2.13.2017 Day in History

Today, in tribute to the Electromagnetic Spectrum and those who have understood and used it, is World Radio Day;  in a model for how ruling classes should conduct war, five hundred fourteen years back, French knights disparaged Italian fighting spirit and ability, causing a thirteen-on-thirteen battle-competition, the loser of which had to pay a steep ransom; Catherine Howard, at 19, Wenceslas_Hollar_-_Catherine_Howard_(.)_(State_2)lost her head four hundred seventy-five years prior to this point at the Tower of London, a tragic end to this ‘wild child’s’ life; French authorities four hundred and forty-two years ahead of our time crowned the likely gay or bisexual Henry III whose dozen years of rule were religiously, politically, and socially fractious and brutal; three hundred eighty-four years before this day, the Inquisition in Rome prepared for the trial of the just-arrived Galileo Galilei; three hundred forty-nine years prior to the present pass, Spain formally acceded to Portugal’s independence; in what was in part a plot to destroy Scotland’s clan system, three hundred twenty-eight years ago, agents of the recently crowned William of Orange murdered four score Macdonalds at the Massacre at Glencoe; two hundred ninety-one years before this very day, the preacher and writer Cotton Mather breathed his last; two hundred seventy-eight years before the here-and-now, an Iranian force at the Battle of Karnaj won out over an Indian Mughal army; in

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By Malthus_PL.svg: Kravietz derivative work (translation): Jarry1250 cc 3.0

England, two hundred forty-one  years prior to this precise conjunction, a baby boy was born who grew up as thinker and economist Thomas Malthus; a delegation of Romanian activists one hundred sixty-eight years back petitioned the Austrian emperor with a General Petition of Romanian Leaders for national recognition; a hundred thirty-seven years ago, Thomas Edison observed thermionic emission, a useful aspect of atomic chemical behavior that led, among other things, to the ‘discovery’ of the electron; exactly three hundred sixty-six days later, in 1881, French suffragette and anti-imperialist Hubertine Auclert oversaw the publication of the first issue of the feminist La Citoyenneone hundred and twelve years ago, Teddy Roosevelt started a discussion of America’s race problem; century and four years before this conjunction, to further publisher and elite writer interests, artists and writers in New York formed the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers; five years later, in 1920, the League of Nations recognized perpetual Swiss neutrality; six years back, New Delhi became India’s capital city; seventy-four years ago, a baby girl entered the world who would mature as thinker and theological scholar Elaine Pagels; two years thereafter, in 1945, a male infant uttered his first cry en route to life as popular English historian Simon Schama, and utter devastation befell Dresden during the second World War; fifty-nine years back, Cristabel Pankhurst, the fiery feminist leader of Britain, took her final look around before dying; seven hundred thirty days later, in 1960, France exploded its first nuclear weapon, thereby becoming the fourth nation to

mona lisa art da vinciconstruct atomic bombs; fifty years before just now, researchers discovered a Da Vinci codex of immense significance in expressing his ideas and thinking; in a last-gasp effort to destroy North Vietnamese capacity four years hence, in 1971, South Vietnamese troops, assisted by U.S. Air Force cover and unacknowledged U.S. ground support, invaded Laos; a dozen years afterward, in 1982, several years of extrajudicial murder and slaughter began in Guatemala, in which U.S.-backed troops killed indigenous people by the thousands around Rio Negro; twenty-seven years ago, a plan for German reunification issued forth that soon came to pass; a year after that on the dot, in 1992, a thousand miles to the South, U.S. smart bombs annihilated hundreds of civilians in a Baghdad bomb shelter that U.S. intelligence suggested was a military bunker; a day after Charles Schulz died seventeen years back, the final original Peanuts cartoon strip appeared in newspapers; seven years before this precise point in time, the acclaimed poet of the people, Louise Clinton, drew a final breath; two years further on, in 2012, the European Space Agency launched its first Vega Rocket from its facility in Caribbean South America.