Wednesday, August 08, 2012

On This Day in Radical, Anarchist, Literary History

Highlights from The Daily Bleed for August 8th
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"Tierra y Libertad!"
Hero of two Mexican Revolutions.

Ancient Romans celebrate the Eve of the FESTIVAL OF VENUS. The goddess of love & beauty is honored & invoked with prayers, love songs, libations, & passionate night-time lovemaking.

Scotland: BURRYMAN FESTIVAL. A man in tight-knit suit & mask is covered from head to toe with burrs & strolls the streets of Linlithgow, collecting tribute from housewives. No one knows why.

1809 -- Ueda Akinari, dies in Kyoto. Writer & poet best known for tales of the supernatural.

1835 -- Between 10 & 20 people killed in a clash between a Citizen's Militia & rioters protesting the collapse of the Bank of Maryland.
Vera Zazoulitch, anarchist
1849 -- Vera Zasulich lives (1849 [new style]-1919). Russian anarchist, then a Menshevik. Left a family of nobility for revolutionary activities. 
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"As to Vera Zassoulitch, who also was acquitted by the jury, the Government ordered her re-arrest at the very doors of the court, & re-arrested she would have been if her comrades had not rescued her, leaving one dead in the riot which ensued."

— Peter KropotkinIn Russian & French Prisons, chapter two
1879 -- México: Revolutionary hero, anarquista Emiliano Zapata lives! 

1896 -- Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings lives, Washington, DC. Her novel The Yearling wins the Pulitzer Prize in 1938.

1897 -- EG, anarchist feministAnarchist Michele Angiolillo assassinates Antonio Cánovas del Castillo, premier of Spain, who in May had ordered the execution of five anarchists held responsible for a bombing in Barcelona the year before. Quickly tried & executed on the 20th.

1901 -- Author Nina Berberova lives. Russian-born émigré writer, biographer, editor, & translator known for her examination of the plight of exiles.

1910 -- Janko Polic Kamov, Croatian futurist author, dies in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain at the Santa Cruz hospital probably from the plague, as a bohemian & a beggar. Kamov was one of the most controversial writers of his time & one of the most mysterious of Croatian literature.

1912 -- Ross Winn, Texass-born anarchist, dies.
Winn revived the Alarm, founded by Albert Parsons & later published by Dyer D. Lum, after the judicial murders of the Haymarket Anarchists.

He also published a little paper called The Co-operative Commonwealth; then in 1898, The Coming Era; in 1899, Winn's Freelance. In 1901 he founded, Winn's Firebrand, subsequently called The Advanc", & later theRed Phalanx.

Winn was preparing copy on the very last day before his death, for the August issue of his paper.

1915 -- Agnar Mykle lives. Norwegian writer, journalist, radio reporter.
Best known for the sexually naturalistic novel The Song of the Red Ruby (1956), which was banned in many countries. Mykle was brought to trial after its publication, but charges were dropped.
Other writers banned because of sexual explicitness: Henry Miller, D.H. Lawrence, James Joyce, Jean Genet.

1918 -- France: Michel Zevaco (1860-1918) dies, Eaubonne (Seine-et-Oise). Novelist, professor, film director, anticleric, publisher. Zevaco wrote many historical swashbuckling novels which are still being printed & made into films. The philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre called him a great writer who influenced him greatly.
anarchist diamond; anarquista
Michel Zevaco founded the anarchist weekly magazine Gueux. He also wrote for Sébastien Faure's journal,Libertaire, & the anarchiste paper La Renaissance, edited l'Anticlérical, & in 1900 Zevaco's famous cloak & dagger novels Les Pardaillanof, began to be serialized in the daily newspapers to great popular acclaim.

 1922 -- Jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong, part of the great exodus of blacks from the southern to the northern US, leaves New Orleans to play jazz in Chicago with mentor King Oliver.

