2.22.2017 Day in History

chinese emperor horse china asiaBased on a father-daughter team, both of whom shared February 22nd as a birthday, today is Founders Day for various incarnations of ‘boy-scouts,’ and World Thinking Day for the associations around the globe that have followed the imprimatur of the original Girl Guide, Olave Baden-Powell; in the Chinese capital thirteen hundred twelve years ago, the sole female head of state in 4,000 years of imperial China abdicated her position and thereby restored the fifteen year hiatus to the Tang Dynasty; eight hundred eleven years subsequent to that moment, in 1316 in Europe, internecine struggles over the control of Greece—between Portuguese and Hanoverian interlopers—erupted into the Battle of Picotin, a pyrrhic victory for Ferdinand of Majorca; three hundred sixteen years later on, in 1632, Galileo first published his Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, which firmly supported a more or less correct modification of the apparently accurate yet fatuous notion that everything in the cosmos revolved around the Earth; a hundred fifty-six years hence precisely, in 1788, a baby boy was born who would mature as the philosopher and writer and theorist, Arthur Schopenhauer; a hundred ninety-eight years ahead of today, Spain agreed to accept five million dollars for the purchase of Florida, and the male child entered our midst who would write verses as James Russell Lowell; at the Western edge of a restive Europe one hundred sixty-nine years back, a rebellion in France began that would inaugurate the Second Republic; half a decade thereafter, in 1853, the St. Louis institution that would become Washington University held its first

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classes; seven hundred thirty days past that point in time, in 1855, further East, Pennsylvania State University came on the scene; another year onward from that, in 1856, the first national meeting of the U.S. Republican Party took place in nearby Pittsburgh; another three hundred sixty-six days still later, in 1857, the boy child shouted out who would come to lead the scouting movement as Robert Baden-Powell, while across the English Channel the little boy opened his eyes who would rise as the renowned physicist and natural philosopher, Heinrich Hertz; fifteen years henceforth, back across the Atlantic in 1872, the first national meeting of the Prohibition Party took place; seventeen years afterward, in 1889, the scout movement’s founder and his mate ushered a girl into the world who, as Olave Baden-Powell, would inaugurate the Girl Guide’s movement; three years still further along time’s road, in 1892, back across the Atlantic again, a baby male took a first breath who would grow to become the critically acclaimed poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, and in St. Louis, the founding convention took place of the Peoples Party, backed by the Knights of Labor, United Mineworkers, and other farmer and populist groups;seven years more in the direction of today, in 1899, half a world away in the Philippines, local fighters for the first time rose up against the fraud of U.S. liberation from the Spanish, though they failed, in the event to liberate Manila from the Americanos; two years later, in 1901, the Russian Orthodox Church saw fit to excommunicate the great Leo Tolstoy; another eight years further onward, in 1909, the Great White Fleet of fifteen battleships and other engines of death completed its round the world voyage to announce the arrival of the U.S.A. as imperial force to be reckoned with; half a dozen years nearer still to the now, in 1915, German belligerents announced the start of unrestricted submarine warfare in the Atlantic; nine years on the dot after that, in 1924,Calvin Coolidge became the first President to broadcast a radio message to the nation from the White House; a single year more proximate to our own light and air, in 1925, the male child came bouncing into our midst who would draw and create verse as the weirdly gothic and compelling Edward Gorey; thirteen years even closer to the current context, in 1938, the baby boy entered the world in standard fashion who would become the estimable poet and fierce thinker of freedom, Ishmael Reed; five years subsequently, in 1943, over the wide Atlantic’s sea, three brave activists lost their heads to Nazi Germany’s mobile guillotine for the crime of organizing against the State, and over the English Channel, a boy opened his mouth to cry for the first time en route to his life as the thinker and activist Terry Eagleton; a year hence precisely, in 1944, the male child was born who would grow up as the popular filmmaker and screenwriter, Jonathon Demme; fourteen hundred sixty-one days past that precise point in time and space, in 1948, Czechoslovakia became a communist state; USSR_Emblem_1936 russia sovietanother ten years further along, in 1958, Syria and Egypt formally created the United Arab Republic; another four years even more proximate to the present moment in the flow of things, in 1962, the wild child boy came along who would come to amaze the world with his derring-do as wildlife biologist and television personality Steve Irwin; eleven years on the nose later, in 1973, Richard Nixon’s visit  to the world’s most populous nation allowed for America and China to establish liaison offices for trade and other relations to ‘thaw;’ a year still more in the direction of today, in 1974, the Organisation of the Islamic Summit conference, attended by delegates from 37 nations, opened in Lahore Pakistan; two decades farther down the road of life, in 1994, Aldrich Ames, a thirty-one year Central Intelligence Agency employee, faced charges which ultimately proved true that he had been spying for Russia since at least the mid 1980’s; ten hundred ninety-six days still more proximate to the present, in 1997, Scottish biologists confirmed that they had cloned Dolly, a female sheep, and the tough-minded leader of the American Federation of Teachers, Albert Shanker, breathed his last; five years even farther down time’s path, in 2002, six thousand or so miles Southeast in Angola, the fascist mass murdered, Jonas Savimbi, met his end at the hands of opposing soldiers in a firefight; twelve years yet later on, in 2014, a formal impeachment against Viktor Yanukovych issued from the Ukrainian legislature.