9.09.2016 Day in History

jude jewish holocaust genocideToday is California’s Statehood Celebration and a Commemoration in Slovakia of Holocaust and racial-violence victims; fourteen hundred eighty-three years ago, a 15,000 man Byzantine army invaded Tunisia and marched on Carthage; nine hundred twenty-nine years prior to the present pass, William the Conquerer died; Croatian martial power gave way to Ottoman invaders in the Balkans five hundred twenty-three years in advance of today at the Battle of Krbava Field; the in-the-end fruitless Poissy Colloquy to reconcile French Catholics and Protestants began sixty-eight years subsequently, in 1561; a further seventy-eight years later, in 1739, slaves in and around Charleston rose up in the Stono Rebellion; two hundred forty years back, the Continental Congress officially named the United States; one hundred eighty-eight years prior to this point-in-time, the infant who would write War & Peace, as Leo Tolstoy, was born;eleven years hence, in 1839, scientist John Herschel demonstrated for the first time a glass photographic plate process; another eleven years thereafter, in 1850, U.S. Federal assumption of ten million dollars of Texas debt passed control of about a third of the Lone-Star-State’s territory to the U.S., and California became the thirty-first State; a half-decade beyond that, in 1855, seven thousand miles East and North, Russia abandoned Sevastopol in the Crimean War;eight more years further along, in 1863, Union forces occupied Chattanooga; one hundred thirty years back, the Berne Convention on art and intellectual property, which still rules in many cases, first took formal effect; a dozen years beyond that moment in time, in 1898, the French poet and leader of critical thought, Stephane Mallarme, had his final hurrah; three yearshence, in 1901, fellow Parisian Toulouse Latrec bid farewell to this life;

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a decade after that juncture, in 1911, the boy child who grew to acclaim as poet and playwright Paul Goodman came into the world; the Canadian Automobile Machine Gun Brigade came into being three years afterward, in 1914, at the start of World War One; in Bostonfive years hence, in 1919, a strike broke out by recently unionize policemen, an action that local leaders and National authorities crushed with the divide-and-conquer tactic of hiring recent veterans to do the strikers’ jobs; Turkish forces emerged victorious in the Greco-Turkish war, which three years henceforth, in 1922, effectively ended World War One four years after the official Armistice, and that same year, the infant male who would grow up to be historian and author Bernard Bailyn drew his first independent breath; seven hundred thirty-one days nearer to now, in 1924,after a long and vicious struggle, large sugar interests crushed Filipino and Japanese labor’s organizing in Hawaii, in the Hanapepe Massacre; the National Broadcasting Corporation radio3incorporated another two years beyond that conjunction, in 1926; George Stibitz  seventy-six years before the here and now operated a computer remotely for the first time; seven years more along time’s path, in 1947, in at least the second such instance of a ‘bug in the system,’ researchers at Harvard found a disabling moth in one of their Mark II computers; three hundred sixty-six days later, in 1948, Kim Jung Il assumed command of North Korea ; yet another year more proximate to the present, in 1949, the boy-baby first cried out who became a scholar of Russian history, Daniel Pipes; twenty-one years even closer to the current point in time, in 1969, French became coequal with English at the Federal level in Canada; two years hence, in 1971, the Attica Prison riot exploded, causing thirty-nine deaths and not enough contemplation about the carceral state; Mao Tse Tung died half a decade past that juncture, in 1976; Jacques Lacan, the French social theorist and therapists, ended his days yet five more years after that, in 1981; just under a decade subsequent to those hours, in 1990, nearly two hundred Sri Lankan civilians died at the hands of the country’s military in a massacre in the island nation; thirteen years afterward, in 2003, the ‘father’ of the hydrogen bomb, Edward Teller, breathed his last; four years ago exactly, violence erupted across Iraq, claiming the lives of over a hundred people.