10.25.2016 Day in History

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This date marks an occasion when one of the world’s most ancient peoples commemorates its identity with a Day of the Basque Country; under the aegis of the Christian-hating emperor Diocletian, seventeen hundred thirty-one years ago (or seventeen hundred thirty), oversaw the judicial murder of religious martyrs Crispin and Crispinian, who now are patron saints of various working people and social causes; eight hundred sixty-to years more in the direction of today, (or eight hundred sixty-one years), in 1147, Muslims and Christians in their then-centuries-long and now millennium-long struggles, experienced a ‘split decision,’ when forces of the early Reconquista succeeded in dislodging Islamic control of Lisbon in what is now Portugal, while Seljuk Turk Ottoman fighters defeated German crusaders at the Battle of Dorylaeum; six hundred sixteen years prior to today’s light and air, the iconic poet and yarnspinner Geoffrey Chaucer composed his final couplet; four and a half centuries and four years subsequently, in 1854, England’s erstwhile Light Brigade made its historic charge into the ‘jaws of death’ at the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War, England’s earliest attempt to overrun and Balkanize the Russian nation; twenty-seven years later, in 1881, a little baby boy opened his eyes who would rise as the thinker and artist and modernist art picasso-Les_Demoiselles_d'AvignonPablo Picasso; eighteen years further along the temporal path, in 1899, a Pennsylvania medical doctor for the first time instructed coal miners in techniques of resuscitation and first aid, a practice that led to a significant decrease in fatalities at the coal face; three additional years in the direction of today, in 1902, the popular and youthful journalist and novelist Frank Norris came to an untimely end, and a male infant shouted out who would grow up as the establishment history favorite, Henry Steele Commager; a dozen years onward from that, in 1914, a baby male first drew breath en route to a life as the poet and critic of gritty American life, John Berryman; six years more on time’s inexorable march toward now, in 1920, an Irish hunger striker, the major of Derry, died in Brixton Prison after refusing sustenance for over seventy days; a mere year nearer the here and now, in 1921, the legendary lawman and gunfighter and lesser-known author, Bat Masterson, had his final bout at the ‘OK Corral;’ a thousand ninety-six days after that, in 1924, across the wide Atlantic in England, the so-called Zinoviev Letter—a missive that British spies cooked up to support the idea that commie-red-bastards were trying to subvert dear England—as if by magic ‘came to light,’ an eventuality which plausibly resulted in a massive Conservative victory at the English polls; half a dozen years hence, in 1930, a male child bounced into the world whom fate had designated to become the critic and author Harold Brodkey; fourteen hundred sixty-one days onward from there, in 1934, tens of thousands of textile workers walked off the job in a huge strike that centered on Patterson New Jersey’s silk and dye

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factories; an additional four years thereafter, in 1938, in a widely ignored prognostication, the Archbishop of Dubuque warned that indulging in swing music would ‘gnaw away’ at youthful morals and inaugurate a ‘primrose path to hell;’ two years after that silly juncture, in 1940, Benjamin O Davis became the first African American general officer in the United States Army;three hundred sixty-five days forward in time, in 1941, a baby girl entered our midst who would grow up as the estimable and popular novelist and essayist Anne Tyler; three years precisely past that entry point, in 1944, Heinrich Himmler instructed the secret police of Nazi Germany to become relentless and fanatical in seeking to prosecute and kill those young people who operated the so-called Edelweiss movement to help deserters and other ‘civil disobedient’s against fascism; a year yet later on, in 1945,the United States, contravening its very different decision on the Korean Peninsula, turned over the administration of Formosa, or Taiwan, to the reactionary and proto-fascist Chinese Nationalists, to replace the Japanese who had been in charge of the place for ; four years subsequent to that happy attitude toward thuggish ‘friends,’ in 1949, Hawaiian dock and sugar factory workers struck for equivalent pay as mainlanders received, a victory in the event for solidarity and worker action; six years even closer to the current context, in 1955, a child of Hiroshima, whose artistry and fortitude had charmed most people on the planet, breathed her last after struggling briefly with radiation-induced leukemia, only twelve years old;precisely seven years past that conjunction, in 1962, the United States demonstrated its double-standard impunity when it threatened nuclear war as UN Ambassador Adlai Stevenson presented photos of Soviet missiles in Cuba while nuclear weapons

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literally formed a nearly complete ring around the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; just shy of a decade further down the pike, in 1971, the nations of the world acceded to reality, not to mention social justice, in recognizing People’s Republic of China as the true representative of the Chinese people; another half a dozens years en route to today, in 1977, the Digital Equipment Corporation released the open architecture for its update for a Virtual Memory System basic computer operating system; a thousand ninety-six days in even greater proximity to the present point in time, in 1980, proceedings in the Hague addressed issues in regard to international abduction of children, primarily in cases of marital dissolution; an additional three years forward in time, in 1983, a much more clear cut case of abusive relationships unfolded when the mammoth United States military ‘invaded’ Granada, where the Marxist Maurice Bishop had recently died at the hands of assassins; six years onward from that inopportune passage, in 1989, the popular author and critic Mary McCarthy lived out her final chapter; three years still later, in 1992, the well-loved country music singer and lyricist Roger Miller breathed his last; a thousand ninety-five days farther down the pike, in 1995,something akin to ‘union democracy’ actually unfolded at the American Federation of Labor–Congress of Industrial Organizations elections when a slate of ‘rebel’ candidates won out in the first contested election in modern AFL-CIO labor history; seven years in still greater proximity to the present pass, in 2002, progressive Senator Paul Wellstone, ever a threat to ‘established’ politics, ceased to trouble his ‘mainstream’ critics when his plane fell out of the sky on a campaign trip; seven years forward from that, in 2009, an even bloodier outburst of violence took place in Iraq when terrorist bombings killed over 150 people and wounded over 700 in the venue where George W Bush had recently boasted, “mission accomplished;” three years thereafter, in the meantime, in 2012, the estimable historian and writer Jacques Barzun drew a final breath after several years beyond his one hundredth birthday.