11.28.2016 Day in History

By Sun Long (孫隆) and Chen Lu (陳錄)
By Sun Long (孫隆) and Chen Lu (陳錄)

In the tumultuous times of the later Tang imperial span, in China a thousand eighty years ago, today as the coronation of emperor Shi Jingtang, following a revolt against Taizong of Liao; precisely five hundred and seven years on the temporal arc toward now, in 1443, Albanian rebels succeeded for a time in dislodging Ottoman rule and establishing an Albanian polity after the liberation of Kruja by the forces of Skanderbeg; twenty-seven years later, in 1470, roughly 2,000 miles to the East in what is now Southeast Asia, Vietnamese forces under the command of Emperor Lê Thánh Tông of Đại Việt emerged victorious against the fighters of the South Asian and largely Islamic Champa; a half century onward to the day, in 1520, three ships under the general command of Ferdinand Magellan completed their circuit round the Southernmost tip of the Americas and entered the Pacific Ocean from the Atlantic, the first sailors ever to accomplish this feat; four hundred thirty-four years before the present moment, William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway received, at a cost of 40£, permission to formalized their marriage, dispersing what would be $1,000 or more today in order to establish a legal union; forty-six years after that happy conjunction, in 1628, the male child first cried out who would become the estimable writer and storyteller John Bunyan; thirty-two years hence, in 1660, denizens of Oxford’s Gresham College established an institution that continues to exert intellectual and

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scientific influence to this day, the Royal Society; three years short of a century along time’s path, in 1757, the baby male entered our midst whom fate had designated as the masterful poet and thinker and artist William Blake; two hundred five years back, in the performance space in Leipzig’s symphony hall, Ludwig van Beethoven premiered his world famous 5th Piano Concerto; a thousand ninety-six days subsequent to that, in 1814, across the English Channel in London, the Times became the first major newspaper to deploy steam-powered automatic presses that simultaneously lowered cost, thereby expanding audience, and undercut nascent organizing efforts among the pressmen who had brought out papers theretofore; half a dozen years farther down the pike, in 1820, a little tyke opened his eyes who would rise as a prime mover of socialism and who bore the name Friedrich Engels; the very next year, roughly 5000 Southwest across the Atlantic and the gulf of Mexico, in 1821, Panama joined Gran Colombia and completed its ‘independence’ from Spanish rule; a couple of thousand miles to the North, seven years afterward, in 1828, a baby boy was born en route to a life as William Sylvus, the founder of an important step in organized labor’s development in North America, the creation of the National Labor Union, and across the Atlantic Ocean, in the Eastern Mediterranean, French forces and Greek bourgeois rebels succeeded in expelling the final Ottoman overseers from the Greek peninsula; a decade and a half yet later on, in 1843, France and England recognized Hawaii as an ‘independent nation’ many decades before the United States claimed imprimatur over the islands; sixteen years additional in the direction of today, in 1859, the Brilliant and prolific Washington Irving breathed his last; thirty-two years yet nearer to the here and now, in 1891, the relatively huge—by U.S. Standards—labor association came into existence that would soon enough bear the
name International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; seven hundred thirty-one days forward from there, in 1893, roughly half a world away in New Zealand, women first obtained a nationwide suffrage; the next solar cycle past that, in 1894, the baby boy was born who became the long-lived denizen of bourgeois thinking and Pixabay Image 1175717capitalist fantasy, Henry Hazlitt; seven years thereafter, in 1901, a Black champion of abolition, Moses Dickson, lived out his final struggle; an additional thousand four hundred sixty-one days past that passing, in 1905, the party that has for a hundred eleven years defined SOP Irish liberation, Sinn Fein, first came into existence; three years on the dot further down time’s road, in 1908, a Pennsylvania mine blast killed more than 150 colliers, an event the company claimed was anomalous since the facility was “in perfect condition,” at the same time that more than 20,000 New York City transport workers went on strike for better wages and conditions, and the male infant entered our midst who would grow up as the iconic thinker and anthropologist, Claude Levi-Strauss; exactly another three hundred sixty-five days more in today’s vicinity, in 1909, Sergei Rachmaninoff debuted his third piano concerto, with all its technical complexity and demands of physical acuity; still another year’s slog along time’s track, in 1910, a female child called out en route to a more than century long life as Southern botanist and ecologist Elsie Quarterman; across the Atlantic and much of Europe two years henceforth, in 1912, Albania moved Europe and the world closer to inter-imperial conflict by declaring its independence from the Ottoman Empire; two years further forward in space-time, in 1914, the New York Stock Exchange bond market, after a four month hiatus that resulted from war’s initiation, reopened to purchasers and purveyors; half a dozen years past that moment in capital’s accumulative trek, in 1920, a brutal encounter in the aftermath of the end of war took place in Ireland, when Irish Republican Army operatives ambushed a convoy of British supporters, killing almost a score of them;precisely four years farther along the temporal arc, in 1924, a multi-hued boy child bounced into the world in what is now Zimbabwe who would go on to fame as a writer and teacher and activist who most famously advocated for banning South Africa from Olympic competition so long as apartheid prevailed; seven thousand miles or so Northwest and a year more onward, in 1925, the program premiered, live and on radio, which we would come to remember as The Grand Ole Opry; an additional four years along time’s path, in 1929, a Black child of economic comfort came along who would mature as the estimable producer and music entrepreneur Berry Gordy, Jr., who would among other things bring Motown Records into existence; thirteen sequential years subsequently, in 1942, a fire in a Boston nightclub, the Cocoanut Grove, killed almost five hundred patrons Bundesarchiv  Potsdamer_Konferenz,_Churchill,_Truman,_Stalinand performers; over five thousand miles Eastward the very next year, in 1943, the ‘allied’ leaders Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt met in Tehran, Persia, to plot out the parameters of a postwar order that seemed now a sure bet, given the collapse of Nazi Germany’s ‘Eastern Front’ and the nibbling away at its Western fringes by the imperial forces of the alliance;the next year, war even closer to its finale in 1944, a little baby girl opened her eyes who would rise as the storyteller and writer, Rita Mae Brown; four years after that, in 1948, a male child came into the world in standard fashion who would soon enough manifest the physicist and thinker and communicator of some renown, Alan Lightman; a decade even closer to the current context, in 1958, new African nations took shape in Chad, Gabon, and the Republic of Congo as European imperialists adopted new strategies for exercising dominion over African labor, consumers, and resources; seven hundred thirty-one leap days afterward, in 1960,Mauritania in turn gained erstwhile ‘independence,’ at the same time that the expatriate former Communist and brilliant writer, Richard Wright, died in Paris; four years still more proximate to the present pass, in 1964,American imperial strategists laid out plans for a two-stage escalation of bombing in North Vietnam, to ‘achieve strategic objectives’ in the context of industrialized mass murder; just a year more along the track, in 1965, the Philippines President Marcos signed off on an agreement to send Filipino troops to fight in South Vietnam; six years in the lee of that imperial

