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MIDSUMMER'S DAY, long celebrated as the greatest festival of them all.
Summer now firmly established, Druid tradition recommends excursions on the water & beach parties (a form of celebration continued by the Cornish well into the Middle Ages, despite an attempt at suppression by King Canute in the 11th Century).
Stonehenge, England: SUNRISE RITUALS.
FESTIVAL OF CONTAGIOUS MAGIC.
1358 -- Effective end of the Jacquerie.
1527 -- Paracelsus burns the books of Galen & Avicenna.
AVICENNA, Daily Bleed Saint 2002-2004
Persian philosopher, brilliant medical pioneer.
1535 -- Fall of the Anabaptist Kingdom of Munster; capture & torture of John of Leiden.
1541 -- New Old World: Indians in Nueva Galicia (western Mexico) rebel (Guerra de Mixton).
1541 -- England: The Magna Carta is published.
1542 -- St. John of the Cross lives. Unfortunately for him his evil twin brother, St. John the Cross also lives.
1596 -- John Stewart, Master of Orkney, charged with consulting a witch, Anne Balfour, Mistress of Ornery.
1633 -- The Catholic Inquisition finally releases the scientist Galileo.
1647 -- New Old World: Margaret Brent urges women's vote before Maryland Assembly. Ejected.
Brent appears before the Maryland colonial assembly to demand a voice & vote for herself in that body. She completely shocks the all-male Assembly, which refuses her the vote...
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1648 -- Poland: 1,000 Jews of Tulchin are tortured & massacred by Cossacks.
1795 -- William Smellie, editor/key contributor to the first Encyclopaedia Britannica (1768), dies.
1813 -- US: Battle of Beaver Dam — British & Indian forces defeat American forces.
1813 -- Henry Ward Beecher lives.
1821 -- The 1821 Battle of Carabobo decides the independence of Venezuela. See the former Memoria del fuego page, in Spanish,
1842 -- Ambrose Bierce lives (1842-1914) Meigs County, Ohio.
Alternate Saint, from 2003-2008; American cynic, author of The Devil's Dictionary.
Mysteriously disappeared in Mexico in January, 1914.
"Bitter Bierce" — American newspaper columnist, satirist, essayist, short-story writer & novelist, disappeared in the Mexican Revolution. Presumably died in the siege of Ojinega, January 1914. Strongly influenced by Edgar Allan Poe. His experiences in the Civil War marked him for life.
Jack London noted of the cynical author of The Devil's Dictionary:
"Bierce would bury his best friend with a sigh of relief, & express satisfaction that he was done with him."
1844 -- US: Boston African-Americans hold the first of a series of meetings protesting Jim Crow schools.
1848 -- US: Albert Parsons lives, Alabama. Radical American editor, printer. One of the anarchists unjustly accused & executed for the Haymarket bombing in Chicago.
Again, national & international protest. When the Illinois Supreme Court rejected their appeal, George Bernard Shaw wrote (this is close to his exact words):
"If the world must lose eight of its people, it can better afford to lose the eight members of the Illinois Supreme Court.
1848 -- Brooks Adams lives.
1869 -- US: Abolitionist Mary Ellen "Mammy" Pleasant is named Voodoo Queen of San Francisco.
1870 -- Adam Lindsay Gordon's Bush Ballads & Galloping Rhymes is published, Australia.
1877 -- Robert Dale Owen dies. American social reformer/politician. Son of the English reformer & utopian socialist Robert Owen, he was steeped in his father's socialist philosophy while growing up at New Lanark in Scotland.
On Robert Owen, see
1880 -- Georges Durupt, French anarchiste, lives.
In 1909 Durupt is one of a group of friends who form the "Fédération révolutionnaire" qui préconise l'emploi de "l'action directe" for "La destruction radicale de la société capitaliste et autoritaire". Others in the group include Rene de Marmande, Jean Goldschild, Miguel Almereyda (Eugène Vigo; his adopted name, Almereyda, is an anagram: Y'a la merde), & others. Vigo, father of the famed film director Jean Vigo, died in prison under mysterious circumstances.
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Strange Stuff: God is still pissed?
