Workers at both the Racine plant & Milwaukee's Seaman Body are members of new federal labor unions, & they're ready to support the Kenosha workers. When the Kenosha lockout ends, both Nash plants ask for a 20% raise & strict seniority rules. In three months — February 21st, 1934 — Racine plant workers will strike, idling 1,200 workers. Seaman Body & the Kenosha local follow, taking out 1,800 in Milwaukee & 1,600 in Kenosha.
After eight weeks of federal mediation, all workers receive raises of up to 17 percent, & unions at each plant win sole bargaining rights.
"Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion or political views, that place must, at that moment, become the center of the universe."
— Elie Weisel, Nobel Prize laureate, survivor, author
US: Today, after Igal Roodenko's strike had reached the 12th day, he was arrested for refusal to work & held in the Denver County jail on $3,500 bail. He was tried & found guilty in Denver. It was thereafter decided to make of Roodenko & two others a Supreme Court"test case" in which the constitutionality of the Selective Service Act was argued, but the Court turned the case down. On June 6, 1944 a Denver judge found Roodenko guilty & sentenced him to three years in a federal penitentiary.
On September 29, 1943, six war objectors imprisoned at Lewisburg, PA, started a hunger strike against censorship of mail & reading material by prison authorities. In October, Roodenko began his own hunger & work strike in support, stating: "My concern was [with] . . . censorship which occasionally reached preposterous depths of pettiness & stupidity, censorship of mail & reading matter which frequently denied men the opportunity of reading & writing about those very matters which made them sacrifice comforts & respect for the ignominy & disrepute of a prison record. & it should be noted that the opinions of such men were not treasonous, but those objections to warfare recognized by Congress in the Selective Service Act."
1953 -- Welsh poet Dylan Thomas dies, age 39, following a six-day coma brought on by drinking 18 straight whiskeys in a New York tavern. At the funeral parlor, a friend looking down at the body with its rouged face & garish suit, carnation in buttonhole, says: "He would never have been seen dead in it."
DYLAN THOMAS, Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2006-2010
Welsh Poet, drunk, high-liver, lifestyle libertarian.
"I hold a beast, an angel, & a madman in me, & my enquiry is as to their working, & my problem is their subjugation & victory, downthrow & upheaval, & my effort is their self-expression."
One hates to find fault with history as reported but the late Dylan Thomas consumed twenty eight shots, singles at the White Horse Tavern, the staff was adament as to the number & if memory has not failed the drink was Old Bushmills.
A feat attempted by myself, unfortunatley I was plucked from the gutter by my future exwife. I think I was transported to gutter by the kindly staff. I was giving drunks a bad name.
— Cordley Coit, 9 Nov 2003
1953 -- Abdul-Aziz ibn Sa'ud, founder of Saudi Arabia, dies.
1955 -- US: Two whites recently acquitted of the murder of Emmet Till escape a kidnap indictment as well when they admit abducting the black youth, but solemnly swore they let him go unharmed (see 31 August; 23 September).
1961 -- England: Brian Epstein first sees the Beatles at The Cavern, Liverpool.
Interview with Asger Jorn in the Danish journal Aften-Posten on the foundation of the Scandinavian Institute of Comparative Vandalism in Silkeborg.
Situationist International anarchist art
1962 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader JFK tells reporter Tad Szulc his advisers are pressuring him to order Castro's assassination.
1963 -- US: Polish Refugees Liberated? End of poll taxes in Texass.
1965 -- US: Roger Allen La Porte, Catholic Worker, immolates himself in front of UN.
1965 -- US: New York Blackout; biggest power failure in history occurs as all of NY State, portions of seven neighboring states, & parts of eastern Canada are plunged into darkness, affecting 30 million people (all pretending that they weren't in the dark before).
At 5:16 p.m., a 230-kilovolt-transmission line near Ontario, Canada, trips, causing several other heavily loaded lines to also fail, precipitating a redirection in the normal flow of electric power from its usual northerly direction, toward Toronto, to a southerly direction, toward Canada's interconnections with the US. The resulting surge of power from Canada overwhelms the transmission lines in western New York, causing a "cascading" tripping of additional lines & resulting in the eventual breakup of the entire Northeastern transmission network.
1966 -- Rumor & morbid speculation grows, from the "Paul is Dead" hoax of 1969, that Paul McCartney is fatally decapitated today in a car crash & replaced in the Beatles by a lookalike, one William Campbell — or is it Billy Shears?
1966 -- US: Ken Kesey & several Diggers (Emmett Grogan, Peter Berg, Kent Minault, Robert La Morticello, & Brooks Buchet) meet briefly in an elevator in the San Francisco Hall of Justice while going to separate legal appearances.
1967 -- First issue of rock oriented magazine Rolling Stone, which includes a free "roach clip," is published in Frisco. Published by Jann Wenner, with John Lennon on the cover.
A US Army captain tells Rolling Stone magazine,
"Rock & Roll music contributes to both the usage of drugs & the high VD rate among listed men in the army today."
