2.08.2017 Day in History

In the realm of ancient and spiritual, today is Nirvana Day among followers of Mahayana Buddhism, while those under the spell of commoditizing everything in the U.S. proclaim this date as Propose Day; at the gates of Europe in Western Russia seven hundred and seventy-nine years ago, interloping Mongols burned the city of Vladimir; just a dozen years henceforth, in 1250, the Battle of Al Mansurah began in the Seventh Crusade, with Christian forces arrayed against Ayyubid fighters; exactly three and quarter centuries along time’s arc, in 1575, the founders of Leiden University opened their doors with the motto Praesidium Libertatis, or bastion of liberty; another dozen years onward, in 1587, the executioner’s ax separated Mary, Queen of Scots’ head from her body for the crime, allegedly, of conspiring to murder her cousin, Elizabeth; just nine years further along time’s path, in 1596, over five thousand miles Southwest in Mexico City the younger Luis de Carabajal ‘testified’ against other members of his family for the ‘crime’ of relapsing into Jewish practices, for which, soon enough, he and all of the rest of them suffered incineration at the hands of the Inquisition; just three years short of another century later, in 1693, a couple thousand miles to the North, England’s King William and Queen Mary finally granted a charter to college that still bears their names in Williamsburg, Virginia, the second oldest institution of higher learning in the former British colonies; another seven years past that juncture, in 1700, back across the Atlantic ‘pond’ in Switzerland, a male child first cried out from among his prominent mathematical family members aen route to fame and fortune and long-lasting renown as Daniel Bernoulli; two hundred years back, Juan de las Heras led troops through Andean passes tollama chile andes begin their descent into Chile and join Jose San Martin and Bernardo O’Higgins and their forces for fighting to liberate Chile, and eventually Peru, from Spanish rule; seven hundred thirty days hence, roughly seven thousand miles Northeast in England, a baby boy was born who would become the thinker and world-class prude John Ruskin; yet another year along the temporal arc, in 1820, back across the Atlantic in America, a male baby opened his eyes who would rise as the fighter and thinker and chronicler, William Tecumseh Sherman; eight more years toward the now, in 1828, another baby male came along, in this case as the one who, as Jules Verne, would write multiple iconic tales of science and society; another twenty-two years forward in time, in 1850, a baby girl took a first breath whose fate was to write, as Kate Chopin, what many consider some of the first feminist fiction and all consider some of the finest narrative fiction in the canon; six years subsequent to that event, in 1856, across the Atlantic and much of Europe, an erstwhile Prince of Wallachia, Barbu Stirbei, oversaw the prohibition of Roma slavery in what would soon enough form Romania; eight years after that moment in time and space, in 1864, a female infant was born who would grow up as Mary O’Sullivan, the first professional female organizer in the American Federation of slavery racism brutalityLabor; yet three hundred sixty-six days more on the path to today, in 1865, the State of Delaware rejected the Thirteenth Amendment and proposed continuing to enslave African Americans as its SOP; thirteen years yet later on, in 1878, a male child came along who would become the acclaimed thinker and philosopher, Martin Buber; half a decade farther down the road, in 1883, the boy baby bounced into the world who would write and theorize powerfully about economics and society as Joseph Schumpeter; two years henceforth, in 1885, the first authorized Japanese immigrants arrived in Hawaii; another two years onward in the direction of the present, in 1887, the passage of the Dawes Act laid the basis for, among other things, dividing Native American lands into discrete ‘reservations;’ nine years thereafter, in 1896, a baby Texan boy shouted out whose life would involve making films and writing scripts in California as King Vidor, whose Our Daily Bread loosely followed the thinking of Upton Sinclair’s 1934 California gubernatorial campaign strategy, to End Poverty in California; eight years off, and thousands miles away in 1904 East Asia, Japanese naval forces launched a surprise attack on Russian ships at Port Arthur, instigating the Russo-Japanese War; two years more proximate to the present pass, in 1906, a baby boy was born who would come to fortune as the attorney and physicist Chester Carlson, who invented xerography; four years

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subsequently, in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America came into existence; another three hundred sixty-five days in the direction of today’s light and air, in 1911, a baby girl entered our midst who would produce poetry and narratives and art as Elizabeth Bishop; a year afterward, in 1912, depredations against workers’ rights to speak continued in San Diego’s Free Speech Fight; three years later, up the coast in Los Angeles in 1915, D.W. Griffiths encomium to the Ku Klux Klan, Birth of a Nation, premiered in Los Angeles; four years yet nearer to now, in 1919, a good thousand miles Northeast in Butte, Montana, workers and soldiers declared a general strike against wage cuts and struggled to give bear into the world a different sort of ‘nation;’ seven hundred thirty-one days farther along the path of time, in 1921, almost seven thousand miles due East, the fiery anarchist and multimodal Russian thinker Peter Kropotkin breathed his last; a year hence, in 1922, Warren Harding became the first President to install a radio in the White House; three more years even closer to the current context, in 1925, a male child entered the world in standard fashion who would eventually do the monumental works of performance that are the oeuvre of the actor Jack Lemmon; another year forward toward today, in 1926, a baby boy uttered his first cry whose life would be that of writer and poet Neil Cassady; a decade and a half later still, in 1941, another male infant became a part of the race on his way to existence as the iconic singer and songwriter, Tom Rush; half a decade after that point in time and space, in 1946, publishers

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issued a first portion of a Revised Standard Bible that would over time largely replace the King James Version of the Christian holy book; nine years after that junction in time, in 1955, authorities in Sindh, Pakistan began distributing to landless farmers over a million acres that they had seized from massive estate-holders, and a baby boy began his time on Earth as John Gresham, who would work as a lawyer before he dazzled audiences with his legal thrillers; seven years subsequently, in 1962, a French Fascist collaborator, who had escaped his crimes in Vichy France with impunity, as Chief of the Paris Police Prefecture authorized gunning down protesters against the Algerian conflict, including nine trade unionists; just one year later, across the Atlantic in 1963, the Kennedy administration prohibited trade and finance with, and travel to, Cuba for most Americans in most circumstances, and Mexican state television operated the world’s

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first color TV broadcast; five years nearer still to the present instant, in 1968, in upstate South Carolina, State Troopers shot down unarmed protesters at the Historically Black campus of South Carolina State University in what people now know as The Orangeburg Massacre; a decade on the dot subsequent to that, in 1978, proceedings of the U.S. Senate broadcast for the first time over radio; two decades and a year before the here and now, Congress passed the Communications Decency Act in an attempt to erase Eros and pornography from the web, while, on an entirely different note, the website web24.com hosted “24 Hours in Cyberspace,” in which designers, coders, journalists, artists, photographers and the Vice President and Second Lady, among others, reveled in the new form of connectivity that was beginning to define humankind at the cusp of the 21st Century; another three years along the road to our moment in time, in 1999, novelist and thinker Iris Murdoch lived out her final scene.