1.13.2017 Day in History

In some U.S. jurisdictions, today is Korean American Day, and in many parts of Southern Asia, tonight is the Sidereal Winter Solstice celebration; in Constantinople fourteen hundred and eighty-five years back, factions allied with different gangs and sporting organizations erupted in violent conflict—the Nika Riots—that torched more than half the city and left uncounted tens-of-thousands of people dead, discord that arose over high taxes that imperial war necessitated; the fourth Pope Eugene nine hundred three years subsequent to that conjunction, in 1435, issued a dictate that forbade Spanish enslavement of indigenous inhabitants of the Canary Islands; a century and thirteen years later to the day, in 1547, the Earl of Surrey, who had helped to invent the English sonnet, faced a capital sentence from Henry VIII’s adherents in London, just a few short years after his cousin, Anne Boleyn, lost her head; a half century and two years thereafter, in 1599, the brilliant poet Edmund Spencer died; eight years after that, in 1607, the Bank of Genoa imploded in the wake of Spain’s national bankruptcy; a precursor to French colonization of part of Muslim India, Jean Baptiste Tavernier three and a half centuries and a year before the here and now, disembarked in Dhaka for his visit with Shaista Khan; two hundred twenty-four years ago, a representative of revolutionary France faced the wrath of a well-heeled lynch-mob in Rome; thirty-nine years hence, in 1832, a male infant uttered his first cry en route to iconic cultural status in America as Horatio Alger; three hundred sixty-six days after that, in 1833, President Andrew Jackson corresponded with

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his Vice President, Martin Van Buren, to the effect that he detested the threat of secession and impunity that South Carolina ruling class sorts were displaying in the Nullification Crisis; not quite a decade afterwards to the hour, in 1842, the sole survivor of a massive English campaign against Afghan warlords returned to Jalalabad to tell of the annihilation of close to twenty-thousand fighters and camp followers; five years subsequently, in 1847, the War with Mexico in California came to a close as the Treaty of Cahuenga took effect; sixteen years past that juncture, in 1863, the popular lyricist and composer Stephen Foster, only in his thirties, breathed his last; in the District of Columbia half a dozen years precisely further along, in 1869, newly freed Black leaders met to form a national advocacy organization; half a decade into the future from that, in 1874, in the midst of a Depression Winter in which hundred starved to death in New York City, mounted police savagely assaulted crowds of unemployed protesters in Tompkins Square riots in the city; thirteen years still further down the pike, in 1887, a male child opened his eyes who would rise as the ‘spiritual’ master and thinker and writer, George Gurdjieff; another half dozen years beyond that instant in spacetime, in 1893, Marines on the other side of the planet invaded Hawaii to insure that the U.S. takeover of the islands was certain; five years henceforth precisely, in 1898, and almost half a world away, the writer Emile Zola published

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J’accuse, which accused France of bigotry in the Dreyfus case; a dozen years subsequently, in 1910, the world’s first radio broadcast took place, in New York, with the Metropolitan Opera’s participation part of the performance; four years hence, in 1914, authorities falsely and knowingly charged Joe Hill with murder in order to attack his union organizing; five years more along the temporal road, in nearby California in 1919, a Chicano orange-pickers strike took shape; a baby boy came into the world yet another half a decade later on, in 1924, who matured to become philosopher Paul Feyerabend, in the midst of a propaganda infusion of class warfare across the ocean against a national law in the U.S. that would prohibit child labor; eleven years afterward, in 1935, the citizens of Saarland voted roughly  nine-to-one to join Nazi Germany; six years further on, in 1941, the acclaimed modernist author James Joyce died; three hundred sixty-five days after that, in 1942, Henry Ford patented a plastic automobile that weighed only seven tenths what a steel vehicle weighed; eight years past that optimistic conjunction, in 1950, the Soviet Union’s United Nation Security Council Ambassador, expressing USSR hatred for the barring of the Chinese delgation, began a boycott of security council meetings that ultmately permitted the Korean War to be a ‘United Nations exercise;’ one year nearer to now, in 1951, in the First Indochina War, a major French victory was unfolding in the imperial battle with communist and nationalist forces; two years thereafter, in 1953, Pravda published accusations against

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intellectuals, often Jewish, that they had been conspiring to harm and kill Soviet leaders; two years farther along time’s path, in 1955, a baby boy was born who grew into accomplished author and thinker Jay McInerny; two years even closer to the current context, in 1957, a female infant shouted out en route to life as writer and storyteller, Lorrie Moore; in Morocco a single year after that, in 1958, nationalist rebels attacked Spanish forces in a telling strike, and back across the Atlantic film impresario Jesse Lasky’s life came to an end; two years later exactly, in 1960, the Soviet Union abolished its systems of Gulags against dissidents; in Washington six years after that on the dot, in 1966, the first Black cabinet member in history assumed command of a Federal Department, at Housing and Urban Development; two years down the road from that, in 1968, Johnny Cash sang live at Folsom Prison; a decade hence to the day, in 1978, the Food and Drug Administration adopted policies that required labeling blood as emanating from either paid or volunteer donors; eight years more on time’s roadway, in 1986, five thousand miles in the Arabian Gulf, a vicious sectarian clash broke out in Yemen that foretold much of today’s carnage and mayhem; four years afterward precisely, in 1990, an Azerbaijani pogrom against Armenian residents unfolded for a week of murder and maltreatment; a thousand ninety-six days more proximate to the present pass, in 1993, Space Shuttle Endeavor launched for a third space flight.