2.06.2017 Day in History

Internationally, today is a Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation; Scotland’s Parliament three hundred sixty-eight years ago declared Charles Stuart, Jr. King, a few days after English revolutionaries had beheaded his father; in England’s North American colonies two hundred sixty-one years prior to this juncture, a baby boy came squealing into the world who would grow up as politician and conspirator Aaron Burr; two hundred twenty-nine years back, treaties between France and the insurgent British colonies of North America constituted a recognition of the United 371px-Continental_Currency_One-Third-Dollar_17-Feb-76_obvStates by the French; a hundred ninety-seven years prior to the present pass, the American Colonization Society dispatched the first eighty-odd former slaves to Liberia; twenty-three years thereafter, in 1843, the first ‘opening-act’ minstrel show started a night of entertainment in New York, initiating more than a century of White Supremacy and bigoted chauvinism at a key juncture in American culture; one hundred eighteen years ago, the U.S. Senate ratified the Treaty of Paris, ending the brief carnage of the Spanish American war and inaugurating a deeper American commitment to empire; three hundred sixty-five days afterward, in 1900, the Netherlands Senate contributed to the creation of the International Arbitration Court by ratifying a previous treaty; a hundred five years back, a male child entered the world who would mature as the renowned people’s historian, Christopher Hill; just a year later, in 1913, an English girl came along who would end up as world-famous anthropologist Mary Leakey; Southward across the Atlantic three years subsequently, in 1916, acclaimed Nicaraguan poet Reuben Dario died; only ninety-seven years before the here-and-now, English women first gained the right to vote; a year after that, in 1919, Wobblies and various shades of reds8 and styles of anarchists combined with dock workers and other labor unionists to lead a five day general strike in Seattle; ninety-six years prior to this day, a boy child entered the world who would grow up as historian Carl Degler; just a year later, in 1922, the promulgation of the Washington Naval Treaty sought to limit the maritime armament that ‘Great Powers’ could place aboard their warships; eighty-five years ago, a baby boy took his first breath in France on his way to a life as filmmaker and screenwriter Francois Truffaut; also in France two years after that day, in 1934, fascist plotters sought to overthrow the French government in a coup; three years later, in 1937, the seminal book by John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men, was first published;  seventy-seven years  before this point, a baby male was born who has achieved fame as journalist Tom Brokaw; three years later, in 1943, Mussolini

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fired his son-in-law as head of Italy’s foreign ministry and took over the duty himself; two years hence to the day, in 1945, another baby boy came along, who grew up as legendary crooner and lyricist Bob Marley; a decade after that, in 1955, another male infant uttered his first cry on his way to a life as journalist and author Michael Pollan; fifty-eight years prior to this point, the United States launched its first Titan Intercontinental Ballistic Missile from Cape Canaveral, and an engineer at Texas Instruments received the first patent for an integrated circuit;three decades further on precisely, in 1989, historian Barbara Tuchman died, and Roundtable Talks in Poland established a basis for dismantling Eastern European and Soviet communism.