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Far away the writhing city
— Kenneth Rexroth, "Time Is the Mercy of Eternity"
Irish wit, playwright, gay rights advocate & victim.
"All modes of government are wrong. They are unscientific, because they seek to alter the natural environment of man; they are immoral because, by interfering with the individual, they produce the most aggressive forms of egotism; they are ignorant, because they try to spread education; they are self-destructive, because they engender anarchy."
WORLD FOOD DAY. Something all factions globally can(sic) relate to:
What Do We Want ?
Spam Jello & Pig Newtons!!
When Do We Want It??!
1649 -- New Old World: The colony of Maine grants religious freedom to all citizens, on condition that those of contrary religious persuasions behave acceptably.
1758 -- Noah Webster born. His 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language prompts William Cullen Bryant to complain: "It is a melancholy proof of the amount of mischief one man of learning can do to society..."
1774 -- Frail from birth, Robert Fergusson, 24, dies in his hometown of Edinburgh after falling into depression & religious guilt. A leading Scots poet who influenced Robert Burns.
1793 -- France: Monarch Marie "Let them eat cake" Antoinette loses her head. Her last thoughts: "This ain't no cakewalk." Her hubby, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader King Louie Louie XVI, had his reign cut short (beheaded) the previous January.
1829 -- First hotel with indoor plumbing opens for business.
1834 -- England: London fire consumes the Houses of Parliament along with part of the city.
1846 -- Dentist William T. Morton demonstrates the effectiveness of devil ether.
1849 -- US: George Washington Williams lives, Bedrod Springs, Pa. Early African-American historian & founder of two African-American newspapers, The Commoner in Washington, DC, & Cincinnati's The Southern Review.
"The truth is rarely pure & never simple."
"Anybody can write a three-volume novel. It merely requires a complete ignorance of both life & literature."
1859 -- US: Abolitionist John Brown attacks Harper's Ferry ammunition depot, the beginning of guerrilla warfare against slavery.
Brown, confident he would inspire a slave insurrection, led 18 men in the seizure of the US arsenal in Virginia. Osborne Perry Anderson, a freeman, is one of five African-Americans involved in the raid. No slaves arrived to support them. Ten of his men (including Brown's two sons) were killed on the spot, & Brown & six others eventually hanged.
1870 -- France: During this month Louise Michel lance un appel aux infirmières des remparts et aux « citoyennes de la libre pensée » pour les inciter à se porter au secours de Strasbourg encerclée par les Prussiens. Elle participe alors aux deux comités de vigilance du XVIII' arrondissement où elle fait la connaissance de Théophile Ferré..
[Source: Michel Chronologie]
1876 -- US: Race riot at Cainhoy, South Carolina. Five whites, one black killed.
Switzerland: October 16 - 19th, 1876
The Bakuninist (anarchist) section of the IWA (International Workingman's Association, the first Communist International) meets in Bern.
1880 -- France: Louise Michel bénéficie d'une remise de peine. Elle la refuse.
[Source: Michel Chronologie]
1888 -- Eugene O'Neill — Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner (1920, 1922, 1928), & Nobel Prize for Literature in 1936 — lives, New York.
1890 -- Paul Strand, photographer, lives.
1890 -- US: Reservation Police forcibly remove Kicking Bear from Standing Rock Agency, South Dakota, for teaching the Ghost Dance, a new Indian religion that foretold the disappearance of white people.
1893 -- US: Emma Goldman is sentenced to Blackwell's Island penitentiary for one year. Begins her term on Oct. 18. In prison, Emma is initially put in charge of the sewing shop, but soon trained to serve as a nurse in the prison hospital.
1906 -- Cleanth Brooks lives, Murray, Kentucky. American teacher/critic, exponent of "New Criticism." Editor, with Charles W. Pipkin & poet/critic Robert Penn Warren, of The Southern Review, a journal advancing New Criticism, & its idea of a poem as a self-referential text to be de-mystified by exhaustive analysis & interpretation. An academic belly-button disease.
In opposition Kenneth Rexroth advocates a poetry that is direct, personal, socially committed, & visionary. In contrast he describes the dominant taste in poetry as "politically reactionary & stylistically conservative" (Assays, p. 187).
In the introduction to Bird in the Bush, Rexroth weighs in against the literary establishment, claiming that the "Quarterlies & Critical Reviews. . . have a Party Line of unbelievable rigidity" founded on the values of "conformity, peace, & professorships."
1916 -- US: Margaret Sanger & Ethyl Byrne open the world's first birth control clinic, in Brooklyn, NY.
