4.03.2017 Day in History

 Two thousand four fourteen and twelve years ago, General Publius Postumius Tubertus celebrated his forces’ routing of the Sabines and the elevation of the Roman republic; nine hundred seventy-four years prior to the present pass, Edward the Confessor became the

Bayeux Tapestry - Scene 1 : King Edward the Confessor and Harold Godwinson at Winchester.
Bayeux Tapestry – Scene 1 : King Edward the Confessor and Harold Godwinson at Winchester.

last Anglo Saxon King of England; seven hundred and thirty-three years later, in 1776, Congress authorized privateers to attack British vessels during the Revolutionary conflict; two hundred thirty-four years before this exact day, a baby boy came into the world up the Hudson River from Manhattan who would mature as the writer and historian Washington Irving;  one hundred eighty-three years before the here and now, the leaders of the Greek uprising against the Ottoman Empire stood trial for treason; one hundred fifty-seven years  back, the first successful Pony Express Run from the Midwest to California occurred; five years later, exactly a century and a half ago, in 1865, the Civil War effectively ended with the Union capture of the Confederate capitol at Richmond; seventeen years after that, in 1882, in a lingering aftereffect of the sectional conflict, former Confederate soldier and legendary bandit Jesse James died at the hands of bounty hunter Robert Ford; six years subsequently, in 1888, as the stresses on the British aristocratic tradition amplified with the crisis of Colonial capitalism, Jack the Ripper struck for the first time against a hapless prostitute in London’s East End; twelve decades and two years ago, the estimable author Oscar book hor3Wilde brought a libel action that resulted in his eventual imprisonment for homosexuality; three years to the day beyond that carnage, in 1898, a male infant was born who grew up as the mogul of monopoly media, Henry Luce; ninety-seven years in the past, literary luminary F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre got married; eighty-three years in the past, a little girl uttered her first cry en route to life as biologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall; half-a-decade hence, in 1939, a male child came along who would become estimable gadfly to establishment machinations, Paul Craig Roberts; sixty-nine years before this precise point in time, Harry Truman both ‘saved Europe’ and escalated the Cold War by signing the Marshall Plan into law, and half a world away on the Korean peninsula, in another response to Communist upsurge, the period of civil unrest that now bears the name the Jeju Massacre began; two years more proximate to the current conjunction, in 1950, the estimable historian of African American experience and founder of Black History Month, Carter Woodson, spent his last day alive; sixty-two years ahead of today, the American Civil Liberties Union 

David Bledsoe flickr cc 3.0
David Bledsoe flickr cc 3.0

confirmed that it would defend Allen Ginsberg’s Howl against obscenity charges; six years beyond that juncture on the dot, in 1961, a baby boy gave his first howl as the Eddie Murphy who would make millions laugh as a comedian, actor, and filmmaker; seven years thereafter, in 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop” speech in Memphis; five years beyond that juncture, in 1973,capitalizing on military technology, Martin Cooper of Motorola made the first civilian mobile phone call; thirty-six years back, at the West Coast Computer Faire, the first successful portable computer hit the market; twenty-six years back, novelist and critic Graham Greene breathed his last, as did bridge ace and writer Charles Goren; seven years further along, an U.S. Air Force craft crashed in Croatia, killing Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and all thirty-four other people on board; four years subsequently, in 2000, Microsoft Corporation faced sanctions for operating in restraint of trade, and ethnobotanist Terrence McKenna succumbed to brain cancer. From Wikipedia Day in History