10.21.2016 Day in History

apple fruit food gmoToday in England is Apple Day as North America celebrates fetishized commodities with International Nacho Day; in the Levant nine hundred twenty years prior to just this moment, Europe’s “People’s Army,” part of a People’s Crusade that primarily consisted of poor peasants who hoped for a ‘fresh start,’ fighting for Jesus, met the Turks and faced almost total elimination; exactly a year later, in 1097, soldiers from Europe’s first formal crusade invested the siege of Antioch on their way to Jerusalem, spending the better part of a year surrounding the city that lies on the current border of Turkey and Syria; five hundred four years back, famous dissident theologian Martin Luther joined the theological faculty of the University of Wittenberg; four hundred ninety-six years ago, mariner Ferdinand Magellan led ships that found a passage around the tip of South America; eighty years hence, in 1600, Tokugawa leyasu defeated the leaders of rival Japanese clans in the Battle of Sekigahara, which marked the commencement of the long-lasting Tokugawa shogunate; three hundred twenty-nine years exactly ahead of today’s light, a baby boy cried out who rose as the renowned mathematician and thinker, Nicolaus Bernoulli; two and a half centuries and two years hence, in 1772, the infant male who matured into the acclaimed poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge uttered his first cry; two years after that, in 1774, radicals in Taunton, Massachusetts raised the first North American flag to display the word “Liberty” on its banner, defying English prohibitions; three years closer to today, in 1777, the English actor and playwright Samuel Foote wrote his last act; twenty-eight years afterward, in 1805, British fleets defeated French and Spanish navies at the Battle of Trafalgar; eleven years still further on, in 1816, Rev Hutchins founded the oldest English-language school in Southeast Asia in Malaysia; one hundred ninety-two years before the here and now, the first patent for Portland Cement issued; nine years henceforth, in 1833, the baby boy who would make a fortune

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in dynamite and found an annual prize in his name as Alfred Nobel was born; one hundred seventy-one years before the here and now, the baby boy who grew up to become Will Carleton, the American poet and journalist, was born; Florence Nightingale and a couple score nurses debarked for the Crimean war nine years later on, in 1854, headed for the “valley of death;” thirteen years onward, in 1867, the Medicine Lodge Treaty provided for the ‘development’ of much of the West by relocating Southern Plains tribes to reservations in Oklahoma; a dozen years farther along the temporal road, in 1879, Thomas Edison created a light bulb that served as a prototype of the first commercially viable incandescent device; one hundred twenty-four years back in time, the opening ceremonies for the World’s Columbian Exposition was held in Chicago; a hundred twenty-one years back, mavens of Japanese empire flexed their muscles mightily with an invasion and conquest of Formosa, now Taiwan; seven years subsequent to that pass, in 1902, a five-month coal strike called by the early United Mine Workers ended with UMWA victory and recognition of the union as bargaining agent; twelve years later, in 1914, mathematician Martin Gardner spent his first day on earth; four years more along the pike of life, in 1918, a baby boy entered our midst en route to renown as Milton HImmelfarb, a demographer of American Judaism; Republican Warren Harding three years thereafter, in 1921 became the first U.S. President to speak out against lynching, and massive European demonstrations occurred against the judicial murder of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, with 28,000 police and troops necessary to control the crowds in Paris alone, and Rudolph Valentino first showed up on screen as The Sheik; eight years beyond that juncture, in 1929, the little girl child who became scrappy scribe Ursula Le Guin came into the world; seven hundred thirty days hence, in 1931, fascist militarists in Japan orchestrated a coup attempt that sought to overthrow the government; nine years past that point in

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time, in 1940, Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls first hit bookstores with its meditation on war and heroism and fascism; three years past that instant, in 1943, a baby boy was born who would grow up as the prolific and redoubtable scribe and thinker, Tariq Ali; two years later still, in 1945, the women of France first had a chance to vote; British soldiers eleven years further down the road, in 1956, captured the leader of Kenya’s Mau-Mau uprising, ending the rebellion for the most part; Dwight Eisenhower signed documents three years nearer to now, in 1959, that transferred Werner von Braun, the former Nazi, from the jurisdiction of the U.S. Army to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Guggenheim Museum first opened to the public; fifty years behind us, the horrific slag heap disaster hit the town of Aberfan in Wales, an accident that killed 144 people, mostly children; one year to the day past that conjunction, in 1967, over a 100,000 people marched against the Vietnam War in Washington, a demonstration that mirrored huge outpourings against the war in Europe and Japan, and the United Auto Workers leadership evinced a collaborationist mentality with their issuing of a formal statement in support of President Johnson’s war policies; two years further down time’s arc, in 1969, iconic poet and author of ‘Beat’ culture, Jack Kerouac, played out his final stanza; and a Somalian coup brought Siad Barrie and a socialist republic to Somalia; four years exactly beyond that pass, in 1973, John Paul Getty III lost an ear so that a ransom note, which took three weeks to arrive, could hold evidence of his capture; the European Patent Institute came into being four years subsequently, in 1977, bringing European intellectual property law more into alignment with corporate priorities; two years afterward, in 1979, Moshe Dayan resigned from Israeli government due to disagreements over Arabs; three years more along the path to today, in 1980, psychologist and theorist Hans Asperger drew his ultimate breath; four years still later, the metre was defined as the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second; four years still closer to this moment in time, in 1984, beloved French filmmaker, critic, and screenwriter Francois Truffaut lived out his last scene; two years yet closer to today, in 1986, conspirators in Lebanon, friendly with Iran, captured American writer Edward Tracy, whom they held almost five years; another year on in time, in 1987, Jaffna hospital masacre was carried out by India Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka; another eight years onward toward now, in 1994, North Korea and the U.S. signed an agreement that ‘ended’ that country’s nuclear weapons program, while the U.S. production of H-bombs continued apace; just four years before now, (2012) historian, Senator, and former Presidential candidate George McGovern died; two years henceforth, in 2014, acclaimed journalist and producer, Benjamin Bradlee, breathed his last.