3.22.2017 Day in History

water lake river dropIn Puerto Rico, this date marks Emancipation Day, which has, of course, yet to occur, while around the globe today is, apropos of warming climes, World Water Day; in the islands that we now know as England a thousand one hundred and forty-six years ago, the indigenous fighters of AEthelred of Wessex drove back Danish invaders at the Battle of Marton; King Ferdinand five hundred nine years ahead of the here and now designated Amerigo Vespucci as Spain’s primary imperial navigator; a hundred thirteen years subsequent to that, in 1621,English Pilgrims in Plymouth Colony negotiated a peace process with the Wampanoags indigenous to the region; three hundred sixty-five days henceforth, in 1622, South in Virginia, Algonquin fighters decimated English colonists in a coordinated attack that killed roughly a third of the colony’s immigrant population, nearly 350 people; eight years past that conjunction, back in New England in 1630, Massachusetts Bay outlawed even the possession of gaming paraphernalia like cards and dice; another eight years onward in the same place, in 1638, authorities expelled Anne Hutchinson for her dissenting ways; three quarters of a century more along time’s arc, in 1713, the Tuscarora War in Carolina Province annihilated the defendants of Fort Neoheroka and ‘opened’ Piedmont and Western regions of the colony to European incursion; twenty-six years later, in 1739, half a world away in the Subcontinent, the Persian conqueror Nader Shah led troops that sacked Delhi, including the Peacock Throne jewels; an additional nineteen years toward today, in 1758, back in New England, the fiery preacher and pamphleteer, Jonathan Edwards, died; seven years after that, across the Atlantic in imperial London in 1765, Parliament passed the Stamp Act, imposing an extractive tax on the colonies that was approximately as popular as random muggings by law; one hundred eighty-five years back, the great chronicler, thinker, and storyteller, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, drew a final breath; not quite four decades subsequent to that juncture, in 1871, the sitting Governor of North Carolina became the first chief executive to leave office as a result of impeachment; a single year thereafter, in 1872, Illinois became the first State in the Union to mandate equal employment rights for women; one more year in the direction of now, in 1873, Spain’s Puerto Rican National Assembly finally banned slavery in the colony; thirteen more years down the pike, in 1886, Mark Twain, a lifetime member of the Typographical Union, delivered a rousing speech in favor of organized labor, “The Knights of Labor: a New Dynasty;” twenty-two years afterward, in 1908, a baby boy was born en route to a life as the storyteller and poet of the West, Louis L’Amour; a dozen years yet later on, in 1920, intermittent conflict among Armenians, Turks, & Azerbaijanis in Nagorno Karabakh escalated to the point that Armenians suffered catastrophic losses around Shushi, part of the slaughter of Armenians both during and in the aftermath of World War One; eight more years pointed toward now, in 1928, a male infant opened his eyes who would rise as the controversial cultural critic and proponent of conservative values, E.D. Hirsch; five years on, in 1933, FDR legalized the sale of beer and wine; eight years after that moment in time and space, in 1941, the vast construction project at Grand Coulee Dam came to a conclusion, after the employment of thousands of workers, of whom seventy or more lost their lives in the process; four years later, in 1945, as the ‘thousand year Reich’ collapsed, nations and peoples of the Levant and Northern Africa came together to form the Arab League; two years past that exact instant, in 1947, a baby male cried out who would grow up as the prolific novelist from a privileged background, James Patterson, and Truman ordered loyalty checks of federal employees;  five years farther down the pike, in 1952, the iconic picker and crooner and lyricist, Uncle Dave Macon, called out the music of his swan song; eight years afterward, in 1960, two future Nobel Laureates in physics received the first patent for a “Light Amplified by Stimulated Emission of Radiation” device, or Laser; a thousand ninety-five more days in the future from that point, in

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1963, the Beatles released their first song collection, the ‘monster’ album, Please, Please Menot quite a decade subsequently, in 1972, the U.S. Congress followed the will of the people and sent an Equal Rights Amendment to the States for ratification, and the Supreme Court handed down a decision which affirmed the right of unmarried people to have and use contraceptives, essentially permitting human sexuality to exist in the eyes of the law; three more years even closer to the current context, in 1975, the Tennessee Valley Authority nuclear power station near Brown’s Ferry, Alabama underwent an almost catastrophic fire that shut down operation for decades at a cost of billions and untold health consequences from radiation venting to the environment; seven additional years on the path to today, in 1982, close to a thousand International Association of Machinists strikers faced wanton police attacks in Rhode Island, for which the governor later apologized, after ‘the damage was done;’ a year after that, in 1983, the Hummer had its origins in the Pentagon’s $1 billion+ investment; three hundred sixty-five days afterward, across the continent in 1984 California, hapless workers at the McMartin preschool faced hysterical, absurd charges of abusing their young kindergarteners in ritual, satanic fashion, which, again ‘after the damage was done,’ their accusers dropped as totally without foundation; six years henceforth, in 1990, a nearly five week, Spring Training lockout of professional baseball players ended when owners agreed to a minimum league salary of $100,000 and other player demands; three years yet more proximate to the present pass, in 1993, the Intel Corporation released its first popular and powerful Pentium computer chips; another half a decade onward in time, in 1998, a vicious six and a half year strike against the Caterpillar Corporation ended with an ‘agreement’ that included two-tier wages and other concessions that have bitterly divided the United Autoworkers ever since; seven years yet nearer to now, in 2005, the renowned Japanese architect, Kenzo Tange, who designed the Hiroshima Peace Museum, breathed his last; two additional years thereafter, in 2007, the popular philosopher and guru, U.G. Krishnamurti, lived out his final scene, and the news corporation and NBC announced a new web deal.