8.18.2016 Day in History

quantum physics science electromagneticThailand today commemorates National Science Day; in an ongoing and all-too-frequent occasion of Syrian conflict thirteen hundred thirty-two years ago, Ummayad battlers solidified their control of the region in a precursor to Shiite and Sunni factionalism, in which Ibn al-Zubayr lost his life and control over what is now Syria to his clan’s enemies; five hundred forty three years after that point in time, in 1227, a male infant came into the world in Mongolia who would soon enough lead conquests far afield as Genghis Khan; twenty-six decades subsequently, in 1487, Christian Spanish forces under the leadership of the Marquis of Cadiz successfully completed the Siege of Malaga and laid the basis of the consolidation of the Reconquista of the Iberian Peninsula; four hundred forty-four years in advance of this moment, a Huguenot King and Catholic Princess wed, a la the magnificent film Queen Margot, so as to attempt to divert bloody conflict between religious factions; eighteen years hence, in 1590, John White returned from England to the Roanoke settlement of which he was leader, on what would have been his granddaughter’s third birthday, to find the encampment utterly deserted; twenty-two years after that, in 1612, infamous English witch trials started at Lancaster Assizes; three twenty-two more fire, witchcraft, stake, burn, magic,years further on, in 1634, Urbain Grandier, convicted of sorcery, burned at the stake in France; two hundred forty-two years before now, the male child who became explorer Meriwether Lewis came into the world; one hundred sixty-eight years prior to the present pass, an upper-class Argentinean woman—Camila O’Gorman—who was eight months pregnant, and her priest consort died at the hands of a firing squad for morals violations; seven hundred and thirty days later, in 1850, French author Honore de Balzac died; one hundred forty-eight years back, a French astronomer discovered helium; one hundred fourteen years ago, the baby girl destined to become American environmentalistand author Margaret Murie was born; three hundred sixty-five days after that, in 1903, a German engineer and adventurer allegedly flew his self-made, motored gliding airplane four months before the Wright brothers’ celebrated coup; fifty-two years closer to now, in 1920, the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution occurred and women throughout the U.S. could vote; two year in the future from that point, in 1922, the baby boy first cried out who would later become Alain Robbe-Grillet, celebrated French director, screenwriter, and novelist; five years in the future from that, in 1927, the radio named radio3for Eugene Debs first went on air in New York City, perated by the Forward Association as a memorial to him; a half decade still further from that point, in 1932, the American Federation of Federal Employees came to be; twelve months beyond that juncture, in 1933, the baby who grew into controversial director and filmmaker Roman Polanski was born; a mere year down the line, in 1934, the infant first opened his eyes on his way to becoming Vincent Bugliosi, the celebrated lawyer and author; sixty-six years before the here and now, assassins murdered the chairman of the Dutch Communist Party; seven years from then onward, in 1957, the iconic comedian, actor, producer and screenwriter Denis Leary first opened his eyes, a year afterward, in 1958, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita first hit U.S. bookstores to both accolades and controversy; three years further along time’s road, in 1961, the child who became television journalist Bob Woodruff uttered his first cry; two years hence, in 1963, James Meredith graduated from University of Mississippi as its first Black alumnus; eight years still nearer to now, in 1971, Australia and New Zealand withdrew their troops from Vietnam; seven years more proximate to the present, in 1977, anti-Apartheid activist Steve Biko fell into the hands of South African police thugs, who proceeded to beat him to death over the next few days; four years further along, in 1981, the long-lived screenwriter, Anita Loos, who had adapted the comic, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, drew her final breath; eight years later, in 1989, assassins gunned down Colombian Presidential hopeful, Luis Galan; twenty-six years prior to the present pass, the controversial psychologist and philosopher B F Skinner breathed his last; eight years back, Pakistan’s President Musharraf resigned under threat of impeachment; seven years ago, American journalist Robert Novak died.