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Voodoo High Priestess of New Orleans.
Hart & Shelby, Michigan: NATIONAL ASPARAGUS FESTIVAL.
FESTIVAL OF GOIBNUI, Smith of the Gods & Provider of the Ale of Immortality.
Canada: DAVIS DAY, Traditional Cape Breton holiday honoring Miners' Strike of 1925 in New Waterford, Nova Scotia.
LONG BARNABY / BARNABY BRIGHT: Longest day of the year (Old Style / pre-Reform Calendar).
671 -- [CE] -- Japan: Water clock invented (traditional date). Sheer torture in the wrong hands, in most hands.
1381 -- England: Priest "John Ball hath rungen his bell": Peasant revolt.
"Good people, things cannot go right in England & never will, until goods are held in common & there are no more villeins & gentlefolk, but we are all one & the same. In what way are are those whom we call lords greater masters than ourselves? How have they deserved it? Why do they hold us in bondage? If we all spring from a single father & mother, Adam & Eve, how can they claim or prove that they are lords more than us, except by making us produce & grow the wealth which they spend?"
1531 -- New Old World: The Spaniards defeat 20,000 Mayas near Campeche.
Source: [Robert Braunwart] [Hereafter attributed with symbol: ]
1557 -- Portugal: Wise For His Years? 3-year-old Sebastian I succeeds to the throne (-1578). During toilet training he crawled up the throne on his own two Legos.
1572 -- British dramatist, poet Ben Jonson lives.
1742 -- US: Cookin' With Ben? Franklin invents his Franklin stove.
1770 -- Australia: Cookin' With James? Captain Cook, commander of the British ship "Endeavor," discovers the Great Barrier Reef off the coast as he runneth agroundth there.
1793 -- William Robertson, historian & central figure of the Scottish Enlightenment, dies.
1799 -- England: The Rev. Joseph Townsend, the Rev. Benjamin Richardson & William Smith, — the "triumvirate," as one historian later calls them, three of the leading players in the heroic age of geology, meet for dinner. An historic dinner, as Smith dictates by invitation a document still regarded as one of the classics in the annals of science. For the first time the earth has a provable history, a written record that paid no heed or obeisance to religious teaching & dogma...rejecting the blind acceptance of absurdity. The trio finished the resulting table of strata at midnight & made copies to be freely distributed. See Simon Winchester, The Map That Changed the World: William Smith & the Birth of Modern Geology (NY: 2002), page 128, 134-36.
1805 -- US: Pre-Ford: City of Detroit is destroyed by fire.
1829 -- The Book of Mormon is published. Joseph Smith claims to have translated it from "Reformed Egyptian" with the aid of the angel Moroni & 2 magic stones (Urim & Thummim). Yup. Amazing the stuff people believe. Another place & time religious believers might all thought to be crazy.
1832 -- Jules Vallès lives. French novelist, journalist, anarchiste propagandist.
Jules Valles was involved in the Revolution of 1848 & a Proudhonist imprisoned in 1853 for a conspiracy against the Emperor. He launched the weekly magazine The Street, on June 1, 1867, involving artists & writers such as Émile Zola & Gustave Courbet before it was suppressed.
1848 -- George Eliot writes a friend who recommended she read Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre: I "shall be glad to know what you admire in it . . . the book is interesting — only I wish the characters would talk a little less like the heroes & heroines of police reports."
1848 -- Czechoslovakia: Continental revolution continues with the uprising in Prague.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1854 -- US: In less than four hours, the First San Francisco Vigilance Committee tries, convicts, & hangs their first victim, John Jenks, for stealing a safe, Frisco, California.
1872 -- Canada: Labor unions legalized.
1877 -- US: Great Railroad Strike begins.
1880 -- US: Jeannette Rankin, first women American senator lives, Missoula, Montana.
1882 -- Egypt: Anti-foreign riots led by Arabi Pasha begin in Alexandria — 50 Europeans massacred.
1888 -- Italy: Martyred Italian-American anarchist Bartolomeo Vanzetti lives. See 1920-21 below.
1889 -- Australia: Australian Labour Federation is formed by unions in Brisbane.
1894 -- US: At the first regular convention of the American Railway Union, delegates vote unanimously to urge a boycott of Pullman cars.
