3.03.2017 Day in History

Japan today, as Spring draws night, marks “Girl’s Day,” while five thousand miles East, Lebanon celebrates Teachers Day; in Japanese islands twelve hundred ninety-three years ago, an empress gave up her thrown in favor of her nephew’s leadership; in the green isles of Great Britain fifty-six decades in the future from that, in 1284, England incorporated Wales by statute into its borders; two hundred ninety-one years past that moment in time and space, in 1575, Mughal forces defeated a Bengali army in battles for hegemony on the Subcontinent; ten years henceforth, in 1585, the Olympic Theater opened in Northern Italy, the oldest proscenium-arch dramatic forum still in existence; one hundred twenty-one years yet later on, in 1706, the renowned baroque composer, pachelbel, performed his final canon; early in the Napoleonic wars, an opportunistic Russian-Ottoman alliance led to the successful siege of a French garrison at Corfu, which surrendered exactly two hundred seventeen years prior to this juncture; two decades beyond that instant, in 1819, the baby boy was born en route to a life as the ‘free market’ defender of ‘free trade,’ Gustave de Molinari; the U.S. Congress, three hundred sixty-six additional days onward, in 1820, passed the Missouri Compromise and delayed civil war over the issue of slavery; a slavery racism brutalityquarter century after that conjunction, in 1845, Florida became the 27th U.S. State as a slaving jurisdiction; a pair of years thereafter, in 1847, a baby boy was born who would go on to invent all sorts of things as Alexander Graham Bell; a decade subsequently, in 1857, England and France went to war with China a second time to force Peking to permit the importation of opium; four more years subsequent to that juncture in time and space, in 1861, Russia’s Czar signed the legal document, the Emancipation Manifesto, that freed all serfs; a dozen years farther along time’s arc, in 1873, the U.S. Congress enforced prudery with the passage of the Comstock Law, disallowing postal delivery of ‘obscene, lascivious, or lewd’ materials, and a male child drew breath who would mature as the coalminer and second President of the American Federation of Labor, William Green; five years afterward, across the Atlantic and much of Europe in 1878, Bulgaria reestablished its independence from Ottoman rule as part of the treaty settlement of the Russo-Turkish War; a seven year march forward from that, in 1885, New York allowed the incorporation of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company; eleven decades and two years back, Germany’s Kaiser made the first political sound recording, using Edison’s new wax cylinder phonographic technology; three hundred sixty-six days farther down time’s road, in 1905, Russia’s czar authorized elections to a constituent assembly, the Duma; half a decade closer to today, in 1910, back across the Atlantic, John D. Rockefeller left the active management of his oil business to devote himself to such drugs-French_opium_den‘philanthropic’ pursuits as fostering the Modern Nuclear Project and psychopharmacology; a thousand and ninety-six days ahead of that, in 1913, thousands of women in the District of Columbia participated in a march that demanded female suffrage as a right in the United States; seven hundred thirty days further on, in 1915, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics(NACA/now NASA) came into existence as an agency of the U.S. government, and the Seaman’s Act advanced many labor protections to members of the Merchant Marine;

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three years later still, in 1918, in Eastern Europe, the Bolshevik government and the imperial Germans signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, which withdrew Russia altogether from fighting and infuriated Moscow’s imperial ‘allies;’ half a decade onward, in 1923, Time magazine issued its first installment, and the male child opened his eyes who would rise as one of the greatest blind musicians and songwriters ever known, Doc Watson; a year after that on the nose, in 1924, across the Atlantic and through the Mediterranean, a thirteen century Caliphate formally ended with the establishment of Turkey as a modern nation; only on this day seven years hence, in 1931 did the U.S. adopt the Star-Spangled Banner as its official national anthem, at the same time that Congress passed the Davis-Bacon Act, mandating that “prevailing wages” must be the minimum compensation that federal contractors provided; four years thereafter, in 1935, a baby boy entered the world who would grow up as well-respected social scientist and neoliberal political philosopher Michael Walzer; three years beyond that, in 1938, the first oil-strike in Saudi Arabia took place to confirm the suspected vast reserves in the Arabian Peninsula; another year down the road, a few thousand miles away across the Indian Ocean, in 1939, Mahatma Gandhi began a hunger strike against continued British rule in India; three years even closer to the current context, back in England in 1942, the baby male cried out who would become popular folk-rock musician and lyricist, Mike Pender; three war-torn years further along, in 1945, Polish partisans massacred as many as several hundred Ukrainian men in retaliation for fascist acts that other Ukrainians had earlier carried out against Poles; two more years down the pike, across the Atlantic in 1947, a girl child entered the world in standard fashion who would become the singer, songwriter, and Leonard Cohen collaborator, Jennifer Warnes; another seven hundred thirty-one days hence, in 1949, a male infant took his first breath en route to a life as biographer and popular historian Ron Chernow; two years following that day, in guitar music art performance1951, what many people consider the first ‘rock-and-roll’ band began to record and perform in Memphis as Rocket 88, with Ike Turner as lead singer; thirty-seven years before the here and now, the United States decommissioned its first nuclear submarine, the Nautilus; five years henceforth, in 1985, England’s National Union of Mindworkers called off the longest strike in the nation’s history; six additional years afterward precisely, in 1991, a bystander’s video portrayed the savage beating that Rodney King received at the hands of the Los Angeles Police Department; another half decade and a year still nearer to now, the popular and critically acclaimed filmmaker, writer, and thinker Marguerite Duras drew her final breath; not quite a full decade thereafter, in 2005, a drug bust went awry in Alberta, Canada, in which the intended target of the arrest by Mounties murdered four police before turning his gun on himself.