1968 -- Entra en vigor la libre circulación de trabajadores entre los países de la CEE.
1968 -- Germany: Premiere of Hans Werner Henze oratorio "The Raft of the Medusa" is canceled in Hamburg because the chorus objects to its dedication to Che Guevara.
1968 -- US: Leo Huberman, cofounder of the socialist magazine Monthly Review, dies.
1969 -- USA: 78 Indians land on Alcatraz Island in Frisco Bay to "hold the rock" — occupied for 6 months. Site of an abandoned military base & famous prison.
Bay Area's Indians Of All Tribes organization invades Alcatraz. To draw attention to the government's systemic disregard for all previous Amerindian treaties, they demand recognition of the 1868 Sioux treaty which allowed Amerindians to reclaim land that had been taken for government use & later abandoned.
The occupiers comprise members of the Tlingit, Iroquois, Blackfeet, Chippewa & Navajo nations.
1970 -- US: Nixon White House promulgates an economic-warfare plan against Chile.
1970 -- US: Trial of the Seattle 8, Vietnam anti-war protesters, begins.
Seattle Radical Timeline
1970 -- NY: "The People's Flag Show," with a massive contributions by various artists, is held at NYC's Judson Memorial Church. The show was shut down by the Attorney General's office & Faith Ringgold, Jon Hendricks & Jon Toche — dubbed the Judson 3 — were convicted for violating federal flag desecration legislation. They justified their actions by claiming, "If the flag can be used to sanctify killing, it should be available to people to stop killing".
1971 -- US: Feeling Listless? John List kills family & moves to Colorado.
1979 -- US: Computer error causes six-minute "nuclear war alert." US Air Defense Command computer reports that Russia is attacking.
1982 -- Zonker Harris receives one vote for the governorship in Illinois.
"Reader, suppose you were an idiot. & suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. "
— Mark Twain: Manuscript note, c.1882.
1982 -- Acting President Ronnie Reagan is asked if he'll be visiting the new Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
"I can't tell until somebody tells me," he says,
"I never know where I'm going."
1984 -- Nicaragua: US peace activists sail shrimp boat into Port of Corinto to confront US warships threatening Nicaragua.
1985 -- US: Carpetbagger? Toasting Princess Diana on her first visit to America, Acting President Ronnie Reagan refers to her as "Princess David."
Better yet, observes a BBC correspondent,
"President Reagan greeted the Prince & Princess wearing a plaid jacket that was remarkably similar to the carpet at Balmoral Castle."
1988 -- US: John Cage's reading 'On Anarchism' at the Cooper Union in New York.
"...We have no need for imaginary mountain ranges between separate nations."
What makes Cage's art special, & to my senses politically original, is that his radical politics were expressed in decisions not of content but of form. For instance, one quality of nearly all works of his for large ensembles is that they do not need a conductor. By extension, the work implies that outside of music, as well as in, it is possible to create social mechanisms that likewise can function without conductors, without chiefs. In other words, in the form of his art, in the form of performance, is a representation of an ideal polity.
The Anarchist Art of John Cage
1989 -- Germany: Berlin Wall comes tumbling down, signaling end of half- century-long Cold War. Wall opens in response to nonviolent action.
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1992 -- Italy: Anti-racist protests held in 30 cities.
1992 -- Thailand: Thai military officers are granted amnesty for massacre of civilians.
1992 -- Germany: 180,000 demonstrate against racism on the anniversary of Kristallnacht.
1993 -- Bosnia-Herzegovina: The Old Bridge, symbol of unity since 1567, destroyed by shellfire, Mostar.
2000 -- US: Ballots reviewed in Florida after Bore loses to Gush by margin of 666 votes. Meanwhile, Cuba offers to send poll watchers to Florida, apparently to observe first hand how rigged elections work.
2000 -- US: Malaysia: Opposition leaders in are imprisoned for leading protests.
2000 -- UN General Assembly censures the US for its Cuba embargo, 167-3.
2001 -- US: Berkeley Critical Mass bike ride.
2001 -- US: Masterbatus Interuptus? Star Wars test rocket has to be destroyed seconds after launch when controllers lose contact with it, Kodiak, Alaska. The bears are not amused.
"We have a better-than-zero chance of successfully intercepting, I believe, an inbound warhead."
—Lt. Gen. Henry A. Obering III, director of the United States Missile Defense, July 2005
2002 -- Italy: 500,000 people protest war on Iraq in Firenze.
2004 -- Sweden: Stieg Larsson, author & journalist, dies. Editor of the magazine Expo, a member of the Communist Workers' League, & editor of the Trotskyist journal Fjärde internationalen. A leading expert on antidemocratic right-wing extremist & Nazi organizations. He died in 2004, shortly after delivering the manuscripts for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, & The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
2346 -- Outer Space: The Khitomer Massacre — the Romulans slaughter over 4,000 Klingons on an agricultural colony; Worf & Kahlest are the only two survivors.