5.01.2017 Day in History

candle goth death wicca witchcraft pagan sorcery mystery psychologyToday, for everyone, is International Workers Day and May Day, and, for Pagans, Beltane; in England, three hundred ten years ago, Scotland joined the British through the Act of Union to form the United Kingdom; forty five years henceforth, in 1753, Linnaeus first published Species Plantarum and initiated modern plant taxonomy; two hundred forty-one years prior to the present day, adherents formed themselves into what we now call the Illuminati; a decade subsequently,  in 1786,  Mozart watched over the initial performance of The Marriage of Figaro; a hundred and seventy-three years before the here and now, having just extorted Hong Kong from the Chinese, Imperial forces of England oversaw the establishment of Asia’s second modern police force; three years exactly after that, in 1847, around the world in North America, a baby boy came squealing into the world who would grow up as the firebrand journalist, Henry Demarest Lloyd; one hundred fifty-two years back, in an early attempt at South American unity, Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay form the Triple Alliance; three hundred and sixty five days after that, in 1866, twenty five hundred miles to the north, Memphis underwent horrific race riots, and atrocities against Blacks let to the passage of the fourteenth amendment; a decade and a half thereafter, in 1881, a male infant drew breath who would become the renowned spiritual leader and philosopher, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin; a hundred and thirty-three years ahead of the present moment, American workers and labor leaders issued a proclamation demanding an 8-hour workday; seven hundred and thirty days beyond that juncture, in 1886,  rallies began all over the United States demanding the adoption of the 8-hour day, which culminated in the police brutality and murder at Haymarket Square in Chicago and elicited the celebration of May 1st as International Workers’ Day; a dozen years later, in 1898, expanding U.S. Imperial interests succeeded in crushing the Spanish at the Battle of Manila Bay in the Spanish American War; two years more proximate to the present, in 1900, one of the worst mine disasters in U.S. history occurred at the Scofield Mine in Utah;  a century and two years before the here and now exactly, R.M.S. Lusitania embarked from New York on its fateful death voyage; eight years closer to the current context, in 1923, a baby boy came into the world who would mature as the promulgator of Catch-22 thinking and writing about the plight of humankind in the present day of war and mayhem; ninety years ahead of today’s dawning, the American Federation of Labor established the Union Labor Life Insurance company; six  years further down the road precisely, in 1933, humanists issued their first proclamation of agnostic values; three years down the road from that conjunction, in 1936, a male infant uttered his first cry in a life that saw his popular television tv media propagandaphilosophy and history as author, Jerry Mander, who would write Four Arguments for the Elimination of Televisionfour years after that point, in 1940, a baby girl was born who would become popular author and critic Bobbie Ann Mason; in Greece, four years subsequently, in 1944, German S.S. operatives murdered two hundred Greek communists; three years after that day, in 1947, a baby boy  drew his first breath West of the Andes in Chile who would go on to become acclaimed poet Sergio Infante; fifty five years ago, Soviet missiles shot down Gary Power’s U2 spy plane over the Soviet Union; a decade beyond that in 1970, protests erupted in Seattle over president Nixon’s planned expansion of the Southeast Asian war into Cambodia; a year later to the day, in 1971, Amtrak became the public railroad service of the United States; eleven years thereafter, in 1982, Knoxville TN posted a world’s fair in the South; nineteen years back, author, thinker, and notorious sexist Eldridge Cleaver breathed his last; five years after that conjunction, in 2003, George Bush, typically and fatuously, delivered his ‘mission accomplished’ speech to brag that all was right with Iraq; three hundred and sixty six leap year days after that, in 2004, a group of countries joined the European Union that the U.S. promised Russia in 1991 would never do so. From Wikipedia Day in History