7.06.2016 Day in History

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Today in the United States is National Fried Chicken Day, yum; at Heliopolis, in current-day Egypt, thirteen and three quarter centuries ago, Arab Islamic fighters crushed a Byzantine force in one of the initial battles to extend Muslim hegemony across Southwest Asia and North Africa; four centuries and four years hence, in 1044, troops of the Holy Roman Emperor Henry III dismantled opposition Magyars at the Battle of Menfo; three more centuries and four more years after that, in 1348, a sixth Pope Clement issued a decree absolving accused Jewish communities of causing the Plague; six centuries and one year ahead of today, in 1415,  thinker and religious rebel Jan Hus met his martyrdom for his beliefs; precisely sixty-nine years henceforth, in 1484, a Portuguese navigator was the first European to stumble on and identify the outlet of the Congo River; a year beyond half a century later, in 1535, English authorities beheaded Sir Thomas More for his false conviction on the charge of treason; four hundred seven years ahead of today, Bohemian residents first gained the right to practice whatever religion they wanted to preach in the midst of the Catholic Holy Roman Empire; half a decade after that juncture, in 1614,Ottoman naval and marine troops sought unsuccessfully, once again, to wrest oversight of Malta from European control; twenty-four decades in the future from that, in 1854,Jackson, Michigan hosted the first convention of the Republican party, and the estimable father of modern Physics, Georg Ohm, had his final electrical impulse; five years further on, in 1859, a baby boy was born whose fate was to become the Swedish Nobel Literary Laureate, Verner von Heidenstam; six years later, in 1865, Nation nation magmagazine inaugurated its first issue; twenty years beyond that point, in 1885,  across the Atlantic, Louis Pasteur successfully demonstrated the effectiveness of a rabies vaccine and thereby further proved the germ theory of disease; three hundred sixty-five days beyond that, in 1886, the baby boy was worn who would grow up as the esteemed thinker and historian Marc Bloch; another mere year closer to the present, in 1887, ten thousand miles away in Hawaii, the indigenous monarch agreed to U.S. Imperial terms about ‘development’ of Hawaii at the point of a gun, signing the appropriately-named Bayonet Constitution, and the male infant opened his eyes who would rise as the unsurpassed genius of whimsical modern art Marc Chagall; seven hundred thirty-one days subsequent to that conjunction, in 1889, more or less 7,000 miles to the West, thuggish police forces in and around Duluth, Minnesota attacked strikers and killed at least two and injured many more in seeking to break a strike and crush a union; three years after that exact instant, in 1892,  ten thousand miles back in the United Kingdom, parliament accepted its first MP from the Indian subcontinent, and back across the Atlantic in Pennsylvania, thousands of striking steelworkers fight a bloody battle with hired company thugs, often employees of the Pinkerton agency, to seek the simple right to organize and bargain collectively; three hundred sixty-five days after that moment in time, in 1893, across the wide Atlantic in France, the popular and prolific author, Guy de Maupassant, drew a final breath; a further year yet nearer to now, in 1894, railroad union leader Eugene Debs faced arrest for his ‘crimes’ in favor of human rights and the working class during the nationwide railroad strike; thirteen years thereafter, in 1907, the female infant first looked around who would grow up as the genius of feminism and art and progressive thought Frida Kahlo;  a

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thousand four hundred and sixty-one days after that moment in space and time, in 1911,  the inimitable lyricist and champion of solidarity, Joe Hill, first published his “Preacher and the Slave”, the magisterial expression of ‘pie in the sky;’precisely half a dozen years hence, in 1917, a transformational imperial conflict unfolded in Arabia with the capture of the Ottoman redoubt at Aqaba by Lawrence-of-Arabia-led Arabic troops; eight years onward from that, in 1925, a male baby entered the human family who would become the estimable rocker and capable lyricist, Bill Haley; a year even closer to the current context, in 1926, New York City transit workers went en masse on strike against low wages and twelve hour days that the then-privately-owned IRT instituted; thirteen years subsequently, in 1939, Nazi Germany seized and plundered the last Jewish businesses open in Germany proper; three years further along the temporal pathway, in 1942, close by in the Netherlands, Anne Frank and her family retreated into hiding to seek to wait out the war; across the Atlantic, two years later, in 1944, Jackie Robinson resisted a slightly less onerous fascist regulatory regimen by refusing to move to the back of a bus and thereby facing a court martial; an additional seven hundred thirty days toward today, in 1946,around the globe in Australia, a baby boy was born who would mature as the philosopher of progress and social justice, Peter Singer; eleven years to the day beyond that pass, in 1957, John

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Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time, as teenagers in Liverpool; five years yet later on and over five thousand miles away, in 1962 in Nevada, an underground nuclear test took place that dropped more radiation in populated areas downwind than any other U.S. experimental explosion, the upshot of which was that this blast’s purpose was to explore the potential for nuclear weapons use in mining, and iconic author William Faulkner died in Mississippi; another half-decade along time’s arc, in 1967,more or less six thousand miles Southeast in Africa, Nigeria invaded Biafra to nip any rebellion there in the bud, in the process causing the deaths of over a million Africans; four years afterward, in 1971, the legendary and beloved musician and performer and songwriter Louis Armstrong sang his swansong; seventeen years past that passing, in 1988, nearly two hundred oil workers died in the North Sea in the worst

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offshore oil extraction ‘accident’ in history; two years henceforth, in 1990, the Electronic Frontier Foundation came into existence; another half decade onward through space and time, in 1995, Serbia began its actions against Srebrenica, resulting in perhaps the worst war crime in Europe since 1945; eight years on the dot more proximate to the present pass, in 2003, a second Message to Extraterrestrial Intelligence went forth, a Cosmic Call #2, to a handful of stars, with the arrival of the transmission light years hence slated for mid-twenty-first century; seven hundred thirty days more proximate to the present, in 2005, the Nobel Prize Literary radical, Claude Simon, exited life’s stage; another year onward, in 2006, China and India reopened the ancient Silk Road transit, the Nathu-la Pass, for trade for the first time in over four decades, since the Sino-Indian War of 1962; three years even later still, in 2009, the esteemed and prolific Soviet and Russian writer and critic Vasily Aksyonov died; four years after that passage, in 2013, to the South in Nigeria, a school shooting resulted in nearly fifty deaths in Yobe, while more or less eight thousand miles Northwest in Canada, a train derailment and subsequent conflagration killed a similar number of citizens near Lac Megantic.