10.10.2016 Day in History

By Matthew Woitunski, via Wikimedia Commons
By Matthew Woitunski, via Wikimedia Commons

All round the globe today, in an often disingenuous exercise of ‘sympathy’ and goodwill, the nations of the world mark Mental Health Day while in a more real expression of solidarity, people also commemorate World Homeless Day, and Cuba commemorates Inependence Day, to celebrate the initiation of its rebellion against Spanish rule; in the already-for-millenia-fractious Levant, a thousand three hundred thirty-six years ago,disputatious Islamic factions battled to a bloody conclusion at the Battle of Karbala in which the prophet Muhammad’s grandson lost his head to the forces of Caliph Yazid I; fifty-two years in the future from that point, in 732, a related conflict unfolded at the Battle of Tours, in which Frankish and other European fighters halted the advance of Islam into Europe; two years shy of eight and a half a centuries onward in space and time, in 1580, the Catholic leaders cast in their lot with erstwhile Irish rebels by sending hundreds and hundreds of papal troops to aid in the uprising that year; a century and four years after that, in 1684, a male infant was born who would create masterful paintings as Jean-Antoine Watteau until his tragically early death in his mid-30s; two hundred eighty-five years back, another baby boy entered our midst en route to a long life as the innovator in chemistry and physics and philosophical thinker Henry Cavendish; almost but not quite three decades later, in 1760, descendants of escaped slaves and indigenous peoples and colonial indentured servants won the struggle to obtain their independence as Suriname from the French ruling classes; precisely four decades further along the temporal slavery racism brutalityarc, a fighter for the liberation of African slaves, Gabriel Prosser, drew his final breath before dropping from the gallows; thirteen years subsequently, in 1813, across the wide Atlantic, a happier event transpired as the male child first gave voice who would compose music and lead orchestras a Giuseppe Verdi; two dozen years onward from that, in 1837, the estimable university teacher and philosopher Charles Fourier conducted his final lecture;just past three decades henceforth, in 1868, the plantation owner Carlos Cespedes issued a call for an uprising against Spanish rule, the Grito de Yara, that initiated the first decade of Cuban assault on Iberian colonial dominance; a thousand ninety-five days more in today’s vicinity, in 1871, a couple thousand miles West of North in Chicago, a massive fire burned for several days near the central business district, causing such massive destruction that a financial panic ensued that ranks as one of the worst in American history; four years yet nearer to the here and now, in 1875, roughly seven thousand miles East in Russia, the close kin of Leo, Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, an estimable poet and dramatist and scribe in his own right, lived out his final scene; twenty-two additional years on the path toward today, in 1897,German chemist Felix Hoffman patented the method for synthesizing acetylsalicylic acid, common aspirin, that is still an aspect of how we mass produce this pain relieving over-the-counter medication now; half a decade yet later on, in 1902, a male child opened his eyes who would rise as the nearly centenarian South Asian journalist, author, and activist K Shivaram Karanth;three hundred sixty-five days past that momentous juncture, in 1903,British feminist activist Emmeline Pankhurst first brought together the advocates of the Women’s Social and Political Union; eight years thereafter, in 1910, across the ocean in North America, a male infant came along in standard fashion en route to just a single year less than a century as photographer and graphic artist Julius Shulman; a single solar cycle further along, in 1911, on the other side of the world in China, the Wuchang Uprising delivered the coup de grace to the Qing Dynasty and inaugurated the existence of the Republic of China; a couple of mao communist china beijingyears afterward, in 1913, back on the other side of the globe in Europe, the baby male bounced into the world en route to a life as the storyteller and esteemed novelist and Nobel Prize winner Claude Simon, while across the Atlantic in Central America, President Woodrow Wilson blew up the last barrier to the flooding of the entire length of the Panama Canal; eleven years more along time’s dancing river, in 1924,seven thousand miles to the West in Australia, a baby boy came into the world who would move to the United States and write mesmerizing novels as James Clavell, at the same time that an all American boy was born whose destiny was to epitomize the B – movie director and screenwriter as Ed Wood; half a dozen years past that precise point in time, in 1930, the male baby cast his gaze about him who would mature as the powerful dramatist and critic and thinker and Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter; three additional years down the pike, in 1933, in a particularly grotesque marker of the modern age, a United Airlines flight suffered the consequences of a bomb explosion that completely destroyed the plane and its passengers and crew, and across the North American continent in California, over 20,000 cotton pickers started a strike in the San Joaquin Valley that led to outbreaks of shooting and violence that John Steinbeck supposedly used in some of his storytelling; five years hence, in 1938, across the Atlantic in Germany, an equally grotesque if immediately less explosive, eventuality occurred when England and its cohorts ceded the Czech Sudetenland to the Nazi state; on the contested colonial terrain of Africa three years beyond that exact instant, in 1941, a Nigerian boy first drew breath who would become the noted activist and acclaimed storyteller Ken Saro-Wiwa; seven hundred thirty days subsequent to that happy event,

