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Ark-Angel, musician from Saturn, via Birmingham.
Islam: NIGHT OF THE TREE OF EXTREMITY.
This tree has a leaf with a name on it for every person on earth. On this night it is shaken. If your leaf falls, you will die in the coming year. Many prayers said in mosques.
12 BC -- Daytime meteor shower, possibly Zeta Perseid, observed in China.
337 -- Constantine the Great, the one that introduced christianity as a state religion during the Roman Empire, is no longer great.
1541 -- Germany: Ratisbon (Regensburg) Conference ends, its mission to reunify the Catholic Church having failed. From this time on, the Protestant movement is permanent.
1703 -- Can't Take A Joke?: British author Daniel Defoe is fined, imprisoned, later pilloried for his ill-timed satire, The Shortest Way With Dissenters.
1729 -- Giuseppe Parini lives, near Milan. Italian prose writer/poet remembered for a series of Horatian odes. Wrote Il giorno (The Day, 1763-1801), a satiric poem on the selfishness & superficiality of the aristocracy.
1798 -- Canada: Chippewa cede 28,000 acres in Ontario, including present-day site of Toronto, for 101 British pounds.
1805 -- Esoteric poet, proto-surrealist Gerard de Nerval lives, Paris, France.
1807 -- Burr-in-the-Saddle?: Former Beloved & Respected Comrade Patriot Vice-President Aaron Burr on trial for treasonably "assembling an armed force...to seize the city of New Orleans...& to separate the Western from the Atlantic states."
1810 -- Argentina: The May Revolution begins.
1813 -- German composer, anti-semite Richard Wagner lives. "Wagner's music is better than it sounds." — Mark Twain (1835-1910)
1819 -- US: Savannah, a fully rigged sailing vessel equipped with auxiliary steam power, left Savannah, Georgia. On 20 June it lands in Liverpool, England, becoming the first steam ship to cross any ocean.
1828 -- Albrecht Grafe first eyeballs the place. Pioneer eye surgeon, founder of modern ophthalmology.
1845 -- American Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt lives.
1856 -- Democracy in Action?: Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina visited the floor of the US Senate & beat Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts unconscious with a gutta-percha cane, as two Georgia senators stood idly by. Sumner was incapacitated for three & a half years.
1859 -- Arthur Conan Doyle lives (1859-1930). British writer, best known for his creation of the detective Sherlock Holmes. After his son diesin World War I, he dedicates himself to spiritualistic studies. An example is The Coming of the Fairies in which he supports the existence of "little people" & spent more than a million dollars on their cause.
1868 -- US: First train robbery in the world, in Indiana, when the Reno Gang makes off with 98,000 buckaroonies.
Remember now there were others before;
The sepulchres are full at ford & bridgehead.
There will be children with flowers there,
And lambs & golden-eyed lions there,
And people remembering in the future.
— Kenneth Rexroth, excerpt,
"From the Paris Commune to the Kronstadt Rebellion" (1936)
1873 -- Alessandro Manzoni poet/novelist dies, Milan, Italy. His three-volume I Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed) had immense patriotic appeal for Italians of the nationalistic Risprgimento period & is often ranked a masterpiece of world literature.
1879 -- Alla Nazimova (1879-1945) lives, Yalta, Crimea, Russia. Writer, actress, producer & visionary. Married to Paul Orleneff (actor, producer & friend of the anarchist feminist Emma Goldman).
1881 --Scission anarchiste au sein du Parti des travailleurs socialistes de France.
1884 -- US: One-armed baseball pitcher Hugh Daily fans 13 hitters.
1885 -- Victor Hugo dies in Paris. Mourned as a national hero & buried in the Pantheon.
1892 -- France: Inauguration of Bourse du Travail in Paris. Federated with the provincial bourses, under the strong anarchiste influence of Fernand Pelloutier, a formidable proponent of revolutionary syndicalism.
1894 -- Italy: (22 maggio - 8 giugno) A Genova difende Luigi Galleani e altri compagni. / In Genoa, Pietro Gori (22 May - 8 June) defends Luigi Galleani & other companions.
During this year, because of the antianarchical laws & persecutions, & the continuous attacks following the attentato of Caserio Saints against the president of the French Republic Sadi Carnot, of which Gori it comes accused from the bourgeois press it are of conispiratore, in order to escape to a sentence to five years, are forced to clandestinely leave the country.
Source: [Chronology by Franco Bertolucci]
1895 -- Italy: The trial of Oreste Lucchesi & Amerigo Franchi, begun in Florence May 2, concludes. They are convicted of assassinating the Giuseppe Bandi on July 1, 1894. Editor of Il Telegrafo, his articles were responsible for the repression & arrest of numerous anarchists. Lucchesi & Franchi each receive 30 year prison sentences.
