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ORLANDO FALS BORDA
Colombian advocate of "participatory action" education.
KRONIA FESTIVAL: Celebrates the birthday of that ol' bugger, Kronos, Father of Time. Tibet: Monks of Choni Lamasery perform "THE OLD DANCE" in costumes & masks dating back to Manchu dynasty, representing all the demons of Buddhist hell.
Bodmin, Wales: THE BODMIN RIDING.
National Holiday of the People's Republic of Outer Mongolia. Celebrated mainly in Ulan Bator, yurt capital of Asia.
1244 -- Displaced by the Mongols, the Khwarismian Turks take Jerusalem; 300 people escape.
1274 -- Robert I, "the Bruce," King of Scotland lives.
1302 -- Flemish weavers defeat the Flemish cavalry & the French in the Battle of the Spurs (the Battle of Kortrijk).
Source: [Robert Braunwart] [Hereafter attributed with symbol: ]
1593 -- Giuseppe Arcimboldo, first surrealist painter, dies.
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Pioneer of object-oriented visual imagination.
1656 -- New Old World: Pacifists land & establish town of Boston, Massachusetts.
1754 -- Bowdlerized?: Thomas Bowdler, English editor, lives (1754-1825), Ashley, near Bath. His "Family" Shakespeare (ten volumes, 1818) expurgates sections "which cannot with propriety be read aloud in a family."
1804 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Vice-President Aaron Burr provokes a duel with Alexander Hamilton & mortally wounded him in Weehawken, New Jersey.
1812 -- US: Canada invaded (Detroit frontier).
1818 -- John Keats writes "In the Cottage Where Burns Was Born," "Lines Written in the Highlands" & "The Gadfly."
1854 -- France: Toussaint Bordat lives, Chassenard. Lyons militant.
A socialist as a silk weaver, he broke with the guesdiste line (Marxist & electoral) in 1881, starting his own anarchist "Parti d'action révolutionnaire". Bordat was an advocate of "direct action" & active in militant labor actions. October 14, 1882 he was arrested & a defendant in the monster "Trial of the 66" of 1883. Sent to prison for four years, he was released early, & continued his militant activities. Bordat organized the conferences of Sébastien Faure in Narbonne in 1897.
1856 -- Beginning date of the novel What Is to Be Done?, by Nikolai Chernyshevsky (1828-1889), a Russian Nihilist. For over 20 years he was confined in a fortress & put to penal servitude in Siberia. A strong influence on Russian progressives & revolutionaries, inspiring a whole youth generation, including the anarchists.
1869 -- US: Buffalo Bill Cody & scouts attack Tall Bull's camp; 51 Cheyenne killed, 17 women & children captured.
1873 -- Émile Zola play, "Therese Raquin," opens in Paris.
1880 -- France: Amnesty for Marquis de Rochefort & other Communards of 1871.
1892 -- US: Pitched battle is fought between striking miners & guards; Striking coal miners in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, dynamite the Pinkerton ('fink') barrack (or the concentrating mill) at the Frisco Mill, leaving it in ruins, & occupy the coal mines (during miners' strike, Apr.-July). National Guard & federal troops are called out & martial law established on the 13th.
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1892 -- France: François Ravachol executed. Ravachol took retribution for the Clichy defendants, bombing the homes of the presiding judge (March 11, 1892) & the prosecutor (March 27, 1892): police in Clichy had attacked a six-man anarchist labor rally. The workers defended themselves with guns & ended up behind bars with long terms of hard labor.
Anarchist bandit & advocate of "propaganda of the deed," the subject of popular myth & song ("La Ravachole, sur l'air de la Carmagnole").
"Let us have no more suicides from weariness,
which come like a final sacrifice crowning all those that have gone before.
Better one last laugh, à la Cravan, or one last song, à la Ravachol."
— Raoul Vaneigem, The Revolution of Everyday Life
"... dans la grande ville de Paris,
il y a des bourgeois bien nourris
il y a les miséreux
qui ont le ventre creux:
Ceux-là ont les dents longues,
vive le son, vive le son
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1893 -- France: Lucien Haussard lives (1893-1969), St-Quentin (Aisne). Militant, propagandist & freethinker.
Treasurer of the "Anarchist Communist Federation", involved in numerous libertarian organizations & publishing efforts, including "Libertaire", & did much valuable work aiding Spanish militants, & with Comité pour l’Espagne libre.
