2.09.2017 Day in History

Four centuries and six decades and one year ago, Anglican Bishop John Hooper died, burned alive at a stake to which his accusers tied him for the crime of wanting to reform the Church of England; two hundred seventy-nine years prior to just now, a baby boy gave a first cry who would grow up as fiery critic and radical democrat Thomas Paine; thirty-eight years thereafter, in 1775, Great Britain’s Parliament declared that the colony of Massachusetts Bay was in rebellion; thirteen years later and four thousand miles East in 1788, Hapsburg forces joined Russians in their battles with the Ottoman Empire in the Russo-Turkish War; nineteen decades and two years prior to the present pass, Congress decided the U.S. Presidential election when no candidate received an Electoral vote voting election Ballot - Woman's HandCollege majority, out of which emanated the present ‘Two-Party-System;’ thirty-six years subsequent to that minor drama, in 1861, a much more brutal tragedy was evolving, with the election of the just resigned U.S. Senator from Mississippi, Jefferson Davis, to preside over the just formed Confederate States of America; nine years past that point in time, in 1870, U.S. Grant signed the law that created the U.S. Weather Bureau; four years afterward to the day, in 1874, a female infant entered the world who would grow up as poet Amy Lowell; in Russia seven years further down time’s path, in 1881, author Fyodor Dostoyevsky took his last breath; another eight years onward, in 1889, Grover Cleveland signed legislation that gave the Department of Agriculture Departmental status in the executive branch; six years later, in 1895, William Morgan gave a strange name to a game that he’d invented, which soon enough becomes volleyball; nine years afterward, in 1904, Russia was putting the finishing touches on losing the Battle of Port Arthur to the Japanese in the Russo-Japanese conflict; just seven hundred thirty-one days subsequently, in 1906, American poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar lived out his last stanza; eight more years further along time’s arc, in 1914, a baby boy sang out en route to a life as the beloved singer and songwriter, Ernest Tubb; Turkey and Greece two decades toward now, in 1934, led the way in bringing a handful of jurisdictions to affirm the Balkan entente as a way to forestall armed conflict and skullduggery in the region; one thousand ninety-six days subsequently, in 1937, Congress appropriated the then huge BooLake nature water landscape reflection mirrorsum of almost a billion dollars for relief, the lion’s share of it for job’s in flood control and other infrastructure projects; an additional three years onward in the direction of today, in 1940, seven thousand miles to the South, a male child was born who would go on to literary acclaim and a Nobel Prize as J.M. Coetzee; two years hence, in 1942, the U.S. reinstituted Daylight Savings Time, so as to make electricity more readily available to wartime industrial efforts such as the Clinton Engineering Works, and a female infant opened her eyes who would rise as the gifted musician, singer, and lyricist, Carole King;three hundred sixty-five days thereafter on the dot, in 1943, a male child took an initial breath en route to a career as an honest interlocutor in the ‘dismal science,’ Joseph Stiglitz, who would win the Nobel Prize and the admiration and support of working people around the world; one more year further on, in 1944, a baby girl came along who would mature as iconic writer and storyteller Alice Walker; half a dozen more years henceforth, in 1950, Joseph McCarthy, in a so-called ‘Second Red Scare,’ accused the U.S. State Department of essentially being a Communist Party front; just shy of a decade later on, in 1959, Russia launched the world’s first Intercontinental WAR plane russiaBallistic Missile, capable of spreading megadeath anywhere on Earth; two years past that intersection in time and space, in 1961, President John Kennedy called for Congress to approve a Medicare program, so as to help up to fifteen million elderly citizens gain access to health care; three more years nearer to now, in 1964, more than seventy million viewers watched the Beatles perform live on the Ed Sullivan Show; one year later, just over half-a-century ago, in 1965, U.S. troops received a first combat assignment in Southeast Asia when Marines operated an air-defense operation near Saigon; twenty-six years precisely after that, in 1991, Lithuania declared its independence from Russian or Soviet oversight; not quite a full ten years still more proximate to the present day, in 2000, almost 20,000 highly skilled and technical workers at Boeing went on strike in Washington and Oregon for a better compensation and benefits package; another year even closer to the current context, across the wide Pacific near Hawaii in 2001, a U.S. nuclear submarine surfaced suddenly and struck a Japanese Fishery High School training vessel, sinking it in less than ten minutes and causing the deaths of nine crew members, including four young students.