11.15.2016 Day in History

In Japan today, in keeping with the Ten New Commandments, this date marks the Seven Five Three celebration of children’s emergence from toddler status and the assumption of the joyous responsibilities of childhood, and seven thousand miles or so to the West, Palestinians commemorate their still-longed-for ‘independence,’ while the United States designates this twenty-four hour period as America Recycles Day, and the citizens of the world honor scrappy scribes in trouble with a Day of the Imprisoned Writer; in the mountainous environs that for centuries housed Inca imperial operations, four hundred eighty-four years ago, Iberian interlopers first met with those who were to be the last Incan rulers in preparation for the European sacking of the Andean American Project; a single cycle of sol forward from that, in the same environs in 1533, conquistador Francisco Pizarro came closer to his storied plunder of the Incas by accepting an invitation to visit the imperial capital in Cuzco; three years shy of a century later, in 1630, the estimable astronomer and stalwart natural philosopher Johannes Kepler took his final bearings on the cosmos; one hundred and eight years onward from there, in 1738,across the English Channel in Britain, the male infant entered the world who would become the accomplished scientist and astronomer William Herschel; thirty-nine years subsequent to that point, across the Atlantic in old american revolution-Declaration_independence1777, rebellious English colonials in the Continental Congress approved a draft of the Articles of Confederation; fourteen years past that hopeful conjunction, in 1791, Catholic intellectuals inaugurated the new United States’ first Roman University when they opened Georgetown’s classrooms for pupils; a decade and a half more in the direction of this day in time, in 1806, Zebulon Pike first saw through the haze the massive Rocky Mountain peak which would eventually bear his name in Colorado; a hundred fifty-four years back, back over the Atlantic in Europe, the little baby boy opened his German eyes who would rise as writer and recipient of Nobel laureates Gerhart Hauptmann; seven hundred thirty-one days thereafter, in 1864, again in the war-torn United States, William Tecumseh Sherman directed his troops to put Atlanta to the torch in a reverse scorched-earth expression of the brutality of modern warfare; seventeen additional years along solidaritytime’s trek, in 1881, proponents of working class organization formulated the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions of the United States and Canada, which advocated for trades unionism, the eight-hour day, and other rights of working people on its way to becoming the American Federation of Labor; half a dozen years hence, in 1887, a girl child was born into the world who would mature as the incisive critic, prolific translator, and acclaimed poet Marianne Moore, and another girl child happened along en route to her life as the brilliant and beloved artist, Georgia O’Keefe; a mere two years nearer to the here and now, in 1889, five thousand miles to the South in Brazil, bourgeois ‘rebels’ overthrew the emperor in the aftermath of slavery’s demise to establish the largest South American ‘republic;’ twenty-one years afterward, in 1910, the long-lived and well-respected German writer Wilhelm Raabe lived out his final chapter; a thousand four hundred sixty-one days more along the temporal arc, in 1914, across the wide ocean in America, a gridiron contender in the Ohio League, a direct lineal ancestor of the National Football League, became the first player to die of injuries that he sustained in a game; two years past that unhappy eventuality, in 1916, in a Europe suffused with the hell of war, 90-year old Polish writer and Nobel Prize winner,

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Henryk Sienkiewicz, died; another cycle round the sun, in 1917,esteemed French sociologist Emile Durkheim breathed his last; an additional two years on the exact line of march toward today, in 1919,back in the reactionary ‘land of the free and home of the brave,’ agents of the Attorney General J. Mitchell Palmer’s Bureau of Investigations invaded and destroyed IWW and other working-class offices and homes in the New York area at the beginning of the storied ‘Palmer raids’ that established the United States as a leader and trendsetter of deploying fascistic tactics against democratic working-class organizations; a single year forward from that travesty, in 1920, in Switzerland’s capital of Geneva, so-called ‘liberals’ and internationalists held the first meeting of the doomed-to-irrelevance League of Nations; two years onward from that precise point, in 1922, evidencing the League of Nations pathetic potency in regard to any real protection of human integrity and social justice, over 1,000 protesters in Guayaquil, Ecuador died at the hands of reactionary agents of the military and national elites; four years thereafter, in 1926, to the North in the United States, capital prepared for its coup in the Radio Act of 1927 with the establishment of the National Broadcasting Corporation’s 24-stations countrywide network; fourteen hundred sixty-one days past that apex of profiteering, in 1930, a male child came along who would become the estimable writer and storyteller of fantastical tales, J.G. Ballard; a pair of years yet later on, in 1932, the female baby cried out who would delight female audiences, and their men, with popular lyrics and performances as Petula Clark; seven years even closer to the current context, in 1939,Franklin Roosevelt, toward the end of his second presidential term, participated in laying the cornerstone for the Jefferson Memorial in the District of Columbia; four years after that celebration of an admittedly flawed founding father, in 1943, fascist Nazi nabob Heinrich Himmler signed toe authorization to exterminate Gypsies with the same prejudice that fascist Germany was applying to its ‘Final Solution’ of the jude jewish holocaust genocide‘Jewish Problem;’ eight years henceforth, in 1951, CIA-backed Greek gangsters continued the protocols of the ‘defeated fascists’ with the show trial of Greek resistance leaders that resulted in death sentences for a dozen mainly young ‘rebels;’three years past that tragic outbreak of hypocrisy, in 1954, again in America, scion of thespians Lionel Barrymore played out his final scene; an additional trio of trips round the sun onward from that, in 1957, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, in a rambling magazine interview, challenged the U.S. to a demonstration ‘shooting match’ to determine which nation’s intercontinental ballistic missiles were the most accurate; three times three years afterwards, in 1966, student activists at Brown University walked out on and heckled the speech of the U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to protest American involvement in the imperial, and criminal, war in Southeast Asia; three years again further along, in 1969, a Soviet submarine near Russian waters collided with a U.S. Nuclear attack vessel in the Barents Sea, while far to the Southwast in the District of Columbia, up to half a million non-violent war protesters bore witness against their nation’s leaders’ war crimes in Southeast Asia with a call to end the war; two years still more proximate to the present pass, in 1971, one positive’ result of thermonuclear and other military research came on the market as Intel’s initial single-chip computer processor, the 4004; six additional years toward today, in 1977, President Jimmy Carter entertained one of history’s top mass murderers, who was also fast friends of corporate America and the CIA, the Shah of Iran at the White House; a single year hence, in 1978,brilliant champion of the science of humanity and humanitarian social justice, Margaret Mead, experienced the final chapter of her life; a half decade after that passage, in 1983, Turkish schemers after Ottoman glory declared the existence of a Turkish Republic of Northernottoman Cyprus that only the denizens of Ankara recognized; half a decade subsequently, in 1988, a pair of developments that expressed different aspects of capital’s imperial project’s fantasies unfolded, the first in Palestine with the declaration of an Independent Palestinian nation, and the second in the Netherlands with the promotion of the world’s first ‘fair trade’ label; seven hundred thirty days onward in space and time, in 1990, geographically between the two previous occurrences, the nation of Bulgaria tossed out its’ ‘communist’ governing structure and declared a more ‘Western’ republic; eight years still later, through the Mediterranean and across the Atlantic, in 1998,iconic Civil Rights activist and Black Power advocate Stokely Carmichael came to the end of his road; yet another eight years forward on time’s path, in 2006, Al Jazeera launched its short-lived English language affiliate;seven more years in even greater proximity to today, in 2013, the long-lived and redoubtable Civil Rights activist T. J. Jemison drew a final breath.