10.24.2016 Day in History

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In general all over the Earth on this day, people commemorate World Polio Day, World Development Information Day, as well as United Nations Day, while Egypt celebrates Suez Day, and the United States marks one of its favorite activities by naming this date Food Day; in the valley of the mighty river that splits the Balkans, nineteen hundred and forty-seven years ago, the forces of Marcus Primus, the Danube Armies, decisively defeated the metropolitan fighters of Rome’s Emperor Vitellius; just nine years less than twelve centuries onward from that, in 1260, in a somewhat similar case of internecine imperial conflict, an assassin seized power in the Mamluk sultanate in Egypt after he killed Saif ad-Din Qutuz; thirty-three decades further in the direction of now, in 1590, the leader of the first English attempt to colonize North America at Roanoke island returned to the United Kingdom after having failed to find his family and colleagues and friends who apparently disappeared from the face of the earth when he was away gathering supplies; eleven years subsequent to that conjunction, in 1601, across the English Channel in Denmark, the estimable thinker and natural philosopher Tycho Brahe lived out his final day; just past three decades after planets space saturn cosmosthat, in 1632, a male infant entered our midst who would carry on much of Brahe’s great contributions as Antonie van Leeuwenhoek in Holland; sixteen years further along, in 1648, European ruling elites capped the mayhem and carnage of the Thirty Years War by agreeing to the Treaty of Westphalia which established imperial and fraternal protocols that in many ways still continue to have sway in Eurasia today; two hundred twenty-one years back, in a precursor of the predatory disarticulation of states such as Poland, Russia, Prussia, and Austria all agreed to the ‘partition’ of the Polish Kingdom; fifty-seven years later, in 1852, the statesman and political philosopher Daniel Webster breathed his last; nine years forward in space and time from that, also in North America in 1861, United States businesses, much to the discomfiture of the only 18-month old Pony Express, completed the first transcontinental telegraph line, thereby putting messages delivered at a gallop out of business; another thirty-one years hence, in 1892, workers of every ethnic background went on strike in New Orleans’ transportation and manufacturing enterprises, and soon enough, workers in other arenas, also Black and White, joined them in a show of ‘interracial’ solidarity that demonstrated the importance of class consciousness; just short of a decade after that, at the beginning of the new century in 1901, an intrepid woman in her sixties became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel and live; one thousand ninety-six days further down the pike, in 1904, a baby boy was born who would mature as the acclaimed dramatist and theatrical producer Moss Hart; eight years thereafter, in 1912, across the wide Atlantic and much of Europe in the Balkans, forces of both Bulgaria and Serbia defeated Ottoman imperial armies in furthering their first Ottoman war bid for independence; half a decade even closer to the current context, in 1917, Bolshevik organizers and rebels deepened the attack on the bankrupt and bloody Czarist regime by beginning to take over important buildings in urban areas of Russia; four years along from that juncture, in 1921, in a clearcut juxtaposition of how to deal with war—revolution versus fancy mausoleums—an American Army officer chose one from among four unidentified corpses of butchered young men for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; two years more along the temporal arc, in 1923,back in jolly old England, a baby girl opened her eyes who would rise as the daughter of a Russian Hassidic intellectual and Welsh mother to grow as a poet and artist of renown, Denise Levertov; an additional half dozen years on the road to the here and now, in 1929, the New York Stock

"New York Stock Exchange 1882" by Hughson Hawley
“New York Stock Exchange 1882” by Hughson Hawley

Exchange experienced one of its epic cyclical crashes on ‘Black Thursday,’ one of the initiating, crushing losses that led to stock market and general economic meltdown; one brief turn round the sun after that, in 1930, five thousand miles or so South in Brazil, the ‘First Republic’ came to an end when typical neocolonial reactionaries ‘bloodlessly’ deposed the democratically elected president; six years farther down the pike, in 1936, across the wide Atlantic to the Northeast in England, a male child bounced into the world en route to a life as the lyricist, musical wizard, and rocker Bill Wyman, who among other things helped to define the sound of the Rolling Stones; back across the North Atlantic, seven hundred days still more proximate to the present pass, in 1938, over the objections of reactionaries and proto-fascists of all stripes, the United states put into practice the capital’s Fair Labor Standards Act, which, among other hints, established minimum wage and restricted child labor; half a decade yet later on, in 1943, illustrating the complexity of colonial, imperial, and ‘great power’ conflicts, the government of ‘Free India’ declared war on both the United States and the United Kingdom; two years on the dot after that, in 1945, around the world in San Francisco, the United Nations first came into existence as a response to a global war that killed as many as 10% of the world’s people; two years following that attempt to solidify human mutuality, in 1947, famed, and infamously reactionary, animator, and rich bloke Walt Disney delighted in speculating before the House Un-American Activities Committee as to who in his employ or of his acquaintance might be a ‘red;’ an additional seven hundred thirty-one days in the future from that, in 1949, workers set the cornerstone of the United Nations headquarters building in New York City;half a decade henceforth, in 1954, ‘progressive’ Republican Dwight Eisenhower stayed true to the imperial vision of the U.S. Presidency in promising support for vietnam lake water naturethe Southern Peninsula of Vietnam against Democratic choice of Communism; a thousand four hundred sixty-one days of space and time onward from that, in 1958, acclaimed logician and thinker G E Moore solved his final theorem; two years subsequently, in 1960, to the East in Soviet Central Asia, a hideous rocketry catastrophe killed upwards of a hundred people, including prominent senior officers, when a ballistic missile exploded as it started its test launch; four years beyond that grotesque conjunction, in 1964, as part of the transition from classical colonialism to neocolonialism, Northern Rhodesia gained its ‘independence’ and became the Republic of Zambia; half a decade further along, in 1969, the iconic film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, first opened in American theaters; a single cycle of the sun onward through space, in 1970, the prominent scholar of American ideology and intellectual historian Richard Hofstadter made his own history with his death, while Chileans made the attempt to stand for democracy by electing Socialist Salvador Allende as their President; five years later still, in 1975, Icelandic women acted out a Lysistrata moment when they went on strike and refused to reengage until gender inequality ended; another half decade forward in time, in 1980, across much of the North Atlantic to the East, Poland’s corrupt so-called ‘Communists’ recognized the partially grass-roots and partially ‘agitated’ Solidarity trade union; seven years afterward, in 1987, back in North America, the American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations readmitted the Teamster’s union that had faced expulsion two decades prior for its infiltration by organized crime syndicates;three years yet nearer to the here and now, in 1990, the Italian Prime Minister acknowledged to the nation’s Parliamentary leaders the existence of Operation Gladio, which had utilized former fascists and ‘legitimate’ NATO operatives to develop agent provocateurs to ruin communist and anarchist organizations and activists; three hundred sixty-five days beyond that exact instant, in 1991, creative genius Gene Roddenberry lived out his final scene, after a life in which his narratives expressed simulacra of such Rosa parks civil rightsshenanigans as the Italian Prime Minister revealed; fourteen years later, in 2005, the long-lived activist Rosa Parks, who agreed with Fannie Lou Hamer that she was ‘sick and tired of being sick and tired,’ drew a final breath;three years still more proximate to the present pass, in 2008, capital went through one of its increasingly frequent periodic collapsing contractions, amid bursting bubbles, as stock exchanges around the world lost vast trillions in equity, frequently as much as 10% or more fo total value on a single day; seven hundred thirty days thereafter, in 2010, the almost 100 year old dramatist and author Joseph Stein composed his final scene; an additional four years past that passage, in 2014, China’s space program took a significant leap forward with its launching of a mission that would loop around the moon and return to Earth.