2.27.2017 Day in History

Around the world, today is Polar Bear Day; Roman co-emperors sixteen hundred thirty-seven years ago issued edicts ‘requesting’ all citizens to covert to ‘trinitarian’ Christianity; forty-five years hence, in 425, the daughter-in-law of one of those imperial masters helped to found the University of Constantinople; four hundred fifty-seven years back, England’s rulers and the Lords of the Congregation of Scotland validated the Treaty of Berwick to expel the French from Scotland; two hundred thirty-five years before the here and now, Parliament voted against further funding of war with America’s colonies; two hundred sixteen years prior to the present pass, the District of Columbia by law came under the direct jurisdiction of the U.S. Congress; six years later, in 1807, a baby boy was born who grew up as popular poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; another half-decade afterward, in 1812, Manuel Belgrano first raised the flag of an independent Argentina, and Lord Byron delivered his first House-of-Lords speech, a defense of

"Abraham Lincoln O-74 by Gardner, 1863 bw" by Alexander Gardner
“Abraham Lincoln O-74 by Gardner, 1863 bw” by Alexander Gardner

Luddite protests in Nottinghamshire; one hundred fifty-seven years ago, Abraham Lincoln delivered his controversial-but-acclaimed speech at Cooper Union in New York, which many credit for his subsequent election to President; three hundred sixty-six days subsequently, in 1861, Russian troops fired on Polish protesters who demanded independence from Moscow rule; two years further on, in 1863, a baby boy came into the world who would mature as philosopher and academic George Herbert Mead; another half-decade further on, in 1868, a female infant uttered her first cry en route to a life as environmental and occupational health scientist and advocate Alice Hamilton; two decades thereafter, in 1888, the baby male came along who would become popular and academic historian Arthur Schlesinger; a hundred twenty years back, the baby girl who would become world-famous singer Marian Anderson was born; three years thereafter, in 1900, the British Labor Party came into existence; two years closer to the present, in 1902, the baby boy took a first breath who would grow up to win the Nobel Prize in literature as John Steinbeck; a decade hence to the day, in 1912, across the Atlantic in French Africa, a male child gave his first cry on his way to a life as acclaimed novelist Lawrence 8Durrell; ninety-six years before this precise moment, the International Working Union of Socialist Parties came into existence in opposition to the Bolshevik’s dominance in the Third International; a year later exactly, in 1922, the Supreme Court upheld female suffrage as promulgated by the Nineteenth Amendment; eleven years after that point, in 1933, the German Parliament building, the Reichstag, burned in a stepping-stone to Nazi dominance of German politics; just a year afterward, in 1934, across the Atlantic, two baby boys entered the world, the first to grow up as activist, lawyer, and author Ralph Nader, the second to become thinker and writer of Native American matters, N. Scott Momaday; eighty-one years ago, Russian Nobellist Ivan Pavlov died; three years later, in 1939, the Supreme Court fulfilled its standard function of ruining the rights of workers with its declaration that sit-down strikes were illegal; three hundred sixty-five days beyond that, in 1940, two scientists at Berkeley discovered the radioactive isotope of Carbon that revolutionized the dating of ancient artifacts; two years nearer the present pass, in 1942, a girl infant took her first breath on the way to becoming, as Charlayne Hunter-Gault, the first African American to attend the University of Georgia, ultimately becoming a working journalist; a year beyond that juncture, in 1943, across the Atlantic in Germany, the Rosenstrasse protests against interdicting German Jews who had married German women unfolded; forty-four years back, American Indian Movement activists occupied Wounded

lance robotson flickr
lance robotson flickr

Knee, South Dakota in protest at ill-treatment and historical crimes against indigenous Americans; sixteen years later, in 1989, 3000 miles south in Venezuela, riots against repressive rule, the Caracazo upheaval, began against the government there; thirteen years before this point, the initial report from John Jay College, commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, came out with its damning conclusions about sexual abuse on the part of priests, and Marxist economist and thinker Paul Sweezy took his final breath; four years after that day, in 2008, ‘conservative’ thinker William F. Buckley enjoyed his final day on Earth.