Of the young year's disclosing days this one day—
The first of February & a Sunday—
I clasp in mind, & set down for a safe keeping...
— Sylvia Townsend Warner,
"Of the young year's disclosing days"
Daily Bleed web page in full color,
A few modest excerpts:
FEBRUARY 1 -- LANGSTON HUGHES
Fine African American writer & political commentator
US: BLACK HISTORY MONTH
US: NATIONAL BAKED ALASKA DAY
& don't forget, this is:
RETURN SHOPPING CARTS TO THE SUPERMARKET MONTH
& the SECOND MONDAY of the month is:
CLEAN OUT YOUR COMPUTER DAY
(Big bucket of water & a mop should do the trick!)
1814 -- Lord Byron's "The Corsair," a poem in heroic couplets,
sells 10,000 copies on this day of publication.
1843 -- Australia: Riots break out in the Parramatta Female
Factory, NSW; 80 workers arrested after the military is called in.
1844 -- During this month the Noble Anarchist, Michael Bakunin,
summoned by the Tsar to return to Russia, splits to Paris instead.
1851 -- Novelist & anarchist Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
(nee Godwin) dies.
1860 -- France: Michel Zevaco lives (1860-1918). Novelist,
professor, film director, anticleric, publisher, anarchist.
1900 -- Artist Pablo Picasso's first exhibition opens,
at El Quatre Gats, Barcelona.
1902 -- Poet/author Langston Hughes ("I, Too, Sing America")
lives (1902-1967), Joplin, Missouri. Part of the Harlem
Renaissance, known as "the poet laureate of Harlem."
1912 -- US: IWW San Diego, California free-speech fight begins.
1912 -- US: During this month Emma Goldman debates
socialist Sol Fieldman twice in New York on "Direct
versus Political Action." Bill Haywood & Elizabeth Gurley
Flynn take collections for the striking textile workers. Also
her publication "Mother Earth" alerts its readers to a major
free-speech fight in San Diego.
1931 -- Severino Di Giovanni dies in a shoot-out with the police.
1935 -- James T. Farrell finishes his Studs Lonigan
trilogy (Judgment Day).
1944 -- Netherlands: Germans arrest M.C. Escher's
teacher, S. Jessurun de Mesquita. He is never seen again.
1952 -- During this month author Jack Kerouac has
his first psychedelic experience when the anarchist/surrealist
poet Philip Lamantia gives him peyote.
1964 -- US: CIA intelligence & terrorism plan Oplan 34A
against N. Vietnam begins.
1970 -- Germany: West German news magazine "Stern" reveals
that US has targeted 1,000 civilian locations in the Middle East
in the event of a nuclear war.
1974 -- German novelist, dramatist, & good pal
of Bertolt Brecht, Marieluise Fleisser dies.
A few people have a bed for the night
For a night the wind is kept from them
The snow meant for them falls on the roadway
But it won't change the world
It won't improve relations among men
It will not shorten the age of exploitation.
— Bertolt Brecht
A Bed for the Night
1992 -- US: Government begins shipping 10,000 refugees
back to Haiti from Guantanamo Bay. (Give me your tired, your
poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free...)
"The truth is rarely pure & never simple.
Modern life would be very tedious if it were
either, & modern literature a complete
— anti-copyWrite & all that jazz, 2009