1895 -- US: Railroaded? Eugene Debs imprisoned for his role in the Pullman Railway Strike (also known as the "Debs Rebellion"), Woodstock, Illinois.
"While there is a lower class, I am in it;
While there is a criminal element, I am of it;
While there is a soul in prison, I am not free!"
1895 -- Indian religious leader Jiddu Krishnamurti lives.
"Truth is a pathless land, & you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organisation be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path."
1901 -- Italy: Gaetano Bresci found hanging in his prison cell at Santo Stefano, believed "suicided" by his guards. An Italian-American anarchist who assassinated Umberto I, King of Italy in revenge for the army's crushing of the 1898 worker's insurrection in Milan. / L'anarchico Gaetano Bresci viene 'suicidato' in carcere da alcune guardie carcerarie.
Illustration by Flavio Costantini
1906 -- US: Emma Goldman & Alexander Berkman travel to Chicago, where the two anarchists are followed by the press. Newspaper falsely reports that Emma & Alex have married.
1907 -- Lordy, Lord: British acting great Laurence Olivier lives, Dorking, Surrey, England (Rebecca, Hamlet, The Jazz Singer, Spartacus) .
1909 -- Richard H. Stein completes his brochure on quarter-tone composition.
1913 -- US: In Los Angeles, Emma Goldman & others speak out against continued vigilante intimidation in San Diego (on May 20th she & Dr.Ben Reitman were arrested on arrival in this bastion of Freedom & Democracy, vigilantes surrounded the police station & police forced them to take a train out of town).
1914 -- Ark-Angel, composer Herman "Sunny" Blount lives (1914-1993), Birmingham, Alabama.
1915 -- Scotland: Local train collides with troop train killing 226, Gretna.
1920 -- US: Protocols of the Elders of Zion printed by Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Henry Ford in the Dearborn Independent (boasting a circulation of 700,000), inaugurating a policy of anti-semitism in that paper.
Ford admired Nazi Germany &, like a number of large US corporations, patriotically profited from his factories in both the US & Germany during WWII, producing materials for both armies.
1924 -- France: Germaine Berton arrested in Bordeaux, following a conference, & a brawl ensues. Newly imprisoned, the young anarchiste went on a hunger strike & was hospitalized.
[Details / context]
1925 -- Gertrude Stein writes F. Scott Fitzgerald about his novel, The Great Gatsby:
"This is as good a book [as This Side of Paradise] & different & older, & that is what one does, one does not get better but different & older & that is always a pleasure."
1925 -- Indeterminate Surrealist painter, sculptor Jean Tinguely lives (1925-1991).
1930 -- US: 3 Twinkies & You're Out (of jail)?: Harvey Milk, gay rights activist & San Francisco city Supervisor, lives. Assassinated by whacko Dan White, who got a couple years in jail using the famous "it was the Twinkies I ate made me do it" defense.
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Gay San Francisco politician, activist, martyr.
1931 -- US: Politicians Canned? First canned rattlesnake meat goes on sale.
Switzerland: May 22-23, 1932, joint conference of the secretariats of Federació Sindical Internacional (FIS) & Internacional Obrera Socialista (IOS). Attending representant la Unió General de Treballadors (UGT) & el Partit Socialista Obrer Espanyol (PSOE) Manuel Cordero & Wenceslao Carrillo, respectivament.
Source: [Congressos Obrers]
1937 -- Spain: A plenary session of the C.N.T.'s [Confederacion Nacional del Trabajo] Local & Comarcal Federations hears a proposal that the Friends of Durruti be expelled. A session of the Sabadell city council agrees that councilor Bruno Lladó Roca (also the Generalidad's comarcal delegate for Economy) be stood down for having displayed a Friends of Durruti poster in his office.
1938 -- Warren S. Van Valkenburgh (1884-1938) dies of a heart attack.
American anarchist editor (Road to Freedom & Spanish Revolution) & devoted friend & correspondent of Emma Goldman's. Van Valkenburgh assisted Emma in typing & distributing her writings & correspondence.
Active in the Socialist Party in Schenectady, NY; as secretary for the Sociology Club, a group in Schenectady organized to study & debate social problems, & later as a supporter of anarchist causes, including the Sacco-Vanzetti Case & the Spanish Revolution.
The Road to Freedom Group included Rose Pesotta, Walter Starrett (pen name for Van Valkenburgh), Sadie Robinson (secretary of the group), Lisa Brilliant & others.
