A Thought for the Day
In thinking about our mutual human proclivities, which more or less universally include the tendency to let little pieces of nature’s bounty capture attention and fire imagination, one might summarize basically like this: any castoff bit of flotsam or jetsam, oddly aesthetic or merely bizarre in its shaping the grotesque or the glorious with its obscure individual history, might incite insight about happenstantial corners of the universe, or ourselves, an apparently random dynamic that in turn illustrates the innate human drive to ponder, and then explicate, all that matters in the cosmos as it wheels along to produce us and all that we contemplate.
― Jorge Amado,
This Day in History
All over the planet, today is World Biodiesel Day; in what is today the area where Germany’s and Austria’s borders meet, a thousand sixty-one years ago, Holy Roman imperial troops dealt a crushing blow to Magyar incursions into the Western reaches of Europe, essentially ending Hungarian attempts at far-flung conquest; four hundred and ninety-eight years before the present day, a fleet of five ships under the command of Ferdinand Magellan set out from Seville with the purpose of circumnavigating the planet; fifty-six years in the future from that planned passage, in 1675, English builders, under the guidance of natural science researchers, laid the foundation of the Royal Greenwich Observatory; five years subsequently, in 1680, across the North Atlantic and much of North America, Native American Pueblo tribes initiated an uprising against Spanish depredations in what is now New Mexico; three quarters of a century afterward, in 1755, victorious British forces began deporting ‘refusenik’ Acadians to what is now Louisiana; two hundred twenty-five years prior to the present pass, French citizens revolted against a key symbol of aristocratic power with the sacking of the Tuileries Palace; three hundred sixty-five days later still, in 1793, the nascent republic opened the Royal residence at the Louvre to the French common people; one hundred ninety-six years back, Missouri came into the fold of the United States as a slave state, forestalling the potential for civil conflict about the issue of human bondage; twenty-five years later, in 1846, Congress approved the establishment of the Smithsonian Institution on the basis of James Smithson’s half-million dollar gift to the United States; another year onward in time and space, in 1847, a youthful and scholarly Emily Dickinson finished her matriculation at Amherst Academy, where her subjects of study included “Mental Philosophy” and Arithmetic; one hundred and sixteen years ahead of today’s light, the craft workers and industrial workers in the steel industry struck against monopoly manufacturers to seek recognition for their amalgamated union; four years nearer to now, in 1905, the United States mediated peace negotiations in New Hampshire between the Russians and the Japanese to end their Western Pacific conflict; seven years afterward, in 1912, a male infant was born whose destiny involved the creation of tie iconic narratives of love and humanity of Jorge Amado; a year hence, in 1913, across the Atlantic and through the Mediterranean, Balkan nations brought their second major war in the 20th century to a close, in anticipation of next year’s World War carnage; seven years later on the dot, in 1920, World War One’s Treaty of Sevres for the Ottomans dismantled that empire and divvied up those territories among Britain and France and Italy; sixty-nine years back, the hit radio show Candid Microphone made the successful transition to television as Candid Camera; a year after that conjunction, in 1949, in a piece of more political theatre, Harry Truman signed into law National Security Act provisions that reformulated the honestly-named Department of War and the Orwellian Department of Defense, among other actions; half a decade later, in 1954, the modern engineering miracle of the Saint Lawrence Seaway began to unfold with the groundbreaking ceremony; eight years beyond that, in 1962, the baby girl first opened her eyes whose destiny was to write radical novels of human liberation as Suzanne Collins; five years ago, Marikana miners in South Africa took part in a bloody commemoration of the 1977 miners uprising, action that erupted into wildcat strikes to improve working conditions.
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