2.16.2017 Day in History

Nineteen hundred years ago, the Roman Emperor Trajan’s conquests in present-day Iraq and Armenia expanded Theodosius_II_solidus_Constantinople_439_450_gold_4480mgRome’s territorial extent to its greatest limits; seven hundred sixty-eight years back, Louis IX sent a French representative to parlay with Mongol leaders who might conceivably overrun parts or even all of Europe; three hundred eighty-seven years before the here and now, Holland’s troops expanded the parameters of Dutch Brazil with the capture of Olinda from the Portuguese; two hundred thirteen years ago, Steven Decatur led a surprise attack on the recently captured U.S.S. Philadelphia, burning it and denying it to Libyan pirates in the First Barbary War; one hundred seventy-nine years before today, a baby boy was born into a prosperous and prominent New England family who would grow up as the author Henry Adams; a hundred sixty-four years prior to the present pass, the brothers Studebaker established the eponymous wagon company that would become the iconic automobile brand decades later; in England, one hundred forty-one years prior to this point, a male infant came into the world who would grow up as the ‘liberal’ historian and thinker G.M. Trevelyan; soon enough thereafter, a hundred thirteen years before this instant, another boy child took his first breath en route to a life as the influential analyst book sq6and writer George Kennan; three years hence, in 1907, Italy’s first Nobel literary laureate, the poet Giosue Carducci, took his final breath; a decade later, in 1917, the French anarcho-liberal poet, playwright, and thinker Octave Mirbeau died; ninety-nine years back, Lithuanian leaders unanimously declared their country’s independence; ninety years prior to the present moment, a baby boy uttered his first cry on the way to a life as acclaimed historian of slavery and more, David Brion Davis; eighty-three years ago, the Austrian Civil War ended with the defeat of Social Democratic and parliamentary partisans; two years subsequently, in 1936, Spain’s Popular Front took power after electoral victories briefly handed the socialist and communist and anarchist and populist party the reins of rule; seventy-three years back, the male newborn came along who would grow up as ‘accidental novelist’ of middle America, Richard Ford; fifty-nine years before this exact point-in-time, a little girl was born who would grow up as popular and critically lauded science writer Natalie Angier; just a year afterward, in 1959, Fidel

By Jialiang Gao www.peace-on-earth.org
Havana By Jialiang Gao www.peace-on-earth.org

Castro came to power as a revolutionary leader in Cuba; two years further on, in 1961, Chicago’s DuSable Museum opened as the first institution that focused on African American history and culture; also in Chicago thirty-nine years ago, the first computer Bulletin Board System came into operation; twenty-six years before today, Enrique Bermudez, the Nicaraguan fascist, died from assassins bullets in Mangua; after the arrest of one of their key leaders in Turkey eighteen years back, Kurdish militants seized embassies and held hostages in protest all over Europe; two years afterward, in 2001, sexologist and thinker William Masters died; and four years hence from that point, in 2005, the Kyoto Global Warming Protocols took effect after their prior ratification in 1997; four years before this instant, Russian thinker and philosopher, as well as famed Soviet dissident, Gregor Pomerants took his last breath.