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1895 -- Charles Duryea patents a gas-driven automobile.
1898 -- Cuba: US marines land in Guantanamo during the Spanish-American War. Great place for the military to imprison, interrogate & torture prisoners & not have to answer to US laws.
1899 -- Yasunari Kawabata lives (1899-1972), Osaka, Japan. The first Japanese winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (1968).
1900 -- Leopoldo Marechal lives, Buenos Aires. Argentine writer/critic known for his philosophical novels. Employed modernists techniques, & his Adán Buenosayres (1948) is a precursor of the Latin-American new novel.
1903 -- William Ernest Henley dies. Poet, dramatist, editor, critic. An amputee, cared for by Joseph Lister. R. L. Stevenson was a lifelong pal. His most famous poem, "Invictus," contains the line:
"My head is bloody, but unbowed."
1906 -- US: The US Congress passes the Employer's Liability Act (later found unconstitutional).
1911 -- American poet Josephine Miles lives.
1912 -- England: A national strike of transport workers begins in Britain.
1913 -- US: 1 Strike & You're Out?: Cops shoot Black & White IWW (Industrial Workers of the World)/AFL maritime workers striking against United Fruit company in New Orleans, killing one, wounding two.
Oh the companies keep a sharp eye
And pay their respects to the army
To watch for the hot-blooded leaders
And be prepared for the junta to
crush them like flies.
So heavy the price that they pay
As daily the fruit it is stolen...
— Phil Ochs, "United Fruit"
1913 -- Philippines: US General "Black Jack" Pershing orders an attack on the Moros in Bud Bagsak.
1914 -- US: Emma Goldman finishes lectures in Los Angeles (May 15-June 11) delivering anarchist propaganda & modern drama lectures, which includes discussion of Irish playwright Seamus O'Kelly.
1917 -- US: Metal Mine Workers Union strike begins, Butte, Montana. The new union, formed just 6 days ago to protest the draft for World War I & the rustling card system, find special impetus following the Granite Mountain disaster of the 8th (worst disaster in US metal mining history). The Smelter workers held out until September 16th & the MMWU until December 28th.
1919 -- Italy: Scioperi in Liguria e in Toscana per protestare contro il rialzo dei prezzi (quadruplicati tra il 1913 e il 1918) con la discesa dei salari reali e l'inflazione provocata dal deficit statale.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1920 -- US: Bartolemo Vanzetti — despite having no previous criminal record — is indicted for the Bridgewater hold-up. The anarchist is quickly brought to trial, convicted, & sentenced to the maximum sentence of 12 - 15 years by Beloved & Respected Comrade Judge Thayer, a rather stupid & prejudiced example of justice in America.
1921 -- US: In the Sacco & Vanzetti trial, Lola Andrews testifies she had spoken to a man working under a car in front of the shoe factory the day of the robbery & identifies Sacco as the man. She denies stating during an interview that a picture of Sacco did not resemble the man she had seen.
1922 -- Robert Flaherty's silent documentary "Nanook of the North" opens.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint, February 16, 2004. Innovative "documentary" cinematographer, activist.
1922 -- Spain: The anarcho-syndicalist CNT withdraws its provisional affiliation with the Third International in favor of the International Workers Association (IWA).
1925 -- American author William Styron lives. Wrote Sophie's Choice.
1925 -- China: British sailors fire on Chinese demonstrators in Hankow .
Source: [K.S. Karol]
1925 -- Canada: During a mine workers strike against the British Empire Steel Corporation (BESCO) in Cape Breton, drunken company police charge on horseback beating all who stood in their path, then ride through the school yards, knocking down innocent children while joking that the miners are at home hiding under their beds.
1926 -- US: First 40-hour work week in the country, won by NY fur workers.
1929 -- México: Student strikers occupy buildings of Universidad Nacional de Mexico.
1931 -- Spain: National Congress of the Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT) held in Madrid.
1934 -- Germany: Richard Strauss accepts an autographed photo of Hitler on his birthday. (See also 1940).
1937 -- Russia: Soviet tribunal sentences eight high army generals to death for alleged conspiracy with Germany - they are shot tomorrow, making Beloved & Respected Comrade Uncle Joe very happy. Hitler, too.
