Our Daily Bleed...
who faded out in vast sordid movies, were shifted in dreams, woke on a sudden Manhattan, & picked themselves up out of basements hungover with heartless Tokay & horrors of Third Avenue iron dreams & stumbled to unemployment offices,
who walked all night with their shoes full of blood ...
— Allen Ginsberg, excerpt, Howl
GIL J. WOLMAN
French lettrist & situationist theorist.
FESTIVAL OF WILDERNESS.
"This is the place to jump, the place to dance! This is the wilderness!
Was there ever any other?"
— Fredy Perlman, Against His-Story, Against Leviathan!
NEW YEARS DAY: Amerindian Seminole tribe (Florida) celebrate with the Green Corn Dance, blessing the new corn crop.
Montana: Annual SUN DANCE of the Assiniboine tribe.
FEAST OF THE BOY BISHOPS.
US: DOG DAYS begin (until mid-August); hottest days of the year expected with the simultaneous rising of the brightest fixed star, Canicula/Little Dog, with the sun.
ALLEN GINSBERG DAY.
1187 -- The army of Outremer marches towards Tiberias.
1518 -- France: A drunken soldier strikes an image of the Virgin Mary, in La Rue aux Ours, Paris, & the image bleeds. The soldier was burned for sacrilege.
1607 -- New Old World: Indians bring maize, beans, squash, fresh & smoked meat to Jamestown colony. As at Plymouth years later, the colonists & their diseases would eventually exterminate them.
1778 -- US: 400 rebel American militia & regulars from Forty Fort, (Pennsylvania), attack 250 Seneca Indians & Tories; 340 Americans, five Seneca die. In counterattack the next day, Forty Fort surrenders & all white settlements in Wyoming Valley are abandoned when the Indians begin confiscating all personal property & massacring the inhabitants.
1797 -- US: Senator William Blount of Tennessee impeached by the House for having led an expedition, on behalf of the British, to conquer Florida & Louisiana.
1806 -- Michael Keens exhibits first cultivated strawberry.
1832 -- US: Opium exempted from federal tariff duty.
1835 -- US: Welfare Bums? Children working in the silk mills at Paterson, New Jersey strike for 11-hour day & six day week.
With the help of adults, the kids win a compromise settlement of a 69 hour work week.
It is this sort of communistic radical socialistic worker interference with "free market" forces that keeps laissez faire / free market capitalists & their government(s) up late at night with apoplexy.
1850 -- First public demonstration of ice made by refrigeration. Or, correctly put, the first private demonstration of "scotch on the rocks."
1860 -- US: Charlotte Perkins Gilman lives (1860-1935), Hartford Connecticut. American writer, early theorist of the feminist movement. Founder/editor of "Forerunner" 1909-1916; helped found Woman's Peace Party 1915.
Daily Bleed Saint 2003-2005
Early American feminist novelist, author of Herland.
1865 -- France: Auguste Garnery (1865-1935) lives, Haute Saône. Jeweler, anarchiste militant, revolutionary syndicalist & antimilitarist.
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1871 -- William Henry Davies lives, Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales. Tramp poet, he tramped through North America, became a peddler & street singer in England. Wrote The Soul's Destroyer, & Other Poems (1905), & The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp (1907), prefaced by George Bernard Shaw.
"As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect..."
His vision of bureaucratic & totalitarian society with its psychological labyrinths have much in common with the works of George Orwell. Wrote The Metamorphosis; In the Penal Colony; A Hunger Artist; The Trial; The Castle; Amerika...
As a Jew Kafka was isolated from the German community in Prague, but his friend & biographer Max Brod tried to promote his career as a writer. But Kafka published only a few stories & instructed that upon his death his manuscripts be destroyed. Brod betrayed him & got them published.
"A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die."
Graphic by Flavio Costantini
1895 -- Beginning date of Sherlock Holmes in "The Adventure of Black Peter" (July 3 to July 5, 1895), (Collier's February, 1904; Strand Magazine March, 1904).
1901 -- Colorado: Workers at Telluride Mines reportedly riot. Troops are assembled tomorrow in Denver.