Sanger spent 30 days in jail when she opened America's first birth control clinic, for creating a public nuisance. She coined the term "birth control" & made the cause a worldwide movement. Born in Corning, New York, on September 14, 1883, Sanger died in 1966.
1919 -- US: Deportation Act to rid US of anarchist aliens. Thousands, including Emma Goldman & Alexander Berkman, jailed, sent packing. Harbinger of US government anti-labor & anti-Red attacks in the 1920's when Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Attorney General Mitchell Palmer & his pal J. Edgar go after impertinent American citizens who suppose they live in the "Land of the Free."
See Aliens & Dissenters: Federal Suppression of Radicals, 1903-1933 by William Preston, Jr.
1919 -- Alexander Berkman & Emma Goldman spend a few days in the country recuperating from harsh prison conditions before beginning work to oppose their deportations. Emma is to appear before immigration authorities at Ellis Island on the 27th & 28th to appeal her deportation order; she claims US citizenship from her marriage to Jacob A. Kersner. On the 31st a benefit theater performance in New York City raises $500 to help them cover the costs of fighting their deportation.
1920 -- Spain: Trial begins, involving seven defendants, amongst them Paulino Diez, an indefatigable labor militant in the CNT & thus much accustomed to trials & jailhouses.
Indeed, Paulino Diez is only recently provisionally released from prison where he was doing a 100-year sentence.
1921 -- US: Labor Temple on Congress St. in Albany, New York, destroyed by fire. Had been the temple since 1908 & all the union records stored there lost. Of 40 union charters, only five saved; those of the three oldest unions, the molders, typographers & cigarmakers lost. The Temple is rebuilt again January 31, 1922.
1923 -- US: Alice's Wonderland distribution deal signed; the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio is born.
Four-year-old Virginia Davis stars in Alice cartoons by Walt Disney (a fascist sympathizer & FBI informer on Hollywood "subversives") which combined live action with animation. He will go on on to make dozens of Alice cartoons, with various children as the star.
"Walt said it all started with a mouse, but that wasn't quite true. It started with a girl named Alice."
— Roy E. Disney, vice chairman of the Walt Disney Co, 1998
"It's about time, isn't it?"
— Virginia Davis, 79, 1998
1925 -- US: Texass School Board prohibits teaching of evolution.
1926 -- Chinese troop ship Kuang Yuang catches fire while anchored at Kiukiang, China; the flames trigger a munitions explosion that kills an estimated 1200 soldiers.
1927 -- Gunter Grass, German novelist lives, Danzig, Germany. Wrote The Tin Drum. Wins Nobel Prize in 1999.
"Intellectual Freedom & The Tin Drum Controversy" in Oklahoma (Oklahoma City police, in The Land of the Free, confiscated copies of the film from video stores, the public library system & homes of several individuals in June 1997 after complaints from a Christian fundamentalist).
1931 -- US: What Are Friends For? Trunk murderess Winnie Ruth Judd chops up two girl friends, packs their pieces into two trunks & a suitcase, & ships them off to Los Angeles. Judd escaped seven times from the mental hospital where she was sent. On one occasion she walked across the desert for seven days. The last time she escaped she eluded police for seven years.
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1934 -- China: Long March begins for Chinese Communists. Over 100,000 began the year-long trek, only 8,000 survive.
No young writer today can imagine the power Hemingway’s prose had for us then. You could take one of his sentences & twist it & shake it & slice it, & it would always return to its original shape. It was you who was misshaped at the end, turning even laundry instructions into a Hemingway line. In THE ADVENTURES OF MAO ON THE LONG MARCH, I tried to rid myself of these siren voices by capturing them & teasing them.
— Frederick Tuten
1940 -- US: Dave Dellinger & seven other Union Theological Seminary students refuse to register for conscription.
1942 -- US: Conscientious objectors (CO) walk out of Civilian Public Service Camp, Big Flats, New York.
1955 -- ¶ During this month (I don't have exact day), Beat author Jack Kerouac, with Gary Snyder & John Montgomery, climbs the 12,000 foot high Matterhorn mountain in the Sierra Nevada chain.
1962 -- US: Cuban missile crisis begins. [Dave?¿? Dave's not here, man, he's in boot camp, San Diego Naval Training center.]
1963 -- Scotland: Death of Guy Aldred, Scottish anti-militarist anarchist.
As for Aldred & Patrick, their United Socialist Movement had become a populist organisation, espousing things like World Government & fellow-travelling with Russia after Stalin’s death. As Nicolas Walter says in his article in the "Raven" No. 1, Guy Aldred was an, "extraordinarily courageous but essentially solitary man whose vanity & oddity prevented him from taking the part which his ability & energy seemed to create for him in the revolutionary socialist movement."
