, criticizing stunbelts, prison conditions & police brutality.
2000 -- Cuba: Dissident Marta Beatriz Roque is released early from prison.
2002 -- US: Real Crime-Stoppers? Bush administration admits it had warnings before September 11 that agents of Osama bin Laden would try to hijack US airliners. Ignored, of course, as Bush takes the longest Presidential vacation on record, then flies around the country avoiding Washington DC after 9/11.
2004 -- Canada: The 5th Annual Montreal Anarchist Bookfair!
The Bookfair is the largest anarchist cultural gathering in northeastern North America, & an important exchange of anti-authoritarian ideas. For anarchist & non-anarchists alike, in English, French & Spanish, with over 50 booksellers & groups from all over North America & beyond. Events include workshops, readings, films, presentations, walking tours & much more.
Montreal Anarchist Bookfair
2006 -- Algerian "Mother of Raï" music, Cheikha Rimitti, dies Paris, France.
"Most everybody I see knows the truth but they just don't know that they know it."
— Woody Guthrie