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Never seek to tell thy love,
Love that never told can be;
For the gentle wind does move
I told my love, I told my love,
I told her all my heart;
Trembling, cold, in ghastly fears,
Ah ! she did depart!
Soon as she was gone from me,
A traveller came by,
He took her with a sigh.
— Bill Blake
South African poet, educator, anti-apartheid activist..
MAKE YOUR OWN HEAD DAY.
THINK LIKE A PANSY DAY.
1545 -- 3 Typos & You're Out?: Jacob van Liesveld, printer/"heretic" (Refeyen), beheaded.
1582 -- A bond is entered to secure the marriage of William Shakespeare & Anne Hathaway at Stratford-upon-Avon.
1628 -- Printer/writer John Bunyan (The Pilgrim's Progress), lives, Elstow, near Bedford, the son of a tinsmith. See Kenneth Rexroth, Classics Revisited
If we have not quiet in our minds, outward comfort will do no more for us than a golden slipper on a gouty foot.
1757 -- English Romantic poet, visonary radical, mystic, printer, engraver, subversive, proto-anarchist, William Blake lives, London. See Kenneth Rexroth's More Classics Revisited & "Poets Old & New" in Assays.
1785 -- The Marquis de Sade completes The 120 Days of Sodom in the Bastille.
1795 -- US: Peace is bought from Algiers & Tunis by paying $800,000, supplying a frigate, paying an additional yearly ransom of $25,000. Shades of Reaganism — except this one is not illegal.
1820 -- German radical Friedrich Engels, Karl Marx's partner, lives.
1832 -- American Hegelianist Benjamin Paul Blood lives, Amsterdam, New York.
BENJAMIN PAUL BLOOD 1997 PATRON SAINT
Pioneered the study of Hegel while on nitrous oxide.
Hence, in intent, mystical salvation definitely means aristocracy; it is an aristocratic religiosity of redemption And, in the midst of a culture that is rationally organized for a vocational workaday life, there is hardly any room for the cultivation of acosmic brotherliness, unless it is among strata who are economically carefree.
— Max Weber
Italy: Silvia Pisacane lives (1852-1888). Second daughter of the revolutionary Carlo Pisacane, Silvia was involved in the Matese anarchist insurrection in 1877. 1877 Silvia Pisacane interviene presso Nicotera, divenuto Ministro degli Interni, a favore di un gruppo di anarchici del Matese. // 1852.Il 28 novembre nasce la seconda figlia, Silvia.
1859 -- Sooner Than You Think?: Washington Irving dies in Tarrytown, New York. His last words: "When will this end?"
1868 -- Maiju Lassila lives. Finnish author, journalist, revolutionist whose colorful life created a legend around him. Arrested & shot dead on May 5, 1918 while trying to escape imprisonment.
1876 -- In an article for the Atlanta Constitution, Joel Chandler Harris first uses the pseudonym Uncle Remus.
1881 -- Stefan Zweig lives. German poet/translator/biographer, short-story writer/novelist, achieved fame with his interpretations of many imaginary & historical characters.
1891 -- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) founded.
1895 -- US: In the Fast Lane? America's first auto race starts; 6 cars, 55 miles, winner averages 7 MPH.
1904 -- English writer known for witty novels of upper-class life, Nancy Mitford, lives, London. One of her most widely read books is Noblesse Oblige: An Enquiry into the Identifiable Characteristics of the English Aristocracy (1956), demonstrating the distinction between linguistic usage that are U (upper class) & those that are non-U (not upper class).
1905 -- George Bernard Shaw play "Major Barbara" opens in London.
1907 -- Artist Charles Alston lives, Charlotte, North Carolina. African American artist, gets First Award of the Atlanta University Collection's 1942 show for his gouache "Farm Boy".
1907 -- Alberto Moravia lives. Italian journalist, short-story writer, novelist who explored sex, social alienation & other contemporary issues... ... show details
1908 -- French structural anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss lives.
"The world began without man, & it will complete itself without him."
— Claude Levi-Strauss
strong people do not need a government
— Emiliano Zapata
1911 -- México: The anarquista Emiliano Zapata presents his Plan of Ayala.