1908 -- Southern folklorist Joel Chandler Harris dies, 59, Atlanta, Georgia. Author of the Uncle Remus stories.
"I am the extent of a tenth of a gnat's eyebrow better."
1908 -- Author M.F.K. Fisher (How to Cook a Wolf; The Art of Eating; With Bold Knife & Fork; The Gastronomical Me) lives to serve.
1913 -- US: Common tern banded in Maine; found dead in 1919 in Africa. First bird known to have crossed the Atlantic.
1916 -- US: St. Louis Brown Ernie Koob pitches all 17 innings of baseball game in a 0-0 tie vs Boston.
1917 -- US: Three days of racial riots end in East Saint Louis, Illinois. At least 40 & as many as 200 African-Americans are killed, hundreds more wounded.
1917 -- Russia: The July Days (3rd & 4th). Workers & soldiers in Petrograd demand the Soviet take power. Sporadic fighting results, & the Soviet restores order with troops brought back from the front. Trotsky is arrested. Lenin goes into hiding. A new provisional government is set up with Kerensky at it's head (8th).
1920 -- Italy: 2nd Congress of "Unione Communista Anarchica d' Italia," begun on the 1st, concludes. Under the influence of Errico Malatesta it drops the reference to Communism (so badly distorted by the Bolsheviks) & takes the name "Unione Anarchica Italiana" (UAI).
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July 3 to 19, 1921
1st Congress of the Red Trade Union International. Representing the CNT are Joaquim Maurín, Hilari Arlandis, Jesús Ibañez & Andreu Nin.
Attended by 380 delegates from 41 countries of Europe, America & Asia, among them Russia, Britain, Italy, Spain, France, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Poland, Finland, Korea, China & South Africa.
The Red Trade Union International lasted till late 1937 & had a large influence on the world trade union movement.
Source: [Congressos Obrers]
1928 -- Charles Waddell Chestnutt, author of The Conjure Woman & other works, is awarded the NAACP's Spingarn Medal for his work as a "literary artist depicting the life & struggle of Americans of Negro descent."
1929 -- Italy: Il Carro di Tespi, teatro ambulante per le masse promosso dall'Opera Nazionale Dopolavoro, inizia le sue rappresentazioni con uno spettacolo a Roma per poi passare nei piccoli centri agricoli del paese. Anche il teatro non sfugge all'abbraccio soffocante dello stato.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1937 -- Playwright Tom Stoppard lives, Zlin, Czechoslovakia.
Wrote Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead; Jumpers.
1945 -- US: Maxwell Bolosky confirms reports he loaned Brigadier General Elliot Roosevelt, the President's son, $50,000 in 1939, settling for repayment of $20,000 in 1941. Previously, it was disclosed that John Hartford, President of A&P, loaned Roosevelt $200,000 in 1939, of which only $4,000 was repaid.
1959 -- Uruguay:Reconstruir first appears during this month, in Montevideo. Bi-monthly libertarian review which later publishes from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Reconstruir ran until 1976, ending with with its 101st issue. Roberto Cúneo, Gerardo A. Andújar, Jorge Ramón Ballesteros, Carlos de la Reta, Jacobo Prince, & Fernando Quesada are among those involved in its publication.
1966 -- Love, Grateful Dead & Group B at the Fillmore Auditorium in Frisco, California.
1966 -- US: Omaha Negro uprising, July 3-5.
1969 -- Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island, for the first & only time, features rock artists. Among those appearing were Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck & Ten Years After.
1969 -- Italy: Rent strike & occupation, Nichelino section of Turin; first coordination with ongoing factory struggles.
1970 -- The 3-day Atlanta Pop Festival opens at Middle Georgia Raceway in Byron, Georgia. The crowd of 200,000 hears & sees Jimi Hendrix play his version of "The Star Spangled Banner." Two days later, Georgia Governor Lester Maddox says he will seek legislation banning rock festivals in the state, while passing out ax handles at a KKK rally.
1970 -- France: Simultaneous bomb attacks in Paris & London against Spanish State Tourist offices, & the Spanish & Greek Embassies.
