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CHAN K'IN VIEJO
Last of the Lacandón Mayan t'o'ohil, spiritual leaders.
Oaxa, Mexico: FEAST OF THE RADISHES.Aztec, QUIAHUITL DAY. The protector of day Quiahuitl (Rain) is Tonatiuh. Quiahuitlis a day of relying on the unpredictable fortunes of fate. It is a good day for traveling & learning, a bad day for business & planning.
1597 -- German poet/literary theorist Martin Opitz lives. Remembered for reforming German poetry.
1617 -- Penal Envy?: First penal colony in North America established in Virginia. Sorry, Bill, that is p-e-n-a-l, not p-e-n-i-s.
'The soul is the prison of the body'
— Michel Foucault, Discipline & Punish
1761 -- ‘Pickle the Spy’ — Alestair Macdonnell, Scottish Jacobite — dies, pickled in his own juices.
1804 -- Charles Sailate-Beuve, critic/poet, lives, Boulogne.
1812 -- Help Wanted?: Samuel Smiles lives. Scottish author best known for his didactic work Self-Help, with Illustrations of Character & Conduct. The book is widely translated; one of the first nonliterary books to be translated into Japanese after the Meiji Restoration, a bible for young Japanese men eager to emulate Western ways.
1860 -- Harriet Monroe, founder/longtime editor of Poetry magazine, lives, Chicago, Illinois.
1870 -- "Downtown" John Marin lives. Stableman in Alfred Stieglitz's "stable," second only to Georgia O'Keeffe.
1880 -- US: Malheur Agency in South Oregon is closed, with all Indians successfully removed from region.
1888 -- Vincent Van Gogh cuts off his ear. Lost one of his earphones, so he didn't need it anymore.
1890 -- Spain: Salvador Segui Rubinat lives.
Segui, "El noi del sucre," was an anarcho-syndicalist in the very active & popular CNT in Catalonia. He was assassinated in 1923 along with another trade unionist, Francesc Comes (murders financed by the governor of Catalonia). Fundacion Salvador Segui now exist in Barcelona, Valencia & Madrid.
1896 -- Sicilian Prince Giuseppe di Lampedusa, chronicler of the breakdown of the old order in The Leopard, lives, Palermo.
1899 -- France: Louise Michel
Fin 1899: Elle s'installe à nouveau à Paris et y donne une série de conférences.23 décembre 1899: Louise Michel repart pour Londres.
[Source: Michel Chronologie]
1900 -- US: Today Emma Goldman speaks to the Italian group of New London, Connecticut.
|"...one way all men are born equal is in being born at least a little bit crazy, some being born more equal than others."|
Norman Maclean (1902-1990) lives, Clarinda, Iowa. Firefighter, fly-fisher, scholar, storyteller. Author of A River Runs Through It.
|Eventually, all things merge into one, & a river|
runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great
flood & runs over rocks from the basement of time.
On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under
the rocks are the words, & some of the words are
I am haunted by waters.
1908 -- US: Associate Justice Daniel Wright of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia finds labor honchos Samuel Gompers, Frank Morrison, & John Mitchell in contempt of court for violating the injunction in the Buck's Stove & Range case.
1908 -- Italy: Fortunato Serantoni dies in Florence. Internationalist & anarchist militant propagandist.
Graphic, courtesy: Ephéméride Anarchiste
1912 -- The Nouvelle Revue Francaise rejects a portion of Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past: "I felt I had come into my own but my own received me not."
1913 -- US: Federal Reserve System is authorized in a major reform of US banking & finance.
1918 -- US: Randolph Bourne (1886-1918) dies. American literary radical, anarchist.
It is in literature itself that Randolph Bourne appears most unforgettably, in a haunting stanza from 1919 (1932), centerpiece of the U.S.A. trilogy by John Dos Passos:
This little sparrowlike man,
tiny twisted bit of flesh in a black cape,always in pain & ailing,put a pebble in his sling,& hit Goliath squarely in the forehead with it.. . . If any man has a ghost,Bourne has a ghost,a tiny twisted unscared ghost in a black cloakhopping along the grimy old brick & brownstone streetsstill left in downtown New York,crying out in a shrill soundless giggle:
War is the health of the State.
1923 -- Novelist Calder Willingham (End as a Man) lives, Atlanta, Georgia.
1925 --During this month the Official Bulletin of the Sacco-Vanzetti Defense Committee begins publishing.
1926 -- American poet Robert Bly begins beating the drums of life.
1930 -- US: Run on New York's Chelsea Bank forces it to close. Reopens as a famous hotel, right?
