4.24.2017 Day in History

forest trees nature fog mist mystery woodsIn one of many celebrations of life now before us, today is Arbor Day in the U.S., as well as, much more bizarrely around the globe, World Laboratory Animal Day, while in Armenia April 24 is Genocide Remembrance Day; at least in traditional calendars, in the territory over which at least a half a dozen world class empires have since passed, three thousand two hundred and one years ago, the Trojan imperial center at Troy fell to the Greeks; three hundred and thirteen years ago, the first regular newspaper in British Colonial America, The Boston News-Letter, was published in Boston, Massachusetts; twenty seven years later, in 1731, the English journalist and spy Daniel Defoe met his end; two hundred and thirty six years prior to the present pass, in 1779, the American minister and academic who founded Dartmouth College and who bore the name Eleazar Wheelock spent his last day on earth; twenty one years after, in 1800, the United States Library of Congress was established when President John Adams signed legislation to appropriate $5,000 USD to purchase “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress”; fifteen years later, in 1815, the baby boy who would grow up to be the English author Anthony Trollope, drew his first breath; thirty years after that and across the English Channel, in 1845, the Swiss poet and Nobel Prize laureate Carl Spitteler uttered his first cry; one hundred and forty years previous to the present moment, the Russian Empire declared war on the Ottoman Empire; one hundred and thirty-two years before the present pass, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show acquiredindex.1the talents of the wily sharpshooter Annie Oakley thanks to the discernment of hiring man Nate Salsbury; one hundred and thirteen years ago, Lithuania released a press ban that had been operating for almost 40 years, that same year, in 1904, across the Atlantic, the baby who would become the brilliant abstract painter Willem de Kooning had his first day on earth; exactly fifty two weeks later, in 1905, celebrated writer Robert Penn Warrenwas born; one hundred and three years from the present pass, the Franck–Hertz experiment, a pillar of quantum mechanics, was presented to the German Physical Society; one short year later, in 1915, the Armenian Genocide took off with the arrest of 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Istanbul; three hundred and sixty five days beyond that point, in 1916, the Irish Republican Brotherhood led by nationalists Patrick Pearse, James Connolly, and Joseph Plunkett starts a rebellion in Ireland, in what came to be known as the Easter Rising; six years in the future, in 1922, the first segment of the Imperial Wireless Chain providing wireless telegraphy between Leafield in Oxfordshire, England, and Cairo, Egypt, came into operation; a mere four entire seasons later, in 1923, the paper Das Ich und das Es (The Ego and the Id) by Sigmund Freud was published in Vienna, which outlined Freud’s theories of the id, ego, and super-ego; three years after that point, in 1926, the Treaty of Berlin, where Germany and the Soviet Union each pledged neutrality in the event of an attack on the other by a third party for the next five years, was signed; eighty four years ago, Nazi Germany begun one of its many persecutions by shutting down the Jehovah’s Witnesses  Watch Tower Society office in Magdeburg; seventy-seven years before the present moment,  Sue Grafton, American author, was born; just two years later, the infant who would become the American singing star Barbra Streisand uttered her first vocalization; half a decade beyond that point, another strong American woman, the writer Willa Cather, told her last tale; sixty-four years in the past, the baby boy who would become Eric Bogosian, American actor, playwright, and author, drew his first breath; a mere three hundred sixty five years later, the baby who would have a very interesting destiny, Mumia Abu-Jamal, was born; sixty-two years ago, the twenty-nine non-aligned nations of Asia and Africa finished a meeting that condemned colonialism,

"Panama Canal Gatun Locks opening" by Stan Shebs. cc 3.0
“Panama Canal Gatun Locks opening” by Stan Shebs. cc 3.0

racism, and the Cold War; two years later, in 1957,  the Suez Canal was reopened following the introduction of UNEF peacekeepers to the region; fifty-two years into the past, Civil war broke out in the Dominican Republic when Colonel Francisco Caamaño, overthrew the triumvirate that had been in power since the coup d’état against Juan Bosch; fifty years prior to this day, American General William Westmoreland said in a news conference regarding the Civil War that the enemy had “gained support in the United States that gives him hope that he can win politically that which he cannot win militarily.”  Three years later, in 1970, the first Chinese satellite, Dong Fang Hong I, was launched; thirty-seven years ago, eight U.S. servicemen died in Operation Eagle Claw as they attempted to end the Iran hostage crisis; a decade after that, in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched from the Space Shuttle Discovery; six years after that, in 1996, in the United States, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 was passed into law; eleven years ago, in 2004, the United States lifted economic sanctions imposed on Libya 18 years previously, as a reward for its cooperation in eliminating weapons of mass destruction, and a mere year later, in 2005, Snuppy becomes world’s first cloned dog. From Wikipedia Day in History