10.19.2016 Day in History

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CC BY-NC-ND by Jens Vermeersch

Two thousand two hundred eighteen years ago, Roman forces that Scipio Africanus led drove aside the armies of Carthage that Hannibal Barca headed up; six hundred forty-one years hence, in 439, Vandals attacked and took over Carthage in yet a different conflict between Europeans and North Africans; six hundred thirty years in advance of today, Europe’s currently oldest university opened its doors at Heidelberg; five hundred forty-seven years before the here and now, an upper crust marriage established the basis for the unification of Aragon and Castille, and the creation of modern Spain; twenty-six years subsequent to that, in 1512, in Central Europe, the future chief of ‘protest’, Martin Luther, obtained his Doctor of Philosophy credentials; two hundred and thirty-five years prior to the present pass, General George Washington accepted the sword and surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, effectively ending British hopes of victory in North America; eight years hence, in 1789, Chief Justice John Jay became the first Chief Justice of the United States; two hundred seventy-one years in exactly in the past, the acclaimed thinker and writer Jonathan Swift had his last laugh; two centuries and four years before now, Napoleon and his armies began their historical and disastrous retreat from Moscow; half a century beyond that point, in 1862, the baby boy first opened his eyes on his way to becoming the iconic and pioneering French director and producer Auguste Lumiere; a decade subsequently, in 1864, Confederate raiders invaded Vermont from Canada in a brief assault; one hundred twenty-one prior to the present instant, a male child entered our midst who would live nearly a century as the philosopher and writer and critic, Lewis Mumford; four years further along, in 1899, three thousand miles South in Guatemala, another baby boy was born, who would rise to maturity as the writer and thinker Miguel Angel Asturias, who would win the Nobel Prize for his

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By ProtoplasmaKid cc 4.0

work; a single year hence, in 1900, Max Planck further explicated clues about the nature of subatomic reality with his discovery of black-body radiation; four years later, in 1904, the Polytechnic University of the Philippines was founded; eight years still further along time’s path, in 1912, Italy succeeded in wresting control of Tripoli, and much of the rest of Libya, from the declining Ottoman Empire; a year precisely past that point in time, in 1913, the baby boy cried out for the first time in Brazil who would grow up as playwright, poet, songwriter, and performer Vinicius de Moraes; eight years later, in 1921, democratically selected Portuguese leaders died at the hands of assassins in an Iberian coup; one year thereafter, in 1922, the male baby first opened his eyes who would see the world as investigative journalist Jack Anderson; almost a decade subsequently to the day, in 1931, a baby boy was born who would write novels and perform espionage as John Le Carre; another two years thereafter, in 1933, Germany’s Nazis completed their announced withdrawal from the League of Nations; seven hundred and thirty days later, in 1935, the League of Nations sanctioned fascist Italy for its depredations in and invasion of Ethiopia; three hundred sixty-six days after that eventuality, in 1936, the baby girl who grew up to become semi-psychic gadfly Sylvia Browne came onto the scene; another year hence, in 1937, pathfinding physicist of the Modern Nuclear Project, Ernest Rutherford, took a final breath; five years henceforth, in 1942, a baby boy first cried out who would mature as the attorney for and novelist about abused children Andrew Vachss; a single year further on later still, in 1943, researchers lung lungs  body healthat Rutgers successfully demonstrated both the effectiveness of streptomycin against tuberculosis and their capacity to isolate it for purposes of production; a year later, in 1944, the iconic singer Peter Tosh came into this world; three hundred sixty-five days still after that fact, in 1945, renowned popular artist N.C. Wyeth died, and a baby girl came into the world in standard fashion who would become the powerful feminist thinker and writer, Patricia Ireland; three years hence, in 1948, the author and critic James Howard Kunstler was born; one fifth of a decade in the future from that day, in 1950, China sent troops across the Yalu River to join the North Koreans in their war against the South and the United States, and acclaimed poet and dramatist and free-loving feminist Edna St. Vincent Millay lived out her grotesque final scene; six years hence, in 1956,  the Soviet Union and Japan signed a Joint Declaration that officially ended the state of war that had  existed since August 1945; less than half a decade subsequent to that conjunction, in 1960, the United States imposed its more than half century long embargo on Cuba because the island nation refused to accept U.S. imposed butchers as its ‘leaders’; thirteen years further from that point

Richard M. Nixon campaign 1968
Richard M. Nixon campaign 1968

in time, in 1973,   President Richard Nixon rejected an Appeals Court decision that required him to hand over the Watergate tapes; twenty years thereafter, in 1980, the textile giant J.P. Stevens gave in to a decades long struggle and signed a contract with the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union; six year beyond that, in 1986, a tragic plane crash in the Lemombo Mountains cost the life of the President of Mozambique and 33 other passengers;  a year later, in 1987, U.S. Naval squadrons attack and destroy Iranian oil platforms in the Persian Gulf, and as an aspect of the multiple meltdowns that have afflicted capital’s ‘marketplaces’ since the 1970s, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped over 500 points, approximately 22%; close to two decades later, in 2001, an Indonesian fishing boat en route to Christmas Island, full of refugees, sunk in international waters, costing the lives of over 300 refugees; two years closer to today’s light and air, in 2003, the world lost the American environmentalist Margaret Murie;  a year hence, in 2004, a Care International worker was kidnapped in Iraq; still yet another after that, in 2005,  Saddam HUssein went on trial; three yet nearer to now, in 2007, noted anti-nuclear activist and social reformer Randall Forsberg breathed her last, half a dozen years afterwards, in 2013, the death of two track workers in San Francisco transit train led to a Federal investigating that uncovered that scab workers were in part responsible for the fatalities.