12.09.2016 Day in History

Today is International Anti-Corruption Day, and in Sweden, a lovely interlude unfolds for anyone named Anna with the celebration of Anna Day, which also serves as the beginning of the production of special holiday culinary delights; in the late, and collapsing, Roman imperial experience, fifteen hundred thirty-six years ago, the invasive leader Odoacer, Italy’s erstwhile first King, led an invasion of Dalmatia in seeking to consolidate his rule; a leader of Byzantine troops one thousand four hundred and eighty years back entered Rome at the head of an unopposed army, since the Gothic fighters had already fled the city; in a conflict that portended Khazar domination of much of Southwest Asia for a time, one hundred ninety-four years henceforth, in 730, a battle in Northern Persia at Ardabil led to the decimation of Muslim Umayyad troops and the launching of a Khazar campaign in Muslim lands; just five years short of seven centuries later, in 1425, priests and the Church founded the original University of Leuven as a Catholic institution; 1608 more or less precisely four hundred eight years ahead of today, the child entered the world

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who would become acclaimed poet and thinker John Milton; thirty-three years subsequently, in 1641, the well-loved artist and master of representation, Anthony van Dyck, sketched out his final scene; 1793 two hundred twenty-three years before the here and now, Noah Webster started New York City’s initial daily paper, the American Mirror; Peruvian independence fighters routed a royalist army a hundred ninety-two years prior to the present pass to consolidate Peruvian independence from Spain; eleven years later, in 1835, Texan independence fighters captured and occupied San Antonio; the male infant came into the world seven years yet later on, in 1842, who matured as writer and scientist and philosopher Peter Kropotkin; a thousand ninety-six days thereafter, in 1845, a baby boy drew his first breath in Georgia on his way to becoming folklorist and author Joel Chandler Harris; half a dozen years onward in space-time, in 1851, eleven hundred miles to the North in Montreal, the first Young Men’s Christian Association facility in North America opened its doors; five years past that conjunction, and an ocean or two away in 1856, at the same time as Britain was fighting in Crimea, the Persian city of Bushehr was a British conquest during the Anglo-Persian War; thirteen years hence, in 1869, some authorities contend that the most powerful labor organization of the nineteenth century came into existence as the Knights of Labor, which distinguished itself by campaigning both for an end to convict and child labor and for the institution of a universal eight-hour-day, as well as by encouraging Blacks and women to enroll, while it nevertheless endorsed so-called Chinese-Exclusion; a thousand ninety-six days past that fraternal conjunction, in 1872, to the South in partially ‘reconstructed’ Louisiana, the first African American governor of a U.S. State won election to the gubernatorial mansion; a child of immigrants, Herman Hollerith one hundred twenty-eight years ago installed his punch-card calculating machine in the War Department, inaugurating the computational machine era and a predecessor company to International Business Machines; across the Atlantic nine years subsequently to the day, in 1897, feminist Marguerite Durand opened a women’s rights daily paper in Paris, La Fronde; eight years still later, in 1905, also in France, the government ‘officially’ sundered the necessity of ties between church and state, while across the wide Atlantic, in the US, a baby boy bounced into the world who would mature as the author and screenwriter who resisted blacklists and McCarthyism Dalton Trumbo; a baby girl was born just a year beyond that, in 1906, code binary computer geek horizontalwhose destiny was to rise as Grace Hopper to U.S. Navy leadership and a lead role as well in the creation of the COBOL computer language; in Briceville, Tennessee outside Knoxville five years nearer to now, in 1911, a mine that had been the scene of an uprising and a previous disaster, lost almost a hundred miners in an explosion and shaft collapse that predictably resulted from safety lapses that upped profits for the owners; half a dozen years onward, in 1917, British troops marched into Jerusalem during the First World War; five years after that, in 1922, a male child shouted out who would mature as the performer, comic creative genius, and thinker, Redd Foxx; another infant boy came into the world seven years more proximate to the current context, in 1929, who would become the acting teacher, occasional dramatist, and star of the silver screen, John Cassavetes; in Madrid two years farther down the temporal path, in 1931, a people’s congress established the Second Spanish Republic; across the Atlantic and much of North America