1964 -- China: First atomic bomb test, Xinjiang Province. China becomes the fifth nuclear power.
1965 -- Family Dog Collective's first concert, "A Tribute to Dr. Strange," at Longshoreman's Hall (ILWU) in Frisco; meanwhile, over at Fisherman's Wharf: The Jefferson Airplane & the Charlatans (with Dan Hicks). Russ "The Moose" Syracuse of KYA is master of ceremonies.
1965 -- US: Repeat march in Berkeley, to Oakland Army Base [15,000 - Bohemia book]. (Vietnam Day Committee) & conflicts with police & Hell's Angels; Vietnam War protests (teach-ins, marches) in 80 cities including: Fifth Ave, NY 15-20,000; Ann Arbor; Madison; Boston; Detroit; Philadelphia; Tokyo; London; Rome + 100,000 people in nearly 1,000 cities (Hayden) National Coordination Committee to End the War in Vietnam.
1966 -- US: Folksinger Joan Baez & 122 anti-draft protesters arrested at the Armed Forces Induction Center in Oakland. She gets sentenced to 10 days in jail.
October 16-22: Stop the Draft Week: Anti-draft/draft-card "turn-in" rallies: Chicago, Phil, Boston, Cincinnati, Portland, organized by National Mobilization Committee, a broad coalition of pacifist, religious, & radical groups.
1967 -- US: National draft-card turn-in.
October 16-22: Stop the Draft Week: Anti-draft/draft-card "turn-in" rallies: Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Cincinnati, Portland. Organized by National Mobilization Committee, a broad coalition of pacifist, religious, & radical groups. 1,158 young men return draft cards in 18 US cities.Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Jr. (43, Yale chaplain, Doonesbury), Dr. Benjamin Spock (64), Mitchell Goodman (41, novelist), Marcus Raskin (33, former White House Disarmament aide & co-director of Washington research organization), & Michael Ferber (23, Harvard grad student) & one other deliver draft cards to US Justice Department.
1968 -- México: Tommie Smith & John Carlos hold up their fists in a Black Power salute during the 1968 Summer Games in México City. Their actions symbolize the Black Power movement in sports & result in their suspension from the games two days later.
1968 -- Jamaica: As a student demonstration — over the banning of lecturer Dr. Walter Rodney from Jamaica — dissipates, Kingston inhabitants occupy the streets of the city, attacking & looting property, concentrating on businesses owned by multinationals (Barclays, Bank of London, Pan Am, Woolworth's, Esso & Shell). Rioters use over 50 buses belonging to the foreign-owned Jamaica Omnibus Service as battering rams against shutters & shop fronts.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1968 -- England: Grimethorpe police station trashed.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1969 -- "You Gotta Believe!" is the cry throughout NY & all of America, when the once lowly New York Mets win their first World Series baseball championship. The 'Miracle Mets' were 100-to-1 long shots at the beginning of the season. One of the most exciting finishes in baseball history.
1970 -- Canada: Liberal government invokes War Measures Act, suspending all civil rights. The NDP in the only party in the House of Commons to denounce the action.
1971 -- Algeria: Eldridge Cleaver press conference in Algiers to announce his return to US (see Emmett Grogan, Ringolevio).
1971 -- US: H. Rap Brown, President of SNCC, shot & captured after an attempted bar hold-up, in NY (with three St. Louis black men including Richard Moore & Eddie Josephs) after 17 months as a fugitive (since May 70).
1973 -- Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Henry ("Just call me Hank") Kissinger, Cambodia-lover, tries on the Nobel "peace" prize for size. Real nice fit.
"Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months."
— Oscar Wilde
1975 -- US: "Senior Citizens Unite!?" The group of seniors living in Pearsons Annex, Mount Holyoke College, in 1975-76 rename the house "Emma Goldman Hall," after the lesbian anarchist.
1981 -- Bob Dylan begins his "Shot of Love" tour with a concert at Milwaukee Auditorium. After generating mostly negative reactions to his Christian proselytizing on his last US tour in 1979, Dylan restricts his preaching to his songs — a mix of pre-rebirth & post-rebirth material.
1985 -- Intel introduces 32-bit 80386 microcomputer chip — makes Bleeding possible.
1987 -- US: Baby Jessica McClure rescued 58 hours after falling 22' into a well shaft.
1988 -- Emídio Santana (1906-1988) dies. Portuguese anarchist with the CGT.
