8.04.2016 Day in History

navy war militaryToday in the United States celebrates the Coast Guard; soldiers of the Roman Empire one thousand nine hundred forty-six years ago began their destruction of Jerusalem’s Second Temple; fourteen hundred eighteen years before the here and now, Chinese imperial forces received orders to conquer the Korean peninsula; six hundred eighty-nine years prior to the present, in the First War of Scottish Independence, James Douglas led a raiding party that nearly succeeded in assassinating Edward III; four hundred thirty-eight years before the present pass, a succession crisis in Portugal occurs when King Sebastian of Portugal dies at the hands of the Moroccans; one hundred fifteen years later, in 1693, an event that lovers of fancy alcohol will celebrate occurred when Dom Perignon purportedly invented champagne by perfecting the techniques to create sparkling wine; three hundred twelve years ahead of today, British and Dutch forces wrested control of Gibraltar from the Spanish; eighty-five years hence, in 1789, aristocratic and bourgeois and working class members of France’s constituent assembly renounced feudalism and its traditional privileges; three hundred sixty-five more years into the future, in 1790, a newly passed tariff act creates the forerunner of the United States Coast Guard; an additional year after that, in 1791, officials of Austria and the Ottoman empire signed the Treaty of Sistova, which

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Ottoman Empire postage stamp Double M flickr

forestalled further attack on the Ottomans by the Europeans so that the royal houses of Europe could fight France; four years after that, in 1793, the male infant who became Percy Shelley was born; one hundred ninety-five years prior to the present pass, the Saturday Evening Post began its run as a weekly, and the male infant was born who grew up as Louis Vuitton, the fashion designer; thirteen years more proximate to the present, in 1834, the baby boy whose destiny it was to become the brilliant English mathematician who revolutionized data with is diagrams, John Venn, first cries out; one hundred fifty-seven years prior to just now, a Norwegian babe entered the world whose fate was to mature as the Norwegian Nobel Literature Laureate, Knut Hamsun; eleven years later, in 1870, Custer’s forces, in defense of a railroad survey, first clashed with Lakota and Cheyenne fighters; five years past that point, in 1875, Northeast across the Atlantic, poet and children’s author Hans Christian Anderson of Denmark died; three years beyond that juncture, in 1876, the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers, the organization that was destined to become the United Steelworkers, was formed; one hundred two years back, Germany invaded Belgium, leading to a Belgian and English declaration of war, while the U.S. declared its neutrality; four years further on, in 1918, the child who grew into iconic U.S. author ‘Iceberg Slim’ entered the world; just a mere year down the pike, in 1919, 15,000 silk workers went on strike in Paterson, NJ, fighting for a 44 hour USSR_Emblem_1936 russia sovietweek; five years subsequently, in 1924, Mexico and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations; eighty-four years ago, the infant who was destined to become the important Chinese environmentalist Liang Congjie, drew his first breath; twelve years afterward on the dot, in 1944, Gestapo agents arrested Anne Frank and her family in an Amsterdam warehouse, as a result of an informer’s tip; eleven years closer to today, in 1955, the baby boy who would become writer, actor, singer, and screenwriter Billy Bob Thornton first opened his eyes; fifty-eight years before the current instant, Billboard’s Hot 100 published its first weekly list; three years henceforth, in 1961, the child who became our current President was born; three years still nearer to now, in 1964, the murdered corpses of three civil rights workers, who had disappeared June 21, showed up in rural Mississippi, and around the world in the Gulf of Tonkin, two U.S. destroyers reported an ‘incident’ that the Federal authorities used as a justification for mass slaughter in Southeast Asia; half a decade subsequent to that hideous conjunction, in 1969, Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese representative began secret peace negotiations; eight years post facto, in 1977, Jimmy Carter signed the legislation that created the Department of Energy, also known as the Department of Hydrogen Bombs; a decade yet closer to our day, in 1987, the Federal Communications Commission abandoned the Fairness Doctrine that had stipulated that those who made billions off of public assets had a duty to serve the public ‘from all sides,’ so to speak, six years later along the temporal road, in 1993, a Federal magistrate sentenced two Los Angeles police officers to thirty months in prison for savagely beating Rodney King and thereby ‘violating his civil rights;’ nineteen years behind us, 180,000 employees of the United Parcel Service launched a successful 15-day strike over the shipping company’s excessive use of part-time workers, a strike that ended up being the largest U.S. Strike in 20 years.