Lizzie Holmes, American anarchist; source
1926 -- US: Sarah Elizabeth (Lizzie) Holmes (1850-1926) dies, Santa Fe, New Mexico. American anarchist, feminist, & journalist. She & her husband William H. Holmes joined with Albert & Lucy Parsons in publishing The Alarm, inciting women in the labor movement & agitating for the 8-hour work day. A contributor to Benjamin Tucker's periodical Liberty, she also translated & published Sophie Kropotkin, Michael Bakunin, etc.

1930 -- Edmund Wilson advises F. Scott Fitzgerald that "hard as America can be to live in" it is a mistake for American writers to live abroad.

1936 -- Congressman Marion Zioncheck commits suicide, Seattle, Washington. Legendary boozer and forgotten lefty radical. Made headlines mostly for extracurricular antics (driving on the White House lawn) & drunken escapades (including one late-night frolic in a Washington, DC fountain). Zioncheck wrote a farewell note declaring "My only hope in life was to improve the conditions of an unfair economic system." He then leapt from his 5th floor office, his body striking the pavement directly in front of a car occupied by his wife. 

Inspires Zioncheck for President: A True Story of Idealism & Madness in American Politics by Phillip Campbell, a one-time journalist for Seattle's weekly, The Stranger (& also campaign manager for punk rocker, anarchist political activist & part-time poet Grant Cogswell's bid for City Council). 

1937 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministFrance: In Paris, Emma Goldman is troubled by the violent opposition among her closest anarchist comrades to the CNT-FAI's unwillingness to confront the Communists' assault on its opponents on the Left & its undermining of the revolution. She obtains Spanish & French visas which enable her to travel to Spain after all. 

1942 -- India: Indian National Congress passes "Quit India" resolution, leading to mass arrests by British rulers.

1942 -- US: 6 convicted Nazi saboteurs who landed in US are executed, Washington DC.

1946 -- Master Ioseph of Locksley, outlaw historian, Bard, Grump, Collector of Dates, lives.

1947 -- US: Over objections of Tlingit Indians, the government agrees to timber sale from Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska. The Tongass, once a pristine wilderness, is now one of the most denuded regions on the north Pacific coast.

1950 -- US: American Women for Peace demonstrate in Washington, DC for a ban on nuclear weapons.

1953 -- Russia: Announces it has developed a hydrogen bomb.
1961 --  During this month Confidential magazine publishes a ghost-written story by Joan Haverty called "My Ex-Husband Jack Kerouac Is An Ingrate."; meanwhile, Beatster Jack Kerouac returns to Orlando from México City.

1961 -- US: A real Ville-an? Ed Sanders, Fug & poet, editor of of the magazine Fuck You: A Magazine of the Arts, spends a few days (until the 24th) in the Montville State jail in Uncasville, Connecticut, writing POEM FROM JAIL.
And we have
demanded that
they ban the bomb,
mouth of death
convulsing upon the earth,
and the bomb gores
the guts of earth
like a split-nail
in a foot fetish....
— Ed Sanders,
Poem From Jail
(City Lights Books, 1963)

1963 -- Kingsmen release "Louie, Louie," radio stations label it obscene.

1963 -- England: Great Train Robbery in nets œ2.6 million ($7.3 million).

1968 -- US: Nixon's the One. At their Party convention in Miami Beach the Republicans nominate Richard Milhouse Nixon as their presidential candidate. Tomorrow Nixon appoints Spiro Agnew of Maryland as his running mate (a thief, later forced to resign). Nixon was challenged in his campaign by Nelson Rockefeller of New York & Ronald Reagan of California. See 1973 & 1974 below. 

At the same time, not far away in the black neighborhoods of Miami, riots result in four deaths & hundreds of arrests. 
Source: [Chicago '68: A Chronology]

1970 -- Singer Bessie Smith finally gets a marker for her grave in Philadelphia, 33 years after her death. Janis Joplin purchased the marker for the grave, stating that Smith was one of her influences.

1973 -- Vilhelm Moberg (1898-1973) dies, a suicide, in Väddö. Swedish novelist/dramatist, best known for his four volume story of the Swedish immigration to America in the 1850s (known as The Emigrants Series). Quite vocal in his opposition against the lack of Swedish resistance towards Nazi Germany & one of the most active & famous anti-totalitarians.

