OCTOBER 25 — MAX STIRNER
Young Hegelian individualist anarchist. “Whoever will be free must make himself free. Freedom is no fairy gift to fall into a man’s lap. What is freedom? To have the will to be responsible for one’s self.”
OCTOBER 25 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Soissons, France: ST. CRISPIN’S DAY cobbler’s procession.
Chadron, Nebraska: UGLY PICKUP truck contest, and UGLY PICKUP QUEEN.
ALSO ON OCTOBER 25 IN HISTORY…
1400 — British poet Geoffrey Chaucer dies, London, England.
1806 — Ego-philosopher Max Stirner born, Bayreuth, Bavaria.
1860 — American Mountain Man Grizzly Adams dies, Charlton, Massachusetts.
1881 — Spanish painter, commie Pablo Picasso born, Málaga, Spain.
1902 — American writer Frank Norris dies, San Francisco, California.
1914 — American poet John Berryman born, McAlester, Oklahoma.
1950 — Tibet invaded by Red China. Dalai Lama flees for India.
1983 — U.S. troops invade Grenada following death of Maurice Bishop.
1984 — Hippie writer Richard Brautigan commits suicide, Bolinas, California.
DECEMBER 30 — VICTOR SERGE
Russian anarchist, anti-Stalinist, literary conspirator.
Farewell to Andrès Nin by Victor Serge
1921, Moscow. The echoes of the cannons of Kronstadt are still in people’s spirits. It’s hard to get used to the first white bread of the NEP. The great wounded Commune seems to be convalescing. On beautiful summer nights we stroll among the bustling crowd of the boulevards. The trees surround us with a shadowy coolness. All is dark, for there are still no streetlights. My companion has come from Barcelona, and before that Cairo. Delegate of the CNT to the Communist International. He is young, slim, with abundant curly hair, laughing eyes circled in gold, a beautifully timbered voice full of laughter and , already, with firmness. Andres Nin explains to me that he is not at all an anarchist, but rigorously syndicalist. Nothing utopian about his ideas, only the wish to conquer and organize production.
DECEMBER 30, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
FESTIVAL OF ENORMOUS CHANGES AT THE LAST MINUTE.
DECEMBER 22 — KENNETH REXROTH
American beat poet, literary essayist, anarchist.
DECEMBER 22, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Hindu world: PONGOL OF THE SUN.
ALSO ON DECEMBER 22 IN HISTORY…
1880 — British novelist George Eliot dies, London, England.
1894 — French court-martial finds Captain Alfred Dreyfus guilty of treason.
1905 — Beat writer and essayist Kenneth Rexroth born, South Bend, Indiana.
1927 — British anarchist painter Fermin Rocker born, London, England.
1985—Minutemen guitarist D. Boon dies, in a van accident near Tucson, AZ.
1989 — Irish playwright, novelist Samuel Beckett dies, Paris, France.
DECEMBER 6 — TAIJI YAMAGA
Japanese anarchist theorist, Esperantist.
DECEMBER 6, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
ST. NICHOLAS’ DAY: Nicholas became a Bishop when quite young. From
this fact arose the old European tradition of Boy Bishops, who reigned
from December 6 to 28, in a cold Burlesque church of officials.
ALSO ON DECEMBER 6 IN HISTORY…
1865 — 13th amendment ratified, abolishing slavery in the United States.
1889 — Great trial of the Chicago Haymarket anarchists begins.
1896 — Songster Ira Gershwin born, New York City.
1933 — U.S. ban on James Joyce’s “pornographic” modern novel Ulysses lifted.
1956 — Fidel Castro’s revolution begins in Cuba.
1961 — Radical Algerian psychiatrist Frantz Fanon dies, Washington, D.C.
1970 — Japanese anarchist, language theorist Taiji Yamaga dies.
DECEMBER 4 — HERBERT READ
Distinguished British anarchist art critic.
DECEMBER 4, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Nuremberg, Germany: KRIS KRINGLES’ FAIR.
ALSO ON DECEMBER 4 IN HISTORY…
1122 — Poet of wine, women and song Omar Khayyam dies.
1866 — Painter Wassily Kandinsky born, Moscow, Russia.
1875 — Poet Rainer Maria Rilke born, Prague, Austria-Hungary.
1893 — British anarchist art critic Herbert Read born, Muscoates Grange, Yorkshire.
1939 — Berkeley Tribe leader Stew Albert born, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.
1969 — Black Panther “Chairman” Fred Hampton murdered by Chicago police.
1975 — Critic of totalitarianism Hannah Arendt dies, New York City.
NOVEMBER 24 — TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
Decadent French society painter, illustrator, anarchist.
NOVEMBER 24 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
FESTIVAL OF SILENCE. THE WORLD IS A PAPER AIRPLANE DAY.
ALSO ON NOVEMBER 24 IN HISTORY…
1632 — Philosopher Baruch Spinoza born, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
1713 — Satirical novelist Laurence Sterne born, Clonmel, Ireland.
1859 — Evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species published.
1864 — Decadent French artist, anarchist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec born, Albi.
1953 — Joe McCarthy declares Truman Administration “crawling with communists.”
1963 — Jack Ruby shoots alleged JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald on live television.
2005 — “Loisaida” squatter, housing justice activist Carmen Rubio dies, New York City.
NOVEMBER 20 — LEO TOLSTOY
Christian anarchist, novelist of epic and historic scale.
NOVEMBER 20, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Mexico: REVOLUTION DAY. WRITING ON THE WALL DAY.
ALSO ON NOVEMBER 20 IN HISTORY…
1752 — British poet, forger, suicide Thomas Chatterton born, Bristol, England.
1816 — Term “scab” born at Albany Typographical Society.
1884 — American socialist leader Norman Thomas born, Marion, Ohio.
1910 — Russian anarchist, novelist Leo Tolstoy dies, Astapovo train station, Russia.
1945 — Nuremberg war crimes trial begins.
1969 — 78 Indians from 20 tribes seize Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.
1975 — Spanish fascist Francisco Franco dies. (And he’s still dead!)
1978 — Surrealist painter, cultural renegade Giorgio de Chirico dies, Rome, Italy.
OCTOBER 26 — NESTOR MAKHNO
Ukrainian anarchist general, fought both Reds and Whites.
OCTOBER 26, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Old Siam: TOP-SPINNING CEREMONY. Brahmins spin three large tops,
each made of nine metals, to divine the events of the coming year.
ALSO ON OCTOBER 26 IN HISTORY…
1764 — Painter, satirist William Hogarth dies, Leicester Fields, London, England.
1806 — “Lord” Timothy Dexter, classic American crackpot, dies.
1881 — Gunfight at the OK Corral, Tombstone, Arizona Territory.
1889 — Anarchist general Nestor Makhno born, Gulyaj-Polye, Ukraine.
1902 — U.S. women’s rights leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton dies, New York City.