11.02.2016 Day in History

candle goth death wicca witchcraft pagan sorcery mystery psychologyAt this juncture just prior to the halfway mark through autumn, ancient peoples and their contemporary adherents have celebrated the first day of Beltane in the Southern Hemisphere and Samhain in the Northern Hemisphere as part of the Wheel of the Year, while in more contemporary manifestations of the ‘spirit’ solar cycle, many nations with orthodox and Catholic populations celebrate All Saints Day, at the same time that more frolicsome peoples note this date as the second Day of the Dead, or Day of the Innocents, and more cosmically groovy people today call this day in the year World Vegan Day; in what is now France and Central Europe, during the declining days of the Roman Empire,sixteen hundred fifty-one years ago, Alemannic rebels crossed the Rhine and placed the Gallic lands of Imperial Rome in such a crisis that Emperor Valentinian I moved to Paris to command the defenders; exactly three quarters of a century after the Norman Invasion, and eight and three quarter centuries before today, one of England’s early queens, Matilda, gave up the throne as King Stephen regained his post as King of England;exactly sixty-three years later, in 1214, the ongoing dissolution of the Byzantine Empire continued with the victory of the Seljuk Turks over Byzantium at the Port of Sinolope, now in Southwest Turkey; six hundred sixty-eight years before today, across the Mediterranean in Valencia, rebellious forces against central rule identified Jewish adherents and merchants as proponents of the King and declared open season on attacking them in Murviedro; on the dot one hundred sixty-four years beyond that juncture, in 1512, residents of the Italian Peninsula first had the opportunity to view the ceiling of sistine chapel michelangelo art church italy romeMichelangelo’s Sistine Chapel; eight years onward from there, and eight thousand miles to the Southwest in 1520, Ferdinand Magellan first navigated the treacherous passage around the tip of South America that continues to bear his name; three and a half decades thereafter, in 1555, to the North in Portugal’s colony in South America, French Huguenots first established their ‘iconoclastic’ community in Rio de Janeiro; forty-nine years hence, and back across the wide Atlantic in London in 1604, William Shakespeare premiered the first production of his iconic drama Othello; seven years beyond that inaugural event, in 1611, the Bard oversaw the first performance of his final iconic drama, The Tempest; precisely one hundred fifty-four years after that dramatic moment, in 1765, England’s Parliament set a course toward causing insurrection in its North American colonies with the passage of the infamous and exploitative extraction of the Stamp Act; a quarter centur further along, in 1790, Edmund Burke first published his classic of anti-Revolutionary conservatism, Reflection on the Revolution in France; forty-five years subsequent to that counter-revolutionary moment, in 1835,across the Atlantic in Philadelphia, a much more salubrious eventuality for workers took place when over 10,000 laborers in the City of Brotherly Love held a general strike that elicited in short order the establishment of a 10-hour maximum work day; thirteen years later to the day, in 1848, to the North in Massachusetts, the first North American medical school for women opened its doors at Boston University; twenty-two years onward from that salubrious moment, in 1870, the United States inaugurated the Weather Bureau, which gave its first meteorological forecast en route to its renaming as the National Weather Service; three hundred sixty-five days afterward, in 1871, the little baby boy opened his eyes who would rise as the brilliant storyteller and champion of the people, Stephen Crane; seven years farther along, and roughly 5,000 miles to the South, in 1878, another male child started his life in Argentina as Carlos Saavedra Lamas on his way to intellectual and humanistic laurels, in addition to Nobel Peace laureates;seven hundred thirty-one days in the direction of our own light and air, in 1880, yet another boy child bounced into the world in the United States who would mature as the journalist and bard Grantland Rice; an additional seven years further along, in 1887, Dixiecrats in Louisiana gave future fascists good lessons when they lynched two Union organizers who were seeking to obtain dollar-a-day for sugar workers, of whom nearly forty additional were shot down like dogs by militia and ‘prominent citizens;’seven years yet nearer to the here and now, in 1894, early film that Thomas Edison produced as moving pictures helped Annie Oakley to obtain work with Bill Hickocks Wild West Show; three years along time’s temporal arc from that, in 1897, another important media event occurred wen the first designated Library of Congress building opened its doors to public access; a hundred and five years back, in the ‘practice runs’ for World War One, Italy first dropped bombs from an aircraft in the Italo-Turkish War; half a decade even closer to the current context, in 1916, a thousand miles to the North and East in Moscow, a ‘liberal’ member of the Duma tried to salvage the collapsing Russian empire that had butchered so many of its own people with a speech that declared that the current government was guilty of either ‘stupidity or treason’ and in any event unworthy of continued support; two years henceforth, in 1918, an additional seismic transformation resulted from World War One’s carnage when Galicia, Western Ukraine, gained its independence from the Austrian Empire, and across Europe and the wide Atlantic, anti-Union management of the New York Transit Authority induced a tragic wreck with a scab subway officer that killed almost 100 and injured several hundred others, all in their attempt to deny working people the capacity to have a decent quality of life;another cycle of the sun toward our present moment in time, in 1919,further labor unrest unfolded as fairly close to halv a million coal miners from across the country went on strike with such radicalism that they threatened to take over the United Mine Workers, the ‘leaders’ of which helped the mine owners find scabs because they worried that insurgent colliers would take their place; three further years on time’s relentless march, in 1922, yet another consequence of the first massive clash of empires unfolded as the final sultan of the Ottoman Empire abdicated in preparation or the founding of modern Turkey; half a dozen years yet later on, in 1928, Turkey’s new rulers, under Attaturk, established the primacy of the Turkish alphabet in publishing, education, and so forth; once again, seven years further along from that, in 1935, a male infant took a first breath en route to his life as the outstanding public intellectual and important thinker about the Levant, North Africa, and Western Asia, Edward Said; six years subsequently, in 1941,the masterful Ansel Adams captured an image of moonrise in the Southwestern desert that remains one of the iconic examples of photographic arts; another trek around the sun after that, in 1942, a male infant bounced into the world who would end up as the publisher of what many consider pornography and others consider erotica and cultural commentary, Larry Flint; two years still more proximate to the present pass, in 1944, the male baby came into the world in standard fashion who would mature as the rocker, lyricist , performer, and writer whom we know as Kinky Friedman; six years further along time’s current, in 1950, two advocates of Puerto Rican liberation from U.S. Imperial dominance tried to carry out an assassination attempt against President Harry Truman, and the male infant came along who grew up as the computer wizard and digital rights advocate Mitch Kapor, who founded both Lotus Software and the Electronic Frontier Foundation; a single year past that conjunction, in 1951, thousands of American GI’s had no choice but to be the first guinea pigs in what Harvey Wasserman calls a process of Killing Our Own, when they ‘followed orders’ and marched through nuclear Ground Zero shortly after one of the early Desert Rock nuclear explosions; three hundred sixty-six days past that, in 1952, another exploration of mass collective suicide occurred when the US exploded the world’s first easily replicable H-bomb, Mike for megaton, which had a yield of roughly 10 million tons of TNT; two years additional along time’s path, in 1954, across the wide Atlantic and part of the Mediterranean, rebels from the Front de Libération Nationale , or National Liberation Front of Algeria, fired the first rounds in their people’s civil war against French colonial rule; a single year later still, in 1955, Dale Carnegie died, though he continued to ‘win friends and influence people;’another seven hundred thirty-one days in the specific direction of today, in 1957, the male child gazed around him for the first time who would mature as the talented and well-loved singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett; three years still further along life’s highway, in 1960, John F Kennedy became the final Presidential candidate actually to have a new idea when, as election day approached, he posited the idea that he developed into the Peace Corps; three additional years beyond that juncture, in 1963, off the Eastern coast the United States,

