6.19.2017 Day in History

Today is World Sickle Cell Day and, in an entirely different vein, World Sauntering Day, as well as being, in the United States, ‘Juneteenth,’ celebrating the acknowledgement of slavery’s end in Texas, in 1865; in France seven hundred forty-eight years ago, a ninth King Louis ordered that any Jew who failed to wear a yellow identification badge would be liable to a ten livres fine, payable in silver; four hundred and thirty-one years prior to today, British colonists on Roanoke Island, trying to stave off complete annihilation, left their homes for parts unknown; one hundred and ninety-six years in advance of this moment in time, Ottoman forces temporarily consolidated their control of Hungarian regions by crushing the Filiki Eteria at Drågåsani; four decades and one year subsequently, in 1862, the US. Congress officially outlawed slavery and overturned the Dred Scott decision; fourteen decades and two years back, Herzegovinians rose up against Ottoman rule in an initial rebellion that foretold the coming of World War One; one hundred and four  years before the here and now, South Africa’s White supremacist government passed legislation that laid a foundation for apartheid in the Native Land Act; one year past that juncture, in 1914, roughly seven thousand miles Northwest, a East Tennessee baby boy was born who would sing his way to legendary status as Earl Flatt;  half a decade closer to today, in 1919, a baby girl came along who would mature as the well-known critic and media analyst, Pauline Kael; fifteen years more along time’s arc, in 1934, the U.S. Congress further consolidated monopoly media control with the faux- populist Federal Communications Act; three years later, in 1937, Peter Pan’s creator, J.M. Barrie, made a final exit; eight more years down the road, in 1945, a male child entered our midst who would become the popular short-story writer and memoirist, Tobias Wolff; two more years further on, in 1947, another baby male entered the world as a Subcontinental Muslim, whose fate was to1988_Salman_Rushdie_The_Satanic_Verses become the popular, controversial, and critical composer of fiction and prose, Salman Rushdie; sixty-four years in advance of our present pass, the United States government killed Julius and Ethel Rosenberg; twelve years further on, in 1965, in additional ‘Cold War’ barbarity, the United States installed a puppet regime in Vietnam, led by general Nguyen Cao Ky; thirty-nine years ago, in an embodiment of the ironic state of mind and thinking, the comic strip Garfield began publication, soon enough to become the most widely syndicated comic in history; four years henceforth, in 1982, bypassers on the Blackfriars Bridge found the body of Vatican Bank insider Roberto Calvi hanging from the end of a rope; eleven years more proximate to the present instant, in 1993, Nobel Prize winning author William Golding breathed his last; just a year shy of two decades after that conjunction, in 2012, Julian Assange sought and received asylum in London’s Ecuadorian embassy for protection from extradition for sexual assault charges that would lead to his indictment for starting WikiLeaksjust one year hence, in 2013, folk and country crooner Slim Whitman died. From Wikipedia Day in History