4.18.2017 Day in History

This date in Japan marks the celebration of Invention Day while around the globe, today is International Day for Monuments and Sites; in Central Europe, as the Diet of Worms approached its conclusion four hundred and ninety-six years ago, Martin Luther refused to recant his Protestant protest against the practices of Catholicism, despite the threat of excommunication and civil strife; in a precursor of the city’s rebellious attitude in the next century, three hundred and twenty-eight years ahead of today, Bostonians rose up in revolt against the Royal Governor, the hard-to-take Sir Edmund Andros; fifty years subsequent to that juncture, in 1738, across the Atlantic in Madrid, Spaniards created the Royal Academy of History; thirty-four years in the future from that, in 1772, the male infant cried out who would mature as the estimable political economist David Ricardo; just short of six decades later, in 1831, back in North America, Alabama started up its flagship university on seized Indian lands in Tuscaloosa; seventeen years beyond that moment in time, in 1848, a United States victory over the Mexicans at the Battle of Cerro Gordo set the stage for an American invasion and conquest church mexico desertand seizure of more than half of Mexico’s territory; not quite a decade after, in 1857, back across the ocean again, the baby boy opened his eyes who would rise as the masterful defender of justice and litigator extraordinaire, Clarence Darrow; seven years hence, in 1864, back in Europe, Prussia joined with Austria at the beginning of the consolidation of the German nation to seize key parts of Denmark for Germany, and once again over the sea, a male child took a first breath en route to a life as the author and poet Richard Harding Davis; twenty-four years past that point in time, in 1888, stalwart women textile workers in Minneapolis went on strike for higher wages and better conditions, inspiring women to believe in the possibility of power through union; nine years yet later on, in 1897, once again across the Atlantic and through the Mediterranean, an omen of World War One occurred as Greece and the Ottoman Empire briefly and bloodily went to war; nine years subsequently, in 1906, San Francisco endured a destructive earthquake many orders of magnitude smaller than what is seven decades overdue for the pacific Northwest; seven hundred thirty-one days henceforth, in 1908, the International Workers of the World released the first sheet music for the iconic song of the working class, “We Have Fed You All for 1000 Years;” in a not-altogether-unrelated development, a short year past that, in 1909, the Catholic Church beatified the

Joan of arc miniature graded by Miniature from the 15th century - Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons
Joan of arc miniature graded by Miniature from the 15th century – Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

revolutionary female leader of the French peasantry; Joan of Arc; in a completely connected occurrence, three years afterward, in 1912,  back in the United States, West Virginia’s rulers called forth the official butchery of the National Guard to suppress a minor strike in one of the most violent labor stoppages in labor history; half a dozen years yet later on, in 1918, the baby boy entered the world who would mature as the ‘savior’ of generations of students, Clifton Hillegass, whose Notes made reading and thinking less an essential part of successful grades; another six years on the road to today, in 1924,  the publisher Simon & Schuster issued the first booklet of crossword puzzles, and the male infant called out who would become the crooner and lyricist Clarence Gatemouth Brown; seventeen years after that exact instant, in 1941, Harlem’s champion, Reverend Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., led a boycott of New York’s transit companies that led various firms to hire an aggregate of hundreds of Black mechanics and drivers; three hundred sixty five days nearer to now, in 1942 and the early stages of World War Two for the U.S., American flyers and crew led a bombing raid against Japan that was a warning of the carnage to come; three more years in the direction of today’s light and air, in 1945, beloved war correspondent Ernie Pyle died of his wounds during the invasion of Okinawa, while around the world, one of the creators of vacuum tubes, John A. Fleming, breathed his last in England; a year hence, in 1946, a first ‘Boomer Baby’ came squalling into the world who would grow up as the lyricist and rocker, Skip Spence, and the inaugural session of the International Court of Justice also transpired in the Hague; a mere year after that, in 1947, the baby girl first cried out on her way to becoming  experimental novelist, punk poet, playwright, essayist, and overall communicator Kathy Acker;  just slightly less than a decade down the pike, in 1955, twenty-nine nations gathered in a first formal African-Asian meeting, the Bandung Conference, a key

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get-together for making the world safe for globalization; a thousand ninety-six days even closer to the current context, in 1958, a Federal judge directed that Ezra Pound serve not another day in a ‘mental hospital;’ another year forward in time, in 1959, a baby girl opened her eyes who would rise as the stalwart scribe of class justice in America, Susan Faludi; a central reform in diplomatic protocols occurred seven hundred thirty-one days thereafter, in 1961, when signatories in the denominated city adopted the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, and, South across Mediterranean waters, in Casablanca, revolutionary groups in the struggle against Portugal’s African colonies formed Conferência das Organizações Nacionalistas das Colónias Portuguesas, or the Conference of Nationalist Organizations of the Portuguese Colonies, at the same time that South of the US, John F Kennedy denied intervention in Cuba;  three further years down time’s path, in 1964, the prolific and popular writer and dramatist Ben Hecht, both Zionist and civil rights icon, drew a final breath; fourteen hundred sixty-one days still more proximate to the present pass, in 1968, plus-or-minus

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200,000 Communications Workers of America went on strike against the Bell Telephone Companies, winning both substantial wage and benefit increases for themselves; fifteen years additionally onward in time, in 1983, suicide bombers destroyed the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing over sixty people; half a decade subsequently, in 1988, the U.S. attacked Iranian naval forces after a mine nearly sunk an American missile frigate in the Persian Gulf, resulting in an overwhelming United States ‘victory,’ followed a month later by a U.S. cruiser’s downing of an Iranian commercial jet that killed almost three hundred passengers and crew; eight further years in the general direction of today, in 1996, Israeli Defense Forces bombarded a United Nations compound in Lebanon in which close to a thousand civilians had taken refuge, killing upwards of a hundred non-belligerents, men, women, and children; eleven years more on the road to the here and now, in 2007, the United States Supreme Court upheld the restrictions on women’s pregnancy termination choices that the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act contained.