3.27.2017 Day in History

For all thespians and others who appreciate dramatic arts, today is World Theatre Day; in Venice, seven hundred eight years ago, the city state’s leadership suffered the imposition of a Papal decree that imposed excommunication, interdiction, and a general prohibition of all commercial intercourse, as a result of an alleged Venetian seizure of church property; two centuries and four years later, in 1513, Ponce de Leon and his cohorts began their exploration of the Bahamas region; two hundred twenty-three years back, the U.S. Navy received its authorization for the building of its first fleet of ships from congress; precisely two decades hence, in 1814, in Alabama, troops under Andrew Jackson continued the crushing of Native American resistance with the defeat of Creek forces at Horseshoe Bend; one hundred thirty-six years before the here and now, residents of Basingstoke, enamoured of the license to imbibe libations, rioted against hectoring by the Salvation Army in favour of teetotaling abstemiousness; half a decade afterward to the day, in

Stanislaw Lem

1886, the legendary Apache fighter Geronimo finally bowed down to United States hegemony; ninety-nine years prior to the present pass,  as part of the balkanization of Southern Europe that resulted from World War One, the Kingdom of Romania received the province of Bessarabia, and across the European continent and the Atlantic ocean, writer and critic Henry Adams took his ultimate breath; three decades afterward exactly, in 1948, a second communist workers congress met in Korea; fifty-four years before this point in time, a baby by entered the world who would grow up as groundbreaking filmmaker and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino; forty-four years ago, Marlon Brando declined the Best Actor Oscar award for his career-reviving performance in The Godfather, in protest of Hollywood’s consistently ignorant portrayal of Native Americans; two years later, 1975 the United States inaugurated the construction of the Trans Alaskan oil pipeline; six years subsequently, in 1981, millions of Polish members of Solidarity walked off their jobs in a warning strike against the government; two years hence, in 1992, bridge master and author Easley Blackwood died; a quarter century prior to the current conjunction, in 1995 the United States continued its Anti Castro propaganda propagation with the initiation of Radio Marti, a perverse and paradoxical usage of the symbol of a true Cuban patriot; three years closer to now, in 1975, the FDA approved Viagra; fourteen years before this day, acclaimed children’s writer Paul Zindel spent his final day on Earth; three years further in the future, in 2006, masterful Polish science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem drew his last breath; three hundred sixty five days more more proximate to today, in 2007, nearly century old Cuban singer songwriter Faustino Oramas died; five short years later, in 2012, militant feminist and poet Adrienne Rich breathed her last.