4.27.2017 Day in History

Thirteen centuries and six years ago, expansive Islamic forces began what would be a many-centuries occupation of much of the Iberian Peninsula; four hundred and seventy-eight years before the present pass, in what Colombia, Spanish interlopers reestablished a settlement on what would become Bogota; just over a quarter century later, forty four years after Magellan’s arrival in the region, in 1565, the Spanish Empire established its first outpost in the Philippines at Cebu; one hundred two years later exactly, in 1667, North across the English Channel, a nearly destitute and deathly sick John Milton sells his copyright of Paradise Lost for £10; two hundred eighty years ahead of today, a boy baby bounced into the world on his way to a rise and fall as writer and historian Edward Gibbon; twenty two years hence, in 1759,  a female infant was born who would become society darling and feminist pioneer Mary Wollstonecraft; two hundred twenty-six years prior to just this point in time, a male child uttered a first cry who would go on to invent the telegraph as Samuel Morse; two hundred and twelve years PhiladelphiaAgroundback, the United States extended itself through the Marine Corps to the ‘shores of Tripoli’ in the First Barbary War; half a decade subsequently, across the Mediterranean in 1810, Ludwig van Beethoven completed his composition Fur Elise; a decade past that conjunction, in 1820, a male infant took his first breath who, because of his class and family wealth, had the necessary ‘fitness’ to go onto a life in which he suggested that the sickly and vulnerable poor should all go to the wall; thirty one years thereafter, in 1861,  on the other side of the Atlantic, newly inaugurated President Abraham Lincoln suspended the right, and the writ, of Habeas Corpus as a result of war exigencies; four years more proximate to the present day, in 1865, New York State designates Cornell as its Federal Land Grant University; one hundred and thirty-five years before today, promoter of self-reliance and American existentialist Ralph Waldo Emerson ceased to be either reliable or extant; one hundred thirteen years before the here and now,  Australia’s Labour Party becomes the first such political entity to gain national power; ninety years prior to this precise moment in time, Republic of Chile creates its first national police force, and thirty five hundred miles to the North, a baby girl came into the world who would grow up as Coretta Scott before she married Martin Luther King, Jr.; five years in the future from that point, in 1932, poet and writer of the American West, Hart Crane, took his final breath; four years further down the pike, in 1936,  the United uaw_3636_246256_answer_2_xlargeAuto Workers gained the status of an autonomous labor union, free of the American Federation of Labor; three hundred sixty five days closer to the current dawn, in 1937, Italian Marxist and freedom fighter Antonio Gramsci died in prison; two years on the dot later on, in 1939,Czech mathematical genius and philosopher breathed his last; two years after that point in time, in 1941,  Nazi German invaders occupied Athens after a brief but destructive struggle; four years beyond that date, in 1945,  Italian partisans captured Mussolini as he tried to slink away in the uniform of a common soldier, and thirty five hundred miles away across the Atlantic, a baby boy is born who will grow up as dramatist and thinker August Wilson; another five years down the road, in 1950,  thirty five hundred miles south in South Africa, a slightly less aggressive fascist state further installs the formal machinery of apartheid in South Africa, under the authority of the Group Areas Act; half a century and two years ago, popular journalist and sometimes competent investigator Edward Murrow succumbed to lung cancer; seven hundred thirty days after that point, in 1967, Canada’s first World Fair opening ceremony takes place at the Montreal Expo; thirty-six years before now,  Xerox PARC introduced the first fully-functional commercial computer mouse; five years henceforth, in 1986, five thousand miles away in Ukraine, nuclear power’s ‘worst case accident’ until Fukushima happened, forced the evacuation of Pripyat near Chernobyl; nearby, six years later, in 1992,  the brief-lived Federal Republic of Yugoslavia came into existence, and the Russian Republic and twelve other Eastern European jurisdictions all join the International Monetary Fund; two years hence, in 1994,  thirty five hundred miles south back in South Africa, the first national elections occurred in which Black citizens could vote; eighteen years back, anthropologist and mythologist Carlos Castaneda took his last trip. From Wikipedia Day in History