"...a slight shock was felt, upon the 24th of June, at Colchester, showing that the phenomena were continuing. ...Was not the loud report heard upon February 18 probably an explosion in the sky, inasmuch as the sound was great & the quake was little? Were not succeeding phenomena sounds & concussions & the fall of debris from explosions in the sky, acceptably upon April 22, & perhaps continuing until the 24th of June?"
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le 24 juin 1894 à Lyon,
Président de la république française
est mortellement poignardé
Carnot dies from the wounds & an hysterical mob plunders Italian stores.
Caserio is arrested, & guillotined on August 16, 1894.
1901 -- Pablo Picasso's first exhibition, Paris.
"Give me a museum & I'll fill it."
In his youthful, formative years, Picasso was politically linked with the international anarchist movement, & his art often betrayed this. French police kept him under surveillance for nearly 40 years — & when the Spanish-born painter applied for citizenship the authorities could not decide whether he was an anarchist or a communist so they ruled him undesirable just in case. He later became a Communist Party member, though never particularly an enthusiastic one.
1902 -- Struggling to meet a deadline for Blackwood's, Joseph Conrad upsets an oil lamp & burns the second installment of The End of the Tether.
1904 -- Colorado: Troops arrest 22 workers labeled as strike leaders & troublemakers & deport them via train out of the Telluride district.
In March of the same year, another 60 union miners were deported & told never to come back. On April 5, the Telluride Mine Owners' Association delivered the following statement, "We do not propose to enter into negotiations of any nature with the Western Federation of Miners. We do not recognize a union in Telluride. There is no strike in Telluride. There is nothing to settle." After three-months of hardship, the union was broken.
There are numerous newspaper articles chronicling the labor unrest in Telluride in 1901,
1911 -- Ernesto Sábato lives, Rojas, Argentina. Physics professor & winner of the 1984 Cervantes Prize, Hispanic literature's most prestigious award.
His first literary success Uno y el universo ("One & the Universe," 1945), published after being removed from his teaching post for his opposition to the government, it is a series of aphorism, statements, & personal observations on diverse philosophical, social, & political matters. His first novel, El túnel ("The Outsider"), brought him fame.
Sabato also authored the online prologue to Nunca Más (Never Again): Report of Conadep (National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons) - 1984:
1912 -- Emma Goldman lectures in Butte, Montana.
1913 -- Poet/playwright Vincent Ferrini lives (1913-2007), Saugus, Massachusetts.
The suddenness flowers have
startled the air
with their fire & ether
as we do with what is ours
because we are
the gardeners of each other.
— The Gold
Worked with, & wrote about, the shoe-industry workers in Lynn, &, later, the fisher folk in Gloucester, Massachusetts. It was also there that Ferrini became friends with Charles Olson, whose theory of Projective Verse catalyzed the Beats. Ferrini & Olson were both friends & literary competitors...
— Bill Witherup
See Walter Lowenfels' Poets of Today (1964), & The Whole Song: Selected Poems: Vincent Ferrini. Edited & with Intro by Kenneth A. Warren & Fred Whitehead. (University of Illinois, 2004).
1915 -- France: Charles Gogumus (1873-1915) dies. Militant syndicaliste révolutionnaire, anarchiste et antimilitariste.
1916 -- Poet John Ciardi (Person to Person) lives, Boston.
1917 -- US: IWW Domestic Workers (Maids) Union reports they are supplying sandwiches to dozens of draft resistors in the Duluth, Minnesota jail.
1917 -- Jean-Louis Pindy (1840-1917) dies. Member of the Internationale, communard, anarchist, carpenter.
Elected to the Paris Commune, it was Pindy who ordered the Hôtel de Ville burned down during the Bloody Week.
Condemned to death, he slipped into Switzerland...
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1917 -- The Russian Black Sea fleet mutinies at Sevastopol.
1919 -- US: Following an attack on the house of Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Attorney General Palmer on June 2, 1919, the Italian anarchist Luigi Galleani & collaborators on the newspaper Cronaca Sovversiva are expelled from the country.
1919 -- Hungary: An unsuccessful revolt against the Hungarian Soviet government occurs.
1933 -- Dramatic soprano Matilda Sissieretta Jones dies of cancer. Called "the first Negro prima donna," Jones toured with the Tennessee Jubilee Singers & performed at Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden & at the White House in 1892. She was dubbed "Black Patti," a name she disliked for its allusion to white contemporary, Adelina Patti.