[Details / context] Militant, propagandiste anarchiste et Libre penseur. Il naît le 11 juillet 1893 à St-Quentin (Aisne). En 1914, il est fait prisonnier par les Allemands lors de l'occupation de St-Quentin. Après-guerre il devient correcteur d'imprimerie à Paris et fréquente les libertaires qui tentent alors de se réorganiser. En 1919, il est trésorier de la "Fédération Communiste Anarchiste" reconstituée, et collabore au "Libertaire." A partir de 1921, il assiste aux congrès de "l'Union Anarchiste" (U.A) et devient administrateur du "Libertaire." En 1924, il lance un éphémère bi-mensuel où toute les opinions anarchistes peuvent s'exprimer "L'Idée anarchiste." En 1926, il rejoint la revue du Dr Pierrot "Plus loin" et en sera le gérant de 1931 à 1939. En 1930, en raison de problèmes de santé, il devient marchand forain. Il sera plus tard (vers 1934) condamné à 4 mois de prison pour avoir fait traverser en auto la frontière franco-catalane à des fugitifs. Du 30 octobre au 1er novembre 1937, il est délégué à Paris au congrès de "l'U.A" qui voit la création de la section française de "S.I.A" (Solidarité Internationale Antifasciste). Arrêté en 1939, il sera interné jusqu'au printemps 1941. Il aurait ensuite établi une filière pour faire passer clandestinement la frontière espagnole à des activistes et ravitailler "l'Espagne antifranquiste." A la libération, il reprend son activité de marchand forain à Brive-la-Gaillarde et devient ensuite président de la Libre Pensée.
1894 -- Italy: Italian laws suppress anarchist & socialist organizations. La Camera approva tre leggi dette 'antianarchiche' che mirano a colpire tutti i movimenti di protesta contro lo stato. Today, Revisione delle liste elettorali controllando titoli di studio e capacità di leggere e scrivere. Il provvedimento mira a restringere l'elettorato di ispirazione socialista e radicale.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1899 -- E. B. White lives, Mount Vernon, New York. Essayist & children's novelist. Wrote Charlotte's Web. Best known for his crisp, graceful, & highly individual style. Joined the newly established "New Yorker" in 1926. First gained fame with the publication of Is Sex Necessary?, which he wrote with James Thurber. Also co-authored The Elements of Style, with William Strunk, Jr. "Vigorous writing is concise," he says.Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.
— E. B. White
1905 -- US: Niagara Movement, precursor to the NAACP, founded. Includes W.E.B. Du Bois among its founders.
1914 -- US: Babe Ruth debuts in the baseball major leagues with the Boston Red Sox. Ruth made $2,900 his rookie season.
1914 -- US: A NY City rally & public funeral as 6,000 mourn the deaths of those killed in the Lexington Avenue explosion.
Alexander Berkman, a key organizer of the event, speaks at the rally despite heavy police surveillance.
Emma Goldman is furious when she receives the July issue of the Mother Earth, which, unbeknownst to her, is filled with "harangues...of a most violent character.... [including] prattle about force & dynamite."
Anti-labor vigilantes forcibly gather & ship over 1,200 striking members of the IWW in cattle cars from Jerome & Bisbee, Arizona, to California & New Mexico, where they are guarded by federal military authorities.
Wobbly James Brew is killed in the deportation today.
A precursor to this massive deportation occurred just two days ago in Jerome, Arizona, when 75 men were herded into cattle cars. The vigilantes & their supporters justified the deportation as a legitimate act of a community protecting itself from traitors, spies & anarchists who were determined to undermine the war effort.
1918 -- Argentina: Simón Radowitzky (Szymon Radowicki) escapes from the Ushuaia concentration camp on the Tierra del Fuego island.
Radowitzky was serving a life sentence for assassinating the chief of Buenos Aires police, who had ordered the massacre of workers during a May Day demonstration in 1909. Captured a month later in Chile, & after 21 years in exile, he went to fight in the Spanish Revolution. From 1940 until his death today he lived in Mexico.
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Details on his assassination of Falcon
1923 -- Albert Einstein delivers his Nobel address, Gothenburg, 2 years late. Time is relative, of course.
1925 -- Colombia: Orlando Fals Borda lives (1925-2008). Researcher & sociologist, important Latin American thinker, & one of the founders of participatory action research.
"Action brings knowledge."
1929 -- Danish poet / jazz musician Benny Andersen, lives, Copenhagen.
1930 -- Literary critic Harold Bloom lives, New York City. Championed the six major romantic poets (Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats) in his first book, The Visionary Company (1961).
1931 -- England: League of Nations Union mass rally for disarmament, Albert Hall, London.
