1.10.2017 Day in History

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Two thousand fifty-six years ago, in an act that imperial demagogues have echoed multiple times over the millennia since, Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon and signaled the end of the meager democracy of ‘republican’ Rome, in so doing, providing a metaphor for the ages; fifty-eight years on the road to here and now, in 9 CE, a similar and yet also markedly different imperial conflict unfolded as the transition to the Xin Dynasty unfolded with the popular claim of erstwhile rulers that the ‘mandates of Heaven’ favored their imprimatur; four hundred forty-two years in advance of today, Moldavian fighters helped to forestall early Ottoman attempts at extending Turkish rule into Europe with the defeat at Vaslui; two hundred fifty-three years back, the founder of one of edwardcave-spread media magazine newspaperEurope’s first ‘gentleman’s’ publications, Edward Cave, composed his final article; twenty-two years hence, in 1776, or perhaps a day less than that passage of time, the estimable Thomas Paine first published his popular pamphlet Common Sense; a decade and a half past that optimistic juncture, in 1791, a more realistic expression of young American democracy transpired with the initiation of the Siege of Dunlap’s Station, an important conflict in the US’ s crushing of Native American rights and communities in order to extend settlement to Ohio and adjacent territories; an additional fifteen years forward in space and time, in 1806, roughly seven thousand miles or so to the Southeast, an African expression of European imperial rivalry took place when Dutch settlers in Cape Town surrendered to British interlopers who insisted that they would rule Southern Africa; a half century and four years further along time’s path, in 1860, back in the United States, a mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts, which the owners and builders knew to be unsafe, collapsed and trapped hundreds of workers, nearly 90 of whom died; a decade after that, in 1870, capital’s predatory genius John D Rockefeller incorporated the Standard Oil Company; thirteen years onward from there, in 1883, four thousand miles or so to the East, a Russian boy child glanced about him for the first time on his way to popular acclaim as writer and poet and journalist Alexei Tolstoy; eighteen years later, in 1901, in Spindletop, Texas, the first ‘gusher’

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of Lone Star state legend spewed forth its bounty of gas and oil; just shy of two decades past that geyser of carbon, in 1920 across the wide Atlantic, the terms of the Versailles treaty took effect and laid the basis for capital’s next ecocidal bloodletting of the next generation; seven years further along, also in Germany in 1927, the film auteur Fritz Lang released a take on the future, Metropolis, that would soon enough be impossible under the Nazi regime that foreshadowed a ‘metropolitan’ future to come; a sixteen year hike further down time’s road, in 1943, a baby boy was born en route to the brief but brilliant life of performer and lyricist Jim Croce; seven hundred thirty-one days thereafter, in 1945, another male infant bounced into the world who would also win the heart of rock and roll and write memorable songs as Rod Stewart; a mere year nearer to the here and now, in 1946, in the young Mr. Stewart’s England, the first meeting of the United Nations General Assembly took place, and the United States military confirmed the human capacity to send radio waves to a distant object like the moon and monitor the echoes of those bandwidths as they returned home; five years afterward, in 1951, back in the United States, the austere Nobel literary award winner Sinclair Lewis breathed his last; a quick two years on time’s relentless march toward today, in 1953, a baby girl entered the fray who would rock the world with her voice and her words as singer songwriter Pat Benatar; four years later, in 1957, thousands of miles to the South in Chile, another Nobel Prize book gabriela-mistral-desolacion-poemas-1a-ed-nueva-yorkwriter, Gabriela Mistral, composed her final chapter; a thousand ninety-six days still more proximate to the present pass, in 1961, the wildly popular storyteller and brilliant yarnsmith Dashiell Hammett came to the end of his road; eleven years henceforth, in 1971, in the clever treachery of divide and conquer that England brought to the end of its empire in South Asia, what was East Pakistan but had become and remains Bangladesh welcomed its revolutionary leader for a brief stint as president after Islamabad released him from a nearly year-long imprisonment; a half decade farther down the pike, in 1976, back in the United States the popular and iconoclastic performer Howlin’ Wolf sang his swan song; two years yet later on, in 1978, this date demonstrated that it was unfriendly to the elders of literature when Nicaraguan liberation thinker and journalist Pedro Cardenal died; an additional two years on the road to today, in 1980, lifelong labor leader George Meany ‘struck’ his final blow; another year even closer to its current context, in 1981, the Farabundo Marti Liberacion National struck powerful blows against US imperial dominance with its taking power in two Salvadorean provinces; a thousand four hundred sixty-one additional days of orbiting the sun, in 1985, another Central American rebel, Daniel Ortega, came to power in Nicaragua despite murder and mayhem that the united States secretly and illegally visited on his country; the very next year, in 1986, another Nobel Prize winner, Jaroslav Seifert, met his match in the everlasting duel with the Grim Reaper; three years more along the temporal arc, in 1989, Cuba played its part in ‘reducing Cold War tensions’ by agreeing to withdraw the remainder of its troops from Angola; a single spin of the Terran disk past that conjunction, in 1990, the communication company Time Inc. and the film and technology company Warner Communications joined to create the world’s premier media enterprise; fourteen years in even greater proximity to the present point, in 2004, the Supreme Court played its standard role of serving big business over the interests of all other parties when it rejected a lawsuit against the North American Free Trade Agreement; a thousand ninety-six additional days on the trek toward this exact moment, in 2007, the beloved and ingenious Italian filmmaker and screenwriter Carlo Ponti lived out his final david bowie Aladdin sanescene; a single year subsequent to that mediated passing, in 2008,India’s Tata Motors introduced the Nano, “the world’s cheapest car,” at $2,000 less than many people would spend on a bicycle or an item of clothing; in 2015, another nearly centenarian thinker and writer, Harry Jaffa, experienced his last day of his own history, and another literary producer, Robert Stone, also passed away; another single year thereafter, just a year ago in 2016, the beloved creator and songwriter and savant David Bowie performed his final dance.