1933 -- Folk singer / songwriter Rosalie Sorrels lives, Boise, Idaho. Performed & recorded with U. Utah Phillips, Mitch Greenhill, Dave Van Ronk, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Peggy Seeger & Pete Seeger. Oscar Zeta Acosta, Hunter S. Thompson & Studs Terkel wrote introductory notes for her albums. She was strongly influenced by Malvina Reynolds.
1935 -- Luigi Fabbri dies. Professor, Italian anarchist theorist. Fabbri & Pietro Gori participated in the review "Il pensiero."
In 1926 Fabbri went into exile to escape the fascist regime, taking refuge in France, Belgium, &, finally, after being expelled several times, in Uruguay.... Luigi Fabbri died prematurely in the thick of the struggle...
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1935 -- Singer Carlos Gardel (1890-1935) dies in an airplane accident. Carlos Gardel has a voice of colors, able to create dark notes & opaque letters. See Eduardo Galeano's Memoria del fuego, in Spanish,
1938 -- Prolific award-winning mystery writer Lawrence Block lives, Buffalo, NY. Creator of gentleman burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr who uses the spoils from one of his capers to buy a bookstore (see The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling), & Matthew Scudder, an alcoholic ex-cop working as an unlicensed private investigator. See When the Sacred Ginmill Closes (named for a line in a song by his close friend folk singer Dave Van Ronk & Dick Ellington).
1940 -- Italy: Hanno termine le operazioni militari contro la Francia senza aver conseguito alcun risultato di rilievo. L'unica località conquistata è
Menton, subito oltre il confine ligure. A Villa Incisa, nei pressi di Roma, il governo francese e quello italiano firmano l'armistizio. Il governo italiano si accontenta di poco (smilitarizzazione di alcuni territori di confine, uso del porto di Gibuti) se si fa il confronto con le incredibili richieste avanzate solo una settimana prima. Il buffone Mussolini ci aveva provato.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1943 -- México: Otto Rühle (1874-1943) dies. German Left communist of the Spartacist League (anti-Leninist, it included Liebknecht, Luxemburg, Mehring, et al. Council Communists have much in common with libertarian communism & most strains of anarchism).
1944 -- US: "Made in the USA"? Conscientious objectors volunteer as guinea pigs for medical research.
1945 -- Author Solana Gutiérrez dies in Madrid, Spain.
1947 -- US: Pilot Kenneth Arnold sights flying saucers over Mt. Tahoma, Washington, near Seattle.
1948 -- Germany: Russia imposes rail & road blockades of West Berlin, West Germany.
1953 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Golfer President Ike Eisenhower writes to the American Library Association (ALA) to support intellectual freedom. It's a mean nasty job, but somebody's got to step up...
1954 -- Humphrey Bogart/Fred McMurray movie "The Caine Mutiny" is released, US.
1957 -- France: František Kupka (1871-1957) dies, in Puteaux. Czech Abstract Painter, anarchist, satirist & illustrator.
1960 -- Second Newport Folk Festival opens, Rhode Island, USA.
1962 -- England: 323 arrested in 24-hour blockade of H-Bomber base, Greenham Common.
1965 -- A Spaniard in the Works published, the second book by songster John Lennon; this went through four impressions & sold 100,000 copies within three months.
1966 -- Vietnam: Ky agrees to add 10 civilians to his South Vietnamese military directorate & announces elections for constitutional convention.
1968 -- US: National Guard ordered out in DC as looting breaks out in black section of city.
1968 -- US: 14,000 gather to protest proposed nuclear power plant at Seabrook, New Hampshire.
1968 -- US: General Earle G. Wheeler, Chief of Staff, US Army, assures a Long Island, NY audience that "the enemy has lost whatever chance he had of taking South Vietnam by military force."
1968 -- US: Deadline for redeeming silver certificate dollars for silver bullion (or silver bullets, for redemption?).
1969 -- US: Blacks riot in Omaha, Nebraska.
1970 -- US: Backbone? Senate votes overwhelmingly to repeal Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. A couple of million dead late. The resolution was based on government lies, intentionally designed to provide Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Lyndon Johnson & the military sweeping powers in the Vietnam War.
1971 -- US: First "White House Enemies List" is circulated by the staff of Special Presidential Counsel Charles W. Colson.
