8.11.2016 Day in History

nature waterfall mountains view inspiration choice majesticToday in Japan is Mountain Day; meanwhile, in ancient Central America five thousand one hundred thirty years ago, multiple pre-Columbian cultures innovated a calendar that some people would follow for thousands of years; four thousand five hundred eight years prior to today; according to legend, the progenitor and founder of the Armenian nation defeated one of the Assyrian kings; one thousand nine hundred and ten years before the here and now, what has become modern Romania became one piece of the Roman Empire, Roman Dacia; one thousand five hundred twenty-six years behind us, the Goths defeated the forces of one of the last monarchs of the Western Roman empire; five hundred forty-three years prior to the present pass, Ottoman forces won a decisive victory against the armies of Uzun Hassan, consolidating Ottoman rule in Southwest Asia; three hundred thirteen years subsequently, in 1786, British personnel established the imperial colony in Malaysia; ninety-eight years in the future of that moment in time, in 1884, unemployed activist Charles “Hobo” Kelley led a group of over one thousand jobless workers, including a young Jack London, to the nation’s capital, only to be dispersed by Federal troops; one hundred eighteen years ahead of today, U.S. troops continued the conquest of Puerto Rico by taking over Mayaguez; a year shy of two decades later, in 1917, employees of San Francisco’s privately owned United Railroads streetcar service walk off their jobs seeking better working conditions, tying up the main lines for hours; two years hence, in 1919, the Weimar Constitution became the law of Germany, and Andrew Carnegie died; three hundred sixty-six days beyond that, in 1920, the Soviet Union signed a treaty granting Latvia independence in its civil war; another year further on, in 1921, the infant who became popular historian Alex Haley came into jail prison alcatrazthe world; thirteen years further in the future, in 1934, Alcatraz accepted the first civilian prisoners in San Francisco Bay; three years even nearer to now, in 1937, acclaimed chronicler of the ruling class, Edith Wharton, breathed her last; half a decade subsequent to that juncture, in 1942, a famous actress and a composer patented a “frequency hopping spread spectrum,” which became the basis for wi-fi and other later breakthroughs; four years henceforth, in 1946, a baby girl drew her first breath who would make a mark on the world as the genius Marilyn vos Savant; precisely twelve months ahead of that moment in time, in 1947, Pakistan’s founding father delivered a contentious speech to that nation’s Constituent Assembly; seven hundred thirty days even beyond that instant, in 1949, almost as if directly following the previously listed events, the United Nations Security Council Resolution 72 and 73 were adopted so as to “deal with the Palestinian question;” sixty-six years in advance of this moment in time, the baby who became the cofounder Apple Computer, Steve Wozniak, was born; six years later, in 1956, the king of artistic splatter, Jackson Pollock, splashed the canvas of his life with a final array; one year after that point, in 1957, the baby boy bounced into the world who was destined to become the playwright Henry David

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Hwang; fifty-six years prior to today, the small nation of Chad declares its independence; another two years afterward, in 1962, a Russian cosmonaut became the first person to walk, or float, in space; three years even closer to today, in 1965, the Watts riots began in Los Angeles; seven years after that point, in 1972, the last U.S. combat units left Vietnam; three-hundred sixty-five days later, in 1973, the date traditionally viewed as the birth of hip-hop occurred, at a party in the Bronx; thirty-two years prior to the present pass, Ronald Reagan joked as he prepared for a National Public Radio broadcast, “We begin bombing in five minutes, and in a different set but equally ignorant and arrogant set of circumstances, he was heard to joke about outlawing the Soviet Union;” thirteen years ago, NATO assumed nominal command of combat operations in Afghanistan, the first formal deployment of European ground troops outside Europe since World War Two; three years back, the union leader George Barasch died, a year beyond that point in time, Maine lobster fishers unionized under the mantle of the Machinists union; three hundred sixty-five days beyond that point, in 2014, the iconic comic and thinker Robin Williams took his own life.