6.08.2017 Day in History

minorca iberian spain mediterranean europe ocean seaToday is World Oceans Day, and in keeping with the Nuclear Fool Cycle’s enforcement of a Uranium Economy, World Brain Tumor Day ; in Rome, meanwhile, one thousand nine hundred and forty-nine years back, the Senate eviscerated any pretense of ‘democracy’ by proclaiming Galba the Emperor; a century and a half beyond that juncture, in 218, the Battle of Antioch unfolded in the Levant where Syrian imprimatur over Roman leadership became the case with the victory of Elagabalus over Macrinus; one thousand three hundred and eighty-five years prior to the present pass, Islam’s prophet, Muhammad, died, succeeded by his father-in-law, Abu Bakr, as the first Caliph of early Muslim expansion; twelve hundred and twenty-four years ahead of today’s first light,Viking raiders attacked and sacked the coastal island monastery at Lindisfarne in Northeast England, thereby initiating the Scandinavian invasions of England; just two years less than four centuries thereafter, in 1191, Richard and his ‘Lionheart’ arrived in Palestine to initiate the First Crusade; four hundred ninety-nine years after that, in 1690, Siddi allies of the Mughal opponents of the East Indian imperial project of the United Kingdom succeeded in razing the English redoubt of Mazagon in Mumbai;ninety-nine years hence, in 1789, ‘founding-father’ James Madison brought twelve amendments to the floor of the House of Representatives, which formed the basis for the subsequent ratification of a Bill of Rights; a half decade subsequently, in 1794, Robespierre declared France’s commitment to the worship of a ‘supreme being’ in stead of itsart revolution french art-Eugène_Delacroix_-_La_liberté_guidant_le_peupletraditional Catholicism; fifteen years beyond that juncture, in 1809, Thomas Paine, one of the heroes of the French revolution and a garrulous gadfly for democracy, breathed his last;  one hundred sixty-four years ago,Chinese contract masons in San Francisco conducted the very first strike by such workers against unfair working conditions in a building construction project, nine years past that exact instant, in 1861, on the other side of the North American comtinent, Tennessee elected to secede from the Union; a half a dozen years later, in 1867, a baby boy was born whose fate was to live a long life as the architect and innovator of design, Frank Lloyd Wright; seven years henceforth, in 1874, the stern and respected Apache leader, Cochise, died in Arizona; two years more proximate to today, in 1876, six thousand miles away in Europe, the aristocratic feminist and free-thinking writer and storyteller, George Sand, recorded her final entry in the book of life; eleven years in the future from that point, in 1887, the computer age in some senses began with Herman Hollerith’s application for a punch card calculator; seventeen years yet nearer to now, in 1904, gangster mine owners murdered six union workers and jailed scores of others in Dunville, Colorado, for their ‘crimes’ against capital, in the form of fighting for a union of workers; seven hundred thirty days further along, in 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act, which lay the foundation for much of historic preservation subsequent to that point; six years later, in 1912, immigrant entertainment impresario Curt Laemmle incorporated Universal Pictures; half a decade more along time’s arc, in 1917, the huge

Mining Bituminous Coal in Pennsylvania about 1900
Mining Bituminous Coal in Pennsylvania about 1900

Speculator Mine in Montana had a catastrophic ‘accident’ in the service of profit, and nearly a hundred seventy miners died; nine years to the day past that particularly horrifying conjunction, in 1928, around the world in China, forces under the command of Chiang Kai-shek, as well as Communist troops, captured Beijing and ended both the Nanjing Republic and, at least formally,  warlord rule as well; thirteen years nearer to now, in 1941, the first strategic Allied counterattack of World War Two occurred with the occupation of Syria and Lebanon; the very next year, in 1942, Westward across the Atlantic, the Weil family brought their new boy into the world as Andrew, who would grow up as a renowned holistic medicine practitioner and author of healthy living; two years thereafter, in 1944, a male child shouted out en route to his life as the rocker and lyricist, Boz Scaggs; ten hundred ninety-five days hence, in 1947, a girl entered our midst in the standard way who would mature as the crime novelist, Sara Partetsky; three hundred sixty-six days further down the road, in 1948, Milton Berle inaugurated his variety television show under the aegis of corporate capital as the Texaco Star Theater, while in a different sort of ‘corporate sponsorship’ acclaimed performers and  creators and thinkers such as Helen Keller, Dorothy Parker, Danny Kaye, Edward Robinson, and many others faced the sanction of having their names listed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as Communists; another year further in the future, in 1949, across the ocean in England, George Orwell published his take on such police-state tactics, the novel 1984; four years more along time’s arc, in 1953, the United States Supreme Court held that District of Columbia restaurants could not withhold service from Black patrons; seven hundred thirty days after that point in time, in 1955, a male infant took a first breath en route to a life as the generous innovator of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee; three additional years down the pike, in 1958, another baby boy was born into the world who would go on to make films and comedy and scripts as Keenan Wayans; eight years afterward, in 1966, the International Association of Machinists led the largest strike against airlines to that point, with 35,000 workers on picket lines and out of work; a year even closer to the current context, in 1967, across the Atlantic and through much of the Mediterranean, one of the most bizarre, and likely falsely reported, ‘incidents’ in history occurred, when Israeli aircraft and gunboats repeatedly assaulted the U.S. Navy ship Liberty, which was on a signals intelligence mission off the coast of Egypt, attacks that resulted in over thirty dead and nearly two hundred wounded sailors; the next year onward, in 1968, back in North America, St. Patrick’s Cathedral hosted the funeral of Robert Kennedy; precisely a pair of years subsequently, in 1970, the psychological pathfinder, Abraham Maslow, closed his eyes for the last time; three hundred sixty-five days additional on the temporal path, in 1971, New York City drawbridge operators went on a wildcat strike and caused the biggest traffic snafu in the city’s history; one more year beyond that conjunction, in 1972, an Associated Press photographer snapped a picture, of a denuded Vietnamese girl child whom Napalm had doused, running down the road in agony; half a decade in the future from that, in 1977, a male child entered our midst who would grow up as the performer and rap artist, Kanye West; a decade more proximate to the present pass, in 1987, New Zealand declared all its territories ‘nuclear-free zones’ forevermore; in a related development five years hence, in 1992, in conjunction with the Rio Earth Summit, citizens first celebrated World Oceans Day; sixteen years on the dot closer still to our present moment, in 2008, the well-regarded philosopher of pragmatism, Richard Rorty, spent his last day alive, and as many as forty Ukrainian miners died in an explosion that caused their facility to collapse; one year past that point, in 2009, two freelance writers who had entered North Korea from China received twelve year penal-labor sentences for entering the nation without a permit in order to write about it.