4.28.2017 Day in History

Internationally, today is Workers Memorial Day and World Day for Safety & Health at Work, and in Canada, April 28th marks a National Day of Morning for workers who suffer occupational injury, illness, and death; in Palestine eight hundred twenty-five years back, the Italian Third Crusade leader, Conrad I, recently risen to ‘King of Jerusalem, died at the hands of indigenous Hashshashin; seven hundred sixty-four years prior to this precise point, a Japanese monk first advances the chant that underlies worship of lotus order in the universe, the foundation of Nichiren Buddhism; a quarter millennium hence, in 1503, the first battle that gunpowder enabled armaments won, in Southern Italy, took place at Cerignola when an Italian force half the size of their French and Spanish opponents prevailed; a hundred eight years subsequently, in 1611, Spain’s Catholic prelates established the University of Santo Tomas, which has become the world’s biggest Church-of-Rome university; two hundred sixty-five years ahead of our present day, a baby boy came into the world who would grow up as slaveowner, politician, and President James Monroe; two hundred twenty-eight years ago, rebellious sailors aboard the Bounty set ship’s captain Bligh and a score of his followers adrift on the Pacific, before they absconded with themselves and ended up on Pitcairn Island with women and provisions from Tahiti; three years later, in 1792, France’s forces invaded Austria’s dominion in present-day Belgium and initiated the French Revolutionary Wars; one hundred forty-eight years before the here and now, workers on the Central Pacific Railroad, primarily Chinese and Irish, complete ten miles of track in one day, a record still unbroken; twelve years subsequently, in 1881, William Bonney, now known as Billy the Kid, escaped from a lockup in Mesilla, New Mexico;  six years following that juncture, in 1887, across the Atlantic in Prussia, Germany’s Emperor William I ordered the release an Alsatian spy about whom France had threatened war if the alleged agent did not go free; one hundred eleven years in advance of today, a male infant was born who would mature as the philosopher and mathematician of uncertainty, Kurt Godel; ninety-seven years prior to the present pass, Azerbaijan became a Soviet Socialist Republic; a half-dozen years thereafter, in 1926, a baby girl took her first breath en route to life as writer and thinker, Harper Lee; a further six years down the road, in 1932, American researchers announced the creation of a vaccine against Yellow Fever; seven hundred thirty days more proximate to now, in 1934, a girl child came along in a wealthy milieu that fostered her abilities as writer and storyteller and scribe of scripts, Diane Johnson; seventy years back, a team of adventurers under 1024px-Australia_Present_Vegetation_Mapthe guidance of Thor Heyerdahl made the trip from the South Pacific to South America on a rudimentary raft, to demonstrate that such a route for transit may have been possible hundreds or thousands of years earlier; half-a-decade henceforth, in 1952, Eastward across the Pacific, the U.S. occupation of Japan came to an end as the Treaty of San Francisco took effect; a year later to the day, in Chile in 1953, a boy child uttered his first cry on his way to a life as the thinker, writer, and poet, Roberto Bolano; another three hundred sixty-five days onward, in 1954, five thousand miles Northeast in France, the Nobel Prize winner, union leader, and Buchenwald Concentration Camp survivor Leon Johhaux drew his last breath; a half century and two years ago, the United States orchestrated an invasion of the Dominican Republic to forestall an independent, erstwhile communist government’s taking power on the island; a dozen years beyond that conjunction, in 1977 in Budapest, the World Intellectual Property Organization oversaw the signing of a treaty that governed the protocols for patenting biological materials;nine years still closer to today, in 1986, the detection of elevated radiation levels in Scandinavia induced the Soviet Union to admit that a meltdown had occurred at Chernobyl. From Wikipedia Day in History