1973 -- US: Nattering Nabob? Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Especially "Vice" President Spiro T. Agnew brands as "damned lies" reports he took kickbacks from government contracts in Maryland. A not so "effete" lying crook, he furthermore vowed not to resign just before resigning.
"The United States for all its faults, is still the greatest nation in the country."
1974 -- US: Inspired by his former sidekick, Spiro, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Dick M Nixon, no longer claiming he is not a crook, announces he will resign. Said "I'm not a quitter!" Then he quit. Also claimed during the Vietnam War to be a pacifist. Not too confused.

1975 -- Julian "Cannonball" Adderly sax player, dies of a stroke.

1976 -- France: Farmers block nuclear equipment en route to Malville.

1979 -- Novelist Nicholas Monsarrat, dies, London. His best work, The Cruel Sea, is a vivid picture of life aboard a small ship in wartime. Draws upon his service in the Royal Navy from 1940 to 1946. 

1990 -- US: Karen & Bill Bell join national campaign of the Feminist Majority against parental-consent requirements for abortion. Their daughter, Becky, died September 16, 1988, from a massive infection due to a botched, illegal abortion. 

First known teenage victim of parental-consent laws, she didn't want to disappoint her parents, & knew Indiana judges would refuse permission under the state's parental-consent law.

1994 -- US: Can't Refuse?: Cesar Chavez is posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, becoming the first Mexican-American ever to receive the honor. 

1994 -- First border crossing opened between Israel & Jordan.

1995 -- Turkey: 700,000 public workers stage a one day sit-in General Strike, demanding greater pay increases. Union leaders suggest the lavish salaries paid government officials is an appropriate benchmark for pay hikes necessary to catch up with galloping inflation rates.

1996 -- Author & petty thief Herbert Huncke (1915-1996) dies, NY City.
In his autobiographical JunkyWilliam S. Burroughs describes Herbert:

Waves of hostility & suspicion flowed out from his large brown eyes like some sort of television broadcast. The effect was almost like a physical impact. The man was small & very thin, his neck loose in the collar of his shirt. His complexion faded from brown to a mottled yellow, & pancake make-up had been heavily applied in an attempt to conceal a skin eruption. His mouth was drawn down at the corners in a grimace of petulant annoyance.

This was Herbert Huncke, drifter & small-time thief. Kerouac wrote adoringly of him in On The Road, & Allen Ginsberg shared his apartment with him, even though he realized Huncke & his junkie friends were storing stolen goods there.

1997 -- US: Eight arrested at NASA headquarters in Washington, DC, during a protest of the scheduled launch of the nuclear-payload space probe Cassini.

1997 -- US: Hamilton, Ohio residents demonstrate after a black youth, Russell Rogers, dies from an alleged police beating.

1998 -- England: Animal Liberation Front (ALF) frees 6,000 minks.

1999 -- Evelyn Shrifte dies, age 98. One of the first women to head a book company, president of Vanguard Press.

1999 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Bill Clinton offers clemency to 16 Puerto Rican independence activists.

2001 -- Bangladesh: 23 garment workers killed & over 100 others injured in a false fire alarm. The gates were locked in the seven-story building located in the Mirpur area of Dhaka. 

2006 --Siberian Igor Podshivalov, dies at 44, in Shelekhov, after a car accident on the 4th. Confederation of Anarcho-Syndicalists (KAS) founder, anti-nuclear activist, journalist. In a tragic coincidence, another anarchist activist named Nastya dies in Irkutsk on the 4th of August after she is hit by a train. Bass player in a hardcore-punk band, Nastya participated in a local Food Not Bombs group & antifascist activities. 

Beijing Olympics logo behind barb wire
2008 -- China: Beijing Olympics. Censored. 

Little star in the night
that rides the sky like a witch
where is our chief Zapata
who was the scourge of the rich?

Little flower of the fields
and valleys of Morelos,
if they ask for Zapata,
say he's gone to try on halos.

Little bubbling brook,
what did that carnation say to you?
It says our chief didn't die,
that Zapata's on his way to you.

— corrido mexicano

Zapata viva en Chiapas

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