four years after that, in 1935,investigative reporter and progressive political activist Walter Liggett died at the hands of ‘unknown’ gunmen shortly after his paper had published exposes of the corrupt ties between Minnesota’s governor and organized criminals and financiers; on the other side of the world, two years later precisely, in 1937, Japanese armies began their brutal, often criminal, assault on Nanking in China; three years further along the temporal path, in 1940, the war that resulted from fascist and imperialist warfare in China further evolved in Egypt, where England asserted its ongoing desire for imprimatur by throwing subcontinental troops into the breach against Italians during Operation Compass; a mere year nearer to th here and now, in 1941, American and ‘allied’ imperial assets declared war on Germany, via declarations on the part of the Republic of China, Cuba, Guatemala, and the Philippines; and a male child entered the world in standard fashion en route to a life as the rock and roller and songwriter, Dan Hicks; another three hundred sixty-five days after that, in 1942, a baby boy was born who grew up to write as journalist Joe McGinnis; four years on the dot afterward, in 1946, a ‘second round’ of jude jewish holocaust genocideNuremberg trials began that prosecuted medical and other scientific personnel who conducted ‘experiments’ on Jews as a way of gathering data from the process of extermination, and India’s Parliament gathered for the first time to establish a constitution on the sub-continent; two more years in the direction of today, in 1948, a related development took place wit the adoption of the Genocide Convention; two years hence, in 1950, Britain convicted Harry Gold of espionage—his testimony later helped to convict and execute the Rosenbergs—and sentenced him to thirty years in prison for helping to funnel nuclear secrets to the Soviets, and the female child who grew up to sing as Joan Armatrading was born; then, three years further on, in 1953,General Electric announced that it would discharge all Communist employees as security risks; another half a decade past that instant, in 1958, the reactionary, arguably fascist, organization met for the first time that called itself The John Birch Society; two years farther down the pike, in 1960, a much more engaging and less frightening expression of mediated reality took place across the Atlantic pond in England where the British Broadcasting Corporation aired its first installment of the still-running soap opera, Coronation Street; two years even closer to today, in 1962,seminal scholar of American Studies Perry Miller died ; three hundred sixty-five days beyond that, in 1963, the iconic chronicler of Americana, Perry Miller, wrote out his last chapter; another annual solar cycle’s distance toward today, in 1964, British poetess and critic Edith Sitwell breathed her last; in one fell swoop four years more down the road, in 1968, Douglas Engelbart demonstrated all at once the computer mouse, a screen-based graphical-user-interface, and hypertext as a part of his commitment to expanding computer usage through work that the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency was funding on computer networks;three more years further along, in 1971, Indian special forces parachuted and boated into Karachi to destroy fuel stocks and sink Pakistani shipping in the brief carnage of the Indo Pakistani War; eight years afterward, in 1979,Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization scientists certified the ‘eradication’ of smallpox, making the pathogen the first such microorganizm that afflcted himans which human activity extinguished, no matter how temporarily; another nine years more proximate to the present

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pass, in 1987, after an incident in the occupied territories the First Intifada started against Israeli policies; half a decade forward from that, in 1992, United States rangers invaded Somalia with the putative goal of providing ‘asistance’ in Operation Restore Hope; three years still further onward, in 1995, documentarian, novelist, and seminal thinker Toni Cade Bambara died; another circuit around the solar center, in 1996, the esteemed and prolific British anthropologist Mary Leakey conducted her final experiment; five years thereafter, in 2001, a Natchez, Mississippi tire plant strike ended the longest walkout in the history of the U.S. rubber industry; three years beyond that juncture on the dot, in 2004, the brilliant investigator Gary Webb, having had the misfortune to have his work attacked unjustly, unable to find employment that matched his skills, experiencing the pang of rejection for uncovering the truth, shot himself and took his own life; four years past that point, in 2008, the sitting Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, faced arrest for accepting payoffs, including the attempt to sell Barack Obama’s Senate seat.