1.12.2017 Day in History

In the more reactionary and backward parts of the United States, today is the earliest day in celebration of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, an ‘antidote’ to commemorating Martin Luther King a few days subsequently; a Burmese leader, Bayinnaung, four

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hundred sixty-three years ago became emperor en route to guiding his administration to the creation of the largest empire in Southeast Asian history; another century and eleven years along time’s arc, in 1665, the French mathematician and thinker Pierre de Fermat executed his last algorithm and exited; exactly sixty-four years henceforth, in 1729, a baby boy was being born who would mature into conservative thinker and writer Edmund Burke; a century further on, on the dot, in 1829, the German philosopher, thinker, writer, and Romantic idealist Karl Schlegel breathed his last; as part of uprisings across Europe a hundred sixty-nine years before this precise moment in time, residents of Palermo, Sicily rose up against royal rule there; just eighteen years later, in 1866, the Royal Aeronautical Society held its first meeting in London; a decade afterward, in 1876, a male infant uttered his first cry en route to a life as storyteller and social democratic advocate Jack London; in the United Kingdom a hundred twenty-two years back, a conservation organization came into existence as the National Trust; another fourteen years subsequent to that conjunction, in 1908, French radio operators transmitted the first long range signal from the Eiffel Tower; seven PARIS eiffelyears after that to the second, in 1915, the U.S. House of Representatives refused to end the disfranchisement of women; four years subsequently, in 1919, across the continent in Seattle, the mayor authorized brutal police attacks on free speech and labor organizers in order to nip a nascent strike, unsuccessfully, in the bud; three hundred sixty-five days past that juncture, in 1920, a male child came on the scene who would become the activist and founder of the Congress on Racial Equality, James Farmer; a year later on the nose, in 1921, major league baseball appointed a Commissioner to ameliorate bad public opinion in the aftermath of the corrupted World Series that people now know as the Black Sox scandal; half a decade thereafter, in 1926, an additional Chicago cultural moment unfolded with the premiere of the White-Supremacist predecessor the Amos-‘n-Andy series, and a baby boy opened his eyes who would rise as the crooner and songwriter Ray Price; six years farther down the road, in 1932, Arkansas elected the first woman U.S. Senator, Hattie Caraway, who was a populist advocate for poor people and protégé of Huey Long, and Father James Cox’s Unemployed Army arrived in Washington, 12,000 strong, to set up an encampment for relief; exactly a decade later, in 1942, Franklin Roosevelt created the National War Labor Board, the primary purpose of which was to limit the rights of labor to organize and strike and such, and, ironically a baby girl was born who would later serve to undermine the United States as Students for a Democratic Society and Weather Underground radical Bernadine Dohrn; seven years beyond that conjunction, in 1949, a Japanese baby boy came into the world who grew up as critically acclaimed writer and novelist, Haruki Marikami; sixty-three years back, Dulles announced a policy of “massive retaliation”; eight years more proximate to the present pass, in 1962, under the oversight of John Kennedy as Commander and Chief, U.S. military forces initiated the first American combat operations in South Vietnam, on the same day that JFK declared that Federal employees had the right to unionize and bargain collectively; ten hundred ninety-six days onward in the direction of today, in 1965, acclaimed American playwright and director Lorraine Hansberry died; one year later to the day, in 1966, Lyndon Johnson announced his intention to continue fighting in Vietnam until America had ‘defeated communism’ there;three hundred sixty-five days nearer to now, in 1966, Dr. James Bedford became the first corpse to be cryogenically saved so as to make possible future reanimation; Philip Berrigan and six others half a decade even closer to this point in time, in 1971, faced indictment as members of ‘the Harrisburg Seven,’ for conspiring to blow up heating ducts in District of Columbia government buildings and kidnap Henry Kissinger; a further five years hence, in 1976, the Palestine Liberation Organization gained permission to participateAgatha_Christie_writer mystery in a United Nations Security Council debate, albeit without voting rights in the dispute, and mystery maven Agatha Christie died; a decade and a half more proximate to now, in 1991, the U.S. attacks on Iraq received authorization from Congress in response to Iraqi seizure of Kuwaiti territory and the deposing of Kuwait’s royal family; twenty-two years ago, Malcolm X’s daughter was imprisoned for conspiring to murder Louis Farrakhan; three years after, in 1998, plus-or-minus a score of European countries agreed to ban human cloning; a dozen years after that on the nose, in 2010, an earthquake struck Haiti that killed in excess of three hundred thousand people and destroyed much of the nation’s capitol at Port au Prince; three years hence, in 2013, the Georgian working class White journalist and civil rights activist Eugene Patterson took a final breath before his exit from the stage.