3.20.2017 Day in History

main_solstices_equinoxesThis year, today is one of the four important marking points that occur every year, in the Northern Hemisphere the Vernal Equinox, not surprisingly a font of dozens of other celebrations, such as World Sparrow Day, International Day of Happiness, World Storytelling Day, and World Astrology Day, among others; in Rome two thousand sixty years ahead of the present moment, possibly to the day, a baby boy was born who would become the great poet, Ovid; also on the Italian Peninsula, seventeen hundred eighty-two years ago, the first non-Roman took the imperial throne in a period when the empire’s adherents were all on the verge of cannibalizing each other and their plots to plunder the Earth; four hundred fifteen years before the here-and-now, merchants in Holland formed the Dutch East India Company; fourteen years further on, only a year less than four centuries before now, in 1616, Sir Walter Raleigh gained his liberty after thirteen years imprisonment in the Tower of London; eleven decades more proximate to today, in 1726, Isaac Newton spent his last day alive; two and a half centuries and half a decade and two years before this day, Boston lost hundreds of buildings in a “Great Fire;” half a century and half a decade beyond that point, in 1815, across the Atlantic, Napoleon followed up his escape from Elba with his entry into Paris at the head of a plus-or-minus three hundred fifty thousand man military force; thirteen years closer to today, at 1828, the baby who would grow up to become seminal writer Henrik Ibsen uttered his first cry; a hundred sixty-nine years ahead of the current day, revolutionary uprisings in German cities and principalities led Bavaria’s King Ludwig to abdicate; four years exactly after that point, across the Atlantic in 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe published Uncle Tom’s Cabintwo years hence, in a related development in Wisconsin in 1854, the U.S. Republican Party came into existence;  a century and a year prior to the present pass, Albert Einstein released his general theory of relativity in print; seven years subsequently, in 1923,Chicago’s Arts 463px-Les_Demoiselles_d'AvignonClub hosted the first United States showing of the works of Pablo Picasso; a decade thereafter precisely, in 1933, across the Atlantic, Heinrich Himmler ordered the construction of a ‘Concentration Camp’ at Dachau; sixty-five years ago, the U.S. Senate ratified a final treaty to end the war against Japan; four years hence, in 1956, across the Atlantic, Tunisia became independent of French Rule; three hundred sixty-five days later, back on the American side of the Atlantic in 1957, a male infant gave his first cry on his way to a life as filmmaker and thinker, Spike Lee; half a century and three years back, the European Space Research Organization came to be, a predecessor to today’s European Space Agency; one year later, in 1965, Lyndon Johnson sent Federal troops to Alabama during a critical moment of the civil rights movement; twenty-two years before today’s conjunction, twenty riders on Tokyo’s subway system died and well over a thousand suffered injuries in a terrorist application of Sarin nerve gas; seven hundred thirty-one days later, in 1997, acclaimed biographer, essayist, and critic V.S. Pritchett breathed his last; three years subsequent to that occurrence, across the Atlantic in Georgia in 2000, police apprehended Jamil Al Amin—the former writer and revolutionary thinker, H. Rap Brown—for killing one policeman and wounding another, leading to a sensational and controversial trial and the former Black Panther’s life imprisonment.