1938 -- King & Queen of England taste their first "hot dogs" at FDR's party. "Grey Poupon, old chum?"
1940 -- US: US: NYC Board of Transportation takes control of the IRT & BMT subway lines.
1940 -- Just Another Day at de Government SlaughterHouse: Britain Australia & France declare war on Italy; Princess Juliana of the Netherlands arrives in Canada; In Africa, Italy & UK bomb each other's positions; Rheims falls to the Germans; French declare Paris an open city; US Congress appropriates $1.49 billion for the navy; Richard Strauss gives his score of "Festmusik" to the Japanese ambassador in Berlin as a gesture of Axis unity. Whew!
1941 -- Palestine: French planes loyal to the Vichy government bomb Tel Aviv.
1945 -- China: Earth First!?! Mao delivers the speech "The Foolish Old Man Who Removed the Mountains."
1947 -- US: WW II sugar rationing finally ends (began May 28, 1942).
1949 -- US: Truman calls for rearming Europe & no reduction in the Marshall Plan. Not enough dead from two World Wars waged by governments.
1955 -- France: Le Mans race car accident kills 83 spectators, race continues.
1956 -- US: InSensitive Supreme Court rules the US cannot summarily dismiss "security risks" in nonsensitive jobs.
1956 -- Final date in Tanizaki Junichiro novel The Key.
1957 -- China: Students fight cops & attack Communist Party HQ in Hang Yang, Workers' Paradise. "The Revolution is Dead! Long Live the Revolution!"
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1957 -- ¶ During this month Beatster Jack Kerouac's "Neal & the Three Stooges" (from Visions of Cody) is published in New Editions 2.
1959 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Postmaster General bans D.H. Lawrence's book, Lady Chatterley's Lover from the mails (for containing the words "fuck" & "cunt" & an explicit description of the sex act; not to worry, today people have Internet "filters," including a few Bleedsters who will not get their mail from us today). A perceptive guy, he labels it:
"Pornographic, smutty, obscene, & filthy."
1962 -- US: Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the group that pioneers the 60s protest movement, meets June 11th-16, & issues the Port Huron Statement.
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1963 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Governor George Wallace tries to prevent desegregation by blocking entrance of two black students to University of Alabama. Confronted by Alabama National Guard, placed under Federal control by Kennedy. The two Negro students quietly register. Kennedy gives a TV speech, addresses the nation & says segregation is morally wrong & promises a Civil Rights bill, which Southern Democrats vow to block.
1964 -- Laos: Thai pilots in US planes with Laotian markings bomb Pathet Lao HQ.
1965 -- England: It's announced that The Beatles will receive MBE awards from Queen Elizabeth. This sparks controversy & some previous winners turn their medals in. John Lennon returns his in 1969 protesting Britain's support of the US involvement in Vietnam.
1965 -- England: What's Happening? 7,000 turn out for the first "Happening": Wholly Communion, with those rascally anarchists Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gregory Corso, along with a bunch of English poets (Adrian Mitchell), at the Royal Albert Hall, London. This historic Beat underground reading also includes Alexander Trocchi, Andrei Voznesensky, et al. Poems & images are captured on Peter Whitehead's film.
1965 -- US: Chicago cops arrest 526 school-segregation protesters (-June 15).
1966 -- Janis Joplin makes her first appearance on stage, at the Avalon ballroom in Frisco. She began her professional career at age 23 with Big Brother & The Holding Company.
1966 -- Vietnam: US troop levels in Vietnam are increased from 267,000 to 285,000. See the light?
1968 -- France '68: In the factories of Peugeot-Sochaux, two die, including the worker Pierre Byelot, killed by the hated CRS.
11 juin 68 Manifestations après la mort de Gilles Tautin.
Réoccupation de Flins par les grévistes. au quartier Latin.
1968 -- Spain: F.C. Barcelona es campeón de copa.
1970 -- Leopoldo Marechal, Argentine writer/critic, dies in Buenos Aires. Driven into virtual seclusion with the fall of Juan Perón.
1970 -- US: The Helix, Seattle's first underground newspaper, folds.
