1.05.2017 Day in History

christmas holiday angelFor those who are believers in such things, today is the Twelfth Day of Christmas, and, in the United States, it is National Bird Day; when Edward, England’s last Wessex King, died childless nine hundred fifty years ago, a succession crisis ensued which contributed to the Norman Conquest of the country later in the same year, 1066; five hundred seventeen years before the here and now, Ludovico Sforza for the third time took command in Milan, where he for decades had supported such artists as Leonardo da Vinci and generally improved infrastructure and military capacity; twenty-seven years to the day after that, in 1527, Anabaptist leader Felix Manz died by drowning at the order of the Catholic leaders of Zurich, where his congregation was at the time;  the House of Representatives one hundred seventy years back, ended its agreement to share the Oregon Territory with Great Britain, and a male child was born who would mature as the philosopher and storyteller and Nobel Literary Laureate, Rudolph Christoph Euchen; twenty-three years afterward, in 1869, a convention of Black workers in the District of Columbia formed the National Black Labor Union; just beyond a quarter century subsequently, in 1895, a French court in a flawed and corrupted trial sentenced Alfred Dreyfus to life imprisonment for treason; three hundred sixty-six days afterward precisely, in 1896, reports began to circulate that William Rontgen demonstrated the existence of a form of radiant

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energy that later became known as X-Rays; John Redmond four years later, in 1900, a leader of Free Irish forces called for an armed revolt against British rule; another four years onward, in 1904, a baby girl entered our midst who would rise as the acclaimed ‘psychic,’ Jeanne Dixon; eight years hence, in 1912, the Bolsheviks split from the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party at the Prague Party Conference; Ford Motor Company, two years later exactly, in 1914, instituted an eight hour day and a living wage of $5/shift; three years closer to today, in 1917, Maeve Brennan, Irish-born short story writer and journalist, is born; two years henceforth, in 1919, Adolf Hitler and others founded the German Workers Party, which later became the National Socialists, or Nazis; seven years after that, in 1926, Wyoming’s Nellie Ross became America’s first woman State Chief Executive; five years past that conjunction, in 1931, a baby boy danced into the world who would later found the Alvin Ailey troupe; a year afterward to the day, in 1932, the infant male came onto the scene who would grow up to become renowned writer and thinker Umberto Eco; eight additional years closer to the present pass, in 1940, the Federal Communications Commission first demonstrated Frequency Modulation, or FM, radio; two years farther along time’s path, in 1942, a male baby opened his eyes whose destiny was to speak and think as Charlie Rose; another seven hundred thirty days down the road, in 1944, England’s Daily Mail became the first transoceanic newspaper; exactly a year subsequent to that moment in time, in USSR_Emblem_1936 russia soviet1945, the Soviet Union recognized Poland’s Communist government as legitimate; a baby girl was born another year onward, in 1946, who would become screenwriter, actress, and filmmaker Diane Keaton; Harry Truman three years thereafter, in 1949, inaugurated the Fair Deal; two years yet later still, in 1951, prominent and yet partially banned Soviet writer Andrei Platonov died, whose works had in many ways forecast existentialism; six years in the future from there and then, in 1957, Dwight Eisenhower delivered a speech to Congress which announced a doctrine of military support and intervention against Communism in the so-called Middle East; eleven years past that point, in 1968, reformers came to power in Czechoslovakia’s Prague Spring;one more years onward toward the current moment, in 1969, a baby boy uttered his first cry en route to fame and fortune

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and provocative impact as rocker Marilyn Manson; the physicist of the current context, Max Born, just a year beyond that juncture, in 1970, lived out his final day on Earth, and the son of union leader Jock Yablonski discovered the bodies of his father, mother, and sister, whom assassins had murdered five days before at the behest of union leader Tony Boyle; Richard Nixon forty-five years back declared that the U.S. would pursue a Space Shuttle program that would allow for recoverable orbiting vehicles; twenty-six years ahead of today, newly freed Georgia invaded South Ossetia, starting a war with Russia which it could not win; seven years still later on, in 1998, the lyricist and crooner and entertainer Sonny Bono breathed his last.