1936 -- England: Emma Goldman arrives in London & finds the propaganda bureau of the Generalitat in a shambles.
Earlier in the month, while in Barcelona, Emma was named official representative in London of the CNT-FAI & of the Generalitat of Catalonia. Vernon Richards's twice-monthlySpain & the World appears to be her most reliable vehicle for communicating about the conditions & aspirations of the Spanish anarchists.
1938 -- Spain: Franco's fascist forces launch an offensive in Catalonia.
1944 -- US: Architect to the poor Samuel "Sambo" Mockbee lives (1944-2001), Meridian, Mississippi. Educated young designers about the social responsibilities of architecture. Posthumously awarded the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) Gold Medal.
Selfless, inspired architect to the "Other America."
1946 -- US: University of Tennessee refuses to play Duquesne University, because they may use a black player in the basketball game.
1947 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Truman pardons 1,523 of the 15,805 World War II draft resistors.
1947 -- Transistor invented by Bardeen, Brattain & Shockley in Bell Labs. Tomorrow, MPG3 & iPod...
1948 -- Japan: Tojo hanged as a war criminal along with a few others.
1950 -- Downhill Racing?: US signs an agreement with France, Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia to provide military assistance in Indochina.
1952 -- Russia: Vasily Eroshenko (1890-1952) dies. A blind Russian anarchist, novelist, translator, & an important activist in theEsperanto Movement, he lived much of his life in Asia.
1953 -- North Korea: 21 American POWs refuse to come home.
1954 -- England: Bertrand Russell broadcasts on "Man's Peril" — the H-bomb.
"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important."
— Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
1955 -- Keyboardist Bruce Hornsby lives.
1961 -- US: The Saturday Evening Post publishes an article, "Youth — The Good Generation" (in response to an article in Look magazine?). Little did they know...
1965 -- Slash lives.
1966 -- Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Catholic Cardinal Spellman arrives in Vietnam for a five-day Christmas visit, stating US troops were there for the "defense, protection, & salvation not only of our country, but...of civilization itself." Who says there is no shame?
1966 -- Austrian novelist Heimito von Doderer dies. Noted for his 1956 study of the society & mood of Vienna in 1926 inDie Damonen.
1968 -- Outer Space: First US case of space motion sickness. Borman, Lovell & Anders become first men to orbit the Moon, unphased, in the first manned test flight of the Saturn/Apollo vehicle.
1972 -- US: About 350 anti-war protesters march through stores in the downtown Seattle, Washington shopping district.
1972 -- Australian Labour Party elected government, defeating the 23-year-old Liberal-Country Party Coalition.
1972 -- The Real Dirt?: Charles Atlas, body builder, dies at 79. In a rather bizarre ceremony, he was buried by 90 pound weaklings who added insult to
injuryburial, kicking sand in his face.
1972 -- 16 plane crash survivors rescued after 70 days, surviving by cannibalism. Rescuers were horrified by their macabre twist to the old line about "a good piece of ass."
1975 -- US: The Passamaquoddy & Penobscot tribes of Maine win a court decision upholding principle that the US has an obligation to protect the land rights of all tribes, whether recognized by the federal government or not.
1987 -- US: Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, serving a life sentence for attempted assassination of Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Geraldo Ford, escapes from Alderson Prison. Claimed her jury was jerry-rigged.
1988 -- Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader acting President Ronnie Reagan — whose tenure oddly coincides with a huge increase in the homeless population — uses his last interview to again claim many of the unfortunates are homeless by "their own choice," as must be many of the jobless, since Sunday papers are full of want ads. (Asked how an actor could handle the Presidency, Reagan says he wondered "how you could do this job & not be an actor.")
1991 -- Yugoslavia: Prayers for peace in all churches, but a planned interfaith peace rally is banned by Yugoslavian authorities.
1992 -- France: The Journal Officiel publishes the abrogation of the "Exceptional Laws" (lois scélérates).
1996 -- México: Mayan shaman, Lacandónista Chan k'in Viejo dies, age 104, Chiapas. Old Son of the Sun.Chan K'in Viejo, 1980 (Quicktime, 18 mb) http://www.gomaya.com/glyph/archives/Chan_Kin_small.mov
See also the film Chan K’in Viejo: The Last of the Mayans
2006 --Spain: Protest. Sentència escandalosa del judici als feixistes que van matar en Roger ... El judici als dos nazis que varen matar al jove veí de Gràcia Roger Albert.
2012 -- Great benchmark in Mayan calendar: "The Long Count cycle will return to the symmetry of the beginning."
"Whenever people agree with me, I always feel I must be wrong."
— Oscar Wilde
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