3.15.2017 Day in History

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Around the globe, today most pertinently marks an International Day Against Police Brutality, while it also commemorates World Consumer Rights Day and a World Day of Muslim Culture, Dialog, Peace, and Film, at the same time that, more speculatively, it also delineates World Contact Day in which believers telepathically reach out to alien beings for connection; in the conspiratorial hallways of Rome’s imperial Senate more or less exactly two thousand sixty-one years ago, Julius Caesar met a bloody end at the hands of numerous upper crust Senatorial assassins, crossing a Rubicon from which no return was possible; three hundred twenty-four years after that, in 280, a different imperial imprimatur took hold when Sima Yan forced the surrender of a final Cao Wei, or Three Kingdoms, ruler so as to initiate the Jin Dynasty; with somewhat typical ferocity another two centuries and thirteen years later, in 493, an Ostrogothic interloper, Theoderic of great greatness, murdered his rival, Italy’s first ‘barbarian’ king, while they were dining at a feast; seven centuries and fifty-one years before today’s light and air, in the Eastern Mediterranean, mercenaries, often from the Iberian Peninsula in the Catalan Company, overwhelmed a much larger force at the Battle of Halmyros, a contest for control of the Duchy of Athens, which the Spaniards managed to rule for another seven decades; a hundred eighty-two years hence, in 1493, Christopher Columbus returned to Spain with loot and lore of his depredations in the ‘New World;’ a decade shy of three centuries subsequently, in 1783, a fervent oration by George Washington forestalled action by angry soldiers and officers who had just won the revolution, when were preparing to stage a coup in the early days of the United States; another three dozen years onward, in 1819 across the Atlantic in France, physicist Augustin Fresnel claimed an Academe star wars Lightsabersdes Sciences prize for the entry that could characterize light most definitively as either particles, as Newton believed, or as a series of waves, as Fresnel’s calculations showed was true under many if not all circumstances; eleven years in the future from that point, in 1830, a German baby boy entered the world who would end up as the writer, dramatist, and poet of Nobel Literary fame, Paul Heyse; forty-four years yet later on, in 1874, France imposed the Second Treaty of Saigon on Indochina, further establishing its hegemonic position in the region; ten hundred ninety-six days thereafter, in 1877, a baby boy howled out who en route to a life as organizer, International Workers of the World stalwart, and champion of working people of all colors, Ben Fletcher; a decade further along time’s path, in 1887, thousands of construction craft workers came together to form the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades; a quarter century henceforth, in 1912, a male baby cried out who would grow up as the performer and lyricist, Lightin’ Hopkins; four years more down the pike, in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson dispatched nearly 5,000 U.S. soldiers to chase down Pancho Villa’s band of guerilla fighters for an independent Mexico; an additional three hundred sixty-five days past that juncture, in 1917 back in Washington, the Supreme Court, facing a national railway strike, acceded to the 8-Hour Act; four years subsequent to that instant, across the Atlantic and much of Europe in 1921 Berlin, an Armenian militant assassinated the erstwhile architect of Ottoman genocide against Armenia, Talaat Pasha; further South across the Mediterranean next years, in 1922, England permitted an ‘independent’ monarch to take the reins of rule in Egypt as a first King Fuad; a decade and a half down the pike from that, in 1937, a Russian child took a first breath who would mature as environmentalist and writer Antonin Rasputin, whose life and career would span a day shy of seventy-eight years, while six thousand miles Westward, the popular gothic

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horror maestro, H.P. Lovecraft, was preparing his final exit; another year afterward, in 1938, back in the Soviet Union, the theorist, writer, and activist Nikolai Bukharin died at the hands of Stalinist executioners in Moscow after, to say the least, a tainted trial; another three hundred sixty-five days closer to the current context, in 1939, Germany finalized the dismantling of Czechoslovakia, a brief ‘republic’ took shape in Carpatho-Ukraine before Hungary absorbed it, and a boy child cried out who would become the acclaimed British writer and thinker Robert Nye; two more years nearer to now, in 1941, the baby boy opened his eyes who would rise as the crooner and songwriter Mike Love; another seven hundred thirty days onward, in 1943, an infant male entered the world in standard fashion who would grow up as the wild rocker and writer, Sly Stone; four further years toward the present pass, in 1947, another baby boy came along, also destined to perform and write songs, in the guise of the legendary Ry Cooder; sixty-one years back, My Fair Lady had its opening night on Broadway; nine years even more proximate to the present day, in 1965, President Lyndon Johnson intoned, “We Shall Overcome,” while advocating passage of the Voting Rights Act; two decades after that to the day, in 1985, symbolics.com became the first registered Internet domain; half a dozen years farther forward in time, in 1991, the final disposition of Germany’s reunification took effect; seven years more on the path to today, in 1998, the iconic and occasionally controversial ‘Dr. Spock’ took his last breath; fourteen hundred thirty more days thereafter, in 2002, a hideous scandal unfolded as the Wall Street Journal broke a story about insider trading and kickbacks among all but two of the ‘working class’ board members of the United Labor Life Insurance Company, who had stolen millions in real workers’ premiums to line their pockets; nine years past that dark day, in 2011, five thousand miles away in the Levant, imperially orchestrated assault on Syria initiated the still ongoing butchery of civil war in the region.