3.17.2017 Day in History

ireland tower fortress eyreToday, anywhere that boasts a tinge of Irish, is St. Patrick’s Day, of course, allegedly fifteen hundred fifty-six years after his martyrdom; in the Orient, thirteen hundred and ninety-three years ago,  forces under the leadership of Muhammad defeated the rulers of Medina in the continuing expansion of Mohammedism and Islam; three hundred and seventy-seven years subsequent to that event, in 1001, a different imperial negotiation occurred when representatives of Filipino rulers visited the Song Dynasty leaders of China to establish trade and cultural ties; just beyond four and a half centuries later, in 1452, on the Iberian peninsula, Christian forces at the Battle of Los Alporchones further consolidated the stranglehold that would soon oust the Emirate of Granada; a hundred and fifty-eight years subsequently, in 1560,  further internecine rivalry occurred when Portuguese forces successfully attacked a French fortress at Villegagnon island in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;  one hundred seventeen corcovado_rio_twilight_2years in the future from that point, in 1677, in all-too-common inter-European rivalry, France captured the city of Valenciennes in the Franco Dutch War; two hundred seventy-five years back, the playwright and critic and satirist Jean-Baptiste Rousseau breathed his last; thirty-four down the pike, in 1776, a new sort of inter-European rivalry led to the withdrawal of British forces from the siege of Boston, as a result of George Washington’s tactical intelligence with artillery; exactly four years after, in 1780, Washington granted his troops a holiday in solidarity with Irish St Patrick’s celebrants; seven hundred thirty days thereafter, in 1782, across the Atlantic in Switzerland, one of the brilliant Bernoulli mathematicians, Daniel, lived out his final theorem; two hundred twelve years in advance of today’s events,  Napoleon assumed the regal leadership of Italy as a kingdom; a half-century and six years still further on, in 1861, the modern kingdom of Italy came into existence as an independent national entity; a quarter century closer to now, in 1886, Pierre-Jules Hetzel, publisher of of Jules Verne’s novels, died; four years before the here and now, 1890 the United Brotherhood of Carpenters led the struggle in the United States for an eight hour

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day; fourteen hundred and thirty-one days past that conjunction, in 1894, the United States and China ‘agreed’ to exclude Chinese labor from U.S. production, and across the world, the novelist and playwright Paul Green was born;  eighteen years even closer to now, in 1912,  a baby boys opened his eyes who would rise as the civil rights activist and leader Bayard Rustin; five years hence, in 1917, German philosopher and psychologist Franz Brentano’s life came to an end; a dozen years past that conjunction, in 1929, a baby girl came squalling into the world en route to a life as prominent publisher, feminist, and humanist Florence Howe, founder of the Feminist Press; a decade nearer to now, in 1939, Japan sought to continue its dominance of Chinese nationalist forces at the Battle of Nanchang; two years precisely after that, in 1941, President Roosevelt inaugurated the National Gallery of Art in the District of Columbia; seven years past that moment in time, in 1948, the Benelux countries (Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands), France, and the United Kingdom signed the Treaty of Brussels, a predecessor to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and a male infant uttered his first cry on his way to an evocative body of science fiction and commentary under the moniker of William Gibson; two years subsequently, in 1950, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory workers at Berkeley continued their Modern Nuclear Project investigations with the discovery of the 98th element in the periodic table, Californium; half a decade beyond that conjunction, in 1955, a female child entered the world in Atlanta who would grow up as gadfly and political stalwart of the people, Cynthia McKinney; three years more proximate still to the present pass, in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space planets space saturn cosmosAdministration launched the first in its series of Vanguard satellites, and the baby boy came along who would become prominent Hispanic journalist and news anchor, Jorge Ramos; seven hundred and thirty days after that precise point, in 1960, President Eisenhower signed the National Security directive that targeted Cuba’s revolutionary process for extermination; in one of the least intentional developments of the Modern Nuclear Project, six years later, in 1966, a U.S submarine discovered a hydrogen bomb that was missing after a B-52 crash, and Cesar Chavez led a farm workers’ march that began in Delano on St Patrick’s Day, headed for the state capital; two years down the road from that, in 1968, across the Atlantic and most of the North American continent, other defense department killing-technology-research resulted in the deaths of thousands of sheep in Utah from nerve gas, and still further West, in the Bay Area, radio station KPMX received notice from multiple popular Rock and Roll acts to stop playing their songs because the station was using strikebreakers; two years still further along, in 1970,  the United States Army responded to the atrocities and crimes against humanity in Vietnam by charging 14 junior officers with crimes in relation to the slaughter at My Lai; eighteen years even closer to today, in 1988, in a proxy conflict between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, Eritrean rebels attacked national troops in the opening of the battle at Afabet; four years thereafter, in 1992, Southwest across the African continent and the Atlantic, terrorists exploded a devastating bomb at the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, and directly across the South Atlantic from there, South African voters overwhelmingly approved dismantling apartheid; eight years burning man hippiestoward today from that, in 2000, Boeing workers successfully concluded their strike against the aircraft company;

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three years hence, in 2003,  across North America and the Atlantic, British foreign secretary Robin Cook resigned in protest at the imperial depredation of making war on Iraq; another seven hundred and thirty-one days onward, in 2005, iconic Cold War theorist and political philosopher George Kennan completed his century-long journey; seven years still closer to the present, in 2012, important progressive historian Paul Boyer took his last breath; two years later on, in 2014, dramatist and theater director Gene Feist played out his final scene.