7.27.2017 Day in History

Today in Finland is National Sleepyhead Day and in Vietnam National Martyrs and Wounded Soldiers Day; in Scotland more or less nine hundred sixty-two years ago, the historical King Macbeth died in battle against English Lord Siward near the Firth of Forth; thirteen and a half decades subsequently, in 1189, fighters of the Third Crusade arrived in Serbia to negotiate their attacks on ‘the Holy Lands;’ thirteen years henceforth, in 1202, nearly one thousand miles Southeast, the then powerful kingdom of Georgia defeated Sultanate incursion at the battle of Basian; at the very end of the same century, in 1299, the nascent Ottoman imperial victory at Nicomedia marked what most scholars consider to be the beginning of Ottoman rule; three more years further along, in 1302, other Ottoman forces confirmed their preeminence with a victory over the Byzantine armies at Bapheus, opening up the conquest of Turkey;london britain british parliament three hundred fifty-three years prior to the here and now,  Britain’s Parliament passed mercantilist legislation that locked in monopoly shipping and control of goods bound for British America; four years past that conjunction, in 1667, a baby boy was born in Switzerland who would, as Johann Bernoulli, join his brother and sons and nephews as a mathematical pathfinder in calculus; twenty-seven years later, in 1694, Britain furthered the State control of its Colonial bourgeois enterprise by granting a corporate charter to the Bank of England; a century afterward, in 1794,  across the Channel in Revolutionary France, Robespierre demonstrated the dangers of overstepping one’s bounds when he ended up under arrest after overseeing the guillotining of 17,000 ‘enemies of the Revolution’; thirty years nearer to now, in 1824, a famed Dumas storyteller had a son whose destiny also involved prose and drama and acclaim, as Alexandre, fils; eleven years beyond that moment in time, in 1835, to the South in Italy, a male infant entered the world in standard fashion en route to success and popularity as a poet and a fierce critic of the conventional, Giosue Carducci, who would win Italy’s first Nobel Literary Laureate for his troubles; a hundred and thirty-six years before the present pass, English forces that sought to dominate Central Asia received a brutal whipping in Afghanistan at the Battle of Maiwand; a decade after that disaster, in 1890, a more personal and yet still substantial loss occurred when Vincent van Gogh shot himself; just a year more than a quarter century hence, in 1916, across the Atlantic ocean and the Appalachians a baby girl gave a first cry near Louisville who would mature as the critic and innovator and founder of the New York Review of Books, Elizabeth Hardwick; precisely three years closer to now, in 1919, just a couple hundred miles away, in the city of Chicago, White people exploded in violence against Blacks in the Chicago Race Riot, which resulted in more than thirty deaths and many hundreds of injuries over a five day period; seven hundred and thirty-one days hence, in 1921, across the Great Lakes in Toronto, researchers proved that insulin regulates blood sugar in mammals; three years on the dot later, in 1924, a male child entered our midst in a well-to-do family who would grow into Vincent Canby, the critical voice of film and theater for many years for the ‘paper of record;’ three more years after that point, in 1927, a California baby male gave a first shout whose fate took him to folk fame and social power as the singer and writer and organizer Guy Carawan; two years still more proximate to the day, in 1929, across the Atlantic, over fifty signatories at Geneva ratified a convention on the treatment of prisoners of war that they and others would soon ignore, and a few hundred miles away in France, a baby boy took a first breath on his way to a life as thinker and critic, Jean Baudrillard; three quarters of a century plus a year back, Bugs Bunny made his debut on A Wild Hare; four years still further along the temporal arc, in 1944, a female baby came along who would grow up as the country crooner and tuneful wordsmith, Bobbie Gentry; nine years subsequent to that soulful milestone, in 1953, an armistice brought the brief but brutal Korean conflict to an end; two years hence, in 1955, a female baby graced the world who would soon become Cat Bauer, a prodigal producer of stories and other written work; twenty-two years thereafter, in 1974, the House Judiciary Committee voted 2 to 1 to indict Richard Nixon on at least one article of impeachment, for obstruction of justice; thirteen more years further along time’s pathway, in 1987, explorers in the middle of the Atlantic began salvage efforts on the Titanic fourteen thousand feet under the Atlantic surface.