US flag reflexion on Vietnam Veterans Memorial 12 2011 000124 by Mariordo Mario Roverto Durán Ortiz - Own work
US flag reflexion on Vietnam Veterans Memorial 12 2011 000124 by Mariordo Mario Roverto Durán Ortiz – Own work

venture, in 1971, a different expression of the social contradictions of international affairs appeared on the scene when assassins of the Palestine Liberation Organization murdered the Prime Minister of Jordan; a further four years in today’s general direction, in 1975, East Timor gained its ‘independence’ after a bloody civil war that entailed multiple hidden agendas and strategic imperatives; half a decade still later, in 1980, yet one more geopolitical engagement came to pass when Iran’s Navy crushed Iraqi naval capacity in Operation Morvarid; not quite a decade hence, in 1989,Czechoslovakia anticipated Soviet dissolution into the Russian Federation with the evolution of its own ‘Velvet Revolution;’ five years more on the track of today’s train, in 1994, over a thousand Bell Atlantic employees from Pennsylvania when they refused to remove T-shirts that disparaged the company’s dealings with its unions, and the cultural counterpuncher of ‘hippy days,’ Jerry Rubin, came to a crushing end in an L.A. auto wreck; four years prior to the here and now, in 2012, the champion of ‘self-help’ and ‘Christian values,’ Zig Ziglar, breathed his last; an additional two years in even greater proximity to this very instant, in 2014, a ‘little Shakespeare’ of Hispanic humor and storytelling and thought, Roberto Gomez Bollanos, had his last laugh.