1913 -- US: Lincoln Beachy flies the first triple loop-the-loop.
1916 -- Min Sheng ("The Voice of the People") ceases publication, with issue number 29.
In this journal & in pamphlets, were reprinted various original articles & translations from Hsin Shih-chio. In this manner, anarchist thought was widely disseminated. The names of Proudhon, Bakunin , Kropotkin, & Malatesta — & some of their theories — were now introduced into the main stream of Chinese "progressivism".
See The Chinese Anarchist Movement, by R. Scalapino & G. T. Yu (1961),
1920 -- Soviet Union: Emma Goldman travels north with Alexander Berkman & another member of the museum expedition to Archangel.
1921 -- Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Bah.
1922 -- Greece: Classics Example?: Six old ministers in Greece executed.
1922 -- US: Capt. Cyril Turner of the Royal Air Force gives the first public skywriting exhibition, spelling out, "Hello U-S-A. Call Vanderbilt 7200" over New York's Times Square. 47,000 called.
1922 -- The only copies of several unpublished Hemingway short stories are stolen.
1924 -- Poet Dennis Brutus lives, Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe).
Known as the "singing voice of the South African Liberation Movement," Dennis Brutus, more than any other single person, was responsible for South Africa’s & Rhodesia’s exclusion from the Olympic Games.
1929 -- Berry Gordy is lives, Detroit, Michigan. Founder of Motown Records, the most successful African-American-owned record company. "Motown Sound" will become synonymous with the 1960's & will launches the careers of Diana Ross & the Supremes, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, the Jackson 5, & many others.
1930 -- France: "l'Age d'or," Buñuel & Dali's second film, premieres. Rightwing nationalists attack the cinema house, cops ban the film.
1930 -- Edgar Rice Burroughs novel Tarzan at the Earth's Core is published.
1942 -- US: Coconut Grove Fire. 498 killed, 172 injured when Boston nightclub goes up in flames after a lighted match is dropped on a gauze-like drapery.
1944 -- US: San Francisco Digger, anarchist, author Emmett Grogan lives.
Emmett Grogan is the author of Ringolevio (current edition by Canongate, introduced by Peter Coyote, a fellow Digger & one of Emmett Grogan’s closest friends), & the novel Final Score).
Grogan sent Tuesday Weld home ...
1944 -- 400 Rotterdammers attack a coal warehouse. In reprisal 40 Dutch men are executed by the Nazis.
1953 -- US: New York City begins 11 days without newspapers when a strike of photoengravers shut down publication. Sales increased for magazines & paperback books.
1956 -- Japan: Sanshirô Ishikawa (1876-1956) dies. Theorist, historian, translator, militant Christian socialist turned anarcho-syndicalist.
1957 -- US: "Look Homeward, Angel" with Anthony Perkins premiers in NYC.
1958 -- US: Critical Art Ensemble member Hope Kurtz lives, Oklahoma City.
HOPE KURTZ, Patron Saint 2005-2010.
Fiesty Critical Art Ensemble member, her death led to a US Patriot Act investigation of current art activism.
1963 -- The first pulsating radio source (pulsar) detected.
1968 -- Jimi Hendrix plays Philharmonic Hall in New York.
1969 -- It passed without notice when it occurred in mid-March [March 16] 1968, at a time when the war news was still dominated by the siege of Khe Sanh. Yet the brief action at My Lai, a hamlet in Viet Cong-infested territory 335 miles northeast of Saigon, may yet have an impact on the war. According to accounts that suddenly appeared on TV & in the world press last week, a cam-company of 60 or 70 US infantrymen had entered My Lai early one morning & destroyed its houses, its livestock & all the inhabitants that they could find in a brutal operation that took less than 20 minutes. When it was over, the Vietnamese dead totaled at least 100 men, women & children, & perhaps many more. Only 25 or so escaped, because they lay hidden under the fallen bodies of relatives & neighbors.
— article in Time, November 28, 1969
Drop the candy in the courtyard,
Let the kiddies gather 'round.
Crank your twenty-millimeter,
Gun the little bastards down.
Come 'round early Sunday morning,
Catch the village unaware.
