7.20.2017 Day in History

moon film early lumiereToday in different realms, many people commemorate the first humans to set foot on the lunar surface in 1969; two thousand three hundred and seventy-three years ago, more or less to the day, a baby boy was born whose royal fate was to rise as the greatest of Alexanders, an imperial kingpin; in Jerusalem four and a quarter centuries, plus one year, thereafter, in 70 CE, Roman imperial forces, in seeking to overthrow the Jewish fortress near the Temple Mount, ended up in dire street fighting with the so-called Zealots; one thousand two hundred and thirty-four years later, in 1304, a male child entered the world in the usual way who would grow up as one of history’s greatest poets and storytellers, Petrarch; just two years shy of a century onward, in 1402, in another clash of civilizations in the wider region of the Eastern Mediterranean and Southwest Asia, Timurid fighters under the leadership of Tamerlane, or Timur, routed Ottoman forces at the Battle of Ankara; four hundred twenty-five years in advance of today,Japanese legions temporarily captured Pyongyang as part of their invasion of Korea; two hundred ten years before the here and now, Napoleon’s intellectual property clerks issued a patent to a French citizen for the first successful internal combustion engine; three years hence, in 1810, four thousand miles Southwest across the Atlantic, citizens of Bogota, now Colombia, declared their independence from Spain; a dozen years henceforth, in 1822, a male infant took a first breath en route to a life as a monk and scientist by the name of Gregor Mendel; another forty-two years along time’s roadway, in 1864, a baby boy came among us who would end up a brilliant Swedish poet and Nobel Laureate, Eric Karlfeldt; seventeen years later, in 1881, Sitting Bull surrendered;  produced automobile; a year later, in 1914, the Caillaux trial began in Paris; three years subsequently, in

Ford Europe flickr
Ford Europe flickr

1917, imperial imprimatur and World War One came together in the Corfu Declaration, which established the basis for Serbia to be a central part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia; half-a-decade hence, in 1922, the League of Nations showed that its mandate was also imperial, in granting France and the United Kingdom control and erstwhile ownership of entire African regions, Togoland and Tanganyika, respectively; three hundred sixty-five days closer to now, in 1923, more or less seven thousand miles away in Mexico’s arid highlands, Pancho Villa fell to an assassins bullets; two years still further along, in 1925, an infant male took a first breath on his way to a life as the renowned thinker about empire and oppression, Frantz Fanon; another seven years after that juncture, in 1932, across the Atlantic in the belly of the beast, police attacked Bonus Army protesters in the District of Columbia with tear gas and baton charges; another year later, in 1933, a baby boy was born whom fate would endow with the magical storytelling prowess of Cormac McCarthy;a year later still, in 1934, police and National Guard forces attacked and killed Teamster strikers in Minneapolis solidarityand gassed and assaulted longshoreman who were demanding their rights in Seattle; seven hundred thirty-one ‘leap’ days afterward, in 1936, Turkey successfully appealed to international bodies to fortify the two choke points that guaranteed access from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean, specifically in the adoption of the Montreux Convention, and, seven thousand miles away in Canada, a young male uttered his initial cry on his path toward fame and fortune as the narrator, Alistair Macleod; two more years more proximate to the present, in 1938, the U.S. Department of Justice brought a Sherman Act antitrust action against Hollywood film impresarios that ten years later elicited a consent order to pretend to demonopolize the movie business; a decade after that, in 1948, Truman issued a peacetime draft;  sixty-eight years back, the newly formed State of Israel and Syria signed a truce in their year-and-a-half conflict;  a year precisely after that juncture, back through the Mediterranean and across the Atlantic in 1950, Harry Gold pled guilty to being an atomic information broker for the Soviet Union, a key component of the coming of the nuclear age and the so-called Cold War; eleven years hence, in 1961, back in the Mediterranean, French troops and Special Forces managed to turn back the Siege of Bizerte in Tunisia; eleven years closer to now, in 1972, the government disputed Nader’s charges against Corvair; a year after that, actor Bruce Lee died at the age of 32;  one additional year subsequent to that eventuality, in 1974, further East in the Mediterranean, Turkey invaded Cyprus to forestall dictatorial Greece’s machinations on the island; another three years further on, in 1977, the Central Intelligence Agency released documents to a Freedom of Information Act request that proved its collusion in mind control and drug experimentation, the so-called MK Ultra program; six years ago, establishment art-darling Lucian Freud breathed his last; one year after that moment in time, in 2012, a brazen mass murder occurred at a Batmanpremier in Colorado, as usual the connection with psychopharmacology completely covered up, an additional year after that, in 2013, Helen Thomas, a member in the White House press corps covering the administration of ten U.S. presidents and the first female member of the White House Correspondents’ Association, died.