1.30.2017 Day in History

-Gandhi_at_Darwen_with_womenTo honor the passing of Mahatma Gandhi in a hail of assassin’s bullets, India in particular and other places as far afield as Spain as well mark this day as a testament to the great thinker and his philosophy of nonviolence; in the Levantine cradle of so many iconic civilizations, two thousand five hundred thirty-three years ago, craftsmen and their Hebrew overseers completed the Second Temple of the Ark in Jerusalem; two thousand one hundred sixty-four years forward in space and time, in 1648 CE, the Dutch Protestant bourgeoisie successfully finalized its extrication from the clutches of Catholic Spain with the negotiation of the Treaty of Münster and Osnabrück; thirteen years subsequently, across the English Channel in 1661, exactly twelve years after the beheading of the obstreperous King Charles, English Loyalists ritually ‘executed’ Oliver Cromwell, approximately two years after his actual death; one hundred eighty-two years back, the first assassination attempt against a US President took place when Richard Lawrence sought to shoot the popular yet controversial Andrew Jackson; a dozen years further in the future from that, in 1847, the ‘good weed’ city of Yerba Buena changed its name to San Francisco; three and a half decades later, in 1882, the baby boy opened his eyes who would rise as the ‘savior of capitalism’ and ‘champion of the masses,’ Franklin Delano Roosevelt; fourteen years onward from there, in 1896, six smaller labor unions of workers whose jobs were in ironworking and construction consolidated in the International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers of America; half a dozen years past that conjunction of solidarity, in 1902, an imperial network between Japan and England first manifested itself as the first Anglo-Japanese Alliance in London; seven hundred thirty days henceforth, in 1904, a fiery inferno erupted in the Great Baltimore fire, catastrophe, holocaust, nuclear, nukeFire, which destroyed upwards of 1,500 buildings in the course of its combustion; four years further along, in 1908, the Indian activist and freedom fighter Mohandas Gandhi gained his release from prison in South Africa; two additional cycles of the sun in the direction of today, in 1910, the Triangle Shirtwaist Company’s negotiation with workers resulted in an arbitration agreement that failed to forestall a catastrophic fire shortly thereafter; two years still more proximate to the present pass, in 1912, the baby girl was born who would mature as the well-regarded, establishment historian and thinker Barbara Tuchman; a thousand four hundred sixty-one days afterward, in 1916, across the wide Atlantic and through much of the Mediterranean, a conference ended between Arabian and imperial British representatives, the McMahon-Hussein Correspondence, that finalized the strategy for the Anglo-French coup against Ottoman rule in what we now call the Middle East; three years past that moment in time, in 1919, roughly 7,000 miles to the North and West in the Seattle area of Washington, tens of thousands of workers joined striking longshoremen to create a day’s long general strike and demand for free speech on the solidarityWestern rim of the United States; half a dozen years thereafter, in 1925, back in the Mediterranean, the newly inaugurated Turkish government that replaced Ottoman rule confirmed its continuing antipathy toward Greek and Orthodox culture when it expelled Patriarch Constantine VI from Istanbul, and, again in the United States, the male infant bounced into the world en route toa life as the information scientist and inventor who created the first computer mouse; a half decade even closer to the current context, in 1930, to the North and East in the still-young Soviet Union, the government inaugurated the agricultural policies that, more or less consciously, eliminated the Kulak class of peasants as a force in Soviet society; a thousand ninety-six more in the direction of today, in 1933, to the West in Germany, Hitler attended his swearing in ceremony to become first the chancellor and then the dictator of Nazi Germany; two years past that tragic juncture, in 1935, back in North America, a more favorable initiation transpired with the entry onto the scene of the male baby who grew up as writer and thinker Richard Brautigan; a decade onward precisely, another male child entered the fray in 1945 as the

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youngster who would become Native American novelist and tragic figure Michael Dorris; a single year past this birthing instant, in 1946, the United Nations Security Council passed its second – ever resolution, which sought to resolve the conflict between British oil and imperial interests in Iran and Soviet claims that their troops were advancing along Iran’s Northern border; two years exactly farther down the pike, in 1948, Mahatma Gandhi died at the hands of assassins; three years yet later on, in 1951, roughly halfway round the globe in England, the male child came along in standard fashion who would soon enough wow audiences with his rock & roll performances and lyrics as Phil Collins; half a decade subsequent to that happy instant, in 1956, across the ocean in Georgia, terroristic reactionaries bombed Martin Luther King Jr’s home in Atlanta in retaliation for black peoples’ intention of social equality that the Montgomery bus boycott demonstrated; a dozen more years after that, in 1968, around the planet in Vietnam, opponents of US imperial imprimatur and war crimes began he Tet Offensive that would effectively destroy the viability of US intervention in Southeast Asia; back around the world a mere year nearer to the here and now, in 1969, the iconic rock group, The Beatles, took rooftop_cover  concert beatles musicpart in the foursome’s last public performance at the roof of their record company in London; three more spins around the solar center, in 1972, back in Northern Europe, British special forces opened fire on Irish freedom advocates in Derry, Northern Ireland, killing 13 and wounding many others, and in a some ways related development, Pakistan withdrew from the English orchestrated Commonwealth of Nations; a decade on the nose hence, in 1982, a clever computer scientist, working to enhance cyber security, created the first PC computer virus; two dozen years in even greater proximity to our present point in space time, in 2006, the scholar and dramatist Wendy Wasserstein played out her final act; a half decade more on time’s relentless march, in 2007, the popular and prolific novelist and screenwriter, Sidney Sheldon, breathed his last; six years still later, in 2013, South Korea launched its first rocket ship capable of carrying a payload into space, the Naro – 1 carrier rocket.