3.14.2017 Day in History

pie cake pastry dessertTongue in cheek, today, as 3.14, is Pi Day, and more prosaically marks Maths Day while in Korea and Japan men complement the gifts that they receive from women on Valentine’s Day with White Day, which is the chance for men to gift women; in the parlors of Roman conspirators two thousand sixty-one  years ago, Casca and Cassius finalized their plans to spare Mark Antony while they murdered Julius Caesar; one thousand five hundred thirty-three years subsequent to that, in 1489, a Cypriot queen sold her realm to the Venetians; a century and three years  beyond that juncture, in 1592, the correspondence between a ‘Julian’ date and the  numerals of pi was greater than at any other time; two hundred thirty-seven years in advance of today, opportunistic Spanish imperial forces removed the final British threat to Spain’s holdings at the mouth of the Mississippi river when they successfully attacked Fort Charlotte in Mobile; fourteen years past that conjuction, in 1794, Eli Whitney got his patent for a cotton gin, and thereby rescued the institution of slavery and King Cotton; three quarters of a century thereafter, in 1869; a baby boy was born in England who would become the author and dramatist Algernon Blackwood; a decade onward toward today, in 1879, another male child opened his eyes who would rise as the -Einstein_1921_by_F_Schmutzer_-_restorationredoubtable Albert Einstein; four years later, in 1883, another stalwart thinker, Karl Marx, drew his final breath; seven hundred and thirty-one days hence, in 1885, the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta Mikado, debuted in London; two years more in the direction of now, in 1887,  a little baby girl entered the world who would mature as the thinker and founder of Shakespeare and Company, Sylvia Beach; thirteen years yet later on, in 1900, the United States elevated economic fetish to the level of law of the land with the Gold Standard Act; ten hundred ninety-five days further along, in 1903, the Senate endorsed the Hay-Herran Treaty, guaranteeing the right of the U.S. to plunder Colombia, which unsurprisingly the Colombians refused, setting the stage for Panamanian ‘independence’; nine years subsequently, in 1912, mill owners in Lawrence, Massachusetts acceded to most of the striking workers’ Bread and Roses demands; two years nearer to now, in 1914,  a male baby cried out en route to becoming the crooner and lyricist of the Weavers, Lee Hays; two more years hence, in 1916, another infant boy took a first breath on his way to a life as the writer and dramatist Horton Foote; half a decade afterward, in 1921,  a girl child came along who would grow to work as the critic and writer Ada Louise Huxtable; ten years after that, in 1931, Indian filmmakers released their first ‘talkie,’ Alam Ara; five years still more proximate to the present pass, in 1936, the first completely sound version of Show Boat opened to theatergoers; half a dozen years even closer to now, in 1942, a pair of physicians cured patient Anne Miller for the first time in the United States with penicillin; a single year farther in the direction of now, in 1943, across the wide Atlantic, Nazi butchers ‘liquidated’ the Krakow ghetto; five additional years along time’s arc, in 1948, a baby boy shouted out on his way to a life as the performer, writer, and filmmaker Billy Crystal; three years onward toward the present, in 1951, United Nations troops took control of Seoul for a second time in the midst of the Korean War; three further years along the pike, in 1954, the classic powerhouse film, Salt of the Earth, opened for view, coming to

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the public despite boycotts against its erstwhile ‘commie’ pro-union, feminist, equalitarian social and political economic messages that it delivered with the help of actual miners who had struggled for their rights in New Mexico; a decade again more proximate to today, in 1964, a jury found Jack Ruby guilty of murdering the ‘suspected’ assassin of John Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald; another eight years past that instant in space time, in 1972, the radical child of privilege, Giangiacomo Feltrelli, whose writing and publishing had rocked his native Italy, died in a never-explained explosion; six years thereafter, in 1978, the Israeli Defense Force deployed Operation Litani, overrunning and taking over much of Southern Lebanon; eleven years subsequently, in 1989, acclaimed environmentalist, essayist, novelist, and curmudgeon Edward Abbey lived out his final scene; another half decade toward the present, in 1994, developers of an alternative operating system released version 1.0.0 of Linux Kernel; thirteen years even later, in 2007, the planet’s first World Maths Day celebration took place; eight years farther along the temporal arc, in 2015, the beloved storyteller, writer, and environmentalist of Siberia, Valentin Rasputin, breathed his last.