5.17.2017 Day in History

doctor dr medical healthcare healthAround the planet today, many jurisdictions mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, and in a celebration particularly apt for scrappy scribes, many places commemorate World Information Society Day, and in addition, the awareness of high blood pressure is on the agenda with World Hypertension Day, while aficionados of Spanish recognize the importance of different dialects with Galician Literature Day; on the plains of Austria and Hungary, six hundred and twenty-two years ago, Wallachian forces held off Ottoman incursions into Central Europe; three hundred and seventy-five years in advance of contemporary light and air, Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve established a French bastion in North America with his founding of what would become the city of Montreal; just over three decades after that French excursion, in 1673, Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette began their exploration of the outlet of the great Mississippi River; just shy of twelve decades subsequent to that conjunction, in 1792, the New York Stock Exchange came into existence; thirteen years later, in 1805, the Egyptian leader Muhammad Ali assumed command of his people; three years thereafter, in 1808, Napoleonic France annexed the Papal See; six years precisely beyond that, in 1814, as Napoleonic France devolved, Austria took over control of Monaco from the French; two dozen years in the direction of today, in 1838, the first United States anti-slavery convention started in PARIS Eiffel towerPhiladelphia; twenty-seven years hence, in 1865, Paris began to host the International Telegraphic Union, the forerunner to the International Telecommunications Union; four years further onward, in 1869, halfway around the world in Japan, Imperial Japanese forces defeated the fighters of the Tokugawa Shogunate in a decisive battle; four years closer to now, in 1873,  Dorothy Richardson, an early practitioner of stream-of-consciousness narrative technique—in her13-novel epic, Pilgrimage—was born;  twenty-five years thereafter, in 1902, an archeologist first discovered the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient analog computing device; a decade and a half farther along the temporal arc, in 1917, Tom Mooney avoided hanging when California cancelled his execution; eighty-three years back, a male infant called out en route to his life as pathfinding digital processing scientist and co-founder of Apple Computer, Ronald Wayne; five years in the future from that, in a much less apparently political eventuality in 1939, two Ivy League baseball programs played each other in the first case of televised sporting college event; a thousand ninety-six days yet later on, in 1942, the male child first glanced round who would become the iconic lyricist and crooner of the blues whom we call Taj Mahal; another two years farther along the path to today, in 1944, a baby boy was born whom fate had selected as popular singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester; three additional years on the course toward the here and now, in 1947, President Harry Truman’s threat to take over the railroads helped to scuttle a nationwide rail strike; seven years further down the pike, in 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously overturned the ‘separate but equal’ doctrine of Plessy v. Ferguson in the case of Brown v. the Board of Education and related actions; eleven years hence, in 1965, the FBI launched a formal investigation of Louie

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Louie’s lyrics;  two years henceforth, in 1967, Egypt’s President Nasser demanded the removal of United Nations ‘peacekeeping’ forces in his country’s East; seven hundred thirty-one days afterward, in 1969, the Soviet Union’s Venera Six spaceship began its descent into the crushing force of the Venusian atmosphere; a year yet nearer to now, in 1970, explorer and theorist Thor Heyerdahl commanded the crew of the reed craft, Ra, as it embarked on its transatlantic journey; three years onward, in 1973, the U.S. Senate began its televised Watergate hearings; seven years even closer to the current context, in 1980, South Korean militarists orchestrated a coup to seize control of the government and suppress student demonstrations, and across the vast swath of the Pacific Ocean’s waters, Shining Path guerillas in Peru inaugurated their long struggle against the State; three years additional in the march toward today, in 1983, the U.S., Lebanon, and Israel signed accords to finalize the withdrawal of Israeli Defense Force troops from Lebanese territory, and a local publication’s Freedom of Information Act request near Knoxville revealed the world’s largest-ever Mercury spill at the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory, part of the Modern Nuclear Project; four years still later, in 1987, an Iraqi jet fired missiles at a U.S. Navy ship that pierced the hull and killed nearly forty sailors, and the critically acclaimed thinker about human ‘racial’ matters, Gunnar Myrdal, breathed his last; three years subsequently, in 1990, the World Health Organization’s general assembly removed homosexuality from its list of disorders; another two years more proximate to the present pass, in 1992, massive protests in Thailand elicited such a harsh government response that over fifty citizens died, while thousands went to jail; a dozen additional years on time’s express arrow, in 2004, Massachusetts became the first U.S. jurisdiction to give the nod to same-sex marriage, while Starbucks workers in New York acted to affiliate with the International Workers of the World; three more years forward in time, in 2007, North and South Korea experimented with détente in permitting trains to motor back and forth through the demilitarized zone for a short time; half a dozen years past that, in 2013, thousands and thousands of Milwaukee fast-food workers and activists made their presence felt on the streets of Milwaukee, to highlight their demands for a fifteen dollar per hour minimum wage; just two years past that juncture, South along Interstate 35 in 2015 Waco Texas, fifteen or more people died in shootouts between biker gangs that ultimately brought police intervention.