John Dean, Counsel to President Nixon, described a "siege mentality" in the White House. Dean testified Nixon approved a plan to use wiretaps, burglary & other forms of surveillance against citizens he considered radical or subversive.
Dean also made public a White House "enemies list" of 256 persons in the media, business, entertainment, politics & the academic world. The idea was to "use the available federal machinery to screw our political enemies" through such government actions as tax audits.
He also said the CIA was used to "block a full FBI investigation of Watergate."
1971 -- US: Seventeen workmen killed as the second explosion in two days rocks a partially completed water tunnel in Sylmar, California.
1971 -- The German Socialist Patients' Kollektiv is declared a 'criminal union':
"The system has made us sick, let us strike a death blow to the sick system."
Making a weapon out of illness.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1972 -- US: Baseball's first woman umpire, Bernice Gera, calls balls & strikes in her first game — then resigns a few hours later after receiving threats.
1976 -- Poland: Government hikes staple food prices enormously. The response was immediate: nationwide strikes, public protests & rioting. In Radom demonstrators burn Communist Party headquarters, build barricades & fight the police — injuring 75 cops.
On the 26th the price increases are repealed in an effort to deflate the protest, then two days later reinstated at half the initial amount.BBC reports that in 1975 Absenteeism is widespread, accounting for 8-1/2% of all working time. There are frequent descriptions of workers lining up at 7a.m. to buy bottles of vodka instead of going to work.
A survey in Wroclaw concluded that absenteeism this year is up 33% & that 2/3 of the absent workers are between 23 & 29 years old.
[I.C.O., Poland: 1970-71, Capitalism & Class Struggle, (Detroit: Black & Red, 1977), p117]
1976 -- Uruguay: Elena Quinteros arrested at her home in Montevideo. Teacher & activist in the Federación Anarquista Uruguaya (FAU). Four days hence she briefly escapes from her military captors, gaining entrance to the Embassy of Venezuela. Her captors then violate the embassy grounds & recapture her. Venezuela breaks diplomatic relations with Uruguay in protest.
1982 -- US: ERA supporters admit defeat: 33 states have ratified in 10 years, three short of the three-quarters needed by the June 30 deadline.
1983 -- Scotland: Peaks for Peace commemorate dead of Hiroshima & Nagasaki bombings with a peace plaque at the summit of Ben Nevis.
1986 -- US: Top This? Seven women arrested in Rochester, New York for conducting a topless picnic to protest local laws which allowed men — but not women — to be shirtless in public.
1987 -- TV comedian Jackie Gleason dies.
1993 -- US: Eight Muslim fundamentalists arrested in New York, accused of plotting a day of bombings of the United Nations, a federal building & the Holland & Lincoln tunnels.
1994 -- US: After years of refusal, government finally ratifies International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
|1995 -- André Laude (1936-1995) dies. French writer, poet, journalist, militant anarchist, surrealist, "Carried the bags" during the Algerian revolution.
Barely out of the womb Laude was subject to the torments of history — his communist father went off to Spain in the International Brigades, & then, in 1942, his Polish-Jewish mother was sent to Auschwitz (where she died).
In 1953, Laude discovered anarchist ideas & joined the Libertarian Communist Federation. In 1954, as an anti-colonialist journalist, he supported the Algerian revolutionists & was arrested, in Paris, & imprisoned for a year in a camp in the South-Sahara where he underwent torture.
When he was freed, Laude joined a news service in Algiers, returning to France only after the fall of Ben Bella (1965) & was again arrested, this time for "collaborating with the enemy." The surrealists, especially Benjamin Péret & André Breton (who testified in his behalf) took up his cause, & Laude joined their movement.
Poetry now became Laude's "raison de vivre," rather than journalism. Politically he was briefly involved with the PSU (Left Socialist Unified), but in 1968, as a friend of Raoul Vaneigem, Guy Debord & Dany Cohn-Bendit, he participated in the l'internationale situationniste. He remained, basically, a libertarian & a true poet until his death.
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2002 -- Spain: Massive anarchist CGT demonstrations nationwide, in Madrid, Sevilla, etc.
2002 -- Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader George W. Bush calls for the replacement of Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Yassir Arafat as head of the Palestinian Authority. As of this date in 2004, neither has seemingly beheaded the other.
2002 -- China: A 3-day riot of textile workers in Guangdong begins.
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