9.22.2016 Day in History

Today is generally one of Earth’s four most important days, the Vernal Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere, the Autumnal Equinox here in the North, and it is also both One Web Day, a celebration of Internet interconnection and awareness, and Hobbit Day, which always occurs as a part of Tolkien Week; at the conjunction of far South Eastern Europe and South Western Asia, two thousand four hundred ninety-six years ago, Greek sailors and soldiers defeated a Persian fleet at the battle of Salamis; four hundred eighteen years before the here and now, playwright Ben Jonson killed an actor in a duel and faced charges of manslaughter; ninety-four years henceforth, in 1692, the last hangings for witchcraft in British North America, in Massachusetts Bay, took place, although several additional accused died in prison; just before the Equinox just shy of two decades subsequently, in 1711, Tuscarora Indians rose up against depredations by European colonists and initiated the bloodiest colonial war on Carolina soil, from which the British ultimately emerged victorious, with most of the Tuscarora people’s deciding to return to upstate New York in the aftermath;

from Espresso Stalinist
from Espresso Stalinist

Nathan Hale died in a noose for his patriotic treason two hundred forty years ahead of this moment in time; the United States, a decade after that to the day, in 1786, established the office of Postmaster General, and a Russian-led combined Austrian-Russian army of about 20,000 crushed an Ottoman force near the Rymnik River in present-day Romania, killing half of them, and expelling the Turks from most of Austria-Hungary; one hundred ninety-three years in the past, Joseph Smith furthered his Mormon dogma with his claims to finding the Golden plates; thirty-nine years after that, in 1862, a preliminary version of the Emancipation Proclaimation was released; one hundred forty-seven years back, Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold premiered in Vienna; six years later, in 1875, Billy the Kid was sent to jail for the first time; a decade and a year afterward on the dot, in 1880, across the English Channel, a baby girl was born whom fate anointed as the feminist activist, Christabel Pankhurst; National Geographic one hundred twenty-eight years prior to the present pass, initiated its continuous publication till the present day; four years beyond that day, in 1892, the event known as the Lindal Railway Incident, which provide inspiration for A.C. Doyle’s Lost Special and, many years later, the iconic TV serial Lost, transpired; sixteen later, in 1908, Bulgaria ratified its independence from the crumbling Ottoman Empire, as other ‘Great Powers’ plotted taking over different additional pieces of the Turkish realm; two years later, in 1910, England’s first ‘moving-picture-house’ opened in Brighton, and across the Atlantic in Chicago, an eighteen year old garment worker led a spontaneous walkout to protest arbitrary wage-cuts, bullying, and brutally long shifts, which in days had grown to a strike by 40,000 workers in the ‘Windy City;’ nine years subsequent to that incident, in 1919, a steel strike in Pennsylvania rapidly spread to the entire United States before the U.S. called out the National Guard to crush the action; three hundred sixty-six days afterward, in 1920, the boy baby who later founded Amnesty International as Eric Baker was born; two years after that, in 1922, Federal and local forces finally repressed Mingo County, West Virginia coal miners’ actions in their own behalf;

Mining Bituminous Coal in Pennsylvania about 1900
Mining Bituminous Coal in Pennsylvania about 1900

nine years nearer to now, in 1931, the girl child who grew to become the popular author Fay Weldon came into the world, and U.S. Steel announced it will cut the wages of 220,000 workers by 10 percent; two years later, in 1933, Standard Oil geologists first arrived in Saudi Arabia; a year further on, in 1934, a collier explosion in Wales killed two hundred sixty-six miners, in one of the worst industrial accidents in the history of the United Kingdom, and the United Textile Workers called wage-earners back to their jobs in the U.S., although Southern owners continued to brutalize and oppress unionists, especially in the Carolinas and Georgia; another year beyond that pass, in 1935, coal miners in Appalachia walked off the job 400,000 strong; three years beyond that juncture, in 1939, Red Army and Nazi troops parade together in triumph through the streets of Brest-Litovsk after the conquest of Poland; SS Einsatzgruppe C seven hundred thirty-one days still more proximate to the present, in 1941, slaughtered six thousand Jews and Communists near Vinytsia, Ukraine, on Rosh Hashanah, completing the murder of nearly 30,000 people over the course of a week, and over the wide Atlantic in Chicago, a baby boy entered the world who would rise as the radical preacher and community leader, Jeremiah Wright; sixty-seven years in the past, President Truman announced that the Soviets succeeded in exploding their first nuke, sixty-three years back, the American Federation of Labor expelled the International Longshoreman’s Association because of ILA’s racketeering activities; sixty-three years ago, the AFL expelled the International Longshoreman’s Association for racketeering, and in Los Angeles, the iconuc FabulousFour freeway was inaugurated; two years hence, in 1955, British television channel ITV first broadcast its signal; Frederick Soddy died precisely a year further along, in 1956, after a lifetime of nuclear chemistry and political economy; two years more along the temporal arc, in 1958, the female infant who became the song-writer and singer Joan Jett was born;

The-Complete-Monty Python-s-Flying-Circus-9780679726470seven years hence, in 1965, the 1965 Indo-Pakistani War ended after the United Nations declared a ceasefire; five years further closer to today, in 1970, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, already notorious for blending cultural commentary with shocking humor, unexpectedly introduced The Spanish Inquisition sketch to its wacky repertoire; thirty-seven years ago, the so-called Vela Incident took place, a suspected nuclear test may have occurred near Antarctica, conducted by Israel, South Africa, or both, about which many of the investigative documents remain classified; a year later still, in 1980, Iraq invaded Iran to begin many years of bloodletting in which the U.S. armed and provided intelligence support to both sides; eleven years even closer to today, in 1991, the Huntington Library made the Dead Sea Scrolls available for public viewing for the first time; three years after that, in 1994, the iconic film Shawshank Redemption debuted; exactly four years later, in 1999, George C. Scott died; and exactly a decade ago, in Pensacola Florida, eleven Domino’s pizza chain employees formed the nation’s first union of pizza delivery drivers.