"China Sputnik 4fen stamp in 1958" by China Post
“China Sputnik 4fen stamp in 1958” by China Post

in 1943, another auspicious birth transpired with the cries of the male infant who would grow up as thinker and author Frederick Barthelme; another two years upward on the wings of time toward now, in 1945, across the Indian Ocean to the East in China, the Communists and the Nationalists signed a doomed “agreement in principle” about how to structure post-War Chinese society and politics; a solitary year even closer to the current context, in 1946, another boy infant started out his life on a path to the impactful and popular work of performer, singer, and songwriter John Prine; seven years afterward, in 1953,after the imperial carnage of war on the Korean Peninsula, the United States in the District of Columbia concluded a treaty with the Republic of Korea that had the purpose of protecting U.S. Hegemony in Japan; one thousand four hundred sixty-one days further along the temporal track, in 1957, also in DC, President Eisenhower apologized for the refusal of a public eatery to serve a member of the diplomatic mission of the Republic of Ghana, simultaneously as across the North Atlantic, a dangerous fire that caused uncounted irradiation and carcinogenic exposure occurred at the Windscale Nuclear Power Plant in Western England; a single year on time’s march nearer to now, in 1958, a girl child sang out who would grow into the popular folk and country crooner and lyricist Tanya Tucker; half a decade still later, in 1963, the United States and most other nuclear radioactive nukenuclear powers, as well as dozens of other nations, became signatories to the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, and magnificent icon of France and French music Edith Piaf, sang her swan song, while across the Atlantic, a male child looked about him who would rise to the position of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl before his brutal dispatch by terrorists;another spin around the solar system’s central flare, in 1964, the opening ceremonies for the Japanese Olympics for the first time deployed geosynchronous satellite technology to allow simultaneous worldwide broadcast;another year onward, in 1967, an outer space treaty signed at the beginning of the year came into full effect; in a sign of hypersonic commodity fetishism, four years after that and across much of North America, in 1971, administrators of Lake Havasu, Arizona, reassembled and opened for public view the London Bridge that they had purchased in lieu of its demolition at an earlier point; two years still more proximate to the present pass, in 1973, the U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew, resigned under duress when revelations leaked that he had evaded paying his Federal income tax, and the Austrian reactionary economist whom so many ‘free market’ ‘libertarians’ adore, Ludwig von Mises, came to the end of his line; a seven years additional stroll toward today, in 1980, the people of El Salvador reacted to the U.S. Backed butchery and terror in their small isthmian country formed the organization that would lead eventually to casting out at least some of the imperial demons, in the form of the Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional; half a decade thereafter, in 1985, in the Mediterranean, U.S. Interceptor aircraft forced an Egyptian commercial flight to land

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in order to gain access to the perpetrators of the Achille Lauro hijackers and arrest them, and back in America, the iconic and mercurial filmmaker and screenwriter and auteur Orson Welles lived through his final scene; seven hundred thirty days toward the future from that, in 1987, Turkish Marxist thinker and leader Behice Boran died; seventeen years beyond that passing, in 2004, another noteworthy death occurred when performer and human rights activist Christopher Reeve left our midst; five years in even nearer proximity to the present point in time, in 2009, two nations in long-standing opposition made at least some move toward amends when Turkey and Armenia mutually opened their borders; half a dozen years after that, in 2015 and also in Turkey, a pair of bomb blasts near the central train depot in the capital of Ankara killed over 100 and wounded hundreds more.