Extolling an archaic tactic to defeat in battle; frustrate the plans of, and put into a state of perplexity and embarrassment all enemies on the field with Reason and Enlightenment.
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MANSOOR HEKMAT Iranian Marxist humanist, council communist.
Berga, Spain: FIESTA. "Turks" on hobby horses stage dance-battle, joined by bizarre devils exploding fireworks, who are then disposed of by Archangel Michael & huge, giraffe-necked mules, eagles, dancing giants & dwarfs.
Queens: FESTIVAL OF THE STICKY PENIS.
1568 -- Netherlands: Leaders of the Flemish opposition to the Spanish Inquisition are condemned to death at Bruxelles, prompting a revolt.
1850 - Self-deodorizing fertilizer patented in England. Now if we could just get the doggies to eat the stuff.
1861 -- Russia: During this month Bakunin escapes from Siberia.
He lit a fire & it still burns Mikhail wanted nothing more than liberty
He denounced the church the state & monarchy
[...] Consumed with hatred for authority Enemy of the state, protector of humanity...
— Excerpt from "Bakunin" from the album Nothing New For Trash Like You by the band Against All Authority
1864 - US: BeSot & BeWildered?: Beloved & Respected Comrade Failure General Ulysses S. Grant's military tactics during his first month in command of the Union Armies result in the deaths of 60,000 Union soldiers — more Americans than killed in the entire Vietnam War.
1917 - On an order from Washington, New York postal authorities hold up the June issue of Emma Goldman's magazine, "Mother Earth". Free speech. Yup.
1922 - Aleister Crowley begins dictating his novel The Diary of a Drug Fiend.
1932 -- Chile: Politicians & military fulfill their tragic role, with a coup d'etat. They install Marmaduke Grove who declares a "socialist republic," but the workers & labor unions have no avenue for participation. On the 16th the military brings the 12-day-old "republic" to an end.
"The only power in Chile capable of giving justice to the people is not government A or government B.
It is the organized people themselves."
— Chilean worker in an occupied factory
1937 -- Real Life File?: First grocery carts introduced — Live, Buy, Consume, Die & do wheelies at the same time!
1937 -- Pablo Picasso completes his mural "Guernica".
1937 – England: Emma Goldman & Fenner Brockway (a former pacifist & CO) speak on "Conditions in Spain" in London.
I woke up to the factory sirens. & it was as if the whole of Barcelona was pulsing to a single heartbeat, the sort of thing that only happens maybe once in a century… &, if I may say so, it has left its mark on my life & I can still feel that emotion.
1940 - Carson McCullers, 23, publishes The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter to great critical acclaim. "I have more to say than Hemingway, & God knows, I say it better than Faulkner."
1951 -- Iran: Mansoor Hekmat lives (d. 2002). Iranian Marxist theorist & leader of the worker-communist movement. He opposed the Shah and, after the Islamic Revolution of 1979, led the Worker- Communist Party of Iran (WPI), which is opposed to the Islamic Republic of Iran.
1966 - James Meredith, first black student at the University of Mississippi, is shot & wounded by a sniper while working on a voter registration drive, in a lone 220-mile "march against fear". Civil rights leaders rally to the cause & came to continue the march from the point at which Meredith fell. He recovers & later completes the march on June 7.
1972 - Try This At Home?: The International Budo Association demolishes an entire house using only bare hands & feet.
1987 - New Zealand passes legislation declaring itself nuclear-free; U.S. government throws fits, leading to the breakup of the ANZUS defense alliance.