3.02.2017 Day in History

Today, in celebration of the birth a hundred eleven years ago of the baby boy who became Dr. Seuss, is Read Across America Day, and Texas designates this date to commemorate Texas Independence Day; in Romeone thousand four hundred eighty years ago, Ostrogoth forces began their Siege of Rome which would eventually lead to brutal conflicts the upshot of which was the return of most of Italy to Roman rule and the disposition of Brittannia to the Ostrogoths; five hundred ninety years subsequently, in 1127, further North in Europe, pro-aristocrat plotters succeeded in assassinating the populist, anti-Jewish Flanders Count, Charles the Good; a single year less than three and a half centuries onward in time, in 1476, another Charles, the Bold, faced defeat in battles to determine the extent of France, the Holy Roman Empire, and an independent Burgundy; twenty-two years thereafter, eight thousand miles South in 1498, ships under Vasco da Gama’s admiralty first visited the Island of Mozambique after they had passed around Cape Horn; four hundred seventy-two years back, meanwhile, eight thousand miles away in England, a baby boy came into the world whose adult existence would revolve around university libraries as Thomas Bodley; three hundred sixty years before the here-and-now, a fire in Edo—now Tokyo—began that lasted three days and took 100,000 or more lives; exactly six decades later, in 1717, half a world away, music and narrative advanced in tandem with the first production in London of the ballet, The Loves of Mars and Venus; under Napoleon’s guidance two

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“David – Napoleon crossing the Alps

hundred twenty-six years ahead of today, long distance communication first took advantage of the electromagnetic spectrum with semaphore towers that used light signals to transmit military operational data; six years thereafter, over the English Channel in 1797, the Bank of England put its first one and two-pound notes into mass circulation; a decade later across the Atlantic, in 1807, the U.S. legislature forbade further importation of slaves into the United States; eight years past that point in time, in 1815, England further consolidated its hegemony in the Subcontinent with the occupation of what had been the Kingdom of Kandy but soon enough passed as Ceylon; five years forward in time and space, in 1820, back in Europe, a male infant cried out who would take the name Multaculi to write about the depredations of Dutch colonialism; half a decade onward from that, in 1825, in the Caribbean, naval forces captured the last ‘successful’ pirate, Roberto Corfresi, a Puerto Rican ‘Robin Hood’ character; eleven years hence, in 1836, an altogether different sort of ‘piracy’ took place with the Texas Declaration of Independence; twenty-three years subsequent to that juncture, in 1859, a baby male took a first breath in the part of Russia’s empire now known as Ukraine, en route to a life as the Yiddish thinker and writer of American legend, Shalom Aleichem; eight years henceforth, in 1867, the U.S. Congress passed the first Reconstruction statute; ten years after that precisely, in 1877, Congress certified Rutherford B. Hayes, who had received the smaller popular vote, as the President in the 1876 Tilden-Hayes contest; eight additional years along the temporal arc, around the world in 1885, French imperial troops emerged victorious in the Sino-French War, thereby controlling vietnam lake waterVietnam; sixteen years added to that, in 1901, the Platt Amendment took effect in relation to Cuba, amplifying the U.S. imperial project that has continued to the present moment, and financial titans incorporated United States Steel out of the husks of the Carnegie and other smaller operators, the world’s first billion dollar corporation; ten hundred ninety-six days thereafter, in 1904, a baby boy opened his eyes who would rise as the thinker Theodor Geisel, whom we mainly call Dr. Seuss; not quite a decade afterward, in 1913, U.S. postal workers began to operate on the basis of an eight hour work day; ten hundred ninety-six days thereafter, in 1904, a baby boy opened his eyes who would rise as the thinker Theodor Geisel, whom we mainly call Dr. Seuss; four years yet further down the pike, in 1917, legislation proclaimed the U.S. citizenship of residents of an ‘acquisition’ of the Spanish American War, Puerto Rico; two years yet nearer to now, in 1919, the Third International—the first ‘communist international’—opened in Moscow; eleven more years past that intersection in space-time, in 1930, the acclaimed novelist and critical thinker, D.H. Lawrence, succumbed to Tuberculosis and breathed his last; three hundred sixty-five days following that, in 1931, a baby boy entered the scene who would grow up as novelist and gadfly Tom Wolfe, while six thousand miles to the East, another male child came along who would mature as Nobel Peace Prize winner and final Soviet premier, Mikhail Gorbachev; half a dozen years even closer to today, in 1937, the Steel Workers Organizing Committee signed the contract that John Lewis had okayed the day before, which created a basis for all large-scale steel-making operations in the United States to accept the United Steelworkers as the designated labor organization that represented workers; half a decade after that occurrence, in 1942, a male infant uttered his first cry en route to life as novelist John Irving, while another male

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infant was born who would grow up as the rocker and writer and crooner, Lou Reed; four years further on from that, in 1946, Ho Chi Minh won the presidential election in North Vietnam; four more years in the future, in 1950, the baby girl was born who would become the powerful materialist feminist critic Rosemary Hennessy; a half decade and a year afterward, in 1956, Morocco became independent of France; nine years hence, in 1965, the U.S. and South Vietnamese Air Forces began a coordinated bombing campaign against North Vietnam, including of the capitol city, Hanoi; seven years henceforth, in 1972, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched Pioneer 10, in order to explore the outer planets of the Solar System; a half decade later on the dot, in 1977, Libya not only called itself but actually became a functional Arab Socialist Republic; five more years on time’s road, in 1982, famed seer and storyteller Philip K. Dick drew his final breath; a year still more proximate to the present instant, in 1983, compact disc technology first became available outside Japan; six more years in the direction of now, in 1989, the European Union banned all production of chlorinated fluorocarbons; a year after that conjunction, in 1990, and six thousand miles South, Nelson Mandela assumed co-command of the African National Congress, while Northwest in the U.S. some six thousand bus drivers went on strike against the Greyhound Corporation to fight for their jobs and decent working conditions; five years beyond that day, in 1995, researchers at Fermi Lab confirmed the existence of a Top Quark for the first time; an extra couple of years toward today, in 1997, Earth First activist and target of Federal Bureau of investigation depredations, Judi Bari, lived out her final scene; one more year further down the road, in 1998, NASA’s Galileo spacecraft relayed data from Jupiter’s moon Europa that indicated that it’s surface was a vast aquatic ocean covered by a thick layer of ice.