7.05.2016 Day in History

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For aficionados of the Church of the Sub-Genius, this day marks ‘X-Day,’ while in New York City, residents celebrate Emancipation Day for the date in 1827 that freed all slaves in the jurisdiction, and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union commemorates the depredations against its members of ‘Bloody Thursday;’ in what now forms the riverine barrier between Romania and Bulgaria a thousand six hundred eighty-eight years ago, Roman laborers and architects celebrated the opening of Constantine’s Bridge over the Danube; twelve hundred sixty-six years later, in 1594, Portuguese ‘adventurers’ tried to expand imperial holdings in South Asia with an unsuccessful invasion of the Kingdom of Kandy in Sri Lanka; sixteen years beyond that colonial action, in 1610, a more ‘settled’ group of 40 Englishmen departed Bristol for the initial settlement of Newfoundland; seventy-seven years subsequently, in 1687,  Sir Isaac Newton published the first installment of his monumental Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica; two hundred forty-six years ahead of today, the Battle of Chesma marked a significant passage in the conflict between the Russian and Ottoman Empires; half a decade thereafter, in 1775, in a more pacific colonial brouhaha, America’s Second Continental Congress proffered the Olive Branch Petition, circus show barnum bailey tent seeking to avoid war with the United Kingdom; thirty-five years beyond that attempt at conflict resolution, in 1810,  a male infant uttered a first cry on his way, as P.T. Barnum, to the discovery that ‘a sucker was born every minute;’ a mere year forward in time, in 1811, across the gulf of Mexico and Venezuela, the denizens of Caracas declared their independence from Spain; twenty-two years hence, around the globe in 1833, rebels in South East Asia declared their independence from the ruling Vietnamese cadre; not quite two decades after that rebellious outcome, in 1852, half a world away in North America, a former slave delivered one of history’s most blistering critiques en route to revolution, Frederick Douglass’ fifth-of-July speech in Rochester, New York, “What to the Slave is Fourth of July?” or “The Meaning of Fourth of July for the Negro;” a hundred thirty-six years back, George Bernard Shaw, a little short of his twenty-fourth birthday, resigned his position at the Edison Telephone Company to devote himself full time to drama and criticism and communication; just four years further along, in 1884, Germany sought to extend its colonial influence in Africa by declaring dominion over Cameroon; another five years along time’s pathway, in 1889, the little baby boy opened his eyes who would rise as the thinker and communicator Jean Cocteau; three hundred sixty-five days yet nearer to now, in 1890,another boy child entered our midst en route to his life as the historian of the American experience Frederick Lewis Allen; a thousand four hundred sixty-one days yet later on, in 1894, multiple structures at Chicago’s Columbian Exposition suffered complete destruction as a result of arson that may have resulted from toxic labor capital relations surrounding the Pullman dispute; four decades onwards in time and space, in 1934, San Francisco members of the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union confronted solidaritymurderous police and ‘detectives’ of their bosses who shot down at least two union members and injured scores of others in what became the annual commemoration of Bloody Thursday; three hundred sixty-five days past that precise instant, in 1935, on the other side of North America, President Roosevelt signed into law the National Labor Relations Act, which for a time equalized the capacity of workers to bargain with capital; two years henceforth, in 1937, the Hormel meat products company first offered its new creation, Spam, in the marketplace; three years even closer to the current context, in 1940,  the government of England refused to accept the Nazi collaborationist protocols of Vichy France and broke off all diplomatic relations; eight years past that momentous sundering, in 1948, England inaugurated its much-copied and widely-venerated National Public Health Service, a form of socialized medicine;  two years further down the pike, in 1950, Israel’s legislative body, the Knesset, established as sacrosanct statutory authority the right of any Jewish person anywhere to relocate to Israel, a ‘law of return’, and the baby boy was born who would become the rocker  and lyricist Huey Lewis; a thousand ninety-six days still later, in 1953, the established poetical voice of Howard Nemerov spoke out its final verse; a single year nearer to now, in 1954, banner events in media history took place in England, with the British Broadcasting Corporation’s first television newscast and Elvis Presley’s first recording session in Nashville; half a decade subsequent to that conjunction, in 1959, a ‘cultural outreach’ of the Soviet Union in New York City began to collect recordings of U.S. citizen rants against communism and in favor of freedom, etc.; three years thereafter, in 1962, Algeria gained its erstwhile independence from France; just short of a decade past that precise point, in 1971, the Twenty-Sixth Amendment to the Constitution, which lowered the voting age to include eighteen year olds, became law; half a dozen years further along, in 1977, Pakistan’s first elected President, Zulfikor Ali Bhutto, lost his seat—and soon enough his life—to a military coup; twelve more years afterward, in 1989, a Federal District Court Judge sentenced Oliver North, whose perjury, obstruction of justice, and public corruption were all felonies, a suspended prison sentence and community service and probation; seven years hence, in 1996, the first cloned large mammal—Dolly the Sheep—entered the land of the living; another seven hundred thirty days onward, in 1998, a working class rebel and thinker and writer and longstanding ‘Wobbly,’ Gilbert Mers, took his final breath; a mere year past that, in 1999, Bill Clinton instituted sanctions against Afghanistan’s Taliban government; seven years yet later on, in 2006, North Korea tested short range, medium range, and long range missiles that could if successful deliver nuclear warheads.