1933 -- Germany: A Real Page Burner?: Nazis form a united Evangelical Church from state Protestant churches. All German school teachers are ordered to read Hitler's Mein Kampf.
1937 -- Author Dylan Thomas, 22, marries Caitlin MacNamara, 23, at the Registry Office in Penzance, Cornwall.
1937 -- George Gershwin dies, Los Angeles.
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Rhapsodist in Blue.
1938 -- Historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, lives, Sugar City, Idaho. In 1991 won both the Bancroft Prize & the Pulitzer Prize for history for A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812.
Ballard, a housewife & mother of nine, recounted being paid for her midwife services in tea kettles, lumber credits, cheese, butter & turkeys. Ballard's career compared favorably with a 19th century doctor & a 20th-century hospital — Ballard did better, in terms of stillbirths & maternal deaths, than either. Among Ulrich's findings was that two centuries ago, 38% of the 814 births the midwife attended resulted from extramarital liaisons.
1944 -- Patricia Polacco lives, Michigan. Her book, The Keeping Quilt, tells the history of her family — Russian Jews who emigrate to the US & settle on a farm in Michigan — through the traditions surrounding the use of a quilt made by her great-great-grandmother. Her growing-up years are chronicled in numerous picture books including: My Rotten Brother, Ralph, Thundercake, & Mrs. Katz & Tush.
1947 -- US: Two Feet & You're Out?: Eight black prisoners killed in Brunswick, Georgia for refusing to work in a snake infested swamp without boots.
1947 -- Charles Weidman ballet "Fables for Our Time" (based on James Thurber's novel) premiers.
1948 -- Italian communists view the European Recovery Program as part of an "American imperialistic war effort."
1954 -- US: First White Citizens Council organizes in Indianola, Mississippi.
1955 -- Edith Sitwell, in a letter to a friend, remembers Virginia Woolf: "I enjoyed talking to her, but thought nothing of her writing. I considered her 'a beautiful little knitter.'"
1955 -- US: Congress authorizes all American currency to state,
"In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash."
1958 -- US: 3 Shits & You're Out? Judge Raulston Schoolfield convicted by the Tennessee Senate of articles of impeachment, which included accepting an automobile from law violators & using obscene language while performing his duties.
1958 -- US: Daisy Bates & the Little Rock Nine, African-American youths who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., receive the Spingarn Medal for their "heroism & pioneering roles in upholding the basic ideals of American democracy in the face of continuing harassment & constant threats of bodily injury."
1959 -- Songster/pacifist Joan Baez records a duet with Bob Gibson at the Newport Folk Festival; it is her first recording.
This is the first Newport Folk Festival, the brainchild of producer George Wein (Wein also organized the Newport Jazz Festival), July 11-12. The Kingston Trio, Odetta, Pete Seeger, Brownie McGee & Sonny Terry were but a few of the main attractions.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Gibson_(musician)
Joan Baez appears with Bob Gibson during his set & her unscheduled appearance is the talk of the Festival, establishing her as a talented & exciting new folksinger.
Baez met Gibson at The Gate Of Horn nightclub in Chicago during a two-week stint there, & he was impressed enough to invite her to join him at Newport.
1960 -- Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning race relations novel To Kill A Mockingbird is published.
1966 -- US: Lou Gottlieb dies. Founder of the Morning Star Ranch (fondly known as the "The Digger Farm").
1967 -- US: A week of riots/revolt begins in Newark, New Jersey, eventually leaving 26 dead, 1,500 wounded & over 1,000 arrested amidst widespread charges of police brutality. Part of "the long hot summer" stemming from dissatisfaction with lack of improvement in societal conditions.
1967 -- Dancing The Nite Away?: Margot Fonteyn & Nureyev are busted in the Haight.
1968 -- US: American Indian Movement (AIM) founded, Minneapolis.
1969 -- US: Federal appeals court reverses the 1968 convictions of Dr. Benjamin Spock & Ferber who had been found guilty of conspiring to counsel evasion of the military draft in 1968 during the Vietnam War. Coffin & Goodman cases are sent back for retrial.
The war that won't die
Sixty years after it ended, film-makers are still fighting the Spanish Revolution & Civil War.
When a fire bomb ripped through the Balmes cinema in Barcelona on July 11, 1974...
