7.11.2017 Day in History

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Around our globe today is World Population Day, while Ireland celebrates a Day of Commemoration on the Sunday nearest to this date, Argentina marks the Day of the Bandoneon, and China honors National Maritime Day; in the environs of what we now know as Turkey, near Constantinople, eighteen hundred sixty-three years ago, a favored child of nobility entered the world who would bear the name of his birthplace, as Bardaisan, en route to his life as a chronicler of the culture and people of the subcontinent and practitioner of philosophy and astrology; in Rome, at St. Peter’s Basilica three hundred eighteen years later, in 472, the able and ‘Western Emperor’ of noble background, Anthemius, foreshadowed much of Europe over the past century or so when his own generals captured him and executed him; two years past seven centuries subsequently, in 1174, a thirteen year old European, a fourth Baldwin, became the King of Jerusalem as control over the holy land shifted back and forth among Islamic, Christian, and other interests; just a year more than twenty-tree decades subsequent to that brief imprimatur, in 1405, the Chinese navigator Zheng He set forth on what was the first world exploration trip of the early modern period; two hundred fifty-one years later, in 1656, the first Quaker colonists arrive in Boston;  eighty-four years further along time’s pathway, in 1740, West in the Ukraine, Kievan authorities signed off on the expulsion of Jewish people; fifty-nine years on the dot after that, in 1789, still more to the West in France, the dismissal of the first radical bourgeois finance minister sparked the outburst that led to the storming of the Bastille; seven years hence, in 1796, across the wide Atlantic and a swath of the Great lakes, the United States assumed control of Detroit under the aegis of the Jay Treaty; seven hundred thirty days beyond that, in 1798,  the Marine Corps again established itself as a part of the United States Armed Forces after a brief hiatus that followed the Revolutionary War; half a dozen yearsold american revolution-Declaration_independence onward from there, also in North America, in 1804, the lethal vice president of the United States shot the former Secretary of the Secretary Alexander Hamilton in a duel over politics and amorous ties; a hundred thirty-three years back, England extended its sense of imperial entitlement and mandate with the bombardment of the former Ottoman battlements in Alexandria as part of the Anglo-Egyptian War’s extension of British imperial imprimatur; a decade thereafter, and 7,000 miles Northwest in 1892, Coeur D’Alene trade unionists dynamited the sleeping quarters of the Pinkerton gangsters whom the mine owners had hired to break the union; three hundred sixty-five days forward in time from that, in 1893, twenty five hundred miles to the South, one sector of Nicaragua’s elite successfully displaced the other as general Jose Santos Zelaya took command; two years yet later on, in 1895, a pair of French siblings demonstrated an important advance in film projection moon film early lumieretechnology that soon enough effectuated the birth of a massive new industry; a thousand four hundred and sixty-one days even closer to the current context, in 1899, a male infant opened his eyes in the U.S who would rise as the estimable stylist and thinker of English, E B White; seven years henceforth, in 1906, Chester Gillette murdered his mistress Grace Brown and laid the basis for Theodore Dreiser’s magisterial An American Tragedy;a decade afterward, in the District of Columbia in 1916, President Wilson initiated federal oversight and financing  of U.S. and interstate highway construction; three years yet nearer to now, in 1919, across the wide Atlantic in post-World War One Netherlands, the eight hour day and free Sunday became the law of the land; three hundred sixty-six days onward in time, in 1920, Holland neighbors in East Prussia elected to remain as a part of Weimar Germany; a mere year additionally on the trail to today, in 1921, a truce in the Irish Civil War began that was to lay the basis for the Irish Republic, thousands of miles to the East in Northeast Asia, the Red Army’s victories helped to establish the Mongolian People’s Republic, and around the world in the United States, the denizen of the ruling class, William Howard Taft, ‘graduated’ from his retired presidency to become the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; another year past that in space and time, in across the continent in California, in 1922, the iconic Hollywood Bowl and its sign first started to function; another three hundred sixty-five day trek around the sun, in 1923,  a male infant first cried out on his way to life as the Polish American anti Communist Russian historian, Richard Pipes; seven years farther along the temporal path, in 1930, another boy child entered our midst en route to life as the critic, thinker, and cultural commentator Harold Bloom; ten years forward toward today, in 1940, conquered French fascist collaborators first began operating as Vichy France; a thousand ninety-five days subsequent to that exact conjunction, back in the United States in 1943, a baby boy was born who would ameture as the innovative and popular psychologist of education Harold Gardner; two years hence, in 1945, the Soviets agreed to hand over West Berlin;  back across the Atlantic two years still later, in 1947, the good ship Exodus embarked for Palestine; another three years in the direction of today, in 1950, the recently established Islamic Republic of Pakistan, a masterful trick of the English Empire, became a part of both the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank; three years still more proximate to the present pass, in 1956,  an Indian baby boy uttered the first cry who would become the scholar and acclaimed novelist Amitav Ghosh; four years more on the march toward now, in 1960, France acceded to a different sort of colonial relationship with its ‘independent’ former possessions in West Africa, and in nearby Congo, as part of CIA skullduggery, resource-rich Katanga Province broke away from the independent national government, and Harper Lee published the

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establishment icon To Kill a Mockingbird; seven hundred and sixty days thereafter, in 1962, the first international satellite TV broadcast took place, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced planned protocols for sending astronauts to the moon; four years closer to now, in 1966, Delmore Schwartz, poet and short story writer, wrote his last lines;  just half a decade later, in 1971, the government of Salvador Allende in Chile nationalized the copper mines and in the view of plutocrats, and ruling class imperialists everywhere, sealed its fate; another year forward in time, in 1972, one of the strangest and most evocative chess matches in history began between individualistic iconoclast Bobby Fischer and  Soviet grandmaster Boris Spassky; sevn hundred and thirty days still nearer to our light and air, in 1974, Nobel prize wining Swedish author Par Lagerkvist breathed his last; three years hence, in 1977, the United States simultaneously displayed its hypocrisy and celebrated a great human being in posthumously issuing presidential Medal of Freedom to Martin Luther King, Jr.; a mere year more along time’s road, in 1978, across the Atlantic in Spain, one of the more grotesque environmental disasters in history unfolded as a liquid natural gas tanker ruptured and incinerated over 200 tourists; half a decade past that, in 1983, the United Auto Workers local near Cleveland began a militant strike that would last nine years before gaining what the workers demanded, and the author of potboiler acclaim, Ross McDonald, lived out is final chapter; seven years afterward, in 1990, to the North in Quebec, a First Nations dispute started between the Quebec government and the Oka people; five years further along, in 1995, the United States established diplomatic and trade relations with Vietnam, a country where it had killed plus or minus a million innocents a few decades before, and the United States established diplomatic relations with Vietnam; eleven years still closer to this exact instant, in 2006, a series of terrorist bombings in Mumbai left more than 200 people dead; half a dozen years onward along time’s current, in 2012, the nearly century-old scion of a New Jersey publishing family , Richard Scudder, had his final deadline.