"Lspn comet halley" by NASA/W. Liller - NSSDC's Photo Gallery (NASA)
“Lspn comet halley” by NASA/W. Liller – NSSDC’s Photo Gallery (NASA)

astrophysicists brought online the world’s largest Radio telescope at the Arecibo facility in Puerto Rico; another half-decade’s leap along time’s hurdle to now, in 1968, the Motion Picture Association of America, flummoxed by popular demand for less idiocy in the censorship of movies, promulgated a new code from G to X for Hollywood Films; two years in even greater proximity to today, in 1970, brilliant and progressive historian and sociologist Robert Staughton Lynd drew a final breath; just short of a decade after that, in 1979,Colonel Alberto Natusch – a darling of business interests and the CIA – led a murderous coup d’etat against his country’s democratically-elected president, and the United Auto Workers at an International Harvester plant began what would be a nearly half-year strike that successfully sought relief from arbitrary work rules and practices; one thousand ninety-six days further along time’s merry way, in 1982, Honda motors became the first Japanese auto maker to open an assembly plant in the United States, for the Honda Accord in Marysville, Ohio, and the iconic filmmaker, both popular and populist, King Vidor, shot his final scene; eleven years afterwards, in 1993, the Maastricht Treat laid the basis for the establishment of the European Union; ok so um, six years subsequently, in 1999, nuclear physicist, anti-nuclear weapons activist, and reputed spy, Theodore Hall, took his final death; an additional seven years on the march to today, in 2006, the iconic novelist and storyteller William Styron lived out his final chapter.