7.28.2017 Day in History

World Hepatitis Day today celebrates human advance against this disease; in the city of London four hundred seventy-seven years back, England executed Thomas Cromwell for treason; one hundred fifteen years later, in 1655, across the English Channel, Cyrano de Bergerac lived out his final chapter; two hundred twenty-three years prior to the present pass, both Robespierre and Saint Just lost their heads in Paris; exactly a decade more along the temporal arc, in 1804, a baby boy took a first breath en route to his life as anthropologist and philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach; a hundred ninety-six years ahead of the now, meanwhile, Peru under Jose de San Martin declared independence from Spain; forty-six years subsequently, in 1866, Vinnie Ream became the first female artist to receive a U.S. Government commission for sculpture, for a statue of Lincoln, and the baby girl who became English children’s author Beatrix Potter was born; two years hence, in 1868, the Fourteenth Amendment became law of the land, putatively guaranteeing Constitutional rights everywhere; one hundred twenty years ago, Miami came into existence as an incorporated municipality; six years thereafter, 1902, the infant who became renowned philosopher Karl Popper was born; half a decade even closer to today, in 1907, a male child came along who grew up to be the man who invented Tupperware, Edward Tupper; another seven years and many thousands of miles further on, in 1914, Austria declared war on Serbia, initiating what we’ve come to call World War One; eighty-five years ago, Herbert Hoover ordered the so-called ‘Bonus Army’ forcibly evicted from their protest encampment in the District of Columbia by troops of the regular armed forces; seven hundred thirty days henceforth, in 1934, Spain and the Soviet Union established formal diplomatic relations; a dozen years more along time’s road, in 1946, a B-25 bomber crashed into the seventy-ninth floor of the Empire State Building, killing fourteen people; nine years after that moment in time, in 1954, the baby boy came into the world who matured as the iconic leader Hugo Chavez; three hundred sixty-five days beyond that juncture, in 1955, an organization formed, the Union Mundial pro Interlingua, and held its first conference in support of an international language; another decade after that conjunction, in 1965, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson authorized the expansion of the U.S. invasion of Vietnam from 75,000 to over 125,000 troops; two years shy of another decade more proximate to the present point, in 1973, a huge rock festival entertained over half a million people at Watkins Glen, New York; thirteen years back, the scientific Nobellist and co-discoverer of DNA, Francis Crick, played out his last strand; another year hence, in 1905, the Irish Republican Army ended its three decade armed campaign in Northern Ireland; nine years still nearer the now, in 2014, the writer and journalist and neopagan ‘princess,’ Margot Adler, took her final breath in this realm.