ALSO ON OCTOBER 24 IN HISTORY…
1644 — American colonial reformer William Penn born, London, England.
1868 — Feminist explorer Alexandra David-Neel born, Paris, France.
1911 — Death of lighthouse keeper, feminist Ida B. Lewis, Limerick, Rhode Island.
1926 —Spanish surrealist screenwriter Rafael Azona Fernández born, Logroño.
1940 — So-called 40-hour work-week established in U.S. — Hah!
1955 — Eighteen-day bout of “smog” claims Los Angeles, California.
Above: Alexandra David-Neel in typical Tibetan traveling clothes, 1927.
NOVEMBER 18 — MAN RAY
Surrealist photographer, radical social critic.
NOVEMBER 18, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
NED LUDD MEMORIAL MACHINE-SMASHING FESTIVAL.
ALSO ON NOVEMBER 18 IN HISTORY…
1789 — Photography pioneer Louis Daguerre born, Cormeilles-en-Parisis, France.
1820 — Nathaniel Palmer discovers Antarctica.
1928 —Mickey Mouse born, Walt Disney Studios, Los Angeles, California.
1952 — French writer Paul Eluard dies, Paris, France.
1975 — Eldridge Cleaver, seven years in exile, returns to U.S. to face charges.
1976 — Surrealist photographer Man Ray dies, Paris, France.
1978 — Jonestown, Guyana: 913 party-goers; Kool-Aid shots main attraction.
1983 — Magic realist painter Ivan Albright dies, Woodstock, Vermont.
SEPTEMBER 14 —YI SANG
Vanguard Korean surrealist poet, street rebel.
POEM NO. XI
That porcelain cup resembles my skull. I am holding the cup tight with my hand when out of my arm another absurd arm sprouts like a grafted branch and the hand pending from that arm grabs the cup in a flash and hurls it over my shoulder to the floor. Since my arm is defending the cup to the death, the shattered pieces of course are my skull which resembles the porcelain cup. If my arm had budged before the branching arm crept like a snake back into it the white paper holding back the flood water would have torn. But just as before my arm defends the porcelain cup to the death.
SEPTEMBER 14, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
GRECIAN NEW YEAR, 2310. BYZANTINE NEW YEAR, 7507.
Kisar Island, Indonesia: FEAST OF URU-WADU, the Primal Couple.
ALSO ON SEPTEMBER 14 IN HISTORY…
1321 — Italian vernacular poet Dante Alighieri dies, Ravenna.
1883 — Reproductive rights activist Margaret Sanger born, Corning, New York.
1910 — Korean surrealist poet and social rebel Yi Sang born, Seoul, Korea.
1927 — Isadora Duncan strangled by scarf caught in sports car, Nice, France.
1930 — Over 100 Mexican and Filipino farm workers arrested
for union activities, Imperial Valley, California.
1966 — French surrealist André Breton dies, Paris, France.
1978 — Pope John Paul I dies suspiciously after only 34 days in office.