12.08.2016 Day in History

By Jialiang Gao www.peace-on-earth.org
By Jialiang Gao www.peace-on-earth.org

In a tiny expression of independence from the imperial behemoth, today marks the solidarity that non-revolutionary Caribbean regimes, in the ‘community’ of CARRICOM, now express with the yet radical nation of Cuba; in the early days of imperial Rome two thousand eighty-one years ago, a baby boy first cried out who would mature as the renowned wit and thinker and poet, Horace; at the heart of different Chinese imperial competitors eight hundred thirty-two years past that instant in time, in 757, the poet whom many consider the supreme Chinese language giant, Du Fu, returned to the capital city that he escaped during the Lushan Uprising; in what is now the Northern reaches of Eastern Europe six and three quarter centuries later and half a world away in 1432, the union of Poland & Lithuania nearly unraveled in civil war, with the division a particularly attractive prospect to the so-called Teutonic Knights, early pre-Enlightenment principalities that used the latest armor and armaments; one of the first Jewish authors to become prominent in the Western Hemisphere four hundred twenty years ago threw himself out of a window to his death rather than face further torture at the hand of inquisitors in Mexico City who were forcing him to identify others who had ‘relapsed’ into the Jewish faith; playing Desdemona in Shakespeare’s Othello, sixty-four years subsequently, in 1660, a female performer first appeared as a thespian on a public English stage; a century and half a decade thereafter, in 1765, a male infant drew a first breath whom fate had decreed would resuscitate chattel slavery with the invention of the cotton gin as Eli Whitney; just two years shy of a half decade later, in 1813, Beethoven’s seminal Seventh Symphony premiered in Vienna with Ludwig himself at the helm; one hundred eighty-four years back, a baby boy was born in Norway who grew up as Bjornsterne Bjornson to sit on the Nobel Prize committee for literature, winning the prize himself in 1903; two decades and two years henceforth, in 1854, Pope Pius IX ascertained and proclaimed that Jesus’ mother, Mary, in addition to conceiving the ‘Savior’ nativity virgin christmasvirginally, had entered the world free of original sin; five years hence, in 1859, English author Thomas de Quincey died; exactly half a decade beyond that juncture, in 1864, acclaimed math-wizard and philosopher George Boole took his last breath; an infant male entered the world another twenty-two years onward, in 1886, who would go on to paint amazing murals as Diego Rivera, and two thousand miles North in Columbus, Ohio, 25 almost exclusively White unions joined together to form the American Federation of Labor, with Cigar Union leader Samuel Gompers as its President; eight years thereafter, in 1894, an infant first opened his eyes on his way to becoming beloved creator of Popeye, E C Segar, and further East in Ohio, another baby boy was born, this time maturing as the storyteller and humorist James Thurber; just shy of a decade later, in 1903, the ‘classical liberal’ thinker and social Darwinist Herbert Spencer outlived his biological fitness; Germany nine years hence, in 1912, anticipated coming conflict and held a War Council among its imperial officers; a decade closer to now, in 1922, Northern Ireland seceded from the Irish Free State; three philanthropies that Robert Brookings had funded five years past that conjunction, in 1927, coalesced into the still-extant and powerful ‘liberal’ think-tank, the Brookings Institution; three years onward toward now, in 1930, the male child drew breath who would rise as the iconic performer and talented screenwriter, Maximilian Schell; another ten hundred ninety-six days farther along, in 1933, a baby boy was born across the Atlantic who grew up as the popular and daring comedic genius and script-writer Flip Wilson; declaring the prior twenty-four hours “a date that will live in Infamy,” Franklin Roosevelt eight years afterward, in 1941, asked for a declaration of war against Japan for its Pearl Harbor attack; two years afterward, in 1943, a baby boy came into the world who would grow up to sing and write as Jim Morrison; four years further toward the present pass, in 1947, a male baby opened his eyes who would see his way to performing and writing as Gregg Allman; two years subsequent to that instant in time, in palestine israel1949, the United Nations started a relief operation, the Agency for Palestinian Refugees, for those forced from their homes and lands as the State of Israel took shape, and the birth of a baby girl happened, an infant who grew up to become novelist and loved writing teacher Mary Gordon; two years further on, in 1951, a baby boy was born who grew up to become popular writer Bill Bryson; another seven hundred thirty-one days nearer to now, in 1953, Dwight Eisenhower delivered his fatuous ‘Atoms for Peace’ speech, which served to initiate a propaganda campaign in favor of nuclear power plants that were both a hidden subsidy for nuclear weapons and in turn benefited from military applications of reactor research, and a baby boy took his first breath en route to a life as controversial scholar of Southwest Asia and the Mediterranean, Norman Finkelstein, often attacked for his findings that criticized the State of Israel; in New York City nine years afterward, in 1962, employees at four papers—later joined by workers at five other publishers—went on strike for higher wages and workplace rights in a strike that lasted almost four months and changed the course of media history; four years down the pike, in 1966, the baby girl destined to become the trailblazing Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor first cried out; 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half-decade in the future, in 1971, the Indian Navy attacked ‘West-Pakistan’ at the Port of Karachi; nine years farther along time’s arc, in 1980, a gunman in New York City shot John Lennon dead; two years yet later on, in 1982, well-loved singer-songwriter Marty Robbins breathed his last, and, down in Trinidad, the baby girl first looked about her on her way to becoming the formidable and iconic rap artist Nicki Minaj; the United States and the Soviet Union a half decade even closer to today, in 1987, signed a treaty totally to eliminate so-called tactical or battlefield nuclear weapons, as well as intermediate range thermonuclear devices, and an Israeli tank’s killing four Palestinian refugees by accident began the First Intifada; four years after that, in 1991, Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia agreed to dissolve the Soviet Union and form a Commonwealth of Independent States, and Romania adopted its Constitution; two more years down the pike, in 1993, in a disaster for working people everywhere, Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement; eight years closer to today, in 2001, approximately one quarter of the 1,000 member Middletown Township teachers were ordered freed after they and their colleagues agreed to end a nine-day strike and go into mediation with the local school board; precisely three years more proximate to the current context, in 2004, twelve South American nations, in one upshot of NAFTA, signed the Cusco Declaration in Peru that established a South American currency and trade union that laid the basis for a Latin American United States; another five years onward, in 2009, Barack Obama responded to a related result of NAFTA’s ideology in trade, a massive increase in unemployment, by promising to spend money for working Americans, though the enrichment that ensued went overwhelmingly to multi-billion dollar corporations, especially financial firms; one year henceforth, in 2010, Japan’s space agency launched IKAROS, an Interplanetary Kite Accelerated by solar Radiation that successfully journeyed to Venus and entered a solar orbit there that, so far, it still maintains.