Paul Dorpat & associates published the first edition of Helix & readers quickly snapped up the first 1,500 copies of the 12-page, multi-colored "counter culture" tabloid.
Helix grew out of discussions at the Free University of Seattle, an alternative college in the University District, & reflected the rapid rise of "underground newspapers" such as The Berkeley Barb, San Francisco's Oracle, & New York's East Village Other.
In addition to Dorpat, author Tom Robbins (Another Roadside Attraction), Gene Johnston, Ray Collins (illustrator), Bleedster Scott White, & Gary Finholt are contributors to the first issue.
Helix published a total of 125 biweekly & weekly editions before folding today.
See former staffer Walt Crowley's Rites of Passage: A Memoir of the Sixties in Seattle (University of Washington, 1995).
1970 -- US: The International Union announces that UAW Local 598 will represent workers at the Truck Plant & the seniority lists of the two plants (which had been represented by Local 659 & Local 598) will be merged as one. In about two weeks Fisher Body 2 goes out of existence.
The 67 day strike at General Motors in the Fall of 1970 is a classic example of the anti-employee nature of the conventional strike....
See John Zerzan's "Organized Labor versus 'The Revolt Against Work'"
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1970 -- England: The anarchist Stuart Christie's home is raided with explosives warrant. Bombings continue this month & throughout the year.
1971 -- US & Japan sign accord to return Okinawa to Japan. Among the details is picking a date & time when everybody will switch from driving on the right side of the road to the left. Just for a moment, think about that one... & imagine trying this in an era of .357 road rage.
1971 -- US: Nineteen-month occupation by Native American protesters of Alcatraz Island, in San Francisco Bay, ends.
1972 -- US: The controversial 62-minute XXX-rated film, "Deep Throat," opens at the Mature World Theatre in New York City. Linda Lovelace starred, or, whatever...
Originally, the Cigarette-Smoking Man was to have killed the alien who survived the West Virginia crash of Christmas 1991.
But he flipped a coin & Deep Throat lost, so he had to do it.
1973 -- US: Women are licensed to box or wrestle in Pennsylvania following a ruling by the Justice Department of the State of Pennsylvania.
1973 -- Spain: General Strike against General Franco, in Pamplona.
1974 -- US: Wildcat! Labor dispute at the Chrysler Truck Facility erupts into a spontaneous strike, June 11 - 14 in Motor City, Michigan. As two Dodge Truck strikers wrote, "[we wanted] to free ourselves from the tyranny of the workplace; stop being forced to sell our labor to others; stop others from having control over our lives." For four days, the collective decision of thousands of Chrysler employees was to say no to the demands of the alarm clock, production line, bosses, union bureaucrats, judges, & cops.
See Wildcat Dodge Truck, June 1974 by Millard Berry with Ralph Franklin, Alan Franklin, Cathy Kauflin, Marilyn Werbe, Richard Wieske & Peter Werbe (Detroit: Black & Red, no date [ca. 1974]).
1977 -- US: Seattle Slew wins the Belmont Stakes & the Triple Crown.
1981 -- US: First baseball player's strike in major-league history begins midseason after Seattle defeats Baltimore 8-2. For two months, the nation's favorite pastime was watching negotiations between the players' union & team owners. Things got worse in 1994. Baseball is not the nation's favorite pastime anymore...
1981 -- Cannibal Issei Sagawa kills Dutch student.
1984 -- US: 3 Ouldas & You're Out?: Supreme Court declares illegally obtained evidence may be admitted at trial if it could be proved that it would have been discovered legally. Coulda, woulda, shoulda? 1984 indeed.
1988 -- England: Nelson Mandela Freedomfest is held in London's Wembley Stadium , $4 million is raised for antiapartheid groups.
1989 -- Canada: Folk musicians, including Ian & Sylvia, Gordon Lightfoot & Murray McLauchlan, give a free concert to protest an Alberta dam.
1990 -- Bulgaria: June 11-18, barricades & anarchists in the streets of Sofia against the election manipulations of the various political forces.
1990 -- US: Supreme Court strikes down a federal flag-burning law.
1990 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Actor Ronnie Reagan's national security adviser John Poindexter is a crook, sentenced to six whole months for his role in the Iran-Contra Conspiracy.