Attempted to assassinate Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Dictator Salazar on July 4, 1937, which landed him in prison for 14 years. Began publishing the anarcho-syndicalist newspaper A Batalha in 1974. Wrote Historia de un atentado & Memorias de un militante anarco-sindicalista.
1990 -- Art Blakey jazz drummer (Jazz Messengers), dies.
1991 -- US: George Jo Hennard kills 23 & himself, wounds 20 in Texass.
1992 -- Nobel peace prize awarded to Rigoberta Menchu, Quiche Maya Indian, for her work against human rights abuses in Guatemala.
1992 -- Sinead O'Connor returns to the US to perform at a birthday concert for Bob Dylan at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
There she was greeted by a weird mixture of cheers & boos (on the 3rd she had closed her rendition of Bob Marley's song "War" with, "Fight the real enemy!" producing a photograph of Pope John Paul II, which she ripped into pieces). Despite the severely divided response to her presence, she once again sang an a cappella version of "War." Shortly thereafter, she retired from the "pop" entertainment industry. In the late 1990s she was ordained as a priest. Lacking a sense of humor, the Vatican refused to recognize Sinead's membership in the priesthood, which the Pope considers "bizarre."
1996 -- Malaysia: Activists in Penang stage an anti-corporate demonstration in front of McDonald's Restaurant.
1996 -- Flora Nwapa (1931-1996) dies, Enugu. Nigerian author & forerunner of a whole generation of African women writers. Best-known for re-creating Igbo (Ibo) life & customs from a woman's viewpoint.
Nwapa wrote short stories, poetry & children's books. Her war novel, Never Again (1975), draws its material from the Nigerian Civil War (see also Chinua Achebe). The protagonist, Kate, who starts as supporter of the Biafran cause, ends struggling simply to survive. Wives at War & Other Stories (1980) also involves the Biafran conflict.
1998 -- Jonathan Postel (1943-1998) dies.
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1998 -- US: Abraham Lincoln Brigade Is Honored; More than 60 years after they took up arms against the fascists in Spain, for which Hemingway romanticized them & FBI files blacklisted them, members of the Brigade have finally been given an official monument in this country.
The granite memorial, on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle, was unveiled on Wednesday, with about 20 of the fast-dwindling brigade veterans — all in their 80's or 90's, many with tears in their eyes — in attendance. The ceremony drew veterans from as far away as New York, who said they hoped the recognition might lead to movements for memorials in other cities.
1998 -- Pinochet arrested. Next up, Milton Friedman & Henry Kissinger?
1999 -- US: Stop the Execution! Demonstrations in Philadelphia & San Francisco following the signing of a death warrant (set for December 2) for Mumia Abu-Jamal by Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Gov. Ridge.
2000 -- Serbia: Anti-McDonald's Day actions across the country in most cities with a McDonalds. The Belgrade Libertarian Group hands out over 6,000 leaflets in less then 30 minutes. Their protests are covered by several newspapers, including the daily newspaper Danas, & some international journalists.
2001 -- Canada: Mobilization to disrupt & shut down Toronto's capitalist heart — its financial district. Unions, anti-poverty & social justice groups, & anarchists, among others, protest cuts to social assistance, establishment of a 60- hour work week, the Walkerton crisis, & the murders of Dudley George & Kimberley Rogers.
2002 -- McPicket McDonald's, International McStrike Day.
2005 -- Italy:· 2005 16/10 Mel (BL) · Circolo A. SBARDELLOTTO di Belluno Inauguration d’un monument à la mémoire de Angelo SBARDELLOTTO (1907-1932) anarchico
Circolo A. Sbardellotto in Belluno, Inauguration d’un monument à la mémoire de Angelo Sbardellotto (1907-1932).
· Sbardellotto, an anarchist antifascist, was executed by a firing squad on June 17, 1932, having confessed his great hope to assassinate Il Duche Mussolini.
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2008 -- Canada: Second of four British Columbia bombings targeting gas pipelines owned by EnCana, near Dawson Creek.
FRIDA KAHLO Daily Bleed Saint, 1998
Self-destructive fantastic Mexican painter, activist (1907-1954).
The Nazi occupation forced many artists to emigrate to Mexico. Key figures in the informal surrealist community there included Leonora Carrington, Wolfgang Paalen, Alice Rahon, Luis Buñuel, Frida Kahlo, Kati Horna, Benjamin Peret, Remei Varo & the young Octavio Paz.
"A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, & the value of nothing."
"Life is far to important to be taken seriously."
"America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between."
"The way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it."
"As long as war is regarded as wicked it will always have its fascinations. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular."
"The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame."
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