almost so random they are meaningless
like a diamond has
at the center of it a diamond
rock. . .
— Jack Spicer, from Billy the Kid
Poet & posterist of Bolshevik Revolution & theoretician of
Betrayed by Stalinist purges, a suicide.
Pamplona, Spain: FIESTA OF SAN FERMIN &
the RUNNING OF THE BULLS.
1768 -- The firm of Johann Buddenbrook is founded,
in Thomas Mann's novel.
1846 -- US: Peace-loving America steals land from Mexico, annexes
California. Meanwhile quick-reacting México declares war on the
United States, eight weeks after US declares war on Mexico.
1852 -- Russia: Vera Figner lives, Kazan [June 25, Old Style].
Anarchist who plotted to explode the Tsar.
1886 -- George Clunies Ross is given a grant of the Cocos Islands in
perpetuity. This is where the cereal CoCo Puffs
are grown & harvested.
1893 -- Vladimir Mayakovsky lives (old style; July 19 New style),
Georgia, Russia. Leading poet of Russian Revolution of 1917 & early
Soviet period, one of the founders of Russian Futurism movement.
Of grandfatherly gentleness I'm devoid,
There's not a single grey hair in my soul!
Thundering the world with the might of my voice,
I go by-handsome,
— Vladimir Mayakovsky,
"Cloud in Trousers," 1915
1896 -- The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde:
In Memoriam C.T.W.
Sometime Trooper of
The Royal Horse Guards.
Obit H.M. Prison, Reading, Berkshire,
July 7th, 1896
Yet each man kills the thing he loves
By each let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
Some with a flattering word,
The coward does it with a kiss,
The brave man with a sword!
1903 -- US: "March of the Mill Children" begins.
1907 -- Robert A. Heinlein lives (1907-1988). Prolific American
writer, grand master of science fiction. His first stories
appeared in action-adventure pulp magazine "Astounding Science
Fiction" in 1939.
"There is Lovecraft...[Heinlein, Ayn Rand, Tolkien]... who
constantly sing the praises of bourgeois virtues & whose
villains are thinly disguised working class agitators — fear
of the Mob permeates their rural romances.
To all these & more the working class is a mindless beast
which must be controlled or it will savage the world (i.e.
— Michael Moorcock, "Starship Stormtroopers,"
an essay on SciFi Fascists,
1919 -- US: Radical lawyer William Kunstler lives (1919-1995).
Daily Bleed Saint, 2004-5
Radical lawyer, defended
the Chicago 7, Martin Luther
King Jr., others.
1923 -- France: The Paris dental museum of M. Wangram is bombed
by neo-nihilists. ("Once bitten, always fearful.")
[Thar goes me hopes for a new set of store-boughts! — ed.]
1930 -- Serial Killer? Author Arthur Conan Doyle dies, taking
Sherlock Holmes & his faithful companion Watson with him.
1947 -- US: Army Air Force allegedly picks up a crashed flying
saucer, NM. Damn litterbugs everywhere.
1966 -- Vietnam: Captured US pilots confess their war crimes over
Radio Hanoi (-July 9). All lies of course...Americans — especially
pilots — don't commit war crimes.
1966 -- US: Governor's vote support of LBJ's Vietnam War 49-1;
Mark Hatfield (R-Oregon) casts the only no vote.
1968 -- US: Abbie Hoffman's "The Yippies are Going to Chicago" is
published in "The Realist."
1976 -- US: An FBI informer breaks into the Socialist Workers Party
(SWP) Denver office & steals boxes of documents.
1982 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Senator Robert Dornan
says rock albums have satanic messages when played backwards
(specifically, the Beatles, the Stones, Kiss & Led Zeppelin).
For once a rightwing yo-yo gets it right.
1983 -- Poland: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Polish Jokester
"We are not prepared to deal with anarchists
1987 -- US: A Delta jet scheduled to land in Lexington, Kentucky,
instead comes down 19 miles away in Frankfort. Says an FAA spokesman,
"The pilot stated he was on the ground, but he didn't know where."
1993 -- US: 27 year-old singer Mia Zapata, of the Seattle band The Gits,
is strangled. Less than two hours before her body was found, she had
spent an evening in her local pub, The Comet Tavern (where BleedMeister
once worked), with many friends.
1994 -- NY Greenwich Village night spot the Village Gate closes
after 36 years.
2001 -- Songster Fred Neil, always the recluse, quits talking (1937-2001).
American folk musician & writer best known for his "Everybody's Talkin,"
"The Dolphins," "The Other Side of This Life," "Candy Man," "Crying," etc.
Neil founded the Dolphin Project with marine biologist Richard O'Berry
Everybody's talkin' at me,
I don't hear a word they're sayin'
I'm goin' where the sun keeps shinin'
Through the pourin' rain...
— Auntie Pourin' Rain, 2010