When a fire bomb ripped through the Balmes cinema in Barcelona on July 11, 1974, the screening of Carlos Saura's "La Prima Angelica" (Cousin Angelica) was brought abruptly to a halt. The violent response to Angelica, one of the first films to represent the country's bitter civil war from a republican perspective, emphasized the political importance of cinema that deals with contested historical periods. The civil war may have ended officially in 1939, but fascist fire bombs suggested that the battle for Spain's fractured past was set to continue.
The release of Jose Luis Cuerda's "La Lengua de las Mariposas" (Butterfly's Tongue) once again brings the Spanish civil war into the cinema. Set in Galicia in the months preceding Franco's fascist uprising in July 1936, it traces the relationship between a seven-year-old boy & his anarchist-leaning teacher.
The film is indicative of Spanish cinema's concern with the country's recent past; of the nearly 300 historical films produced in Spain since the 1970s, more than half are set during the second republic, the civil war & under Franco.
1977 -- Gregg Allman & Cher become parents to Elijah Blue.
1977 -- Friendly Neighborhood Narco Agent - Jef Jaisun played on Friggin' Here July 11th, 1997 Show #29 * — played by request
1978 -- Italy: A group of homeless people blows up the office of the Communist Party housing assessor, Rome.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1979 -- Dave? Dave's Not Here, Dave's Out Back?: US space station Skylab enters the atmosphere over Australia & disintegrates. Large portions fall intact in the remote outback.
1980 -- Jaime Suarez Quemain, El Salvadoran poet, assassinated by the army. A true anarquista who called himself a "libertarian", Suárez Quemain belonged to a generation of writers who emerged during the 1970s, the generation struck by the ominous power of the war.
the streets of san salvador will never disremember
they know how to count their dead
the streets of san salvador will never disremember
one day they shall speak out as serene justice
— jaime suarez quemain
1985 -- US: Congress votes to impose sanctions against South Africa in protest of its apartheid policy. Rightwingers lose a few stalwarts to heart attacks.
1985 -- Zippers for stitches announced by Dr. H. Harlan Stone. The surgeon had used zippers on 28 patients, on whom he thought he might have to re-operate, because of internal bleeding following initial operations. The zippers, which lasted between five & 14 days, were then replaced with permanent stitches. Now you can, literally, zip your lips.
1988 -- South Korea: Police arrest 15,617 demonstrators.
1989 -- Russia: Siberian miners at Prokoplevsk join the Russian coal strike.
1990 -- US: NYC police arrest "Dartman" (stabbed over 50 women with darts).
1990 -- Haiti: General strike, Port-au-Prince, over the return of Tontons Macoute.
1990 -- US: Marvin Liebman, founder of the rightwing Young Americans for Freedom, says he is gay.
1992 -- Guatemala: Human-rights activist Rigoberta Menchu returns for the first time since the government murdered her parents 10 years ago.
1995 -- Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel peace laureate, released from six years' house arrest.
1996 -- UN war crimes tribunal issues warrants for Beloved & Respected Comrade Leaders Karadzic & Mladic.
1998 -- 25,000 jaws drop, watch in awe as Dave's #1 Son launches the (RecollectionUsedBooks) mother ship, "R.U.B.-a-Dub-Dub" at 20th Anniversary of Seattle's Milk Carton Boat Derby at Green Lake. (Milk cartons required for floatation; human powered.)
1998 -- US: Enterprising vandals steal the bug off the boll weevil monument in Enterprise, Alabama.
2000 -- The Layabouts mix at at Roscoe's. MP3 Files... They cut Cadillac, Work to be Done, Face of humanity, Rant #337, Monkey Doo, Ballad of Donna Lewis, & so it goes, Pachamama, Thin Ice, Don't talk, Damn this town.
1. Fuckalot! 2. Schoolboys 3. Too Late (Milton Bennett, Vocals) 4. Governments Lie 5. Millennia Man 6. Johannesburg 7. Police Reaction 8. I'm Tired 9. Seven Minutes 10. B Movie
2002 -- US: Moe's Books celebrates a few chapters.
2002 -- Amnesty International condemns Palestinian suicide bombings as crimes against humanity.
2002 -- Argentina: Former Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader dictator Leopoldo Galtieri is arrested for abduction, torture & murder.
2004 -- France: Brandon Letsinger, Auntie Dave's Rotten Nummer One Son, departs Paris, chasing the sun, for Seattle...home again. Lifts off early afternoon, touches down early evening.
2006 -- India: Terrorist bombings rock Mumbai, killing over 200. A series of seven bomb blasts occurred over a period of 11 minutes on the Suburban Railway, set off by Islamic religious nuts.
"All oppression creates a state of war."
— Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex
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