1939 -- US: Despite success as playwright & poet, Ernst Toller hangs himself in his Manhattan hotel room, convinced his plays are passé. A German Expressionist involved with other writers & anarchists in forming an insurrectionary Bavarian government. Forced to flee Nazi Germany. Wrote Man & the Masses (1920).
"History is the propaganda of the victors."
The anarchist pacifist Ernst Friedrich helped form a "Revolutionary Pacifist Group" whose membership included such figures as Kurt Tucholsky, Walter Mehring, & the Expressionist writer Ernst Toller.
When, during WWI, pacifists & political radicals like the poet Ernst Toller were being persecuted, Max Weber asked them to his famous Sunday open house. Later, when Toller was arrested, Weber testified for him in a military court & succeeded in having him released.
(Julian Beck, Judith Malina & The Living Theatre performed "Masse Mensch" in the late 1970s).
Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Hitler & B&RCL Mussolini sign "Pact of Steel."
Steel of course refers to their gonads. Pity the fools who follow their leaders...as these governments, & those under B&RCL Churchill, B&RCL Roosevelt, B&RCL Hirohito & B&RCL Truman soon wage the most horrific reign of terrorism in the 20th century with weapons of mass destruction purposely targeting whole cities of civilians (Warsaw, Dresden, London, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, etc.)
Galeazzo Ciano e Joachim von Ribbentrop a nome dei rispettivi stati siglano il cosiddetto "patto d'acciaio." L'alleanza prevede l'intervento delle parti in un conflitto che veda coinvolto l'alleato (senza specificare se aggressivo o difensivo), la consultazione in caso di avvenimenti internazionali che riguardino i contraenti, il non avanzare richieste di armistizio o di pace separata. Tutti questi impegni verranno disattesi.
1939 -- "Official Guide of the Tarzan Clans of America" is published.
1943 -- Dissolution of the Comintern.
1945 -- US: Supreme Court rules Filipinos are not aliens. Little do they know....
1947 -- France: The manifesto Freedom is a Vietnamese Word ("Libertad es una palabra vietnamita"), the first post-war tract by the Paris Surrealists, appears in the anarchiste paper Le Libertaire, signed by Bonnefoy, Bousquet, Breton, Péret, Tanguy & 10 others, vehemently condemns the French imperialistic adventure in Indochina.
1948 -- Black American writer Claude McKay dies, Chicago, Illinois.
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Black American writer, Harlem Renaissance mainstay.
If we must die, let it not be like hogs
Hunted & penned in an inglorious spot,
While round us bark the mad & hungry dogs,
Making their mock at our accursed lot.
If we must die, O let us nobly die,
So that our precious blood may not be shed
In vain; then even the monsters we defy
Shall be constrained to honor us though dead!
O kinsmen we must meet the common foe!
Though far outnumbered let us show us brave,
And for their thousand blows deal one deathblow!
What though before us lies the open grave?
Like men we'll face the murderous, cowardly pack,
Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!
1952 -- Jan Todd lives. Woman power lifter, once lifted 545.6 lbs in a squat, after being goaded by a jilting ex-lover with "you can't do squat.."
Squat the World!:
1954 -- Mine's Bigger than Yours?: Bobby Zimmerman is Bar Mitzvahed.
"A friend of my mother's who attended Minnesota during Dylan's frat boy days... [said] he met Dylan more than once, & all he ever talked about was how he had the biggest Bar Mitzvah in the history of Hibbing."
1955 -- US: Domino Effect? Cops in Bridgeport, Connecticut cancel a scheduled dance headlined by Fats Domino, because, authorities say "rock & roll dances might be featured." They justify their action noting "a recent near riot at the New Haven Arena," where rock & roll dances were featured.
1955 -- Roger Noel, aka the anarchist Babar, of "Alternative Libertaire," Belgian-French critical magazine, lives.
1957 -- US: Heads Up, India! 10 megaton hydrogen bomb accidentally fell from a bomber in an uninhabited area near Albuquerque owned by the University of New Mexico.
Non-nuclear explosives detonated, blasting a crater 12 feet deep & 25 feet across. Its 10-megaton nuclear charge miraculously does not detonate, narrowly averting horror for New Mexico. The bomb is hundreds of times more powerful than the one that had leveled Hiroshima. No one was injured, but radiation was detected in the crater.
Remember the list of fatal military accidents we came up with?
Wasn't that in 1958? If so, here is another one:
Nike missiles explode, Leonardo, NJ; 10 die.