Drop a bunch of cluster bomblets,
Get 'em while they kneel in prayer.
— from song, "STRAFE THE TOWN & KILL THE PEOPLE"
(Tune: "Wake the Town & Tell the People")
1969 -- Peruvian novelist, poet, & anthropologist José María Arguedas dies. Fearing the 'primitive' ways of the Indians could not survive the onslaught of modern technology & capitalism, he was one of the most important authors to speak to issues of the survival of native cultures.
1970 -- US: The Black Panther-sponsored Revolutionary People's Constitutional Convention assembles in Washington, DC.
(Auntie Dave is there (or was this in 1971?), working for College Press Service/US Student Press Association [USSPA])
1971 -- Eygpt: Wasfi Tal, Jordan's Prime Minister, assassinated in Cairo.
1979 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Washington State Representative Mike Lowry (Democrat) introduces the World War II Japanese-American Human Rights Violations Act (H.R. 5977) into Congress.
1982 -- US: First meeting of Cat Lovers Against the Bomb, Lincoln, Nebraska.
1986 -- Stay of Execution?: Tutu, Big Hebo & other cats living in a concrete pipe at Caledonia Prison (North Carolina) are given conditional approval to stay by prison officials.
1989 -- Czechoslovakia: Government announces it will adopt new constitution & Hungary announces first free election.
1990 -- US: Demonstration in support of CO (conscientious objector) Ronald Jean Baptiste, McGuire airbase, New Jersey.
1993 -- US: Chicago's Shedd Aquarium captures three dolphins near Santa Catalina Island, California. A group of animal-rights activists led by the Malibu-based Whale Rescue Team tried to prevent the capture, using an aircraft to track the boat.
1993 -- France: La Société Octave Mirbeau founded, to contribute to the knowledge of the life, the battles & the works of the great French novelist, journalist & anarchiste militante.
1994 -- US: Contracting out work to cheaper labor pools in the global market & replacing people by machines, telecom giant Bell-Atlantic announces another 5,600 lay-offs.
In Pennsylvania, 1,200 employees respond by coming to work in T-shirts that depict themselves as information superhighway roadkill. When they refuse to change their clothing, management overreacts & suspends them all without pay, thus ensuring the workers' campaign gains national prominence.
Source: 'Calendar Riots'
1997 -- Brasil: Brazilian cop is convicted in the 1993 massacre of 20 slum residents.
1997 -- Perú: Government frees 83 prisoners falsely convicted of terrorism.
1998 -- US: Microradio movement news accounts on the struggle to free the airwaves: "Airwave activists broadcast atop tree" — Mercury News "Unlicensed gospel radio station signs off after court rejects appeal" — Boston Globe
[Source: Pirate Radio Kiosk]
& the Grinch, he went back to his old Grinchy pad.
But en route, he was nabbed by a little Chad lad
Who had stayed up all night (quite ignoring his dad).
He stared at the Grinch & said, "Sir, who's our leader?
"Is it Bush? Is it Gore? Or, my choice, Derek Jeter?"
& the Grinch simply smiled: This day couldn't be sweeter.
2001 -- Vietnam: National Assembly ratifies the trade agreement with the US but warns that interference in its internal affairs could jeopardize implementation of the agreement. The Vietnamese government voiced strong concerns over the US House of Representatives' passage of a Vietnam Human Rights Act which ties future non-humanitarian aid to improvements in Vietnam's human rights record.
2002 -- Israel: Palestinian terrorist gunmen fire on a Likud meeting & a bus station; also today Palestinian terrorists fire missiles at an Israeli jetliner, but miss; still others car-bomb Israeli tourists in Kenya, killing 11.
2008 -- US: Black Friday: As the Christmas
shootingshopping season begins, two are shot at a Toys R Us store in Palm Desert, California, & a Wal-Mart employee is crushed in a stampede after shoppers broke down a front door in Valley Stream, New York.
2010 -- WikiLeaks begins releasing some 12,000 US diplomatic cables from the 251,287 it has got its hands on.
“But what is primarily secret is what is a secret & what isn’t; that is perhaps the actual state secret.”
— Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Politics & Crime
Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, & discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.
— Oscar Wilde
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