1971 -- Singer, songwriter & poet for the Doors, Jim Morrison, dies of a heart attack. Found in his bathtub in Paris. News of his death wasn't made public until days after his burial. His career began in a Los Angeles club, when he won the door prize.
Janice Ott & Denise Naslund disappear, victims of serial killer Ted Bundy, Lake Sammamish, Washington, near Seattle. (or the 14th?)
1978 -- US: Supreme Court rules 5-4, FCC had a right to reprimand NY radio station WBAI for broadcasting "Filthy" George Carlin's "The Seven Dirty Words you can't say on Television."
1981 -- On the 10th anniversary of Jim Morrison's death, the remaining Doors members, Robbie Kreiger, Ray Manzarek & John Densmore lead fans in a graveside urination in the Paris cemetery where Morrison is buried.
1981 -- US: 195 demonstrators arrested in series of White House sit-downs against Reagan administration cuts & involvement with El Salvador.
1981 -- England: July 3-14 Neo-Nazi Front riots in London & a dozen other English cities.
...freedom from the reds & the blacks & the criminals
Prostitutes, pansies & punks
Football hooligans, juvenile delinquents
Lesbians & left wing scum
Freedom from the Niggers & the Pakis & the unions
Freedom from the gypsies & the Jews
Freedom from the longhaired layabouts & students
Freedom from the likes of YOU!
— Tom Robinson Band (from "Power In The Darkness")
1981 -- US: The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta issues a report documenting 26 cases — eight of them fatal — of a rare skin cancer called Kaposi's sarcoma. All the patients are male.
1982 -- US: Philadelphia Story?: One day after his conviction for the shooting of a policeman, black journalist & activist Mumia Abu-Jamal is sentenced to death, on the basis of his teenage membership in the Black Panther Party, by a Philadelphia jury anxious to go home for the holiday weekend.
1988 -- US Navy kills 290 civilians.
The USS Vincennes (one of the Navy's ultra-sophisticated computer-supported Aegis cruisers) "accidentally" blows an Iranian airliner out of the sky, says it mistook it for an F-14 jet fighter. The Pentagon refuses to discipline anybody (see 19 August) & claims the passenger plane was outside its commercial air corridor & descending toward the ship — but on 5 July it is revealed it was well within its corridor — & ascending.
In a final "spin," Beloved & Respected Comrade Acting Leader Reagan calls the incident an "understandable accident." Though reliable reports say the Soviet downing of KAL 007 was also inadvertent, he insists there is "no comparison" between the events.
Says George Bush, "I will never apologize for the United States of America! I don't care what the facts are!"
1990 -- Bulgaria: Federation of Anarchist Youth (F.A.M.) participate in "City of the Truth" against the communist president Petar Mladenov (July 3-Aug. 5).
Inauguration of the Allen Ginsberg Library at the Naropa Institute.
The Mayor of Boulder declares today officially Allen Ginsberg Day.
1995 -- France: Artist & Lettrist International theorist Gil J. Wolman dies, Paris.
1995 -- Up Your Ashhole?: Courtney Love's request to spread the ashes of late husband Kurt Cobain is rejected by Seattle's Lake View Cemetery, who say they've already got their hands full with people wanting to see Bruce Lee's gravesite.
1999 -- Paul Wulf (1921-1999) dies. German militant antifascist much influenced by the work of the author Erich Mühsam.
Placed in an orphanage at age seven, Wulf was a victim of Nazi eugenics, forcibly sterilized in 1938. During WWII he was involved in underground work with prisoners, as well as sabotage. Following the war he remained a persistent Nazi-hunter, flushing out & exposing those seeking to hide & integrate themselves back into the government & community.
Foto by Ralf Emmerich
Wulf also became a voice for the approximately 400,000 people like himself, forcibly sterilized in National Socialist Germany. Due to his obstinacy, in 1981 Wulf & all still-living forcibly sterilized persons finally received compensation
Is it progress if a cannibal uses a knife & fork?
— Stanislaw Lem
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