11.22.2016 Day in History

In the Levant today, marking both the prevalence of and resistance to European incursions, the nation of Lebanon celebrates its independence from France; in a related development that affected now predominant Christian churches throughout Europe, seven hundred and nine years ago, the fifth Pope Clement issued a papal order that mandated the seizure and imprisonment of all members of the Knights Templar organization that had its roots in the Eastern Mediterranean; three hundred eighty-one years ahead of today, the extension of the European Colonial Project expanded further Eastward to include Taiwan where Dutch forces succeeded in establishing control over much of the island; just two years short of three centuries before the current unfolding, a storied buccaneer, who went by the name of Blackbeard, after he had ‘gone freelance’ because the English crown had ordered that he stop plundering the Spanish, came to a bloody end at the hands of his own countryman off the coast of North Carolina; just past a quarter century beyond that murderous encounter, more beneficent bloodshed transpired when the baby girl entered the world who would go on to fame and fortune as first lady Abigail Adams; exactly one hundred ninety-seven years back, the little baby girl opened her eyes who would rise as the brilliant storyteller who adopted the man’s name George Eliot in order to have an easier time selling her books; eighteen years onward in space and time, in 1837, William Mackenzie, a leading voice in favor of Canadian independence, counseled his countrymen to rise up and revolt against the English crown; thirty-two years subsequently, in 1869, the male infant entered our midst who would become the writer and dramatist and storyteller Andre

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Gide, an early French recipient of the Nobel Prize; seventeen years more in the direction of today, in 1886, the incisive and insightful chronicler and critic of chattel slavery, Mary Boykin Chesnut, came to the end of her path in life; a decade and a half further along, in 1901, a boy baby announced his presence amongst us en route to a life as a member of the Vienna Circle, both critic and philosopher, Bela Juhos; eight years thereafter, in 1909, women in the United States, in the tens of thousands, took action to demand higher wages and better conditions in New York sweatshops, threatening a general strike if they did not receive what they demanded; a decade precisely past that, in 1919, at least a pair of labor organizers in Alabama faced lynch mobs for the ‘crime’ of seeking to organize African American workers; seven hundred thirty-one leap days further in the direction of this moment, in 1921, the male child cried out who would soon enough manifest the wit and performing capability of Rodney Dangerfield; seven years henceforth, in 1928, across the wide Atlantic and a swath of France in Paris, the first performance of Maurice Ravel’s magnificent Bolero first burst forth from the orchestra pit; a mere year nearer to the here and now, in 1929, the bay boy was born who would become the radical champion of historical insight and social justice, Staughton Lynd; half a dozen years onward in space and time, in 1935, Alameda, California’s China Clipper service initiated the first transpacific air passenger service; another half decade forward along time’s temporal path, in 1940, the male child came along whom destiny had selected as the storyteller and humorist and The-Complete-Monty Python-s-Flying-Circus-9780679726470filmmaker Terry Gilliam; a pair of years yet later on, in 1942, to the East in Stalingrad, one of history’s world-changing battles unfolded with the official announcement to Adolf Hitler that Germany’s entire 6th army was surrounded by the Soviets;three hundred sixty-five days after that important development in the great bloodletting of World War Two, Chiang Kai-Shek, Winston Churchill, and Franklin Roosevelt met in Egypt to discuss ways both of defeating Japan and of containing the Communist ‘threat’ in China, and, in a quid pro quo for garnering assistance against the Germans, Lebanon gained its ‘independence’ from colonial domination by France; seven years further along, in 1950, a male baby shouted out who would grow up as the rocker and crooner and lyricist Steven Van Zandt; thirteen years subsequent to that conjunction, in 1963, one of history’s more treacherous instances of conspiratorial murder transpired when never-captured assassins struck down the president of the united states John F Kennedy, while across the continent from Texas and California, Aldous Huxley breathed his last, at the same time that the English writer and religious thinker CS Lewis also died; a thousand four hundred sixty-one days even closer to the current context, in 1967, the UN’s inclusive membrersiop body passed Resolution 242, which sought to establish protocols for restoring peace among Israel and various Islamic combatants; a single solar cycle past that, in 1968, the Beatles published what people now generally call the White Album, and the baby male took a first breath who would grow up as the creator of the programming language PHP, Rasmus Lerdorf; six years forward towards today, in 1974, the United Nations General Assembly granted the Palestine Liberation palestine israelorganization and Palestinians generally observer status in that august assembly; another half dozen years still later, in 1980, the baby boy looked around him for the first time who would soon enough become Shawn Fanning, the creator of the famed and infamous music sharing service Napster, and the legendary siren and performer and screenwriter Mae West came to the end of her jaunt through life; six years still more proximate to the present pass, in 1986, the renowned journalist and thinker William Bradford Huie exited the stage; in other media news, a year after that, in 1987, hackers succeeded in hijacking the signal of two Chicago television stations and replacing ‘regularly scheduled programming’ with a feed that images that a character who dressed like Max Headroom dominated; seven additional years in the general direction of the here and now, in 1993, the estimable writer and narrator Anthony Burgess lived out his last chapter; another seven hundred thirty days on the road to right this second, in 1995, Toy Story, the first fully computer-generated animated film opened in theaters arount eh United States; yet one more seven year stretch toward today, in 2002, assailants in Nigeria murdered over one hundred people in an attack on the Miss World pageant.