When I was living in Grays Harbor back in 95 or 96 I used to listen to a local morning talk show. The host, Tim Harrington, liked to smoke, but his boss made him do it outside in the alley in downtown Aberdeen. One morning he came back on the air suddenly & announced that a missle had flown a few feet over his head.
Turns out that the Navy in Bremerton 'accidently' launched a cruise missle. It landed somewhere near the Elk River Estuary not detonating.
Makes a body feel really safe.
— BleedsterGus, 2006
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm. A cautionary tale. Must have been good stuff he was smoking just before nearly getting smoked.
Pity the poor Elk.
("While round us bark the mad & hungry dogs...")
BleedsterTony writes: Good ref calendar of nuke accidents 40's to 90s:
1962 -- US: Roger Maris walks five times (record 4 intentionally) in a 9 inning baseball game.
1967 -- US: Hoods?: Premiere of Public Broadcasting System's longest-running children's program, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."
1968 -- France: May Uprisings '68: In the Latin Quarter of Paris the police (the "forces of order") & the students clash.
22 mai 68 Les étudiants condamnés sont amnistiés.
Toute la nuit, manifestations contre l'expulsion de Cohn-Bendit.
A censure motion by opposition leftists falls 11 votes short of a majority in the National Assembly. Union confederations say they are willing the negotiate with the employer's association & the government. An amnesty for demonstrators is passed by the Assembly. A demonstration is held in Paris to protest the withdrawal of Daniel Cohn-Bendit's residence permit for France.
1968 -- US: NY City police break through barricades at Columbia University; the raid of student occupations at Columbia University results in 998 arrested, over 200 injured. 100 (SDS) students flee two buildings after warrants are served. Their protest occupation demanded a black studies program, no military recruitment on campus & end to ROTC.
1968 -- US: H. Rap Brown of SNCC convicted for carrying weapon across state lines.
1968 -- US: In one of the worst US civilian helicopter accidents, a passenger helicopter bound for Disneyland from LAX disintegrates in mid-air & crashes near Paramount, California, killing all 23 on board. The explosion was triggered by a Mickey Mouse fix.
1969 -- Langston Hughes ("I, Too, Sing America") dies in New York. A foremost champion of the black experience in the United States & poet of the Harlem Renaissance. A target of that august body & icon of American Freedom, HUAC. (see also 1 Feb).
1969 -- US: First strike by Chicago teachers, lasting three days.
1969 -- US: Berkeley police arrest 482 People's Park supporters.
1970 -- US: Mel Stottlemyre sets baseball record by walking 11, but wins 2-0.
1970 -- England: Bomb discovered at a new Paddington police station in London.This is later claimed by prosecutors in the trial of the "Stoke Newington Eight" to be the first anarchist "Angry Brigade" action.
_______________England: Bomb at Scotland Yard computer room, Tintagel House, London; simultaneous attacks take place on BR, Rolls Royce & Rover offices in Paris. Major Yallop (head of laboratories at Woolwich Arsenal) admits to forensic work on 1,100 bombings in England between 1968 & 1971. Busy days indeed.
1970 -- Israel: Arab terrorists kill nine children & three adults on a school bus.
1971 -- US: Shoalwater Bay tribe is recognized by federal government.
1972 -- British poet laureate, C. Day-Lewis, dies.
1972 -- In an effort to deflect from the Vietnam War & tumult at home, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader ("I am a pacifist") Dick M Nixon is first US President to visit Moscow, where rumor has a commie in every bed. A week of talk culminated in a strategic arms pact.
1972 -- The Guess Who record their "Live at the Paramount" album, Seattle, Washington.
1977 -- Jazz pianio great Hampton Hawes dies.
1978 -- US: 4,000 protesters occupy Trident nuclear submarine base site, Bangor, Kitsap County, Washington. BleedMeister Auntie-BaseDave is waving at you.
1984 -- Declaration of Five Continent Peace Initiative.
1996 -- You’ve Lived the Life — Now See the Movie!
“The Society of the Spectacle”
90 minutes. French videocopy with English subtitles by Keith Sanborn.
Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, Wednesday, 22 May 1996, 7:30 p.m.
1998 -- Johnny Depp movie "Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas" (based on the Hunter Thompson gonzo book) opens.
2001 -- In a letter to Greenpeace, Coca Cola Spain says it fully backs the Kyoto Protocol on global warming.
2010 -- Wales: Ruuuuuuuuuuuuuunnnn!!!!! Don Wales mows down the world speed record for lawnmower-powered vehicles, clipping the old record by clocking 87.833 mph (141.353 km/h) at Pendine Sands.
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