1991 -- Nature Calls?: Mount Pinatubo erupts, Philippines, becoming the first act of nature ever to permanently close a US military installation.
1991 -- Shades of Saddam? Amnesty International says Kuwait is using torture & conducting unfair trials.
1991 -- Madagascar: 100,000 protest against the government, Antananarivo.
1994 -- US: Prairie Peace Park & Maze opens at Interstate 80 exit of Pleasant Dale, Nebraska.
Coosje Van Bruggen / Claes Oldenburg, Lincoln, Nebraska
1998 -- US: Drug paraphernalia law goes into effect today, State of Washington. Penalties range from $250, to having your carburetor finger cut off for repeat offenders. Proponents declare:
"Since marijuana is the gateway drug, elimination of the *bong toke* will mean the end of all drug use by Monday."
1998 -- US: Washington Supreme Court declares first Amendment protection for calculated lies in political campaigns. Whew! If they'd ruled the other way, there would be no politicians allowed in the state.
2000 -- Canada: Protests begin at the World Petroleum Congress, Calgary.
2001 -- US: A bomb explodes at an abortion clinic in Tacoma, Wash.; no injuries.
2002 -- US: Earth First! activists win $4.4 million in a false-arrest lawsuit against Oakland police & the FBI (they were arrested for bombing their own car while they were in it...to protect & "preserve"?).
A Federal jury returns a stunning verdict in favor of Judi Bari & Darryl Cherney in a landmark civil rights lawsuit.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint November 4
Ecological activist, fiddler, labor radical, Earth-First warrior.
2002 -- Israel: Government begins building a 360-km fence around the West Bank.
2011 -- US: A mass march against mountaintop removal, preceded by a benefit concert in tribute to the late Hazel Dickens, will take place in southern West Virginia. Thousands of participants are expected to walk 50 miles from Marmet to Blair Mountain where a culminating rally will occur. Marchers will follow the same route that union miners took on their historic march to Blair Mountain in 1921. The ensuing battle between 10,000 coal miners & the coal industry's hired gunmen is remembered as the largest armed uprising in US history since the Civil War, as chronicled in Bill Blizzard's When Miners March.
The Battle of Blair Mountain in 1921 required the combined efforts of the US Army & the coal company thugs to quell the labor uprising by some 10,000+ miners.
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2012 -- Somalia: Al-Shabaab offers a reward of 10 camels for information about the whereabouts of Beloved & Respected Comarade (Just Keep Hopin') Barack Obama & his hideout, & chickens for information on Hillary Clinton, in response to the US announcement of rewards of $3-7 million for various militant commanders.
2013 -- Turkey: Riot police fill Istanbul's Taksim Square with tear gas, while clashes between protesters & police continue into the night. Officer Friendlies carry off dozens of lawyers, with reports that some have been kicked in the head & subjected to other assaults.
2013 -- Kenya: Demonstrators rally at the "piggy bank" (local term) against wage hikes for newly elected "MPigs" (local term).
What do pigs think of dawn?
They cannot make incantations,
But they may buoy it up with their huge pink bodies.
Pigs defend the dawn while birds eat up the night.
In the dawning when the world is deserted
And the spiders are sleeping,
People, dogs and the wind are sleeping,
The pig grunts and it grows light.
I wish to converse with the pigs.
— Neruda, excerpt from "Bestiary"
2013 -- US: The American Civil Liberties Union presents the first constitutional challenge to US programs spying on its own citizens. ACLU accuses the government of "snatching every American's address book". Meanwhile, fearful of targeting by the CIA or its allies, Edward Snowden checks out of the Hong Kong hotel in which he based himself after revealing the US spy scandal to the public. & further meanwhile, European Union officials send a letter to US attorney general Eric Holder with seven detailed questions requesting concrete explanations about the country's data snooping programs & how it affects EU citizens.
2013 -- Russia: Bills banning homosexual "propaganda" pass through Russia's parliament; gay people are hit with eggs by anti-gay extremists & then dragged off by police near the Duma.
3000 -- 'In a society where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles.
that was directly lived has moved away into a representation.' Guy Debord, Society of the Spectacle
'In a society where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles.
Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation.'
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