April 5 is the 5th day in April.
1208 — Quetzalcoatl, Toltec king, priest, astronomer &
culture-hero, dies; he reduced Mayan calendar & appendices
to a system of signs & ideographs which fitted all languages
1531 — Richard Roose boiled to
death for trying to poison an archbishop.
1837 — Algernon Swinburne lives.
1839 — Constant Martin. Teacher, Communard, First
Internationalist, Blanquist, anarchist.
1877 — Italy: Debut of the anarchist "Gang of Matese".
Carlo Cafiero, Errico Malatesta, & Pietro Cesaré Ceccarelli
are among the 26 gangsters in the town of Letino where a social
revolution & libertarian communism aredeclared three days hence.
1887 — United States of America: Anne Sullivan teaches the word "water" to Helen Keller.
1895 — England: Anarchist Oscar Wilde is
arrested for homosexuality.
1910 — France: Kissing is banned on French railways
for causing too many delays.
1920 — Ireland: 120 police stations & 22 tax
offices are torched to commemorate the insurrectionists
of the Easter Rising.
1926 — H.L. Mencken arrested in front of
hundreds of cheering spectators in Boston, for selling
1930 — Antoine Cyvoct dies. Lyons anarchist militant.
Cyvoct then worked in the bookstore business, & gave talks
in on living conditions in the prisons.
1944 — United States of America: Dances by Merce Cunningham & John Cage,
"Spontaneous Earth" & "Triple Paced," premier in New York City.
1952 — Howard Hughes temporarily closes
down MGM studios. His explanation: The authors of all 11
stories currently shooting are suspected Commie sympathizers.
1959 — Cuba: Censorship of the media, prohibition of
strikes & other anti-labor & anti-anarchist activities
in Castro’s regime.
1967 — United States of America: The Food’s Good, But Don’t Drink the Punch?
1969 — Vatican: Pope Paul VI abolishes the galero (red hat)
& red shoes of cardinals.
1976 — China: Tien an men Square incident, popular
demonstration of criticism of the Chinese regime in power
in defiance of banning such criticism.
1976 — Howard Hughes dies. Despite living in
plastic bags for over 30 years, the germs finally get him.
1978 — United States of America: Marcelo Salinas dies, Miami, Florida. Anarchist,
author, forced to flee Castro’s Cuban Socialist Paradise.
See 1959 above.
1981 — Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Ronnie Reagan is
declared a Public Moron, Berkeley, California. why only Berkely is
1983 — El Salvador: Two members of a christian community in
San Ramon are abducted, tortured & shot by the national police.
In September, death squads (Ronald Reagan loves these guys)
bomb the Jesuit residence in San Salvador.
1994 — Nirvana lead singer & defacto head of the grunge
generation, Kurt Cobain commits suicide, Seattle.
1997 — The climatic conclusion of a generation as Beat poet
Allen Ginsberg ("Howl") ceases to Howl.
2006 — Allan Kaprow unhappens. Pioneer in
establishing the concepts of performance art & "Happenings"
Fluxus, Performance art, & Installation art was influenced
by his work.
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