9.15.2016 Day in History

money bookkeeping accounting numbers economyToday is Knowledge Day in Azerbaijan, and around the world, people celebrate World Lymphoma Awareness Day, an International Day of Democracy, and, so as not to forget monopoly money’s scandals and crises, Free Money Day; in one example of the eternal contradiction between filial relations and power, one thousand ninety-one years behind us, Saint Ludmilla was murdered at the commend of her own daughter-in-law; one thousand twenty-two years ago, Fatamid forces emerged victorious at the battle of Orontes over Byzantine imperial legions; seven hundred sixty-two years back, the baby boy who would grow up to be the iconic explorer Marco Polo first drew breath; four hundred years prior to the present pass, Europe’s first truly public school—free and non-aristocratic—opened in Frascati, Italy; two hundred twenty-seven years before the here and now, the Department of Foreign Affairs came into existence, the forerunner of the U.S. State Department, and the baby-boy destined to become James Fennimore Cooper was born a day beyond his date of exiting the world sixty-two years hence; two years less than a quarter century later, in 1812, seven thousand miles Northeastward, Napoleon’s forces, apparently victorious, consolidated their hold in Moscow; nine years henceforth, in 1821, the five nations of Central America—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua jointly declared their independence from Spain; aboard the H.M.S. Beagle, Charles Darwin a hundred eighty-one years back first reached the Galapagos Islands; ten years afterward, in 1845, thousands of miles Northeast in Pennsylvania, women garment workers engaged in a vicious strike in which male workers in other factories rose both to support their

Lyrics to "Solidarity Forever" from UE song book, 1952 (Helen Quirini Papers)
Lyrics to “Solidarity Forever” from UE song book, 1952 (Helen Quirini Papers)

groundbreaking uprising and to protect them from company thugs; one hundred forty-three years in advance of today, France paid completed indemnity payments to Germany, and the last Prussian troops returned home from the Franco-Prussian war; sixteen years after that point, in 1889, a Jamaican baby boy came along who would rise as the acclaimed poet and thinker, Claude McKay, and further North in the U.S. a male child drew breath who would mature as the humorist and critic and performer, Robert Benchley; three years later, in 1892, the female infant who blossomed into the prolific writer Agatha Christie was born; Japan defeated China in the First Sino-Japanese War’s Battle of Pyongyang seven hundred thirty days subsequently, in 1894, and the male infant who developed into renowned director and thinker Jean Renoir came into the world, and Japan defeated the Qing dynasty in the Battle of Pyongyang; one hundred thirteen years before this moment, the infant first cried out who would become singer and songwriter Roy Acuff; eleven years later, in 1914, the American author and illustrator Robert McCloskey was born; two years later, in 1916, at the Battle of the Somme, combatants deployed tanks for the first time in warfare; two years still beyond that juncture, in 1918, a baby girl bounced into the world on her way to becoming Margot Loyola, the Chilean singer-sonwriter and guitarist; eight years beyond that juncture, in 1926, German Nobel Literary Laureate and philosopher Rudolf Eucken died; three years further closer to today, in 1929, a baby boy first cried out on his way to becoming Stan Kelly-Bootle, an English singer-songwriter, conputer scientist, and author; a half dozen years henceforth, in 1935, the Nuremberg Laws took effect in Germany, depriving Jews of rights of citizenship, at the same time that Nazi Germany unveiled its new flag, replete with a swastika; three years precisely after that point, in 1938 across the Atlantic in North Carolina, Thomas Wolfe ‘went home again’ when he died at only thirty-eight years old; seven years afterward again, in 1944, at the Octagon Conference in Quebec, FDR and Winston Churchill met to discuss Anglo-American strategy in relation to forthcoming victory in Europe; two years hence, in 1946, the boy infant who grew up to

"Film strip" by Bart from New Orleans, Louisiana ,cc 2.0
“Film strip” by Bart from New Orleans, Louisiana ,cc 2.0

become writer and director Oliver Stone was born; U.S. amphibious forces four years nearer to now and half a world away, in 1950, went ashore at Inchon on the Korean Peninsula, threatening the annihilation of outflanked North Koreans; two years further along time’s path, in 1952, the United Nations in Northeast Africa ceded Eritrea to Ethiopia; the Dontetsk coal miner who had risen to become the premier of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Nikita Khrushchev, seven years still closer to the current context, in 1959, became the first Soviet leader to visit the United States; three years hence, in 1962, the Soviet ship Poltava’s steaming for Cuba with missile components put the planet on the verge of Armageddon when the ‘Cuban Missile Crisis ensued, and President Kennedy signed off on a $900 million public-works bill for projects in economically depressed areas; just three hundred sixty-five days beyond that, in 1963, four young girls died in a bombing at a Black church in Birmingham a terrorist act in which FBI informants played a role; three years later on, in 1966, Lyndon Johnson, in the aftermath of the slaughter at the University of Texas clock-tower, the first prescription-drug-fueled mass killing in the U.S., called for gun control; two years onward from that, in 1968, the Soviet Zond 5 spaceship is launched, becoming the first spacecraft to fly around the moon before re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere; two years subsequently, in 1970, United Auto uaw_logo united auto workers labor unionWorkers employees at General Motors started a lengthy strike to protest speed-up on the assembly line and other measures to extract more value from every hour of workers’ days; another year after that moment in time, in 1971, the first Greenpeace anti-nuclear protest ship set sail; two years further along, in 1973, five thousand miles South, following days of brutal torture, the CIA financed-and-advised military murderers who had overthrown democracy in Chile murdered people’s poet and iconic folksinger Victor Jara; four additional years from then on, in 1977, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is born; three years yet more proximate to the present, in 1981, the Senate confirmed Sandra Day O’Connor as the first woman Supreme Court Justice, and the John Bull operated under its own steam a hundred fifty years to the day after its first run in New Jersey; half a dozen years subsequent to that conjunction, in 1987, in a move that would serve Russian and America today, the Soviets and the Americans signed a treaty to establish centers to help them avoid nuclear war; two years later, in 1989, novelist and thinker Robert Penn Warren ended his days; in the heady days just prior to what we will soon enough be calling DotCom-One, eighteen years back, World Com and MCI celebrated their just-completed merger; ten years ago, Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci died; two years afterward, in 2008, Lehman Brothers closed its doors in bankruptcy, the largest such filing by a company in history.