6.27.2016 Day in History

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On this date, the United States marks National PTSD Awareness Day, National HIV Testing Day, and Helen Keller Day, at the same time that Canada celebrates National Multiculturalism Day and Brazil commemorates Mixed-Race Day; in a final horror of Catholic imprimatur in England forty-six decades ago, thirteen Protestants died when authorities burned them alive at the stake as the Stratford Martyrs, events that unfolded near London; two hundred three years past that particular passage, in 1759, in one of the most important battles of the colonial period, the English General James Wolfe led forces in the British siege of Quebec that eliminated most French capacity in Canada; a mere three hundred sixty-six days onward from that moment, in 1760, a thousand miles South in Western Carolina, Cherokee forces routed the British temporarily at the Battle of Echoee; a year more than four and a half decades thereafter, in 1806, marauding British imperial troops first invaded and temporarily took over Buenos Aires; two years fewer than four more decades in the direction of now, in 1844, the Smith brothers of Mormon fame, died as a result of a lynch mob’s fury in a Missouri town where they awaited a trial for their unconventional religiosity; twenty-eight years subsequent to that ghastly end, in 1872, a more propitious beginning took place as the baby boy opened his eyes who would rise as the popular establishment bard and dramatist Paul Laurence Dunbar; eight years in the future from that, in 1880, a girl child of unusual abilities entered our midst en route to a life of awesome accomplishment and social justice commitment as Helen Keller; a decade and a half further along time’s pathway, in 1895, the Baltimore and Ohio District of Columbia to New York City line inaugurated the use of electric locomotives; exactly ten years later, in 1905, solidarity activists formulated what we know as a ‘Wobbly’ organization called the International Workers of the World, and thousands of miles to the East, sailors aboard the Battleship Potemkin in Ukraine rose up against the depredations of their officer and Imperial Russia; another decade ahead of that, in 1915, the female infant first cast her gaze in amazement on a world where she would become the writer and thinker and activist Grace Lee Boggs; a dozen years additional marching along time’s path, in 1927, Japan’s Prime Minister led a conference plotting how to carve up China; seven hundred thirty-one days henceforth, in 1929, a male baby first shouted out on his way to a life as the writer and journalist Peter Maas, the biographer of Frank Serpico; another half dozen years toward today, in 1935, the US Congress passed the Wagner Act, which entered the United States code as The National Labor Relation statutes;, which today mean little other than marks on paper; a farther two years down the pike, in 1937,  a baby boy was born who would mature as the critic and public intellectual of society and history, Kirkpatrick Sale; a thousand four hundred and sixty-one days subsequently, in 1941, in war-ravaged Poland, a child came along who would grow to become the acclaimed filmmaker and screenwriter Krzysztof Kieślowski, and to the South in Romania, in tandem with the murderous efficiency of Operation Barbarossa, Romanian authorities instituted a horrific attack on the country’s Jewish population that resulted quite quickly in close to 15,000 deaths; a year yet nearer to now, in 1942, back in North typewriter writer writeAmerica, the baby male first shouted out whom fate had designated as Danny Schechter, progressive thinker and journalist; two years on the dot past that juncture, in 1944, back across the Atlantic in England, a female infant graced our presence who would grow up to create the important social justice organization Common Ground; another half dozen years yet later on, in 1950, the United States first committed armies to fight on the Korean Peninsula; two years afterward, in 1952, in Guatemala, the social democratic administration of Jacobo Arbenz passed a decree that for the first time permitted most peasants to own their own property by redistributing tillable acreage from landed estates, an action that sealed his fate with the CIA and set the stage for US trained murderers to kill hundreds of thousands; a single year past that point, in 1953, a baby girl entered the world in standard fashion who would become the acclaimed novelist and writer Alice McDermott; an additional year nearer to now, in 1954,

"Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant" by Photorush - Own work.
“Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant” by Photorush – Own work.

the Soviet Union opened its first nuclear power station; not quite two decades hence, in 1973, Uruguay’s president dissolved all legislative functions and created a dictatorship in the Southern cone, in keeping with the hopes and dreams of the CIA; a year onward from that in space and time, in 1974, Richard Nixon approached  the end of his presidency by making the historic first Chief Executive visit to the Soviet Union; seven years after that, in 1981, the Chinese Communist Party issued a critical evaluation of the nation’s ‘Cultural Revolution’, and Chairman Mao Tse Tung’s role in its initiation; four short years further along time’s arc, in 1985, over 25,000 New York City hospitality workers went on strike, winning substantial wage increases and improved working conditions; another fourteen hundred sixty-one days onward toward now, in 1989, American logician and philosopher A J Ayer breathed his last; a pair of years still later, in 1991, Slovenia’s secession from Yugoslavia resulted in a brief period of civil war and conflict; another two years hence, in 1993, the major ‘rust belt’ employer A. E. Staley began a two and a half year lockout of its over seven hundred employees in Southern Illinois; a dozen years even closer to the current context, in 2005, the popular American novelist Shelby Foote lived out his final chapter; seven hundred thirty days afterward, in 2007, Brazilian militarized police invaded the poor community of Alemao and began a period of repression and violence that came to bear the name Massacre of Alemao; a single year still more proximate to the present, in 2008, Robert Mugabe’s seemingly dictatorial tactics in Zimbabwe’s presidential election paid off as the nominal vote tally was a landslide in his favor.