6.30.2017 Day in History

In Rome sixteen hundred sixty-seven years back, one usurper unseated and defeated and killed another, as the Constaninian Nepotianus lost out to Magnentius; four hundred and thirteen years after that point, more or less, in 763, the Byzantine successors to Eastern imperial Rome crushed a Bulgarian rebellion in the Battle of Anchialus; seven hundred and fifty-seven years subsequently, in 1520,  across the Atlantic in what would become Mexico, Hernan Cortez and his gang of opportunistic thugs fought their way out of Tenochtitlan to plot further plunder of the socially oppressive Aztec empire; two hundred seven years before the here and now, the U.S. Congress first organized the Michigan territory;  fifty-five years henceforth, In 1860,  across the Atlantic in England, a thoroughgoing formal debate first took place about the evolutionary theories of Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace At Oxford; four years later, back across the white ocean, in 1864, in Washington, Abraham Lincoln granted perpetual dominion to California over the use and touring of Yosemite Valley; a hundred and twenty-five years ago, in Pittsburgh, one of the most important and militant strikes began at the Homestead Steel Works; thirteen years hence, in 1905,  Albert Einstein published his 366px-Einstein_1921_by_F_Schmutzer_-_restorationpaper On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies, in which he first advanced the notion of a special theory of relativity; three hundred and sixty five days after that, in 1906, back in the United States, Congress responded to the powerful documentary effort of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle by passing the Pure Food and Drug Act; sixteen years subsequently, in 1922,the United States ended one of its numerous imperial sprees of violence in Latin America with its agreement to withdraw from its current intervention in the Dominican Republic; five years exactly after that conjunction, in 1927, a baby boy was born who would grow up as noted screenwriter and critic James Goldman; seven years later to the day, in 1934, Adolf Hitler revealed the true nature of Nazi dictatorship in the so-called ‘Night of the Long Knives’, in which the Gestapo liquidated with extreme prejudice all other political elements of German politics; seven hundred and thirty days further along the temporal arc, in 1936, Ethiopia’s Haile Selassie unsuccessfully appealed to the League of Nations for assistance in fighting off the Italian fascist invasion; thirty years beyond that juncture, in 1966,  women in the United States created the somewhat radical feminist organization the National Organization for Women; half a decade after that point in time, in 1971, Ohio’s ratification caused the 26th Amendment to take effect and lower the

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voting age to 18; in the aftermath of the United States ejection from active combat in Vietnam, three years henceforth, in 1974, legendary scientist of the Atomic age and promulgator of industrial and technological supremacy, Vannevar Bush, died; three years later, in 1977, the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization broke apart; seven years beyond that moment in time, in 1984, noted author and critic Lilian Hellman breathed her last; two years still closer to the here and now, in 1986,  the U.S. Supreme Court held at the end of its term that laws prohibiting sexual relations between consenting adults of the same gender were acceptable, a recently overturned ruling; twenty-seven years before our current day, East and West Germany unified socially and economically for the first time since 1945; seven years hence, in 1997,  England gave up the rule of Hing Kong that it had stolen from the Chinese in the First Opium War; four years further on, in 2001, iconic country crooner, Chet Atkins, breathed the final stanza of the ballad of his life. From Wikipedia Day in History